Monday, 18 December 2017

A double birthday!

Two crafty friends just happen to have a birthday on the same day, and I actually managed to get a card out to both of them on time - in fact about a week before the date. Seriously, that just never happens!

So here they are:

First up is Steph. I've linked to her YouTube channel because you need to check our her pencil colouring videos. On account of those coloured pencil videos, I've coloured in this beautiful Clearly Besotted floral stamp with Polychromos pencils. Pencil colouring takes quite a bit of time, but it is so worth it to see the layers build up. I'm hoping she will forgive me the mistake in colouring two leaves as petals instead!

And then there's Natalie, who I was lucky enough to meet up with in October at a nearby stamp show. Always lovely to see some one you've only ever chated to online. Natalie is superb at Copic colouring and loves Stamping Bella, so that's the inspiration for this card - been dying for the right card for this Edna stamp.

A very very happy and crafty birthday ladies and happy crafting everyone else!

Friday, 15 December 2017

Flower Challenge #15 - Reminder - Anything but a card

Hi Everyone - only 10 days to go until the end of this challenge - oh and Christmas as well! Ordered the turkey/chicken/ham? Thinking of last minute gifts? How about these that I made for this Flower Challenge reminder post?

Bookmarks! Really simple, really effective and pretty quick to stick together. They are made using the Avery Elle bookmark die and some scrap embossed red paper that I found in my stash. They were embossed with the Floral Fusion die from MFT - I aim to get my money's worth out of it as I've used it a lot this year.

I always make my bookmarks double sided, so on the other side I stamped the book carrying lady onto some white card stock and one of the quotes (Dr Seuss, guess which one?) onto the other.

I like to add these into cards that I send as they are thin and practical gifts that don't add too much to the postage.

Can't wait to see what you make. You have until 25th, so stop ordering presents and get making them instead :) Happy Crafting!

Monday, 11 December 2017

5 cards, 1 stamp set - Uniko - VIDEO

Hi Everyone. So in my last post, I was a bit smug and said I felt like I was on top of things - not any more. I'm moving into panic mode now as I try to work out if I have enough Christmas cards. The answer was no, so I got out the fabulous Block Party Christmas stamp set from Uniko and had a good play for well over an hour.

The result is 5 cards from 1 set - and you could easily do lots of multiples with this set - and a video showing all the different types. 

I always say that if I get 5 cards out of one stamp set it's been well used (I'm working through my NBUS, I promise!), so this has been well used indeed.

1. Copic Colouring

2. One colour stamping

3. Emboss resist

4. Stencil Overlay (Distress Oxides)

5. Paper Piecing

Hoping you are all getting on well with Christmas prep - I have ordered the chicken from the butchers, so we are good to go there.

I'm linking this up to the Uniko challenge for this month, #44, which is Christmas.

Also Pixie's Snippets Playground weeks 311 and 312 as I used a lot of scrap white card (salvaged from cards that didn't make it) and patterned paper scraps. 

Happy crafting everyone!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Card Concept #83

Hello again Everyone, how are you all getting on with Christmas preparations?? I must admit to be slighty more organised than I usually am and think I may manage to get my cards finished before the last posting date and even parcel up some presents - this does not happen often, I can assure you!

Speaking of parcels, take a look at challenge #83 for the Card Concept. It's our last one for the year and all I can think of is brown paper packages tied up with string! I shall spare you singing :)

So, I've gone with a simple clean and layered design picking up the red, blue and white of the string and the brown paper of the parcels.

Some kraft card blanks I've had for ages came in handy for the parcels, which I cut out using some stitched square dies. I added the twine to make them look like those brown paper packages.

The layering paper has some texture as they are scraps of Bazzill 12x12 paper I've had for ages and ages and it feels nice to use them up!

I've decided to make this a Thank You card as I always forget about those and then need about 10 at once for all of the presents the girls get.

I look forward to seeing what you make. As always, happy crafting!!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Flower Challenge #15 - Anything but a card

How did it get to December? I'm actually convinced it's still September..... This month at the Flower Challenge we are making Anything But a Card. That means anything - as long as it's got a flower as the main focus - from tags to fancy boxes.

I'm also thrilled that Michelle Short from The Card Grotto has agreed to be this month's guest designer. If you don't already know Michelle's beautiful work, take some time to look through 10 years of her makes on her blog.

I've decided to try something I saw on a YT video by Made Everyday. It combines my love of card making and my love of sewing. It's a mini journal.

I started by taking a piece of orange Simon Says Stamp card stock and folded it in half. I like the US sizes as they are a nice easy size to fold in half being 11 x 8.5 inches.

I then used my Precision Press to heat emboss the image from The Ton which I've had for a while and have been looking for the right kind of project.

I then took 3 sheets of plain white paper and folded them in half. I had to trim them to fit as they are UK sized.

I then clipped it together it with my quilters clips and sewed down the middle and then gently folded it over to make my book. This was so simple and it looks so good, I may start making these and sending to friends.

As always you have until 25th - in between cooking the turkey and that sherry you can get one done ;) - and I look forward to seeing all your projects. Happy crafting!

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