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Do you wish your die cuts had more appeal, were more interesting? Read on for hints and tips to create much more interest with your favorite die cuts.

You Will Need

  • Die Cut
  • Inks
  • Stamps
  • Cut n Dry Foam
  • Craft Sheet

Method

  • Cut out your favorite die cut using whichever machine you choose.
  • This bird was cur on a Slice Elite machine from the SD card Vintage Findings
  • Use good quality card, I’ve used Rymans; Bright White 160 gsm card
  • Spray ink over your die cut in a co-ordinating colour
  • Stamp text or pattern onto your die cut
  • Ink edges to add dimension
  • Curve image for more depth using a bone folder

    Spice Up Your Die Cuts with Colour

    Spice Up Your Die Cuts with Colour

 

Ink; Tim Holtz Distress in; Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky

Stamps; Elusive Images UDLGW0009

You now have a dimensional element perfect for embellishing your chosen project. Great for cards, altered art, art journals, cards etc.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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After spending time making wonderful handmade cards, wouldn’t it be nice to finish the package with a co-ordinating tag? In last weeks video I showed how to make a selection of tag bases, in today’s post I’d like to share a tutorial for how to decorate those tags for your gifts. If you missed last weeks film, check out the links at the end of the article.

Decorating your tags for gifts

Decorating your tags

You Will Need

  • A4 Card stock, plain or decorative
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft knife
  • Metal Ruler
  • Rubber stamps to match/co-ordinate with your card design
  • Inks
  • Cut n dry foam (optional)
  • Crop A Dile or other hole punch
  • Thread or ribbon in co-ordinating colours.
  • Corner rounder
  • Cuttlebug & Embossing folders (optional)

Method

  • Cut your A4 cardstock to 4 1/8″ x 2 1/4″. You will get ten tags this size from A4 card
  • To add decorative panels to your base tags, trim 1/4″ from one short side and one long side
  • Using the grid on your cutting mat as a guide trim off the corners from the two top edges of your cardstock panel, to correspond to the base tag.
  • If you wish to ink, stamp and layer card onto your tag, do this next.
  • Stamp your images and greeting onto the back panel of the tag, and attach them.
  • Finally use your hole punch to punch a hole at the top of the tag, and use pretty ribbon or baker’s Twine for a retro style to finish your tag.

Optional Extra’s

  • Add dimension or highlight colours by matting your finished tag on to coloured or metallic cardstock.
  • Create a boarder to your tag by running metallic pen around the edges of your tag.
  • If you are short on time, print decorative papers or designs from your computer and layer those on to heavier card.
  • For fancy shaped tags, cut your base tag using Spellbinder dies, or your favorite die design. Create your decorative layer and layer to write on from a smaller sized die.

Add your personal message to the back of your tag, including who the gift is for and who it is from ;)

Links

Quick & Easy Tags; Part 1   In this film I showed how to create your base tags. Which are the one’s I decorated in today’s film.

I hope you have enjoyed this film and project. Do leave me a comment to let me know what you think. Have you made tags with this tutorial?  Add a link to your finished tags with your comment, it would be nice to see what you make.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a picture of the 6×4″ Piece that I created for the challenge of the same name. The theme was Sparkle and Shine

My piece for the June 2009 6 x 4 Challenge; Sparkle and Shine.

My piece for the June 2009 6 x 4 Challenge; Sparkle and Shine.

I coloured white card using ranger Adirondack dye ink, then embossed it using a Cuttlebug folder. I sanded the embossed card to reveal the white underneath. I spritzed with Perfect Pearls in a mini mister which sadly doesn’t show up so well in the photograph.

 

The title is embossed for the shine and the humming bird has a sparkly embossing powder on it which covers the sparkle part of the challenge. The text panel and its frame were created from card cut using Nestabilites dies.

 

All finished with an organza ribbon and a gold edging to the embossed piece. Matted on to black card stock. Even though this is a floral theme the dark colours mean I think this would be OK for a men’s card…what do you think?

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie :)

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Have you ever gazed at those beautiful bows with their pretty fish tail ends and wished you could create bows like that? In today’s tutorial I will show you how to create bows just like that, without the need for any special equipment.

 

 

You Will Need

  • Ribbon 70 cm
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape

If you wish to create the card shown in the film

  • White card stock A5
  • Pearlescent card 13.5 x 10 cm (match the colour to your ribbon colour)
  • Text weight paper A5 (match the colour to your ribbon colour)
  • Cuttlebug
  • Embossing folder of your choice. I used Perfectly Paisley

 

Method

 

The film gives details of the tying method for the bow itself, as this isn’t simple to explain in words.

  • Take your A5 white card and score it in half along the middle, fold to create an A6 base card.
  • Using the Cuttlebug emboss the pearlescent card.
  • Attach a strip of double sided tape to the back of the embossed card, in the area you would like the ribbon to be.
  • Find the middle of the ribbon, as shown in the film and attach this to the back of the embossed card
  • Tie the ribbon into a bow, as shown in the film
  • Attached the finished piece to the front of the base card using double sided tape
  • Take your A5 text weight paper and trim .5cm off the long side
  • Trim 0.5cm off the short side of the text weight paper
  • Fold this in half to form the card insert
  • Attach a thin strip of double sided tape the top of  long edge of the folded insert
  • Remove the backing from the double sided tape
  • Place your insert inside the card, lining up with the fold in the cards spine
  • Close the card and press along the edge to ensure a good fix to the tape
  • Add your chosen greeting and your card is done.

Here is a picture of the finished card

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If you have enjoyed this video and want to see more check out the tutorials link at the top of the page to see more.

Best wishes and thanks for reading/watching, see you soon

 

Billie :)

Comments are very welcome, I read them all and will reply. If you have a You Tube account do consider rating these films as if a subject is popular, it does affect what films I do in the future.

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Today’s post is a link to a video tutorial. This film will show you how to create small folders that will protect your thin Cuttlebug dies, when you are not using them. The film shows you folders for 2″ dies but you can easily modify the measurements for the larger dies in the range. The measurements are also fine for any other THIN die you may own.

 

Do leave me a comment here, or on You Tube to let me know what you think. If you have any questions, just say and I will do my best to help you out. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

***UPDATE***

In response to questions I have recieved about the storage boxes, here are more details about them.

Boxes are made by Really Useful Box, that link is for the UK shop but other countries are available from the drop down menu on the site.

I use the following boxes for the storing the following Cuttlebug dies.

  • 2 x 2″ Dies
  • Larger selecection of 2″ Dies and for dies 6 x 2″
  • Embossing Folders and A2 Cuttlebug dies; 3 Litre Box

More links will follow once I have checked the sizes of box I use ;)

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In today’s post I would like to share a picture of my second Buttonhole stitched book.

Buttonhole stitched book with Cuttlebug embossed cover

Buttonhole stitched book with Cuttlebug embossed cover

This was created from

Hammered White Cardstock

Plain white paper (for the pages)

Pearlescent Pink cardstock embossed using Perfect Paisley Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Linen thread coloured using Cool Peri Dye based ink in the Adirondack range by Ranger

Here is a close up of the buttonhole stitch on the spine

Spine detail showing the buttonhole stitching

Spine detail showing the buttonhole stitching

I have modified the stitch a little from the description given in Keith Smith’s book, but I like the result, what do you think?

This one is going to MIL for Mother’s Day

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a card I made for my mother in law for Mother’s Day. Sadly I lost my own Mum when I was 18.

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I used hammered card for the base card.

Pearlescent card for the main image which is embossed using Cuttlebug’s Perfect Paisley Embossing folder.

Organza ribbon for a bit of flourish, in a matching pink.

 

This is a nice quick simple card to make but it is still pretty non the less. For those of you who still have their mothers, make sure they know how much you appreciate them. And give them a cuddle for those of us with out our own. A little time costs nothing but is the most precious gift you can give anyone.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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