I’ve been looking around for some inspiration and ideas to make a new range of cards for this year. While watching one of the shows on Create and Craft tv, I saw one of the crafters make what they called a dangler card! I’m not sure of the name, but I really liked the way her card was put together, so I decided to have go myself. With My Mum’s birthday, Mum and Dad’s wedding anniversary and Valentine’s day all coming up, I thought they would make a different card. It’s also been a chance to use some of the enormous stash of coloured card in my craft room!
I’ve never been particularly confident using embossing folders. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to use them, but I’ve never really found a use for them in my cardmaking. So it was great to finally use one of the background embossing folders for the birthday cards. I love how it gives some extra interest to the backing. I used some linen card on these and adding the embossing just gives it a bit more oomph!
I thought I would take it a step further and use one of the heart dies I have. This intricate one is from Spellbinders and I’ve only ever used it as an embellishment, so to use it cut out of the main card elements was something totally new for me. I really enjoyed making these cards, the blue one is for my Mum and Dad’s 45th wedding anniversary (sapphire, hence the blue). The red one is for my husband for Valentine’s Day.
Finally I changed the shape of card and went for a square card with circular aperture. This time I used the delicate heart die to make the ‘dangler’ and added a tattered lace die cut butterfly.
All of the dangler pieces are attached using acetate, so they almost look like they are floating. I’m not sure whether a ‘floater’ card is better or worse than ‘dangler’, but name aside, I like this new look and think I will be using this style as my focus for cards this year. It’s a great way of using up the plain coloured cardstock I have and can’t wait to get going on Christmas cards, I can see floating snowflakes everywhere this year!!
My daughter, Alice, was given a lovely baking set and set of recipe cards for her birthday and we have been looking longingly at all the lovely things we could make. So with the weather being so miserable this weekend, we got everything out and decided to have a go at making almond hearts. Now we could have done this very easily and just bought some almond paste / marzipan, but we thought we’d do it properly and use the whole recipe. Having quickly looked in the baking cupboard I thought we had everything we needed, so it was with great dismay I discovered we had no ground almonds at all!
This meant a much lengthier than planned walk round the neighbourhood shops looking for ground almonds. Eventually after 4 local shops and over an hour of walking we found some and head back home for a cup of tea and to get making.
The recipe is very simple but involved quite a lot of kneading. We split the paste in half and coloured one half with red food colouring. Then left it in the fridge for a while to harden up a bit and make it easier to roll out.
We were both quite impatient to make the hearts, so I did the rolling out and Alice cut out the shapes. We did think about making some stars too, but the hearts looked so lovely in the different colours we thought we’d stick with them. They’ve really got us in the mood for Valentine’s Day too, although I don’t think they will last that long to give out to all her friends!!
This is definitely a recipe we will try again. It’s fairly simple although it has left me with most of a tin of condensed milk. I shall have to get my thinking cap on and see what I can make with the rest of it, it’s far too good an ingredient to waste.
With less than a month until Valentine’s Day I’ve been thinking about my new collection of cards for this year. As I’ve become somewhat addicted to crochet, I wanted to make something a bit different. So I decided to add my crochet hearts and flowers to cards.
Starting off with my Valentine’s cards, I made a collection of 3 in a different shades of red.
The colour of the yarn really stands out on a simple plain white card.
These three cards proved popular last night on Handmadehour over on twitter and have now sold out. I am now making them to order though, so if you would like one of these please let me know. They are priced at £1.50 or £2.50 including UK postage.
I hope you like my cards and I would love to know what you think.