Friday, November 24, 2017

Two Christmas Icons!

 Hello there,
Sunny and chilly here today.  
I was just checking the calendar and realised that this week's Daring Cardmakers' challenge is the last one in November, so we are definitely creeping closer and closer to December and you know what that means!

Today I've a couple of cards to share.  The first for the DCM challenge:

Trim the Tree
You don't just need to think 'Christmas Trees' for this, we'd love 
to see all sorts of trees.  
Could be just one or two or perhaps a whole forest of them!

Click HERE to see what the team have created.
Square aperture cut into main card blank.
A piece of inked and glittered card was adhered to the inside of the card behind the aperture
Apertures cut into another piece of white card and a slightly larger piece of pearlescent deep aqua card to fit over the top
2 lengths of ribbon adhered along the lower border
The tree is cut with a Memory Box die.  There are 3 layers of white card glued together, the top layer was covered with PVA clue and a thick layer of Glamour dust was added.
For the corner elements I used carious holly, pine sprig and snowflake dies, topping those with white and red poinsettias made using the smallest of the four dies in the Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities  Etched Dies set 
To finish: Red beads to decorate the tree, Tiny yellow gems for flower centres. Gold Leaf trim this stuff is a bit garish for my taste so I inked over it with a Sharpie pen to reduce the brightness a bit, Tiny red glitter dots for holly berries, 2 punched gold stars and a couple of gold teeny snowflakes tucked in too
I've used this Layered Poinsettia Die such a lot this year - it's definitely been the best of buys! 

So on to card 2
 The Man in Red
I blogged this one yesterday on the Bubbly Funk Through the Latterbox Inspiration blog, but I'm pleased with it, so its getting a show here too!

From the November Letterbox Box I used:
Vellum Quotation
A bell
A snowflake charm
A snowflake eyelet
From my stash I added: die cut Santa, stars and snowflakes, red and silver glitter card,  red ribbon, silver cord

Believe it or not for such a CAS card, this took a whole day to do.  Sometimes it's a lot harder to keep it Clean and Simple that just bunging it all on, isn't it?

Anyway, that's quite enough for this time - I have crafting to do!
Thank you so much for popping by - lease leave me a comment, I always love to hear what you think.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Snowflakes and Snowmen

It's a rather grey and murky day here 😞.  Seems already dark and its not 2.30 yet.

Anyway, the Christmas crafting goes on ....and on!

Today I've some snowmen cards for Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox and another card using the November LO from The Sketch File.

This is the one for The Sketch File, I wanted to make use of a lot of gold and white snowflakes I'd cut out when I made the box I shared here last time, and I thought they would look fab against a black background
Black card blank
Various other card pieces in gild and white
Stamped sentiment 
narrow red satin ribbon
Lots of different snowflake dies and punches

This Sketch:
The Sketch File Blog November 2017

For the Snowmen card I used just a length of ribbon from the Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox November box - when I saw it, it reminded my of an old Quickutz die.  I love the way these boxes work with my existing stash an encourage me to use it!

White card blank
Blue and Silver card
White glitter card and other scraps to decorate
Dies: Snowman, small snowflakes. Sentiment, Plain and Scalloped squares
Ribbon from Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox November box

Well, that's it for this time - got to get on, more things to be cut, inked and glued!
Thank you for coming by, hope you'll visit again soon/ Leave me a message and I'll be sure to return your call πŸ˜‰

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Snowflake Box - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I'm back with another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
and I've another box to share with you this time

I just could not resist making another box with Becca Feeken's
Vintage Elegance Gift Box die set
I just love this die set, it makes such a useful size box.  It goes together so perfectly and then the only thing you have to worry about is how to decorate it!
 I made this one using Gold White and Red, which are the colours I'm planning to use for our tree and other dΓ©cor this Christmas.

I absolutely love snowflake dies - I just can't get enough of them.  Every year I tell myself 'enough is enough' and then I espy some new ones and my resolution fails.
This box is decorated with two new Spellbinders die sets; Snowflake Snippets and Create a Flake 6 (I'll give the details below). 
 I cut the largest and smallest of the Snippets dies twice each and glued then one on top if the other, then matted them onto gold foil card squares to partially cover the top of the box.
I cut loads of each of the Create a Flake lots of times - some I've used on the box lid and front, others I'll be using on other project.  You might as well cut a lot out while you're at it, eh?

I've used lots of different gold and white card.  There's glitter and foil and sheen, and lots of lovely layers.  A gold organza double bow and some red gems in different sizes to add a splash of colour.

Patterned pearlised white card 350gsm
 Gold Glitter card
White Glitter card
Gold foil card
Gold organza ribbon
Red gems

Here's a run-down of the Spellbinders die sets used this time

  Vintage Elegance Gift Box 
from Amazing Paper Grace by Becca Feeken 
Shapeabilities  Etched Dies

Shapeabilities Etched Dies

 Shapeabilities Etched Dies

I also used:

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time
  Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Friday, November 17, 2017

Poinsettia Gift Box

 Hi there
Gosh I'm late today - just a long and boring saga of pc 'issues' and other stuff that only seem to happen on the days when the to-do list is long!  You know exactly what I mean, I'm sure.
So I'll keep it short today.
I'm sharing a project for The Daring Cardmakers today:
We're taking a 'Step Away from the Cards' this week - instead we'd like to see gift bags and boxes - make them yourselves or decorate a ready made one.  It all helps when you're getting ready for Christmas of course - but your creations don't have to be Christmas themed; we need pretty boxes and bags for all sorts of reasons!
We really hope you'll join in and share your creativity with us this week 

I made and decorated a box which will probably be used as a gift box for a piece of jewellery.  It measures about 16 x 7cms and 2cms deep
It's a very simple, basic box and lid.  The sort where you just make the two parts in the same way, except that before you start making the score lines you cut 2mm from the length and width of one of the card pieces.  That way the lid is just enough bigger to fit over the base section.  Is that as clear as mud?  Would you like more of a tutorial?
Anyway, I made the box from some patterned card sheets - thes came in a pack of A3 card from Crafter's Companion.  It is the Centura Pearl card and is supposed to be gold tones, but tbh I'm quite disappointed in the colour - its not very gold at all, to me its more of a coffee and cream sort of effect.  Lovely thickness of card, perfect for boxes, and the designs are lovely, its just not the colours I was expecting.

For the decorative top:
Plain gold card panel cut slightly smaller than the top of the box
Filigree piece using the French Flair Card Creator Die (details below)
Frame to go over the top is just cut with a craft knife

For the Label topper:
Dies used to cut these pieces are from the Renaissance Jubilee Label 56 die sets (details below)
Same card, plus gold glitter card, and a small piece of plain cream card

For the Poinsettia:
I used the Layered Poinsettia die set (details below) and cut 2 of each size petals cut from red card, and some leaves cut from plain gold card
The stamens were some I bought last year and hated.  The gold part was very long about 1.5cms and looked very gaudy, so I pulled the gold part off and cut  it right down to a few mms before adding a bit of glue to the stem section and poking them back into the holes in the glittery part.  They looked so much better and are now just the right size for this large poinsettia!
It's always worth seeing if you can make a poor purchase work for you!

I glued a couple of pieces of ribbon around the lid and box base - I think it's ribbon retrieved from a box of chocolates.  I NEVER throw ribbon away!

So here are the dies I've used this time:

French Flair Card Creator Etched Dies from the Rouge Royale Deux Collection by Stacey Caron

I was really happy at how the box turned out.  And I even managed to get the two pieces to fit together at the first attempt.  I do know 'the rules' on how it works, but so many times I decide to change that 2mm trim for one reason ior another a it all goes pear shaped!

Anyway, that's it for today, thank you for visiting

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Three of a Kind, well, sort of!

Hi there

I've been using the November LO from the Sketch File to make another little set of Christmas cards.  

I've some more poinsettias made and the other bits cut out ready to make a few more on this theme.  I don't get on very well making the same card over and over, so I tend to stick to a basic design and the ring the changes.

Various card pieces, gold, turquoise, red and green
Red and gold satin ribbon
Tiny yellow gems
This is the LO from the Sketch File
 Two more cards on the same theme

I hope you like them.
It would be great to hear from you :)
Thank you for visiting, It's Friday tomorrow, so I'll be back theno with a new project for The Daring Cardmakers

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Purple Prose Notebook for Bubbly Funk TTL

Hi there

The Time Thief is visiting this week. 
I had a post half written yesterday, but it will have to wait until tomorrow until I get it finished now - something to look forward to, maybe.....?
Anyway I'll be quick today and get this one done before the Time Thief sees me

I've a project over on the Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox Inspiration blog today.  It's a decorated notebook, which may, or may not be a Christmas present.  That depends on how much I want to keep it for myself.πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰

From the November Letterbox Box I used:
One of the feathers
Strip cut from the blue and white spot fabric
Small Beads and Sequins for bead strings and extra decorations
Large Bead and large Sequin for rosette centre
Shaped Sequins
From stash; card, glitter card, silver thread

See more ideas and information here about: Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox
The November box that we've been using for the last couple of weeks is available to order and will be shipping on 17th  November, so not long to wait!
Thank you very much for coming by,
 I hope you'll leave a message for me, I'd love to hear from you πŸ™‚

Monday, November 13, 2017

Bit of Catching Up

Hi there
It's a lovely sunny morning here - really bright blue sky....but oh my, its chilly!  The Autumn seems to have lasted for so long this year - September was so grotty that the leaves started changing colour really early - but then the weather improved and the leaves decided to stay put.  In our garden there are still lots of leaves determinedly hanging on, which means it looks beautiful on mornings like this, even well into November.

I thought I'd do a quick photo post this morning as I've missed blogging quite a few of the cards I've been making.  So here goes:
This one is the first card made using the November LO from the Sketch File blog

Stars cut using a lovely EK Success large punch which cuts several sizes and shapes of stars in one go (I love it!)
Twine, sequins and gorgeous snowflake charm are from the November Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox box (order soon as they ship later this week!)
Believe (by Spellbinders)  is cut in silver glitter card
This is the Sketch:

 Next, a batch of cards made using Gilded Ornaments Holiday 2017 
Shapeabilities  Etched Dies

I just used the three different filigree dies to cut directly through the card fronts, then put them through the machine again to emboss the shapes.  I added squares of glitter card, mirror card and other fancy finished cards to the inside of the card blank to show through the designs, then gold twine loops and bows to finish
the greeting words are from Naughty or Nice Holiday 2017   and  Ho Ho Ho Holiday 2017  - both Die D Lites Etched Dies 

My next 'batch' makes were these

I used a text stamp and my stamping platform for these.
I made masks to stamp through from spare paper, die cutting the shapes; bauble, rectangle, star from the paper
I had to tape the card blank and mask down as there was no room to use the magnets with this large script stamp fro Darkroom Door
Once secure I stamped in black ink and the shapes worked quite well.  I'm no stamper, so a stamping tool like this really  helps a lot, meaning I can re-ink and re-stamp in exactly the same place if I don't manage to get a good print the first time!

 I just die cut lots of different snowflakes, stars and bauble shapes from different kinds of card and papers to add colour and interest.  I quite liked how they turned out, and I didn't get bored making them as each is finished differently

You can probably just about make out that the sentiments I've added are a mix of die cuts, stamped sentiments and ones printed from the pc
Here's a close up of one in a different colour combo with an extra bit of gold twine

So that's it for this time, I hope you like this little lot - do please leave a comment to tell me which style of design you like best -I'd love to know"

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Poppies for Remembrance - Spellblogger for Spellbinders

I'm back with another Spellblogging post for Spellbinders
and I've  a card to share with you this time, chosen especially to mark Remembrance Day

Today is Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day or informally "Poppy Day", when we remember all those who have given their lives in conflict and the quest for peace around the world
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

 The poppy has a particular significance at this time, and most of us will wear one to show that we care, and appreciate the sacrifices made. 
Plus of course, the poppy is such a bright and hopeful flower, fiercely determined to grow and bloom, wherever!
Spellbinders recently released a lovely range of poppy dies, and I knew I needed at least one of them in my collection.  

White cardc blank
Pearlised pale aqua card
Red Glitter card
Aqua Satin  ribbon
Tiny Black gems, Red Pearls

Here's a run-down of the Spellbinders die sets used this time

Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Vintage Elegance  Filigree Booklet 
 Amazing Paper Grace Becca Feeken
Shapeabilities  Etched Dies

I also used:

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
That's it for this time, I love this beautiful die, its so easy customise and layer up for tots of extra dimension.

  Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting