Thursday, December 14, 2017

Stencils and Stars

Hi there, how are you doing?
Everything on your Christmas to-do list ticked off?  No, not here either!
I've a card using the brand new (and rather late) December LO from the Sketch File to share today
The background for this one is stencilled - There were bits of still inky wipes left from another project, so I used up the ink to add backgrounds to a couple of cards.  I then stencilled over again, but this time with silver Sparkle Medium. I love the way the colours show though the glittery upper coat.
I added the crossed lines from the sketch using silver twine, then added the stars - they were all in my box of spare die cut bits and bobs, which was handy, and quick!  The sentiment is a decal sticker.
This is the new December Sketch:
I'm starting to wind down on the Christmas card making at last, so I'll soon be using this sketch to help get me out of the Cword groove.  I struggle to get into it, and then I struggle to get out of it....

That;s all from me today, thank you for popping by.  I know I've been rubbish and blog-visiting, but hopefully I'll put that right soon!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Its a Wrap!

Here's a quick share of a little project using goodies from  the  "Seeing Stars" Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox craft box.

There are more pictures and instructions over on the BLOG HERE

I used the shiny gold lamé fabric to make the perfect wrapping for a small, awkward, round gift.

Basically I turned this:
into this:

From the Seeing Stars Letterbox Box I used:
gold lamé fabric
 diamanté gem covered braid
 plain wooden stars

It's a really lovely box of goodies that will inspire you and help your creativity shoot off in all directions!

That's it for this time.  Thank you for visiting.

Happy Crafting

Friday, December 08, 2017

Tags and Labels

Helloooo, Happy Friday!

It's sunny here, but nippy - at least we don't have the snow that some parts of the UK are threatened with today.  If  only snow only settled on the grass, gardens and roofs it would be ok.  You'd think by now they'd have invented something to add when they make tarmac etc to keep the roads and paths clear......  I guess that is something to add to the same wish-list as my teleporter 😀😀
I've been a rubbish blogger again this week.  So much to do just now, and its not all Christmas stuff either!
Anyway, at least the Daring Cardmakers gave me the nudge I needed to get going on gift tags.  
"This week, it's time to take another "Step Away from the Cards" and share
 some of your other creations with us.
The time the "Step Away From the Cards" challenge is:
Tags, Labels and Toppers
We'd just love to see the tags etc that you'll be adding to your gifts to show who they are for and from!  it doesn't have to be Christmas-themed, we give gifts for lots of reasons and they all netter with a vit of extra decoration!!
Tags are not my favourite things to make, but I feel a weird sense of guilt if I don't make an effort.  The last couple of years I've come up with a sort of solution and I make a name label and decorative topper all in one.  It's a bit like making a 3D card embellishment (which I love doing) but instead of sticking it on a card which would cost a fortune to send, I just add a name tag to it.  I even print the name tags on the pc so I can just cut them up!
 This year I'm making loads of different sized poinsettias in my colour theme of red, white and gold for the labels which will go on the gifts for the females, and little faux gifts as embellishments for the male parcels.
It's a great way to use up those lovely 3D bits and bobs we accumulate - the berries, pine-cones and even little jingly bells, and its easy to make a few larger embellishments, as little ones look really silly on a big box!
Gold , red, white and green card
Scraps of wrapping paper, or paper from 6x6 paper pads as the scalled down designs are good for the mini gifts.
Christmassy bits and pieces; ribbons, pine-cones, bells, braid, beads, etc
Die cuts - for example Snowflake, Holly and Stars
The Poinsettia Die is the fabulous Spellbinders one (Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities  Etched Dies) that I've used soooo much this year.  I just use the different petal sizes to make small, medium or large flowers.
I enjoy putting these together so much more than making regular tags!  They don't really take long to make as most of this stuff is already on the desk from other projects.  There's always a box of die cut snowflakes and stars etc that I've cut but not used yet. 
I bought the bells in a sale last year - although they are small, they are bigger than I expected and would be way too bulky for cards.
Cut in batches, the poinsettias are dead easy to make.  I just put a load of different sized ones together then add some gems to the centres.  I make the name label part separately, leaving enough space at the left end so that I can add the flowers singly or in groups depending on the gift they are to go on.
Apart from adding a ribbon around the parcel, these toppers are the only decoration my gifts need now.  I used to spend hours with bows and ribbons decorating my gifts!

That's it.  I hope you like this idea, I know I'm not the only person who loves making things, but find making tags  a chore!

All for this time
Have a great weekend


Monday, December 04, 2017

Mosaic Border - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I'm here today with another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
 This time it's another card, using the beautiful ornament dies - and some waste from another project!
 A couple of weeks ago I made this box for the weekly Daring Cardmakers Challenge, and used Staccey Caron's French Flair Card Creator die setto make a decorative panel for the top.  I saved the 'waste' from this project because I felt sure I could make use of it!
Click here for more info on this Poinsettia Gift box
I used all those little pieces of card that would otherwise have gone in the bin to created a mosaic border and I love how it turned out to be the perfect background for the beautiful ornament, and I think I'll be saving those waste pieces more often from now!

White card blank
Patterned Centura card for the mosaic and the filigree bauble
Red Glitter card for the backing circle and the sentiment
Gold twine

All the info for the box and the Spellbinders dies I used to decorate it, including the poinsettia and the gorgeous label piece in the centre can be found HERE, but here are the Spellbinders die sets used on this card

French Flair Card Creator 
Etched Dies from the Rouge Royale Deux Collection by Stacey Caron

 Shapeabilities  Etched Dies 

Ho Ho Ho Holiday 2017 
 Die D Lites Etched Dies 

I also used:

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time, This bauble die set, along with the Snowflake Snippets one are my favourites and the ones I've used most on this year's Christmas cards and projects!

  Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Hey Bro!

Hello Friends 
It's a rather dull and gloomy day here today. While we were out this morning the 'damp’ in the air felt decidedly like the sort that could easily turn to snow.  We will have none of that behaviour, thank you!
I'm up on the Bubbly Funk Through the today using the December craft box.  This box is called 'Seeing Stars' and is full of glitz, sparkle and shine, but I wanted to make something that isn't for Christmas.
My brother's birthday is in the middle of December - if you have December birthdays to send cards for, you'll know what a pain it is to find them.  At least that's not such a problem since I started making cards - but it doesn't stop me moaning about it, of course.  
The December box has a starry theme, and stars are a really good stand-by for male cards, aren't they?

I love the gold glitter alphabet sheets in this new box.  They are  sticky-backed, but flat (not chipboard), so they are great for cards that you need to send in the post and don't want to pay the hefty 'fat letter' rate on.  I'll probably hand deliver this one, so I added some bits of cardboard under the letters to add extra dimension.
I chose card in dark red and dark blue for a masculine feel - I really love how these colours work together, and it was a joy to step away from the Christmas crafting for a while.

The December's 'Seeing Stars' craft box from Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox is now ready to pre-order at  December Through the Letterbox box,  Here's a picture of the contents

That's all for this time
Happy Crafting

Friday, December 01, 2017

Little Christmas Icons

Hello, how are you?

Here we are barrelling relentlessly towards Christmas.  There's no stopping it, no matter how hard we wish for more time....

Friday December the 1st today and a new Daring Cardmakers Challenge - and as its the first Friday of the month it's an
Elemental Inspiration Photo Challenge
to give the starting point. you need to do to join in is to choose at least 3 elements from the picture to use on your card.
There are lots of lovely possibilities, such as the tree, hearts, stars, the textures and patterns of the blanket, floor and bricks, Nordic style elements.... etc
From the photo I chose to use the stocking, the gift and the tree.  I was going to make miniature gift bags as in the photo, but then remembered the lovely Christmas minis die from Cuttlebug.  Its pretty old, but comes out again most years.  I tried to use the crisp Nordic style too, and also added a few stars, including red glittery ones like the one on the top of the tree in the picture.

White card blank
Red, White and Gold card cut into 3cm and 2.5cm squares and arranged fairly randomly in a grid pattern
Gold, White, Red and Green card for the die cuts
Scraps of Glitter card for the punched stars
Red, Gold and Green gems to decorate the trees
Cuttlebug Christmas mini icons die
Tonic border punch for stars

That's all for today, I hope you'll pop across to the Daring Cardmakers blog to see how the rest of the team have used the picture - and of course, we'd love you to join in.

Thank you for looking, Have a great weekend

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tree in Winter - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I'm back with another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
I'm really l;ate this week because I've been having computer 'issues'!  Hopefully all sorted now thanks to my lovely, patient OH!
 So this card has been waiting a while as I couldn't actually get onto my blog at all for a few days

Spellbinders recently released a lovely range consisting of a beautiful bare-branch tree, and a series of  'toppers' to add to it.  So far I've only got the tree and the Winter decorative set, but I shall have to have the others too, I think.
The Winter topper is especially fabulous as not only do you get the snowfall to pop over the branches, but there's a sweet little deer, and 5 gorgeous snowflakes (and I LOVE snowflake dies!).

White card blank plus extra for inked panel
Dark blue card for backing piece
White, black and gold card
Background was created with several colours of Distress Inks, and a light dusting of Glamour Dust was added
Basic tree shape was cut in black and white cardstock.
The snowy topper is made with three layers of white card, glued and dipped in Glamour Dust glitter (it really sparkles!)
The deer was cut in gold and  black card, Snowflakes in gold and white
I added a few red pearl beads to add a pop of bright colour

As it happened, I got a bit carried away with these new snowflake dies, and ended up cutting a whole load of them.  We won't dwell on the fact that at one point one of the dies pinged off the cutting mat and hid itself for a good hour. I tidied all the things on my desk, then the boxes of stash on the floor nearby before finally upending the bin and going through all the inky, gungy, scrappy mess in there bit by tiny bit.  And yes that's where it had landed.  At least it was found.
I made a whole batch of snowflakes tree cards, so I thought I'd sahre a quick pic of a few of them

Here are the Spellbinders die sets used this time

Four Seasons Tree 
 Four Seasons by Lene Lok 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Winter Canopy and Elements 

Four Seasons by Lene Lok 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

I also used:

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
 That's it for this time, I love these beautiful die sets, and I'm sure to be getting my hands on the others in the series soon too!

  Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Single Snowflake

A very quick post from me today.  PC 'issues' yesterday mean I'm way behind on all sorts of things.  Thank goodness for the Resident Tech Help Desk!

I have a card using the November LO from the Sketch File to share today
I love this snowflake die, but it's a big one so doesn't seem to get used as much as it probably should - anyway, it works perfectly for this LO so I may just run off a few more variations on this one to help boost the Christmas card count which has rather stalled atm!

I used Imagination Crafts wonderful Sparkle Medium to make a glittery edge for the card blank
On a separate piece of card I stencilled the turquoise stars, then moved the
stencil a bit and added more of the Silver Sparkle Medium.  This starry stencil is by Crafters Workshop
The lovely snowflake die is by Sweet Dixie
The sentiment is one of my own stickers - made using decal paper from Crafty Computer Paper
The sentiment was adhered to a length of ribbon from Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox's November craft box
Here's the sketch:
 The finished card is super-sparkly!

That's it for today, thank you for visiting, I really appreciate you coming by.  I promise to get down to some serious blog-hopping as I've really missed seeing what all my crafty friends have been making - it's so inspiring to see  everyone's creativity, isn't it?
Anyway, must get on!
Happy Crafting

Friday, November 24, 2017

Two Christmas Icons!

 Hello there,
Sunny and chilly here today.  
I was just checking the calendar and realised that this week's Daring Cardmakers' challenge is the last one in November, so we are definitely creeping closer and closer to December and you know what that means!

Today I've a couple of cards to share.  The first for the DCM challenge:

Trim the Tree
You don't just need to think 'Christmas Trees' for this, we'd love 
to see all sorts of trees.  
Could be just one or two or perhaps a whole forest of them!

Click HERE to see what the team have created.
Square aperture cut into main card blank.
A piece of inked and glittered card was adhered to the inside of the card behind the aperture
Apertures cut into another piece of white card and a slightly larger piece of pearlescent deep aqua card to fit over the top
2 lengths of ribbon adhered along the lower border
The tree is cut with a Memory Box die.  There are 3 layers of white card glued together, the top layer was covered with PVA clue and a thick layer of Glamour dust was added.
For the corner elements I used carious holly, pine sprig and snowflake dies, topping those with white and red poinsettias made using the smallest of the four dies in the Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities  Etched Dies set 
To finish: Red beads to decorate the tree, Tiny yellow gems for flower centres. Gold Leaf trim this stuff is a bit garish for my taste so I inked over it with a Sharpie pen to reduce the brightness a bit, Tiny red glitter dots for holly berries, 2 punched gold stars and a couple of gold teeny snowflakes tucked in too
I've used this Layered Poinsettia Die such a lot this year - it's definitely been the best of buys! 

So on to card 2
 The Man in Red
I blogged this one yesterday on the Bubbly Funk Through the Latterbox Inspiration blog, but I'm pleased with it, so its getting a show here too!

From the November Letterbox Box I used:
Vellum Quotation
A bell
A snowflake charm
A snowflake eyelet
From my stash I added: die cut Santa, stars and snowflakes, red and silver glitter card,  red ribbon, silver cord

Believe it or not for such a CAS card, this took a whole day to do.  Sometimes it's a lot harder to keep it Clean and Simple that just bunging it all on, isn't it?

Anyway, that's quite enough for this time - I have crafting to do!
Thank you so much for popping by - lease leave me a comment, I always love to hear what you think.