Sizzix Lisa Jones collection – Mother’s Day cards

Well I wasn’t struggling for inspiration this year when it came to make my Mother’s Day cards – it was the perfect excuse to make some more cards with the new Lisa Jones collection. My mum is from London, and my mother-in-law is from Birmingham, hence the different spellings of mum on my cards!

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Sizzix Lisa Jones Botanical Collection on Create & Craft

Well, what a crazy week that was – I’m not surprised, but I’m really delighted that the new collection by Lisa Jones was so popular.

It was so popular in fact, that we had barely anything left, so my show on Friday evening got cancelled as there just wasn’t enough stock left to last for the show. I know some of you were a bit disappointed about that, so I spent this morning videoing the demos I’d prepared so you can still see them. If you weren’t quick enough to get the collection before it sold out, I’ve added links below – in the UK you can pre-order it from Craftstash, and in the States it’s available at Scrapbook.com.

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Sizzix Lisa Jones Botanical collection

I’m back at Create & Craft TV tomorrow with an absolutely stunning collection of dies, papers and washi tape, all with a lovely wild bloom theme. I will share photos of all my projects (there’s a lot, and I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of what you can do with this collection).

There’s a fabulous Serif Alphabet in the collection, and as each letter is approx 3.5cm high, it’s perfect for home decor projects.

Isn’t the colour palette beautiful? There’s a pack of plain card, plus a patterned paper pack as well as washi tape, all co-ordinating.

There’s a die set to create both frames and that lovely delicate border you see – so it works really well to add a pop of metallic or a bolder colour, and there are circles and rectangles that can be framed with the various floral elements.

If you know me well, you know I have a thing for wreath designs, so this one is my new favourite thing. I coloured this one with some oxide inks to give it a really nice blue/green kind of eucalyptus feel.

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More sneak peeks ahead of my Create & Craft shows

I’m really glad to have the Spring Foliage die set on the shows – it’s one of my favourite die sets. I really like the flexibility you have with it, since you cut the leaves four times to create a full wreath, so you can use them individually to get different looks.

As we have a great deal on the Big Shot Plus, we’ve added a couple of the Bigz Plus dies. The Gift Bag die is one of my most used – you probably recognise it as I often use it in my show samples as I try to do other things that cards.

It’s a really useful little bag – I often use it for gift cards too.

Hope you can join me for the shows!

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Create & Craft TV shows next week

I’m back at Create and Craft next week (Tue 9th and Wed 10th), with a fabulous deal on the Big Shot Plus, along with some gorgeous dies. Since we are showcasing the Plus machine, we’ve got a couple of the Bigz Plus dies, one of which, this Hanging Wreath die, is one I hadn’t used before. I’m really loving it. I quite often buy chipboard wreath shapes for creating with, so I’m delighted that I can save money and just cut my own from now on.

The peach flowers are part of the wreath die, and the large flower is another die we have on the shows called Icelandic Poppy. I cut them all from the Sizzix floral foam.

I didn’t want to waste the piece that popped out of the centre of the wreath, so I used that as a little plaque.

Which brings me along nicely to the next die set on the show – the Feathered Friends set by Tim Holtz.

My shows are at midday on the 9th (double show), and 14.15 on the 10th.

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Sizzix Eileen Hull new releases

There are some lovely new dies in the Sizzix Chapter One release, and Eileen Hull has a really fabulous new journal die. It’s called the Folio Journal, and it creates a lovely square journal with lots of options to configure it in different ways.

As it’s easier to see in real life than photos, I’ve put together a couple of videos. The first is an overview and shows you her new dies, and the second video is an in-depth tutorial to make the journal above.

So here’s the first video

The second video is here

I just love the versatility you get with this die, and I think it’s going to get a lot of use this year!

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My Craft Studio

I realise some of you may be new here, so I thought the best way to introduce myself and show you a little bit of what I do is to give you a little look around my craft studio.

I’ve been crafting since 2002, and I guess I’ve been doing it professionally since about 2011. I was crafting in our spare bedroom until October 2015 when I finally got my dream space. Having my little garden studio has literally changed my life. Being able to have a dedicated area for my crafting has really enabled me to do so much more – and now that I am working for Sizzix, and prepping for TV shows most of the time, I really couldn’t have managed to do that from our tiny spare bedroom!

If you’d like to see more of my craft studio, and some video tours on how I store all my supplies, then I’ve got a playlist on my YouTube channel

Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal

I’ve just uploaded a new video on my YouTube channel here showing how I made this wrapped journal using the Eileen Hull Wrapped journal, together with the Honeycomb Frenzy embossing folder and Winter Garland die set.

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Welcome

Welcome to my new blog, I’m glad you found your way here. After 13 years I finally decided to take the plunge and move my blog to a provider with better features. Back in 2007, Typepad was a great platform, but unfortunately it hasn’t really kept up with new technologies, so I’m hoping this new blog is going to be much easier to navigate, and there’s something quite refreshing about designing it from scratch, to have all the design features I’d like.

For my first couple of posts, I’m going to re-share a couple of projects I posted on my old blog, just so they don’t get lost as I make the transition.