Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Clean and Simple Frames and Flowers

Hello! Back again!

I wanted to share another clean and simple make using that phenomenal Sizzix die from yesterday! I told you I was using it a LOT! 

This card was so quick to make - I'm so loving going back to basics, I seem to either be in a'throw everything you can at it' mode or a minimal mode these days : )

So for this card, I just took a white 8 x 8" card blank and colour tinted the edges with Pan Pastels.


I then used another really lovely frame from Sizzix here.  So delicate this one, I love it.  Then I took more of the flowers from the Intricate Flowers set (great price for these too!). Again I used Pan Pastels to colour the flowers - they were all cut from white card) and then layered them all up. The sentiment is a Polkadoodles stamp from our Sensational Sentiments here which is a real must have set I think.

Clean and simples. x


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Clean and Simple...

Hey everyone, been absent for a little while as usual, nothing changes does it! I'm having a little sneaky day off today following a hectic day on Create and Craft yesterday, during which I got a bad migraine so I think I deserve a chillax day! Not that it's really a day off anyway as I've still been working away at home on the pooter anyway haha!

Anyway, I thought it was time to share a few makes as I've been absent! Last week I demo'd in our local Hobbycraft store where they asked me to show die-cutting. It was a bit of a damp squib even though it was baking hot outside, but I think lots of people had gone off for the day with it being the start of school holidays and such a beautiful day. Anyway, as I was sitting there, all on my lonesome it meant I had time to do what I wanted for a change and I decided to get all my lovely Sizzix dies at the ready and see what pretties I could make.

I've always been a massive Sizzix fan and consider them the original inspiration behind die-cutting. I saved like mad to buy my first red machine, which was a good 12 years ago now I think, and it was so hard to get hold of! They really did revolutionise crafting at the time and my red mosheen was an absolute must have - lots of people were very jealous of it I can tell you! My first dies I bought were an alphabet and numbers set and to this day I say everyone should posess a set of alphas, they are so versatile. And in fact, I have 3 or 4 Sizzix ones that I still use now, just goes to show that dies are a lifetime purchase really!  Anyway, I digress, now that technology has moved on I have my new machine, my beloved and very pretty Big Shot and I'm now saving fro my Pro! I have just the right sized space for it to go lol! Anyway, I am seeing SO many beautiful dies from Sizzix right now, I think they're really on the mark with designs. I'm so tired of seeing the same old frames and shapes all the time from the other brands, it's getting complete overload and a bit zzz's for my taste, lovely as they are. I personally think Sizzix put a lot of thought into their designs and give more shapes which can actually be used over and over to make something really lovely. Recently I've bought loads of great sets including some of the Susan's Garden sets which are just stunning, I'll show you some of those later on (in fact I love the current Sizzix ones so much that I've started to stock them in the shop here).

Anyway this card is one of the ones I made on Saturday...clean and simple and nothing else needed I think....

This uses the frame die Ornate Oval which I think is just stunning, plus a flower from the Intricate flowers set which has already become one of my most fave sets of all time - SO much you can do with this, it's a real staple!

All I did was use a paper from the Bonbon Belles CD (Marshmallow Fluff Colourburst) and then colour tinted my frame and the flower with Pan Pastels using Permanent Red and Phthalo Green with a little Orange in the centre underneath. So pretty even if I do say so myself! The sentiment is also from the CD and again colour tinted with Pan Pastels. Love 'em!

Right, I'll be back tomorrow with another! xx


Friday, 5 July 2013

Bright and Bold Backgrounds

Hello! Friday and that means the Graph'It and Polkadoodles challenges!

Today at Graph'It we are challenging you to use Bright and Bold colours and over at Polkadoodles it's all about making your own backgrounds...(you can use any kind of marker on the GI challenge)...

I find it really easy to use bright and bold colours with Graph'It - in fact the rich and vibrant tones positively encourage me to be more adventurous with my colour choices, I've never used so many strong colours in my colouring but I totally love being pushed out of my comfort zone and I ADORE Graph'It markers! This image is from our new Bonbon Belles collection...


I used my beloved Pan Pastels for the sky background (how did I live without Pan Pastels??) and then coloured the grass with Graph'It pens - just 2 colours for this...so easy, the whole thing took about 5 minutes.  

Make sure you go and join us over on both the Polkadoodles blog and the Graph'It blog - there are great prizes up for grabs this week!

See you soon with something very exciting!!
xx