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!


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. 


The barn owl

I know lots of people love owls so I thought this might be a good theme for today’s blog. The image is from the Jane Netley Mayhew Digistamp CD and very beautiful he is too! They appear in black and white for you to colour in as well as in colour if you aren’t in a colouring mood!

This is a very simple card when it comes to ingredients – linen effect cream card, the sheet printed from the CD and then a Signature Die called Leafy Flourish. The panel in the middle of the card is still the cream linen effect card but it has been coloured or distressed using an Old Paper Tim Holtz distress pad. Just rub it gently over the surface of the textured paper and then wipe it over the edges too.

The die is used with three tones of brown card and the rest is simple. Remember to use a glue gel for your decoupage to get the best effect.

Have a happy crafting day!

Smiles, Joanna