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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Christmas cards

Good evening everyone - goodness I hadn't realised a couple of days had gone by without me writing something.  Where is this time going?

I have finally got around to creating some Christmas cards with rubber stamping - rather than paper kits & thought you might like to see the first design I am using.  As I make rather a lot of my Christmas cards & never start early enough - the rubber stamped ones are made in batches of the same design.  Although sometimes I do manage to put a slightly different twist to it.

The base card is a 6x6 square & I embossed it using a holly embossing folder.  I can't remember what make the bauble stamp is but there are several in the set.  It might even have been a freebie set from a magazine.  The words are separate & there is a choice of what you put in that centre panel.  It looked a little lacking when I laid it all out & so I went off & searched through background papers & found this gold embossed vellum pattern.  Just right.  

I hope your card making is going well & that you are more organised than me.

Another card design to show you tomorrow.  'Bye for now.
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Sunday, 16 November 2014

A "me" day

Good evening everyone - today I had one of those wonderful "me" days, where I attended a workshop along with my friend Caroline.  We went to "Inkymits" which is run by Maria Simms in order to make a decorated canvas.

I have made a couple of canvases recently but the attraction of this one was that the base colour was to be black.  I have seen several on the Internet but to get the black base they have used Bitumen. But not on this workshop - we used black acrylic paint.

Here are the photos as the canvas progressed;

The basic canvas with dictionary paper - scrunched - & embossed paper & card glued on.
I find it very difficult to use pages out of a book - but can cope with these as it wasn't me that tore them out.  Daft isn't it.

This is the canvas with the various embellishments laid on it in approximately the places I wanted them to be.

I took this photo so I could look back at it to glue them back in the same design.

Here they are glued down - & yes it is not quite the same as previously planned.

The difficult stage - not really, just terrifying - black acrylic paint all over the design.
Yes I know there are bits of white & brown showing but that won't matter.

this is the first stage of adding colour to the canvas.
I have highlighted the crinkles in the paper & the raised areas of the embossed card with gold shimmer paint.  Also added it to some of the areas of the embellishments.

Next I added some bronze paint & a dark brown (whose colour name I don't remember), then finally russet .

Finally I went back in with the gold to really make it pop & lighten it up,
& here it is ....................

I am so thrilled with the result.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

more Christmas cards

Good evening everyone

I have some more cards to show you today but not from Hunkydory or Pollyanna Pickering this time. A few months ago a stamping colleague told me about Clipart Fairy who do a lot of digital downloads.  Whilst looking through the items on their website I found some delightful little Christmas Post Cards, so promptly ordered them along with quite a lot of other things too.

Today I finally got around to using them. Yesterday I took the images into Serif Craft Artist 2 & created some A4 sheets with 4 images on.  Then I loaded the post cards again & cropped them to produce just the little characters so I could decoupage them.

I photographed them in groups of 6;

I stamped & embossed "Joy to the World" in gold on the right hand half of the post card & then layered them onto 6x4 scalloped edge cards.  To finish I cut around the extra characters leaving a very narrow edge, & using sticky pads placed them over the original image.  As it is Christmas I added some glitter to all the furry & snowy parts of the image.

I was asked if I could make some cards to hand out to regular members of a monthly lunch club I attend - I think these will do perfectly.  I won't know how many will be needed until closer to the date - which will be in about the second week of December - so I think I will do a few more & use them myself if any left over.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

more Christmas cards

Hello everyone

Some more photos for you of cards made with the Hunkydory Christmas pack;

As this was a slightly larger topper I used a larger square card & felt that it needed more on it (without going over the top) so I used the matching smaller topper as well & the border strip.

I think I may already have shown this one - it is so easy to lose track of it all.

This design just called for a DL card & again I layered the background (which is an off cut of one of the background sheets) onto gold paper.  I also layered the topper onto the gold paper for a focal point, & added a round sentiment.

I still have another 4 to show you from this pack & will write about those tomorrow.  I have made a total of 13 so far & there is one large topper left to use.  Also some of the background papers have really nice designs which I can use for more cards. So, all in all a very good value pack.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

a birthday card

The card I am showing you today was for my daughter-in-law  who had a birthday last week.

I had purchased some new header dies by Tonic & thought I would use one of those for her card; I used white card to make a gatefold card & used the header die on each side edge.  I then lined it with pink paper & added a greeting & a flower on the inside.  To help to keep the card closed I made a wrap using another flower die cut to close the wrap as I had cut the piece of card very close to the exact measurement.

One of the dies has a winter message so will probably be just right for some Christmas cards.

I have made some more of those Hunkydory cards up & will show them to you later. Plus on a visit to The Range close-ish to where I live, I bought 3 Pollyanna Pickering card kits.  I do love her work. I have started putting them together so will have more photos to share later.

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'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

notelets box

Good evening everyone - I do hope you are wrapping up warm now that the cold weather is creeping in.  When I got in my car this evening after a club night meeting - the car display said beware icy roads & gave the temperature as 2.5 degrees!!!!

I thought this evening I would show you the little box of notelets that I made yesterday -

This is the front view.
The pack came with a little velcro fastener which I still have to put on to keep the flap closed.

This is the back & top view.
The 2 sides have similar panels to the top panel as well.

The box with 3 of its notelets.

The box again with the other 3 notelets.

It really is a pretty little box & I have the pieces to make a second one.  This one is going to be a raffle prize at a lunch I am going to later this month.

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

I am back & some cards made

Wow! that was a busy month I am now hoping it will slow down enough for me to make my Christmas cards,

I had quite a productive day today & made 5 Christmas cards, a birthday card & a notelet box containing 6 notelets.

Tonight I will show you several of the Christmas cards & the other things tomorrow & Thursday.

The cards were made using my never ending Hunkydory Christmas pack & there is still lots of it to use.  Then once Christmas is over I still have a lot of the Hunkydory prize pack that I won - so lots of work ahead of me.

Here are 3 of the Christmas cards

For all 3 cards I layered the background paper onto some gold paper to lift it from the base white card. The top one has the topper raised on sticky pads, but on the other 2 cards it is the sentiment which is raised.

I think I have finally decided on what stamped designs I will be doing for Christmas & must start on those soon. 

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