More sneak peaks ahead of my Create & Craft shows…

I really love this Spring Layered Scene die set, it creates such a pretty scene – and it can be used in a few different ways.

Another die that can be used in a few different ways is this Bold Floral Heart set. It has an outline die so you can use it directly into the card front, as a heart, or as a stencil.

I often think it’s a bit of shame after spending a lot of time making a card to put it in a very boring white envelope. I love this Foliage Envelope Liner die set, you get two different sizes of liner to add this pretty detail to your envelopes.

Just a few more cards to share. My shows tomorrow are at 9.45am and 5.15pm, hope you can join me.

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Create & Craft shows on 16 March

I’m back at Create and Craft next Tuesday for two shows with a lovely selection of dies. This cake die set is a Bigz die, so can be used with lots of different materials, however, for this card I’ve used some Opulent Gold card as well as some of the new Mystical Opulent collection – it’s hard to tell from the photo but I used the ombre holographic card for the cake and it’s a lovely sparkly, graduation of colour from a dusky pink to white. The background was created by using the Drifting Hearts die as a stencil with some gold texture paste.

Talking of the Drifting Hearts die, I used it here together with some silver Texture Roll, backed with some more of the Mystical Opulent card – this one is the glitter ombre.

More of the Mystical card here, together with the Birthday Candles die.

I really like the Birthday Candles die – you can pop card behind it, or paper piece it as I’ve done here. You can also just use the candles separately.

A very modern feel to this one – using the Geo Stitched Frames and Bold Alpha die sets.

That’s it for today – I’ll be back tomorrow with more (which include some lovely spring florals)

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More sneak peeks ahead of my Mixed Media show on Tuesday

Here’s a few more of the cards I’ll be sharing on Tuesday on Create & Craft TV – these first two cards are using the Tim Holtz Funky Nature die set. I really love the elements in this set, and they are all cleverly designed with nice layers so you can build up the colours.

I really love the impresslits in this release – especially the four leaf clover, the detail on it is lovely, so I highlighted it with some gold wax.

This Wildflower is a Bigz, so I decided to use some thick corrugated cardboard to give a bit of a rustic look.

Sorry this photo is a bit bright – I couldn’t get a good shot in the bright sun today! It looks much nicer in real life.

The Cafe Colorize set is really good fun, I’ve got a few coffee/tea themed stamp sets so I’m glad to have some nice dies to use with them.

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Mixed media show this Tuesday on Create and Craft

I’m back at Create & Craft TV on Tuesday with a double mixed media show. The show features lots of the latest Tim Holtz releases as well as the fabulous Folio Journal by Eileen Hull.

I used The Park and The Gent die sets to create a couple of Mary Poppins inspired projects:

There are also some lovely floral sets – I’ll be back to share more tomorrow.

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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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