Sunday, 31 May 2020

Sunny day with cheerful pansies

Wense vir ‘n sonnige dag. 
May you enjoy a sunny day.
Heartfelt Creations cheerful pansies arranged on layers from the Heartfelt Creations Royal elegance frame set. The A5 format of the card leaves lots of space for a personal, hand-written message inside.
Afrikaanse wense stel stempels - beste kwaliteitvpolymer stempels wat deursigtig is vir perfekte plasing 

Products can be found at the links below.
Happy crafting
Marie Smith

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Pretty flowering dogwood framing an elaborate oval lace frame

Good morning, on an early autumn morning. The sun is just starting to rise and a camera just cannot capture the real beauty of it.
Today’s inspiration is an A5 card, perfect for when you have a longer message to write to the recipient.
The card features the newly-released Heartfelt Creations Elaborate oval die set. I used only 2 of the 6 dies in the pack and embellished the card with some of the flowering dogwood flowers from my previously-made stash. I love making a couple of flowers in my favourite colour combinations, then it is quick to put together a card when I need one. We all have our favourite colours that we use over and over again. If you missed my short video tutorial for making these pretty flowers, hop over to my Youtube channel. I will repeat the link below.
The leaves with veins were cutvusing a Craft Passion die and I added two filler stems to add lenghtvand texture to my floral arrangement.
Please follow the links (Click on the purple words) if you want more information on the items used.
Elaborate oval die set -
Leaves die
Flower pearls
Video tutorial for flowering dogwood
Have a happy day
Marie Smith

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Antique roses and butterfly kisses

Hello fellow crafters
Today I am sharing inspiration with a card for which I used the lovely Lemoncraft House of Roses 6x6 paper pack.

This lovely paper pad contains 24 pretty papers.
To make the card, start with a 15x15 square card base. I used a white card base to make the delicate lace pattern on the paper ‘pop’.
Trim the printed paper to 14,5cm square. Use a beige ink pad and ink blender to lightly ink the edges of the paper, then distress all four sides with a paper distresser or scissors.
Glue the paper to the card base.
Add a delicate die-cut. I used one that was cut using a Fantasy die.
Add chipboard twigs that are heat-embossed with green Ranger mixed media embossing powder.
Add a clock, cut from one of the sheets in the paper pad.

Embellish and complete the card with a Little Birdie flower to which you added some glitter, twine, tulle, a chipboard butterfly wing and some leaves cut out using Lady E Design tiny leaves die. I also added a small bunch of sisal.
All these products are available in our online store
Happy crafting, until next time.
Marie Smith

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Flowering dogwood in vibrant colours

Today's flowers were made using Heartfelt Creations flowering dogwood stamps and dies. 
I used Archival ink rose madder to first stamp the colours and then colour the tips of the petals with a dauber.
Next, I used Versamagic key lime to add a very light touch of green to the centres of the flowers.
after cutting out the flowers with the co-ordinating dies, I added Artistry fancy fuchsia to the outer edges of the flower petals, for extra deep, vibrant colour.
The flowers were shaped using groove tools and a flower-shaping mat before flower pearls were added to the centres.
Lastly, a glamorous touch was added with glitter.
A full video tutorial is available on our Youtube channel. You can follow this link to watch
Thank you for visiting.
Stay safe and happy crafting until next time. 
Marie Smith

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Sunday, 5 April 2020

Flowering dogwood and chocolate brown stripes

Hello fellow crafters
Today’s inspiration comes with flowering dogwood flowers, offset against chocolate brown stripes. The lovely striped paper is from Lemoncraft.

To make the flowers, use Heartfelt Creations flowering dogwood stamp set. Stamp the flowers using archival ink rose madder. Only lightly add a bit of the same colour to the edges of the flower petals using a finger dauber.
Cut the flowers out, using the co-ordinating die set.
Place the flowers face down on a flower shaping mat and shape at the back of each petal with a ball tool. Turn flowers face up and press down in the centre with the ball tool.
Glue two layers of flowers together and finish the flowers by gluing a few flower pearls in the centre of each.
I used a variety of leaves cut out using Lady E Design leaves and herbs leaves dies.
All products and tools are available in the online store
Thank you for visiting. 
Happy crafting until next time.
Marie Smith

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Family blessings single page

For This Project You Will Need:
·        Fabscraps Family blessings C121-001; C121-003; C121-011; C121-012
·        Fabscraps clear glue
·        Pink satin ribbon rose from the Family blessings card-making pack
·        Additional handmade flowers and leaves
·        Chipboard title
·        Embossing ink
·        Dark brown mixed media embossing powder

1.      Use C121-012 as background for the layout.
2.      Cutting guide:
2.1     From C121-001 cut the following:
                                 i.            12cm piece on the right-hand so that you will have part of the clock, cut out
                                  ii.          Strip of8x24cm, with two short ends cut into a flag shape
2.2    From C121-011 cut the following:
                                      i.          Strip 7x25cm, with two short ends cut into a flag shape
                                    ii.          Strip 4,5x19cm, with two short ends cut into a flag shape
                                   iii.          Fussy-cut roses
2.3     From C121-003, cut out 2 square frames and one of the frilly frames.
3.    Adhere the clock part on the right-hand side of page base, about 3cm from the right edge.
4.     Arrange and adhere the flagged strips to page base.
5.    Stamp chipboard title with embossing ink and sprinkle with embossing powder. Melt embossing powder with a heat gun.
6.    Adhere title to page.
7.    Arrange fussy-cut flowers, handmade flowers and die-cut leaves on the page.

C121 family blessings
Family single page
Created by Marie Smith
South Africa
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 Happy crafting, unil next time.
Marie Smith

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Cherry blossoms

Hello, fellow crafters
The world is quiet in peak traffic time but the birds are chirping in trees in the garden. Today I am hearing weavers, sparrows and bulbuls. I know the red crested barbet will be visiting a bit later in the morning.
This card features three layers of lacy borders from a  Pinkfresh Studio set of 5 border dies, available in our online store.

The cherry blossoms were made using Heartfelt Creations dies on thick watercolour paper. First, I added a drop of water in the centre of each of the blossoms with a water brush. Then I added a drop of pink watercolour onto the moistened flower centres. To shape a whole bunch at the same time, I lightly spritzed the die-cut flower with water, placed them in the co-ordinating shaping mould and rolled them through my die-cutting machine. The cherry blossom set can also be ordered from our online store. The set has a delightful little birdie that can be used to add an extra finishing touch to any card with flowers
Happy crafting, until next time
Marie Smith

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