Sylvie Ashton’s Cardmaking Pad

We have a new cardmaking pad on the website with pictures by an artist that you may or may not be familiar with.

Sylvie Ashton has been designing with us for some time, you’ll find numerous stamp sets she has drawn for us and now she has moved up a gear and done some beautiful paintings that we have turned into a cardmaking pad. Go Sylvie I say! She started just as a crafter and look how her talent is blossoming! You can talk to Sylvie on our forum as she has been a long-time member.

This card uses one of the sheets in the pad. Remember with 24 sheets in the pad and the whole thing only costing £4.99, each sheet for a card is only 20p … can’t be bad! I love this particular image as hydrangeas are a firm favourite of mine. I must have ten or twelve hydrangea bushes in the garden at least. No, I just remembered there are three more at the front of the house – I am definitely a serious hydrangea addict!

I feel this shows how even the simplest card can look wonderful with beautifully toning colours and some great artwork! Here’s a link so you can have a browse and see what else is in Sylvie’s pad.

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Thinking about Easter

It’s not long now until Easter – it must be about as late as it can be this year – with Easter Sunday falling on April 20th. I have so many possibilities for making Easter cards but I think Jayne Netley Mayhew’s animals will be my inspiration for cards this year.  Both of these designs use the decoupage in her spring collection and they make wonderful Easter cards.

The little row of ducklings always makes me smile, the decoupage is quite easy to cut out and you can put a plain card around it or something a little more decorative as we have here. The Grand Nestability die makes a good card shape and with some simple embellishments it’s a simple card to make.

The Easter bunny card is a little more complex but still easy for a beginner. The decoupage is simple and the backing paper has just been pleated which, once you have got into a rhythm, is quite quick and very effective.

These two decoupage designs come with Easter greetings on the sheet if you wish to use them, but there’s plenty more inspiration in the rest of the Spring decoupage pack – you can have a look through them here.

Happy spring cardmaking! 

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Beautiful birthday roses

The card we all make most often has to be a birthday card and this one is just beautiful I think. It was made by Jo Westwick for us and I just LOVE it. I am so happy with all the container dies we have created and if you haven’t tried the rubber stamps that go with them, do have a go – they’re really fun to use!

What do I need to make this card

How do I make this card 

  1. Create a 15cm square card blank from white hammer card.
  2. Cut a piece of white card to measure 14cm square, emboss with the brick folder and shade with distress inks as shown.
  3. Mat this panel onto lilac card and fix to the card front.
  4. Die cut the wheelbarrow in kraft card and just the wheel in black.
  5. Use distress inks to age the wheelbarrow, then fix the black wheel in place using a brad.
  6. Colour the heart on the wheelbarrow with a glaze pen and leave to dry.
  7. Stamp two wisteria branches and colour with promarkers. Cut out and fix in place on the card using glue gel.
  8. Use sticky notes to mask and create a display of roses large enough to fit the wheelbarrow.  Stamp some additional roses to use as 3d elements.
  9. Colour the roses and cut out. 
  10. Fix the wheelbarrow to the card front using foam pads then add the roses using glue gel to give a 3d effect.
  11. Cut the labels in white and lilac card and finish the card with a die cut pre-printed sentiment.

 

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Home Sweet Home

This was designed as a new home card and it’s great to have something a little different to send out. Colouring in the crocuses and cyclamen is fun and of course you could choose to make them any colour that took your fancy, they come in a wide range of shades.

What do I need to make this card

How do I make this card

  1. Create a 15cm square card blank from white hammer card.
  2. Cut a piece of white card to measure 14cm square, emboss with the brick folder and shade with distress inks as shown. Stamp small sections of grass along the bottom edge using peeled paint distress ink and fill in with a paintbrush and the ink.
  3. Mat this panel onto green card and fix to the card front.
  4. Die cut the cartwheel in brown card and 3 flowerpots in kraft card.
  5. Use distress inks to age the pots, and then fix the wheel in place using glue gel.
  6. Stamp four bunches of crocuses and one of cyclamen.  Colour and cut out.
  7. Add the flowerpots to the card front and fix the flowers in place using glue gel.
  8. Die cut two ivy corners in green and fix in the top corners of the card.
  9. Finally, stamp a sentiment onto white card, age with distress inks and fix above the cart wheel. 
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For someone special…

This is such a pretty card that it would be ideal for so many occasions… it would cheer someone that wasn’t very well, make someone smile that was a bit down – or you could just enjoy making it as a birthday card. I love our craft don’t you?

What do I need to make this card

 

 

How do I make this card

 

  1. Create a 7 inch square card blank from cream pearl card.
  2. Print two co-ordinating backing papers from the cd, cut a panel of one to measure 6.75 inches square. Fix to the card front.
  3. Cut a strip of the second paper to measure 3inches by 6.75 inches and mat onto pink pearl card.  Fix in place on the card.
  4. Using the masking technique, stamp and colour flowers of your choice from the stamp sheet and cut out.
  5. Die cut the hanging basket, chains and ivy corners.
  6. Mount the basket onto a piece of brown card and cut out.
  7. Die cut the doily, a cream pearl circle and the scalloped circle and mat together as shown. 
  8. Fix the handing basket, ivy die cuts and coloured flowers in place on the doily and add a brad at the top of the chains.
  9. Use foam pads to fix the doily panel in place on the card front.
  10. Stamp and add a sentiment of your choice to the card.
  11. Finally, add a flat backed pearl to each corner.

 

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