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 www.CreateandCraftTV.co.uk on Thursday this week.
There will also be lots more samples for inspiration on the website at www.Crafter'sCompanion.co.uk

Enjoy :) x

Sunday, 2 August 2015

It's all about the Texture

Adding texture to cards will always enhance them by adding dimension and creating interest.
The easiest way to do this is with the use of embossing folders and the new 5x7 Textiles range from Crafter's Companion is just perfect. They are being showcased on Create and Craft TV this weekend at an amazing price, so well worth a look.
I made a few samples for the shows. The first two incorporate a mixture of two folders, Hessian and Distress. The baby card is inked lightly with brown ink. The Cherish card is inked with gold ink and heat embossed

 The next two cards have been made using the Parquet folder. The Believe card is inked with white pigment ink onto teal Core'dinations cardstock and heat embossed with Seafoam embossing powder. The Cheers easel card is embossed and inked onto white cardstock and inked with black dye ink.

 The tri-fold card is made with a mixture of kraft cardstock and grey core'dinations embossed using the Pebbles folder. The surface was sanded back for this one so that it would absorb the coloured ink more readily.
There are other textured folders in the range and lots more samples to see on the Crafter's Companion website if you need more inspiration. www.crafterscompanion.co.uk

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Scruffy Little Kitten

Scruffy Little Kitten is the latest release from Crafter's Companion and follows in the footsteps of the popular Scruffy Little Cat range.
This time it is all about the youngsters and there are the most adorable images for boys and girls of all ages.
I have been trying out the new CD and have made a few samples, for the shows on Create and Craft TV on Monday, which I am able to share with you now. They will be on the Four Day Deal with Fiona Clayton. I can't wait :)
This little Trinket Box is really easy to make by printing off all the pieces on the CD. Even the scalloped rolled roses are included. There are four mini drawers, which you can position to open on any side, to house some little hidden treasures.
This easel card is made using one of the Card Companions designs printed out twice to make use of the scallop as the card base. I love how all the card elements are put together on one printable sheet for this type of card.

This is another favourite of mine, the shaped toppers. I have added mine onto a card constructed with an embossed acetate front panel.


I made a gatefold card to show off this simple topper. The side panels are embossed and inked to tone with the animal print trousers in the image. The pebbles embossing folder from the Textures range worked well for this.
The topper companions used for this card give variations on one image, one large and two small which can be used together or split up.
Just a regular A5 sized card for this one. It's a decoupage image layered up using glue gel.
I have mounted the image onto sections of a die-cut square frame to stretch it. The beads are all held in place with strong red liner tape and sealed with glossy accents to protect them.
Here I have used one of the Fabric companions images, printed onto light card for the gift bag, and printed onto T-shirt transfer paper before applying the image to a plain cotton t-shirt. Perfect for a little personalised gift.
Lastly, I have used one of the Megapage images to create a lovely framed piece of art for home d├ęcor. I have mounted it into a box frame with a glass front which will protect it from dust. I was initially going to add bunting and extra flowers inside the frame but I loved the clean bold image on its own and decided it was perfect without any additions.
So there you are, my eight samples ready for the new launch on Monday. There will be a matching stamp range too which I am very keen to see as they would compliment the CD beautifully.
If you can't wait for the shows to see more, you can take a look on the Crafter's Companion Pinterest page. https://www.pinterest.com/crafterscompuk
Hope you have enjoyed my sneak peak :) x


Monday, 11 May 2015

Cupcakes all Wrapped Up

I'm running rather late sharing this post as the samples were all on Create and Craft two weekends ago but if anyone bought the templates and is looking for a little more inspiration, I thought you might still like to see these. Of course the templates are all available on Crafter's Companion website and are well worth getting as they would be perfect for making gift boxes too.

I'm sure you will recognise this 6 cake box as it was sat on the counter for quite a while when Fiona was demonstrating.
It is made from A3 Timeless double sided cardstock using the 6 Cupcake Gable box template. I have cut cupcake wrappers to match using the Die'sire Lace Hearts die.
I cut an aperture in the front panel of the box and added embossed acetate, then framed the window with metallic gold thread. Then I simply decorated the box with satin ribbon, daisy lace and a resin rose.
This one is made using the Springtime A3 double sided cardstock and the Twin Cupcake Presentation box template. I have embossed the acetate for the windows with the Embossalicious 8x8 Roses folder to tie in with the card pattern.
The cupcake wrappers for this one have been cut with the Die'sire Butterfly die.
I also die cut some butterflies for embellishments from the same cardstock using the Delicate Butterfly die.
The flowers, lace, organza and pearl embellishments are all from my stash.

Last but not least is the Single Cupcake Favour box template and I think this one is so sweet.
I have used Springtime double-sided cardstock and decorated it with hearts cut in snow white Centura pearl from a section of the Lace Hearts cupcake wrapper die.
I used the Button box die set to cut a small heart shaped button to tie the ribbon through and have added a strip of crochet lace and some twine bows
I hope my makes have given you a little inspiration. The only problem is I can't stop thinking about cakes now ;) x


Thursday, 30 April 2015

New Decorative Templates

Crafter's Companion are launching some fantastic decorative templates this weekend on Create & Craft TV and I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a few to play with. There are six in the range and I have three to share sneak peeks with you today. There will also be some gorgeous new double sided cardstock which is perfect for larger projects like these.

This little trinket box is in too parts which slot together nicely, and would make the most gorgeous container for a special gift. It is almost egg shaped, so would also be great for Easter. I have used the new Timeless cardstock for this one which I thick looks very classy :)

The Country Cottage template is amazing. There are just so many possibilities with this one. I have given mine quite a clean and fresh look using the Springtime Card and you can see both sides of my chosen design here, with the pinstripes and the roses. I couldn't resist adding roses around the door though. Surely that's compulsory for a country cottage? Not to mention the little cat waiting patiently on the doorstep. A house isn't home without a cat ;)

This last little box is the easiest to put together. It is made from two whole pieces of card so it is quick to make too and looks really effective.

All of the templates have grooves for score lines and for marking out perfect mats if you want to layer up patterned papers. They really have thought of everything.

The shows will be on:
Saturday 2nd May at 9am, 12pm and 6pm
Sunday 3rd May at 11am, 2pm and 7pm.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

A touch of the Tweedies

Good morning everyone :)
I have a few card samples to share with you today made using the Tweedies papercraft kit from Crafter's Companion. The particular kit I had to work with is exclusive to Create and Craft and will be featured on TV today at 1pm, along with the Die'sire alphabet and number dies.

This first card is made simply by folding a piece of A4 printed cardstock. I have added text and numbers to personalise the card and have also added a matching button embellishment cut using one of the new Button Box dies.
The 3D frames and decoupage in this kit are stunning. I made a shaped easel card base to show this one off, using ivory Centura Pearl cardstock. I drew around the frame and cut it out by hand.
The numbers are die-cut using the 3" high number dies. Don't they make a statement! I have added a little faux stitching, with a silver gel pen, around the number edges and card base to mirror the stitching on the images.

My third and final card is my favourite from this kit. The frame design is pre-scored ready to assemble and even has a little stand to attach at the back. It also has a perfectly sized little box to keep it safe. I've decorated mine quite simply with a matching topper and some ribbon to tie it closed.

All of the images in this range were originally made up in textiles and this gives them so much depth and an organic feel. Topped with a mixture of silver and gold foiling, the kit is extra special and I have loved working with it :)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Kimono Launch

The team over at Crafter's Companion are just getting ready to launch their new Kimono range and will be on Create and Craft TV on Monday for its debut with a brilliant 4 day deal.
There are four sets of stamps, dies and embossing folders as well as the CD which all go together beautifully.
I have been having a play with the CD and there are some fabulous images on there.
Here are a few of the samples that I have made for the launch. Hope you like them :)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

My First Design Team Post

I am so excited to be able to share this with you all.
I have recently joined the Design Team for Crafter's Companion UK and my first project was to create some samples using stamps from the fabulous Sheena Douglas range together with Spectrum Noir pens and pencils. They will be shown on Create and Craft TV this weekend. Woohoo :)
I am a little in awe of the work produced by some of the other Design Team members. I don't think my colouring is anywhere near up to their standard yet but I plan to have lots of fun practising.

Here is a sneak peak of my three samples.

I used the Spectrum Noir blending pencils for this wall hanging and love the effects you can get with them. The stamp set used was Sheena's Butterfly Effect.
I used the same stamp set for the next hanging decoration, but this time used the Spectrum Noir pens. The mdf heart was painted with white acrylic as a base before stamping and colouring.
My final sample is a card using Sheena's Violets stamp set. I stamped the violets twice and cut them out so that I could decoupage the flowers and leaves to give them more dimension. The bee is a fabulous addition to the set.
All that's left to do now is set the programmes to record on Create and Craft this weekend. Hopefully I'll catch a glimpse of my work amongst all the other wonderful samples.
Shout if you see them :) x

Monday, 23 February 2015

Dispenser Boxes

These cute little dispensers have been creating quite a stir; so for anyone who wasn't able to get the instructions from one of my demos or workshop, this is just for you :)

Firstly the Tea Bag Dispenser.
This one will hold a full box of Twinings wrapped tea bags and I think it would make a delightful gift.
I made mine using kraft cardstock as a base and decorated it in French Lavender from the Papermania Capsule collection. The tags and letters are from the Bare Basics range and give a lovely contrast.

The construction is a very simple basic box, with a small section cut away, and a separate lid.

These are the dimensions that I have used and it will hold a whole pack of Twinings tea.
Keep all the excess card in the base as this will make it really sturdy.

For the After Eights Mint Dispenser I needed to tweek the measurements a little as they were smaller.
You can use the basic concept and just adapt it to fit your chosen contents.

I used the Papermania Bellissima range to decorate this one. The butterfly and roses are from the embellishments pack. The papers and toppers are from the Ultimate pack.
The tag, rose and butterfly are cut using xcut dies and the letters are stamped and punched out.
The measurements for this one only vary slightly on the depth.
These boxes are great fun to make and decorate.
Hopefully you will have fun trying them for yourselves :)
Diana x