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.
A few days ago I shared the samples I made for the craft along I did with my friends via zoom.
Well as I really don’t enjoy making the same projects over and over, here is what I made…
One card pretty much stayed as per the sample, but the others I either changed the paper (the joy of double sided papers and everything matching perfectly with Stampin Up means you automatically get a different look just turning over the papers!
Some I changed the placement of the elements and some I did switch the embellishment/focal feature from the trees from the In the Pines to a Merry Moose … because I hadn’t used him an few weeks so I missed seeing him! 😂
But I did keep to the same pieces of paper and cardstock as the kit for all the cards and really enjoyed my different take on the cards.
My friends similarly chose their own way of finishing the cards off and some chose to keep the design the same, but different paper choices and others changed up the design entirely. I love seeing the different versions and people having fun being creative.
Really loved creating with these patterned papers… Good job actually as I ordered a whole extra pack of them… so guessing next year for Christmas cards we will be continuing with the red and green colour scheme!
And those In the Pines tree stamps and the coordinating dies will definitely be coming out to play again… so lovely!
Yesterday I held another card making zoom session with my friends… and here are the samples from the class. I wanted to use the In the Pines dies and stamps and decided to go with the fun Heartwarming Hugs dsp.
I used the coordinating cardstock in Real Red, Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow. I also added white seam binding, red braided linen trim and some red organza ribbon.
I decided for the class to mix up the style of cards with some easel, z folds and the usual cards. I also mixed it up using both the Scalloped tag topper punch and the Banners Pick a Punch to create some interest.
I added a few sentiments from the Banner Year stamps set too.
Here are the cards…
Loved having fun designing these. Hope the ladies enjoyed the crafting session last night too. I certainly did!
I have another one sheet wonder to share using the long since retired Winter Frost Dsp. This time the paper was a lot darker and bolder than the other ones I shared previously. This led to me wanting to add vellum to add a lighter touch to the cards.
Here is the cutting guide I followed…
… and here are all but two of the cards I made.
The remaining three panels (1,3,4) are the 4×4 panels which when they have a mat are too big for these a6 size cards. So I will share those another day!
As you can see they turned out to be quite busy cards with the embossed vellum adding a second pattern as well as texture!
I decided to steer away from stamped images completely and just use coloured cardstock with the white to create my wreaths. I mixed up the different wreath styles and added in foliage and flowers.
I chose to use either Basic Grey, Smoky Slate or White card blanks and cut them lengthways so they open on the left and stand easily even in this landscape format. I also backed most of the panels with a panel of basic black to give a lighter edge to the vellum panel.
Card 1: to be shared another day
Card 2: I actually turned this into two cards…
Card 3: to follow another day
Card 4: to follow another day
I love the Wreath Builder dies so much but must admit I also added some of the dies from the Forever Flourishing set too just to add some variance to the foliage on the wreaths.
The sentiments were both from the retired Good Greetings stamp set.
I loved adding the pop of pinks on these cards and also how the vellum over the patterned paper on some cards gave it a different look.
I went through scraps of ribbon to make teeny tiny bows for the wreaths too and added the little adhesive snowflake sequins as a little added embellishment.
I chose for those not mounted on white card blanks to make an insert for them… I did this using one sheet of white to create four inserts. I stamped in a cross and then cut it into four parts and then trimmed it down so they were slightly smaller than the card blank.
When I share the three remaining cards I made from this OSW I will link back here so you can see them all.
Another one sheet wonder to share with you, this time using am old piece of patterned paper I was gifted which has a vintage feel so I teamed it with browns and creams and used the fabulous Peace and Joy stamps and dies to decorate.
Used a similar one sheet wonder as the one I shared last month using the Merry Moose stamp set but changed up the first card as I made an error when cutting and also added the slim panel for 5 into card 3 as I made an error putting them together thinking there should have been 4 strips not 3!
I mounted each of the panels onto the Early Espresso coloured coredinations card (I’ve found a stash of this in one of the boxes in my craft room so was happy to use it again). Then created panels using cream laid paper and very vanilla cardstock.
Once again I went to town with embossing and added some ribbons from the stash on most of the cards.
The focal images of the Peace and Joy set I did in a few different ways. Either I stamped them in Mossy Meadow or Soft Suede and then added a layer of die cutting. With the very narrow dies I generally layered them so they were two or three tall. And the glimmer paper came out again just for a few bits. And yes there is glitter everywhere as a result. (I will never buy it again… so must use up my stash and get rid of it!)
Love how they all came out and think that the Peace and Joy bundle is one of my favourite ever sets for versatility. It just works so well for creating features as well as little elements such as the holly leaves which create lovely embellishments.
Creating all these cards probably only took about 3 hours if that! You can get in a nice rhythm and almost do it as a conveyor crafting session … paper and card cutting, then stamping, then die cutting and fussy cutting, then sorting layouts and choosing ribbons, then embossing, then adhering. Or at least that’s the way I did it. So ideal if you are a last minute Christmas card maker and haven’t started yet.
I can really recommend the Peace and Joy bundle. And at £42.50 for the bundle it’s not a bad price considering the versatility.
Final installment for my one sheet wonder I’ve been sharing this week… and it was time to grab a flower stamp… the pointsetta from an old Creative Stamping magazine set to create the focal point.
All of them I chose the green 5×7 card base and the white background panel I embossed two of them to give them texture.
I coloured the flower using my promarkers and kept the colouring simple and in blocks as it is quite a graphic image. I also added a layer of wink of Stella over the flower part to give it some shimmer, but it doesn’t show in the photos!
I again raided the ribbon stash for some scraps of ribbon and added enamel dots for the embellishment.
The sentiment I chose the Clarity stamp Merry and the Peace and Joy Christmas to mix it up a bit.
So that’s all 14 cards shared over the past few days…
I did make one variation to the template
I added a strip from number 5 to number 14 as it wasn’t working with the 4 strips on card 5. Otherwise the template worked well. Especially with the larger 5×7 card blanks. Imagine it would be different again with different size card blanks.
So wonder if anyone else wants to join in and use this template… if so please let me see what you make as I love how different these cards can turn out!
Ok so I may have slightly cheated with this… and one of these cards has been shared already as part of the CHNC challenge of something beginning with S a few weeks ago… but I suppose you know by now I often make ahead of time and write up blogs later!
Anyways back to this blog… this is a continuation of the one sheet wonder I started sharing with you at the beginning of the week where I made 14 cards. Here are three of them in detail.
These ones I chose the green 5×7 cardblanks and added green in my stamping along with basic grey to go with the red and white patterned paper.
I chose stocking stamps from an old Creative Stamping magazine set and fussy cut each out and created a little hanger from twine for each of them.
Then on each card I layered up the dsp panels with a sentiment, the stockings, some ribbon and some rhinestones for bling.
I love the two where I sort of created a mantle piece for the stockings to “hang” from. Also love the embossing on card 10. Nice and snowy!
One more set of cards to share tomorrow so please remember to pop back and see them!
Stockings begin with an S don’t they? In which case that’s my contribution for this week’s CHNC.
I chose to make this bright and traditionally coloured but slightly Nordic in design card using some old Papermania Paper, an embossed panel, some stamped images from an old Creative Stamping magazine set and sentiment from Peace and Joy stampin up set (this is by far my favourite one from the mini catalogue … even beating the Merry Moose set at the moment …. all because of those lovely panel sentiments!).
This week there was lots of embossing at play for CHNC.
I embossed the card blank front with a Sheena Douglass embossing folder and then I used an patterned paper piece as the focal image and for the side strip. I then embossed the edge of the mat with pink and the sentiment circle with the same pink pearl.
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.