Santas Gifts, Winter Frost

Use them or lose them #2 set 2 Santa’s Gifts

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of card, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!  Time to change that!

This week picked up Santa’s Gifts stamp set. I know christmas is over but it’s time to start on those cards already.

So I made three little cards choosing a different colour scheme for these than I’ve used before by choosing the Winter Frost dsp scraps as the background and Soft Sky for the cardstock. I also pulled out a bit of lace to make them fancier!
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For all three I coloured the tree using the ink and a water brush and then a SU marker.

Love how pretty these are!

Defintely a keeper of a set!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Dies, Dylusions, Embossing Folders, Ribbons, Winter Frost

Christmas card competition … me versus the hubby

The hubby challenged me to a card competition using similar stash and we had to come up with our own designs.  My parents are the judges and they had to work out whose was whose and which was best.

So here are the two entries…

Card one…

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Card two…

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I have say I am very worried that his talent might be a tad too good for a beginner!

So can you guess whose is whose? And whose is the better card?

Results from the parents (and an additional third judge of my auntie) were that they guessed and chose in my favour! But accolades given to the hubby for his first card making effort ad being superb. Plus he is claiming a win as the princess had to ask whose is whose when she first saw them. Obviously I still won really… but then again as it’s christmas I might not rub it in too much!

Happy crafting!

Catherine and Vin too!

25 Days, Decorative Dots, Modern Ornament Punch, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Winter Frost

Advent calendar update

So I have an update on the advent calendar I shared with you that wasn’t quite going to plan.

Tonight I decided to go for the second option of hanging the pockets on some ribbons. I hunted down some mini clothes pegs, and used both the Pool Party & Island Indigo ribbons to create little washing lines for the pockets.

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I then added some tinsel round the top of the bannister and think it looks quite pretty!

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Plus it all looks nice with the new decorations I got this year for the landing… Rustic, and handmade looking (even if they weren’t!)

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So here is where the advent calendar now lives. Princess and I are very happy with this.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Decorative Dots, Festive Flurry, Festive Flurry framelits, Modern Ornament Punch, Random Crafts, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Snow Flurry Bigz, Washi tape, Winter Frost

Advent calendar number two!

Yes a second advent calendar to share with you… This time the one for my princess.

I used the same 25 Days stamps, but this time the colour scheme matched the Winter frost DSP which I have plenty left over from last year, and I thought would make a Frozen themed advent calendar! I used plenty of die cut snowflakes, some Festive Flurry stamping and some ornaments and circles to mix it up a bit! I also decided against boxes this year. I’ve used the little milk carton boxes the last couple of years, but decided against hanging on the bannister this year. So I picked up these little bags and used them for the base. But how to display them?

Well this is the main thing to share here… I painted a canvas on which to stick the bags.

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This was the first layer of paint, and added some texture paste to add snow drifts and some hints of snow on the tree. I then added stamping with paint on the canvas and then pushed it back again in the sky with another layer of black. Then the star I painted silver, and added some silver dots to the tree.

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So this is the base to the calendar. Next I used some silver washi tape to add each of the little bags, in a tree sort of shape. The idea is that as the bag gets taken off the tree starts to emerge.

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Well this is the idea anyway. The practice is a little different. Unfortunately the washi tape is not doing a brilliant job of keeping the little bags in place! Instead we keep finding them on the floor in the hallway. So tomorrow I think a rethink may have to happen! I suspect that some little bulldog clips may be bought and the bags may end up on the bannister after all! Ah well, at least I get a nice whimsical canvas to look at for a month whilst the Christmas spirit is in the air!

Unfortunately due to manic times at work, our Christmas decorations have not quite made it up yet. I usually have them up on the 1st! They have got as far as in the house from the garage, but no energy tonight to start decorating. Hoping tomorrow I may find some energy after work and make a start!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dies, Henry Says, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Ornament Keepsakes, Tinsel Tuesday, Winter Frost, Woodware stamps, Word Window

Tinsel Tuesday September sketch

Yes yes yes … It really is time for another Tinsel Tuesday sketch … Christmas is creeping up quite quickly now as children go back to school after the holidays so time to start Christmas card crafting to make sure you meet your end of year deadlines.

I create Christmas cards all year round (mainly because I am a little mad) because it helps me make sure I am ready when it gets to the mad month! This challenge I set at the beginning of the year to create two cards based on a sketch I provide on the first Tuesday of the month. I haven’t always managed it but have kept the challenge going regardless!

This month the sketch is…

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And this month I created two very different styles of card!

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I used Woodware stamps to create this simple card and coloured it with a mixture of inks. Quite fancy doing this one again with different colours like pink and blue for a funky themed one!

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This used some scraps I found of the fabulous Winter Frost DSP which I used in combination with come circles and a doily, and then the ornament from Ornament Keepsakes stamp set.

Love the different cards I made using the same sketch as the starting point!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Decorative Dots, Modern Ornament Punch, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Ribbons, That's the Ticket, Ticket punch, Tinsel Tuesday, Winter Frost

Tinsel Tuesday January sketch

Hi there! I am hoping that you are not all thinking me completely mad for starting already on the Christmas cards? Well ok I am a little mad … But if I start now I know I will have them done and won’t be rushing at the end of the year, plus I do love making Christmas cards most of the year so it is no bad thing! To be honest though I probably need make very few this year as I have a surplus … But this might make me eat through the stash I have of Christmas crafting supplies and hopefully remind me not to buy more this year!

So this year rather than a sketch a week for this challenge I am going to provide one sketch a month. From this sketch I am then challenging myself to make two cards. Now these could be 2 of the same, or similar cards, or 2 entirely different cards, just based in the same sketch. Why don’t you join me in seeing if you can create something lovely from the sketch … I would love to see what you make of it!

So first you need to see the sketch!

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And here are the cards I have made using this sketch… Well actually I have only made card toppers… I decided that instead of mounting these and then having to store the card and envelope as well, I would instead make card fronts, and then mount them at the time I need them instead!

Anyways I digress…

First up … Gumball Green, Midnight Muse & Basic Black

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My first card I wanted to use the gorgeous intertwining leaf that my dear friend Darcy designed for Paperartsy to create a background. I stamped it in Gumball Green and then used the aqua painter to colour ink with the ink, adding some definition to leaves. Then I stamped the word Joy from a freebie magazine set (HOTP I think) and a random dotty background stamp in the Midnight Muse although stamped it off first to make it more muted. On separate piece of whisper white I die cut the shape (a strange bauble type shape that I got a long time ago and barely used) and then stamped in the random Latin type text background stamp in a way so that not all of it stamped. Then over this I stamped the reindeer from the same freebie magazine set in Midnight Muse. I then used an old distress Stampin spot I got in a distressing kit from SU ages ago in a charcoal to edge both pieces with some sponge. I mounted the square piece onto Basic black and then onto some brushed gold cardstock from the scraps box, then added the bauble piece at the side. Next I took a scrap of Gumball Green and cut a pennant, which I also distressed, and then stamped and punched the sentiment using the That’s the Ticket stamps and again distressed the edges of that to unify it.

Love how this card came out … So different from my usual style and yet at the same time so me!!!

Right next up a different card completely.

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I used some of the fab Winter Frost dsp … There are two papers where the pattern is the same but the colours inverted, so I took both of these and layered them up so the pattern continued. I then added the panel of the Basic Black which I embossed using a Saleabration sneak peek … Decorative Dots and then sponged the Whisper White craft ink onto to tone it down. The circular element from the sketch took shape in the form of a punched bauble using the Modern Ornament punch from another piece of Winter Frost dsp, and added the little satin black bow. When I fixed this to the card I used dimensional foam pads to raise it up and give it some more texture. Next the sentiment strip was a piece of whisper white, stamped in Bermuda Bay using a Woodware stamp. I edge the panel with the distress charcoal ink and then used a little star rhinestone to add the sparkle. I felt it needed edging as a topper. So I chose the basic black cardstock to finish it off!

So how about that … Two different cards from the same sketch.

Enjoy! Oh and let me know if you manage to join in this month … Will be back next month with another sketch to inspire you!

Happy crafting!

Catherine