Wednesday 26 April 2017

Ornamental Vintage Lace Collection

Create and Craft is having its fourteenth birthday at the moment, which is really quite something.  Although I must admit I didn’t really feel in the party mood when my alarm went off at 4.20am yesterday morning!

I had to be ‘up and at ‘em’ to get to the studio in good time to do an early show with the lovely Nigel May, and first up was the Ornamental Vintage Lace Collection.  This is a great collection with a lovely pin dot detail running through them all – but it’s much more intricate than just a normal pin dot pattern.  You can layer them up, or use them as frames, anything that comes to mind really!

The Ornamental Circle Dies are made surprisingly different because of this pattern, and the Heart Dies work on the same principle; there are six of them, covering a wide range of sizes, and they can be used for mats and layers, frames, and even borders… the sky’s the limit.

The Oval Dies, all seven of them, have the same intricate pin dot design so if you wish to use the circles with the hearts and the ovals together, they all go together and match beautifully.

Next up was the Torn Edge Oval dies, Torn Edge Heart dies and the Torn Edge circles.  Nigel hit the nail on the head when he said there is something very rustic and charming and romantic about a torn edge heart… I know what he means.  For me, the great thing about torn edge dies is they make matting and layering so much easier, because you don’t have to worry about being precise.  The design team had rather cleverly used an upside down heart to make the face of a dog, and a torn edge circle die was used to make a tractor tyre on a card! Imaginative stuff…

The antique lace dies are something else. The fine detail is breathtaking; it looks like delicate lace at first glance. And of course, that now familiar pin dot design is ever present. That fine lace theme continues with the ‘Tuck Ins’ and the ‘Scrap’.

There’s a lot more I could say about this die collection but if I went into detail this blog entry would be a yard long!  It’s enough for me to say it’s a very impressive collection. I really enjoyed working with it and when I have time, I'm so looking forward to playing with it!     

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