Thursday, 31 December 2015

Thanks Sew Much

A second card for the Less is More challenge this week, where the theme is 'Homespun'.  This time I decided to add real stitching.
I've had some Bazzill stitching templates for a long time, but can't remember the last time I used one of them.  I chose a flourish pattern, which I sewed with embroidery thread.  The border was punched with a Martha Stewart punch, which I thought looked like broderie anglaise, keeping the Homespun theme.  The sentiment was from a set of stamps that came as a free gift with a magazine.  I stamped it using a Versafine 'Onyx' inkpad, then added some faux stitching with a fine purple pen. The stitched panel and sentiment are both raised up on foam tape.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Canine Thank You

Another 'thank you' card.  This one is for my six year old great-nephew who adores dogs!  
The image is a pre-coloured digi stamp I was lucky enough to win as a prize recently from Beccy's Place and is part of a set of dog stamps and sentiments.  The embossing folder is 'Pawprint Lattice' by Sue Wilson.  I've no idea of the make of the paw print border punch as there is no name of it.

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Thank You

I made a start on my Thank You cards today.  This is the first one, using a new die a crafty friend gave me for Christmas.  My patterned paper snippets are stored by colour in a folder, but I seldom remember to use them.  So that's one of my New Year resolutions - to use them!
This patterned paper was a snippet from a scrapbook layout I made over ten years ago - so I thought it was about time I used it!  The new die is Memory Box 'Chloe Stem' which I used to die cut the blue pattered paper and yellow card.  I added a tiny yellow butterfly for added interest, with a trail of tiny white pearls to show the flight path.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Favourite Christmas present!

I hope you all had a good Christmas.  Welcome to my new follower, Lia of  'Lia's Design and so'. I hope you visit again soon.

Before I post a photo of my card, I want to share one of my favourite Christmas presents this year.  My six year old great-nephew altered some slippers for my husband and me.  He had some help sticking the felt shapes and beads to the slippers, but it was his design and he cut all the shapes himself.

The Less is More theme this time is 'Homespun', so I decided to go with a sewing themed card.
The embossing folder I used is an 8 x 8 Embossalicious folder - 'Button Box'.  The sewing machine is one of the dies from the Spellbinder set 'Sewing Elements', die cut from silver mirror card.  The buttons are die cut from the same set of dies and mounted onto blue card, which I had added faux stitching to around the edge.  I used a silver sentiment to match the silver sewing machine.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Snowmen Place Names

Final Christmas crafting for this year..... place names for the table on Christmas Day, filled with chocolate coins.

The boxes were made using a WRMK Candy Box Punch Board.  I cut rectangles of blue card measuring 7" x 5 3/4", so I could get two boxes from each sheet of A4 card.  After cutting and scoring each piece of card, the card was embossed using a Sizzix A4 embossing folder 'Dots'.  The snowman is the same as the one on my card HERE, but I've made it much smaller.  The circles are 1 1/2" and 1" and I've used thin rik rac for the scarf.  The black dots are from a sheet of peeloff. (For anyone who uses the SU Owl Builder Punch, these dots are the perfect size for pupils in the eyes, much less fiddly than glueing on tiny punched dots!)  The mouth was drawn using the inside of the smallest die in the SB 'Standard Circles Small' set.  I cut an orange triangle nose and die cut a tag for the name. I tied the ends together using white ribbon. 

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Let it Snow!

Another Christmas card today.

All the stamps are Lavinia stamps, stamped with Versafine 'Onyx'.  I used an Adirondack 'Denim' ink pad to ink the sky and snow drifts, masking out the moon with a circle of card.  Glamour Dust was added to the top of the snow drifts for a bit of sparkle and I used a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush over the wings.  The scene is attached to a dark blue card blank.

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Pretty In Pink

Today's box pop-up card was for a special six year old who celebrated her birthday yesterday.

I love making box pop-up cards and decided to make this one very pink!  I used two different embossing folders - Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' for the flaps and Papermania 'Check Mate' for long panels.  The Papermania one has little hearts on, although they are difficult to see in the photo.  The 'Forever Friends' stickers were attached to snippets of acetate.  I added two punched scalloped hearts to each side flap and finished off with a small pink pearl in the middle of the paler pink heart on each side.

I would like to enter my card for the following challenges:
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 208 and 209 ~ Use snippets

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Ruby Wedding Anniversary

Tomorrow, two of our oldest friends will be celebrating their Ruby Wedding Anniversary.  I've known them both since we were children, how time flies!  Here is the card I made for them.
The heart die cut is Memory Box 'Heart of Hearts'.  First, I used the die to die cut a white piece of card, which I then matted and layered on red card, using Memory Box Stitched dies.  I used the die again on a snippet of red card and used the tiny heart-shaped waste as an embellishment.  The sentiment is raised up on foam tape. I'm not sure of the name of the A4 embossing folder I used, as I've thrown the packaging away. :-(  As all the red card I used was snippets, I'll be sharing my card over in the Playground when the gates open in the morning. 

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Happy Snowman

I went to my local monthly crop and craft day last Saturday.  As I've made all my Christmas cards for this year, I  started making my cards for Christmas 2016 - polishing my halo here!  I've made a few more this week.  I saw the design for this snowman HERE and couldn't resist his cheeky smile.  I designed my card with a similar snowman, but my snowman is smaller, using  1 1/2" and 2" circle punches.
I used a tiny circle punch to punch out the buttons from a snippet of black card.  The mouth was drawn using a 5p coin. (Edited to add - a US dime coin is the same size as a UK 5p coin.) I layered the snowman and sentiment on blue die cuts using Memory Box Stitched Rectangles.  The sentiment and snowman's head are attached with  foam pads to give a bit of dimension.  A tiny triangle of orange card and a snippet of ribbon finished off the snowman. The embossing folder I used is Sue Wilson's 'Frosty Swirls'. As I used snippets, I'll be sharing my card over in the Playground.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015


So much for planning to have a crafty weekend! I didn't get time to make a single card as we made a last minute decision to go down to the coast for the weekend, so I'm really behind with cards that are needed this month.  We had a lovely weekend, if a little windy! Today's card is a CAS retirement card needed for a friend for tomorrow. 
The corner die cut was using one of the Memory Box 'Distress Windham Collage' dies.  The main die cut is Memory Box 'Kensington Branch', which I cut out in green and blue.  I snipped off the blue butterflies and attached them over the green die cut.  

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Friday, 4 December 2015


I'm not sure where the last week went, but I finally made it back into my craft room last night to make a card for a friend's birthday - which is today!  I need to catch up with my blog visiting this weekend too. 
The image is a Papermania stamp, coloured with Promarkers. I've matted and layered the image and sentiment using Memory Box Stitched dies.  The embossing folder is Darice 'Argyle Background'.  Card Candi finished off my card.  Except for the base card, everything else was snippets, so I'll be off to share my card in the Playground.