Monday, 14 April 2014

Tattered Lace POD

Good Evening!

Well we've been busy this weekend incorporating the brand new Tattered Lace Pick of the Day dies into our cardmaking... which has been so fun!

Here's one of my favourite creations with their new Venetian Collection which will be launching on Ideal World at 9pm tomorrow (Tues 15th of April). I know you're going to LOVE it! You'll be able to find the entire set of dies on the Ideal World website here.

To create the card shape, I've used the Venetian Frame die along the edge of some Kraft card, I then cut a square piece of card with tabs, and finally a third piece to replicate this first one on a shorter scale (that's probably really confusing, but the pictures below will give you an idea of what I mean!)

I've used the Venetian Floral dies to create the blue daisies, and then I've cut out five of the Venetian Fern die-cuts, chopped up the heart from the centre and fanned them around to create a gorgeous, large flower! All the extra swirls, leaves and what-not are bits chopped off of the Venetian Fern die and the Venetian Accent die!

I've then used an upcoming butterfly (A bit naughty, I know!) which will be launching on Create & Craft with us on the 25th of April at 10am. And then I've used a Unique Sentiment on a plaque. All stamped in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Now for the inside of the card, it's sort of a tri-fold card (and very similar to the tag card I did on C&C a few weeks ago). The middle panel is simply a rectangle and the two outside pieces are shaped using the Frame die, slightly different in width.

I've used some gorgeous lace, the Venetian Fern die and a sentiment from our Dresser Stamp Set on the left panel. 

And inside...

I used the Venetian Accent (chopped off the ends), a blue feather, bow & our favourite Recipe stamp!

I hope you like it - I can't wait for you to see the dies on TV tomorrow, I'm sure you'll love them!

Hayley x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A sneak peek...

Good Morning!

I've got a sneak peek at a few new stamp sets coming to our website on the 11th of April - you've seen three before, but we've got an extra addition!

Here are the stamp sets... just £9.99 each!

So... here's my card!

To make this, I've used backing papers from a new CD which will be launched on C&C on the 25th of April (Sorry, I didn't realise until just now that it wasn't available yet!!).

To ink the edges, I've used my old favourite: Gathered Twigs distress ink and my Clearsnap Blending Tool which is fab and so easy to use!

The stamp is from our brand new Elegant Shoe stamp set which will be available online at 9am on the 11th April, I'll be sure to email out to let you know so if you're not signed up to our newsletter, you can do so down the left side of our website.

To make the topper, I used some double-sided sticky sheets (I got mine from Joanna Sheen for just £4.99 per pack of 5 here, I stamped the image once onto my topper piece and added swirls around the edges to decorate. Then, I stamped my shoe a second time onto excess paper, adhered my double-sided sticky sheet on top and cut out the front part of the shoe. I then used our upcoming glitter Deep Ocean to cover this piece, then layer it on top of my first shoe. I've used a vintage button for the centre of my bow too! 

The gorgeous flowers around the edge are from our Essential Flowers stamp set, I've stamped them onto patterned paper, white paper and pale blue paper, inked the edges and then added tiny dots of glitter using my Quickie Glue pen - this has added the gorgeous sparkle on the line detail!

Then... I've used the offcuts of my double-sided sticky paper, stuck them onto plain white paper and ran them through my Grand Calibur, using the gorgeous Florentine Flourish die from Tattered Lace! (They're my go-to swirls since they're so delicate... and just generally gorgeous!!) I've then taken the backing off and dipped them into my Deep Ocean glitter again... aren't they stunning?

Hope you like the card - see you soon!

Hayley xx

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Tattered Lace Challenge #1

Good Morning!

We're so very, very pleased to announce that Carol has joined the blogging DT at the Tattered Lace Challenge Blog! Here's the first card made using the gorgeous Lavish Blooms Die set for the very first challenge!

For this card, we've used the Dreamees Pretty Projects Templates & More CD - the brown paper, teal paper for the flowers, backing papers and sentiment have all been printed off of the CD onto cream paper (colours used are Mint, Brown and Teal). They've all been layered onto a cream 6x6 scalloped front card blank.

The edges of each layering piece have been distressed using Gathered Twigs distress ink and then stamped using the Stitching stamp from one of our latest stamp sets: the Dresser.

For the border across the card, one of the Lavish Blooms Stamen dies has been cut from brown paper and then glued along the top and bottom edge of a strip of backing paper, to give the effect of a punched edge. This one uses the heart stamen which is fast becoming one of our favourites!

The gorgeous cream swirls are another Tattered Lace die set called the Florentine Flourish - it's so versatile and perfectly sized to fill out a flower arrangement (I love it!).

The flowers were made using the Lavish Blooms Poppy die set - we've used a typical rose technique to make both flowers, cutting out three of each design and layering them inside one another - we've got a video tutorial of this flower making technique available HERE. We've also added a pearl in the centre to embellish it.

Finally, we've used a few different sized pearls to create a corner to finish off!

Don't forget to pop over to the Tattered Lace Challenge Blog to enter your creation using the Lavish Blooms collection - the dies always create stunning results since they're so intricate and delicate!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Hayley xx

PS. Don't forget to check out our blog candy...

WIN: Tattered Lace Lavish Blooms Die Collection

We've got a fabulous price to give away to one lucky winner: A set of Lavish Blooms dies from Tattered Lace!

You'll be in with the chance of winning this gorgeous bundle:

The bundle contains:
Lavish Blooms Aster Die Set,
Lavish Blooms Lily Die Set,
Lavish Blooms Poppy Die Set,
Cherished Centres Die Set,
Lavish Blooms Stamen Die Set,
Lavish Blooms Leaves Die Set


All you've got to do to win is FOLLOW our blog and the Tattered Lace Challenge blog (use the links over on the right hand side of each blog to become a follower) and we'll enter you into our prize draw.

PLEASE make sure there is a contact option on your blog profile - we will be forced to pick another winner if we're unable to email you directly and easily.

Please feel free to share the link on your own blog to drive traffic to this post, you can also use the image below as a link on your own blog.

The post link to be used is:

The dies will be shipped directly from the supplier so please be aware that any shipping address you supply will be passed onto Diane Peternal.

The winner will be picked at the end of April and notified at the beginning of May - we will publish the winner on the blog and on our Facebook page.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Featuring Tattered Lace...


Wow, I'm so sorry it's been such a long time again - I've got lots to share with you!

Here are some cards we made for the shows on the 19th, featuring some gorgeous Tattered Lace dies! We hadn't really tried them until a couple of weeks again and honestly can't stop!

Above, I've used the Flourish Doily die, our gorgeous Wedding Hearts stamp set, papers from the Pretty Projects CD Rom & a gorgeous Lasercut doobadoo butterfly!

This card has been made using the Wedding Hearts stamp set again and the Florentine Fancy Edges Set 2

The Dress stamp, Circle Sentiments, Chantilly Tiara die, Flourish Doily and the Florentine Flourishes.

The Letters stamp set, Flourish Doily and another Tattered Lace corner die (sorry, not sure which one!!)

The Letters stamp set, Chantilly Tiara die and the Florentine Flourishes - Kraft card on our website too.

Flowers from the Dress stamp set, The Letters stamp set, Florentine Flourishes and the Beloved Borders (LOVE those - they're so, so useful!)

The Letters stamp set, Flourish Doily and I've also used the corner lasercut doobadoos, and the honeycomb softboard.

Now, the cards below don't particularly have Tattered Lace dies (though if there's anything I don't list that you'd like to know about, let me know!) - they're made using the Letters stamp set which has got to be one of my absolute favourites from the March releases - it's so useful and I find that I can be really creative with words.

And again, below are cards made using the Wedding Hearts which is a super useful set since the hearts are completely separate - that means you can use them for any wedding possible, including two brides & two grooms, which is fab!

Card above also uses the Letter stamp set.

Both cards above use the  Circle Sentiments stamp set too (and the dress card above is gorgeous - making use of the bride stamp and feathers!)

The card above uses the Butterfly Circle stamps too which have been stamped and embossed in white, onto vellum then glittered using Twinklies Diamond glitter.

The below image has to be one of my favourites too - the tree is from the Heart Tree set and has been glittered - the glitters used are Fresh Grass and Strawberry Sauce, two exclusive colours which we will be launching very, very soon! 

And finally... some more sneak peeks for Fridays shows!

Catch you soon!

Hayley xx

Sunday, 9 March 2014

My Paper Stash: Envelope Crafter Review


Well today I've got something a little different, I was asked to give this product a go and write a review for you! I may make this a regular thing if it's something you enjoy reading - here goes...

My Paper Stash Envelope Crafter

I make a lot of cards from A4 sheets that I fold in half, then trim down to 5.5” square, 13.2cm square, etc (I very rarely actually buy card blanks with matching envelopes) and then struggle when sending cards. Of course, most are samples and never get sent but if I were to send them, I’d probably be quite lazy… I’d buy a C5 envelope, fold it & cellotape it to fit.

I’ve tried envelope tools before and ended up with small tabs to attempt to glue together, not-quite-level flaps to fold in and then ultimately… my card won’t fit! I didn’t have that problem at all with the Envelope Crafter – on my first attempt, I got my strangest dimensions (it was a 3” x 6” rectangular card that I had to hand), grabbed an A3 sheet of paper (to be on the safe side!) and followed the instructions… guess what? It worked! First time!

The fab thing about this tool is that the instructions are printed on it – now, I’m the type of person that can grasp something pretty quickly but as soon as I’ve slept on it, I need the instructions to remind me until I’m using it every day – and that’s exactly what I’ve got. And I don’t mean just on the packet (because we all know that goes straight in the bin out of excitement – or atleast all of mine do), it’s printed onto the plastic itself and won’t scratch off.

Also, what if I wanted to take it to a workshop with me? I’ve got the smallest amount of room in my bag which is already jammed full of the necessities… but this is flat, folds together to save room… and will fit on top (or down the side!) of my bag. Plus it’s a durable plastic, which means it won’t lose shape if I manage to get it into an awkward spot.

I feel like I’m going to be making envelopes for every card I can find now, just because I can! If you’re like me and have been a lazy envelope maker in the past, this is definitely for you! It’s easy to use, easy to store and durable – all you need is a pencil and a bone folder (probably not even the latter – a straight edge to fold the creases works fine!) and you’re set!

You can pick up the envelope crafter for just £24.99 from Crafting or from Create & Craft (click the shop for a direct link).

Hope this is helpful!

Hayley xx

Monday, 17 February 2014



Wow, long time no see!

I've got one of those 'I-couldn't-wait-to-use-it' cards to show you tonight - something I've whipped up with the new Die-namites we have on the website!

You can view the new dies here - they're proving so popular already!

For the card above, I've used our Special Verse sentiment which has been stamped in Gathered Twigs distress ink, onto cream paper. All the papers are printed from the new Pretty Projects Templates & More CD onto cream paper to coordinate. 
I've been using the coredinations cardstock too which is what my layering pieces are, along with the card I've cut the Fall Breeze swirl from! 
I've also cut out the Bamboo Sticks from gold mirror card to poke out from my flowers (which are just shop-bought).

I would absolutely recommend these dies without a doubt - apart from them being rather unique in design and super affordable, they pop out like magic! I've ran them through without greaseproof paper and onto mirrorcard, coredinations card & my glitter card too - they're fab! They work with all major die-cutting machines too, so no matter what you've got - you can use these!

Oh and today, we stopped by Stitches at the NEC - it was a great show as usual... We placed a fair few orders for stock which should be arriving within the next couple of weeks - be sure to register for our newsletters for updates on when it has arrived!

Oh.. and this rather large owl was in the foyer - he begged me to take a picture!

Isn't he sweet?!

Hope you've had a fab day too!

Hayley xx