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.