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!
Today’s tag… I’m thinking Tag Thursday may become a regular thing… is actually two tags using the lovely Playing with Patterns paper and a whole host of die cuts I had cut from scraps of cardstock.
So it started as a pile of small scraps (less than 2″ wide) which I did a mammoth die cutting session to end up with a whole pile of die cuts. I used forever flourishing, everything is rosy and wreath builder dies to create this little pile of loveliness.
Next I took another couple of scraps of Purple Posy cardstock and cut it into 2″ strips and punched them to create the tags using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I then added the dsp.
I chose different green sprigs and then the purple posy large flower and some of the Bumble bee smaller flowers to make a pretty cluster on each of the tags.
I decided to emboss an old sentiment from the stash and cut a little banner sentiment to sit over the flowers. I also chose some cord from the stash for the top.
The finishing touch was to add the little enamel gems.
Love how these little tags came out… a and check back tomorrow to see the matching card I made.
But first my little snippet of life… tiredness is still a thing I can’t quite shift and the last few days of work have been super busy. Crafting in an evening on a work day currently out of the question as the two things mentioned above don’t make a good combination. Hence no blog post yesterday. In other news the brown hair looks fab and cheese is still my healthy eating nemesis … but hoping that the cheese bake I ate for lunch is the last of the Christmas cheese fest!
Oh and after checking with a friend how old her son was I worked out hubby and I have been together for 18 years as of yesterday… both of us forgot yesterday, but with the help of working out how old our friends son is (she was pregnant when we got together) we now know! So well done us!
I actually made this birthday card for my Stampin Up upline whose birthday was the 1st Jan and I figured a pretty and bright wreath card with lots of flowers would be the best way to start the new year and celebrate her birthday!
I used the fabulous and bright Magenta Madness cardstock and then embossed the Arrange a Wreath onto the background using silver embossing powder. Next I added lots of die cut leaf sprigs that I had in the stash having cut them from scraps leftover from other projects. I used soft sea foam, Pear Pizazz and some mint macaron for the leaves and then added the yellow and white flowers to finish the wreath.
I edged the panel with a bit of dry embossing too as I felt it needed something for a frame.
I decided to add some All the Trimmings enamel dots and then embossed the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings onto the pink with a layer of pear pizazz to finish off!
Oh and a twine bow from the stash too of course!
So off to see what everyone else at HLS has been up to with dies.
And here is my last design team contribution for the year, and in fact my last design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog. I decided after a few years of keeping up with one card a week, I’ve decided to give it a rest. I’m hoping of course to join in occasionally but not every week! Thanks Hazel for having me!
So this final week the theme is Anything Goes for Christmas. I made the following card.
I used some lovely vintage themed papers and then die cut little sprigs from the Forever Flourishing dies and some flowers from the Wreath Builder dies.
Love how cute the Wreath is!
I used a mix of the Claritystamps stamp and the Peace and Joy stamps for the sentiment.
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.
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!)
This week for Stampin Up Sunday I decided to do a tag for UK Stampers Forum swap but as we don’t actually send them to our swap people until January I decided not to go Christmas themed.
I did use a wreath but with flowers but also made it a little grungey using the Baked Texture embossing powder for the background wreath. I also added the Dictionary background stamping and used a splodges stamp from Eclectic Expressions to add ink around the edges. This gave it an interesting look from which the flowers and leaves I stamped and die cut from white pop!
I added them and the twine ribbon to the wreath and then some white All the Trimmings embellishments to add a little extra. I found the sentiment in my Art by Marlene stickers.
I chose some wide striped ribbon that is rich razzleberry in colour to finish the tag off.
Love how this ended up. So many fun ways to use the Arrange the wreath stamps and wreath builder dies. Love experimenting with them and it always seems to work out with a lovely result!
Today I have my design team contribution to Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge. It’s the Christmas card I’ve made for my parents using lots of patterned paper from an old Making Cards magazine set.
I went a little overboard and used three patterns and some die cutting and some stamping! There is quite a bit of dimension too with foam under the deer and the word Christmas!
Really loved making this card.
The papers are a bit quirky and modern but with traditional images like pointsetta and presents and pinecones.
I decided I wanted to use the deer from a very old Creative Stamping magazine though and the Wreath from the Wreath Builder dies… as I say I went a little overboard!
But hey it’s for my parents so why not?
You can probably see on the photo above I also added wink of Stella to the top layer of the Wreath too!
The funky letters are Claritystamps and I love this set for making cards personal as you can spell out anything and it has the little boxes for making it look finished and cool!
On the inside of the card I added more patterned paper and did a little fussy cutting.
And the envelope I used up the final bits and pieces of the paper!
All in all… lots of fun!
So here we go… we are in December… wonder how many cards I actually remember to send this year (I’m great at making but not sending!) … look forward to seeing your Christmas card makes as I blog hop around!