Sunday, September 29, 2019

Spellbinders September Card Kit of the Month - Express Yourself

Hello there, everyone!
I have a couple of cards to share today featuring the September Card Kit of the Month by Spellbinders - Express Yourself. If you haven't heard about the Monthly Card Kits by Spellbinders or don't know how to subscribe to one, you can go over to the Spellbinders website and/or blog and read more about them HERE

This "Express Yourself" Kit, like all their other Card Kits, gives you everything you need to create 10 unique cards and even more. You now also get better goodies, including a 40 sheet paper pad, clear stamps, an adorable die set, tons of embellishments, and more!

I have made FOUR Cards using the kit, so without further ado, let's get started!

My first card features the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set, Express Yourself Clear Stamp Set, and the Express Yourself Paper Pad along with the dies included in this month's kit.

For my card, I first pulled out two contrasting designs which would work well together from the Express Yourself Paper Pad. Next, I die cut a golden frame using the dies included in the kit from Gold Mirror Cardstock. I added another die cut over this golden image to give it a more vintage look.

I used some flowers and leaves from the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set and also die cut some tiny flowers and ferns from White Cardstock and coloured them using dye inks. I used the Express Yourself Clear Stamp Set for the sentiment of my card. 

Moving on to my next card which features the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set, the Express Yourself Paper Pad, dies, and gemstones from the kit.

I love the different ephemera pieces in the Express Yourself Kit for they are so pretty and varied. For this card, I simply picked out few large floral pieces and foliage which would constitute the focal for my card. I added some additional foliage by die cutting leaves and mini flowers and tucked them in this bunch.

I trimmed a small piece of patterned paper from the Express Yourself Paper Pad and adhered it to the bottom of my card panel. I also added a strip of Gold Mirror Cardstock to accentuate the look. 

Next, I picked out few gemstones which would work with my card colours and added them to my panel. I also adhered a couple of die cut shapes from the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set to create my own sentiment. I added some light pink splatters as the final finishing touch for my card.

I really loved the soft mint pattern from the Express Yourself Paper Pad and wanted to create a card using it. Once I selected this particular pattern, I started sorting out coordinating embellishments which would go with this pattern. I picked two chipboard frames from the Express Yourself Chipboard Stickers Set, and adhered them over this patterned paper.

Next, I picked out few die cut shapes from the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set and arranged them on my card panel. The golden leaves were also from the same die cut shapes set. I even used die cuts to create the sentiment for my card. And that is how this card came together!

This is the simplest card of the lot! I again started out by picking out a patterned paper from the Express Yourself Paper Pad. Then, I used a circle die from the  
Nestabilities Standard Circles SM Etched Dies to die cut a circle from this paper. I did this so that I could stamp my sentiment in the centre on a piece of White Cardstock.

Once I had die cut the patterned paper and adhered the White Cardstock on my card base, I used the Express Yourself Clear Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment. This is an amazing stamp set and the font is so feminine and pretty. I am definitely using this set for more upcoming projects!

Then, I added this beautiful floral die cut piece on my card panel and also included some die cut fern leaves and some die cut shapes to complete the floral arrangement. I also used an envelope from the Express Yourself Chipboard Stickers Set and added it next to the floral cluster. Lastly, I added two photo corners to my card panel and some light pink glitter gemstones as the finishing touches to my card.

If you want to find out more about the Club – prices, how you sign up and what’s included, please look ——–> HERE.

Here's a Video by Spellbinders showing you how to create some cards using the Express Yourself Card Kit

That's it from me today! I hope you liked my cards using the Spellbinders September Card Kit of the Month. If you have a favourite, please do let me know. I would love to hear from you! :)
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Spellbinders Guest Post | Candlewick Sampler Collection by Becca Feeken

Hello everyone,
 I am ecstatic and honoured to be guest designing on the Spellbinders blog today! I am here to share some projects that I’ve made with the absolutely delightful Candlewick Sampler Collection by Becca Feeken.

The Candlewick Sampler Collection was inspired by the Candlewick embroidery, a type of elegant white-on-white embroidery with its hints of dotted motifs and knots. Becca Feeken adds these designs to her collection for paper crafters!

My first card is a shaped card created with the 
I adore cards with belly bands as it makes the project look so elegant and pretty! This might look complicated to create, but is super simple. I first took two sheets of Light Pink Cardstock and die cut the border from the Candlewick Exquisite Topper Etched Dies. I took another sheet of White Cardstock and die cut another set of borders using the Candlewick Colonnade Border Etched Dies. I inserted the flaps on the two sides of the card, in between the sheets of the Pink Cardstock so that the decorative flaps could easily open. 

Once the basic structure of the card was done, I started working on the embellishments. I die cut the intricate borders from the Candlewick Colonnade Border Etched Dies using Light Pink Cardstock and adhered a strip of Gold Mirror Cardstock on both the sides to accentuate the look. I also trimmed two squares of Light Pink & Gold Mirror Cardstock to adhere to the centre of the card for the recipient to pen down his/her message. 

I kept the main structure of the card simple to ensure that the belly band the star of the project. I trimmed a strip of Fun Stampers Journey Vellum and Light Pink Cardstock respectively, and adhered them one on top of the other. I die cut two frames and stamped my sentiment in the centre. Then, I die cut several flowers from the Candlewick Grand Pocket Etched Dies using White Foamiran and embossed them in the centre using an Embossing Tool. The leaves were die cut from Green Foamiran and embossed too. I added pollens to the flower centres and additional foliage to complete my floral arrangement. 

When I got my hands on the Candlewick Rosebud Etched Dies, I was floored! It's one of the most beautiful flower die sets ever! I die cut the flowers from the Candlewick Rosebud Etched Dies using White Cardstock and lightly embossed the petals to give them structure. I wanted some pink undertones for my flowers, so I added pink pollens for the flower centres. I also die cut the delicate flourishes and leaves included in the set and arranged them around my floral panel.

After I completed my floral arrangement, I started working on the rest of the card. I die cut the ornate Candlewick Lace Card Front Etched Dies four times from Beige Cardstock to form a complete background panel. Next, I die cut the lacy ornaments from the Candlewick Petticoats Etched Dies from White Cardstock & Light Pink Cardstock and adhered them one on top of the other for an inlay effect.  I added one last layer here, which was the sentiment piece, die cut and stamped using the Vintage Elegance Giving Occasions Stamp & Die Set

To complete my card, I matted my card panel onto Light Pink & Gold Mirror Cardstock respectively, which was then, adhered to a top folding card base. 

This was fairly simple to make, as the gorgeous frame from the Candlewick Canopy Etched Dies did all the work for me. I die cut the frame from Gold Mirror Cardstock and White Fun Foam. This made for such a magnificent centre piece, that I decided to keep the embellishments simple

I die cut a couple of sakura blossoms from the Candlewick Grand Pocket Etched Dies using White Foamiran and the leaces using Green Foamiran. I inked the centres of the flowers using Altenew Pink Diamond Dye ink and embossed them using an Embossing Ball Tool. I also added thread pollens to the centres to give them a fuller look. I also added some mini flowers around the 3D flowers to complete my floral arrangement. I die cut a white label for the sentiment and stamped my sentiment on it. 

Next, I die cut four corners using Gold Mirror Cardstock. If you see carefully, you will notice that I have used a light pink patterned paper for my background to enhance the overall look of the card. To finish it off, I adhered my panel to a top white folding card base. 

Other Supplies: 
Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, Cream Linen Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock, Light Pink 12 X 12 Cardstock, Beige 12 X 12 Cardstock, White & Green Foamiran Sheets, Gold Mirror Cardstock, White Fun Foam; Inks: Altenew Pink Diamond Dye ink, Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape, Mini Glue Gun; McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Pollens, Rose Buds. 

I hope you loved the Candlewick Collection and my cards using them! These dies are extremely versatile and can be used in so many ways. I can't wait to work with them again! If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders dies, do follow my Instagram page.

Thank you for stopping by, and wishing you a lovely day!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month | September 2019

Hello, crafty friends!
It's been a while since I posted on my blog! I have been MIA for the past few weeks due to my son's examinations, but I do have some posts coming up later this month, so I hope you will stop by and check those out. :)

I have a Card to share today featuring the Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace September Die of the Month. This month's Snip It Flowers Die Set is perfect for making gorgeous cards, gift boxes, and more!

If you want to find out more about the Club – prices, how you sign up and what’s included, please look ——–> HERE. These dies are only available through the Club and are limited to the month of September, so hurry before they are sold out. There is also an inspirational PDF that you can download HERE that shows you many ways to use the die.

I have created a Card using this die set. This is the first time I have used a die like such to create my entire card front! The die is so intricate and pretty and I am in love with it! Here's a look at my card:

 The Snip It Flowers Die Set is very feminine and pretty looking, and so, I decided to create a birthday card with soft Foamiran flowers.

To create it, I first die cut the entire card front using the die. Then, I cut out rectangle frames  using the A2 Matting Basics B Card Creator Etched Dies so that I could attach it to my card base and have it as an delicate overlay for my card front. I die cut two of these frames to attach it to the front and the back side of the die cut panel, thus creating my card front. To create the back of my card, I took a piece of Cream Cardstock measuring 6 3/4 inches by 4 1/2 inches and scored it at a quarter inch on the long side to create a fold, so that it would enable me to attach the front of my card panel to it.

For the sentiment panel, I die cut a decorative oval frame from the Nestabilities Radiant Rectangles Etched Dies, and stamped my sentiment in the center. I love mixing and matching my dies, and this particular die from Spellbinders has been a forever fave!

The flowers are made using Foamiran sheets. I die cut the petals using the Candlewick Rosebud Etched Dies, and then used an embossing tool to shape them. I also inked the centres and added pollens to give them some definition. The leaves and foliage are also from the same die set. This is another very pretty die set which I can see myself using over and over again! 

Here's my final card! The delicate floral background makes everything stand out for me!
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Here is a look at the Amazing Paper Grace September Die of the Month:

If you are still on the fence about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership, do check out the other project samples created using it on the Spellbinders blog. The dies are great value for money and the cost of the kit covers shipping cost within USA. Isn't that awesome?! So, what are you waiting for? Sign up as soon as possible!

That's it from me for today! I hope you liked my card. If you did, please do let me know in the comments below. I always love hearing from you.
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today!