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Saturday, 24 June 2017

There’s only splendour for the sight



I’m sharing a CAS Christmas card I made featuring the gorgeous Spiral Christmas Tree die from Dixi Craft.


I decided to go with a Christmas tree on this card as that’s the optional twist at Happy Little Stampers in their current Christmas challenge.

Over at Sparkles Christmas they are challenging you to make a Christmas card with non-traditional colours.  I thought I’d play along and to help me pick my colours I used the colour palette from CAS Colours & Sketches.  So my tree is cut from Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Dapper Denim.  I cut two and layered them on top of each other to give some dimension to my card.  The star is cut from copper foil from La-La Land and I’ve decorated the tree with some gems I coloured with a Copic marker that was a pretty close match to Peekaboo Peach.

Ingredients:
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Dixi Craft Dies ~ MD0049 Spiral Christmas Tree
Embellishments
Papers
House of Paper Cardstock Romanesque ~ Pearl
Challenges
Sparkles Christmas #77 ~ Non-Traditional Colours

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious…



I’m sharing a card today that mostly features sentiments from the Stuff to Say set by Tim Holtz.


The design is from a tut on the Joy! Crafts site by Geertje.  It was a bit tricky getting the base right but once I did this turned out to be a really awesome card.  Being a special shaped card I am entering it in the current challenge at Creative Shopping.

To help me decorate the card I used the current board over at Tic Tac Toe and took the centre vertical line.  This gave me my base colour of grey, used a light grey for the card itself and then a darker one to frame my designer papers.  Some of my diecuts are also embossed (dry) and my sentiment, stamped images and some diecuts are also heat embossed.

I also took on the challenge from Frilly and Funkie to find an image and use it as my inspiration.  So I searched Google for shabby chic and vintage French and this image was so pretty I based my design around it.



I took the rose pattern and the stripes from the bed covers and found matching designer papers and for my third paper I took the damask pattern from the wallpaper.  I also picked up the cream and light brown colouring in my choices.  This view of the inside of the card insert shows how I recreated the three pictures from the wall in my card using images from the Beautiful You set by Stampin Up!.


As there was nowhere to really write on the card I made tags, I’ve got one in the photo.  I actually made five with digis that resembled the others in my team who also signed this card for a colleague who is leaving.  Picking up the floral decorations in the room I chose roses for embellies.  Rather than a filigree heart or the clocks I chose a butterfly for the suspended embellie, cutting one from ice blue vinyl (looked similar to the colour of the clocks in the picture) and didn’t back it so it had the filigree look of the heart on the wall.

Really love how this turned out.  Was up late last night and had to finish it off quickly today at work as we had a farewell lunch today but worth the effort as our colleague loved it.
 
Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
BoBunny Dies ~ Lattice Frame & Ornate Frame
Cheery Lyn Dies ~ DL113AB Small Exotic Butterflies #2
Embellishments
Kaisercraft Pearls ~ Chino
Pink Pearl Stamens from stash
Inks & Paints etc
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Colours ~ No 10 White, No 20 Black, No 36 Wine Red, No 44 Light Brown
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Embossing, Hickory Smoke & Tea Dye
Tim Holtz Distress Permanent Mixed Media Ink Palette ~ Hickory Smoke
Papers
Arches Watercolor Paper ~ 185gsm Smooth
Cordenons Cardstock ~ Cream
Dark Grey Smooth Cardstock from stash
Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics ~ 2nd May, 5th May, 9th March, 1st April
Pion Design Palette ~ Grey I
Reprint Hobby Summer Wings ~ Love Song
Stamps
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ CMS110 Stuff to Say
Various digis cropped
Ribbons & Trims etc
Cream Lace from stash
Hug Snug ~ Seam Binding Ribbon
Various Satin Ribbons from stash
Challenges

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Monday, 12 June 2017

But softly gives itself away



We had a long weekend here so I used the extra day off to catch up on my Christmas card from last week and decided to do one featuring a die cut from Cottage Cutz, Lantern with Holly Vine.


 My card follows the layout from CAS(E) thisSketch.  My lantern is the rectangular element and instead of doing some kind of background I split my white base with the holly vine.  To make the rectangular element more prominent I added in a sentiment from the Scribbly Christmas set from Tim Holtz.

Over at Christmas Card Throwdown they are looking for you to raid your stash of embellies for gems, pearls or sequins.  I went with pearls and used them for the berries instead of the teeny tiny cut outs from the die.

I’m also entering my card at ABC Christmas in the M for More than one theme.  I’ve cut my die cut more than once to get the layers and to have enough holly vine, I’ve also got more than one layer to my card (matted in green and red to match the holly and berry) and more than one pearl.

Ingredients:
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Cottage Cutz Die ~ CC-170 Lantern with Holly Vine
Embellishments
Inks & Paints etc
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers ~ Carmine Red & Yellow
Papers
House of Paper Romanesque Paper ~ Pearl
Mondi Color Copy Paper ~ 200gsm White
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Emerald Envy & Real Red
Challenges
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ CMS249 Scribbly Christmas
Challenges
Christmas Card Throwdown #12 ~ Stash (Gems, Pearls, Sequins)

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…must have been some magic in that old silk hat…



I’ve got a card to share today featuring the cute Snowman image from Glimps.


The snowman is coloured with water colours and to make the card more Christmassy I did the birds up as cardinals, although frankly I need way more practice with my water colours!  The sentiment is from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps and is one from the Holiday Style set.  It comes stacked so I carefully inked each of the three lines and used my MISTI to position each one to give me a one line sentiment instead.

Over at Winter Wonderland they are asking you to add snowflakes to your project.  I’ve already done a few cards up with snowflakes as the main image and wanted to use the Snowman so had to put my thinking cap on.  The embossing theme at Moving Along With the Times was just what I needed especially as a rummage through my embossing folder box turned up the Snowfall one from Sheena Douglas.  So I now have lots of snowflakes on my card, they just happen to be too small to look like the lovely individually shaped things they are up close!

I also wanted to play at Jingle Belles where the theme is ‘All Bundled-Up’ meaning lots of layers.  I’m loving my CAS at the moment so did my layers up in single colours rather than with my designer papers.  Including my card base and the fussy cut image I have five layers in total.

Ingredients:
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Sheena Embossing Folder ~ Snowfall
Inks & Paints etc
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Colors ~ No 20 Black, No 30 Cadmium Red, No 31 Scarlet Red, No 33 Orange, No 40 Lemon Yellow, No 46 Brown, No 47 Dark Brown, No 50 Pale Aqua, No 55 Green, No 61 Cornflower Blue, No 64 Blue, No 95 Silver
Papers
Bazzill Prismatic Cardstock ~ Baby Blue
House of Paper Romanesque Paper ~ Pearl
Stamps
Challenges

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