Cute kitten!

There are some artists whose work can make all age groups smile and the Giordano brothers certainly do. We have created two six inch square pads filled with printed designs and embellishments and this little kitten on a shelf is from pad number two.

Once you have the idea for the focus of your card (which the printed pads solve for you in minutes) then you can have fun designing the background and extras to add on. The pretty die used on this card is from my Signature dies range and is called Harriet Lace Edger. We have done several lacy designs and we gave them girls names to help us remember which was which!

The nice thing about combining printed bits and pieces and dies is that you can create a very professional looking card quite quickly and have a lot of fun along the way!

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Fairy Congratulations

The mini fairies in our Signature Die collection are very sweet. I like just popping them half hidden behind flowers as well as centre stage as these are. They look pretty cut as silhouettes and of course in gold or silver mirri card.

The aperture diecut here is made using our Favourite Lace Aperture Die, which frequently comes in handy for me, and the quick addition of some pearls or rhinestones looks amazing.

The Congratulations word here is done using a peel-off (remember those!) but of course you could use a diecut word or a preprinted sentiment. Ideal for someone that believes there may really be fairies at the bottom of their garden!

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Meerkats everywhere!

What’s not to love about little meerkats – they are just so cute. They also seem to be everywhere! You turn the TV on and they are insisting you might like some insurance (am I the only one that actually considered that in order to get a baby Olaf?) and, having just been to Longleat for the day, I can tell you that meerkats are there in force too.

I love the way they are such responsible little things, basically looking out for the rest of their family – maybe some humans could do with a spell of meerkat training!

This card combines the meerkat image from the Jayne Netley Mayhew Digistamp CD and some die cut meerkats, unsurprisingly using the Meerkat die from Signature!

So if there’s a meerkat fan in your family this will be ideal!

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Ponies with love

The horses on this card are from our Giordano cardmaking pad. If you have a horse lover in the family then it’s very safe to make them a card, any card, with something horse related! My elder daughter Pippa is a horse fan, whether she will transfer that love down to little Grace, my granddaughter, remains to be seen but Grace is already very keen to go and watch the “Clip-clops”. As she is only 18 months I worry she will be riding before she is five!

The lovely lace ribbon along the left-hand side is from our Signature range of dies – Annabel Lace Border – very useful and such a pretty embellishment.

There are lots of different animal paintings featured in the Giordano pads (there are two) so why not go and have a wander through and see what there is?

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Knitted granny square card

I just had to share this card with you all! It was sent to me by Sylvie Ashton who helps us design the lacier dies, Andy Carolan is the other part of our team but he is in charge of the less feminine choices!

What we were thinking about in designing the knitted square die was the brightly coloured squares many grandmothers knit to make blankets. The idea being you can run this through your machine using multiple colours and make your own miniature granny blanket!

Sylvie has taken this one step further and has used the die to cut felt instead of card and it gives this wonderful, almost knitted look, so much fluffier than card!

It’s a very simple card to make, the most important thing is to carefully remove the centrepiece of each square so that when you glue them on the card you can pop a different coloured middle into each square. The edging along the bottom is also cut out of felt – this uses the Harriet lace edger die.

One last point, Sylvie cut this on a Vagabond machine, if your machine is very old and worn as for example some trusty Cuttlebugs are, you might find cutting felt a little more challenging. I cut some using my Grand Calibur and that was fine. 

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