Pile of handmade cards

Bumper bundles of desirable dies

I have just sent my latest project samples to Create & Craft for shows next Monday and Tuesday (5th and 6th March) and I can’t quite believe it, but I sent 165 samples!!!

Pile of handmade cards

Pile of over 160 handmade cards ready for Create & Craft TV

This is what 165 project samples looks like (actually this is a little less as some ‘off the page’ crafts weren’t included in this photo!).

Whilst I can’t take credit for each and every one …. some have been made by Maxine, Claire and the other ladies in the Trimcraft office…  I have made the majority of them. This was quite a challenge given that I was at CHSI Stitches trade show delivering workshops and demonstrating the Cricut Maker for three days last week. Not complaining, just saying!

Doily corner card

Handmade card with corner dies

Before you go thinking I am some sort of craft ninja, turning round a hundred cards in a few days, in truth, some of the samples I have been able to recover from the depths of my craft room as I have used different paper and dies combinations!  So it was a case of sorting them, matching them up, creating samples where there were gaps and getting them shipped off to the studios.

The reason there are so many samples is that there are some bumper shows coming up and I am very excited about them. On 6th March, the focus will be Simply Creative paper pads – a brand new phase of pads, so yes, I did have to create new samples for these ones. However, I was fortunate enough to have these pads a few weeks ago so I was already well underway with my projects.

These pads come with a strong warning however. You will unboubtably be unable to resist them! If you thought the last batch of papers were dreamy, wait until you see these. They deserve a post all to themselves so I’ll get this added before the weekend but for now, here’s a sneak peek.

Simply Creative handmade card

Simply Creative handmade card

But before the Simply Creative launch, there will be five new bundles of First Edition dies available on Monday (5th March). That’s over 40 individual die sets to choose from, not to mention four paper pad options.

Let me tell you more……

Bundle One is the new First Edition Craft a Card dies. Enabling you to make a card with just one pass through a die cutting machine, these large dies are designed to cut directly into a 6×6 or 5×7 card blank. However, there is so much more you can do with them too. I’ve been snipping into them, layering them up, paper piecing, framing them as gifts and matting and layering them onto larger cards. I know I am not supposed to have favourites, but I definitely love the roses design the best.

 

Then there are two ‘Essentials’ die bundles. These are the dies I think you will use again and again. It’s what I’d recommend for beginner die cutters or those just starting out. These bundles feature tags, alphabet dies, sentiments, numbers, butterflies and three different nesting dies which are great for creating card blanks such as easel cards, for mating and layering to add interest to a card, for layering up to add dimension and of course for scrapbooking layouts. The nesting blooms dies are also fabulous for creating 3D embellishments as you can use a ball tool to give them shape. I loved making the wreath and pomander below using these dies.

 

Next, there is a Romance bundle. If we think about the cards we make most often, aside from birthdays, then it has to be cards with a love theme – weddings, anniversaries, engagements and then there’s Valentine’s Day. And let’s be honest, heart dies are suitable for virtually every craft project too. There are 9 different heart dies in just one die set and additional hearts in the other sets in this romance bundle too.

 

Finally for the bundles, there will be a themed set which I just love! It covers such a wide range of themes and I can honestly say that I use these dies regularly when preparing samples for paper shows as they make such lovely cards. The themes are Under the Sea, Tools / DIY, Tea Party, Space and Windows. Here are my samples using these dies.

 

As if that wasn’t enough to choose from, some old Craft a Card favourites will be making a comeback. These dies were really popular when they launched last year so it’s great to see them included on the show.

 

I hope you’ve been inspired to try die cutting after reading this post and seeing my samples, if you don’t already use them. Tune in on Monday 5 March at 11 am and 6pm to see more ideas and inspiration.

Create stunning cards with just one pass through a die cutting machine

Create stunning cards with just one pass through a die cutting machine

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