VIDEO: 4 Last Minute Christmas Cards From Recycled Packaging

  Ok, so you are tired of hearing it, but we don't have long to go before Christmas and I don't know about you but I am totally behind with all my Christmas jobs! So today I have a video to help you out with some ideas for making those last minute Christmas cards and all you need is some old packaging and a few bits and bobs that you probably already have in your stash or around the house. You won't even need to buy any new stamps…

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Making Shaped Cards With Creative Dies Plus

I've been making lots of cards this week. Article work has been keeping me busy but I have also had the opportunity to try out the Creative Dies Plus Stitched and Pierced nesting dies from Craft Stash. Have you seen these dies? I'm not sure how long they have been on the market for but they were new to me and it's totally perfect timing for me as I've been meaning to update some of my nesting dies. I have to keep my stash current with what is available…

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VIDEO: DIY Logan / Wolverine Inspired Birthday Card

I've mentioned before that we are pretty keen on comic books and graphic novels in my household so today's project video is a total geek-out homage to the new Logan film coming out in the cinemas around the world this week. It's a DIY how-to for making a Logan / Wolverine inspired Birthday Card. I totally wish I could claim to having come up with the idea but it was my amazing partner David who did, I just brought it to life. The one thing we are not short…

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Another Die-Cut Design For Men

Welcome to the last of my four die-cut designs for men. All four cards have been designed around a common theme using simple die-cut shapes but they all use various different aspects of design theory. If you look back over the month at each of the cards I have posted on the last four Monday then you can see some of the usual card design principles such as the use of colour, or the placement of elements. But this card is a little different. On first look at this design it…

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6 Card Ideas To Revisit For 2017

On Wednesday I posted 'My 5 Favourite Art Videos Of 2016' blog post as part of a little review I do around this time every year to take stock of what I have been working on through the year. Today I thought I would share six of my favourite cards designs from my 2016 back catalogue. But I have to admit I haven't done a lot of cards for my blog this year. I've still made them for magazines but when it comes to making them for my blog content, they…

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More Card Ideas For Men

Time for my third card in this card designs for men series. If you have missed it I have been posting a card designed for a man on Monday for the last two weeks, but, as I said in the first post of this series they really don't need to be designs just for men, you can use them for women too! All the cards I've been sharing so far were made for the same commission, so there is a theme weaving these cards together into a set. The…

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Another Birthday Card Design For Men

If you happened by my blog last Monday I shared a male cards in my 'Die-cut Cards for Men' blog post, as well as my general anxiety about calling things either male or female! This week I have another share from the same set of cards that I made for a commission earlier in the year. It is also a male card, and I am still conflicted about calling it that but I do feel better by the fact that it again has the man in question's name on it, so…

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Die-cut Cards For Men

I often um and ah about labelling my card designs specifically for men or women. Cardmakers often talk about cards for men or cards for women, but I try to be a bit nebulous about it, if I can, when I share my makes. Because, well, I will be honest, I often LOVE cards that have supposedly been made with men in mind and sometimes I even love them more than some cards that are labeled for women. So, really, do we have to label them? Although, having said…

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A Handmade Birthday Card For A Fashionista

I worked out recently that I have made around 360 projects this year for magazines, give or take a few and 95% of those have been cards. That sounds like a lot of cards when you starting adding it up! But this doesn't take into account the cards I make for personal commissions, so add them into the mix and what, we are looking at over 400 cards for 2016 at least. Then you look at my blog over the last year and I rarely have any cards on…

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Cards For Tech-Heads!

If you know someone who is into their technology and you need some card ideas for them then you might want to get your hands on the current issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft (issue 156). [Photo credit: Practical Publishing International] I've got a whole article brimming with different ideas for cards and a gift, covering different occasions, and all based around technology, you know - mobile phones, gaming, laptops the lot. Being a bit of a tech-head and gamer myself it was fun to come up with some…

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As Featured On Blitsy – How To Make a Mixed Media Big Bloom Card

It is Blitsy time and this week I have a card making tutorial on the blog. [I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post.] I've gone all pink, well with a smidge of kraft and cream too, but mostly pink, pink with some more pink for good measure! I've obviously been in a bit of a pink mood as well as a teal mood at the moment. So if you are looking for something a bit inky, card-y and mixed media-y then go take…

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