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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Maja Design Mood Board

Hello there everyone how are you all? Last week or 2 weather had got pretty mild for winter but these last couple of days I'm absolutely freezing :-(

Anyhoo you havnt come for a weather report have you or have you because I reckon I could do a decent-ish weather impersonator lol.
Ok just kidding I'm gonna show you a card really lol. Now yesterday I was going to show you a new stamp brand, new for me. Erm well you will have to wait til tomorrow as although its in my drafts I completely forgot its the last day for Maja Design Mood Board & I sooooo want to enter you know I lurve their papers..........I think I tell you everytime I use them lol.
So this is there Mood Board this month....
MajaDesign Mood Board March 2017
..........isn't it pretty. I love the colours yet rarely use these colours together. My nan always said 'Blue & green should never be seen unless something is in between'........so I did ;-)
I have used papers from 2 collections, both blue papers are from Vintage Romance, top layer is 'Wedding Day' & bottom layer is 'Forget Me Knot'. The middle layer is from their latest relese Sofiero.....oh Sofiero is sooooo darn pretty I'm already going to buy another set....no I'm not running low but the sheer panic if I did would be unbearable ;-)
Ok so the green sheet is 'The Elegant Wine House' I also used this sheet for the leaves.

Ok now as my nan said to put something in between....so I did. So in between the bottom blue & the green I added doilies to either side & in between the green & the top layer of blue I added CheeseCloth........I always listened to my Nan <3 nbsp="" p="">
Made 2 bows, 1 with cheesecloth & one with shabby seam binding & then added this gorgeous pearl bling to the centre. I've had this for ages & I think it was originally from LLC, isn't it gorgeous!!

I added lots of gorgeous WOC flowers from Noor Design UK. The leaves were made with Rosy Owl Elegant Leaves die. The bird is form my stash.

As always I decorated inside. The card shape was made with a Go-Kreate die & I inked all the paper edges with pumice stone before very lighlty distressing them & machine sewing all layers.
The top 2 layers were cut with Fantasy Stitched Rectangles die.
The chipboard is Wycinanka. 

Well thats from me I have such a busy day today.
Thank you sooooo much for stopping by & listening to me babble on lol. You all totally rock!!

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx


Challenges I'm Entering....
Maja Design - March Mood Board

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Deep Ocean Challenges DT Card

Hello again everyone I'm here again today with my 2nd DT card this time for Deep Ocean challenges.
If you want to see my Tutorial Tuesday post for Noor Design UK then scroll down or click here.

So the new challenge this fortnight is one I loved.......
FLOWERS EVERYWHERE
..........flowers flowers everywhere.......in my garden or in my hair lol. Yeah ok I love flowers but no need for silliness lol.....weeeeeelllll maybe just a little lol.

Ok I made this card at the weekend & sooooo enjoyed making it, it uses all my favourite things, Maja Design, pastel colours & shabby chic..........what more is there lol.
.....oh yes & new dies, whats more is new Fantasy dies from Noor Design UK.....oh my I love them all & must have more lol.
The shape of the card was made using a Go-Kreate die.........at least I think it is as when I went ot find the die I cannot find it on their site ;-/
One of the new Fantasy dies I've used is the 'Magic Lace' die going along the side........its a long die so the bits I cut off I added one part to the top & another to the other side.....you can just see them peeking out under the tulle.

All flowers are WOC & I've added pomegranate apples in there & a bow made with organza ribbon & heated up so it shriveled a bit.
Just under the seam binding bow I've used another Fantasy die called 'On The Wings Of Love'.....you get 2 dies in this set a Heart which I've also used & the other die is a Wing which is what I've used down here at the bottom.

The beautiful image I cut from the 'Ephemera' sheet & then cut it out using Fantsy Stitched Rectangles die, the 2 layers underneath I also cut out using a larger fantasy stitched dies & then added my own stitching to them also.

Here are more flowers, organza ribbon & Fansy Dies....the heart is at the bottom & the piece cut off the border die is peeking out at the top. 
I also added a Butterfly from my stash. The leaves were cut out using a Magnolia die that came with Singapore Tilda from the Stamp & Cutz collection.....yep another stamp I still havnt inked :-(

So the gorgeous pretty papers are of course Sofiero by Maja Design & I've used 'The Magnificient Flowerstreet''Exuberance Of Flowers In Bloom' & for the leaves I've used 'The Elegant Winehouse'. I've only very slightly distressed them & machine sewn around all the edges & as always decorated inside to compliment the front.
We have bows made with seam binding form my stash & a charm from my stash. The bling in the centre is the gorgeous Button Lauren Pink from Noor Design UK.

Come back tomorrow as I have a card made using a fabulous new brand.......new for me that is....pop back to see it tomorrow ;-)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you will join us for our flower challenge this fortnight....,can be pictures of flowers if you want just like the fabulous talented Gretha has doen with her card...pop over to Deep Ocean to check it out as well as all my other teamies creations ;-)

Tatty bye lovelies
Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

EDITED TO ADD; This should have gone live last night so sorry peeps :-(


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tutorial Tuesday At Noor Design UK

Hello everyone how are you all?I am typing this up just after I've come back from the gym & I'm soooo sore.....I'm certain now my sons really are trying to kill me!! lol.

Ok so its Tutorial Tuesday over at Noor Design UK & this one is a requested one.
I was asked to do a tutorial on a Crealies die, its Crealies die Create A Card No.1
You can go onto you tube & watch all the Crealies video's on their dies, the one I watched was not in english & I wanted to see if there was a simpler way. 
Now this is VERY photo heavy so grab yourslef a cuppa & a biscuit or 2. Hopefully the tutorial will make sense to you.........the end result certainly looks nice.
Ok so the basic tools you need are as follows....
A4 or 12x12 Cardstock
Designer Paper of the same size (A4/12x12)
Scissors
Pencil, eraser & ruler
Glue
Masking Tape
Die Cutting Machine

To use this die you also need to go to the Crealies website here & download the template & instructions here. You will need to print off the template.

Now for some reason my printer would not print the whole template out, it did 95% of it but you see the dotted lines going around it....well it missed off 2 lines. So as it printed off the corner of the dots I used my ruler & drew the lines in that were missing.These are just there to cut around........

So after you have cut around the dotted lines you then put the template onto your cardstock to draw around...........
...........or you can just measure & cut the sizes wrote here....
142mm x 272mm then cut it out.

You then do the same with your designer paper. I did it this way as I didnt want a band a white card around the edge. I think it looks better if the paper goes to the edge.

Now the first time I cut this out I cut out first the cardstock, then used the die. I then cut the paper & then used the die. Problem was if you are not exact the paper does not marry up properly to the cardstock...........you can just below the watermark where it was wrong & did not align ;-(
So I decided to try it a different way.........this was after I got out of my huff from ruining Maja Design paper lol.

First though attach sticky tape to the top & the underneath of the Crealies die. The photo above shows the tape on top, there is also tape underneath in the same place. The tape is to keep things in place.
So you get the die & make sure the cutting edge is facing up & you align it up with the shape on the template........(the same shape is on the right side but in reverse).

Once the die is in place you then line up your cardstock on top & then line up your designer paper on top of that. Using masking tape I taped the corners so they didnt move whilst die-cutting.
The tape on the die keeps the cardstock in place...........but you must align the cardstock up with the template underneath.
Then run it through your die-cutting machine. Make sure your machine is wide enough for this.
Once cut this is what they will both look like, the cuts will be in exactly the same place. If when you peel the tape off your cardstock it takes some of the card do not worry as the paper will cover it & then you will also be putting something else there later on as well anyway.........so all will be hidden.

Now leaving the tape on the left side attach more tape to your die underneath & do exactly the same for the right side as you did with the left. Alinging the die with the shape on the template.

Then put the cardstock on top again, aligning it with the template underneath. The firstpart that was cut out you can align with the shape on the template & the tape you left there will keep the cardstock in place once again.

Then do the same with the designer paper, again taping down the corners so nothing moves. You want everything to stay in place whilst it is going through the die-cutting machine.

After you have run it through the die cutting machine, line both the cardstock & the paper up against the template.
You will see it says 'platform' along the top & in the centre there is a dotted line. With your ruler draw a line going down the centre & then score a valley fold, making sure you run your scoring tool up & down a few times to score through the cardstock & onto the paper.

On the middle parts of each side (just below my watermark) there is a line in the centre that the die made, you now need to score these in a mountain fold. Again running the tool up & down to go through cardstock & paper.

This is what it should look like, the centre I did the valley fold as that's where the card will fold in half & then in each window you score a mountain fold.

Next apply wet glue all over the cardstock. Wet glue is the best thing to use as it allows movement while you are getting it in the exact place it needs to be.
With your designer paper, starting in the centre at the fold rub down one side of the paper to the cardstock..........
......then rub down the right side onto the cardstock, aligning the paper up with the card below.

Once dry I then went over all my folds again.
Then on one side of the mountain fold in the window apply wet glue, the place where my watermark is shows you where to apply the glue. You are putting the glue on the shorter part.

Then attach the image you want to place there. Make sure this is no bigger than that window to allow it to move when opening & closing the card.

Do the same on both side & wait til they dry. 
You can see on the left photo that the image or sentiment you put there is only going on one side of that mountan fold you created. Lie it flat while it dries.
Once dry you can now decorate as you wish.

Here is the finished card. I love the look of this I think its so pretty, it would be fab to use with stamped images, digi images, nice sentiments or even photo's.

This is a photo of what is in each window. I made a frame using one of my favourite dies, yes the LDRS Fancy Squares. I used the large & small die & using them together to cut out a frame.
I added pearl dots using a pearl pen & also some pearl trim.

Below is the links to items used which are all from Noor Design UK. Why not pop on over to see the other Crealies dies, why not try one yourself. If you try this one leave a comment on my blog & I will pop over to look & leave you a comment so you know I've been. I would love to see more of these cards made using this die.

Ok thats it, if you have made it this far then well done...........if you understand my tutorial then even better lol.
Thanks for sticking with me in this looooong post, you all totally rock mmwah.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx




Sunday, 19 March 2017

For You Happy Birthday & DT Call

Hellooooo there all you lovely people around the world, how are you? Hope you are having a fabberooney weekend.

I'm here today with a card I made as soon as I got the new Sofiero papers by Maja Design.........oh I'm soooooooo unbelieveably happy these are not limited edition anymore & they also come in 6x6 & images.....wow how much more excitement can this girl take....ok get a grip Vicky ;-)
When the papers arrived after much MUCH stroking & smelling....yes smelling come on girls we all have to have a smell of our papers..........especially good quality ones....oh my.....
Anyhoo I had this image in my coloured up box (with many more lol) thatwent perfectly & I still hadnt used a certain die since I brought it........problem rectfied ;-)
Pretty pastel shabby chic card with Maja & Maggie today........AKA 'In My Element' thats what cards like this mean ;-)
Do you see the flowers down the bottom, well the leaf die is also a new die........ok not new I brought it last year from Noor Design UK & then totally forgot about it.....I found it in a tub with some other new dies still unopened......ooops. 

As always I've decorated inside to compliment the front, I thought I would show you properly as I've covered up a LOT so you cant see lol. The only difference is instead of using half pearls on the doily like I did at the front, I've used a pearl pen....this way the pearl dots dont protrude am much as what half pearls would.
The die is a Magnolia die & the doily is form my stash.
Paper is the Sofiero 6x6 pad which you can get from Noor Design UK along with ALL the 12x12 collection & the co-ordinating Monochromes which go so so beautifully with these papers.....they are double sided but the other side is a slightly different colour..........also let me tell you they are sooooo much more beautiful in real life they really are.
Click here to view the collection.

I've made 2 bows with seam binding I dyed myself, love how well they blend with the colours on the card especially the pink with the rose.....they were not dyed for these papers I dyed them a while ago but luckily they go perfectly lol.
Lace is from my stash & all flowers are WOC from Noor Design UK.

The image is called Magnolia & is called 'Tilda Working In The Garden' & she is from the Spring Fever 2016 collection.
She was stamped onto Fabriano & coloured with distress ink refills & maybe markers but cant remember. Dont remember what colours I used as she was coloured up a while ago.
I cut her out with CC Design Layering Tags die & then added her onto corrugated card painted with gesso.

The little tools, plant pot etc came with the Seed Packet die, as did the little plaque.....its one of those plant labels & I thought it would be perfect for adding a sentiment to.
The wording was cut from a Pion Design sheet, I also inked all around the edge.
I used Maja Design Monochrome 'White/Sand' for the plant &label stake & garden tools & added inking with pumice stone.

So the other new die I had & had still not opened til making this card was the Marianne 'Seed Pocket & Garden Tools' die.........this is fabulous, I love it!! The pocket you can use with a side opening or a top opening, depending what you want use it for. I also want it to use on mini albums ;-)
For the pocket I used Sofiero 'The Magnificient Flower Street' & then cut an image from the 6x6 pad to go on the top, slightly distressing it beforehand. I then used Maja Design Monochrome 'Blush/Rouge' to cut the inside ticket/tag & made a tab to it for making it easier to pull out & I think it adds a nice look to it. The tab part I used Little Darlings Fancy Rectangle & Layers die.....this has to be one of my most favourite dies.I cut it out twice & glued together.
The sentiment is from Stempelglede stamp, there is also another on the back onf the tag saying Made With Love from the same stamp set.

I also want to remind about the Lovely Hanglar Or Sweet Magnolia challenge which has 2 weeks left & a fabby prize on offer.
They are also having a DT Call, here are the deets...
we are having a DT call. We are looking for 4 crafters to join us. The team are very friendly, helpful and lovely and are always there for each other.

The requirements are:
One card per month
Leave comments on our entries with the number you are assigned.
You must have an active blog and a Facebook account would be desirable.
Be reliable and on time with your creations.


 If you would like to join us just add DT after your name or you can email Gina at the following address: gina@badhouse.co.uk
put DT call in the subject and please include a link to your blog.  

Well thats it from me I having family coming soon & staying for tea.

Thanks for stopping by, huge hugs to you all.
Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Challenges I'm Entering.......
Craft Heaven - Keep Calm & Love Spring
Midweek Magnolia's - Anything Goes