Saturday, 12 April 2014

Scrappy Snowflakes Merry Christmas Card - 52 {C}CT Apr Colour Challenge

Deborah has a fab colour challenge for us this week at 52 {C}CT.  For guidance she has given the SU! colours Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, River Rock, Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Bashful Blue as a point of reference.  I chose to use Midnight Muse in place of the Night of Navy for the dark blue colour in the graphic.

I was in my local craft shop looking at patterned paper and a sheet of paper from the Bo Bunny Woodland Winter range caught my eye and I realised it would be a perfect choice for this challenge.  The sheet of paper was made up of lots of different images and elements which I've cut out so this card is more "scrappy" than my usual style of cards.  The paper is so lovely I wanted to use as much of it as I could and I really enjoyed putting this card together!  

The large scalloped circle element is quite large so after fussy cutting it and gluing it to a Midnight Muse panel I added the panel to a Marina Mist 6" square card base.  An A4 piece of CS is not large enough to make a 6" wide card so I added an extra piece of CS to the back.  I die cut two large snowflakes, one from Smoky Slate CS and the other from Midnight Muse CS and I offset them to get a shadow effect.  I attached the stamped and cut snowflake layers together with a brad and popped that up in the centre of the large die cut snowflake.  I fussy cut the label and the flag banner element, stamped the sentiment, glued the banner piece and popped up the label.  I completed the front with some punched snowflakes and a sprinkling of rhinestones. 

I loved the owl and the deer images on the paper and took quite a while deciding which one would go on the inside of the card - finally opting for the owl!  I added a stamped sentiment and a punched snowflake.  I cut out a snowflake from the sheet of paper to go on the envelope flap.  

I so wanted to use the deer image as well so that went onto the front of the envelope, together with a strip of snowflake circles cut from the sheet and I also added more punched snowflakes.  Without doubt, this is the most patterned paper I've ever used on just one card - I used practically the whole sheet!  Obviously, I could have chosen to make more than one card with the sheet of paper but actually I'm glad I went all out for just the one card, I'm quite happy with the end result!  Not very happy with the blue blob I got on the corner of the completed envelope whilst spritzing my stamps to clean them - but hey ho, "it all adds to the hand made charm" is what I'm going with LOL!

I hope you'll join in with our challenge this week at 52 {C}CT and make a Christmas card using these lovely colours.  I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your creations!

Stamps: SU! 'Festive Flurry' &'Best Yet' sets, Hero Arts 'Joyful Christmas Season' set
CS: SU! Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Smoky Slate & Whisper White

Patterned paper: Bo Bunny Woodland Winter 'Peek-A-Boo'
Ink: SU! Midnight Muse & Smoky Slate
Tools: SU! 'Snow Flurry' Bigz die, SU! 'Festive Flurry' Framelits die set, various snowflake punches, circle punches, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Marina Mist Candy Dot & Brad Base, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Friday, 11 April 2014

3 Flowery Thanks Cards

I received the SU! Petite Petals stamp set and matching punch as a birthday gift and I've been itching to have a play!  I saw this lovely window card on Pinterest, I loved the lattice, the dry embossing, the patterned paper behind the lattice and, of course, the flowers.  I decided to CASE Christy's card and make my own version. I started off by choosing a patterned paper to go behind my lattice die cut, opting for a piece from the Sweet Sorbet DSP pack.  That led to my colour combo choice of Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral.  I've never been a fan of orange and use it quite rarely but I do like the Cantaloupe and Coral together - add in some aquas and I'm surprised to find that like turns into love!  For this card I've added Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay. 

I embossed the white panel with the Square Lattice folder before cutting the window out.  I glued the lattice and patterned paper behind the window and adhered the whole panel to the front of the card base.  I think Christy may have popped her panel up and I thought about it but decided not to, preferring to add some shaping and dimension to the flowers.  I stamped and cut a double ended sentiment flag banner, added a flower and completed the front by adding rhinestones to the flower centres.

Here's the inside and the envelope flap.

I had the white embossed window shape die cut left over and I decided to use that on another card and then I ended up making two of the same design in fact!  The cards are the same except that I used different flower stamps from the Mixed Bunch and Petite Petals sets.  I used the die from the Secret Garden Framelits set to cut out the leaves and I added some shaping.  I stamped and punched two of the larger flowers, snipped between the petals, did some shaping and layered the two larger flowers together.  The Petite Petals flowers were layered onto 1" punched circles.  I gave the small flowers tiny Coastal Cabana dots I punched from the Owl Builder punch. 

Here's the insides of the cards. 

Here's the envelopes.

Stamps:  SU! 'Petite Petals', 'Simply Sketched', 'Flower Shop', 'Mixed Bunch' & 'Sassy Salutations' sets
CS: SU! Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! Sweet Sorbet DSP pack
Ink: SU! Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay
Tools: SU! Window Frames Framelits die, Lattice Bigz die, Square Lattice embossing folder, Petite Petals, Pansy, Blossom, 1" circle & Owl Builder punches, Secret Garden Framelits die
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Starburst Lace Split Negative To You From Me Cards

These are the cards Angela and Janet made when they came round for a crafty afternoon a little while ago.  They wanted to use heat embossing and the split negative technique again.  Angela made black, white and Wisteria Wonder cards and Janet made Night of Navy, Pool Party and white cards.

I used the very pretty Hero Arts Starburst Lace stamp which is ideal for the split negative technique.  I explain my method of using the split negative technique on my blog post HERE.  The smaller circles in the centre of the starburst are popped up.  After adhering the sentiment circles I completed the card fronts with punched flowers and a sprinkling of rhinestones.

Here's how the insides and envelope flaps were decorated. The coloured "ribbon" was made with a die cut which I then dry embossed.  The die is from the fabulous Finishing Touches Classic 3D Bow set designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  This set was very, very highly recommended to me by my friend Lesley.  She absolutely raved about the set and after I got it too I could definitely see why!

On both the envelope fronts I just had to put more ribbon strips topped with bows and punched flowers!  The die set comes with two sizes of bows (I've used the smaller size), the ribbon strip die, two ribbon tails dies (one downward tails and one across ways tails which is the one I've used here)  plus a small strip die for gluing around the centre of the bow.  Embossing the die cut shapes using the Spellbinder's tan rubber mat adds really lovely detailing - I'm loving my new bow dies and will probably have to be restrained from putting a bow on anything and everything LOL!   The bows were a huge hit with Angela and Janet too and the die set was promptly added to their crafty shopping list!

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Starburst Lace', 'To You from Me' from SU! 'Best Yet' set
CS: PaperMania 5 1/4" square white card blanks, SU! Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy & Pool Party
Tools: circle Nestabilities die, circle punches, Woodware flower punches, Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Classic 3D Bow die set,  heat tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! white embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, rhinestone jewels & Dimensionals

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Sparkly Butterfly Altered Tin Gift Packaging

What a wet and grey day it is - but I'm smiling and happy anyway 'cos it's my birthday and I've had beautiful cards, lovely gifts and some new crafty goodies to play with! : )   My friend Gill took me out for lunch, my friend and neighbour Kath made a chocolate cake for me and our friends Debs and Mike are coming round later on.

A few weeks ago I bought Debs and Mike a "just because" gift of a Honeysuckle and Sweet Pea beautifully scented candle from Waitrose, it smells heavenly!  The candle is in a decorated glass jar and I wanted to present it nicely.  I rummaged in my selection of  "to be altered" items and found a red and white coffee tin which was the perfect size. 

Here's a straight on view.

I die cut the solid butterfly from the black CS using a dimensional cutting pad so that the centre of the butterfly didn't cut out and the dotty paper shows through from the back.  I die cut the fancy outline butterfly from red sparkly CS and glued that on top.  I then added the antennae, some gems and some white stitched ribbon.

Here's a side view.

Here's the tin with the decorated lid.  I wrapped the candle in tissue paper and tied some red ribbon around so that the candle could be lifted out of the tin easily

Here's a close up of the butterfly.

This was very well received I'm glad to say!  Maybe - just maybe - I might be spurred on to make more "alterable" projects, I have enough alterable items in my stash that's for sure! 

Stamps: 'Especially for You' from Woodware 'Going to Seed' stamp set
CS: SU! Basic Black & Whisper White, Red Glimmer Paper

Patterned paper: Real Red dotty paper from SU! Polka Dot Parade DSP pack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Memory Box Oriel & Lunette butterfly dies, Sizzix Tim Holtz Dimensional Cutting Pad, circle Nestabilities dies, Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Whisper White stitched grosgrain ribbon, rhinestone jewels & Dimensionals

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Christmas Gift Season's Greetings Card - 52 {C}CT Apr Sketch Challenge

Deborah is our hostess for the April challenges at 52 {C}CT and she's starting off the month with a sketch challenge.  What a wonderful layout!


I made a 5 3/4" square card and I've turned the layout upside down and made the rectangular shape with a bow into a Christmas gift!   I cut my rectangle of holly patterned paper and die cut the ribbon strip and bow using the back side of the holly paper.  I kept the shapes in place inside the dies and embossed using a tan mat to get more detail on the shapes.  I stamped the holly a few times on the card front in Cherry Cobbler ink for a tone on tone look.  I embossed Always Artichoke CS with a lattice folder and matted onto a Very Vanilla layer.  I popped up the gift, stamped and die cut the sentiment label and finished off the front with a sprinkling of gold gems.

More stamped holly went inside and on the envelope flap.  The sentiment was stamped and then die cut using a new Sentiment Tag die set - picked up from my local craft shop at half price - I do love a bargain!

It's a great layout so do take the opportunity to add another Christmas card to your box by playing along with our 52 {C}CT April sketch challenge.  I look forward to seeing your creations!  

Stamps: sentiments from SU! 'Four the Holidays' set, holly from PaperMania Home for Christmas 'Baubles' set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke & Very Vanilla

Patterned paper: Kaisercraft
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Sue Wilson Finishing Touches 'Classic 3D Bow' die set, Crafts Too 7" x 5" Lattice embossing folder, Hero Arts Frame Cuts 'Small Tag Frame' die, Cheery Lynn 'Sentiment Tag 2' die set
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania gold gems, 3D foam tape

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