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Thursday, 4 February 2016

My NEW 'From The Heart' craft dies are released today!!

Good Morning Everyone,..

Oh my,.. I can't quite believe it, but, my new 'From The Heart' craft dies are released by Creative Expressions today!!

I've called this my 'From The Heart' Collection and these are sentiment dies (as you would probably have expected from me) and they are designed around our friends, families and the events/occasions that we come across in our lives,..

I've also designed co-ordinating relative sets too, so we are able to achieve a beautiful, seamless finish on our projects..

I'm now allowed to tell you (as they are released today) that there are 9 sets in the collection, 6 sets with full sentiments and 3 sets with relatives :-)

All featuring the same, beautiful font and the connecting heart theme, and all with extra heart dies to complete the look.

I will be adding more relatives and some numbers to co-ordinate soon :-)

And so, I have two more cards to show you, that I've made myself, still in the black and coconut white themes, but this time, I have purposely left all the extra embellishments off the card, no flowers (I know - shocking!), but, I wanted you to see how fabulous these dies are as stand alone sets,.. all I've used are the extra heart dies that come in the sets (and a border and corner of Sues)

Here is card no.1, this is a 17cm x 22cm card, featuring the Happy Birthday To You die and Grandma from the Grandparents set (I've made sure that they were not forgotten in my sets,.. they're too important and should be cherished!)

I love this card, quite simple for me, bit of embossing, bit of die cutting, few pearls (well, lot's!) but, as you've heard me say hundreds of times,.. look where your eyes are drawn,... to the sentiment..
Elegant...
Stylish...
Personal...

I've made good use of the scraps of black and coconut white card too by using the extra heart dies and creating dimension (putting them on a foam pad lol)









Close up of the sentiment and Grandma die cuts... 













And here's card no.2,.. this is a 17cm x 17cm card, featuring the With Very Best Wishes' die and the Female relatives set..
The hearts around the outside of the frame are from black card and the extra heart dies and I've covered them in Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels :-)

Classic, straight lines and texture from the embossing folder make this stylish card really easy to create.
The focal points (now this will shock you ha ha) are the sentiment and daughter die cuts,.. Add these to some matting and layering and different levels on foam tape to create dimension and and you're onto a winner.













Close up of the centre of the card.
Coupled with a little glacier ice and some pearl strips/corners and you really can't go wrong...
Simple...
Clean...
Classy...

The little tiny pearls on the hearts add a gentle finishing touch that brings the whole design together.









I really hope you like my 'From The Heart' craft dies,.. I've been so careful to design them for us, as crafters, to use for the projects and people we make the most for... family and friends...

The complete collection of dies will be on my website today, with delivery being tomorrow, we will ship them out as soon as they are booked in to stock..

Here's your quick link to the Craft Dies by Phill Martin section on my website :-)

Remember,..
I will give away one of my samples today, to celebrate the release of my dies, so, be sure to leave a comment (good, of course!) and I will choose a name at random later on this afternoon.. I will go through the comments from all my 'reveal' posts :-)
(Good Luck!)

Happy Crafting!
(Thanks so much for all your kind words too - much appreciated!)


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

1 more day to wait and another sneaky sample :-)

Good Morning Everyone

OK,.. it's now starting to get really close to the official release date (tomorrow!) of my 'From The Heart' craft dies that I am bursting for you to see them!

Still, one more day means I still can't show you the full collection, but I can show you another sample card, made by me, using one of the dies from the range..

As I've mentioned in the last two posts, I've purposely used only Black and Coconut White Foundations card for my samples, a) because I love the combination and b) because they photograph particularly well

Only one more day to wait!

Just so you all know,.. I won't be on TV with my dies until early March...

Anyhoo, I loved making these cards,.. and, to be honest, they were easy to do, once I'd chosen the die set that I was using,.. You know sometimes when you have crafters block?,.. well, I didn't get that with the dies,.. they just made it more fun to spend time deciding on the layout I wanted etc...

So, this card has a 'Thinking Of You' sentiment,.. I think this is one of the most underused sentiments out there,.. as we all assume it's for a sad occasion, but, if you use different colours to the black and coconut white, it can mean anything... 'Thinking Of You' on the front of your card and then 'On Your Special Day' on the inside,... 'Thinking Of You' on the front of your card and then any of my sentiment stamps on the inside,... such an 'open' sentiment that has so many uses (I think so anyway lol)

This is a 16cm x 22cm card and, as always, the sentiment is my focal point...
I hope you like it :-)

One more day!

Here's the completed card






















And here's a close up of the centre of my card... notice I've added tiny pearls on the hearts that connect the words :-)













And here's a close up of the actual sentiment,.. I just love the detail and guess what,... you can actually read the words! :-)







Remember,..
I will give away one of my samples on Thursday, to celebrate the release of my dies, so, be sure to leave a comment (good, of course!) and I will choose a name at random on Thursday afternoon.. I will go through the comments from all my 'reveal' posts :-)
(Good Luck!)

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

My new 'From The Heart' Craft Dies - Only 2 days to go!

Good Afternoon Everyone

Yep,... I'm still excited! (and a teeny bit nervous too!)

There are only 2 days to go until the 4th February,.. a landmark date for me as it will see the release of my new 'From The Heart' craft dies,.. my first ever collection and the result of several months of designing, testing and perfecting!

I've called this my 'From The Heart' Collection and these are sentiment dies (as you would probably have expected from me) and they are designed around our friends, families and the events/occasions that we come across in our lives,..

I've also designed co-ordinating relative sets too, so we are able to acheive a beautiful, seamless finish on our projects..

I can't show you the full range until they are officially released on Thursday, but what I can do is show you some of the cards that I've made with them,.. so, I'm going to show you a card a day up until Thursday, so you'll get a 'feel' for the styling etc...

So, here goes,.. this is card number 2,.. Featuring one of the sentiment dies and the co-ordinating male and female relative sets :-)

I've particularly made sure that you can actually read what the sentiment says! And also that they will all co-ordinate and work with each other too :-)

This is a 21cm x 17cm card, again made with Black & Coconut White Foundations card,.. I've made all my samples with this colour theme as I love the combination and they photograph particularly well :-)
Of course, as they are dies,.. you'll be able to cut them in your favourite colours!
I've also used some of Sues' dies and, I hope you agree, the combination of Sues' flowers etc and my sentiments is a perfect match!

Here is the completed card
(photographed in my craft room at home)






















Here's a close up of the centre of the card,. if you know me, you'll know that I say (I know,... frequently! ha ha) that the main focal point of our cards should be the words, the sentiment, what we are trying to convey... this is true not only of cards I make with my stamps, but now with my dies too :-)














And here is a close of up the Mum & Dad die cut,..
I so love having matching products,.. it makes it so easy to get a really 'finished' look.






Remember,..
I will give away one of my samples on Thursday, to celebrate the release of my dies, so, be sure to leave a comment (good, of course!) and I will choose a name at random on Thursday afternoon.. I will go through the comments from all my 'reveal' posts :-)
(Good Luck!)

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 1 February 2016

My NEW 'From The Heart' craft dies :-)

Good Afternoon Everyone

I'm so excited!

In case you haven't heard yet,.. my first ever collection of craft dies will be released by Creative Expressions on Thursday 4th February!

I really hope you like them,... they've been a while in the making (as you know I'm a bit of a perfectionist! ha ha)

I've called this my 'From The Heart' Collection and these are sentiment dies (as you would probably have expected from me) and they are designed around our friends, families and the events/occasions that we come across in our lives,.. the people/occasions we generally make the most cards for...

I can't show you the full range until they are officially released on Thursday, but what I can do is show you some of the cards that I've made with them,.. so, I'm going to show you a card a day up until Thursday, so you'll get a 'feel' for the styling etc...

eek!

So, here goes,.. this was the first card I made, as soon as I got my 'proper' dies (after all the prototypes and tester sets and I said, yes, they're perfect!)

I've particularly made sure that you can actually read what the sentiment says! And also tat they will all co-ordinate and work with each other too :-)

This is an 8x8 card, made with Black & Coconut White Foundations card,.. I've made all my samples with this colour theme as I love the combination and they photograph particularly well :-)
Of course, as they are dies,.. you'll be able to cut them in your favourite colours!
I've also used some of Sues' dies and, I hope you agree, the combination of Sues' flowers etc and my sentiments is a perfect match!



Here's the complete card (photographed in my craft room at home)





















Here's a close up pf the centre of the card,.. the pretty open hearts are also part of my die sets too :-)
















And here's a close up of the actual sentiment die,.. 
I adore this style and the font and the fact that I've connected it all with hearts, some open, some full and all beautifully detailed :-)











Now, I'm not going to give this card away (as it's the first one I ever made with my first ever die collection, it's a sentimental thing (pardon the pun ha ha) 
BUT, I will give away one of my samples on Thursday, to celebrate the release of my dies, so, be sure to leave a comment (good, of course!) and I will choose a name at random on Thursday afternoon.. (Good Luck!)

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Chic Grey/Blue - Showcasing Chic Floral Occasion Sentiments

Good Morning Everyone,

I'm overwhelmed with the comments and messages  from you all, thank you so much.

Another small and reasonably quick for you today.

All the products used to create this are available on Phill's Website:-

www.honeypotcraft.co.uk

This is what I used :-

8 x 8 White Card Blank (cut to 8 x 6)
White Card Stock
Chic Grey/Blue Colour Cloud Blending Ink
Chic Grey/Blue Gilding Wax
Chic Grey/Blue Mister Spray
Sentimentally Yours Chic Floral Occasion Stamp Set
Sentimentally Yours Chic Floral Background Stamp
Sue Wilson Dies - Caribbean Collection St, Lucia
Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Blooms
Climbing Vines Embossing Folder
Silver Embossing Powder
Small Dazzlers
Pearl Corners
Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels

This is what I did:-

I cut the 8 x 8 card blank to 8 x 6 then cut the first layer of white card stock to measure 7.75 x 5.75

Next I used Grey/Blue Gilding Wax around the edges before attaching flat to the card blank.

2nd  layer
white card cut to 7.5 x 5.5
then I  used the  Chic Floral Background stamp and Grey/Blue Colour Cloud to create the  background, then attached flat to the card.


Next I cut 2 layers using white card

1st layer 4.25 x 5.25 and edged with Grey/Blue Gilding Wax
2nd layer 4 x 5 and embossed it using the embossing folder ( and inked edges with colour cloud)
Then attached to the card using pads to give dimension.


Sentiment

Using plain white card stock and the St Lucia Die I cut this out and once again edged it with Colour Cloud.
Then I used a Sentiment from the Chic Floral Occasions Sentiment Stamps and heat embossed it using Silver Shine Embossing Powder.
This was then added to the card using pads.


Flowers and Finishing Touches

Using a sheet of plain white card I sprayed it with Grey/Blue Mister Spray and cut an assortment of the flowers out, which I shaped and attached to the card.

I then added Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels to the flowers and leaves  and also around the edge of the sentiment.

Finally I added the pearl corners and a small dazzler to the centre of each flower.
                                            Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Black & Cream - Many Happy Returns

Good Morning Everyone,

Thank you all for your lovely messages and comments on my previous post, its nice to know you are enjoying the blog:-

Today's card is another small one :-

All the products used to create this are available on Phill's Website 

www.honeypotcrafts.co.uk

This is what I used :-

Cream Card Stock
Black Card Stock
Baroque Frame A6 Stamp Set
Mini Baroque Everyday Sentiment Stamps
Black Soot Distress Ink
Sue Wilson Noble Dies - Ornate Pierced Rectangles
Sue Wilson Camellia Open Petals
Sue Wilson Camellia Complete Petals
Creative Expressions Cream Pearl Strips
Cosmic Shimmer Glue

This is what I did :-

First I cut the card shape using Cream Card Stock and the largest of the dies, then cut another piece out and attached to the card blank.

Using the 2nd and 3rd largest dies I cut these out using Black Card and layered it onto cream card.

I then attached this to the main card using pads to give dimension.

Using the smallest pierced die I cut out in cream card to stamp the border. For this I used the Baroque Frame Stamp and Black Soot Distress Ink.
Then attached flat to the card.






Sentiment & Flowers

I cut a piece of Cream Card to 3.25 x 2.25 and chose a stamp from the Mini Baroque Everyday Sentiment Stamp Set, and used Black Soot Distress Ink.

This was then attached to the card using pads to give dimension.

To create the flowers I cut an assortment of these both in cream and black using offcuts of card.

I then shaped and assembled them and attached to card.


Finishing Touches

Finally I added cream pearls around the outer edge of the card and also to the centre of the flowers.

                                                Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Frosty Heather & Cream - Especially For You

Good Morning Everyone,

Another Crafty Day for me, I hope those of you who are able are spending your time keeping warm and enjoying crafting too.

On with today's card  -  another straightforward one.

All the products used to create this are available on Phill's Website:-

www.honeypotcrafts.co.uk

This is what I used:-

8 x 8 Cream Card Blank
Cream Card Stock
Flourish Butterfly and Dragonfly A6 Stamp Set
Frosty Heather Colour Cloud
Frosty Heather Mister Spray
Chic Floral Occasions Stamps
Creative Expressions Pearl Strips
Sue Wilson Noble Dies - Double Pierced Rectangle

This is what I did :-

I cut the Cream Card Blank to
7.5 x 6.5

Then I cut a piece of Cream Card Stock to 7.25 x 6.25 and sprayed it with Frosty Heather Mister Spray.
Once dry ( only a couple of minutes)
I attached this flat to the card.

Using the 3rd and 4th largest dies I cut out the frame and attached flat to the card.

The centre piece of cream card I stamped with a butterfly stamp from the Flourish Butterfly and Dragonfly Stamp Set. Frosty Colour Cloud.
Then attached flat to the card.


Sentiment & Finishing Touches

Using the 2nd & 3rd smallest dies I cut out the frame for the sentiment, and attached the frame to the card using pads to give dimension.
Then using the small piece of cream card I stamped the sentiment using Colour Cloud and a stamp chosen from the  Chic Floral Occasions Stamps. I added Glamour Dust to the centre of the rose.

Finally I added Cream Pearls around the edges of both frames.

                                                      Happy Crafting

Monday, 25 January 2016

Decadent Oak - Showcasing the New Mini Baroque Stamps

Good Morning Everyone,

 I hope you have all had a 'Good Crafty Weekend'

On with today's card which is a smaller and relatively easier one.

All the product used to create this card are available on Phill's Website:-

www.honeypotcrafts.co.uk

This is what I used:-

Cream Card Stock
Decadent Oak Colour Cloud Blending Ink
Decadent Oak P.V.A.
Decadent Oak Twinkles
Decadent Damask Premium Paper Pad
Sentimentally Yours Mini Baroque Inspirational Stamps A5
Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels
Sue Wilson Noble Dies - Classic Adorned Rectangles
Sue Wilson Perfect Peony Complete Petals
Sue Wilson Laurel Leaves


This is how I created it:-

I cut the card shape using the largest die.

Then using cream card stock and  the 2 largest dies I cut out the frame. Then edges it with Decadent Oak Colour Cloud before removing from the die.

This was then attached to the card using pads to give dimension.

Next I cut the filigree die and again edged in oak , which I then layered on to a piece of Decadent Oak ( plain side) from the paper pad, then inserted this flat inside the frame.







Sentiment 

Using the largest of the two oval dies and Cream Card Stock, I cut this out and used the Mini Baroque Inspiration Stamp, and Decadent Oak Colour Cloud Blending Ink.

I then attached this to the centre of the card using pads, and added Decadent Oak P.V.A. Pearls around the edge.







 Finishing Touches

I cut several flowers out from the Peony Die and inked the petals with Decadent Oak before removing them from the dies.
I then shaped and glued together before attaching to the card.

Once attached to the card I edged the tips of the petals with Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels and added Oak Twinkles to the centres.

Finally I cut the leaves out and once again coloured these with Colour Cloud before removing from the die, then attached to the card.

                                                              Happy Crafting
      

Friday, 22 January 2016

Frosty Sky and White - Especially For You

Good Morning Everyone,

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my previous post.

Today's card is an 8 x 8 but works just as nice on smaller cards.

All the products I used can be found on Phill's Website:-

www.honeypotcraft.co.uk


This is what I used:-

8 x 8 Card Blank
Plain White Card Stock
Sentimentally Yours Chic Floral Occasions Sentiment Stamps
Frosty Sky Pearl P.V.A.
Frosty Sky Colour Cloud
Frosty Sky Gilding Wax
Frosty Sky Mister Spray
Silver Shine Embossing Powder
Sue Wilson Dies - Noble Double Pierced
Sue Wilson Dies - Caribbean Collection - St Barts
Sue Wilson Dies - Faux Quilled Blooms
Dazzlers
Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels
Cosmic Shimmer Glue

This is how I created it:-

8 x 8 White Card Blank

Using Plain White Card Stock I cut a 7.75 square and used Frosty Sky Gilding Wax around the edges then attached flat to the card using Cosmic Shimmer Glue.

For the frame I used the 3 largest Noble Pierced Square Dies and Plain White Card Stock.

I then inked the border with Frosty Sky Colour Cloud before removing from the die.
Then attached flat to the card.


Sentiment

Using Plain White Card Stock and the St Bart's Die I cut this out and again using the colour cloud I inked the edges before removing from the die. Once dry I attached to card using pads to give dimension.

I chose a Sentiment from the Chic Floral Occasion Stamps and Embossed this with Silver Embossing Powder.




Finishing Touches

I sprayed a sheet of white card stock with Frosty Sky Mister Spray, then when dry ( a couple if minutes) I cut several flowers from the Faux Quilled Blooms Die, shaped and glued together before attaching to the card. I then added Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels to the petals and small Dazzlers to the centres.

Finally using Frosty Sky P.V.A. glue I added pearls around the edge of  the card surrounding the sentiment.

                           
                       Happy Crafting

                                                                       

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Decadent Wine - Showcasing the New Mini Baroque Collection

Good Morning Everyone,

Once again thank you all so much for your lovely comments and messages on my previous post.

Today's card is created from the Decadent Collection showcasing the New Mini Baroque Stamps, which are so versatile and a dream to work with.

All the products used are available on Phill's Website:-
www.honeypotcrafts.co.uk

This is what I used:-

8 x 8 White Card Blank
Plain White Card Stock
Sentimentally Yours Baroque Everyday Corner Stamps A5
Sentimentally Yours Mini Baroque Everyday Sentiment Stamp A5
Sentimentally Yours Baroque Background Stamp
Decadent Wine Colour Cloud
Decadent Damask Premium Paper Pad
Decadent Damask Premium Insert
Micro Beads
Self Adhesive Double Sided Sheets
Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels
Silver Shine Embossing Powder
Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Seam Binding
Small Dazzlers
Sue Wilson Dies - Frames & Tags - Pierced Tags
Sue Wilson Lattice Heart Embossing Folder
Spellbinder Blooms 3
Couture Creation Butterfly

This is how I created it:-

8 x 8 Card Blank
From the Decadent Paper Pad I chose the plain side of the Decadent Wine and cut it to 7.75 square and attached flat to the card.




I then cut 2 panels in White Card Stock
1st 4.75 x 7
2nd 2 x 7

Using the Decadent Wine Colour Cloud and the Baroque Background Stamp I created the background on both panels before covering with the double sided adhesive sheets and Micro Beads.

These were then attached to the card using pads to give dimension.

The next layers are:-
2 x  Decadent Damask Wine 3.75 x 6 and 1.75 x 6

White Card Stock :-
3.5 x 5.75 and 1.5 x 5.75

2 x Decadent Damask Wine
3.25 x 5.5 and 1.25 x 5.5

The 2 white panels I stamped with Colour Cloud.
Next I stamped and heat embossed the 2 small Decadent Wine Panels with the Baroque Corner Stamps before embossing with the Lattice Hearts Embossing Folder. I then glued them together and attached to the card using pads.

Sentiment

I cut the 2 pierced tags out using plain white card stock and stamped the sentiments using Decadent Wine Colour Cloud, and then edged in the same.

These were attached to the card topped with a small bow and swags made from Seam Binding, then added a small dazzler.





Finishing Touches

Using a piece of scrap White Card I cut the flowers, then stamped them with the background stamp, then added Glacier Ice and a small dazzler to the centre.

Finally I cut out the butterfly and again stamped it and added glacier ice.

                                   Happy Crafting