Friday, 10 November 2017

Dashing through the snow ...

Still in full blown Christmas mode and am starting to worry that I might, for once, be a wee bit more organised for this Christmas than first anticipated ... this does worry me a little as am now thinking about all the things I might forget ... lol However do love a 'to do' list and after recently making a notebook, think I might jot down my ideas, for that 'just in case' senior moment appears ...!

When I originally received these 3D shading stamps from Spellbinders, was a little worried that they might just be 'one trick ponies' but am glad to say that is definitely not the case. I have had great fun playing with them and they produce the most wonderful Christmas scenes ...

I began by stamping the trees on to three separate pieces of card, cutting around the tree part only and then adding glitter. Where the tree images finished, I carefully tore the remainder of the card away, adding glitter to the torn edges. I have layered the trees up to create a forest theme and added further depth by using 3D foam.

Santa and the sleigh have been stamped in grey but I went over the image several times to make the grey darker. Didn't really want to use black ink but didn't want the grey too light either ... gosh I sound fussy. I have lightly coloured the image and then cut it out mounting it on to my snowy background with 3D foam.

Now I have to 'fess up' as the ribbon along the bottom has only been added as when I stamped my sentiment, it went a little wonky and looked dreadful. If I had used my stamp platform it wouldn't have happened - clearly demonstrated by the 'crystal clear' sentiment at the top - valuable lesson learnt.

I've been stashing away my Christmas cards in a box but I really do need to check I have enough of the correct sized envelopes otherwise it will have to be either a quick purchase or even make a few. Must remember to add that to my 'to do' list ...!


Products & links:

I'm entering my Santa dashing through the snow in the following challenges:
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Crafty Catz - no patterned papers
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Emerald City Crafts - anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - anything goes

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Stamping with gilding flakes ...

Although I have had my Tonic Monthly card kit - 2nd to be released - a wee while, I have only recently had time to play with it properly. The kits come jam packed with goodies and there is oodles of crafty products to create with ...

 Tonic Craft Kit no.2

For my first project I have made a tag card using nearly everything in the kit on my project ...

I began by creating the tag shape layering several of the embossed card that is in the kit. Next using the dies, I created a succession of layers: some to create edging strips, one as a background panel and then the final to act as a frame.

I have stamped lots of the elements, using the glue pen supplied, and once tacky, adding gilding flakes to create my outlines. I have then coloured in the holly and berry elements - again using the Nuvo Creative pens supplied and the Nuvo Berry Red crystal drops. Some of the corners have been stamped directly on to the die cut panels and others cut out to create embellishments.

Using a piece of the red embossed card, I created a buckle effect through the gold frame. Next I added a poinsettia and several of the stamped embellishment elements. As a finishing touch I added some Craft Perfect twine and then threaded some of the smaller bauble elements on to it. These are created with the embellishment dies included in the kit.

To tie all the elements together I have added some green bakers twine, more stamped and coloured corners, plus oodles of the smaller die cuts in co-ordinating colours.

I must admit that I am 'chuffed to bits' with the stamping using the gilding flakes and will definitely be using this technique again. What's your favourite stamping technique? Please share as I do love to try out new ideas,


Products & links:  Craft Kit linked via photo above but other items can be found individually too ...

Crafty Creations - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas goes
As you like it - Christmas ... who doesn't love Christmas?!?!? Springs up far too quickly mind lol
Craft Rocket - Christmas is coming
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Playing amongst the presents ...

I thought I'd share one of projects that I made for the recent Tonic Studios Festive Friend's launch on Hochanda using one of the cute cat images, placing him in one of the bauble blisters to create a shaker card.

I began by stamping the circle bauble and then cutting it our with the matching die. With the outer die only, I cut another panel on white stamping card. Carefully draw around the inner circle of your stamped bauble giving you now the correct placement for your stamping. Next stamp and colour the cat - I chose to work with my Brush Scripts. On a separate piece of card, stamp & colour the cat image which will be used to create a decoupage layer. The circle bauble was also coloured with Brush Scripts.

Before joining all the elements together, I added some sequins, placing them on top of the cat, then added the circle blister to form the shaker. Doesn't he look so cute hiding amongst the presents?

The leaves are created using the Delicate Detail Vine Flourish stamps, coloured with Brush Scripts and then cut out. They have been layered up to create the look of a full tree ... fingers crossed that they do. The lickle baubles are from the Rudolph Reindeer Buildables set and they were the 'left overs' from another project.

I do sooooo love the look of this card - which for me is nearly, not quite, verging on CAS styleeee -  that I have several others prepped ready to make. I can't decide whether these should be 'hand out' cards or I should make boxes to put them in ... decision, decisions, decisions ...

How are your Christmas preparations going? I'm starting to worry about myself as I've now got several presents, half my cards made and starting to stoke pile the 'booze'! This level of festive organisation is simply not heard of from me ... lol.


Products & links:

I'm going to enter my cute cat in to the following challenges:
A perfect Time to Crafts - anything goes
Animal Friends - Christmas
Crafts Galore - anything goes
Crafty Animals - anything goes
Love to craft - anything goes
WWODT - anything goes

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Golden glittery poinsettia ...

I'm still in full swing making my Christmas projects and also playing with the wonderful range of Polkadoodles Christmas stamps. I just couldn't resist using the Christmas Poinsettia again but this time I have gone for a gold/cream look to the flower ...

My base card is actually a sizzix die I have had for eons and I thought it be great to show off the poinsettia and also the other flourish dies - which are from Polkadoodles. I've stamped and coloured the poinsettia with Nuvo embellishment mousse in Indian Gold, layered the design three times, finishing with a decorative button.

I've added some glittery die cuts, a few metallic and then some green ones too. A random sprinkling of Nuvo Crystal Drops to bring in a little red to make the image 'pop'. The sentiment is from Polkadoodles Christmas Wreath stamp set.

The wonderful glitter card I have used is from the Craft Perfect range, (from Tonic Studios) and it cuts like a dream with no shedding of glitter what so ever. I'm not normally a glitter person per-say as the 'stuff' we use in school is so chunky and rough; it's just plain horrible. Am slowly coming around to glitter but that's because I am now using the 'picker' stuff .. lol!


Products & links:

I'd like to enter my golden poinsettia in to the following challenges:
Create & make - anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
Retarte - anything goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Extra - anything Christmas goes