Wednesday, 24 December 2014

My card for my man :)

Hello everyone!
1 more sleep!!! Are you excited? I actually am this year...I have a feeling Christmas might be pretty good, and a lot of that is thanks to my wonderful man, Mike. 

So I thought I would share the card I made for him with you...


I decided to use a heart shape as a bauble, and I really love the new Sweetheart shapes we have....they remind me of the hearts I used to draw as a child! 


So I punched the heart from Silver Glimmer paper, and popped it up on Dimensionals into the middle of a stamped heart from the Groovy Love stamp set. I added some Baker's Twine to make it look like the bauble was hanging, and added a small heart from the Itty Bitty Accents punch set, and finished with a Silver Mini Brad.

I really like how clean the card looks, though for a while I was worried it look a bit Valentine-y! So I added the sentiment from an old set, and personalised it using the Little Letters Thinlits.

The colours I've used fit into the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary this week, so I shall be linking it up to their challenge.

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So I hope you don't have too much to do today, and can get chance to relax with your family. I'm off for a walk into town to enjoy a coffee with Keiran, and watch all the last minute shoppers rushing around! Have a lovely day!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Mum and Dad's Christmas card

Good morning all!
Only 6 days until Christmas!! I bet that scared a few of you?

Haha...anyway, here is the lovely, elegant card I made for my Mum and Dad. I have struggled to get all my cards made this year, and yes, I admit it, I actually had to buy some! (Oooops!!) 

But the important ones did get made, thankfully! 

So I used one of my current favourite stamp/Framelit sets, Wondrous Wreath. I stamped the first set of leaves (the ones with fewer leaves) in gold Encore, and heat embossed in Gold Stampin' Emboss.


I stamped the main set of leaves in just the Gold Encore, and the berries in Cherry Cobbler. I finished with a Cherry Cobbler Sheer Ribbon bow, some Crystal Effects on the berries, and some lovely Gold Sequin Trim. The sentiment is from Endless Wishes.

My parents really loved their card...it makes the extra effort worthwhile, don't you think?

Right, off to work now...at least my Christmas shopping is done!


Thursday, 18 December 2014

How busy are you this week??

Hello everyone!
Wow it's been a busy time in my household! I have had so much to do, including some last minute Christmas orders...I can't wait to slow down a little lol!

Anyway, it's time for our new challenge at CAS-Colours and Sketches, and we are looking for the double this week! It is still an open week, so you can choose to use any of our previous double challenges, which you can find on the archives page of our blog.

I still had a couple of orders to fulfil, so I chose the following sketch as I thought it would be perfect for the card I had in mind.


So here is my card...

I cut out the window frame then stamped it using the Hardwood background stamp and Sahara Sand ink. *TIP*-if you rub the ink into the card before it dries it gives a softer appearance to the wood.


I stamped the Wondrous Wreath with Always Artichoke, (I stamped off first for the main leaves), then die cut it with the matching Framelits (I love these stamp/die sets!). Even the flowers are part of the set....aren't they lovely? And can you just see the 'nail' holding the wreath to the window frame? It is one of the often forgotten Silver Mini Brads...I always seem to forget I have them but I think they were the perfect solution here!

So which double will you choose?? I can't wait to see some of the funky coloured cards you're all bound to make!


Thursday, 11 December 2014

A festival of bright trees!

Good morning all!
I had a wonderful delivery yesterday of lots of new Stampin' Up! goodies, which I would love to say I had time to play with, but I haven't as I still have some Christmas orders to fulfil! But rest assured, I will be playing before the end of the week! ;)

So today it's time for a new challenge at CAS-Colours and Sketches, and as you know, we are re-visiting old challenges, and this week you get to choose any of our previous sketches. You can find them on the Archives page of the CAS blog.

I have used Sketch #65 this week...



So here is my card...

I have used the fabulous Festival of Trees stamp and matching punch set, inked in Bermuda Bay and Strawberry Slush. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and the embossing is the Decorative Dots EF...doesn't it look like snow??

This is part of an order I am just finishing for 10 'wacky coloured' Christmas cards! I will show the others when I know the recipient has received them!

Which sketch will you use this week??
Enjoy playing and I'll see you soon! :)




Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A little gift

Good morning everyone!
I know I'm being a bad blogger just lately, but it really is a busy time of year for me, what with Christmas orders, Keeping up with Keiran's activities, getting myself ready for Christmas...

But today I thought I would share some little gifts I made for my card class ladies...


These are really lovely little chocolate holders, just perfect for 2 Green and Blacks minis! The measurements for these are 5cm x 23com, then I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to punch each end. 


I tied these together with Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon. The snowflake and the 'joy' were die cut from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Die out of Dazzling Details Glimmer Paper. I then spritzed 'joy' with a Spritzer filled with IPA Alcohol and a few drops of Lost Lagoon ink. 

*TOP TIP* If you don't have re-inkers, simply scraped a few drops of ink from your ink pad and drop into the spritzer!

We had a fab class this week, making crackers and desktop calendars! I shall be releasing my dates for 2015 classes in the next few days....keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Retired but still Desired!

Good morning all you happy crafters!
Are you looking for stocking fillers for your crafty friends, or even yourself? Well then you really do need to check out the new products on the Clearance Rack!
Year-End Closeouts. Save on great products with up to 80% discounts!

There are some incredible discounts on there, and some products that have been retired, but still desired for a while!

Do pop on over to check them out and get your bargains! :)
Happy shopping!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

A suspended star....but how??

Hi everyone!
It's time for another new challenge over at CAS-Colours and Sketches and for the month of December we are revisiting some old challenges. This week we are inviting you to create a card using any of our past colour challenges. You can find these in the archives at the top of the challenge page. The only other stipulation is that it must be a Christmas card.


I have decided to use the colours I chose 3 weeks ago, from challenge #99


So here is what I made...


I wanted to do something different this time, so I decided to die cut the star from the card blank as I wanted to 'suspend' a stamped star in the middle. I then paper pierced around the star using the Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack. 


I stamped, heat embossed in gold, and die cut a star from the Many Merry Stars stamp set, and stamped the sentiment onto Vellum Cardstock before cutting it out with my super sharp Paper Snips.


So I bet you're wondering how I suspended the star??? Nope, not acetate! I simply attached the star to the sentiment with Tombow Glue (which is invisible when dry...yay!) I then simply attached either side of the sentiment to either side of the star, again using Tombow. Doesn't it look fab?!

I think I might make a few more of these for my nearest and dearest friends this year as I really enjoyed making it and totally love how it came out! :)

We're looking forward to seeing your entries this week...hopefully it will help you with your last minute Christmas cards!


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