Friday, 13 December 2019

Christmas Milk Cartons

My hubby and I stayed up late yesterday evening to watch the results of the UK General Election come in.  It was the perfect opportunity to set up a craft table in front of the television for some Christmas crafting.  It also made sure I stayed awake!  I found a few templates to make mini milk cartons, so adapted one to make them the size I wanted for little chocolate gift boxes for the table on Christmas Day.  I was able to make two boxes from one A4 sheet of card.

I bought a pack of A4 kraft card several months ago, but realised when I got home that it was too thin for card blanks.  However, it was perfect for these little milk cartons.  I delved into my snippets box of patterned Christmas paper and cut out the 4cm squares and layered them on red squares, also cut from snippets.  I bought the tiny silver bulldog clips ages ago in a sale and I knew they would be useful one day!  

We stayed up until 4am, so I managed to make 15 little boxes.  I won't need them all for Christmas Day, but will use the others when I go out with friends for a Christmas meal soon.  

Scrappymo has an extra Rudolph Days Challenges this year for those crafters who have joined in with all her challenges this year, so I'll be sharing these boxes over on her blog.

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

New Home

The Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the theme 'Anything But Christmas, But Add A Ribbon'.   Our generous sponsors for the challenge are Oddball Arts and Crafty Ribbons.
Oddball Arts kindly gave the DT digi stamps to work with and I chose to use the lovely 'Whimsical Mushroom Home'.  I coloured the image with Promarkers and the sentiment is computer generated. I used Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' dies for matting and layering the image.  I embossed the top half of the background and added dotty patterned paper to the bottom half.  I wanted to add a strip of the spotty ribbon across the middle of the 6" square card, but I only had a strip about 4" long.  I cut it in half and attached it just to the sides and layered the image, on foam tape, over the gap to add dimension.

The Crafty Calendar Challenge ends on the 28th December and there are lots of DT cards for inspiration over on the blog.  

Friday, 6 December 2019

Card for a Golfer

I'm back after a surprise trip to the Christmas markets in Berlin with my hubby and daughter.  What a wonderful city, with so many things to see and do - and the Christmas markets being an added bonus.

I made this birthday card for a friend who celebrated his birthday this week.  He is a keen golfer, so this is the theme of his card.

I used the Tonic 'Golf Ball Tee & Turf' set of dies and layered them on blue and grey stitched mats.  I embossed just the bottom half of the background with a spotty embossing folder to match the pattern on the golf ball.  The matted image is raised up on foam tape over the strip of ribbon.  The sentiments are computer generated.  All the coloured card was snippets, so I'll be off the share my card in the Playground.

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Friday, 29 November 2019

Joy, Hope and Wonder

One final Christmas card, before I start on the other cards I need to make.  This time it's a stepper card for a Christmas card swap which will be going to someone who loves cats.
The image is a one from Little Claire's Designs, stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  I've added Glossy Accents to the bauble and die cut the image with a Memory Box 'Stitched Rectange Layers' die.  I made the card base with a Presscut 'Centre Stepper Card' die.   The patterned paper is from an old paper pad I bought in a closing down sale several years ago.  A computer generated sentiment and two red and silver Card Candi finished off my card.  

I am joining in the following challenges:
Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge!
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #110 ~ Get Ready for Christmas
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #198 ~ Animals
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper November 2019 Challenge
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge ~ Animals

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Snowman Stepper Card

Another Christmas card to share today.
The image is an old Anita's wood mounted stamp.  I love using this stamp for football fans at Christmas, as it's so easy to dress the snowman in football colours.  I made four of this stepper design today, all in blue and white.  The image is stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  The blue card is pearlised and has a lovely sheen. I finished off my card with some punched snowflakes and a Christmas sentiment.  I missed a lot of Beccy's earlier letter prompts, so I'm backtracking and it's B for Berries, C for Carrot, H for Hat and Holly, M for Mittens. 😉

I am joining in the following challenges:
Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards Challenge!
I Love Promarkers Challenge #398 ~ Anything Goes (without the optional theme)
Little Red Wagon Challenge #525 ~ Snow Much Fun!
Country View November Challenge ~ Hand Stamped
SheepSki Designs Challenge #32 ~ Christmas is Coming
Unicorn Challenge Challenge #49 ~ Christmas/Winter
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #246 ~ No Patterned Paper
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #179 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge #123 ~ Christmas
Double D Challenge ~ What is YOUR Christmas Style? (I specially like to make cards with fun images and fancy folds)

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Stitched Christmas Tree

A second post today to join in with a few challenges.  Please scroll down to see my earlier post.

I made a dozen of these cross stitch tags earlier in the year and have finally got round to making them into cards. 
I started with a kraft card blank and added a layer of white card, embossed with a Crafter's Companion 'Snowflakes' e/f.  The tag is MFT 'Cross-Stitch Tag' die and I used crochet cotton for the tree.  The sentiment is a gold peel off.  I added some red and gold twine at the top of the tag.

I reversed the colours at the top of the tag on half the cards.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Tales from the Craft Room Door Challenge #10 ~ Tags and Trimmings

Singing Snowmen

Another Christmas card to share today.

The image is a pre-coloured digi stamp from the 'Snowman Digital Stamps' set from Beccy's Place and the sentiment is computer generated.   Orange and green card was used for matting and layering.  I used a Couture Creation 'Music of the Heart' e/f for the embossed panel down the side.  MFT 'Musical Notes' die cuts finished off my card.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Christmas is only a month away!!

It's November 25th - just a month left until Christmas Day!! 

I had a lovely afternoon yesterday at a Stampin' Up workshop.  We each made up to five cards and two Christmas decorations - I put on the finishing touches to mine at home yesterday evening.
The stamped images are from the Stampin' Up 'Snowman Season' set of stamps and the papers are from the 'Let it Snow' set.  

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Saturday, 23 November 2019

Chill of Winter......

Welcome to my new follower, Beccy of Beccy's Place.  If you haven't heard of Beccy's Place, you're in for a treat if you pop over to her blog.  Not only can you purchase fabulous digi stamps, there are also freebie digi stamps too.  If you are a fan of different folds like me, you will be spoilt for choice as her blog has a section with so many different folds to try, with clear tutorials.  

My card today uses one of the stamps from Beccy's set of 'Snowman Digital Stamps'.  The sentiment is from the same set.   I used the outline digi stamp and coloured it with Promarkers.  I covered the white part of the snowman with a clear glitter brush to add some sparkle, which shows up more IRL.  The background was embossed, although I don't know the brand as there is nothing marked on the e/f folder.  The poinsettia was die cut with the smallest die from a Spellbinders set of dies 'Layered Poinsettia' and I added tiny yellow circles, which were waste from another die cut.  A strip of festive ribbon finished off my card.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

It started off as a Twofer.........

I have been making quite a few non-Christmas cards over the last few weeks, so I'm back on the Christmas cards to join in a few challenges.

The theme for the Twofer Challenge this month is 'Holiday Greenery'.  Two cards, with different designs, using the same stamp, die or stencil.  Just for this month they can be for the same occasion. 

I chose to use a tree stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Perfectly Plaid' set of stamps on both my cards, which I stamped in Versafine ' Crimson Red'. 

I am joining in the Twofer Challenge with this pair of cards.

For my first card I covered the top half of the card blank with dark green card and added a strip of plaid patterned paper across the middle, before attaching three of the stamped trees.  The sentiment is also a stamp from the 'Perfectly Plaid' set of cards.  

On this card I cut off the tree trunk and cut the tree in half down the middle so I could use the pieces as corner embellishment.  The oval die cuts are all from the Memory Box 'Stitched Oval Layers' set of dies.

Rather than waste a spare stamped tree I had, I made a Threefer.
A quick CAS card with the stamped tree layered on Memory Box ' Stitched Square Layers' die cuts, three added pearls and a stamped sentiment. 

I'm joining in Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards Challenge with my three cards.   (I think I can only link up one as they are all on the same post.)  It's up to the letter R, so R for Red. 

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Happy Birthday

A quick and easy card I made for a friend's birthday. 

As my friend enjoys gardening, I went with a floral theme.  The patterned paper is from an old paper pad.  I layered the sentiment die cut onto stitched circle die cuts and added a punched flower in the middle.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

40th Birthday

It was my birthday last Monday and my hubby organised a surprise trip for us to London for a few days.  The evening included a visit to the theatre to see The Mousetrap.  It's the world's longest running play, which was first performed in 1952.  The performance we saw was number 28,038!   We visited the Saatchi Gallery where there is a fascinating Tutankhamun exhibition and we also had a tour around the Royal Albert Hall.  It was a packed few days, so I have a lot of blog visiting to catch up on!

I'm sharing a card today which I made recently for my son's birthday.  He supports a team which plays in blue and white quarters, so I've tried to reflect this in the design.
The card shape was made with a die from the Spellbinders  'Happy Days' set.  The blue card is pearlised and embossed with a Crafts Too 'Football' embossing folder.  The numbers are dies from The Works and layered on Spellbinder die cut circles. 

I kept the blue and white quarters theme on the steps.  The footballs are peeloffs, attached to white card and fussy cut.

I am joining in the following challenges:
The Male Room Challenge Challenge #124 ~  Hobbies
Craft Rocket Challenge #65 ~ Happy Birthday
HLS November Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Begin with a 8" x 8" piece of patterned paper...........

Lest we forget

Welcome to my new follower, Carolyn of Carolyn's Crafty Blog.  Please pop over to her blog to see all her beautiful creations.

I joined in a challenge recently to make as many card designs as possible using one 8" x 8" piece of patterned paper.   We were in our caravan last week and looking at the weather forecast, I thought this would be the perfect time to make cards for the challenge.  I had a few ideas in mind, but used a 8" x 8" piece of scrap paper divided into 1" squares to draw a sketch of all the different shapes I needed to cut, using up the whole sheet.

I took the sheet of 8" x 8" patterned paper with me to the caravan, together lot of green and yellow snippets. I couldn't believe how many shades of yellow and green snippets I had!   It took a while to make sure I had all the same shade of each colour, but I wanted to avoid using whole sheets.  These are the seventeen cards I managed to make.  I used the coloured card for matting and layering, a few dies and punches and some Nuvo drops and tiny pearls.  The sentiments were stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black' and all the cards were 4" x 4" or 5" x 5".

The patterned paper is from an old Papermania paper pad.  It had tiny flowers on and the paper could be used in any direction.

This is the sketch I drew to make sure there were no pieces of patterned paper left over which I couldn't use.  I numbered the shapes so I knew which ones were for which card and made a few notes on the sketch of how I thought I could use them.

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Good luck with your op

I made this card for a friend who was having an op a few days ago.  I wanted to wish her good luck before the op and thought this image would make her smile...... which it did!  I'm pleased to say that my friend is recovering well.

The digi stamp is Dr Digi's  'Night Nurse Nina' and was coloured with Promarkers.  I used a Presscut 'Centre Stepper Card' die for the card base. 

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Saturday, 2 November 2019

Crafty Calendar Challenge

The Crafty Calendar Challenge begins today with the theme 'Cute and Girly'.  We are generously sponsored this month by Polkadoodles who also kindly gave the DT  images to work with,
I chose to use the beautiful 'Winnie at the Window' digi stamp, which I coloured with Promarkers.  The image and mat were die cut with dies from the Creative Expression 'Scallop Layered Squares' set.  The flower and leaves are Creative Expressions 'Petite Forget Me Nots' die cuts.

The challenge ends on 28th November and there are lots of DT projects on the Crafty Calendar Challenge blog for inspiration.  A randomly chosen winner will win a 3 digi stamps from Polkadoodles and the DT will choose a Top 3.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Week 544 - Make your own Flowers
 Anything Goes Craft & Cardmaking Challenge at Polkadoodles ~ Week 44

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Deer Scene

Unusually for me, I've made a second post today.  Please scroll down to see this morning's post.  It's been raining all day, so a perfect day for staying in and making another card.

I had a wonderful surprise several days ago when a few of these beautiful deer scene die cuts arrived through the post from the lovely Loll.  I couldn't wait to start using them!  I added a few score lines around the edges to frame the scene.  I made the background with silver and two shades of blue Pixie Powders a while ago, waiting for the right opportunity to use it.  The snowflake was die cut with a Memory Box 'Twilight Snowflakes' die from the same Pixie Powder sheet I'd made.  The sentiment, stamped in Versafine 'Onyx Black', is a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Perfectly Plaid' set. The framed image was raised up on foam tape to add dimension.

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Another Never Ending Card

After making my first Never Ending Card for the Butterfly Challenge recently, I knew that this fold would be perfect for a card for my great nephew.  I've made him a few cards with different folds and he always likes to work out how I made them.  I set him the challenge of working out how I made this card.  When I see him again next week, I'll find out if he's succeeded! 

All the patterned paper was from a Dovecraft 'Blue Skies' paper pad.  I used dies from The Works for the numbers. 

As my great nephew lives near the coast, he often goes to the beach and is learning how to surf, so I decided on a beach theme.  Apart from the number die cuts, all the dies I used are 'Cut & Make' dies and the shells are punched.  I left a blank square for a handwritten birthday message.

All the navy and pale blue card was snippets, so I'll be off to share my card in the Playground.  If you've never made a Never Ending Card before, Mrs A has put some really easy to follow instructions HERE

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