Category Archives: Winter Frost

Another one sheet wonder… more Christmas cards

So another batch of Christmas cards made using the long since retired Winter Frost dsp and this time mainly using the Arrange a Wreath stamps and Wreath Builder dies to decorate… although the Peace and Joy set did get used for sentiments and some odd bits and pieces left from the set of cards I shared yesterday.

I also used the doilies I had bought at a reduced cost… and the Coastal Cabana ones worked fab with the paper.

So I started by just chopping up the paper… no plan was followed at all… and once again I ended up with enough for 13 cards! Again these will be given to the parents for their stash.

I mounted all the pieces onto Smoky Slate cardstock and then moved on to how to decorate them. Once again, I made the most of the double sided dsp, although most I kept to the snowflake design rather than the retro grey. I thought the retro grey was less Christmas themed.

Then I set to stamping and die cutting and fussy cutting elements to decorate. I mainly used the stamps from Arrange a Wreath and dies from the coordinating Wreath Builder set.

I kept to cool colours this time. I used Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate. A few of the sentiments I had stamped and not used from the previous OSW I shared also got used so there were some sentiments using the Island Indigo ink.

I didn’t think the pink was needed for these cards as they were more pretty than funky and so better keeping to the cool colours and white and grey than adding in further contrast.

I laid out each card and added a panel of either the smoky slate, or white, or vellum or some foiled cardstock from the stash as a background for each. I then chose which I wanted to add embossing to before I started thinking about adhering anything! I managed to use some off cuts of the foiled card to die cut some little sprigs from the die set too.

Then it was time to start sticking and finishing! What I will say is all those little leaves and sprigs take a bit of fiddling and be prepared to get a bit messy with glue if you are anything like me!

And here are the cards as close ups for each of them. Realised I didnt do close ups of the ones I shared yesterday. Might go back and get photos done and share as a separate blog.

I am super happy with how these came out. Just so pretty! Love how the paper works well with the die cuts and doilies and love the little turquoise leaves etc.

Finished off the cards with pearl gems and wink of Stella on either the flowers or bows or some leaves.

I then chose a different stamp from the set to decorate the envelopes.

This time I did add the pink … thought it needed the contrast and although think it still works nicely with the card.

As you can see in the background for this pic I still have some of this DSP left… May get tempted to do another OSW with what’s left … not sure if I want to choose different stamps and dies to go with it… very tempted with the snowflake wishes set… but not yet bought that so these remaining papers may have to wait.

Happy crafting!

One sheet wonder … Peace and Joy stamp and die set

This week I have yet another one sheet wonder to share using a mix of new and old stash!

The paper is old SU DSP called Winter Frost … I still have a few sheets left and am trying my hardest despite much temptation to not buy new papers until I’ve actually used up what I’ve got!

Teaming it with new stamps and dies brings a new life to the older paper (which is still gorgeous!).

I chose to use the new Peace and Joy stamp set with the coordinating dies.

I didn’t really follow a plan for the one sheet wonder but managed to create different sized panels to make 11 cards in total. I mounted them with either Smoky Slate or Basic Black or Basic Grey to create quite modern cards. I thought they would work well with the fun script words in the Peace and Joy stamp set.

Once I had some vague ideas of how the cards would come together I then started stamping…

I used inks I knew would work with the paper… Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Smoky Slate. Then I got started with fussy cutting the leaves and berries and the little sentiment strips.

Once I had a nice pile of bits I decided I needed some contrast and chose a bright pink… Melon Mambo.

Finally I had a tin full of die cuts and little fussy cut elements ready to start putting cards together.

I grabbed ribbons from the stash most of which are retired in both the smoky slate and the melon mambo. I also ran a few of the background panels through embossing folders. Again I haven’t bought any of the new ones just yet because I already have a few Christmas themed ones in my stash and I don’t use embossing folders nearly enough!

I created card blanks from Smoky Slate and Basic Black and layered up elements to create this funky set of cards.

I created three using the Joy stamp and die as a feature.

Three using Peace…

And 5 using Bright as the focal point…

Absolutely love how cool these all look.

Now using a dark card blank such as black or grey causes some issues for writing on and my intention is to give these cards to my parents for their stash this year… so I created inserts and also decorated the envelopes whilst I was at it.

I finished off the cards with some sequins I glued in place.

Love how double sided paper gives you a couple of options for one sheet wonders.

Hope you enjoy this different take on using new stamps with old stash!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: snowflakes

Hello!

Today at Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog Hazel asked us to use snowflakes… so I created this cute card using some snowflake paper.

I chose fresh non traditional colours to go with the kraft card and I love the tartan pipers piping sheep image from 12 days of Christmas Penny Black stamps.

Kept it simple with a little watercolour pencil colouring and a hand drawn doodle border.

Happy crafting !

Catherine

DT: CHNC: inspired by a song/ carol

Today the theme Hazel has given us to work with is inspired by a song or carol. My confession is that it was only when I put the sentiment on this card did it become my contribution to the Craftyhazelnuts christmas challenge for this week. I was just making the card and then realised I could use it for this challenge.

I used some scraps of the fabulous Winter Frost Dsp I’ve had for ages and the sticker. I added all the die cut snowflakes and then the gems to finish off the card and give it lots of texture.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: patterned paper

Today I am using patterned paper on my card for CHNC as that’s the challenge that Hazel set for us!

I used the Winter Frost paper from the stash and then a laser cut panel from something my friend gave to me.

I coordinated the paper with some grey and teal cardstock.

I finished off with the sentiment sticker and the card candi.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: Use a bear

So many DT contributions today… and the CHNC one is to use a bear on my Christmas card… so of course I had to use this polar bear from the Creative Stamping magazine set. I do love this bear.

I chose a Winter Frost paper background and then used my promarkers to colour the bear. I hope you get a sense of dimension with the shading I used.

I also added a strip of white with the sentiment and a strip of Tranquil Tide to mount it and give the bear something to sit on.

I added sequins and then some glossy accents to the bears nose and eyes for dimension and shine.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: a building or house

Today on CHNC the challenge Hazel has come up with is to use a house/building on out Christmas card. I decided to use the stamps that came with a magazine last year that had a coordinating circle die.I chose this woodland lodge image with the deer and added some colour using my watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to blend. Then cut them out.

Next I chose two very different sets of patterned paper from the stack I had put together a few months ago to make my Christmas card making easier.

The first one, a distressed earthy coloured set with brown cardstock mats and a kraft card blank.I added the strip of craft and stamped and embossed the sentiment. Then a bow of twine.The second I used the Winter Frost paper one and added embossing for the sentiment and round the edge of the circle and the paper panels. I added this one to a white card blank I had made from linen cardstock.Love how both of these came out. Both different and yet the same focal image.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Circle Journal for Tricia

Another circle journal to share with you today, this time for Tricia.

It is a lovely Kraft background to work on so I decided to go for a white gesso messy background.

In addition to the gesso dry brushing I added some stamping in white craft ink. I used a mixture of stamps from Hot Picks and this gave me a nice finish.

Next I started pulling papers and ribbons from my stash and putting them together as I fancied a layered piece and plenty of sewing. So out came the sewing machine.

Then I got the Neocolours out and added some shading and definition to the layers and added some details.

Next I started bringing together the focal images and started building up the pages. I decided to add images from the stamped fabric stash from our weekend with James Sharpe. I think Tricia (who I was lucky enough to sit opposite all weekend) would appreciate seeing me using them.

I also grabbed tags from an Artful Days kit and added them in, but before they made it into the final pages I added distress inks to change the colour a little. I also decided to add some more details to the layers with a bit of stamping and added some shimmery watercolour to add a different texture, oh and I moved things round a little on the final pages so that Albert was on the other side!

Next I added rub ons and sentiment stickers to the page. I also added some splattered black soot distress ink and some white pen marks.

And then I grabbed the black puffy paint and added some dots around the pages as embellishments. And I called it finished!

Love how eclectic this is and love that white background behind the pop of lime and teal colours.

Also love all the loose threads that come from me being a messy sewer and the loose edges to the layers. Those rub ons also work well in keeping the layers light and fresh.

Hopefully Tricia likes what I made too… and now it is time for me to start work on the next journal.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: feature a creature

Today there is a new challenge at Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge and it is to “feature a creature” … so I decided to stamp this amazing stag head from an old Creative Stamping magazine stamp set and fussy cut him out…

Then as I had stamped him in grey this Winter Frost themed card topper I had already created seemed perfect…

So I added him along with the sentiment and then edged the grey panel with an embossing pen and heat embossed with the sparkly white powder…. this created such a cool effect.

I finished it off with some gems and I think this created such an elegant card.

So a fairly simple card today… but with a few things to step it up… the embossing and the gems… love how it turned out.

Please come over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT made and leave them some love… and of course join in … never too early to get the festive crafting started!

Advent cardmaking: Nativity

Today is the final day in my advent cardmaking series… was touch and go whether I would get all 24 videos done… but got there! And saved the nativity as my final theme… after all that’s what Christmas is all about!

The card I made is a simple one… a digi stamp image I had already coloured and a panel with papers I had already sorted beforehand.

So I pretty much added the frame and the sentiment and added some shimmer using my wink of Stella and that’s pretty much it!

So I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of cards… it’s been fun having a different theme each day. Here is the last video.

And now it is time for me to enjoy the festivities… wishing you all a fabulous Christmas!

Happy crafting!

Catherine