Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Batch Of Snowflake Merriest Wishes Cards

We've just come back from a lovely, relaxing break in the New Forest with our very good friends Debs and Mike.  Before we went I'd started a batch of Christmas cards and today I was able to finish them off.  I very rarely make a batch of cards but I realised that I wouldn't have enough Christmas cards this year unless I made multiples of some designs!

Here's my completed batch of 20 cards and envelopes.

This photo shows the card front, inside and envelope.

I die cut the snowflakes and cross stitched rectangles first, then I stamped the sentiment on the card fronts, stamped the insides of the cards and then stamped the envelope flaps.  The MISTI certainly makes short work of stamping a batch of cards!  I punched circles and small snowflakes for the centres of the large snowflakes and assembled the snowflakes.  This afternoon all I had to do to finish the cards was to glue the die cut cross stitched rectangles in place and to pop up the snowflakes.

Here's one of the cards.  The white cards are A6 sized, the large snowflakes were die cut from SU! Pool Party CS, I used SU! Bermuda Bay CS for the die cut cross stitched rectangles and the punched circles and I stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink.  I punched the small snowflakes from SU! Silver Glimmer Paper to add a touch of festive sparkle.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I used Bermuda Bay ink for the sentiments and the snowflakes on the envelope flaps.  I used Pool Party ink to stamp the snowflake ornament hanging from the sentiment.  All the hanging snowflakes were stamped in exactly the right place thanks to the marvellous MISTI!   

My World Cardmaking Day project for this year was to make a batch of 10 Christmas cards.  I had a lovely day in my craft room creating them and it's very satisfying to see them all boxed up ready to be written out.  I'll be sharing those on the blog in December after they've been given out!  

I definitely want to make another batch of Christmas cards but I've got other stuff to work on first.    

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas' set, Hobby Art 'Christmas Robins' set, My Cute Stamps 'Let It Snow!' set
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, SU! Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay & Pool Party
Tools: Sweet Dixie 'Large Swirly Snowflake' die, Memory Box 'Cross Stitched Frame' rectangle die set, SU! 3/4" circle punch, X Cut snowflake punch, MISTI
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

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Friday, 7 October 2016

October 2016 Card Group Projects

Yesterday afternoon we got together for our October card group meeting and a very enjoyable afternoon it was too. Val and Margaret celebrate their birthdays this month and both ladies treated us to home baked goodies - Chocolate Brownies and Lemon and Blueberry Traybake - both delicious! Crafting and cake - a perfect combination!

The first project I designed for the ladies to make was a tealight gift box made using Pool Party CS and mistletoe patterned paper from last year's SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP pack. I bought Passionfruit and Blueberry tealights to fill all the boxes.  I thought the 'Making spirits bright' sentiment was ideal to use for a gift of tealights so I stamped that onto a tag made from a die cut Pool Party ornament.  I cut an ornament topper from platinum CS and tied the ornament tag to the ribbon bow with white baker's twine.

Here's another view of the gift box.  

Making a card to match the tealights gift box seemed a good idea so that's the second project I created.  Here's the card and tealights gift box together.

Everyone loved the spinner card we made last month so I designed an ornament spinner card for this time.  I used the same patterned paper as I'd used on the box and the colour combo is Pool Party and Always Artichoke.  The Pool Party fancy die cut ornament was glued over the top of an  Always Artichoke plain punched circle.  I added a platinum topper, a die cut bow and some rhinestone jewels.  The sentiment label is glued flat to the card so it doesn't interfere with the spinner.  The spinner element is made using a round 3D foam pad sandwiched between two pennies.  The Always Artichoke panel with the spinner channel cut from it is popped up with 3mm thick 3D foam tape.  

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.  I stamped the mistletoe sprig inside with stamped off once Pear Pizzazz ink and stamped the sentiment over the top in Always Artichoke ink.  The two mistletoe sprigs on the front of the envelope were stamped in Always Artichoke ink.

The third project was a snowman card made with my MFT Blueprints 14 die set and using the layout shown at the bottom right.

I made a 5 1/4" white square card base, added a Bermuda Bay die cut stitched square, a white rounded corner square embossed with the SU! 'Northern Flurry' embossing folder and a black die cut scalloped border.  I stamped the snowman onto Whisper White thick CS, coloured him using ProMarkers, fussy cut him and popped him up onto a Soft Sky die cut rounded corners rectangle.  I placed a Bermuda Bay punched snowflake onto a Soft Sky punched circle and added a pearl to the centre.  I fixed the sentiment label in place and added the snowflake circle element over the top.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped the snowflake cluster in stamped off once Bermuda Bay ink and stamped the sentiment over the top in black ink.  I used full strength Bermuda Bay ink for the snowflake cluster on the envelope flap.

Val mentioned yesterday that she couldn't fully remember the triple time stamping technique.  A perfect opportunity for me to include a triple time stamped Christmas card as one of next month's projects then!  

Supplies for tealights gift box:
Stamps: SU! 'Tin of Tags' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl Platinum

Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP
Ink: SU! Mossy Meadow
Tools: SU! 'Delicate Ornament' Thinlits die set, SU! 'Decorative Label' punch, SU! Simply Scored
Embellishments & accessories: SU! white organza ribbon, SU! white baker's twine 

Supplies for ornament spinner card:
Stamps: SU! ''Sweet Essentials' & 'Peaceful Wishes' sets, Hero Arts 'Miracle of the Holidays' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Always Artichoke & Whisper White, Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl Platinum

Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP
Ink: SU! Always Artichoke & Pear Pizzazz
Tools: SU! 'Sliding Star' Framelits & 'Delicate  Ornament' & 'Pretty Pines' Thinlits die sets, Spellbinders 'Labels Trio' die set, Memory Box 'Grosgrain Ribbons' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, round 3D foam pads, 3mm thick 3D foam tape

Supplies for snowman card:
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Wonderful Christmas' set, Inkylicious 'Santa's Sleigh' set, PSX 'Snowflake Medley'
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay,Soft Sky, Basic Black & Whisper White (regular & thick)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Bermuda Bay, various ProMarkers
Tools: MFT Die-namics 'Blueprints 14' die set, SU! 'Northern Flurry' embossing folder, SU! 'Modern Label' punch & plain circle punch, X Cut snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! pearl jewel, Dimensionals

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Friday, 30 September 2016

Star Of Light Easel Card

This is the second card I made for Jan to make when she came over for a crafty play yesterday.  I used Jan's SU! 'Star of Light' stamp set and 'Starlight' Thinlits dies - they're so beautiful!

I made a Pool Party A6 sized easel card and glued the snowflake paper to the bottom part.  I die cut the plain star from Night of Navy CS, the fancy star from silver foil sheet, glued them together and popped the star up onto a 'Lots of Labels' die cut label shape.  I used the 'Softly Falling' folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White CS, matted that to a larger piece of Night of Navy CS, glued that in place and added the star label element.  I used a smaller label die for the sentiment element, cutting out the same size label three times.  I cut apart the Night of Navy and Pool Party labels and glued the pieces behind the white label.   I added some silver glitter ribbon tied in a knot to the bottom part of the card and added a silver star metallic enamel shape to the centre of the fancy star.

Here's a closer look at the gorgeous star.  

Here's a closer look at the sentiment label.  I stamped the starry swirl in Pool Party ink before stamping the sentiment and stars in Night of Navy ink.

Here's the message panel on the bottom of the easel card and the envelope.  I love the cut out design die and I really liked how it looked on the envelope flap.  I die cut a Pool Party plain star shape, snipped the points off at top and bottom and glued that behind the cut out portion.  I added a 1/4" Night of Navy punched circle topped with a silver star metallic enamel shape

We had a lovely crafty time together and Jan loved both cards I'd designed for her to make.  I did warn Jan that I may well ask to borrow the bells and stars sets again at some time!

Stamps: SU! 'Star of Light' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Night of Navy & Whisper White, Silver Foil sheet

Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP
Ink: SU! Pool Party & Night of Navy
Tools: SU! 'Starlight' Thinlits & 'Lots of Labels' Framelits die sets, 1/4" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! silver glitter ribbon, SU! silver metallic enamel star shapes, Dimensionals

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Seasonal Bells Spinner Card

Today my friend Jan is coming over to make a couple of cards.  When I invited her and asked her what she'd like to make she didn't have anything specific in mind.  Me, being the very cheeky sort, then took the opportunity to ask if she'd like to make something using some of her new SU! goodies that I don't have!  So I get to play with new goodies and Jan gets inspiration for using her new goodies - a win/win!

Jan bought both the Seasonal Bells bundle and the Star of Light bundle.  I thought the bells would be great for a spinner card and that's what I made first.  I cut the spinner channel from a panel of Emerald Envy CS, glued the patterned paper at the bottom and added Cherry Cobbler taffeta ribbon.  I stamped one bell onto So Saffron CS using Delightful Dijon ink and I stamped another bell onto Mint Macaron CS using Emerald Envy ink.  I punched out the two bells, glued them together and added a Cherry Cobbler die cut bow and a rhinestone jewel.  I made the spinner element with washers and CS circles sandwiched together with a round 3D foam dot.  I placed the spinner in the channel and popped up the panel onto the front of a Cherry Cobbler 5 3/4" square card base.  I stamped and fussy cut the sentiment banner and popped that up.  I added a Mint Macaron die cut decorative corner which I embellished with a 1/4" Cherry Cobbler circle topped with a rhinestone jewel.  I also added a rhinestone jewel to the centre of the ribbon knot.

Here's the inside and the envelope.   I added a strip of Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon above the patterned paper.  I really wanted to use the fancy scroll image from the 'Seasonal Bells' set somewhere and I stamped it underneath the sentiment.  It looked a bit like a Christmas tree so I stamped and punched a star to go on the top to complete that look!  I adhered two bells and a bow to the envelope flap to finish off.

I then made an easel card using the Star of Light bundle.  I'll share that card tomorrow.

Stamps: SU! 'Seasonal Bells' & 'Merry Minis' sets, Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy, So Saffron & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Presents & Pinecones' DSP
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy & Delightful Dijon
Tools: SU! 'Bell' punch, SU! 'Pretty Pines' Thinlits die set, SU! 'Merry Minis' punch pack, MFT Die-namics 'Photo Corners' die set, 1/4" circle punch 

Embellishments & accessories: SU! Cherry Cobbler & Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals, 3mm 3D foam tape, round 3D foam dot, washers

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Snowman Merry Christmas Blueprints Card

Here's a Christmas card I've made using a perennial favourite snowman stamp and my MFT Blueprints 14 die set.  I'm really enjoying using this die set!

For this card I've used the layout at the top right.  I die cut the rounded corner square from Island Indigo CS, embossed it with the SU! 'Softly Falling' folder, glued it to a white die cut stitched square which I then glued to the front of a Bermuda Bay square card base.  The rounded corner rectangle die from the Blueprints 14 set wasn't large enough for my Penny Black 'Brush Snowman' image.  I stamped onto a piece of Whisper White thick CS, coloured the image with ProMarkers, trimmed the piece to a rectangle and rounded the four corners with my Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper.  So a bit of a tweak there - but it worked OK for the layout!  I popped up the snowman panel and also popped up the sentiment label.  To complete the card front I added three tiny punched snowflakes with rhinestone jewel centres.

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.  I stamped the snowflakes on the inside panel in Pool Party ink and stamped the sentiment over the top in Island Indigo ink.  I stamped the sentiment again on a separate piece of CS using Bermuda Bay ink, fussy cut the banner portion of the sentiment and glued it over the top.  I decorated the envelope flap with a die cut snowflake and popped a rhinestone jewel in the centre.

Stamps: Penny Black 'Brush Snowman', Inkylicious 'Santa's Sleigh' set, PSX 'Snowflake Medley', Clearly Besotted 'Eat, Drink & Be Merry' set
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Bermuda Bay, Pool Party & Island Indigo, selection of ProMarkers
Tools: MFT 'Blueprints 14' die set, SU! 'Softly Falling' embossing folder, Spellbinders 'Labels Trio' & 'Snowflake Pendant' die sets, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, Woodware tiny snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, 3D foam tape

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Pine Boughs & Cones Christmas Sparkle Card

The SU! 'Christmas Pines' stamp set and matching 'Pretty Pines' die set are just SO lovely!  I was determined to get into my craft room last week and use them to make a Christmas card.

The Cherry Cobbler card base is 5 3/4" square, I added a Garden Green mat layer and I glued a strip of 'Presents & Pinecones' paper to the white panel.  I stamped the pine boughs in Mint Macaron and Garden Green inks and die cut a few boughs in the same colours.  Because I was going to use the 'May your Christmas sparkle with joy and happiness' sentiment I added some sparkle to the pine boughs with Star Dust Stickles.  The small pine cone is stamped and die cut, the larger cone at the back is also stamped and die cut and the cone at the front is die cut only and I popped them all up.  I die cut a Cherry Cobbler bow, tied an adorable Mini Pinecone around it with linen thread and attached the bow with a glue dot. I wrapped Cherry Cobbler taffeta ribbon around the white panel and glued the whole thing to the Garden Green mat layer.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment element and popped it up.  I finished off with more sparkle by sprinkling on a few rhinestone jewels.

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.  What a lovely sentiment - 'May the simple joys of the season be yours'.

The pine bough stamps are designed as two step stamping images and I really love the two tone effect you achieve.  Add the sweet little pine cones and I am one happy stamper!  Here's a closer look.

Stamps: SU! 'Christmas Pines' set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Kraft & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Presents & Pinecones' DSP
Ink: SU! Mint Macaron, Garden Green, Soft Suede & Cherry Cobbler
Tools: SU! 'Pretty Pines' Thinlits & 'Lots of Labels' Framelits dies, MISTI
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Cherry Cobbler taffeta ribbon, Mini Pinecone, linen thread, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals, glue dot, Star Dust Stickles

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Rosy Blueprints Birthday Card

Today I'm sharing a birthday card made for our special friend Debs using my MFT Blueprints 14 die set.  This time I based my design on the sketch shown at the top left.

I had some new craft items I wanted to play with - the Clearly Besotted 'English Rose' stamp set, the Taylored Expressions 'Corrugated' embossing folder, the MFT 'Label Maker Sentiments' stamp set and matching dies - and the MISTI.  I have a money box in my craft room and I save up for significant crafty items.  So I was saving up for a MISTI and some accessories but circumstances meant I had to keep raiding my money box so it took longer than anticipated to fill up the box!  I finally got there and I was able to have a nice crafty splurge!  I am now the very happy owner of an original MISTI - what a great tool, it's brilliant for multi step stamping sets like the 'English Rose' set!  

I used SU! Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Primrose Petals, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive inks to stamp the roses and leaves and I fussy cut them all out.  I made a 5 1/2" square white card base using SU! Whisper White thick CS and I die cut the stitched square layer from Pear Pizzazz CS.  I die cut the rounded corner square from Primrose Petals CS, embossed it with the 'Corrugated' folder and glued both layers to the card front.  The 'Corrugated' folder is fab for adding texture but isn't too fancy - a very useful addition to the stash I think!  I die cut the white rounded corner rectangle and a Blushing Bride scalloped strip and glued those elements in place.  I arranged the cluster of roses and leaves, popping up each rose and then I adhered the stamped and die cut sentiment strips.  I completed the card front by adding a few silver sequins.     

Here's the inside of the card...

...and here's the envelope.  Yeah, you can tell I was enjoying playing with the Blueprints 14 dies, the MISTI and the rose stamp set can't you?!

Stamps: Clearly Besotted 'English Rose' set, MFT 'Label Maker Sentiments' set, Hero Arts 'Everything Wonderful'
CS: SU! Pear Pizzazz, Primrose Petals, Blushing Bride, & Whisper White (regular & thick)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Primrose Petals, Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive
Tools: Taylored Expressions 'Corrugated' embossing folder, MFT Die-namics 'Blueprints 14' & 'Label Tape' die sets, MISTI
Embellishments & accessories: silver sequins, SU! Dimensionals

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