A fountain for the birds!

With the heat we are having this summer, I have noticed lots of birds (and I don’t blame them) searching out water to bathe in or just cool off!

We don’t have a fountain as classic or splendiferous as the one on the card on the left, but they have been sploshing about in our far less elegant birdbath and flying around the shallow part of the stream that runs through our garden.

The fountain card is deceptively simple, as it’s just a folded little card placed horizontally and then the oval shape is attached to stick over the top – no clever folds or tricky bits. The corner die cuts look beautiful and take only moments to cut out – they are Signature Dies – Art Nouveau Mirrored Pair SD615. The Classic Fountain die is SD618.

The second card is again a quick and easy, “Oh My Goodness!” card. I always have a variety of these designs in my head for the times when I forget a card or when I need a card instantly. The background is created from the Signature Dies – Hydrangea Frame SD606 and then you just pop an oval and a couple of tails over the top – and hey presto!

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Art Nouveau or Art Deco?

Art Nouveau continues to be one of the most popular themes for card making designs. I can understand why, it’s very attractive and there are so many beautiful designs you can create with this era of images.

I do love feminine cards and I find a lot of Art Nouveau designs create lovely toppers and contents for ladies’ cards – but if you need to make a man’s birthday card, maybe he’d be very happy with a trio of dancing girls, but maybe not! However, the more traditional Art Deco themes, like the card on the right, could easily work for a man.

Neither of these cards is too complicated and with the use of your trusty die cutting machine, you can be up and sticking in minutes.

The card on the left also uses one our super handy corner dies Art Nouveau SD614 together with the Dancing Lady SD610. The card on the right mixes in the Art Deco Border SD616 with the Art Deco Background SD417.

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Ways to use corner dies

Corner dies can seem rather small, insignificant little dies to add to your collection – but never underestimate the jobs they can do.

The first is a bit of a no-brainer, obviously, they can decorate a corner for you – either in a single corner of your card or several corners.

Secondly, of course, you can decorate all four corners on a suitably sized card so the points of each corner meet and voila! you have a pretty frame.

Use number three – see the card with the oval centre – they can just be really handy squiggles (technical term there!) that add a great embellishment.

Number four – line the diecuts up nose to tail so to speak and you can make a gorgeous border to go across or down your card.

Number five is illustrated in the card above left – mix some corner dies up together and create a frame for your topper.

I’m sure there’s a number six, seven and eight – but they escape me just for today – but have a look at the corners you have or treat yourself to one of the new corners we launched not long ago and see just how versatile they can be.

Here’s a link to the section of Signature Dies on our website where you’ll find all the corners.

 

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Backing Papers come to the front!

How about a different approach to designing a card? Why not experiment with just using backing papers and some dies?

These sheets come from my latest – Volume 5 – collection of backing papers. All together in one neat pad – you get 4 sheets of each design and there are 25 designs in a pad. So 100 sheets, that should keep you quiet for a while!

The card on left uses a sheet of backing paper as the base and then there are several bits and pieces of flowers and plants that you can cut out from a second sheet. Add a die cut vase or some words and you have something unique.

The card on the right uses a very different style of backing paper – this beautiful misty dawn or dusk (not sure which!) picture of flowers is gorgeous just on its own and then some die cuts have been added with Happy Birthday words and a corner from our Fabulous Corners Die Set.

Sometimes if you take a step back and look at something a little bit different, your craft stash can come up with some really surprising ideas! Have fun!

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A very special anniversary – or wedding!

There are some special occasions we celebrate that are perhaps just a little more special than an annual event like a birthday – and this card for a silver wedding celebration is simply out of this world! It’s OK I’m not patting myself on the back – this was made for us by Suzanne Saltwell.

Basically, there is the main card front – and just that as a card would be wonderful and special, whether for a wedding day or 25 years later. Then inside there’s a printed message saying the gift is two theatre tickets (fantastic idea – yes please!) and on the other side a more general message and a verse.

The detail on these inside pieces and the front is all gorgeous. Before you think “Nah too fiddly for me,” it’s not as hard as it looks, thanks to great dies and lovely papers.

The backing paper (isn’t it fantastic?) is from our latest Volume 5 backing papers. This gives the most wonderful dreamy look to the project for starters and then the clever combination of colours in the bouquets completes the feel of the card. The die used is our recently released Signature die ‘Vase of Flowers’.

If you are looking at the pictures thinking, “I wish I had more help!” – then help is at hand! If you send me your email address then I will ask Suzanne to chat with you and explain the details. Email me at joanna@joannasheen.com

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