Butterflies and stitching

This beautiful theme for a card was something Suzanne Saltwell designed for us many years ago and I have adored it ever since and used these ingredients myself.

This is just perfect for any sewing friends that you have. There’s a little extra expense as you need a wooden embroidery hoop, special fabric that you can print onto and some sewing bits and pieces.

I have kept every one of these that either Suzanne or I have made as samples, I think they are so gorgeous – or should that be ‘sew gorgeous’ – no maybe not!

Print out something from a CD or a file that you have, find matching backing papers ­– on this card we have used some Signature Dies lace butterflies to stay with the butterfly theme!

A perfect match – crafting and butterflies with a bit of sewing on the side – that must be ideal for many crafters.

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Dolphin delight!

The base card for this fun little smiling dolphin is a shaped card made by using some of the large Nestability dies available. If you haven’t got these then any other large shapes can be used or, of course, you could just make a good old rectangular or square card and it will look just as attractive!

The picture and embellishment come from our Jody Bergsma pad and as it is one of our top selling pads I think lots of people would love a card made from one of her designs. 

The background of this card is a lot of fun to make, just tear strip after strip from assorted pieces of blue card and then glue them over each other as in the picture to create a really sea/surf watery effect.

There are a great many dolphin fans out there (I love them too) and this could be just the card for them!

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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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