Tag: Die cutting

Finding inspiration while travelling

So whilst there may not have been many posts from me in the most recent weeks, I have certainly been finding inspiration while travelling! We took a trans-Atlantic cruise with Royal Caribbean and for a whole seven days this was largely the view!

Deck 5 on Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise

So, in the coming weeks, expect to see lots of nautical themed projects, and I even have some new coastal themed papers that I am looking forward to using. Plus, while I was in the US I bought the cutest flamingo die (from Spellbinders) , which I can’t wait to try out!

Plus, my Etsy shop is now out of Vacation mode, so you can order a personalised handmade card and see my newest designs.

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.



Santoro Gorjuss Decoupage Birthday Card

This card is a little different to my usual style, but as I received a Santoro Gorjuss decoupage set free with a Docrafts.com order, I thought I would use it in this birthday card.

Santoro Gorjuss Decoupage Lilac Birthday Card

I started with the decoupage which was quite easy to pop out of the sheets and just needed a little snipping to tidy up the edges. I used large and small sized square foam pads, as there were some fiddly small sections that needed a tiny foam square on the layers (such as the collar on the dress).

Then I added two extra layers behind the decoupage using Xcut nesting oval and scalloped oval dies. I used papers that I received free with a retired Sweet Dixie die I bought from eBay, so this really was a great value card to make! I also received the matching buttons with my free decoupage set, which matched really well with this card.

Next I added a wide black grosgrain ribbon and added a teal satin ribbon on top to add a different texture, with a hand-tied lilac ribbon added on top. Finally, on top of this I added a peel-off sentiment on to purple card which I layered with the same teal paper I used to back the decoupage, and added this using more 3D foam.

I will be entering this into the anything goes challenges over at Inspiration Destination and Lemon Shortbread.

Hand painted background birthday card

This card is inspired by the ‘make your mark’ challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. I will also be entering this painted background birthday card into the anything goes challenges over at Inspiration Destination and Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge.

Metallic painted background card: silver, mint and lilac

I started with metallic paints from Aztec paints in a lilac, mint green and silver and used a flat wash brush to create this mixed thin stripe background. After letting this dry, I trimmed the card and mounted it on silver mirror card. Then I added a silver Happy Birthday die cut and added two sized matching lilac flower gems.

This is the first time I have tried painting a full background and I really like the effect. I can’t wait to try out other colours and different styles too.


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.

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.


Mojo Monday card sketch challenge

This card is inspired by the sketch challenge over at Mojo Monday (which is below). This is a quick one today as I haven’t managed to keep up with the challenges I normally participate in this week, but next week I should be back on schedule and taking part throughout the week (if life doesn’t get in the way again!).

Three silver hearts pink glitter card

I started with a large slim metallic silver card for a base and added the two layers in black metallic and silver mirror card. On the black metallic card I added three die cut silver mirror card hearts with a silver gem tucked in the curve of each heart.

The sentiment is a clear sticker from Daisy & Dandelion added to a die cut silver mirror card circle. I added a black brad to the tag and mounted this using foam pad. I used a bright pink glitter ribbon at the bottom of the card and added black gems to the pink metallic layer and at the bottom right of the card. This would make a perfect Valentine’s Day or Anniversary card.

mojo465 sketch

Lilac Happy Birthday Cute Cat Card

This card is inspired by the #369 sketch challenge over at Tuesday Morning Sketches (sketch below).  This happy birthday cute cat card is on a 5 x 7 inch lilac card and I started with lovely pastel papers from American Crafts.

Cute Cat Happy Birthday Lilac Cat Card

The striped card makes up the bottom layer then I added the floral layer and an extra strip of the gingham lilac card which I had leftover from a DCWV mat stack. I added a slim silver ribbon and stamped on a die cut circle (from an Xcut nesting die set) before adding the bow making it look like a tag. Then I added the clear sticker on the lilac card which matches the card blank and added a scalloped circle die cut behind this – then I added them using foam tape to add dimension to the card. Finally I added three little pastel flower gems in the top left corner of the card to finish off the design.

tms-369 sketch

I am also entering this card into the Lemon Shortbread #24 Anything goes challenge.

As the focus of this post is a cute cat card I thought I might also add a cute photo of one of our cats – Pumpkin, who was enjoying the last of the summer sunshine today.

Pumpkin cat rolling in the garden in the sun  Pumpkin cat rolling in the sun in the garden


Pink and Silver Happy Birthday Butterfly Card

This is my entry to the Seize the Birthday challenge this week, a pink birthday butterfly card.

The base card is 5 x 7 inches and I added a DCWV mat from the Blossoms and Butterflies mat stack with a silver mat underneath it. I used a silver mirror card die cut birthday message and added these to the same patterned card with another silver mat underneath.

Finally I added a hologram sticker on top of card which I fussy cut and then added with foam pads, and stuck gems to the flowers on the foiled pattern on the card to match the colours of the butterfly.

Pink and Silver Happy Birthday Butterfly Card

I think I am going to have to really focus on festive crafting soon as I was reminded it is now less than 100 days until the big day! I even heard the first Christmas song of the year on Radio 1 – Maria Carey’s All I want for Christmas is you!

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card

This card was inspired by a very festive week in the Houlding household as it was my birthday! This sums up the party atmosphere and the sweets and treats we consumed by the bucket-load! The colours of this Happy Birthday Cupcake card are right up my street and reflected all the bright birthday cards my lovely friends and family gave to me too.

Happy Birthday Cupcake card

I used an Elizabeth Craft Design cupcake cutting die and some of my favourite papers from American crafts. The stamp is from a clear Daisy & Dandelion set and I added black gems in the centre of the bow and at the edge of the cards. I am really starting to notice how contemporary cards look when you add black as an accent colour and this is especially true in this card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp (anything goes) and Inspiration Destination #102 (anything goes).