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Kendras card challenge #2

I enjoyed making the cards for challenge #6 so decided to make another set using an older template… template #2.

I chose the Tidings and Trimmings papers and stamps and dies for the main focus… but ended up adding other bits and pieces in too like the shimmery vellum and the sparkly speciality paper… I can never resist going a little mad with those fab Peace and Joy stamps and dies either and felt a big word was perfect as the focus of a few of the cards.

Here they all are…

I make the cards in stages…. cutting, then putting the pieces into labelled envelopes, next the layers of cardstock are cut and added to the envelopes. Then I stamp and cut lots of embellishment pieces so I have a little pile to use. Then I start to assemble but not always finish the card topper (I make these as card toppers first before I add to card blanks/make card blanks). Sometimes I just add layers to the paper pieces and add a few bits into the envelope and come back as I know I want an additional element like a ribbon, or sometimes it comes together immediately with everything to hand. But at least this way I get to just do them a bit at a time and 14 cards isn’t too overwhelming to deal with!

As the template is for US sized cards I did have to fiddle a little with the sizing of the final layers to make it fit the UK size cards but it worked fine. I made the card blanks out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock as I had loads of it and then inside added a white panel and some more dsp strips or panels and a little stamping. They were all different but only took one pic of the inside…

Envelopes again I kept simple with some little banners of dsp leftover from the inside panels and that was all!

So another 14 Christmas cards made. Must admit these were a little heavy because of all the extra cardstock so maybe need to remember this and try to gut the layers a little next time.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Kendra’s card challenge 6 … Christmas in April

I haven’t made any Christmas cards in ages … so when I stumbled across Kendras card challenge using 6 pieces of 6×6 to make 15 cards I thought it might help spur me on and help me get started on this years cards.

Of course I forgot using an American template would lead to card sizes that aren’t standard UK sizes so I made mine as card toppers and added them to 5×7 card blanks.

Kendra provides both the cutting guides and the layout/sketches with measurements so this made stage 1 (cutting, layering and grouping together) easy. Next step was to decide how to finish each of the cards off.

I used the Painted Christmas dsp for mine …

And teamed the papers with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow cardstock … mainly as that was what I had to hand! I also added in some of the glittery speciality paper too for some fun.

I used different embossing folders, stamp sets, die sets and punches to finish off the cards… some I added inking too, some I kept plainer.

So there you go … 15 cards made ready for December. I always make lots of cards but I then gift them to my parents and my aunties for them to use too … so it helps to get lots done in one go … they then function as a set, although each is very different!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Christmas in July challenge 3

Challenge number 3 for my self imposed Christmas in July thing… and today it is all about the Masterboard!

So I actually have a little confession … I made the actual masterboard for this weeks ago when testing out some new stamps I had bought 2nd hand off a friend but never got the time to do anything with it… so it was perfect for incorporating into the challenge and get something done. It is A4 linen cardstock that has had lots of stamping and inking and stencilling and doodling on it.

I cut it up into panels… although the one tip right got trimmed again to make the tag and the strip adding to the 2nd card as an extra element so didn’t let any of it go to waste and made these 6 cards.

I love the Peace and Joy set from last years catalogue so much. Don’t think I will ever tire of using it!

I chose scraps of cardstock I had in the scraps pouch to cut all of the words out with their mounts.

I also used some scrap white cardstock to stamp and fussy cut out some more stars using the Jofy stamps and the Peace and Joy word stamps.

I added some tiny snowflakes as embellishments and on the tag card a scrap of sari ribbon.

The finishing touch was to add glossy accents to the top of most of the word die cut pieces to add both dimension and shine.

Love how the cards came out. So cool!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Tag Thursday … leftover bits from Christmas

Well that was a rather busy 24 hours… after a busy night cooking and eating tea, helping the hubby with something ‘secret’ and a zoom call with my weightloss ladies, we discovered it was snowing “big style” so at 8.45pm the teenager and I got ourselves all wrapped up and went for a magical walk in the snow.

It only lasted an hour and then rain arrived again to get rid of it so I am glad we made the most of it!

This morning an early dart across town as hubby’s car needed a service and then back to working in the spare room, then another trip back this afternoon to pick the car back up again, with a detour to the hospital so hubby could get his blood test done.

Back home, back to working as needed to get some stuff done for tomorrow and the mad dashes across town had cut down on the time I had had to do it. And before I knew it, it was time to do tea and then come and update the blog… but I did sneak in this little bit of simple crafting first!

After all it is Thursday so why not continue with the tag theme on a Thursday? So I found some bits and pieces on the side of the desk so thought I would finish off these tags and make a start on the stash of tags for Christmas 2021!

The three tags and the patterned paper were already set up but never got round to finishing them off.

I delved into the stash of precut die cuts and started adding bits and pieces to each of the tags.

Love how cute these are and how simple they were to make! And now they’ve been added to the box in readiness for December!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Gift box making

OK I’ve an odd little project to be blogging about today, mainly because I completely forgot about it before Christmas like I had planned and came across the pic in my photos and thought ooops!

Sorry I didn’t get around to blogging last night… it was another crazy work day and once again no crafting done, instead watched the two WandaVision episodes that have been released on Disney+ which I enjoyed… they are weird, but riveting!

Today there are plans for shopping and some household chores but hoping to also get some crafting time in the bag! But now let me tell you about this project I actually made in November!

So I bought a box of three beautiful soaps from Temple Spa which I wanted to split up as little gifts for my Auntie’s and my Mum… and so I needed a box for each of them.

I made three boxes using Soft Sea Foam cardstock using the Crafters Companion tool so it was easy and no real measuring required

Then I cut papers for the tops and used some paper twine to tie them into more secure packages.

Of course I added tags to them too… and used the beautiful Joy dies to create a dimensional embellishment onto them.

Quite simple (the box making tool is what makes it simple!) But effective prettily packaged gifts. Oh and the smell of those soaps is divine!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas dear blog readers… hope you have a lovely day, however you choose to enjoy it. Clearly we all have had very different years all year and Christmas will no doubt be a different experience too. However staying safe is the most important thing and we will get to party and spend time with our loved ones another time as long as we stay safe!

OK… onto the crafting… today I have the cards I made for the child and the hubby to share with you. As usual they were the last cards I’ve made… always left until the last minute!

The Princess got a pretty wreath card with peach and green colours and lots of white.

Hopefully you can see plenty of sparkle on the words too and a bit of soft wool for the bow.

The hubby also had word dies feature, but I went for a wintery scene instead…

I used lots of ink blending and splatter for the background and lots and lots of sparkle on the trees too.

Entering this card into the Stampin Up only challenge for Winter cards.

Really pleased with both cards and they incorporated my new obsession of die cutting which I have really taken to this past few months.

Anyway, thats all from today. Best wishes to you all.

Happy crafting & Merry Christmas!

Catherine

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Final advent coins 19-24

Today I have the final advent coins I made. These I made all in one afternoon and chose to make them in pairs to make life easier for myself!

I also used the same old number stamp set to finish them off.

My favourites are definitely the black with white embossing background. Just wish I had used slightly smaller number stamps rather than the large ones. Have to admit these were inspired by the samples Martin made for the Artisan blog hop.

The ones with the text background were also inspired by this blog hop… but by the banner on the card made by Hélène. For both of these the Peace and Joy (My current favourite Christmas stamps ever!) Stamps and dies. I also added a die cut tree scene with the glimmer paper.

Then to contrast I made the more natural ones using the pointsetta die from the Wreath Builder die set. I also added some texture in the background using the Gorgeous Grunge set.

So there you go… my advent coins for this year done… except it’s not exactly true because numpty Catherine sent the first bundle of coins (days 19-21) without a stamp on the parcel … so I had to make more!

These are the ones I made…

This time I went for a different look completely… I went with coins with a stencilled layer of stars and then layers of Fresco finish paints and alchemy paints. Then I chose three different ways to decorate them, but kept to the same colour and number stamps.

I added stamping to each coin using archival ink so each was different.

I used die cuts from the wreath builder dies and some stamped twigs.

I also used some Stamping magazine stamps for the holly and the little winter house. I added sequins for the holly berries and flock for the snowy roof.

Love how different they all came out. Looking forward to next years challenge (we are back to Twinchies and some have been made already! Yup I got organised ahead of time for once!)

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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More scalloped tag topper punch fun!

I shared a few post a week or so ago where I had used scraps to create lots of tags … well I have some more to share.

These five were created using a sheet of Making Cards Magazine paper and then my favourites for this year… Peace and Joy!

Again I used scraps to die cut the Joy and then to stamp and fussy cut the little foliage elements. It’s amazing what you can use little strips to create!

I then stuck them all down adding the berries as the finishing touches, wish gold sparkly washi tape for the trim!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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DT: CHNC: quick and easy

Quick and easy cards for me are ones where the paper does all the work and you just need a finishing touch like a die cut! So this week Hazel asked us to do a quick and easy card for the CHNC challenge.

I chose three papers from the stash, one of which had a focal image I could use.

I cut down the papers to make some strips and then the focal piece into a rectangle with another piece as a mount. Helped that they were double sided papers so they coordinated perfectly.

I used a kraft card blank and then finished off with the gold leaves I’d die cut for another project and not used and then the Joy I’d stamped and die cut again for another project but not ended up using.

I added in the crumb cake sprigs too … again leftovers from another project!

So a simple, fast and effective card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Scalloped Tag Topper punch part 2

Hello again… more tags to share with you today.

This time I went for peach coloured tags, and randomly one navy one! This time I used some American crafts papers for this bunch and added bits and pieces from the tin of leftovers. This is where I die cut or stamp elements for a project and don’t end up using them all so I pop them in a tin for use another day. This is where I had a few sprigs and a few Peace and Joy stamped/ die cut and layered together already!

So I layered and added bits of ribbon and cardstock and sentiments and called them done!

The next set of tags I have to share are completely different in their look… cute and modern and fun!

These ones I used one of my favourite ever Making Cards magazine sets with the winter friends images. I added the Nordic jumper background as the paper and then did some simple colouring using promarkers to the printed images.

As the tags were black I then chose to emboss the sentiments onto the black using either white or silver embossing powder. Again scraps of ribbon to finish off!

Tomorrow I’ll have some more fun tags to share with you!

Happy crafting!

Catherine