Thursday, 15 November 2018

Cardmaking Made Easy With Pretty Papers and Subtle Scoring

It's incredibly easy to make a pretty card using very few tools or accessories.



This card demonstrates just that.  I used a pretty layer of DSP (Designer Series Paper) and added a layer of Very Vanilla cardstock which I had first scored at regular intervals using my trusty Simply Scored board.

I stamped on a sentiment and heat embossed this with White Embossing Powder on the DSP.   The scored card stock was then adhered to this and I added some cream ribbon and added a pretty bow.



I then stuck both layers onto my card base and my card is finished and ready to send. 

A simple card, but I think it looks pretty special.

Hope you like it too !

Thanks for looking - and please pop back.

Have a lovely day.

Linda xx


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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Countdown to Christmas Project No 9 - Gift Box with Faceted Sides

Hello and welcome to Project No 9 in my Countdown to Christmas (finally !!).

Yes .... after an interlude of approximately two weeks I can now able to introduce this little project which I have been dying to share, but unfortunately a particularly nasty flu virus prevented me from doing so.


This is quite a generous sized little box which is 3 1/2 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches tall and 2 1/4 inches deep at the base, tapering/narrowing towards the top to give it pretty and unusual faceted sides.

I made one silly mistake in the narrative of my video when I give the measurements for the two large decorative panels and have corrected this with a written annotation on screen.

I do hope you like the project and enjoy my step by step video tutorial.



Thank you for stopping by ........ is been a while !!

Please come back for a return visit.

I am off to perfect Project No. 10 ready for next week.

Have a great day and bye for now.

Linda xx

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Delightfully Detailed DSP & Detailed With Love in Flirty Flamingo

The Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper is so very delicate and pretty.  It's pretty fragile too, so a delicate touch is require when handling it, but by golly does it help to make pretty cards !



I used some very subtle layering of Flirty Flamingo card stock and DSP here for the base of my card, before applying some carefully cut Delightfully Detailed DSP to the centre of my layer.  Then I stamped the sentiment in co-ordinating Flirty Flamingo ink for a nice monotone effect.  This is from the Detailed With Love stamp set and forms the focal point.  I die cut the sentiment with my Stitched Shapes dies and applied it over the delicate laser-cut flowers and leaves using dimensionals, to give it some height and dimension.

I finished off with a few pearl embellisments.



It was so easy to create this little card.  I love the way it turned out and I think that I will make up a bunch in lots of different colours to go out to my November customers, so they can judge for themselves just how pretty the laser-cut DSP really is.

Thanks for looking and I hope that you will pop back for my next project.

I continue to battle with a horrible cold/flu virus.  This is why I have been unable to video projects 9 and 10 in my Countdown to Christmas, which feels like a huge blow.  But I have little/no voice ..... which my family are finding very amusing.  So my apologies to those of you who follow my Countdown to Christmas.  I hate letting people down and I do honestly hope to be back in action soon.

Have a lovely week.  Bye for now.

Linda xx

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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Happy Birthday Die Meets Touches of Texture - Partial Die Cutting

I had a birthday card to make so I thought I would revisit the partial die cutting technique for this one.



I used my Happy Birthday die, and partially die cut the word "Happy" on a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock measuring 3.5 x 5 inches.  Before doing so, I had stamped and heat embossed the gorgeous flowers which are from my Touches of Texture two part stamp set. The example below, is what my partial die-cut layer looked like.



I used a ruler to draw a straight line across the bottom of the partially die-cut area and used a sharp craft knife to cut away the excess.

The two photos below illustrate this:-




Then I used the die again to cut out the Happy Birthday in Whisper White card stock.  I snipped away the word "Birthday" and then heat embossed in white embossing powder the remaining word "Happy".  I heat embossed it several times for a nice shiny enamelled finish.



I also used my Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set to stamp and heat emboss the word "Birthday" on a piece of black card stock and formed a banner with this which I adhered to the reverse of the heat embossed word die, before offsetting it and adhering to my layer of card.

Finally I added a few sequins and stamped a sentiment on the inside with a stamp from my Cake Soiree stamp set.



This is what the reverse looks like
I am really pleased with how it turned out.  Hope my birthday recipient likes it !

Thanks for looking and I hope you will pop back again.

Have a lovely day.

Linda xx

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