How to create a diamond easel card.

Hello again.

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.

Until next x Elisabeth x


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At home in the wildflowers

Hello again

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 “”. 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

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Remember to include the tags #craftconsortium #ccmakes

Happy crafting – stay safe = keep well.

Until next time

Elisabeth xx

Sparkilicious butterflies

Hello again

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.

This is the card in my YouTube tutorial.

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.

This technique is easy to master and makes striking cards. If you would like to see the full tutorial then please check out my YouTube video.

If you would like further inspiration or would just like to connect with Lisa Horton fans then I would encourage you to join the Facebook group – Crafting with Lisa Horton Crafts

Until next time x Elisabeth x

The papers and the mermaid tails were first launched on Create and Craft TV

Week commencing the 14th July they should be available from your local stockist or That Crafty Place which is Lisa’s shop.

Christmas in Summer

Hello again.

You may be wondering why I would call this Christmas in Summer? It is because in the world of craft – Christmas collections are launched in June: meaning that on a hot, sunny Summer morning I sat in my craft room making this set of Christmas cards for the launch of a new set of Christmas stamps and embellishments from Lisa Horton Crafts.

The bottles and jars are large A5 sized stamps which act as the holders of all your Christmas wishes. I cut around them in many of my versions which was easy enough to do. All the iconic festive elements can then be stamped and popped inside the bottle frame and as well as a little sparkle you can add a Festive Wordage sentiment (which are printed in white, black and red)

The Wordage sentiments deserve a sentence of their own because they are not your average set of words. They include phrases such as “Hurry down the chimney tonight” “counting the days””naughty or nice” and the “elf did it”. They are witty and a little bit different. Furthermore, the type face is smart and timeless.

I used one set of the Christmas element stamps which included the cutest little gingerbread people, candy canes, trees (that can be used at any time of the year) stockings and so on. The second stamp set includes the big man himself and a gingerbread house. There is also a set of the most beautiful floral stamps. My personal favourite is the mistletoe bough.

You can probably tell that this is a great set of Christmas stamps to work with. My top tip would be – keep all your elements on the backing sheet and stamp them all in one go. Don’t forget you can stamp onto coloured paper rather than plain white.

These goodies will be launching on Create and Craft TV on the 12th June.–2813342?channel=CC

After two weeks they will be available to buy directly from “That Craft Place”

I am lucky enough to to be on the Design Team for Lisa Horton Crafts. Together with my fellow DT members I share my work on our dedicated Facebook Group Crafting with Lisa Horton.

and on our Pinterest boards too

Keep crafting – stay safe – and keep well

Until next time

Elisabeth xx

Mandala – Summer Showstopper – Tuxedo card

Hello again.  

This is a copy of my recent post on the Lisa Horton Craft Blog.

Summer Showstopper

To make a Mandala Tuxedo Card

You will need:
Lisa Horton Crafts – Choose Happy Mandala Stamp set

Lisa Horton Crafts – pearl embellishments

Lisa Horton Crafts – Natural Sisal

1 sheet of White cardstock – approx 160gsm

2 sheets of colour cardstock – I used two shades of yellow

Black waterproof ink – I used Versafine Clair (Nocturne)

Red liner tape.Wet glue.Sticky pads

How to create this Summer Showstopper Tuxedo card:

1.  Use the template below to create the tuxedo base card.  If you need detailed instructions then take a look at my blog post from last year ,

2.  Stamp out nine medium sized mandalas and nine smaller sized mandalas.  In this version I matched a bold yellow, medium sized mandala with a light yellow, small sized mandala – and vice versa.  Stamp out your chosen sentiments too.

3.  Once cut out, adhere a small sticky pad to the centre of every medium sized mandala and layer  the smaller mandala on top.

4.  Embellish each mandala flower with a pearl from Lisa Horton Crafts ever expanding range of colours.  I used a subtle silver pearl to the centre of my mandala flowers.

 5.  Cut several wafer thin strips of card (from the waste of your tuxedo template) and begin sticking the mandala flowers to one end.  You want the flower to feel sturdy so place the strip centrally behind the flower.

6.  Cut 3 strips of white card 1 cm in width and 9cm in length.  Score each strip at 1cm and 8cm along the length.  Fold one end back and the other forward.  These three strips will act as the struts within your tuxedo card.  Glue the tabs to the inside of your box as shown below.

7.  Normally I would decorate the outside of the Tuxedo card before making it into a box and adding the struts.  However, I did not know how I wanted the card to look until I saw the flowers in situ.  Using the spare paper from the stamped images.  Cut the panels for your card as shown.  Then decorate the front panels with the smaller mandala stamp.  The back panels are kept plain – so that a message can be written.  Glue all six panels to the outside of your Tuxedo box.

8.  Attach the flowers from the front strut, building up the height as you go.  I also added Sisal in between the rows to help the struts stay in place.  The Sisal has the added bonus of finishing off the card with a hint of wispiness.  Finally add your chosen sentiments.  
Your Summer Showstopper of a card will lie flat for posting and will pop back up again when the recipient takes it out of the envelope.

I do hope you will enjoy making your own Summer Showstopper card.  Please do share your makes on the Facebook Group Page – Crafting with Lisa Horton.
You can also find further inspiration for the whole range of Mandala products on the dedicated Pinterest board
As always, if you have any questions then please comment below and I will be more than happy to help you.
Keep crafting – stay safe and keep well  xx