Today I would like to share a little challenge, I set myself using the new Build a Bloom cutting die set, from Lisa Horton Crafts. There are 14 dies in the set and you can interchange them to make different flower designs. So that is what I attempted to do.
Take a look at my quick little video…..
Mix and Match…
Having created so many different blooms – I needed to make a few cards. I started this one by die cutting out 4 mats using the new Scalloped Frame dies. I stamped the sentiment from the Be Happy (2) collection. Then I arranged the blooms on either corner.
Because the flowers were my focal points I decided to make a slim frame by die cutting the outside edge of the Scalloped frame. To create the inside mat – I die cut one of the smaller frames and turned it 45 degrees.
I even created a stencil from one of the original sheets of A4 paper. I gently blended in the ink colours (listed below). I die cut the banner from the Nested Banners. My FUNdamental collection of dies is coming along nicely now. This is very clean and simple but it still makes a pretty card.
Personally, I find this set of cutting dies to be versatile and I can see me using them time and time again. These crafting tools are a big investment so it is good to know that you can get good use out of them.
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At the start of my time on the design team for Lisa Horton Crafts I was sent a set of three butterfly stamps designed by Anne Ruffles. I have created with them many times – just check out this blog or my YouTube channel for clues as to how I used them. Imagine my excitement when Anne then created flowers with a zentangle twist. The stamp I would like to share today can be a background but it is so beautiful that it can easily become the focal point of your card.
To create this card – I decided to use white embossing powder to highlight the details within the design.
I stamped and heat embossed the image three times before blending in colour using my Oxides.
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What strange times we are living in. At the start of lockdown I was sent a set of stamps to play with. I think they are very suitable for the changes in our daily lives and they can be very pretty too. They are still on pre-order stage but I wanted to record them here on my blog.
These is a Strawberry Moon stamp set which comprises of this stunning, heart mandala, dreamcatcher and mix and match sentiments.
I simply picked out various shades of blue pencils and began to colour. Because I wanted little highlights I used yellow as a contrast. The “hello” was stamped with a stamp platform so that I could ink in light and dark blue to create an ombre effect.
This time, I worked with every colour of the rainbow. I think it really accentuates the tiny details within the design.
The sentiment stamps work so well together and are very apt.
Just by changing the colour way you can adapt this stamp to make a very personal Christmas card.
This is a beautiful stamp set and fingers crossed it will be going into production soon. I will keep you updated!
You may have seen me using the fabulous new premium cutting dies from Craft Consortium which are called Dienamix. In today’s blog post I thought I would share some of my previous cards and show you how I used the different frames (the Gallery series) and wording (the Sentiment series)
Here I have taken the outside Iron Frame and die cut it with Glitter card. It made a lovely border for this Cottage Garden card.
I used two dies to create this card. I die cut the “Enjoy” first from the floral in the Circus set. Then I die cut the A5 Ornate frame and raised it with sticky pads over the top. Before fussy cutting the flowers from the same page.
This stylish card began with the outside corners which I die cut using the A5 Iron Frame. Then I added the sentiment (without the mat) of thank you.
This card used the inside of the Deco Frame. Next month I will show you how I used the outside frame with another new collection, I die cut the frame using the Riverbank papers with a dark and light purple. I used the patterned paper as the frame, then I paper pieced the centres with the plain colours. You can also just about see the word Enjoy from the die above.
Are you beginning to see how you can mix and match these stylish frames? Here I have used the outside edge of the Deco frame and the inside mat with Riverbank papers. Next I die cut and adhered both layers of the Thinking of You sentiment.
I used every layer of the A5 Ornate Oval die in this card with the beautiful Winter Woodland papers.
And this is the same die! I wanted a banner for the top of this Fortune Teller Card made with the Circus papers. So, I trimmed the side of the die to frame the top.
I had to try these dies out on my favourite Tell the Bees papers. This is where my journey with Craft Consortium began. I used gold glitter card to make an outside frame and the plain mat layer using the Deco Square. Then I used the honey-combe papers with the two additional hexagons.
The Enjoy Life die set is clever because you can use the sentiments together or on their own. Here I die cut enjoy from the Cottage Garden papers.
And, here I used life as the sentiment with the At home in the wildflowers papers. (The frame is the Ornate Square)
Here is the Ornate square frame again. I used the outside frame on the card above and this is the centre part used as a topper and a stopper !
This is probably one of the most popular dies because of the sentiment but the circular frame is striking too.
Here I used the sentiment as a stopper for the main part of the easel card.
The circular frame worked well to frame this blackbird from the At home in the wildflowers collection.
Last but not least we have the Ornate Circle cutting die. Once again I have used the frame and the inner mat to layer up this pretty card (with papers from the Wild Meadows) The corners were then mixed up with the Ornate Frame set.
I have already used the Dienamix for Craft Consortium’s next collection which I will share with you at the beginning of August. If you would like further inspiration then do check out Craft Consortiums website : https://www.craftconsortium.com/.
As you can see this is a pretty comprehensive set of premium cutting dies from Craft Consortium. Here is the technical info directly from their website. All I would add is that they cut brilliantly through card stock and glitter card. The packaging is robust yet stylish and the dies themselves are of premium quality. As a crafter I am very excited about using them and know that they will form a big part of my die cutting collection in the future.
Until next time x Elisabeth x
“Introducing the latest brand to the Craft Consortium portfolio, Dienamix® Premium Crafting Dies – Durable, Dynamic, Multi coordination, Innovative, Versatile.Set apart in a rose gold premium carbon steel, with exclusive & unique, registered designed in a series of coordinating themes. Dienamix® dies are able to cut up to 350gsm card and are compatible with most leading die-cutting machines.Each die offers a minimum cut depth of 0.8mm – 1mm with a die thickness of 1.2mm – 1.4mmPackaged in a recyclable card envelope, which is both user friendly with no oversized, sharp plastic blisters.Finished with spot varnish highlights and foiled logo for visual impact. Dienamix® dies are arranged in distinct series which are easily identifiable by the packaging colour.”
UPDATE JULY 2020
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I so enjoyed making cards using the Mandala range from Lisa Horton Crafts: I made some more! All these products can be bought from Lisa Horton Crafts at That Craft Place or at Create and Craft so I will only link these two companies. These particular cards were made for Lisa’s shows on the 9th July 2020.
I used one of the pages from the Mandala colouring sets and very simply inked it up using Distress Oxides – Wild Honey and Spun Sugar. The high quality of the paper allows you to play with inks, sprays, paints and pens. I created the rosette tails with the Nested Banners dies.
This card began as a tag – once again cut from the Mandala papers and the Bali papers. I cut into the front tag with the outside edge of the Daisy Burst dies and infilled the clouds with Mermaid Tails. You can check out my YouTube tutorial on this technique The mandalas were coloured simply with pens and layered up using sticky pads.
This mandala has several layers. It started as a sheet of inky magic which I then stamped the Choose Happy stamps across. I cut them out and layered them up with sticky pads. I slightly off centred them each time.
This time I stamped across the white tag with the smallest mandala stamp before layering it up onto a raspberry coloured card tag. The mini bunting dies meant that I could personalise the card for my daughter Olivia.
Once again, I personalised this card in honour of the 4th July – using the mini bunting dies (which are now back in stock) and made my own mini rosettes bunting by stamping and colouring in the mini mandalas in red, white and blue.
I must have made twenty cards using this Mandala range which speaks volumes about its versatility. I hope you will get plenty of use from the colouring sets and stamps too. Please let me know how you get on or post a photo in the Facebook group for Lisa’s fans called Crafting with Lisa Horton.
Today I would like share a few of my latest design team samples made for the launch show of the Trellis Blooms stamps and the Pretty Petals papers. I will add the links below to Create and Craft because they have a fortnight’s exclusivity of the products from the 30th June. Then the items should be available from your local stockist or That Craft Place. The majority of the products I used are from Lisa Horton Crafts so I won’t list them individually but you should find them in the places already mentioned.
I stamped the Trellis Blooms onto watercolour paper before colouring with my Tonic pens. I cut out a plain white Nested tag and layered everything onto one of the Pretty Petals papers.
This was of a similar style but in a blue colour way. To create the layered flowers I used three sizes of flowers and used 3 or 4 stamens in the centre. I made a small hole in the flower/ folded the stamens in 2 and inserted them through the hole.
For this 6×6 card – I used shades of yellow and began by die-cutting two sets of yellow circle frames. Then I arranged the flowers around the hoops and embellished the smaller flowers with small green pearl embellishments.
This stepper card took slightly longer to create, mainly because I had to measure out the Pretty Petals papers carefully to cover the panels. If you remember the In the Loop cutting dies – you will see that I only used half of the section to frame the base of the front panel. The sentiment is from the Mandala paper sets.
It is another beautiful set of papers, stamps and embellishments and I hope you can see how all of the products from Lisa Horton Crafts can be combined to make individual creations. If you would like further inspiration and would like to be part of the Crafting with Lisa Horton (Facebook Group) then follow the link below.
I am back with another video tutorial and this time I will be showing you how to create a diamond easel card using the glorious “At home in the wildflowers” from Craft Consortium. This project and video was first shown on a Facebook Live hosted by Craftstash on Friday 26th June. I have saved a version of it on my YouTube channel so you can see full details on how to create the card shape.
This is my prototype.
Before filming a new project – I try the card out first and talk myself through it! I can then pass on my top tips and my top tip for this card is to use Glossy Accents on the blackbird to make him stand out. Leave it on overnight to really set it though.
This is the card you will see on my YouTube video.
Having made this card – I would actually cut extra papers to cover the inside top cover and behind the topper. I think it would really finish off the card.
Here is the link to my YouTube video which I really hope is straightforward to follow. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
If you would like to see more of my projects (using this pretty collection) then read my previous blog post. You can also connect with other Craft Consortium fans by joining the Facebook group – Craft Consortium Network.
To enable me to provide free videos and tutorials – I have included affiliate links below. If you purchase a product through them. I will receive a commission (at no additional cost to you) I only ever endorse products that I have personally used and am happy with. Thank you for your support.
This is another wonderful collection from Craft Consortium. This family run, British company are very supportive of upcoming young designers. This time they have collaborated with Katie Putt (a London based – illustrator and designer)
The 12″x12″ papers are full of charming, watercolour florals, familiar insects and a cheeky blackbird. There are 40 double sheets ( in a mix of 200 gsm and 150gsm pearlescent papers). These co-ordinate perfectly with the stamp sets, washi tape and embellishments.
I created these samples for the launch of At home in the wildflowers on Create and Craft TV. I also incorporated a few of the brand new Dienamix Premium Cutting Dies (which are Craft Consortium’s latest product line) and as you would expect they are of the highest quality and design.
Let me start by sharing the simplest of cards. One stamp with a little gently colouring in and my trademark three sequins.
From the plain and simple to over the top and blousy. These apricot coloured flowers (I am sorry I can’t tell you what they are) have a pearlised sheen to them. I cut a whole page of them out and layered them around a circular frame. The sentiment is one of the classy sentiment Dienamix cutting dies.
Next up is a wild grass and butterfly card. It is summer in the grass meadows and again the papers work beautifully with the “Enjoy life” and “Ornate Square” dies
One of the highlights of the papers are the shades of peach and apricot and how they co-ordinate with the leaf greens.
This stepper card took a little while to cut out because I didn’t want to waste a scrap of the daisies paper. It was worth the effort though…
And here is the star of the show…
Bertie Blackbird (as i came to call him) is so wonderfully drawn. All I had to do was cut him out a few times and add a layer of glossy accents.
The cutting die is called “live.laugh.love”. I used the words in the previous card.
I incorporated the wonderful washi tapes with scraps of the papers in this hexagonal fold card. I enjoyed making the topper so much that I carried on with the design on the base,
This card was a labour of love but I think it was totally worth it. I adore this card.
I stamped the rose (I think it is a Briar?) many times onto a piece of good quality vellum. Next, using pencils I coloured the main part of the flower (at the back of the design) and edged each petal (at the back of the design). It gave light and shade to the flowers. Then I arranged them around a circular frame. Finishing it off with a Tonic sentiment strip.
As you can see, there is plenty of scope with this stunning first collection designed by Katie Putt. Your creations can be clean and simple, blousy or classic floral.
If you need further inspiration then please join up to the Craft Consortium Network group on Facebook
I have been playing and creating beautiful things. This time I have taken some of the sparkilicious Mermaid tails from Lisa Horton Crafts and incorporated them into a butterfly card. I was so pleased with the effect that I filmed a mini tutorial for my fledgling YouTube Channel. My filming and editing skills are improving slowly. Just as with this blog – I am leaving a little mark on the crafting world. Even if it is only reaching a small audience.
This is the first card that was my prototype
To produce the background – I cut slithers of papers (from the newly launched Pretty Petals papers) and laid them onto a sheet of sticky backed plastic.
Next, I scattered the sparkling Mermaid Tails across the entire sheet. Shook them off carefully and smoothed the excess into the sticky backed plastic.
Then, I gently laid a small amount of natural Sisal over the surface.
To create the butterfly – I stamped out a Jewelled Butterfly twice using “Chianti” Versafine Clair – and set it with some clear embossing powder. A little hint of colour was added with Tonic pens. Before finishing off with a faceted gem or three.