Spellbinders Folk Song & Peace and Joy

I had fun creating this card with the new Spellbinders Folk Song die set and Peace and Joy stamp set.

There’s a video showing how I made the card if you’d like to see the process:

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Card making class in Bromsgrove 17 September

It’s Christmas card making this week for my regular card class. Although I have thrown in a couple of Autumn cards too. I do have a couple of spaces still, so if you are interested in joining us, then drop me a message.

Sizzix Eileen Hull Chapter 3 Release Party

Today is launch day for Eileen’s new Sizzix release, it’s a fabulous collection and I can’t wait to bring these dies and embossing folders to Create and Craft in a couple of week’s time.

First, there’s a look at all the elements:

Here’s the info from Eileen herself on her thinking behind this collection –

“I am so excited to share my Chapter 3 Sizzix die collection! Each piece in the set stands alone but also coordinates with the others to make a truly versatile and valuable addition to your collection.

The ScoreBoards Skinny Mini Book Box is a really great size- it measures 6 3/4″ x 4″ with an adjustable built in spine from 3/8″ to 2 1/4″. This die may be used to create a book by die cutting two covers OR a box if you add the side pieces to the covers. If you add the box supports, it will hold mini-slimline size cards.

The Skinny Mini Elements Thinlits will cut a cool star pattern that perfectly covers the front of the Skinny Mini book or the front of a slimline card. And you can also expand the size of the design to create a whole page pattern.

I have been wanting to make a Card Caddy die for a while… so many people are making cards these days that I figured that they would love to have the ability to make a really pretty container to hold them. I love the shape of this box and it goes together so quickly- also fun to decorate! It will hold cards up to 5 1/4″ wide.

The 3D folder is called Woven Leather and it looks so realistic! Makes a great background for cards, journal pages or covers”.

I’m already thinking that card caddy’s filled with cards would make lovely Christmas presents, so that’s something else to add to my ‘to do’ list!

I’m also very happy to have another journal option – I absolutely love making journals, and how lovely does the Skinny Mini Elements die look on the front?

It also looks beautiful on a card front (and of course the card fits nicely inside both the book and the caddy).

SO NOW FOR THE IMPORTANT INFO!

There’s a blog hop to celebrate the launch as well as a FB live. Pop over to Eileen’s blog for all the details. There’s also some prizes, so make sure you catch the live!

I’ll be on Create and Craft TV on the 22 August with the release, so you can expect to see more creations and inspiration from me over the next couple of weeks.

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Card Making Class 16 July in Bromsgrove

I’m starting my regular card making classes in Bromsgrove again, and I can’t wait!

The first class will be Saturday 16 July, 10am to 4pm. I do currently have a couple of places left so if you’re interested please email me – backdated@hotmail.com.

This class is all about general everyday cards – and you’ll notice a few of these will work for men as one of my ladies requested some ideas for men (always the most difficult to make I think).

Sizzix Eileen Hull Shadow Box dies on Create & Craft TV 19/20 May

Gosh I’m so excited for these shows. I have been so happy making all these projects. I have literally not left my craft studio the whole week I was making them except to eat and sleep!

So this is the Chapter 2 release from Eileen Hull, and unusually for her, this release doesn’t have any Bigz dies, there are 3 thinlit die sets, along with a stunning 3-D embossing folder called Crochet.

There are two sets that include the different size ‘sides’ to the shadow box. Shadow Box 1 allows you to create a small square frame, then Shadow Box 2 has a medium and large die, so you can create a landscape frame (as above). But of course, you can interchange the sizes, and say, just use the two longer sides of this one to create a larger square frame.

Then there’s a set called Shadow Box Elements that has some gorgeous little houses along with lots of other dies to decorate your frames. There are also extra elements in the frame sets.

I love the variety of elements in these sets, and the houses are just adorable. They are just as fabulous on cards as they are to create shadow boxes.

They also work so well with other die sets – for this square frame I used the largest shadowbox die and the Wild Blooms 1 die set.

I kind of replicated the project from the packaging photo for this one – it shows off all the little elements really nicely.

I’ve got lots more projects to share, so will pop back soon with more!

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Studio Light Jenine’s Mindful Collection – Write your Story

I’m back at Create and Craft TV tomorrow with a beautiful collection from Jenine at Studio Light. There’s a lot in this collection – papers, die cut elements, stencils, vellum, acetate, rub-ons, dies and stamps, all around the same vintage writing theme.

There’s so much in this collection, that if you go for the whole bundle, you will be making for months to come!

I think the style of these images lends itself to quite a romantic/shabby chic style, but really, it can work in many ways. If you like to add layers and mixed media you can, you can keep it simple with the dies and stamps if you like a more clean and simple look, and if you really want to make quick and easy cards you can use the paper pads and die cuts to create beautiful cards.

These are just some of the cards I’ve made, but please tune in for the shows for a better look because there is so much in this collection.

I’m on Create and Craft on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th April, it’s a One Day Special so times are 6pm and 9pm on Monday, then 10am and 2pm on Tuesday.

I’ve also added some links below for CraftStash in the UK and Simon Says Stamp in the US who are also stocking this collection. If you’re in the UK, Craftstash do have some bundle deals here

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More All Occasions from Sizzix

I’m back with more sneak peeks ahead of my shows on Monday – I’m on Create and Craft at 9am and 1pm. This set is called Rainbow Magic, and I really like the style of this rainbow. So many ways to use it. Each piece cuts separately so you can use different colours or just cut from watercolour card and colour yourself.

Next up, this set is called Bottles and Glasses, it’s got a fun champagne bottle, along with different glasses, and accessories. I cut the glasses from vellum on these cards to create these fun cards.

This is the Big Hugs set, and Positive Signs stamp set.

Last for today, there are a couple of new embossing folders on the shows – both are 3D folders, Rainbow Sky and Celebrate.

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Sizzix Eileen Hull Book Box

Today I’m sharing a little tutorial on this gift box/book, using the new Eileen Hull Book Box Bigz die.

It can be used to create journals, or a lovely box in a book, which is ideal for adding a gift to, or as I did in this case, some handmade cards.

I’ve listed below all the products used (with links), but of course, you can use whatever papers and materials you have to cover your journal.

  1. Take three pieces of Sizzix white Matboard and cover with double sided adhesive roll (I’m in the UK and buy my rolls from Crafty Devils, but you can find similar on Amazon).
  2. I covered two pieces of matboard with Mint Julep, then the other with Limoncello.
  3. Run the mint julep covered pieces through. This will give you two sets of each of the elements (because you will need two covers, and two sets to form the box. You can trim down the piece covered with Lemoncello so it just covers the spine section as that’s all you need from that (or you can cut it all and just save the extra pieces for other books).
  4. I used red line tape to attach the spine to the front and back cover, and to assemble and attach the box section. The easiest way I found to tape the box part is to lay them out end to end and tape them together.
  5. If you want to strengthen the box section, once you’ve assembled it and stuck it into the book, cut some strips of the mint julep texture roll, about 1 inch wide, then stick around the outside. It strengthens the box, but also makes it look neater.
  6. I cut another piece of mint julep texture roll to fit inside the box area, and embossed this with the new Vintage Buttons embossing folder. It just makes the inside a little neater as it covers up where the box is taped to the back cover.
  7. To decorate the cover, I kept it bright and simple with more texture roll. I used Primrose, Ballet Slipper and Limoncello, then some green cardstock for the leaves. I added my niece’s name using the Sizzix Handwritten Alphabet die. I find that using texture roll is a much better option when decorating journals, because it’s less likely to scuff or tear than cardstock, so if I have the right colour in texture roll, I’ll always use that in preference to card.
  8. For the notecard, I carried on the same design, and used a Mint Julep notecard so that it matched.

Hope this tutorial gives you some fresh ideas for using these gorgeous new dies. Don’t forget to check out the Eileen Hull Fan Club group on Facebook because there’s always a ton of inspiration there.

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New Eileen Hull Sizzix Chapter One Blog hop

Theres a really fun blog hop happening today to celebrate the launch of Eileen Hull’s new Chapter One release.

You can find all the info on Eileen’s blog – http://www.eileenhull.com/ as well as links to all the blogs taking part in the hop.

There’s a giveaway too! If you leave a comment for each of the designers in the Release Party Hop, or during the Facebook Live or YouTube video, you will be eligible to win one of the newly released products! Tell us what your favourite new product is and what you plan to do with it! Thanks for hopping with us 🙂

I’ve made three projects for this hop – you’ll be able to see these projects in more detail as I’ll have them on my shows on Create & Craft on 16/17 Feb. I’ll also be popping back here later in the month with a tutorial on the Book Box.

So the first project is using the the lovely Book Box. This die creates a journal with box element inside, so it’s perfect for popping a gift into, it’s also the perfect size to put cards in, so I think it would be lovely to make some matching cards to go with the cover then give that as a nice present.

The next die I’m sharing today is called Snail Mail and it creates this really fun background for cards (or it fits nicely on the Book Box). You can also snip each element away (which you’ll see on my next project). This would work so well with different dies and stamps because it kind of creates little windows.

The last one I’m sharing today is an embossing folder called Vintage Buttons. It’s a 3D embossing folder so the detail is just amazing.

Don’t forget to pop to Eileen’s blog to see the rest of the release as well as all the amazing projects – http://www.eileenhull.com/

The new Sizzix Big Shot Switch Plus Electric die cutting machine

Well it’s been a long wait hasn’t it? I first saw the Switch in action at the trade show in Frankfurt in January 2020 and I was so excited about it coming out. Literally as soon as we all got home from Frankfurt, the UK went into the first lockdown, and the launch was postponed.

It’s been worth the wait. Mine arrived on Wednesday and I was so happy to finally get to use it. I’ve put together two quick videos for those of you that might want to get one. The first video is literally just an unboxing video so you can see what you get with the machine (it comes as a starter kit with some dies and an embossing folder). The second video is a more detailed run through how to use it – so you can refer to this once you get your machine and want to see a run through.

For those of you in the UK, the machine will be available first on Create and Craft next week. I’ll update the links below as it becomes available more widely.

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