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



House-Mouse Celebrations

I thought I would show you this card again – some of you may recognise it from many years ago, but to show you how much I loved it, this has been on my craft room wall all this time. I loved making it and have treasured it and refused to give it away to anyone. How mean am I? Do you ever make cards that you can’t face parting with?

The patchwork background is not too difficult to make, just rather time–consuming. I used a couple of papers that, in those days, we sold in packs but you can buy them now on the House-Mouse decoupage CD. Then I picked a light and olive green to blend with them. Carefully I snipped out lots of one–inch squares, centring the little mousey faces and the wood effect HM paper is also in one–inch squares. The green I cut into one–inch squares and then snipped across the diagonal to make them into triangles.

There are four squares of patchwork that I stuck onto plain white paper and then trimmed that away to give it more strength. I then constructed the card with copper card on a pearl white card blank. The mouse and leaves were all stamped and cut out but again you could use a suitable image from the House-Mouse Decoupage CD.

There is a shortcut you could take that wasn’t available in those days – how about just die cutting patchwork shaped pieces with one of our Signature Dies Patchwork? I would suggest using the smallest size.

Sometimes cards are fiddly but they give a lot of pleasure once they’re finished … and guess what? It is going straight back onto my craft room wall, I’m not parting with this one!


New videos planned for the website

Here’s a little heads up about our plans for the website (and this blog) in the next week or three. I thought it might be fun to make some videos that show you clear demonstrations.

I haven’t been able to go up to Peterborough (Create and Craft) to take part in programmes for a little while now and I miss the demonstrating and very good reasons to make cards! I am happy that this is my time to be here for my parents, heavens they gave me enough help and love when I needed it, but a crafter can’t be starved of card making for too long!

The card you can see here will be the first video as it’s one of those cards that are so much easier to show rather than to tell how to create!

The image is from our Daphne Brissonnet pad and the fan dies are from our Signature range, the fans (all of them) come in among my top ten Signature die choices.

So be patient with me and the videos will start shortly … I am hoping for next week but sometimes life gets in the way so it would be the week after. Hope you’ll enjoy them.


Gardenia Bliss!

Gardenias are a truly vintage style flower that always reminds me of the glamour of the 1950s and times gone by. I am very fond of this image from our Daphne Brissonnet Pad and I love this lacy card.

Apart from the pad obviously you will need a nice lacy die… look no further the Signature dies range has several, this particular one is called Georgina lace ribbon. We decided to pick girls’ names for the various lace designs and now of course we all want our own name or granddaughters/daughters names to be the best sellers.

I think the magic finishing touch on this card is the self-adhesive pearls placed on the lace, they are very inexpensive and they do give a very special touch!

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