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3D Christmas Rose

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Personalised cards

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When you have a very special person to make a card for, why not make a very special personalised card? With the new Art Deco Alphabet die sets its so easy

I have made an oval frame using the Double Pierced Oval die sets and the Lattice Frame die for the centrepiece. The colours are Lilac and Rich Plum. The background is embossed with the very popular Falling Snow embossing folder, another thumbs up for, not just for Christmas idea!
The fan is simply made from Ornamental Accents die set and the scalloped circles are made from old punches. Finally the centre flower is made from the Orange Blossom die set complete petals and the Camelia open petals die set as the centre of the flower.

Difference in Double Pierced Die sets

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Does this picture remind you of an eye test? Hope I'm not the only one! Anyhow, I digress. I have just done a little sample or two to show you the difference between the two sets of Double Pierced dies, in this case the Circle sets, but the same theory applies with all the shapes in this collection, Rectangles, Squares and Ovals
So, if you have just one set of Double Pierced dies, each die is 1/4" bigger than the next, giving this margin shown in the photo, which, of course is fine for many projects. Here I have cut the smallest four dies.
If however you have treated yourself to BOTH the Double Pierced die sets, the increase in size, by using both sets will give you a much narrower margin, in fact 1/8" between each layer. In this photo, I have cut the four smallest dies from Set A in white and the four smallest dies from Set B in black to show you the difference. Remember, it is the same increment in all the Double Pierced die sets, hope this has helped.  Double Pierced…

A Ray of Angelic Light

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A fairly simple card today and another using the Ray of light die. I have cut the die out twice to give a little shadowing effect, once in Milk Foundation card and then again in Antique Gold Pearl Foundation card.
Taking a piece of milk card, I added a piece of double sided adhesive sheet to this and then drew around the Angel die by hand to give just the outline and cut this by hand. The Angel was then from Antique Gold Pearl Foundation card and stuck onto the sticky outline base. Gold Micro beads were then added to the whole design. Finally, a shadowed 'Peace' from the Holly Framed Peace set just to finish this simple card off.
For supplies to make this card please visit www.maximumcrafts.com

Amazing Madeleine

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Wow! What a fantastic new range of dies from Sue Wilson launched this week and for todays card I have used the beautiful Madeleine from the Frames and Tags Collection with Striped Swirl edger.
The card stock colours are Iris and Coconut White, a lovely crisp combination. 
The background is embossed with the Falling Snow embossing folder, I have yet to use this one for a Christmas card! The centre panels are made using the centre of the Butterfly Frame, mounted onto double sided adhesive sheet and then sprinkled with Diamond Sprinkles. Have you noticed the way the Stitched Flags are threaded through Madeleine? Ribbon would look lovely too!  All items used are now available on the website at www.maximumcrafts.com 

Enjoy making a frame

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This is a card that started out as going to be something quite different but I'm really pleased with the finished card. I wanted to show you how easy it is to make the Double Pierced frame so I have done some step by step photos for you.
It really doesnt matter what size die you start with, but you need the two sets of Double Pierced Squares to achieve this particular frame. So, to start choose three of the dies, the largest and the smallest die would be from Set A Double Pierced squares and the middle die would be from Set B Double Pierced Squares.  Take the largest one, and tape to the card, paying particular attention as to where you put the tape. It must be ALONG the edge, not over it.
Next, add the middle die, taping in the same way, along the edge and finally the smallest die in the same way. The reason that you should place the tape like this is that you need to remove the middle die BEFORE cutting and placing the tape like this allows you to do that easily. Once the three…

A very Special Thank You card

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Todays card is for a very Special person, my Bestest Friend in the Whole Wide World! It therefore had to be a very special card, to thank her for all my wonderful birthday pressies. Flowers seemed to be the order of the day, paper ones that last so much longer than the cut variety, a splash of glitter, a leaf or two and must not forget the butterfly!
So I chose the Delicate Daisies Complete petal die set in various sizes for the centrepiece. I love to 'mould' these flowers, they work so well. I then cut some Dandelion Clock dies and popped a spot of cosmic Shimmer Aqua Twinkles on each seed head.
The leaves are both Orange Blossom leaves and Delicate Fronds, Wow what a selection! The butterfly charm is from a friends craft shop, so beautiful! The background die is the Scalloped Petite Adornment , its gives a lovely effect just peeping out from the background.  Finally, the card is a simple Oval Easel card made from Aqua Foundation card using the Double Pierced Oval die set.  w…

Thank You Sweetheart

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I needed to make a small production line of thank you cards this week and decided to use the New Zealand Background die and the matching flowers from the Sweetheart flower die set. It was so simple to make a 'posh'looking card just by die cutting with these two sets, I sort of got carried away and made them in Periwinkle Blue
and again in Aqua
and again in Baby Pink
and finally in Lilac. Cant decide which I prefer, they all look really pretty and I will be making these cards with my Chichester Craft Class in September so we shall see which colour is most popular.

New Zealand tour

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Totally different colours for me again today,  Aqua with Coconut White and Mocha Foundation card.  I cut the Auckland die without the outer edge directly into the Aqua card which was cut from the Double Pierced Rectangle dies. Unfortunately these Rectangular dies are not the standard rectangular sizes that we are used to here in the UK, so when using them its necessary to make your own card blank rather than use a standard one. However, I love the way these dies take the hassle out of getting neat layers.
I wanted to give the Auckland die a little more impact and so cut the shape once more from Mocha card and placed it behind the Aqua layer, fractionally off centre, giving a shadow effect which really enhances the detail of the Auckland die. Continuing along the tour of New Zealand I have used the Hamilton die set as the centre piece and sentiment from Phill Martin's Blossom sentiments.
Finally, I am so pleased with the way these flowers turned out. There are some fantastic ready…

Snowflakes in August

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Snowing in August?! Well it is here today, but no matter what time of the year, snowflakes are just so beautiful and with the Bold Snowflake Frame that I have used today, snow is the order of the day.
The die really does do all the work for you. The centre die not only cuts a snowflake out but it also gives a pierced pattern all around the snowflake, really effective. Then pop a colour behind, in this case periwinkle Foundation card and its just so pretty.  I do like a bit of bling too, and this is what I call bling! The matching stamp, Midwinters Eve, has been stamped with Perfect Medium and then embossed with Brilliant Sparkle Silver embossing powder. When the name of the product suggests something very sparkly, this one doesn't disappoint, for a change, i think even the photo does do it justice. A delicate Heart Cluster embellishment, backed by one of the snowflakes and an organza bow. Finally, some more snowflakes, drenched with even more bling, Iced Snow and topped with a cl…

Christmas on a Greek Island

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How do you fancy Christmas on a nice little Greek Island? Sounds quite perfect to me, and how about that in August? Well, here is my version. I have used the Kekalonia die to cut out the Christmas Rose frame stamp as the centre piece for todays card. The Christmas Roses are stamped from the Christmas Rose Element stamp set using Perfect medium ink pad and then embossing with Cosmic Shimmer Detail Silver embossing powder. This powder is very very fine and picks all the detail of the flowers. The Christmas Rose die set also comes with the leaf die I have used here, I have embossed the die to get the detail of the leaf and I love the effect. Just slotted behind the two smallest roses here, leading your eye into the centre and softening the harsh corner.
The delicate Ivy corners are from the new stamp set by John Lockwood Borders and Flourishes which has all sorts of stamps both Christmas and for everyday. I have again stamped this with the Perfect Medium and then used the Detail embossi…

How do I use these? Masks and Stencils

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There are so many lovely masks and stencils on the market these days and even more heading our way with the new Christmas ranges, but how do you use them and what can you do with them?
I have chosen one of the new Christmas range from That Special Touch called Nordic Christmas. It is made out of durable plastic and can be used with many different mediums. They cane be used with Dye based inks as a stencil, Texture Paste, Paint, Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitter, Gilding wax, Micro Beads, Gilding Flakes, Perfect Medium and embossing powders and many more.
Using removable tape, the mask was taped onto the card to keep it in the right place. I would certainly recommend taping it when you first try this technique. There is nothing worse than almost finishing the project and then it all moves, everything smudges and youre on to Plan B!
I have used Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste in Berry red on Bright White card stock. using a palette knife applied over the mask, wiping off the ex…

Looking through the window

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As promised another card using the Presscuts book die, this time as an accent only rather than the main card. I have cut the smallest two dies out and then, for a thinner border, I have drawn around the larger of the two dies used and cut out by hand. Its a simple line to follow so not too difficult to do. The smallest shape was then run through an old embossing folder I own with music on which I felt lent perfectly to the theme.
I used Steel and Icicle Pearl Foundation card stock, oh, what a super quality card, such a sheen to it too. Peeping from the background you will see my 'windows', made from the Lattice window die and cut from the Steel card in the front and backed with the Icicle card.  Finally the flower. I really enjoy making flowers from paper/card, it might be sad but I find it quite therapeutic. I used the Steel card again and cut two large, one medium and one small flower from the Orange Blossom Complete Petal die set, layered them up and then applied Cosmic Sh…

Christmas Book card

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Once upon a time there was a very Special friend who deserved a very special Christmas card and this is how it turned out. At this rate I shall be finished all my Christmas cards by the end of August! 
I have used the Presscuts A4 Book die for the base of the card, gone are the days of the embossing boards to make these type of cards, well gone for me at least!
So on the left I have used the Ornate Holly Framed Peace die set and stamped with the sentiments from the John Lockwood Poinsettia Wishes stamp set. Its so handy that the words come seperately so you can rearrange them to say so many different sentiments. the corner embellishments come from the Ornate Holly Framed Peace set too.
The Poinsettia Additions die set has been introduced with just three size poinsettias in plus the open petal set to match. The sizing is different than previous Poinsettia dies, so nice to have just the three perfect sizes to work with. I stamped them all with the matching stamp set in Perfect medium a…