Monday, September 23, 2019

Cutting Dies, Vellum & Copics

Christmas Wishes

Card Recipe
A "Christmas Wishes" shaped card created with the lovely new 2019 Festive Collection Cutting dies by Sue Wilson, some Vellum and colored with Copic markers for a pretty parchment look.

First step, I die-cut the holly Hayley die-set several times from vellum paper.

Next, adhere cuts (with a strong spray adhesive), randomly onto another vellum piece. 

This creates a beautiful textured background sheet that will match the focal die. Don't worry if it looks messy when adhering at first, you will be cutting this sheet down to size anyways.

Now turn over this vellum piece to color on the back side. I used 4 copic colors for coloring the Holly leave openings. Copic colors blend really well and give the illusion of depth.
Cobalt Green Copic YG45,  Lime Green G21,  Yellow Green YG03,  Pale Cobalt Green YG41

Coloring on the back will look messy at first - but don't worry because one you turn this sheet back to its front side, not only will you have the texture of the lovely adhered cuts, but you will also be able to see the soft color tones beneath the vellum like this. At this point, you may add more color for darker, deeper color tones.

Next,  run this entire sheet though a die-cutting machine using  SW's Octagon Die set to cut out the shape.  You may chose to include die-cutting the centers out and adhering here for completing the pretty pattern look, oryou can also choose to leave these out.  Both look amazing with this technique.

Next, create an octagon shaped base for the card and die-cut octagon frames in white cardstock to layer onto the Octagon's card front.  This gives it a nice finishing frame.

Now, create the focal Hayley Holly piece by die-cutting and layering multiple vellum cuts of the Hayley shape. Then bend the leaves at the tips for dimension.  Pop-up finished piece with foam tape.

I chose to color-in the bottom layered cuts for an extra pop of color and look of depth. 

This is a close up - using the same 4 green comic marker shades.

The sentiment is a Sue Wilson 2019 Festive Collection FC Mini Expressions "Christmas Wishes" . I have die-cut this out of white carsdstock and layered it 4 times for depth. It is then placed over the die-cut pierced flags - also by Sue Wilson.

The only additions are the silver flat-back gems as finishing touches.
That's to! Hope you will give this idea a try!


Created with Creative Expressions Cutting Dies by Sue Wilson. This is 2019's Festive Collection Hayley and the mini-expressions “Christmas Wishes”.  also used the Frames and Tags Pierced Flags die set and Noble Collection Doublel stitched Octagons die-set.

Sue Wilson
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I'd also like to enter this card into the following Fun Challenges;
613 Avenue Create - Any Craft Accepted / Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft -Always Anything Goes / DT Call
A Perfect Time To Craft - Always Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Always Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes 
Crafty Calendar- September - Lots of Layers
Crafty Friends Challenge -Special Occasion 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Die Cut Divas- Free Fun Time / Dies
Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Shaped Cards
Happy Craft Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Dies- Always Anything Goes with Dies
Just Us Girls - Color Challenge 
Let's Craft and Create Challenge- Anything Goes /option layers 
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Morgan's ArtWorld Open Challenge follow blog - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
SheepSki Designs Challenges - Die cuts and/or Punches
Sognando Scrap- Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum Christmas - Winter Wishes
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up - Anything Goes /Option Kraft Paper 
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything Goes 

Thanks for stopping by today. 
I hope ti have inspired you and would love to hear from you.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Silver & Gold Christmas Snowglobes

Hello and welcome to my little place in blog-land.  Today Im sharing snowglobes created with some fantastic new cutting dies by John Next Door.  Take a close look at how I've used layering and cutting techniques on each for a little different look.

My Silver Merry Christmas Snowglobe
These cuts are multi-layered for dimension. The scene is also behind acetate for a globe look. Satin bow finishes the look here.

My Golden Merrry Christmas Snowglobe
 For this card Ive used the sam e cutting die set to create the snowy background. I then placed the same gold cardstock behind it and covered the scene with acetate for a globe-like look.
This is the John Next Door Christmas Die Set I've used;
Other products used are: CE Festive Collection mini-expression stacked Merry Christmas cutting die sentiment by Sue Wilson. Satin Ribbon and Pearl/Gold Brad finish the look
You can find John Next Door Products designed by John Lockwood at;

For more amazing inspiration with using John's great products, please visit John Lockwood on his very. own Blog found HERE, and let him know I sent ya!  :)

John is also on YouTube where he shares amazing tutorials and ideas. Don't miss any from this crafty genius. Here is the link to his YT channel.
I would love to hear from you. Which snow globe did you like better, and why?
Thanks for stopping by. I hope to have inspired your creativity!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Thinking of you at Christmas, Trifold

Hello and welcome back to my little piece of bogland. 
Today Im sharing a festive see-through trifold card that is not at all difficult to make.  Below are the steps of how this came together with lovely Creative Expressions cutting dies by Sue Wilson. 

First, follow the steps for creating the extended trifold background panel. I showed how-to on a recent post, simply scroll down on this blog a couple of postings or click HERE to go directly there. Once you have you base panel created, back-it with vellum. This gives it a lovely softness and extra strength while it remains see-through.

After the base is ready, begin by adhering multi-layered oval frames. I layered 3 frames, though Im only showing two here. This will add nice depth.

Now die-cut and center the oval frames on center and side panels.

Next make the flowers and decide where to place them. 
Ive used the Festive Collection. Sue Wilson Industrial Chic Poinsettias die set here. These are  die-cut out of silver mirrored card and vellum.
 The vellum cuts have been spritzed with water, dried and then bent for shape. 

Next, multi-layer and alternate silver and vellum cuts. The vellum adds to the look as it softens the look.  Stack and adhere as shown while pressing the centers to further form into desired shape.

Next die-cut the sentiment multiple times and stack-adhere these cuts one over the other. Im only showing 3 cuts here but my final design actually has 4 total stacked sentiments. The extras give depth that really makes a difference.

Adhere sentiment on Oval and begin adhering the poinsettias and evergreen branches.

Next add embellishing to the interior. One side is white and opposite is done in silver.
Ive used multiple sized adhesive pearls for center oval panel and created another small matching poinsettia for the third panel's bottom corner. Decorating the interior to match completes the card and should look like this.

The back of the card should look something like this.

Front of card folds easily with its scored edges.The vellum is see through and the Trifold is classic. Here is a closer look at the layers and floral dimension.

That's all there is to it! I hope to have inspired you to give these fun ideas a try. 

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I'd also like to enter this Christmas card into the following Fun Challenges
Get Creative Challenges - Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes / Any Occasion
Crafty Calendar-Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge - Add Embellishments 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes 
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers -Always Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers - Fancy Fold Cards 
Craft Rocket Challenges - Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers- Must Be Christmas - Anything Goes 
Through the Purple Haze - Inspired By A Song - 
(My card inspired by the "It's Most Wonderful time of the year" by Andy Williams)
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Cute N' Crafty Christmas - Christmas/winter, Anything Goes 
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I love hearing from you:)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Herringbone Cutting Die for Backgrounds

Feminine Thinking of you...
Card Recipe: 
 A Colorful Thinking of You, using CE’s fabulous Opal Polishes.
SW Products; Mini Expressions Thinking of You Die 
Background Collection Herringbone Die
Noble Collection  Double Stitched Squares
Finishing Touches Petite Forget Me Nots 
Finishing Touches Orange Blossoms Complete Petals & Open Petals. 
CE Opal Polishes; Blushed Pea h, Blue Parakeet, Lavender Blue, Pink Thistle, Green Lemon & Golden Flamingo..  
CE Coconut White Foundation Card 
Fatback pearls

Masculine Thinking of You...
Card Recipe: Thinking of you.... 
uses; SW’s Background Coll Herringbone Die, the 
Mini-Expressions Thinking of You Sentiment Die,  Noble Coll Dbl Stitched Circles, Shadowbox Coll  Stitched Lattice Franes Die sets
I’ve used the SW Herringbone Die to make a die cut  stencil that I then used for creating the polished background by sponging Tantalizing Teal Lustre Polish over stencil. I polished another full sheet with same Lustre Polish to die-cut the sentiment & circles to match  Papers are Vellum & CE’s Coconut White Foundation Card.  Only other product used here was silver half pearls.

Dad, You are the Best! 
Card Recipe
A Happy Father’s Day to all! Here is a fun masculine card to help celebrate Dads today!! 
I’ve Created this with cut-up designer filing folder paper and gold mirrored card. Uses the following SW dies; Necessities Pressed Short & Background Herringbone sets.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to have inspired you. 
Happy Creating! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Herringbone Christmas TriFold

Hello and welcome back awesome bloggers!
Today I’m sharing a TriFold Card made with cutting dues by  Sue Wilson

TrifoldThinking of you at Christmas

Opening the card reveals the fab new festive collections sentiments "Thinking of you at Christmas"

This is the back of the card showing a lovely pattern from the layered herringbone cuts.

The card folds flat - only the flower is dimensional.
I’ve die-cut and extended the Herringbone diet shape to create this TriFold.
The inside is lined with Vellum so that the die-cut design still shows through.
The poinsettia flower is layered with vellum and gold mirrored card for dimension. 

Herringbone TrI-Fold How-To;
Cut 2 sheets down to 7 x 11 inches

Die-Cut with the Herringbone Cutting die on one side of the sheet, then repeat die-cut by overlapping the die over the matching die-cut openings.

Move die over and repeat cut as shown to extend the design.

It will look like this.

Now repeat steps on the second pre-cut sheet.

Next, decide how wide your card panel would be (after both flaps overlap), and choose a folding line to score it accordingly.

Be sure to gently score over those herringbone stripes.  Do this to both sheets.

Next, trim-off any excess or unwanted white edges for a even, cleaner look.

Now overlap these diets and decide how you want the overlapping to look.
Next, use a strong spray adhesive to adhere the panels.

Next you'll want to gently score sides again just to make sure your card base flaps will fold nicely.

This is the finished card base. I added a piece of vellum to fit inside on mine. This vellum will hold the sentiment and provide a place to write your added message, while giving the card a softer look.

Such an easy way to achieve a WOW-look.  

I've used the following Creative Expressions Cutting Dies by Sue Wilson
 Background Collection Herringbone Die
Sue Wilson Die Herringbone | Background Collection
Festive Collection Poinsettia Garland

Festive Collection Evergreen Branches

Festive CollectionMini Expressions - Thinking of you at Christmas

Papers used; White Cardstock, Vellum and CE Gold Mirrored Card

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What do you think? Id love hearing from you.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!