Sue Wilson Craft Dies – Frames & Tags – Heraldic Square

Those of you who follow my blog will know that I love Christmas (I can hear you ‘Bah Humbugging’ from here) – I also love the Heraldic Square die from Sue Wilson’s most recent 2015 release; so what better than to combine two things I love to make two projects.

The set contains three dies – I will refer to these as the outer, middle and inner dies. For the first project a solid square was cut from copper mirror card using the outer die on its own, then a second, open square from white cardstock was cut using the outer die and the inner die.

These two squares were then layered with the white, open square on top and rotated by 45o, to make a star.

The stepper card base was cut from the same white cardstock using the Tattered Lace Central Stepper Card die with the matt & layer panels on each side also using dies from this set.

The stars on the side panels are cut using three dies from the Sue Wilson Festive Collection 2015 Angel and the “Season’s Greetings” words are produced with dies from the Tattered Lace Snowglobe die set.

Final touches are supplied by some gold circle Dazzlers and AB rhinestones.


I must admit I liked the star created by the Heraldic Square SO much that I decided to use a similar design for the next project.

This time two sets of three layers were cut – four solid squares using the outer die only, two from white cardstock and two from pale green glitter card, then two small open squares cut from the same white card using the middle and inner dies from the set.


Two stars were ‘built’ – firstly the white sold square, foam pads were then used to attach the green solid square rotated 45o and lastly the small white open square which is flat layered onto the green glitter card.

These layered stars were the stuck back to back, sandwiching a piece of silver cord for a hanging loop. Final touches to the piece are provided by some small metallic silver ‘pearls’.


I am looking forward to making a number of these hanging stars in my Christmas colours – the glitter card sparkles beautifully as the ornament moves, giving the star an ‘inner light’.


Items used:

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson

Frames and Tags – Heraldic Square (CED4306)

Festive Collection – 2015 Christmas Angel (CED3016)

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Dazzlers – Circles – Gold Collection (DAZMIXGOLD)

Tattered Lace – Centre Stepper Card die

Tattered Lace – Snowglobe die

AB rhinestones – from my stash

Metallic ‘pearls’ – from my stash

Copper mirror card – from my stash

Pale green glitter card – from my stash

White card – from my stash

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Sue Wilson Festive Collection – Christmas Joy Wreath Die set

This die set makes a lovely CAS (clean and simple) Christmas card – however I wanted to do something a little different with it (as is my wont), so I used it to make a Christmas decoration.

The Creative Expressions MDF Ornate Bauble is available in three sizes – here I have used the largest which is approximately 6 1/4” x 4 ¾” (12cm x 16cm).

Firstly I covered one side in Gold Pinflair Buff-It – well I say firstly ……. I had not used my Gold Buff-It for a long time and when I opened the pot *DISASTER* – the product inside was solid!!!

Being a stingy frugal crafter, I contacted Pinflair through their Facebook page to ask if there was any way I could ‘rejuvinate’ the product. The wonderful Antony messaged me back with a remedy – add a little warm water and leave for a couple of days – which I am thrilled to say made my Buff-It usable again!

So you have Antony to thank or to blame for the completion of this project, depending on what you think of the result!

OK – firstly I covered one side of the MDF bauble in Gold Pinflair Buff-It.

I cut the ‘J’ and the ‘Y’ in a deep Christmassy red holographic card and the solid wreath in a dark green Centura Pearl. The open wreath was cut in a pale green glitter card and overlaid on the solid wreath to make it look as though the leaves have frosted edges.

The holly berries on the wreath are suggested by some ‘blobs’ of Cosmic Shimmer Coloured Pearlescent PVA in Berry Red.

The three elements of ‘JOY’ were then arranged informally on the bauble.

The large holly leaves are from Sue Wilson’s Festive Collection – Filigree Holly die set and Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Satin Ribbon in Scarlet provides the bow and the hanging loop.

My finishing touches were supplied by some orange-gold gems and red flowers from my stash.

Ornate Bauble Front

The silver top to the bauble (to suggest those on actual Christmas tree baubles) was created using a Letraset Silver Metallic Marker and the reverse of the bauble is covered with a coordinating tartan paper from my stash.

Ornate Bauble Back


Items used:

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson

Festive Collection – Christmas Joy Wreath (CED3030)

Festive Collection – Filigree Holly (CED3045)

Creative Expressions MDF Ornate Bauble pk 4 (CEMDFORNATE160)

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches 6m Satin Ribbon – Scarlet (CESRSCARLET)

Cosmic Shimmer Coloured Pearlescent PVA – Berry Red

Pinflair Buff-It – Gold

Letraset Metallic Marker – Silver

Orange-Gold self-adhesive gems – from my stash

Red flowers – from my stash

Red/green/gold tartan paper – from my stash

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Tattered Lace Essentials Snowglobe Die

Just a brief post to show some fun I had with the Tattered Lace Essentials Snowglobe Die and a number of Sue Wilson’s Craft Dies.

Like the other Tattered Lace card creating die sets there are useful dies beyond those required to make your base card. This set contains 9 dies in total – two cut the card base; then there are three gorgeous snowflake and four word dies.

TL Snowglobe Die

I used Centura Pearl cardstock to cut two globes the back in black, the front in white – the white one was then cut again to create the globe front ‘frame’. The ‘base’ for the globe was created by cutting part of a third globe in an embossed gold cardstock and sticking it onto the front of the white frame.

The Season’s Greetings was cut using two of the word dies.

The trees, deer, star, label and snow are cut using dies by Sue Wilson, some new some old – see the list below.

The snow was cut using one of the Lyra edge dies from the central circle cut from the frame and the ‘label’ used for the greeting is a smaller die from one of the Noble die collections.

The star is one from those in the 2015 Christmas Angel set.

The deer was cut from Kraft card, then inked through the die with Tea Dye Distress Ink and some of the gold embossed card stuck behind the filigree section.

Snowglobe Card

Items used:


Tattered Lace Essentials Snowglobe Die (3D06)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson:

Festive Collection – 2015 Christmas Angel (CED3016)

Festive Collection – Winter Trees (CED3041)

Festive Collection – Deer Family (CED3042)

Gemini Collection – Lyra (CED4403)

Noble Dies – Lavish Accented Design (CED5506)

Centura Pearl cardstock in black, white and green from my stash

Kraft card from my stash

Gold embossed card from my stash

Distress Ink – Tea Dye

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Creative Expressions MDF Heart Plaque

I have been playing with some of the wonderful Creative Expressions MDF pieces and thought you might like to see the results.

The Heart was used for this first project – it measures approximately 5 ½ ” (14cm) high, 5 1/8 ” (13cm) wide and is almost 3/16” (4mm) thick.

I decided to start simply, so covered the heart with cream card (I think this is Foundations ‘Sand’ coloured card). Once the glue was dry the edges were sanded to ensure the card was flush to the edge and to gently break the card fibres down.

The sentiment (from Visible Image) was stamped directly onto the card using Adirondack Earthtones ink in Espresso – I felt this coordinated better with the aged look I was going for rather than black ink.

The edges of the card were then ‘shabbied’ (I think I’m making words up again) or ‘aged’ using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

A piece of cotton crochet lace was stuck across one corner then layered with a raffia bow and a small flower, a cluster of three flowers adorn the other side and three self-adhesive pearls complete the embellishment.

A further piece of raffia was used to provide the means to hang this small wall plaque.

MDF Heart

I look forward to sharing the results of more of my MDF experiments with you – and some of those just might include the new Christmas shapes just released by Creative Expressions and Phill Martin’s wonderful Staged Sentiments …… watch this space!!


Items used:

Creative Expressions MDF Heart (comes in a pack of 6)

Foundations cardstock (Sand – I think)

Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap

Adirondack Earthtones Espresso dye-based ink

Visible Image stamp – ‘create with your soul’

Cotton crochet lace – from my stash

Raffia – from my stash

Petaloo flowers

Self-adhesive pearls – from my stash

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Tattered Lace Essentials Book Die – Part One

I am so excited with the direction that some of the die designers are moving, it really is a great time to be a crafter!

For example – the lovely Tattered Lace Essentials Book Die set (ETL23).

Tattered Lace Book Die

As can be seen from the above picture – the set is crammed with dies (18 in total) and has 6 ‘large’ book dies, 6 ‘mini’ book dies, 2 book marks, 2 book clips, a page tab die and a banner die.

For this card, based on a demonstration by Nancy Watt when the dies were launched in June, I used a fraction of the available dies in the set – the 4 smaller dies in the ‘large’ book set of 6.

As in previous descriptions on my blog – I will number the dies to help in the description; so if you look at the 6 ‘large’ book dies and number them with 1 being the smallest and 6 the largest, I used 1 – 4.

Using 4, I cut a piece of Adorable Scorable from my stash (I think the colour is ‘Mulled Wine’, but I can’t guarantee that).

3 was used to cut a lovely deep gold mirror card from my stash and 2 a piece of Christmas themed paper from a paper pad in my stash (K&Company SW Glad Tidings).

2 was used to cut three pieces of vellum which had been embossed using the TL Script Embossing Folder (EF062).

I also used 2 to cut another sheet of vellum on which had been printed the words to the carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ – one of my favourites – from the Click, Print, Go! Essentials Book Christmas Carols & Sentiments CD chosen to link with the Hunkydory topper from a Christmas card kit from a few years ago (apologies, I do not know the exact name of the set – but you probably can’t get it now anyway).

Christmas Carol Book Card

Now a confession ….. as so ably noted by my Husband and Ben (whom some of you will know) ……. on close inspection it can be seen that on the embossed vellum pages the script is upside down – I had cut the book the wrong way up!!

Of course the Adorable Scorable, mirror card and (luckily) the holly patterned paper do not show that they have been turned through 180o, but being a frugal crafter I was not going to waste four sheets of vellum. So the three embossed sheets were turned around, and the printed sheet was cut down to half a page and reshaped using die 1 in the ‘large’ book set – disaster averted, but not got away with (thanks hubby & Ben!).

The Adorable Scorable, mirror card and patterned paper were fixed together using Cosmic Shimmer glue just along the fold in the ‘centre of the book’ – the three embossed sheets of vellum were ‘aged’ using Tea Dye Distress Ink, then stuck in the same way at the fold, but also at the edges and shaped to give them the look of being part of a ‘full’ book.

The re-worked carol was also aged using the Distress Ink then stuck onto the right-hand embossed vellum page, whilst the topper suggesting the town of Bethlehem (to me anyway) was adhered to the opposite ‘page’. The burgundy and cream cord down the fold of the book came from the tag from a piece of clothing I bought some time ago – if you are like me you keep these and the ribbon from the ‘hanging loops’ inside clothes.

The embellishments on the corners of the mirror card are three sizes of self-adhesive pearls in either white or cream all coloured with a Letraset Metallic Marker in Red Gold.

Finally the greeting is cut from the same deep gold mirror card using a Die’sire Essentials Only Words Die – Season’s Greetings and this is on a tag cut from the Adorable Scorable using a die from the Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Four die set as I felt its shape particularly echoed the design in the topper.

This card looks lovely when resting upright on the Tattered Lace Card Stand (which I cut from some fairly sturdy card from some packaging – something else I keep!!) and even won me a ‘First’ at my local village show.

Carol Book Card on Stand

Items used:

Tattered Lace Essentials Book Die set (ETL23)

Tattered Lace Card Stand (D347)

Tattered Lace Script Embossing Folder (EF062)

My Craft Studio Click, Print, Go! – Essentials Book Christmas Carols & Sentiments CD

Die’sire Essentials Only Words Die – Season’s Greetings (DS-E-W-83)

Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Four (S4-530)

Letraset Metallic Marker – Red Gold

Adorable Scorable – possibly Mulled Wine

Deep Gold Mirror Card – from stash

Vellum – from stash

Distress Ink – Tea Dye

Self-adhesive pearls – three sizes from stash

Hunkydory christmas topper – from stash

Cord scraps – from stash

Cosmic Shimmer Glue

Scrap packaging cardboard – from stash

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