Tag: Big Shot Plus

Fairytale Horse and Carriage Wedding Card

It has certainly been cold in Kent this last week, with snow, frost and now the fog has rolled in! This makes for perfect crafting weather, and I have been thinking ahead to all those lovely spring weddings on the horizon. As a former Disney bride (I married my Prince Charming in Walt Disney World in 2011) I had to use this beautiful cutting die for a wedding card fit for a fairy tale princess.

Peach Horse and Carriage Wedding Card

I started with a 7 x 5 inch peach card blank and used a metallic printed paper with flowers and chandeliers on and mounted this on cream card. You may notice that I deliberately turned the print on its side – this was so that the florals would be behind the sentiment at the top and the chandeliers act as a directional print for the carriage to follow.

Next I added a satin peach ribbon in a similar tone to act as a red carpet for the happy couple and their carriage to travel on. I cut the horse and carriage Sweet Dixie die using my Big Shot Plus and then added different shaped gems in the same colour as accents on the coach and a full bejeweled mane on the horse. This die really is so lovely and I didn’t have to run it through again to get the embossing detail.

When I bought the coach die I also bought the Happily Ever After Die (and another beautiful castle die too) which fit perfectly on this card. I used a slightly lighter ivory card for this sentiment and for the surname on the card too. I used the same cream card on the Mr & Mrs heart die (which is from an Xcut mini wedding set) and mounted this using 3D foam for some extra dimension.

Finally I die-cut an additional small heart to mount on the heart in the Happily Ever After sentiment in the darker cream to tie the colours together.

This card is already spoken for, but I have added this wedding card design to my newly opened Etsy store, if you would like to take a look: Houlding Hands on Etsy

I will be entering this into the anything goes challenges over at: Through the Craft Room Door. The anything that shines challenge (all those gems!) over at Crafting by Designs, as well as the ‘New beginnings’ challenge over at the Not Just Cards Challenge.



Happily ever after: Princess carriage wedding card

It has been a while since I have been able to post as it has been quite hectic in our house recently as we are currently in the process of buying a house! So now we are playing the waiting game as everything goes through I have been able to spend more time in my craft room – resulting in this lovely Princess carriage wedding card.

Happily Ever After - Princess Carriage card, green and silver

I absolutely love this die from Sweet Dixie (and the sentiment die too!), which I cut in silver and I added pale green gems for the horse’s mane and accents to the carriage. I added this over a green satin ribbon road which was affixed to a pearlescent card from a DCWV mat stack, which I layered on silver mirror card. Then I die cut the sentiment in cream pearlescent card and the same silver mirror card and overlaid them, with an extra heart cut to decoupage on top. Finally I added a ribbon in the same pale green satin with a gem in the centre of the bow.

I am entering this card into the anything goes challenges over at Lemon Shortbread, Through the Craft Room Door and Inspiration Destination.

Thanks a bunch! Monochrome thank you card

This thank you card was inspired by the monochrome theme over at Crafty Friends and I am also entering this into the anything goes challenge over at Inspiration Destination.

With thanks floral monochrome card

I started with a square white card and chose two monochrome patterned papers from the DCWV black and white paper mat stack. Next I used a flower Sweet Dixie cutting die and cut the petals out of black, then a grey rose print, and finally the same ditsy floral print as the paper layer on the card. I stuck all three of them all together with Tattered Lace detail glue and added a black gem to the centre of the flower.

Next I used another Sweet Dixie die to cut the With Thanks sentiment from black card and added this to the card with more of the Tattered Lace detail glue. Finally I added three more of the same black gems to the corner of the card to even the design out.

I really like this design, even though I was so tempted to add bright coloured gems to the flowers! I think I may try this same layout with brights next.

It’s a girl – polka dot pink new baby card

I was so excited to make this pink new baby card today as I got to use one of my new embossing folders – the polka dot Xcut embossing folder.

New Baby: it's a girl pink card

I am entering this card into the Crafting by Designs challenge where the theme is ‘stitching’, the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which has a clean and simple (CAS) theme this week and Addicted to CAS where the theme is ‘stitched’.

I started with a 5 x 7 inch baby pink card and then took a matching pink card and ran this through my Big Shot Plus using a 6 x 6 inch Xcut polka dot embossing folder and mounted this on the card using double sided tape.

The sentiment is a sticker from DCWV which has stitching in white around the border of the it’s a girl message. I stuck this to some more of the same pink card and cut this out leaving a border, then I added this to the card using double sided tape. Initially I tried this with a further stitch effect border using Ranger liquid pearls, but I thought it looked too fussy against the polka dot embossing, so I trimmed the border to leave it with just the printed stitching on the sticker.

Finally I stuck another DCWV sticker, this one a round pram icon, to more pink card and then fussy cut this out and mounted it using foam tape. 


Celebratory Happy Birthday Cupcake Card

This birthday cupcake card is my entry into the anything goes challenges over at Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge and Inspiration Destination.

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card: Blue, Green and Black

Other than my Sweet Dixie dies which you all know I love if you have read more than a couple of my blog posts, this is one of my other favourite dies and it is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. This time I have avoided pink when using this die in an effort to make this card more unisex. I am now working in an office with lots of men and it reminds me that I should create more cards for men, but it is tricky when your crafting area is full of lots of glittery and flowery ribbons and gems that shout feminine!

I started with some of my go-to papers by American Crafts and picked out aqua blue from the papers to create mats for the layers of the card and black, white and green for the cupcake itself. I used an Xcut scalloped square from a nesting die set for the mat under the paper layer with the cupcake on and regular squares for the other layer.

I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed this with red embossing powder. When layering everything together I then added a black satin ribbon to add a little extra texture to the card.


Summer fun – sailing birthday card

The theme over at A Gem of a Challenge this week is ‘summer fun’. Living near the coast in Kent, summer fun inspires days at the beach and out on the water, so I started with a nautical theme for this sailing birthday card

Sailing Birthday Card - Red and blue yacht

I used my Planes, Trains and Automobiles papers by Far and Away to create the layers and die cut the yacht by Sweet Dixie in both red and navy blue to combine the pieces. Then I used another Sweet Dixie die to cut the sentiment- can you tell I really like the Sweet Dixie style?!

I added the royal blue satin ribbon and die cut the anchor and ships wheel to finish the card.

I am also entering this card into the ‘anything goes’ challenge over at Inspiration Destination.

Colour Throwdown Challenge Card

My colour throwdown card today was jointly inspired by International Dogs Day and challenge #407 over at Color Throwdown (it’s a US site – not a typo!). The colour challenge is:


Initially I was thinking of using the yellow on a cute little bear, but then I remembered that I had a labrador stamp and I just had to use it!

Golden Labrador Happy Birthday card with paws and dog bone bow

I water coloured the stamp and then used a frame from DCWV’s chipboard set which matches the pet mat stack. I also used a bone, but it looked a little lonely on it’s own in the corner so I stacked up some buttons from the colour palette.

The sentiment is a die cut from Sweet Dixie and I cut this twice using my Big Shot Plus and layered them to show a shadow. The paper underneath is from a 12×12 and the lovely stitched flourish detail was in the corner, which fit perfectly on this card. Lastly I free cut out the paw print from chocolate coloured card for the corner of the card.

I am also entering this into the Seize the Birthday challenge – you can enter multiple times for this one and the optional topping this week is gift tags, so that gives me an opportunity to create another card for this challenge later this week.

A handmade Christmas card – a real gift

With less than four months until Christmas I am now very happy to be completing more Christmas challenges and making more handmade Christmas cards, so that I will be prepared when the festive season comes. Although I normally get into the swing of festive cheer quite early in the year, we have a birthday and then a holiday in September this year, so I think when we get back the next big event will be Christmas!

Pink, green and red Christmas card featuring a gift and snowflakes

This card is inspired by the challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which this week is: gifts. I started with one of my favourite dies from Sweet Dixie – a gift box with elaborate bow details. I cut this using my Big Shot Plus in a pink card and a green card with gold glitter and then cut the ribbon section from the pink card and decoupaged this.

Then I stamped the sentiment with a Hobbycraft clear stamp (which I picked up for a bargain 85p!) using a brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearlescent ivy. The papers are from a set with no branding, but I really like the unusual colour combination on these. After adding the ribbon in pink I added a final gem to the centre of the bow in red.

I am also entering this card into the ‘holiday’ challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Clean and simple style card – sweet!

This card is my entry for the clean and simple challenge over at the Paper Players this week which is: something sweet. For this card I started with my new die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and die cut the topping with this fantastic sprinkle paper from American Crafts.

I then layered this on white card and more of the same paper using an XCut scalloped square die. I added a crimson red ribbon and four little matching red gems and a green one for the bow on the cupcake.

Red cupcake with sprinkles card

Citrus cupcake birthday card

After concentrating on trying out my new Sweet Dixie dies I have now used my new Elizabeth Craft Designs cupcake die and it is super cute in this citrus creation – especially the extra embossing, which didn’t even take an extra pass in my Big Shot Plus.

Square citrus birthday card featuring cupcakes and gems - have a yummy day!

I have layered the die-cut topper with citrus papers from DCWV and green and orange card. I then stamped the two sentiments using Daisy & Dandelion clear stamps and added these with foam pads. Marquis shaped gems in gold and green finish this sweet little card design.

I am entering this card into the following ‘anything goes’ card challenges: Crafting by Designs, Inspiration Destination and Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge.