Friday, 2 December 2016

December 2016 Card Group Projects

Yesterday was our last card group meeting of the year and a very happy time was had by all!  Due to my hubby being in hospital this time last year we missed a few card group meetings and didn't have a Christmas meeting in 2015.  So we had to make up for that this time! Christmas music, home made cakes, hand made Christmas cards, Secret Santa gifts and some crafting - what a perfect afternoon!

Last month I asked the ladies what they'd like to make on the December get together and the suggestions were another tag and gift bag, a masculine birthday card and a perennial favourite - a trees scene Christmas card with an inked sky, moon and Santa's sleigh.  I was also asked to make the designs simple.  As I knew there'd be lots going on during the afternoon simple seemed a good way to go!

First up is the gift bag and tag.  I dressed up a plain white gift bag with a decorated large scalloped tag and some festive gold sparkly ribbon.


Here's a close up of the tag.  I stamped the ornament in Mossy Meadow ink, die cut it, added a die cut gold foil hanger and popped it up on a circle Stitched Shape die cut.  The fishtail banner and sentiment label are also popped up.  I attached the tag to the bag with thick white baker's twine and added a sparkly gold ribbon bow to finish off.


I used The SU! 'Watercolor Wash' background stamp and the 'Wetlands' set to make the masculine birthday card.  I inked half the background stamp with Soft Sky ink and half with Crumb Cake ink - I patted the Crumb Cake ink pad over the stamp carefully and as I didn't go right up to where I'd inked with the Soft Sky there was a gap left.  I used a jumbo ink dauber to pick up Crumb Cake ink and then I patted the dauber over the stamp to colour the gap.  I stamped the speckles and sentiment in Soft Suede ink, the row of shore birds in Early Espresso ink, trimmed the panel to 3 1/4" square and layered it onto an Early Espresso mat.  I embossed the Soft Sky CS strip with the 'Seaside' folder, glued it to the front of the A6 Crumb Cake card base and adhered the image panel in place.  I used the Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper to round the top right corner of the card base.


Here's the inside and the envelope.


The row of winter trees stamp from the SU! 'Lovely as a Tree' set is such a gorgeous image and it's perfect for inked scenes.  My card group ladies obviously love the stamp as much as I do as we've used it lots at card group but they still wanted to use it again today!  I stamped the trees and the sentiment in black ink onto a panel of Whisper White CS and temporarily adhered a 1 1/4" paper circle to the panel as a moon mask.  I inked the sky with Distress Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord) applied with ink duster brushes, removed the moon mask and dusted Broken China and Dusty Concord inks very lightly over the moon.  I stamped Santa's sleigh over the moon and glued the panel to a white A6 card base.  I think this design works well as a masculine birthday card - if you don't stamp Santa's sleigh - so I took both Christmas and birthday sentiments with me and let the ladies choose which type of card to make.


Here's the inside and the envelope.


As a thank you to my lovely group of ladies I made them a gift.  I'll share what I made for them in a few days!

Supplies for gift bag & tag:
Stamps: SU! 'Keepsake Ornaments' & 'Four the Holidays' sets
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz & Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheet
Ink: SU! Mossy Meadow
Tools: Sizzix tag die, SU! 'Holiday Ornaments' Framelits die set, MFT 'Award Ribbon' die set, Sizzix 'Ornaments #3' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! thick white baker's twine, gold sparkly ribbon, SU! Dimensionals


Supplies for shore birds 'Birthday Greetings' card:
Stamps: SU! 'Wetlands', 'Gorgeous Grunge' & 'Blooming with Kindness' sets, SU! 'Watercolor Wash' background stamp
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Early Espresso & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede & Early Espresso
Tools: SU! 'Seaside' embossing folder, Tsukineko Jumbo Sponge Dauber, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper


Supplies for inked sky & trees 'Merriest Wishes' card:
Stamps: SU! 'Lovely as a Tree' set, Inkylicious 'Santa's Sleigh' set, Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas' set
CS: SU! Whisper White (regular & thick)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tim Holtz Broken China, Faded Jeans & Dusty Concord Distress Inks
Tools: SU! 1 1/4" circle punch, Inkylicious ink duster brushes


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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Gingerbread Spinner Card & Gingerbread Bag & Tag

Last Thursday my friend Wendy came over for a crafty play.  At our last card group meeting we decorated a gift tag and made a gingerbread man tag and Wendy said she wanted to make another bag and tag - but with a gingerbread girl this time.  Wendy also wanted to make a gingerbread spinner card in traditional Christmas colours.

Here's the bag and tag.


Here's a closer look at the tag.  I dressed the gingerbread girl in a red dress, added a bow and some red gems to the flowers on the dress.  Very sweet!


For the spinner card I made a 5 5/8" square Cherry Cobbler card and I cut mat layers in Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.  I die cut the circle spinner channel from the Cherry Cobbler mat layer using a die from the MFT Die-namics 'Circle Spinner Channels' die set.  I embossed the layer with the Leane Creatief 'Snowflakes Background' embossing folder.  I glued the green mat in place and popped up the Cherry Cobbler mat layer using 3mm thick 3D foam tape.  For the spinner element I sandwiched a small round 3D foam pad between two pennies and I placed the element into the track.  I die cut one gingerbread man from Crumb Cake CS, cut another from white CS and inlaid the white pieces into the Crumb Cake shape.  I added a bow tie and buttons and inked the edges of the gingerbread man using Crumb Cake ink and a sponge dauber.  I adhered the gingerbread man to the spinner element with strong double sided tape.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment label and added sparkly gold photo corners.  To complete the card front I added a sparkly gold punched snowflake to the sentiment label.  The jolly gingerbread man was spun quite a few times around the track during the day! 😊


Here's the inside of the card and the envelope with stamped snowflake borders and a "'tis the season to be jolly" sentiment.  A very happy and fun card to make!


Supplies for gift bag and tag:
Stamps: Personal Impressions 'Christmas Messages' set
CS: SU! Real Red, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Candy Cane Lane' DSP
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake & Real Red
Tools: Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Pierced Tags' die set, XCut 'Gingerbread Family' die set, QuicKutz 'Scallop' border die, SU! 'Word Window' punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Real Red satin ribbon, SU! Kraft Rope Trim, small red adhesive gems, SU! Dimensionals 


Supplies for gingerbread man spinner card:
Stamps: SU! 'Flurry of Wishes' set, My Cute Stamps 'Let It Snow' set, Hero Arts 'Miracle of the Holidays' set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crumb Cake & Whisper White, SU! Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green & Crumb Cake
Tools: Leane Creatief 'Snowflakes Background' embossing folder, MFT Die-namics 'Circle Spinner Channels' & 'Photo Corners' die sets, XCut 'Gingerbread Family' die set, Spellbinders 'Labels Trio' die
Embellishments & accessories: Woodware 3mm thick 3D foam tape


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Monday, 7 November 2016

Batch Of Cut Out Christmas Tree Gift Tags

I made a batch of 11 gift tags for our card group Secret Santa pressie exchange.  I used my newly acquired MFT 'Tag Builder Blueprints 2' die set together with SU! 'Presents & Pinecones' patterned paper and Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy and Real Red CS.  Here's a photo of just one tag.


Here's the batch of 11 tags.  I die cut 11 Mint Macaron tags and 11 Emerald Envy tags.  Using the tree die I cut out a tree shape from each Mint Macaron tag and then glued the Emerald Envy tags behind.  I adhered the patterned paper toppers plus the Real Red hole reinforcers and then I added thick white baker's twine.


Back in 2013 I made these tags for the Secret Santa gifts.  I then set my ladies homework by asking them to use their tag to create a card after Christmas.  Hmmmm, I might come up with another homework project before our meeting in December, we'll see!  

Supplies:
Stamps: none
CS: SU! Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy & Real Red 

Patterned paper: SU! 'Presents & Pinecones' DSP
Ink: none
Tools: Mft Die-namics 'Tag Builder Blueprints 2' die set
Embellishments & SU! thick white baker's twine


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Thursday, 3 November 2016

November 2016 Card Group Projects

This afternoon we got together for our card group meeting.  I really cannot believe we only have one more meeting in 2016 - this year seems to have flown by!  Three Christmas projects for the ladies to make today, two cards and a gift bag with tag.  Everyone loves the spinner cards so I made sure to include another one of those this month!

I decorated the front of a plain white gift bag using some patterned paper and a scalloped border strip.  Then I made a tag to attach to one of the handles.  I just adore the sweet gingerbread man!  The XCut 'Gingerbread Family' die set was a total impulse buy, I saw it in a local shop, fell in love with it and bought it immediately!  In the die set there are gingerbread shapes in two sizes and then clothing and accessories dies to dress up the gingerbread people.  I kept things simple for this tag though.  I die cut the larger gingerbread shape from Crumb Cake and Whisper White CS and I inset the white pieces into the Crumb Cake shape.  I applied Crumb Cake ink to the shape using a sponge dauber and added the buttons and bow tie.  I popped up the gingerbread man onto the red tag and added the sentiment label.  I used red satin ribbon and Kraft Rope Trim to tie the tag to the bag handle.


Here's a closer look at the tag.  The cheery gingerbread man is guaranteed to raise a smile I think!


This time I used the circle spinner track die from the SU! 'Sliding Star Framelits' die set to create a spinner card.  I cut the track from a square of Rich Razzleberry CS, popped that square up onto a Sweet Sugarplum mat layer and glued that to the front of a 5 5/8" square white card base.  I stamped small poinsettias onto white CS using stamped off once Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry ink.  I cut it out with a 2" circle punch, glued it to the larger Razzleberry circle which I then popped up in the centre.  To make the spinner element I used two pennies sandwiched together with a round 3D foam pad.   I stamped two poinsettias onto a piece of vellum with VersaMark ink and heat embossed using Vintage Plum embossing tinsel - very pretty and sparkly!  I placed the vellum piece on top of a piece of Sweet Sugarplum CS and die cut the poinsettias.  I attached the layers together with a rhinestone brad, adhered the flower to the penny spinner element and inserted it into the track.  To complete the card front I added four Sweet Sugarplum scalloped decorative corners.


Here's a closer look at the sentiment circle and poinsettia spinner.


Here's the inside and the envelope.


Last month at card group Val asked for a reminder about the triple time stamping technique.  A great opportunity for the group to revisit the technique then!  I used the SU! 'Flurry of Wishes' snowflake stamp set to create an A6 landscape oriented card.  I trimmed the Night of Navy card base to 5 3/4" wide to better accommodate the mat layer sizes.  

WHITE STAMPING PANELS WERE CUT TO:

5 1/2" x 3 7/8"
4 1/2" x 2 7/8" and 
3 1/2" x 1 7/8"

NAVY MAT LAYERS WERE CUT TO:

4 3/4" x 3 1/8" and
3 3/4" x 2 1/8"

I stacked the three white panels together and used removable adhesive tape to keep the panels in place.  I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink first, then stamped the larger snowflakes in Marina Mist ink, the medium ones in Pool Party ink and the small ones in Night of Navy ink.  I separated the layers, glued the largest one to the front of the card base, glued the two remaining stamped panels to the Navy mat layer pieces and glued them to the card.  I stamped a large snowflake onto Marina Mist CS and a small snowflake onto Pool Party CS and punched the shapes out.  I punched out a Night of Navy snowflake, glued the three snowflake layers together and popped up the snowflake element.  To finish I added a rhinestone to the snowflake centre.   


Here's the inside and the envelope.


We'll exchange Secret Santa gifts at our December meeting and I made a set of gift tags for all of us.   I'll share the gift tags in a day or so.

Supplies for gift bag and tag:
Stamps: Personal Impressions 'Christmas Messages' set
CS: SU! Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Candy Cane Lane' DSP
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake & Early Espresso
Tools: Creative Expressions Sue Wilson ''Pierced Tags' die set, XCut 'Gingerbread Family' die set, QuicKutz 'Scallop' border die, SU! 'Word Window' punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Real Red satin ribbon, SU! Kraft Rope Trim, Dimensionals


Supplies for poinsettia spinner card:
Stamps: Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Shaded Poinsettia' & 'Shaded Poinsettia Additions' sets, SU! 'Best Yet' set, Woodware 'Happiest of Christmases' set
CS: SU! Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White (thick & regular), vellum
Ink: SU! Sweet Sugarplum & Rich Razzleberry, VersaMark
Tools: Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Classic Poinsettia' die set, SU! 'Sliding Star' Framelits die set, MFT Die-namics 'Photo Corners' die set, heat tool
Embellishments & accessories: Stampendous Vintage Plum embossing tinsel, rhinestone brad, 3mm dimensional foam tape


Supplies for snowflakes triple time stamped card:
Stamps: SU! 'Flurry of Wishes' set,  Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas' set
CS: SU! Night of Navy, Marina Mist & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Night of Navy, Marina Mist & Pool Party
Tools: SU! 'Flower Medallion' & 'Snow Flurry' punches
Embellishments & accessories: rhinestone jewel, Dimensionals


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Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Batch Of Snowflake Merriest Wishes Cards

We've just come back from a lovely, relaxing break in the New Forest with our very good friends Debs and Mike.  Before we went I'd started a batch of Christmas cards and today I was able to finish them off.  I very rarely make a batch of cards but I realised that I wouldn't have enough Christmas cards this year unless I made multiples of some designs!

Here's my completed batch of 20 cards and envelopes.


This photo shows the card front, inside and envelope.


I die cut the snowflakes and cross stitched rectangles first, then I stamped the sentiment on the card fronts, stamped the insides of the cards and then stamped the envelope flaps.  The MISTI certainly makes short work of stamping a batch of cards!  I punched circles and small snowflakes for the centres of the large snowflakes and assembled the snowflakes.  This afternoon all I had to do to finish the cards was to glue the die cut cross stitched rectangles in place and to pop up the snowflakes.

Here's one of the cards.  The white cards are A6 sized, the large snowflakes were die cut from SU! Pool Party CS, I used SU! Bermuda Bay CS for the die cut cross stitched rectangles and the punched circles and I stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink.  I punched the small snowflakes from SU! Silver Glimmer Paper to add a touch of festive sparkle.


Here's the inside and the envelope.  I used Bermuda Bay ink for the sentiments and the snowflakes on the envelope flaps.  I used Pool Party ink to stamp the snowflake ornament hanging from the sentiment.  All the hanging snowflakes were stamped in exactly the right place thanks to the marvellous MISTI!   


My World Cardmaking Day project for this year was to make a batch of 10 Christmas cards.  I had a lovely day in my craft room creating them and it's very satisfying to see them all boxed up ready to be written out.  I'll be sharing those on the blog in December after they've been given out!  

I definitely want to make another batch of Christmas cards but I've got other stuff to work on first.    

Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas' set, Hobby Art 'Christmas Robins' set, My Cute Stamps 'Let It Snow!' set
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, SU! Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay & Pool Party
Tools: Sweet Dixie 'Large Swirly Snowflake' die, Memory Box 'Cross Stitched Frame' rectangle die set, SU! 3/4" circle punch, X Cut snowflake punch, MISTI
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


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Friday, 7 October 2016

October 2016 Card Group Projects

Yesterday afternoon we got together for our October card group meeting and a very enjoyable afternoon it was too. Val and Margaret celebrate their birthdays this month and both ladies treated us to home baked goodies - Chocolate Brownies and Lemon and Blueberry Traybake - both delicious! Crafting and cake - a perfect combination!

The first project I designed for the ladies to make was a tealight gift box made using Pool Party CS and mistletoe patterned paper from last year's SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP pack. I bought Passionfruit and Blueberry tealights to fill all the boxes.  I thought the 'Making spirits bright' sentiment was ideal to use for a gift of tealights so I stamped that onto a tag made from a die cut Pool Party ornament.  I cut an ornament topper from platinum CS and tied the ornament tag to the ribbon bow with white baker's twine.


Here's another view of the gift box.  


Making a card to match the tealights gift box seemed a good idea so that's the second project I created.  Here's the card and tealights gift box together.


Everyone loved the spinner card we made last month so I designed an ornament spinner card for this time.  I used the same patterned paper as I'd used on the box and the colour combo is Pool Party and Always Artichoke.  The Pool Party fancy die cut ornament was glued over the top of an  Always Artichoke plain punched circle.  I added a platinum topper, a die cut bow and some rhinestone jewels.  The sentiment label is glued flat to the card so it doesn't interfere with the spinner.  The spinner element is made using a round 3D foam pad sandwiched between two pennies.  The Always Artichoke panel with the spinner channel cut from it is popped up with 3mm thick 3D foam tape.  


Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.  I stamped the mistletoe sprig inside with stamped off once Pear Pizzazz ink and stamped the sentiment over the top in Always Artichoke ink.  The two mistletoe sprigs on the front of the envelope were stamped in Always Artichoke ink.


The third project was a snowman card made with my MFT Blueprints 14 die set and using the layout shown at the bottom right.

I made a 5 1/4" white square card base, added a Bermuda Bay die cut stitched square, a white rounded corner square embossed with the SU! 'Northern Flurry' embossing folder and a black die cut scalloped border.  I stamped the snowman onto Whisper White thick CS, coloured him using ProMarkers, fussy cut him and popped him up onto a Soft Sky die cut rounded corners rectangle.  I placed a Bermuda Bay punched snowflake onto a Soft Sky punched circle and added a pearl to the centre.  I fixed the sentiment label in place and added the snowflake circle element over the top.


Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped the snowflake cluster in stamped off once Bermuda Bay ink and stamped the sentiment over the top in black ink.  I used full strength Bermuda Bay ink for the snowflake cluster on the envelope flap.


Val mentioned yesterday that she couldn't fully remember the triple time stamping technique.  A perfect opportunity for me to include a triple time stamped Christmas card as one of next month's projects then!  

Supplies for tealights gift box:
Stamps: SU! 'Tin of Tags' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl Platinum

Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP
Ink: SU! Mossy Meadow
Tools: SU! 'Delicate Ornament' Thinlits die set, SU! 'Decorative Label' punch, SU! Simply Scored
Embellishments & accessories: SU! white organza ribbon, SU! white baker's twine 


Supplies for ornament spinner card:
Stamps: SU! ''Sweet Essentials' & 'Peaceful Wishes' sets, Hero Arts 'Miracle of the Holidays' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Always Artichoke & Whisper White, Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl Platinum

Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP
Ink: SU! Always Artichoke & Pear Pizzazz
Tools: SU! 'Sliding Star' Framelits & 'Delicate  Ornament' & 'Pretty Pines' Thinlits die sets, Spellbinders 'Labels Trio' die set, Memory Box 'Grosgrain Ribbons' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, round 3D foam pads, 3mm thick 3D foam tape


Supplies for snowman card:
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Wonderful Christmas' set, Inkylicious 'Santa's Sleigh' set, PSX 'Snowflake Medley'
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay,Soft Sky, Basic Black & Whisper White (regular & thick)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Bermuda Bay, various ProMarkers
Tools: MFT Die-namics 'Blueprints 14' die set, SU! 'Northern Flurry' embossing folder, SU! 'Modern Label' punch & plain circle punch, X Cut snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! pearl jewel, Dimensionals


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Friday, 30 September 2016

Star Of Light Easel Card

This is the second card I made for Jan to make when she came over for a crafty play yesterday.  I used Jan's SU! 'Star of Light' stamp set and 'Starlight' Thinlits dies - they're so beautiful!

I made a Pool Party A6 sized easel card and glued the snowflake paper to the bottom part.  I die cut the plain star from Night of Navy CS, the fancy star from silver foil sheet, glued them together and popped the star up onto a 'Lots of Labels' die cut label shape.  I used the 'Softly Falling' folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White CS, matted that to a larger piece of Night of Navy CS, glued that in place and added the star label element.  I used a smaller label die for the sentiment element, cutting out the same size label three times.  I cut apart the Night of Navy and Pool Party labels and glued the pieces behind the white label.   I added some silver glitter ribbon tied in a knot to the bottom part of the card and added a silver star metallic enamel shape to the centre of the fancy star.


Here's a closer look at the gorgeous star.  


Here's a closer look at the sentiment label.  I stamped the starry swirl in Pool Party ink before stamping the sentiment and stars in Night of Navy ink.


Here's the message panel on the bottom of the easel card and the envelope.  I love the cut out design die and I really liked how it looked on the envelope flap.  I die cut a Pool Party plain star shape, snipped the points off at top and bottom and glued that behind the cut out portion.  I added a 1/4" Night of Navy punched circle topped with a silver star metallic enamel shape


We had a lovely crafty time together and Jan loved both cards I'd designed for her to make.  I did warn Jan that I may well ask to borrow the bells and stars sets again at some time!

Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Star of Light' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Night of Navy & Whisper White, Silver Foil sheet

Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP
Ink: SU! Pool Party & Night of Navy
Tools: SU! 'Starlight' Thinlits & 'Lots of Labels' Framelits die sets, 1/4" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! silver glitter ribbon, SU! silver metallic enamel star shapes, Dimensionals


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