Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Oyster Stamps blog hop continues.....

Hi there,

Welcome to the oyster stamps blog hop, I do hope you have enjoyed the creations that the DT have created so far.

If you came straight here to my blog, you have missed the beginning of our blog hop which was Neet  . Who has introduced the blog hop and a chance to see what she had made with the dies. 

Here are the Design Team members:


  As you know the dies we are using, are the fantastic Cut and Fold dies by Spellbinders, these dies enable you to create some wonderful cards and also other items as well, is that a hint I hear you ask?

The Dies that I have been given are:


Angle Approach

Here is my first creation using Angle Approach.

Christmas Ornament

I decided that this die would make a wonderful Christmas Decoration, I used Cream Pearlescent card, glitter and half back pearls to give this decoration some added sparkle.

Close up of Bow.

 I added glitter to the reverse of the die, so when it is Folded and tucked under the glitter will show. I adhered the Cut and fold dies to Spellbinders Octagon Nestabilities, these were stuck to a cardboard roll to enable me to wrap a piece of ribbon around to create a hanger.

 I also used Becca's bow maker from  Oyster Stamps, the ribbon is from my ummm rather large stash!

My Second Creation is a card which I have to say I have fallen in love with.

This card uses Cut and Fold Roundabout dies.

I also used the largest plain Grand Square by Spellbinders, Martha Stewart Score Board, Antique Frame and Accents by Spellbinders, G45 Romantique Papers, M-Bossabilities folder "mystic". The Pearls and Brad are from my own stash.

Close up of Centre.

To create the centre I cut two 12" by 2 1/2"  lengths of G45 paper and scored it at every 1/4" on my MS Board, joined the two ends together and pushed them down to create a rosette, I used a hot glue gun to secure.

I cut the aperture using the largest  Roundabout die, I then placed the rosette on to the base of my card and glued in place.

Taking the front panel I ran this through the Grand Calibur, using the Mystic M-Bossabilitie folder. I did have to go through twice as the card is too big, but that is ok, as with these folders you can match the patterns up.
This was then adhered to the top using foam pads. I then cut four corner and two borders from the Antique frame set and used these to decorate the front of the card.

 My next creation is another card using the Roundabout dies set.

Simple layered Card

For this card, I heat embossed the back of the die in gold embossing powder, so when you fold and tuck, you will see the gold. I used Cream Pearlescent card and gold foil card.

I used Spellbinders scalloped circle and Plain circles to create the base layers, The gold layer on the base is embossed with Spellbinders M-bossibilities Mystic.

I did not have any Gold pearls in my stash( oh the horror!) so I did a bit of improvising.

 I covered my pearl in embossing ink, dunked it in embossing powder and heated, being careful not to melt the pearl in the process!. I am pleased to say it was a success.

Now the next card is a late addition as I had the idea while demonstrating at Biggin Hill this past Sunday; I have used the cut and fold die Spectacular Spin.

Spectacular Spin spinning Card.

Now I have not made one of these cards for a while and I thought it would be perfect for these dies, This card has a bit of action to it, when you tilt the card the Pinwheel on the front will spin! I just love it and I hope you do too.

Please feel free to leave Comments, as we love reading what you think of our creations and also if you have any questions that's good as well.

Thank you for joining in with us on our very first blog hop, now here is a piece of news I am sure you will love.

Ladies and Gents there is a prize on offer with this blog hop, all you have to do is make a comment on ALL six blogs. When the hop is over a name will be chosen out of a hat. The winner will receive two Spellbinders Cut and Fold die sets that we, as a design team have been using.

Now I have shown my creations to you, I would love you to hop over to Martine, who I am sure has some Absolutely Fabulous design to show us.

All products used unless otherwise stated are available from Oyster Stamps


  1. Fabulous cards Barbara, it would be hard to choose a favourite but I think I am with you on the second one. Very clever.
    Hugs, Neet x

  2. Fab Barb just Fab
    xxx hugs xxx

  3. Barbara these are absolutely stunning, I love everyone of them and can't wait to try them. The Spellbinders cut and fold dies really are quite versatile, I was a bit sceptical at first thinking that there were not many uses but belive me I was really mistaken, I have seen so many examples using these dies that I am really glad that I purchased some. Thank you so much for shareing them with us.

  4. hi barbra fabulous creations..love them all ..pam

  5. WOW Barbara what a lovely set you've created with the dies. It's great to see how everyone is using them in different ways and even by just using a different colour scheme changes the way they look.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful makes.

    Sam xxxx

  6. More inspiration! I love the Christmas decoration but don't want to think about it while the sun is shining!

  7. Wow! All of those are fabulous - love the Xmas decoration for the fact that it is so different. Great work and a really good showcase of those dies. Cathryn

  8. Stunning work! You've been busy! Just shows how versitile the dies are! Brilliant x
    Wendy x

  9. Hi Barbara,
    These are wonderful thankyou so much.

  10. Gorgeous creations Barbara.

    Pam x

  11. Absolutely stunning Barbara, I love them all but the last one is a fabulous way of using these versatile dies.

    Linda xxx

  12. I continute to be amazed by wonderful creative ideas and gorgeous cards! I love them all and the spinning card is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  13. ooh these are so gorgeous! Thank you very much for the ideas. I am so enjoying the blog hop xx

  14. The samples are all so different & gorgeous, can't decide which I like best

  15. Beautiful these dies are really quite stunning, I do love the white one you have made

    Joan x

  16. The cards are gorgeous but my goodness the Christmas Decoration is superb.

  17. OMGoodness, Barbara! Every single one of these deserves a huge WOW!! I am especially taken by the Christmas ornament. That alone will sell me on these dies. I absolutely have to have some (all??) :-D

  18. I can't decide which one I like more... Gorgeous the 3 of them!!!!

  19. Absolutely gorgeous... all of them, nearly impossible to choose a favourite but if I had to it would be the Christmas decoration with the beautifully tied bow - note to self - get some of these dies and practise tying bows!!!

    Soop (Su)

  20. oooh, these are all gorgeous and thanks for reminding me about the spinning card! We made these at stamp club some years ago but I bet they *do* look great using these new dies. Thanks.

  21. Lovely artwork, but I especially like the Christmas Ornament. Your bow is lovely too. I have one of the Becca's bow maker's from Oyster stamps and I don't know how I ever managed without it now!

    Lynn Wild

  22. Wow more beautiful creations from these dies, very hard to choose a favourite but love the christmas decoration

  23. I love them all - it would be so unfair to "like" just one!

  24. Beautiful thease dies are great

  25. Great use of the dies in such different ways. The first certainly would be a lovely decoration , the circular card has great impact and the spin card is quite novel but so pretty.
    joZarty x

  26. I love all your projects! You did such a great job. I like the idea of making an ornament from the dies. I added that to my "remember" list. The spin card looks like it would be fun!

  27. Well I have to agree with you about the second project - that's quite something ........ now did you put the wallpaper up before you made your card or after? But maybe it was the wallpaper that inspired the idea - whichever it looks super in the photo. As for the project itself - it shows how versatile the MS board is & how much can be done with dies & some paper/carstock.
    Paula (PEP)

  28. Christmas decorations, just the ticket. BJ


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