Monday, 21 May 2012

Oyster Stamps Blog Hop - My turn!

Well here goes, my first ever Blog Hop for Oyster Stamps.

I am 4th on the list, so if you have come to me first, you need to go back and see the others:
Day 1 was Neet
Day 2 was Linda
Day 3 was Pam
Day 4 is me
Day 5 is Barbara
Day 6 is Martine

I have done this as a scheduled post, so I hope it works!
If you would like to take part in the giveaway and be in with a chance of winning 2 Spellbinders Cut & Fold dies, then  you need to comment on all 6 of the entries.

So here goes...................................

  • Spellbinders Floral Burst Cut & Fold
  • Spellbinders Damask Accents Border
  • Spellbinders Standard Circle Large
  • Memory Box Valerian Flourish
  • Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly
  • Memory Box Darla Butterfly
  • Memory Box Scalloped Posie
The base card (white) measures 19cm x 19cm.

First we will start off by doing all the cutting out. You need the following:
  • 1 x piece of black card measuring 12.5cm x 12.5cm
  • 1 x piece of black card measuring 11cm x 11cm
  • 4 x Valerian Flourish on black card
  • 1 x Darla Butterfly on black card
  • 1 x Scalloped Posie on black card
  • 1 x Standard Circle Large on black card
  • 1 x piece of white card measuring 12cm x 12cm
  • 1 x Floral Burst on white card
  • 1 x Damask Accents Border on white card
  • 1 x Vivienne Butterfly on white card
Now to assemble everything!
  • Take the Damask Accents border and score as indicated on the picture below and then valley & mountain fold

  • When you have done all the folding, stick both ends together to create a circle/rosette
  • take the Floral Burst die and put onto the piece of black card measuring 11cm x 11cm and draw around the die and then cut out with a pair of scissors.
  • Next take the white Floral Burst die cut and stick onto the black piece of card you have just cut out, then take the black circle dire cut and stick on top. Then you need to use a quick drying dries clear glue (I use Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue) and put a big blob onto the middle of the black circle
  • Next take the Damask Accents border and stick onto the glue and hold for a few minutes for it to set. At this point you can take the Scalloped Posie and push into the middle and it will help you to hold it all in place whilst it is drying

  • Then take the piece of white card measuring 12cm x 12cm and mat onto the black piece of black card measuring 12.5cm x 12.5cm then turn over so that the black side is facing you and out double sided tape along all four sides and then attach the Valerian Flourish on each side and then mount onto your card black. By the time you have done this, the glue should have dried so that you can attach the topper to the white mount, then add the butterfly and I then finished off with some teardrop stick on gems
Hopefully your card will then look like mine! My sample is done in black and white, but you can choose whatever colours you want.

Everything is available from Oyster Stamps with the exception of the teardrop stick on gems which I have had for years!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card. If you have any questions please feel free to ask, but please be aware that at busy times it may take me a while to reply.

Don't forget to leave me a comment and a comment on other blogs to be in with a chance to win!

The next hop is the lovely Barbara on Tuesday and then the grand finale from Martine on Wednesday

Paul xxxxx


  1. Stunning creation Paul, the black and white is so elegant.

    Pam x

  2. That is a lovely clever card, the centre bit is especially clever. Really nice and shows all the dies off very well.

  3. Love what you have done Paul, and the full and complete explanation is fabulous. That centre is amazing!
    Hugs, Neet x

  4. OMGosh, wow this is amazing. The black and white looks so cool and that very delicate memory box flourish finishes it perfectly but I love that butterfly xxx

    Sam xxx

  5. Fantastic card with really good instuctions its amazing how different they all are. Well done

  6. brilliant card paul. again a different take on these dies, pam

  7. You always make the most amazing cards. I love to see your work and pick up ideas.

  8. That's a whole lot of die-cutting!! Made a beautiful card though, so many lovely details and very elegant in the black and white.

  9. I love the elegance of the black and white and the tutorial is so clear, thank you. A stunning card! xx

  10. Love this card, really like the way you used the border die as a 3d element.

    Barbara x

  11. This stunning Paul, thank you for showing how you used the border die for the 3d element. Loving Black and white together.

    Linda xxx

  12. Paul this is absolutely brilliant you are so talented, I would never have thought of making the flower that way, thank you so much for shareing it with everyone,I am now going to go away and have a go myself. Thank you once again.

  13. Stunning Paul, love the black and white cards. Like the centre piece and thank you for the clear instructions

  14. Love this in black and white! So glad you showed the photos of the center piece and how much dimension there is. So elegant.

  15. This card is exquisite. So very elegant. Thank you for the tutorial.

  16. Stunning card it is so elegant and effective.

    Joan x

  17. Paul this is beautiful and I love the little 'rosette' in the centre... great 'extra' touch! Very elegant and classic card. Have definitely been converted to these cut/fold dies and must add some to my ever growing 'wishlist'

    PS - great instructions too!

    Su (Soop)

  18. What a stunning monochrome card! I've just decided that I "need" that Damask Accents die set now!

    Lynn Wild

  19. Wonderful!!! So elegant and creative! I looove it!

  20. Wow! Love the black & white. Really fab design, it lokks like a little crown in the center x
    Wendy x

  21. The black & white is sooo elegant!

  22. Absolutely gorgeous! I am in awe at the amount of detail. How did you manage to stick the swirl down without getting in a sticky mess??!!!

  23. Beautiful and your instructions are really clear.

  24. Your card is exquisite and I love the way you've made the central raised crown. It's really effective.

  25. Oh my! The Memory Box Valerian flourish is just gorgeous! I'm not familiar with the Memory Box dies. Oh No!!!!!! Something else that I will have to spend money on!

  26. Stylish & elegant for any occasion - love the way you placed that butterfly & make it in the reverse combination of "colours" to make the basically symmetrical design asymmetrical. It (that butterfly) really catches the eye & makes you pay attention & look more closely at the whole. Masterful indeed.
    Paula (PEP)

  27. Love the 3D flower, what a great idea. BJ

  28. stunning! absolutely stunning Paul

    jacqui x

  29. Stunning Card again, must try to follow instructions, but you can bet it won't turn out like yours

    Cindy x

  30. Does that beautiful flower in the cent fold flat for mailing?