Saturday, 29 September 2012

Still Playing Around With Christmas Cards

I'm still looking at variations on a theme with this Crafty Individuals' CI-332 reindeer stamp for my Christmas cards.  At some point I'll get back to other projects but I tend to get focused on one thing to the exclusion of everything else.

This time I heat embossed the image in black and then highlighted the centre of the snowflakes and the reindeer's nose with Ranger Stickles in Xmas Red.  I triple matted this onto red mirror card and  black glossy card and then stamped the sentiment using black StazOn.  

The background paper is from the new Docrafts' Papermania 'Home for Christmas' pack which has a really nice selection of Christmas papers.  Unusually, I would use every design in this pack whereas sometimes I find one or two of the papers that just aren't me and they sit at the bottom of the pile for ages.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Christmas Card - Take Two

Every year I play around with a few different Christmas card designs.  I'm more of a 'try it and see' kind of card maker rather than having a definite idea to start with.   The one I like the most is the design I use for the bulk of my cards.

This isn't a very good picture as the card looks more yellow but I wanted to get away from the traditional dark green, so I started with a piece of white card which I sprayed with Cosmic Shimmers Vintage Mist in Patina.  I stamped the music score over the top in  Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and edged the card with gold Pen-Touch.  I stuck this to the white card blank after inking the edges with the same ink and then added the die cut Christmas tree from the 'Christmas' Cricut cartridge.  I think this is quite an old one and was a free download to the Gypsy about three years ago.

This isn't a very good picture as the card looks more yellow than green which is down to the fading light.  
I've got a couple of other ideas and colour combinations I want to try so watch this space.

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Come On Rudolph

Hi, I'm still here in case you thought I'd disappeared.  Another week of busy, busy, busy and not feeling too well again with the usual 'return to work' cough and cold which I always seem to get about this time in the Autumn term.  But enough about me.  I'm sure you've all been really busy and no doubt gearing up for Christmas!!  Yes I know but you can't put if off much longer.

Here's my first one for this year and as you can see I've gone with a Scandinavian colour theme, which I really like and is very festive.

  I used A4 card stock with a slight sheen which I trimmed and scored to make a 10cm x 14cm card.  I then ran half the card through the Cuttlebug using a Crafts-Too Snowflake embossing folder.  The border and frame are white Bazzill Bling card cut using the Cricut and Elegant Edges cartridge.  As the border only cuts one side of the strip, I cut two and stuck them together using the ribbon to cover the join.  The Crafty Individuals' reindeer CI-332 is heat embossed using Blonde Moments Fresh Red Iridescent powder.  I used 3D foam strips to stick the framed image on and give the card some dimension.

I'm going to make about 4 of these and then choose a different style and colour combo for next batch. 

Hopefully things will be back to normal this week and I'll be posting more frequently.  

Enjoy your week wherever you are.

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Friday, 14 September 2012

Wrap It Up

Here's the gift box and tag I made for the porcelain pot.  I used a thick card with an embossed swiss dot pattern and the Crafters' Companion Boxer board to make the box.  If you like making gift boxes and envelopes I highly recommend this board and the Envelobox Creator board.  They are really easy to use and guarantee perfect results every time.

I cut a square of lighter card and ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder and edged it with gold.  To decorate I curled some pieces of the card I inked and stamped for the pot lid and added a blingy flower.

 The tag was made in the same way with the addition of a piece cotton and a torn cotton ribbon, both sprayed with Cosmic Shimmers Vintage Rose and two tightly rolled pieces of the stamped card.

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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Fly With Your Dreams

Whilst clearing out a drawer recently I came across some of my old cross stitch accessories.  I stopped doing cross stitch many years ago when I found it was straining my eyes too much but I kept a lot of my stash 'just in case'.  Amongst the hoard are several small porcelain pots with empty lids ready to fill with beautiful stitched pictures or some lovely paper crafting.  This one is a deep burgundy colour and measures 7.5 cm in diameter.

  After cutting a piece of white card into a circle for the lid I sprayed it with Cosmic Shimmers Vintage Mist in Antique Rose and stamped it with Distress Ink in Pumice Stone and a music score stamp.  Next I took a strip of the same card  and inked half with DI in Milled Lavender and sprayed with the Antique Rose and inked the other half with Fired Brick and sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread.  When dry I stamped the whole strip with Crafty Individuals CI-017 script stamp in gold StazOn.  I tore two pieces from the Fired Brick and two pieces from the Milled Lavender, inking the edges of three with gold StazOn and one piece with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Perfect Plumeria.

I cut out the image from CI Miniatures, People & Places 2 and placed a small piece of cream linen, dyed with cold tea, behind it.  Then I layered all the pieces together finishing with the cream flower and the sentiment stamped on some ribbon sprayed with the Gingerbread Glimmer Mist. The sentiment stamp was free with a Crafty Individuals order.

As this is going to be a Christmas present, I'll make a nice matching gift box and tag which I'll post later in the week.

I'm entering this into two challenges this month: 

where the challenge, is 'Collage' 
whose theme is 'Good Things Come in Small Packages'.

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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Blog Candy Alert!!!

Just a quick post today to urge you to pop over to the CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS blog, where Jean and Malcom are offering the chance to win some fantastic blog candy.  What do you have to do?  Leave a comment at the end of the post: the link above will take you straight there, then just scroll to the bottom of the post.  Add a link to your own blog and then check out their shop for a glorious selection of rubber stamps, embellishments and other crafting goodies.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Last Days of Summer at Crafty Individuals

Pop over to CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS to check out their current challenge 'The Last Days of Summer'.  There's an added bonus for entering this month too!!

I made this trinket box from a very lightweight wooden box I picked up in a charity shop ages ago.  I think I paid 30p for it.  The wood is quite rough but because it is fairly soft I couldn't sand it and so stamping onto the box directly wasn't an option.  So I sprayed a piece of white card with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread and cut a strip to go round the bottom of the box and a circle for the lid.  Then I repeat stamped CI-176 along the strip using black StazOn and glued this round the bottom of the box.

The image on the lid is from CI Miniatures, People and Places 2 and the frame was cut on the Cricut using the Elegant Edges cartridge.  Once these were glued in place I masked out most of the CI-176 stamp, leaving only the small dragonfly which I stamped around the frame in black StazOn.  The metal charm is from   Crafty Individuals bird cage collection.  To finish off the lid I stuck cream lace around the edge and then inked around the top and bottom of the box with VersaMagic chalk ink, Plumeria.

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Saturday, 1 September 2012

More Flowers

Here's a little card I'm entering into the current FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES 
Anything Floral or Handmade Flowers challenge.

The frame was cut on the Cricut using the Elegant Edges cartridge in brown Bazzil Bling.  I then spritzed a piece of plain white card stock with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread and cut an oval to fit the aperture of the frame.  

I used Distress Inks throughout starting with the child image from Crafty Individuals' CI-131 in Vintage Photo then with the image masked out, over stamped with CI-017 script stamp in Pumice Stone. The frame was then positioned on the card.  I masked off the frame and stamped around the edges using a flower stamp from a Kanban Chinese set in Tattered Rose, together with some small, single flowers in Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo inside and outside the frame.

The flowers were cut from the same Bazzil Bling and spritzed card, using the Flower Shoppe cartridge and pieced together with a small pink Prima flower in the middle.

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