Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Pretty Flamingo Card - Trimcraft DT

Hello there! so what have I been up lately?  Well I've been working with lots of new products for the +Trimcraft Ltd  Design Team, like the funky new Dovecraft Kiss & Make up collection. I thought it would be fun to team it with one of the new Dovecraft mini cutting dies, a Flamingo to go with the pink theme.  Keeping the colour palette simple with black, white, pink and red for a modern look. 

Step By Step:
  • Using d/s tape, adhere a 14.5cm square of white card from the FE textured card pack to front of 6x6 red card base from the Dovecraft ‘Let’s Picnic’ pack with fold across the top.
  • Cut 12cm square of pink hair head pattern paper and mat onto a slightly larger square of black card to leave a small border all around.  Adhere to card front.
  • Cut 3cm deep strip of ‘Hey’ paper and mat onto a strip of black card to leave a border along the top only.  Cut pink pattern paper and black card into fringing, layer up and adhere to ‘Hey’ strip, securing at the back with d/s tape.  Add lips pattern washi tape across top of strip.  Trim completed strip to approx. 14.5cm so it spans to edge of white card before adhering in place across lower section of card front.
  • Die cut Flamingo from pink glitter card and glue to doily shape die cut from white textured card. Add to card front using 3D foam squares so it overlaps the ‘hey’ paper strip.
  • Die cut 3 feathers, 2 from Kiss & Make up pattern paper and 1 from pink glitter card.  Position at right of doily, slipping bottom of feathers into the holes and securing the feathers using 3D foam squares.  Slip 2 heart topped stick pins amongst the feathers, pushing down and into the foam behind the doily to secure.
  • Using black ink stamp letters to spell out ‘Pretty’ ‘Flamingo’ onto white textured card.  Cut out words and mat onto slightly larger black card to give a small border all around.  Use 3D foam to add words, at angles, to left of flamingo overlapping onto doily.
  • To finish, add 3 adhesive hearts to bottom left on card, a small adhesive black gem to flamingo’s eye, and a panel of pattern paper to the inside of card.
Products Used:
Dovecraft Kiss & Make Up 8x8 Paper – DCPAP056
Dovecraft Kiss & Make Up Washi Tape – DCWST006
Dovecraft Kiss & Make Up Heart Stick Pins – DCTOP055
Dovecraft Flamingo Die – DCDIE089
First Edition Nesting Doily Dies – FEDIE164
First Edition Bird Dies – FEDIE059
First Edition 12x12 Textured Card – FEPAD062
Simply Creative Clear Alpha Stamps – SCSTP001
Dovecraft Let’s Picnic 6x6 Cards & Envs – DCCE056
Dovecraft Pink Glitter Card
Black Ink
Adhesives: d/s Tape, 3D Foam Squares, clear drying glue

Friday, 14 April 2017

Egg Hunt Easter Card - Trimcraft DT

Hello, Happy Easter!!  Sharing a +Trimcraft Ltd DT make with you today.  I do so love the wonderfully coordinated collections that Dovecraft bring us, and the Blooming Lovely collection is a great example. It’s full of pretty patterns, colours and lots of well-chosen embellishments, perfect inspiration for spring makes.  Here I have used the collection to create a fun shaped Easter card, working on the idea of an Easter Egg Hunt, I have included a little vellum pocket on the main card to hold a small shaped mini egg card and a little stick flag and pinwheel.   Here’s a video to show all the elements:

Step by Step:
Create an Egg or Oval shaped card base from Dovecraft White card with a flat straight base and fold to the left. Mine measures approx. 14.5cm high x 10cm at widest point.  Cover front of card with hexagon pattern paper and edge with ‘Crystal’ glitter glue.

Add Dovecraft vellum to cover bottom of shaped card front, apply glue sparingly around edge to adhere and leave top (pocket) unglued.  Apply Crystal glitter glue around the outer edges to match rest of card.

Add a length of orange strip ribbon across the top of the vellum pocket using permafix tape and trim flush with card edges. Glue a lilac bow to right on ribbon. Apply a clear ‘Springtime’ sentiment sticker to Vellum pocket and a plastic button topped with an adhesive gem.

Create a mini card (approx. 8cm high x 5cm wide) to fit into the pocket by cutting 2 small egg / oval shapes.  Score a line a little way down on the back piece, apply glue above the line and join the 2 shapes together.  Slice a little of the back panel so the card will stand.  Add a ‘Hello’ sticker to the inside. Cover front with lilac pattern paper, add a strip of blue striped wash tape across the centre and trim flush with edges.  Die cut a bunny from white card and glue to centre, add a small blue adhesive pearl to the eye.  Edge mini card with Crystal glitter glue and leave to dry.

Take a bunny garland flag and fold in half, shape in your fingers, then roll around top of garland stick, using glue to adhere.

Cut a strip of yellow floral paper approx. 1.5cm wide, score and fold to create a mini pinwheel rosette.  Glue ends together to form a circle, push down and glue onto a small circle of card., before it dries glue a garland stick to the back by sliding it along one of the folds and glue the circle of card on top to secure. When dry top with a floral sticker.

To finish, die cut a butterfly from aqua pattern paper, glue to vellum and cut out to leave a small border all around.  Shape wings in your fingers then glue to top right of main card by applying glue only along the body of butterfly.  Decorate butterfly with adhesive pearls in pale pink. Slip the mini card, bunny flag and pinwheel into the vellum pocket.

Products Used:  
Blooming Lovely Collection:
6x6 Paper Pad – DCPAP054
CuttinG Dies – DCDIE079
Grosgrain Ribbon – DCRBB013
Mini Bows - DCRBN024
Garland Flags – DCTOP052
Washi Tapes – DCWT005
Clear Stickers – DCSTK033
Stickers – DCSTK031
Adhesive Pearls – DCDOT022
Plastic Buttons – DCBTN018
Dovecraft White Card
Dovecraft Vellum
Dovecraft Glitter Glue Pastel – Crystal
Adhesives: d/s tape, glue

Monday, 10 April 2017

Blooming Lovely Spring Bunny - Trimcraft DT

Hello, Easter is almost here and I have a few projects to share with you, starting with this fun bunny make which is not just for Easter but will see you throgh the Springtime too.  I have a couple of these free standing MDF bunny kits which I bought in a clearance sale and thought it would be nice to decorate one in the pretty 'Blooming Lovely' spring collection by Dovecraft. 

I started by priming the MDF pieces using white acrylic and then used various papers from the collection to cover the shapes. 
Deco Mache gloss glue and varnish worked perfectly with these papers, applying it before the paper and after the paper to ensure it was well coated.

The bunny tail was covered with Dovecraft white glitter card, and the whiskers were formed from Dovecraft cream & white twine, which i strengthed by coating with clear drying glue and leaving it to dry before adding to the bunny face.

Around the neck i added Dovecraft Fringe Paper, pink organza ribbon and a little purple ribbon bow. 

Paper flowers decorate the head. For detail on the face I used Dovecraft 3D Enamel effects in white and used the 3D pearl effects in clear to cover the pink paper nose.

Products Used:
First Edition Deco Mache Gloss Glue & Varnish
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely 8x8 Paper Pack - DCPAP053
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely Paper Flowers - DCFLW012
Dovecraft Glitter Card White - DCGC02
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely Mini Bows - DCRBN024
Dovecraft Floral Muse Organza Ribbon - DCRBB005
Dovecraft Fringe Paper - DCTOP040
Dovecraft 3D Enamel Effects White - DCBS98
Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects Pastel Clear -
Dovecraft Cream & White Twine -

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Hello Spring Watercolour Card - Papermilldirect DT

Hello, today I am  sharing the first of two cards I have made teaming +Papermilldirect cardstock with a stamp set and Derwent watercolour pencils.  The stamp set I am using is free with the current issue (April 2017) of +Making Card    magazine and comprises of various plants, pots and sentiments, but you could of course use a different stamp if you prefer.  I’m really loving the PMD Lustre Print card at the moment, it die-cuts and embosses beautifully, no cracking or creasing, and those gorgeous colours and lustre are making it my ‘go-to’ card at the moment.

Step by Step:

1.       Stamp a plant and a pot using black Archival ink onto Papermilldirect White Hemp card.

2.      Start to add colour to the image using the Derwent Colour Pencils directly onto the card, along the edges and where shadows may fall, (you don’t need to colour all the space).  I’m using Derwent Pencils #61 Copper Beech & #59 Golden Brown for the plant pot.  Leaves are #45 Mineral Green & #47 Grass Green.  The flowers are #23 Imperial Purple & #20 Crimson Lake.  I have also used #67 Ivory Black sparingly along with a little green for outline and shadow.

3.    Take a brush and wet it with water, use it to blend the watercolour to complete the colouring of the image.  Add more colour if you need to by using the brush to transfer a little colour from the tip of the pencil.  Clean brush between colour families. Leave image to dry.

4.       From Papermilldirect Lustre Print Silver ‘Tea Rose’, die cut the largest shape in the nesting bloom die set.  Die cut a circle approx. 8.5cm dia. From PMD Lustre Print Silver ‘Spring Green’ card.

5.       Emboss the Shaped bloom piece using a ‘swirls’ style embossing folder.  If you folder is smaller, simple position the folder so it covers complete petal shapes and then run through again to emboss the missing part.

6.       Cut out the stamped image using a circle die approx. 7.5cm dia. And mat onto the Spring Green coloured circle using d/s tape and a little glue.

7.       Create a card base by cutting 2 of the largest Nesting Bloom die shapes from Papermilldirect Plain White card.  Score 1 of the shapes approx. 1.5cm from what will be the top of your card.  With shaped card bases be sure to test that the card will stand evenly before deciding on your score line position.  Here I have ensure that 2 petals will stand equally at the bottom for a sturdy base.

8.       Attach the 2 white shaped card pieces together by applying adhesive above the score line and then line up the other piece directly on top before pressing down to secure.  Add the embossed ‘tea rose’ shaped to the card front using d/s tape and glue.

9.       Add stamped panel to centre of card front using 3D foam to give height.
10.   Stamp the ‘hello’ sentiment using Black Archival ink onto Lustre Print Silver Spring Green Card and again onto White hemp card.  Cut the words out as a strip and fishtail the right side ends.

11.   Shape ‘hello’ strips in your fingers, arrange position and then adhere to top right of stamped panel using glue to slip the strips into place.

12.   To finish add pale lilac and pale purple mini adhesive gems.

I love to make shaped cards, even small cards such as this one give impact to showcase a little watercolour image. The water-colouring is very simple and easy to achieve good results using the Derwent watercolour pencils.  I will be sharing an even simpler watercolour colour technique next time using this stamp set, Angela x

Materials Used:

White Hemp 255gsm – Papermilldirect
Lustre Print Silver Card – Tea Rose - Papermilldirect
Lustre Print Silver Card – Spring Green – Papermilldirect
Spring Stamp Set – Free with April 2017 issue of Making Cards Magazine
Derwent Watercolour Pencils – 12 set - Papermilldirect
Nesting Bloom die set – FEDIE163 - First Edition
Framelits Circles die set - #657551 – Sizzix
Swirls Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug – Provocraft
Black Archival Ink Pad

Small Adhesive Gems – pale lilac, pale purple
Adhesives: d/s tape, clear drying glue, 3D foam squares

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Flower Pot Card with hidden greeting - Trimcraft DT

Hello, over at +Trimcraft Ltd we have a brand new card shape of the month to play with and it’s perfect for Mother’s Day.  I have used the lovely Painted Blooms papers and the First Edition nesting blooms dies to create the flowers.  The flowers lift out to reveal the message.

Step By Step:
  1. Follow the Trimcraft Card Shape of the Month instructions (by Maxine) here: which includes the template to create the flower pot card base.
  2. Use Painted Blooms paper to cover the front of the plant pot and ink around with a brown ink to define the shape.
  3. Stamp the Dovecraft clear stamp ‘To the World you are a Mother…’onto the stalk tab section using black ink and allow to dry.
  4. Create flowers from Painted Blooms papers in the 6x6 pad by diecutting with the FE Nesting Blooms shapes.  Snip into each flower shape and glue 1 petal on top of 1 other to create a shaped flower with 5 petals instead of 6.  Layer up some flowers using 3D foam pads.
  5. Add extra detail to flower centres by cutting them from white glitter card and adding fringe paper to them. 
  6. Cut leaves from green FE Textured card using the FE Nesting Blooms dies and cutting into individual petals.  Score a line down each, ink edges and shape using a pokey tool or pencil.  Snip some leaves in half to create smaller ones.
  7. Arrange flowers and leaves as desired and glue into place on the circle top of the sentiment tab, leave to dry.
  8. Add ‘with love’ ribbon to front of plant pot.  Die cut 2 tag shapes using FE tags dies and stamp ‘Best Mum’ on to white tag using Dovecraft clear stamp.  Add tags to plant pot along with a pink adhesive gem.
  9. To finish, add pink adhesive gems to flower centres and slide sentiment stem / flowers into plant pot.

Painted Blooms Collection:
6x6 Paper Pad – DCPAP051
Satin Ribbon – DCRBB010
Adhesive Gems – DCDOT021
First Edition Nesting Bloom Dies – FEDIE163
First Edition Tag Dies – FEDIE016
First Edition 12x12 Textured Card – FEPAD062
Dovecraft Clear Stamp – DCSTP094
Dovecraft Clear Stamp – DCSTP010
Dovecraft Fringe Paper – DCTOP040
Dovecraft White Glitter Card – DCGC02
Black Ink, Brown Ink
Adhesives: D/STape, 3D Foam Squares, Clear Drying Glue

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mother's Day Card - Step by Step - Papermilldirect DT

Hello, it's almost Mother's Day and I have another card to share with you. It could also be for Mum’s birthday. The ‘papercut’ panel effect is very popular at the moment and dies are a great way to achieve a similar look in an easy way.  I have been playing with one of the new Craft-A-Card dies and some of the gorgeous Papermilldirect Lustre Print cardstocks.  These are 300gsm, fabulous quality cardstocks with a luxury lustre finish and they cut beautifully through my Big Shot die cutting machine

 Step by Step:

 Cut the 5x7” craft a card die from Papermilldirect Periwinkle Lustre Print Silver card.

 Remove the waste from the die cut by shaking it, use a pokey tool for any tiny bits.

Trim the die cut panel down to leave an even border all around (I cut to approx. 18.5 cm x just over 13cm).  Add foam squares to the back of the panel, add them around the outside and to the larger shapes, cut them smaller if required for some areas.

Score and fold an A4 sheet of Papermilldirect Natural White Pearlised cardstock in half, trim down to create a 5 ½” x 7 ½” card base.  Carefully position die cut panel onto the front and when happy with positioning press down firmly to secure.

 Die cut letters to spell ‘MUM’ from PMD Natural White Pearlised card using an alphabet die set.

Glue letters to centre panel on card front, using a clear drying glue.  For even spacing, glue the first and last letter in place and then add the centre letter.

Die cut a selection of flowers and leaves from PMD Lustre print Silver card.  Spring Green for the leaves and the pink shades for the flowers.

Shape the flower petals and leaves in your fingers to give shape, layer some up using 3D foam pads and then glue as desired to card front.

To finish add an adhesive gem to the centre of each flower.

I love the pretty colours in Papermilldirect’s Lustre Print card range, The Periwinkle is sooo pretty and my favourite colour, so I themed this card around the purple and pinks.  There are lots of other shades to check out too, why not try experimenting and if you make a project using PMD card then please do share it over on the Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram, we love to see what you have been making.
Angela x
Products Used:
Lustre Print Silver 300gsm Card in Periwinkle, Spring Green, Persian Pink, Misty Rose, Red Wood – Papermilldirect.
Natural White Pearlised card 300gsm – Papermilldirect.
Craft A Card Die 5x7” FEDIE179 – First Edition
Alphabet Headliner Die XCU503153 – X Cut
Faux Quilled Blooms Dies CED1402 – Creative Expressions
Self Adhesive Pearls
Adhesives: Cosmic Shimmer clear drying glue, 3D foam pads

Monday, 20 March 2017

Painted Blooms MUM Card - Trimcraft DT

Hello I have a +Trimcraft Ltd DT card to share with you today.  Have you seen those pretty Flower topped paperclips in the new Dovecraft Painted Blooms collection?  They are so cute and I just had to use them along with the pretty papers and other matching embellishments to create this tag style bunting card.  This card would be good for Mother’s Day or Mum’s Birthday.

Step By Step:
  1. Score and fold A4 Dovecraft White card in half, trim down to create a 7 ½” x 5 ½” card base with fold across the top. Add a rectangle of striped Painted Blooms paper to card front leaving a white border all around.
  2. Cut Painted Blooms pattern paper approx. 6 5/8” x 4 5/8” and mat onto slightly larger white card using D/S tape, mat onto card front.  Using a white pen add a faux stitch detail around edges of pattern paper.
  3. Adhere a strip of lace ribbon across top of card, allow ends to overhang edges and trim at an angle, seal with clear drying glue to prevent fraying.  Glue a green mini bow to each end.
  4. Using the FE Scalloped Circle dies cut 3 smaller circles and 2 larger circles from Vellum (sized to fit onto tags).  Take 3 Different shaped Painted Bloom tags and add faux stitching all around these and the vellum circles using a white pen.
  5. Die cut letters to spell MUM from white glitter card using the FE Alphabet dies.  Glue a letter onto each small vellum circle and then again onto a larger circle.  Glue each letter to a tag using clear drying glue throughout.
  6. Take 3 flower paperclips and arrange across lace ribbon, use 3D foam to adhere at angles as desired.  Add 3D Foam to the back of each tag before slipping them onto the paperclips.  Arrange as required before pressing down to adhere.
  7. To finish, add a strip of Flower Tape across the bottom of the card.
Dovecraft Painted Blooms Collection:
8x8 Paper pad - DCPAP050
Printed Tags – DCTOP045
Paper Clips – DCTOP046
Lace Ribbon – DCRBB010
Mini Bows – DCRBN023
Flower Tape – DCTOP047
Dovecraft A4 White Card
Dovecraft A4 Vellum
Dovecraft White Glitter Card
First Edition Alphabet Dies – FEDIE140
First Edition Scalloped Circle Dies – FEDIE071
White Pen
Adhesives: D/S Tape, 3D Foam Squares, Clear Drying Glue

Saturday, 25 February 2017

A Spring Card - Step By Step - Papermilldirect DT

Hello, I have a new step-by-step to share with you, this time a Spring card to tie in with the brand new ‘Hello Spring’ craft challenge from Papermilldirect!  My favourite Spring colours are pretty pinks, lilacs and bright spring greens and so I’ve chosen these colours alongside white card to make them pop.

Step By Step:
Start by cutting the ‘flowers’ create a card die from Papermilldirect white card, I am using PMD White Linen as I love the texture. Remove all the waste bits of card and set panel aside for later. (I like to cut the white card first before I get inky fingers!)

Take a piece of PMD white card a bit bigger than the die cut panel, (As I am using watercolour inks I’ve chosen PMD White Hopsack card)  Add random swashes of watercolour ink using water brushes to cover the panel. 

 I am using Oak House Studio Colour Chemistry Inks in Paris Pink, French Lavender, and Bramley Apple colours. Leave the panel to dry naturally, or use a heat gun for speed.

Stamp the sentiment ‘Spring has Sprung’ in black Archival ink onto PMD white card, I’m using the back of a piece of PMD White Linen card.
Use nesting circle dies to cut out the sentiment, then cut the next size up circle from PMD Spring Green Lustre Print Silver card which is a nice match for the ink.

Take die cut panel and place against (dried) inked background, decide where to place it and trim background panel to size of die cut panel.

Create a card base by scoring & folding PMD white card and trimming down to create an approx. 15cm square card base.  (Either adhere background panel now to card front or wait and add the matted panel to card front when it's already layered).

Add 3D foam pads to back of die cut panel, you can place them behind the big flowers too as these will be hidden by gems later.

Carefully place die cut panel onto inked background panel so it lines up before pressing firmly down to secure the foam pads.Glue Spring Green die cut circle into the centre and add the sentiment circle on top using 3D foam pads to give height.

To finish, add adhesive gems to flower centres in clear, light pink and light green colours.  There are also 3 large flowers on the die cut panel that have petals that can be lifted and prised outwards to create extra interest.
This card would work equally well using a different set of Spring Colours, perhaps lemons and blues? Don't forget to share your makes over on the facebook page or why not enter a spring card or papercraft project in the new' Hello Spring' craft challenge?

Materials Used:
White Linen Card - Papermilldirect
Value White Card 300gsm - Papermilldirect
White Hopsack Card 255gsm - Papermilldirect
Spring Green Lustre Print Silver 300gsm - Papermilldirect
Watercolour Inks:  Paris Pink, French Lavender, Bramley Apple – Oak House Studio
Dies: Craft a Card 6x6 Flowers die, Scalloped Circle Dies - First Edition
Stamp: from Blooming Lovely set – Dovecraft
Ink: Jet Black Archival Inkpad - Ranger
Adhesives: D/S Tape, 3D Foam pads, Clear Drying Glue
Embellishments: Adhesive Gems in Clear, light pink, light green – Dovecraft