Thursday, 14 July 2016

Christmas Create-a-Card Cut-In Designs

These dies are a new concept range and don't officially launch until Friday. They'll be on Hochanda at 8pm for the One Day Special.
Each die set has a border strip, a main image and a matching small icon. Each one of the dies will cut inside the card, leaving the image intact, but there are also outer border dies included so you have the choice to completely cut out each of the images. So many possibilities. :)

The first one is All Around the Tree and I have used it as a pop-out on this 8x8 card. The mini trees make great extra embellishments.
This candle box is made using the Festive Angel die set. Everything is cut from snow white card stock and inked with Weathered Wood distress ink.
Of course, the dies will work on all sorts of mediums. I tried it with some felt and made a soft tree ornament.
The border dies are perfect for decorating the sides of a box. Using a contrasting colour for the box lid and base really highlights the design.
This is a really fun easel card design using the Shine Bright die set. I have trimmed away some of the border strip and used it as a stopper. The mini stars are suspended on acetate strips.

The Christmas gift die is really pretty and the design didn't just suggest Christmas to me. I thought it would be wonderful for a birthday too.
This is another simple design making full use of the border die for the box sides but this time using the Sparkling Bauble die set.
The same Sparkling bauble die set has been used on this bow front card and I've given it a masculine feel by using dark burgundy. The bauble has been highlighted in gilding wax.
This little easel card uses the Christmas Gift die to make the card base, and the border strip and mini gift die have been used to form the stopper strip.
I used the Traditional Wreath die to make the base for this shaker card. It is all made from snow white Centura Pearl cardstock, coloured with Pebeo Gilding waxes.

There is one more design in the set, a beautiful snowflake, but I don't have that one (yet). It's very high up on my wish list ;)

I do hope you will be able to watch some of the shows for more inspiration, these dies really are amazing.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Prestige Christmas

I have been having another little play with some of the Prestige Christmas word dies from Crafter's Companion. These are premium dies with wonderful detail and they cut beautifully.

I used the O'Holy Night die for this easel card, along with the Ivy and Poinsettia dies. The purple centura pearl gives a wonderful backdrop to the snow white embellishments.

For this aperture card, I used a create-a-card base die, and added a dark chocolate Centura Pearl mat. I positioned the Noel die centrally and drew around the inner oval then cut through both card layers. The Noel die-cut has been highlighted with gold gilding wax and then glued in place over the aperture.

The frame on the Joy die reminds me of a snowflake so I teamed it with the snowflake Accordion overlay die. The background has been created with pastel Aquatint inks.
Finally I used the Joy die for a slightly more dramatic monotone card. I think the design fits nicely within the curves of the Tag shaped Create-a-card base die.

Hope you like them :) x

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Everyday Accordion Cards

I've been lucky enough to try out some of the new overlays for accordion cards from Crafter's Companion  which will be launching on Hochanda at 8pm tonight. As well as the expected pretty designs there are also some more masculine designs which I'm sure most people will find really useful.
I made a couple of cards using the woodgrain overlay with the oval accordion card base. I think this one is the most versatile. As well as wood effects I think it also emulates peacock feathers and animal prints. With my love of all things 'Cat' I couldn't resist giving it a tiger makeover.
I then used the same dies in more natural colours with the Verity Rose owl and snowdrops to make a new home card with a woodland feel.
Using the same oval accordion card base die, I then used the Elegance overlay with the Downton Abbey papers to create a more elegant card which would suit many occasions.
Accordion card bases are currently available in oval, circle, square and rectangle.
I used the square card base die with acetate  to give a clear background to the shooting stars overlay as I wanted the stars to 'float'. If you don't like glitter, look away now, hehe. The overlay sections are adhered with Stick-it! which appears almost clear and shows up less than most other adhesives.
Finally I used the Delicate Swirls Overlay with the square accordion base and worked mainly in cream and black to give a lovely strong look. A Mixture of black matt card and black centura pearl worked well as a contrast to the cream hammered card and patterned coffee coloured papers from the Downton Abbey collection.
These type of cards are real statement pieces and you don't get the full effect from photographs. If you can manage to catch one of the shows on Hochanda, you will love them. These are the expected show times but the later shows might change if there are sellouts again.
Hope you've enjoyed seeing my samples. You will be able to see more on the show, on Pinterest or on the Crafter's Companion website. :) x

Friday, 26 February 2016

Verity Rose

This new launch is an absolute delight and I had so much fun working with it especially the easel card templates. I think I will be using these a lot in the future.
The range is character based and everything is themed around that character.
I was given Cupcake and Moonstruck to work with, so I'll show you what I made with each of them.
This is Cupcake. Her companion is a cute little dormouse with a moustache :)

Next, we have Moonstruck. She has an adorable little owl for her companion.

There is a whole papercraft range to go with the CD, including matching dies and stamps which I have used to complement the CD but it's lovely to have a choice if you prefer one crafting medium.
The range launches tomorrow on Create & Craft TV at 9am with Sara Davies and Lorna Horrocks, for the Craft weekender.
If you can't manage to see any of the shows, there are more inspirational samples and projects on the Crafter's Companion website. It's well worth a look. :)

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Textures Elements

I remember buying the first batch of Textures folders and stamps from Crafters Companion about twelve months ago and I absolutely loved them.
There is about to be a new release with some additions to the range and I have been lucky enough to have a few of these to work with :)

To achieve the effect on this stepper card, I used watercolour card which I brushed with water, then 'splatted' on aquatints. Once dry, I embossed it with the 'Rain' folder. I then used a clear ink pad and clear embossing powder just on the raised rain drops and heated it to a gloss finish.

I also made a very similar version, where I added rock salt crystals to the inks before they dried to give a different effect.

I used the 'wind' folder for this Spinner card and inked it with distress ink for a more subtle effect. The swirls would actually work with lots of card themes, but my idea was to emulate the wind blowing the loose leaf across the card into a pile of leaves on the other side. Can you see how my mind works? ;)

My next two projects feature the 'sunbeam' embossing folder. The panel on the card was first coloured with aquatints onto watercolour card. I used core'dinations cardstock to cover the tin, which was inked with aquatints and gold gilding wax.

There will be lots more inspiration soon on the Crafters Companion website, but if you can tune into Create and Craft tv from Monday onwards there will also be live demos. this is the schedule as it stand at the moment.

Hope you've enjoyed this little sneak peak. Would love to hear what you think about the folders and the stamps.

Diana x

Friday, 29 January 2016

Morgan Fitzsimons - A Country Life

Crafter's Companion have produced a really pretty CD which is launching today on Create and Craft TV. The artwork is all created by Morgan Fitzsimons and there are some beautiful gentle images on there. I love how the CD has lots of shaped card designs, so as I was given a free reign with my samples, those were the ones I went for.

The shows are all listed below if you want to watch any of them for live demonstrations, or you can check out the gallery at  for more inspiration.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Christmas Create-a-Card

Christmas card making is getting into full swing now that we're well into the second half of the year and if you're looking for something that looks amazing with minimal effort, you can't go far wrong with these new dies.
The ones I tried were 6x6" and they don't have an outer cutting edge so the design stays inside the card allowing you to vary the size of cards and projects. Brilliant :)
This tent fold design is made from a single strip of card and the centre cut-out section has been mounted inside the card so that it is visible through the aperture. The die design is called Christmas Eve.
Placing the die in the centre of a larger piece of card enables you to build it into a box lid. Lovely for showing a hint of the goodies stored inside. This die is the Christmas Angel.
This wooden heart has been decorated using a section taken from the same Angel die, achieved with a little extra trimming with scissors. The trail of snowflakes has been extended using the 'Snow is Falling' die from the Christmas Classiques collection. The gorgeous poinsettia and ivy fronds are from the same range.

These Fireside die cards show how the panels can be folded to add extra dimension, extending the folds or making pop-outs. Colour has been stencilled through the die itself to highlight the embossed detail.
This is the outside of the pop-out card, embossed and decorated to continue the stonewall design inside the card.

These arched cards are easy to create by leaving a tab at each end of the die-cut section which can then be attached to a smaller back section causing the front to curve. This is a lovely way to create a scene and extra details can be added behind the main image to add interest as you look through.
The die used for these is called O Holy Night and features a more traditional Nativity scene.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing a sneak peek of these new designs. they will be showcased fully when they launch on on Thursday this week.
There will also be lots more samples for inspiration on the website at www.Crafter'

Enjoy :) x