Friday, 31 December 2010

Flowers Just For You December Stamper's Ten Make & Take Card

This is the card I made at Joanne's December Make and Take evening.  We had three projects lined up, two cards and a Santa chocolate holder.  I'm afraid to say I was far too interested in chatting and eating Joanne's delicious home made mince pies with her utterly fabulous brandy butter and I only got this one card made!  I did, however, start the second card but disaster struck.  It was a beautiful scene card using the Lovely As A Tree set and involved masking, sponging, stamping off and using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  I had done ALL that and then I dropped the open Early Espresso ink pad right on my card - arrrgh!  My friend Jan said the expression on my face was priceless!  Sadly, I wasn't able to rescue the card so I'll remake it later on when I get my own espresso ink pad. 

I loved the Just Believe stamp set as soon as I saw it in the new catalogue and it immediately went on my wish list.  As a result of designing for the UStamp with Dawn & Friends Get a Jump on your Jingle event I was able to choose some SU! goodies and I chose this set as my gift.  It arrived a few days ago - together with my other gifts for designing for the Year End Blow Out event.  Being asked to design was a thrill and getting free SU! goodies on top is just the icing on the cake!  Huge thanks to Dawn for her generosity.  I'm looking forward to playing with my new stamps so much!

Anyway, to make the card we used Crumb Cake CS.  We inked the stamp with markers and then spritzed at arms length with water and stamped onto Confetti White CS.  This gives a watercolour look to the image.  Then we got to play with the Color Spritzer tool.  We put a Crumb Cake marker pen into the tool and spritzed the panel  to add speckles - great fun!  A stamped leafy border, a fancy punched border, some ribbon and a sentiment and the card was finished. 

I asked Joanne if I could stamp inside my card too - surprise, surprise!  I used the gorgeous leafy frame and the thank you stamps.

Stamps: SU! Just Believe set
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler & Confetti White
Ink: SU! Certainly Celery, Cherry Cobbler & Chocolate Chip ink pads, Certainly Celery, Cherry Cobbler & Crumb Cake marker pens
Tools: SU! Scallop Trim Border punch, SU! Color Spritzer Tool, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Certainly Celery 1/8" taffeta ribbon


Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Joy CandleLight Sleeves

These are the sleeves I made to decorate our Philips Imageo CandleLights for Christmas.  I have taped the sleeves together, nothing is adhered to the glass.  That way I can slide the sleeves off and on when I need to recharge the CandleLights.

I used some of my fave old Basic Grey holly paper and have added popped up punched circles over the paper.  For the stamping, I inked up clear stamps designed by Paula Pascual for Personal Impressions, the fab Joyful Bubbles set.  I inked the edges of the vanilla circles.  To finish off I added a deep red crystal to the snowflake centre.

Here they are lit up.  I absolutely love candles and these look so realistic with a lovely warm glow.  I love that I can place them anywhere in the house without the risk of scorching anything - they are great for outdoors too.  Sadly, I have a bit of a reputation after scorching two lampshades at a friend's house after I lit some candles placed too close to the lamps!  These rechargeable CandleLights are perfect for me LOL!  I was so mortified and I've been extra careful with candles ever since.  Kevin was a very forgiving friend and has even allowed me to house sit and light candles even after the incident!

Stamps: Personal Impressions Joyful Bubbles clear set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive & Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: Basic Grey Fruitcake holly paper
Ink: Memento Rhubarb Stalk & Bamboo Leaves

Tools: Plain & scalloped circle punches, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: Deep red crystal, 3d glue dots


Monday, 27 December 2010

Snowmen Diorama Card For Owen

Owen has loved the diorama cards I've made this Christmas.  He has also loved any card where I've stamped the Santa and sleigh over a moon.  So I decided to make his Christmas card a diorama incorporating Santa's sleigh over a moon.  I'm so pleased how this card came out and Owen was delighted with it!

I stamped snowflakes randomly over the Marina Mist card base as a background.  Labels Eight dies were used again to cut the apertures.  I stamped my Hobby Art large and giant snowmen onto watercolour paper and coloured them with ink and a waterbrush.  I used red crystals for the holly berries on the hats and I added Stickles to the noses and snow on the hats.  For the back panel, I stamped the line of trees, made a moon mask with a 1" circle and sponged on Bashful Blue ink with a touch of Marina Mist also.  I masked off two reindeer from the sleigh stamp and stamped over the moon.  I added the sentiment and punched snowflakes with crystal centres to finish off the front.

Then I decorated the back of the card.   I stamped the sentiment in Marina Mist ink but wiped it off from 'heart' with a cotton bud and then inked the 'heart' with my Not Quite Navy marker pen.  Nellie oval dies were used for the sentiment.  I've sponged edges with Marina Mist ink and I added a silver heart brad to the sentiment oval.  At the bottom of the white panel I stamped the snowflake border from the My Cute Stamps Let It Snow set - what a gorgeous stamp that is!

Well, that's the last Christmas card I made for 2010.  Each year I've said I'll carry on making them in the New Year so I've got a good start for next year but it has never happened yet LOL!  However, I have a new set of snowman stamps that haven't been inked yet so that just might spur me on - we'll see!  I have some new non Christmas stamps that I'm itching to play with though so I'm not entirely hopeful!

I'm so chuffed to have received a Stylish Blogger award from Pauline - thanks so much hun!  Pauline makes fab creations so please visit her Craft Obsession blog to be inspired!

Stamps: Hobby Art Giant and Large Snowman stamps, SU! Lovely As A Tree set, All NIght Media Santa & Sleigh stamp, PSX Snowflake Medley stamp, Personal Impressions Christmas Messages clear set, back sentiment from Penny Black, My Cute Stamps Let It Snow clear set
CS: SU! Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy & Whisper White, watercolour paper
Ink: SU! Marina Mist, Bashful Blue & Not Quite Navy, VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: Labels Eight Nestabilities dies, Labels Trio die, 1" circle punch, X Cut snowflake punch, Nellie Multiframe Oval dies, waterbrush
Embellishments & accessories: Crystals, Star Dust Stickles, Orange Peel Stickles, heart shaped brad


Friday, 24 December 2010

Diorama With Dangles!

I've loved making a few diorama cards this Christmas and I've been wanting to dangle something in the apertures.  I decided punched baubles would make the perfect dangles.  This is the card I made to give to our lovely friends Jan and Alan.

This card fit into a 6" square envelope.  EDITED TO ADD:  I've been asked for measurements for this card so I'm updating the post.  You need 2 pieces of 7 1/4" x 5 3/4" CS - score these at 1 1/2" on the left and right of the long sides.  These 2 pieces form the front, back and sides of the card.  For the middle piece (the Not Quite Navy panel on my card) you need 1 piece of 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"  CS - score this at 3/4" on the left and right sides.  Once you understand how a diorama card is constructed you can tweak the measurements to make different shape and size cards.  Just make sure you measure an envelope first and cut and score your CS accordingly so it will fit inside the envelope!  There is a diorama card tutorial here on Splitcoast Stampers.

Something else I've loved this Christmas is the Marina Mist with Not Quite Navy and Old Olive colour combo.   I stamped the tree bough and then added some glitter.  I sandwiched the green cord between two punched baubles, attaching the two shapes together with 3d foam pads.  You can't tell from the photo but I've added glitter to the dots on the baubles for a touch of sparkle.  I then taped the cords behind the apertures.  I then added the sentiment and the sweet little pine cone image.

You won't be entirely surprised to see that I decorated the back!

Stamps: SU! Contempo Christmas & Lovely As A Tree sets, Hero Arts Real Pine, back sentiment from Penny Black
CS: SU! Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive & Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: SU! Merry Moments Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy & Old Olive
Tools: Labels Eight Nestabilities dies, SU! Ornament punch
Embellishments & accessories: green cord, Crystal ultrafine glitter, 3d foam pads

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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Christmas Card for Jan From Alan

Every year Alan asks me to make his wife Jan a Christmas card.  This is the card I made this year - I hope they both like it!  I took the colour scheme from the lovely My Mind's Eye Berries paper.

The card measures approx. 5 3/4" square and I used SU! Sage Shadow CS with Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White for accents.  The large snowflake is from the Serene Snowflakes set and I stamped on sage CS and again on the reverse of the patterned paper.  I've cut out the red portion and popped it up.  I've added a gorgeous brad to the centre of the snowflake.  I just designed a project for the UStamp with Dawn & Friends Year End Blow Out event and I got to choose some SU! goodies from the USA catalogue as a thank you gift.  I chose a stamp set and a pot of Antique brads that aren't available to us here in the UK.  I have a feeling these brads will be carefully hoarded but I was very happy to use one for a card for my good friend Jan!

I also used a new to me Martha Stewart border punch on this card.  It punches such a delicate design and I was a tad concerned it wouldn't cope with SU! CS all that well but it punched beautifully.  I also used Ticket Corner, snowflake, heart  and Photo Corners punches on the card.  I finished off the front with some white grosgrain ribbon, some deep red crystals with clear crystals on the small snowflakes.

Then, of course, I had to work on the inside of the card!  I used the same border punch, I know it's not Christmassy but it is gorgeous and Jan does love her fancy borders!  Some more patterned paper and a punched heart added to the sentiment finished off the inside.

Stamps: SU! Serene Snowflakes set, Personal Impressions Christmas Messages clear set, inside sentiment from Penny Black
CS: SU! Sage Shadow, Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye I Believe 'Berries'
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Sage Shadow & Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Square Nestabilities dies, Martha Stewart border punch, SU! Ticket Corner punch, SU! Photo Corners punch, heart punches, X Cut mini snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Antique brad, white grosgrain ribbon, deep red crystals, 3d foam pads


Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Snowman Diorama Card for Debbie & Mike

This is the Christmas card I made for our friends Debbie and Mike.  I've made a diorama card that fits into a 6" square envelope.  I've used my jumbo snowman - I love this stamp image, it always makes me smile to get him inky!

I stamped snowflakes as a background over the whole card front.  There's a piece of snowflake patterned paper on the back panel.  The fir trees were made with a stamp from the Lovely As a Tree set.  I've added Stardust Stickles to the hat and trees and Orange Peel Stickles to the nose.  Labels Eight Nestie dies were used to cut the apertures.  For the sentiment, I used a Personal Impressions clear set, cut it out with a Labels Trio die, inked the edges and added a punched heart with a crystal.

After the card front, I got busy decorating the back and stamping an envelope.  The embellishment is a metal snowflake to which I added a clear crystal. 

It remains to be seen whether I make such an elaborate Christmas card for them next year - Mike actually suggested not exchanging cards next year, the very idea!  I was most put out and threatened to give him next year the cheapest, nastiest shop bought card I could find!  He was obviously having a bah, humbug moment!

Stamps: SU! Hobby Art Jumbo Snowman, PSX Snowflake Medley, SU! Lovely As a Tree set, Personal Impressions Christmas Messages set, back sentiment from Stampendous, My Cute Stamps Let It Snow! set
CS: SU! Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy & Whisper White, watercolour paper
Patterned paper: unknown snowflake paper from stash
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy & Old Olive
Tools: Labels Eight Nestabilities dies, Spellbinders Labels Trio die, small heart punch
Embellishments & accessories: Stardust & Orange Peel Stickles, metal snowflake, clear crystals


Tuesday, 21 December 2010

3d Bauble Merry Christmas Card For Kevin & Peter

This is a card I've made with the gorgeous bauble stamp from the Contempo Christmas set and the matching punch.  I stamped the string from the Hung Up on the Holidays set.  Then I stamped and punched 3 baubles, scored and folded them in half and glued them together to make the 3d bauble.

I really like the Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy and white with a dash of Old Olive colour combo and those colours match with the patterned paper so well!  I finished off with a loop of olive ribbon, punched photo corners and olive crystals.  This card was sent to our friends Kevin and Peter.

Of course, I had to decorate the inside of the card too!

Stamps: SU! Contempo Christmas & Hung Up on the Holidays sets, inside sentiment by Stampendous
CS: SU! Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy & Whisper White
Patterned paper: Pebbles Inc. Snow Fun
Ink: SU! Marina Mist & Not Quite Navy
Tools: Rectangle & square Nestabilities dies, SU! Ornament punch, SU! Photo Corners punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, olive crystals


Friday, 17 December 2010

Trio of Bird Cards - December 2010 Card Group Projects

It was our December card group meeting yesterday.  We were supposed to meet at the beginning of the month but the snow put paid to that.  It was then a bit of a struggle to get everybody together later in the month but we got there in the end!  I was so glad everyone could make it.  We had such a great afternoon creating cards, eating goodies and swapping Secret Santa gifts!

I went for winter themed bird general purpose cards that could be used for a variety of occasions.  I took a variety of sentiments so the ladies could choose what they wanted.  The first card uses the gorgeous owl stamp from the Inkadinkado Winter Birds set.  The frame was stamped first in Creamy Caramel ink, then the owl in VersaFine Vintage Sepia and then the shape was cut with a Labels Four Nestie die.  The owl was popped up over a Creamy Caramel strip that had been embossed with a swirly snow embossing folder.  A sentiment and Chocolate Chip ribbon and the card was done.

The second card is a window card made with a Sizzix Movers and Shapers die.  The bird was stamped on Bashful Blue CS in Sepia ink, cut out with a square Nestie die and layered behind the window.  SU! oval punches were used for the sentiment.  A strip of Core'dinations CS was embossed with the Birds and Swirls embossing folder and then scuffed with ultrafine sandpaper.  The card was finished off with a Bashful Blue strip.

The last card is a 4" square card with another gorgeous bird image from the Winter Birds set.  The bird was stamped in the corner, die cut with a square Nestie die and layered onto a black scalloped Nestie square shape.  Ranger Matte Accents was applied to the punched snowflake and then Diamond Dust chunky glass glitter was sprinkled on to make the frosty snowflake.  A strip of ribbon and a brad finished the card front.

Then the inside was decorated with a snowflake border stamp and a sentiment on a white Nestie square shape.

Very simple cards for the group this month, I may have to come up with something more challenging for January!

Supplies for owl card:
Stamps: Inkadinkado Winter Birds clear set, SU! Sincere Salutations set, Waltzingmouse Stamps Vintage Labels No. 4 set
CS: SU! Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel and Confetti White
Ink: SU! Creamy Caramel, VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Tools: Labels Four Nestability die, snowflake embossing folder from Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland folder set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, 3d foam pads

 Supplies for window card:
Stamps: Inkadinkado Birds Galore clear set, sentiment from SU! Fresh Cuts set
CS: SU! Certainly Celery & Bashful Blue, Core'dinations French Roast CS
Ink: SU! VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Tools: Labels Four Nestability die, Sizzix Movers & Shapers Card, Horizontal A2 & Four Window Panes (Kit #1)die, SU! plain and scalloped oval punches
Embellishments & accessories: Ultrafine sandpaper

Supplies for square card:
Stamps: Inkadinkado Birds Galore clear set, snowflake border from Hero Arts Winter's Butterfly clear set, sentiment from SU! Vintage Labels set
CS: SU! Certainly Celery, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: SU! VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: Plain and scalloped square Nestabilities dies
Embellishments & accessories: Diamond Dust chunky glass glitter, Ranger Matte Accents, black & white gingham ribbon, Lasting Impressions black brad


Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Five Christmas Cards Using One Layout

I made these five Christmas cards to give to the ladies who come to Joanne's SU! Stamper's Ten Make and Take evenings.  I used the same layout for each card but I used different colour schemes and SU! stamp sets - plus the bird punch.  I really like how different they look even though the layout is the same.   

Each card was made using the largest Labels Eight Nestability die.  I die cut two shapes for each card and scored a line on the back shape and glued it to the front shape.  Each card has a chunky glittered snowflake on the front.  I punched the snowflakes, applied Ranger Matte Accents  and then sprinkled on Diamond Dust glass glitter.  You get nice frosty flakes that way!
Card one uses Dasher, the striped background stamp and the sentiment is from the Contempo Christmas set.  The colour combo is Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake - with a touch of white.  Dasher is embossed with white embossing powder.  I spritzed the Chocolate panel with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint so it has a very subtle sparkle.

I decorated each envelope flap with a circle element and decorated the inside of each card in the same way  - using a Labels Eight shape for the sentiment, a strip of patterned paper and a punched snowflake.  I didn't take photos of each card inside, just card one.

Card two uses the Serene Snowflakes set and the sentiment is from Contempo Christmas.  The colour combo is Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Basic Black.  I finally used a piece of my Night and Day paper!  I stamped the largest image twice, once on Pretty in Pink CS and again on Melon Mambo.  I cut the melon shape out, sprinkled on some glitter, popped it up and added a large pink gem.  This card was deliberately made very pink because I made it for Wendy who, like me, loves pink!

Card three uses the Lovely As A Tree set and the sentiment is from the Season of Joy set.  The colour combo is Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White.  I couldn't resist using my non SU! Santa and reindeer stamp to fly across the moon!  The image actually has three reindeer but I used a piece of low tack masking tape to mask all but one.  I added glitter to the snow and the tree branches.

Card four uses the Contempo Christmas set and my oldie but goodie Hero Arts pine bough stamp.  The colour combo is Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Whisper White.  I pierced a hole in the white panel to poke the silver tinsel ribbon through and I added a bit to the bauble.  The bauble is popped up and I added glitter to the pine bough.

Card five uses the SU! bird punch and the sentiment is from the Season of Joy set.  The colour combo is Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.  I've sponged with Antique Linen distress ink.  The gorgeous patterned paper is old Basic Grey - Figgy Pudding or Fruitcake - and I'm down to my last piece, eek!  I love the warm, vintage feel this card has.

I really enjoyed challenging myself to make several cards with one layout but with different colours and supplies.  I've not done anything like it before but I think I'll do it again!


Monday, 13 December 2010

Flower Birthday Wishes BRAK Card

This is another Birthday RAK card I've made and it's been sent to the USA for a December birthday.  I couldn't resist using my Growing Green stamp set again!  The card is a side opening A6 size made from SU! Confetti White CS.  I stamped the outline flower several times as a background using Old Olive ink but stamping off first each time.  I stamped the fern on patterned paper and cut it out - it's a fiddly job but it seemed a good idea at the time!  I then did the same with the flower and edged both shapes with ink - I also edged the green dotty strip with ink.  I've popped the flower up.  I stamped the gorgeous fern image on opposite corners of the envelope, I love how that looks on a crisp white envelope!

Then I decorated the inside of the card.

Stamps: SU! Growing Green & Sincere Salutations sets, inside sentiment by PSX
CS: SU! Confetti White, Perfect Plum & Old Olive
Patterned paper: SU! Spring Fling & Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper packs
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum & Old Olive
Tools: SU! Eyelet Border punch, Nellie Multiframe Oval dies, Woodware Leaf punch

Embellishments & accessories: 3d foam pads


Friday, 10 December 2010

Glittered Snowflake Ornament Card

Another stamp I've had for years which doesn't get a lot of use these days but I wouldn't dream of parting with it.  I like to get some oldies but goodies out each year and get them inky!  A very simple card, but the sparkly panel and flocked paper make it a bit special too.

I made a top opening A6 size card with Cherry Cobbler CS and added flocked holly paper and a strip of gold lurex ribbon.  I stamped the snowflake ornament in cherry ink and used double sided adhesive sheet to cover the whole panel in crystal ultrafine glitter.  I then layered the sparkly panel to an Old Olive mat and added gold brads.  The olive layer is popped up.  To finish off the front I put a deep red crystal in the centre of the ornament.  I then added a snowflake circle element to the envelope flap.

Then I stamped a sentiment and used decorative corners inside the card.  I coloured the leaves with a marker pen and added red twinkle stickers here and there around the sentiment.

Stamps: All Night Media Snowflake Ornament, sentiment by Stampendous, My Cute Stamps Let It Snow! set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive & Whisper White
Patterned paper: Making Memories flocked holly paper
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive
Tools: Sizzix Decorative Corner Sizzlit die
Embellishments & accessories: Woodware double sided adhesive sheet, crystal ultrafine glitter, gold lurex ribbon, gold brads, red crystal, red twinkle stickers, 3d foam tape


Thursday, 9 December 2010

Two Cherry Bauble Christmas Cards

Here are two more Christmas cards I've made this week using Cherry Cobbler - what a rich, deep red! - and My Mind's Eye lovely patterned paper with the SU! ornament stamp and matching punch.   For my first card I used my Sizzix Eyelet card die cut shape.  I've added green cord and tiny star gems to the bauble and I've popped it up  The green square is also popped up.  I then got busy with circle punches to decorate the envelope flap..

Then I decorated the inside of the card.

For the second one I decided to make a shaped card using the Sizzix Baroque die.  I cut two Old Olive shapes and another in the patterned paper.  I scored a line on the back Olive piece and glued that to the front to make the card base.  After gluing on the paper I cut a tad off at the bottom so the card stands up.

I die cut an oval, stamped the pine bough and edged the oval with cherry ink.  I added a ribbon strip and bow and I've popped the bauble up.  I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with a Labels Trio die, edged it with olive ink and glued it to the oval.  I then popped the oval shape up with 3d foam tape.  To finish the card front, I added two olive crystals to the sentiment.  I punched a tree from the paper with a 1" circle punch and glued that to a punched bauble to decorate the envelope flap.

Then, of course, I had to decorate the inside.  I stamped the pine bough in olive ink, punched the bauble shape, stamped the dotty background in cherry ink and added some gold cord as a bauble hanger.  I then stamped, punched and edged the sentiment oval, glued it to the bauble and I then popped the bauble up.

This card will be sent to Naomi who went away to university a couple of months ago.  Even though I''ll include her on the family Christmas card I thought it would be nice to send a card to her university room too.

Supplies for the eyelet card:
Stamps: SU! Contempo Christmas set, front sentiment from SU! Best Yet set, tiny flower from SU! Season Of Joy set, inside sentiment by Penny Black
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive & Whisper White
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye I Believe 'Trees'
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive
Tools: Sizzix Bigz XL Card Fronts A2 Eyelet & Ornate die, SU! Ornament punch, square Nestability dies
Embellishments & accessories: white grosgrain ribbon, green cord, self adhesive star gems, 3d foam tape

Supplies for the baroque card:
Stamps: SU! Contempo Christmas set, Hero Arts Real Pine, 'be merry' from SU! Wonderful Words set, inside sentiment from SU! Best Yet set, SU! Dot Dot Dot background stamp
CS: SU! Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler &  Whisper White
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye I Believe 'Trees'
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive
Tools: Sizzix Baroque die, SU! Ornament punch, Nellie Multiframe oval die, Spellbinders Labels Trio die
Embellishments & accessories: grosgrain ribbon, olive crystals, 3d foam tape


Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Round Chrysanthemum Just For You Birthday Card - WMSC26

I haven't made a round card in ages and I love shaped cards so I really enjoyed taking part in this weeks Waltzingmouse Stamps sketch challenge.  Here's the sketch:
My card measures just under 4 3/4" and I used my large Coluzzle circle template to cut the circles of CS and the semi circles of patterned paper.  I glued the papers to the front circle, applied a strip of ribbon and then scored a line on the back circle and attached the two circles together to form the card.  I then sliced a tad off the bottom so the card stands up.

I've stamped the flowers and leaves on patterned papers, sponged all the edges and cut them out.  I attached the two flowers together with a gem brad.  The flowers are popped up with 3d glue dots.  I die cut the sentiment with a Labels Trio die, glued it to the card front and trimmed off the excess, following the curve of the card.  I then gussied up the sentiment with three punched flowers with crystal centres.

Then I decorated the inside of the card and glued some patterned paper to the envelope flap.  Happy I've used some more patterned paper from my big stash!

Stamps: WMS Big Blooms Chrysanthemums and Say It With Style sets
CS: SU! Regal Rose & Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! Spring Fling & Sweet Always Designer Series Paper packs
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose & Old Olive
Tools: Large Coluzzle circle template, circle Nestability dies, Spellbinders Labels Trio die, X Cut mini flower punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Dovecraft gem brad, clear crystals, 3d glue dots


Monday, 6 December 2010

CAS Snowmen Merry Christmas - Craft For Life Card

I have a collection of Christmas cards to take to the Cancer Research UK shop to support the Craft For Life campaign and this is my last Christmas card this year for the campaign.  Today's CAS96 challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to use a bow.  I've made a flat bow by wrapping a strip of ribbon around a loop.

I fancied making a crisp white and red card and I wanted to use one of my fave images.  I love this line of snowmen!  It doesn't  get a lot of use - it's great for the front of envelopes.  It's a wheel stamp but I unmounted it and use it with an acrylic block.  There are a  few older Christmas stamps in my stash that I'm very fond of and will never part with and I try to use them at least once each year.  The more Christmas stamps I acquire the less I can use all the ones I've got.  I don't seem capable of not buying new Christmas stamps each year although I tell myself I don't need any!

I stamped the line of snowmen and then applied a strip of Woodware double sided adhesive sheet, peeled off the backing paper and sprinkled on crystal glitter.  Double sided adhesive is a great way to glitter a larger area I've found.  I stamped the sentiment, applied the ribbon and flat bow and to finish I rounded the bottom corners.  It's been really gloomy here today so I wasn't able to get a great photo.

Stamps: SU! Snow Fun wheel stamp, SU! Contempo Christmas set
CS: white CS
Ink: SU! Real Red
Tools: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Embellishments & accessories: Woodware double sided adhesive sheet, red & white dotty grosgrain ribbon, crystal ultrafine glitter

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