Friday 31 January 2014

Friday Die Day!

Hello friends
It's Friday Die Day!
And for the very first time you can view Friday Die Day both here on the blog
or a video on YouTube!
The featured die is Basic Lattice from the Expandable Pattern designs.
I've had quite a few questions regarding the Expandable Patterns
so hoping to answer those today.
It is one die, presented as a flat plate measuring 6 x 4 inches.
This is how it looks cut/embossed.
Note that it does not cut an outer edge.
 The reason it does not cut an outer edge is so that you can expand your die cutting.
Here you can see that I've moved the die along to align to create a long strip of pattern. 
A little bit of removable tape ensures everything stays in its place.
 I'm using my Artisan X-Plorer for this but if you wanted to create a larger
piece for scrapbooking then you would switch to the Grand Calibur®
 And this is how it looks as an expanded pattern, great stuff!
You could use this across a 12 x 12 scrapbook page, wrap around boxes and more. 
For today's project I chose to cut a smaller piece as I wanted it to resemble 
garden trellis.  To cut I just sliced it with my paper trimmer.

 This is the reverse side to show you how I am intertwining Sprigs.
My advice here is go slowly, pinch the leaves together which is fine as it adds
dimension to the front view.
 Switching to the front view.  I wanted it to look
very much like garden trellis!
I then adhered this to a cream card base (yes a card - not a tag!)
I wrapped around some ribbon, twine and a small tag.
(The tag is left over from last week's FDD - 
Back to Basics Tags - waste not - want not!)
The addition of some little flowers and pearls. 
 The 'you' is from a new Die D-Lite - Celebration,
it has three useful sentiments - thank you, happy birthday, You and me, 
(available to pre-order, just drop me an email).
 And some close up shots.
 I'm really loving the lattice, thinking of different colours, perhaps white
with beautiful spring flowers.
It is Mitchell's birthday today - he is 20, no idea how that happened,
I don't feel a lot older than 20 myself (on a good day)! 
He is visiting Harry Potter Studios today with his girlfriend, I'm having to work otherwise
I would definitely be tagging along.
Hoping to do some celebrating tomorrow.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend -
are you crafting?


Jane Willis said...

Happy birthday Mitchell!

The card is gorgeous, what a beautiful way to use the trellis

Lynn said...

Morning Christine, and Happy Birthday to Mitchell.
Think I'm going to have to add this trellis to my wish list, not seen it before wow!
I know how you feel Christine, my eldest is 30 this year, hopefully I'll be crafting this weekend. Have a great one. Lynn xx

Chris said...

Happy Birthday Mitchell.
I love your trellis card Christine, it is so effective and your video is great, love the background music.
Chris X

Magzeeann said...

Hi Christine. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MITCHELL! I so love the card today Christine and I have the die, so I'll be getting it out this weekend after I'v watched the video. Tonight we are going to a Chinese New Year dinner~but I've still got to finishing the cards.Have a great day. Hugs,
Maggie x

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Where did the last 20 years go? I know the feeling, my eldest is 27:) Happy Birthday Mitchell. I hope you have a great day :) Love the card Christine, great trellis look. I'm off to watch the video now. Hope you all have a good weekend. Take care.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Wonderful inspiration Christine. Happy birthday to Mitchell. My son and two beautiful grandsons are coming up today, my son was 38 a few weeks back - it comes around a lot quicker than you think! Susan x

Janice said...

Morning Christine
Fabulous card today, what a great idea with the foliage, it really does look like trellis in th garden!
I really enjoyed your video too, very clear instructions, thank you!
Happy Birthday Mitchell! Wishing you all a good weekend, I'm pretty sure there will be a birthday cake eaten!
Janice x

hazel young said...

Happy birthday to Mitchell. gorgeous card Christine i love trellis work. Hope you have a great weekend xx hazel

AnneRD said...

Happy Birthday Mitchell, have a great day.
Lovely card Christine, love the way you have intertwined the leaves, so effective. Anne x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Happy Birthday Mitchell, I'm sure he will have a great day.
Love your trellis card, I only have the Grateful Lattice which I use quite a lot, never tried to extend this one but will give it a go.
Have a good day.

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Happy Birthday to Mitchell hope he enjoys hid day out. I have this trellis also a larger patterned one and I love them so easy to use. Yes it makes you feel old when your children are growing up, my eldest is 48 but I don't feel older than that myself not to worry as long as your healthy all my love Jean Z xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Happy 20th Birthday, Mitchell, and I hope you have a lovely day at HPS. I bet you are kicking yourself at having to work, Christine. My daughter is 47 in April, and I don't feel any older than 20 either (on a good day), although I never know who is looking back at me when I look in the mirror !! haha.
Loving your video, did Elliott do that, if so he did a fantastic job. What a fabulous idea with the lattice die, it certainly lends itself to a trellis with flowers and foliage winding through it, great idea.
Have a lovely day.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Happy Bithday Mitchell.
I love your card today and the vidio is really great.
I hope you have a good weekend. Take care. x.

marg said...

Happy Birthday Mitchell!
Hello Christine
Thanks for the tutorial on the Lattice Die. I have been looking for a Die with Numbers, I have Spellbinders upper and lower case letters ..but I'm hoping that Numbers will be next! Do you know if they are in the pipeline?
Have a lovely day in town!
Love Marg

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine,

Happy Birthday to Mitchell!

Loved your video - thanks for taking the time to do that. Very pretty card and I'd never thought of your garden trellis idea - very creative!

Love, Belinda. X

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous trellis idea. xxx

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, beautiful card using the lattice, which I do have so may have to give this a go.


Emma xx

Layerlass67 said...

Morning Christine, LOVED the video, a great addition. I'm one of those people who hates following written instructions so the video is great. Well done Elliott as I'm sure he is behind this. Also I have a trellis die, hardly used, but now I can see how to extend and your idea with the foliage, this has inspired me to turf it out and use it. Lovely card. Also HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mitchell. Have a great weekend all. Hugs. Gemma xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
Just love the die Friday day. Thanks for the video and the written instructions. happy birthday to Mitchell, and hope you all have a lovely weekend.

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Christine, I really enjoyed your video, and the finished card looks really good. Can I ask what die you used for the leaves? oh and the little flowers are they your all time favs bitty blossoms?
Trying to make 75 cards to send to my church as they have non left, I have done 24 Mother's day cards already so just twice that amount left to do.!!!!
X Ros

Lesley Thomas said...

Love the card Christine, what's more I'm delighted at your choice of dies, as I have both of them, and a cherry blossom die which would help with flowers.

Happy Birthday to Mitchell!

Ella's Design said...

Fab use of that lattice die, Christine and a Happy Birthday to Mitchell! Hugs, Lisa x

Maggie said...

Hello and have a wonderful day Michell. 20 is definitely all grown up! What a great demo - have this die and not put it to much use so that must change now. xxMargaretxx

SusanP, Kent said...

Good Friday Morning Christine. Thank you for showing how to extend a die like the lattice. I've always shied away from it thinking it would be hard to line up. Your card looks beautiful, but also has simplicity. Know just how you feel on the age thing - my elder son is 34, Eeeek!
Have a lovely weekend all and a Happy Birthday to Mitchell.

baconbits said...

Morning Christine
I love todays card and the use of the extending lattice.
Happy Birthday to Mitchell.
Amanda x

Anonymous said...

Love the video and the card. Really should get my dies out and play - if only the weekends were 5 days and the working week 2 :)

Carolyn H. said...

Hi Christine,
What a talent you have for coming up with such great ideas, such a simple design but the effects--- really lovely.
Happy Birthday to Mitchell, hope he and his girlfriend enjoy the day at Harry Potters.Yes, I know what you mean when you say' how did that happen. My eldest Grandson is 17 yrs old this April, only seems like yesterday when he was born. Gone past that way of thinking regarding my son's!!Too scarry that!!!
Have a great weekend celebrating the Birthday.
Love Carolyn

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, Happy Birthday to Mitchell! Your trellis card is superb and so is the video..oh dear another one for the wish list! Yes, I'm hoping to get in some craft time over the weekend, have a good one! Carole Z X

Ann said...

Hi Christine

thankyou for the video I had this die bought for a gift and was a bit sad as I couldn't get the hang of it now I know how it should work thanks to your clear and precise instructions I love your trellis idea ooooh I think I shall be crafting this weekend all cosy and warm instead of out and about in this dreadful weather.
Happy Birthday to Mitchell enjoy your trip to H.Potter studio and have a lovely weekend.
Hugs Annxx

LoraineC said...

Happy Birthday Mitchell, scary when your children grow up and you wonder where time went!! I love this card the way the leaves peep through the trellis xx

LyndA said...

Great inspiration Christine. I have this die but have never used it until now! Thank you.
Hope you all have a terrific celebratory weekend.

Janice said...

Thanks for the tutorial Chris, a lovely idea. Wish Mitchell a happy birthday. Janice x

Laura O said...

happy birthday to Mitchell.Card is fab ,have this trellis die and it is great .Laura O

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, fantastic video, the first of many I hope?
Happy Birthday to Mitchell too, we share the same star sign as it was mine yesterday. Hope he had a great day.
Enjoy your celebrations at the weekend.
Elizabeth x

loftylass said...

Love your card Christine..... Wow what a great video... you've got a great asset there with Elliott.
Looking forward to many more enchanting videos. Happy belated birthday wishes to Mitchell. tfs.
Hugs to all and have a good weekend.

Di x said...

Hi Christine

Your card is lovely and I notice you have used my fav flower from Spellbinder Homespun die set, so cute.

Kind regards Diane

Anonymous said...

Hope Mitchell had a great birthday. What a fabulous video ! Elliott is a tech expert. Hopefully we will see more soon x

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