Monday, 13 April 2015

CARD SHARE DAY! plus link to Poppy flower tutorial.

Hi all!

StudioForty is closing it's doors and taking a little break while I concentrate on setting up and opening my new webshop...ooohhhh the excitement lol ;) ! So, this will be my last card share and tutorial for a week or so...

and after that I'll hopefully be back to share not only more cards but also artwork and items for sale!

So please keep popping by and keeping an eye out...and I'll also be updating progress and details on my Facebook page. For those of you on Facebook, my page can be found by clicking on the link at the top left of this blog page....would love you to stop by, 'like' and say hello.

Anyways...on to the card share.....

This one is once again tied in with a paper Flower TUTORIAL which can be found by clicking on the link under the following image
...and here's the card I am sharing with you which was made using the completed flower from the tutorial.
For this card I wanted to include a fair bit of fancy foliage embellishment and framework to keep it pretty and elegant...but wanted the Poppy to obviously be the main focal point. In order to achieve this and not have the flower become lost amongst the 'fancy' I opted to use just one coloured card for the additional die cuts and card the texture is there which the brain registers, but the eye is kept focused on the stunning red flower. I used a soft elegant ivory coloured card stock because white was too harsh and stark against the red and used a thin mat and border of red just to tie all together and visually keep the card base and floral piece connected together. It's not easy to see in this photo, but there is also a double embossed line running horizontally near the base of the card just to take the plainness off it. The card base measure 19x7cm and is landscape with the spine/crease at the top.
The frame, on which the flower is mounted, is cut using Spellbinders Floral Ovals dies with a centre mat of a plain oval Nestabilities die. The foliage dies are various ones from Memory box and Die-namics. A few gems set into the frame and into the corners of the card stock add a bit of shine and glitz to finish it all off.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at this card and will try the die set and tutorial out...would love to know what you think....please keep in touch and I'll be back soon...hopefully with lots of lovely news to share with you.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Card Share Day and Crafty Flower TUTORIAL!

Hi all!.....a quick post to let you know that I have created a new paper flower tutorial and I am sharing with you details on two cards that I made using this die set.
Amongst my collection of flower dies I have 6 sets from the Spellbinders Crafty Flower series. These Die D-lites dies have been designed by Scrappy Cat® and are not real authentic flower types as such...but more fantasy flower which makes them great and fun to use because the world is basically your can use the components to construct a flower to your own design - layer up, mix and match petals and centres...what ever....and what's even more useful is that you can also combine these dies with the Spellbinders Create a flower range to really push your creativity.

Scrappy Cat® (Distributed by Darice Inc.) is an internationally recognized company and brand in the paper crafting world, known for it's stylish patterns, co-ordinating products, and innovative stamp designs. They are a licensed designer and brand via Spellbinder Paper Arts, producing a variety of die designs for them in their signature style. It is this style that provides you with dies with versatility....make flowers that are pretty, simple, elaborate, chic...or bold and modern, grungy and shabby...the final flower is up to you.
As part of my Six Inch Square Blog flower tutorials I will be looking at each flower kit and showing how you can create a basic flower using just the dies from each individual set...and then later on I show how I mix them up to create even more designs
This is the first of the flowers tutorials and is from the Crafty Flowers One die set....and full details can be found on my other Blog - The Six Inch Square.

Click on the link to be sent to the tutorial - CRAFTY FLOWER ONE TUTORIAL

 and here are the two cards -
This is the card made for the completed flower from my tutorial....quite a cheerful bright primary coloured card with a clean modern look. The base is basic plain green card stock with a pure white mat onto which the flower has been mounted over a die cut circle border by Memory Box and foliage die by Sue Wilson of Creative Expressions. Plain circles cut out using Spellbinders Nestabilities series stamped with a sentiment by Paula Pascual complete the look.

The second card uses the flower die cuts in a slightly different way and with more subtle shabby chic style and colouring. A lovely 6x6inch vintage patterned paper was the inspiration for which I picked out the soft yellows, creams and red to follow through in the embellishments. This paper was slightly distressed with Distress Inks by Tim Holtz and then simply matted on to co-ordinating red and cream card stock. A strip of my favourite music score grosgrain ribbon is set horizontally just below midway and echoes the music score print within the main paper design. The frame for the stamped sentiment (another clear self cling stamp by Paula Pascual) is made up of a black and red card stock cut using Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles from the Nestabilities Decorative Elements series and layered with foam pads to raise up and give dimension.

 The flower (details of which are in the tutorial) is then set onto the card with various plain black cut foliage from Memory Box dies and small gems added for a little bit of sparkle.


Wednesday, 8 April 2015


Toady I'm sharing with you two cards that incorporate the same focal paper flower piece...but in very different styles....AND I am also showing you how to make the Zinnia flower that I used over on my other Blog The Six Inch Square

RED ZINNIA notelet card
This is the notelet card that I produced for the Zinnia flower it is really all about the flower...the Zinnia is the focal element...
I like making these little cards...I call them 'notelets' because I tend to make them to send out as little 'thank you', or 'just because' cards, they are small yet look elaborate despite only having a few simple embellishments....and I like using the die cut frames instead of a plain card stock it that something extra special and unusual look about it.

So, the base is basically made up of two frame dies, cut out and carefully glued together at the top edge so it creates a 'fold' and allows it to open out, and stand a normal card base. In this case I used the 4"x4" square frame die from the Spellbinders 'Lace Doily Motifs' set cut out in black plain cardstock.
A square of red paper with deckle edging was placed in the centre (cut by hand using fancy edge scissors) and some Lace Doily Motif corners were cut from green and placed behind at each edge.....these not only match the Doily frame, but echo the shape and colour of the four green leaves.
The flower was made using the Spellbinders Die D-lites 'Zinnia' die set...placed in the centre and some fine die cut black sprigs placed behind to which I adhered some of the extra cut small yellow stars from the flower die set.
The same flower die set kit was used for this card....but the colours and embellishments used, and the way it is composed, makes for a very different look.
This card is made in subtle and soft blues, greys and creams with lots of delicate cut fronds and lacy pieces to give it a vintage slightly shabby chic look.
The inspiration came from the paper base from my old stock which has delicately printed music sheets pattern and a small grey and blue bird image.
The main base card stock is a plain blue grey, matted with a pale blue paper that has been inked around the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone and Black Soot. The printed paper mat also had the edges treated in the same colours.
The border edging and leaf fronds are various dies cuts from Memory Box, and Die-namics and the frame (partially hidden behind the flower) is from the Marianne Design 'Creatables' of my favourite and much used die designs. All are cut from vintage cream card stock. Music score printed cream ribbon from my stash (sorry cannot remember name but will add here if I find out) is used to tie in with the printed paper.
The main flower is created from the Spellbinders Die D-lites 'Zinnia' set but unlike the above red Zinnia...this one has been made slightly different, cut from cream card and inked with 'Weathered Wood' and 'Pumice Stone' Distress Inks, the petals are curved in the opposite way and the central piece has been made bigger, plus no small central stars are used (but they are still used elsewhere on the card if you look closely). The two smaller flowers to the bottom right corner are cut from the same card and inked using the same colours, but made using the three smallest dies from the Spellbinders 'Carnation Creations' die set by Donna Salazar. The centres are set with small gemstones....and three tiny stones also set into the top right hand corner.
To make the Red Zinnia flower as shown in the above card, you can follow my tutorial over on my The Six Inch Square Blog   click on the link HERE
xxx Ange xxx