Wednesday, December 31, 2014

House Mouse Christmas

This is the last post from me for the year, with a favourite character, those pesky little mice LOL! I have a soft spot for these illustrations because they are so cute and have so much expression.

Oops a wonky photo ...hic.... I must have had a bit of Baileys when I photographed this one..mmm a little merry.....

Glamour dust and dimensional glue for the 'icing' on the gingerbread house, and coloured with polychromos pencil crayons.

the easel is held up by a tag, onto which I adhered a mini wooden rolling pin - this card was for a lady who was always baking ;)

and the inside.... 

Happy New Year to all my blog readers. I hope that 2015 is truly a good year for everyone and brings you all health and happiness.

 I will be back next week with a variety of cards I didn't get the chance to post this month so pop back for more.

Penny Black Hedgehogs Christmas

Almost there, one more card to post after this one.  So I tried mirror stamping with this one and it worked well but it was fiddly.  The wreath was fiddly too, but happy with it after I added the pearls and ribbon.

So it's official, I am addicted to die cutting. Saying that, I still love colouring and decoupage so I guess I will continue to mix the two until another bright idea comes along LOL!

For those crafters who have known me for a while, you guys know how long I have had this stamp, and how often it makes an appearance..... so no surprise then that this little hedgehog appeared again this year!

The wreath was made with inspiration from KittieKraft and using circle dies, Martha Stewart pine branch punch and Martha Stewart leaf punch, glue and STACKS of patience.. 

The centre of the card - I didn't add pearls as this makes the front of the card bend and distort - wonder if we can get small card candi somewhere?????????? there's an idea!

Baby's First Christmas - Memory Box stocking die

Well I loved making these cards, especially after purchasing that little stocking die, it is so cute. The die has a stocking shape (die cut in pink in the picture) and the top bit cut in white glitter card.  The bit that doesn't come with the die is the white toe piece, which I cut using a small spellbinder oval and part of the memory box die, where the toe part would be.
The border behind the stocking is also memory box, the snowflakes from Marianne D, the holly leaves are cut from a Cheery Lynn Holly Flourish die and the labels / ovals from Spellbinders.

Lots of photos in this post, as I did a girly pink and a blue boy version.

The light isn't great in some of these photos, in part because I was trying to get things done and photographed them on a dull day :(

That teeny tiny holly piece is so sweet when inked with memento green inks and a dauber and finished off with red pearl 'berries'.

another Stampendous Christmas card - Traditional red and green

Yep, another Stampendous card to share, this one is made with traditional red, green and gold colours and finely wired ribbon which is easy to crinkle.
You can find details about the stamp HERE.

The digi papers are from M R Designs, available here. I did crop and join them for the landscape size, as opposed to printing them square, and you can crop and join using MS Word.

The holly die is from Cheery Lynn.

Sentiment added to the inside - here you can see the gorgeous design of the papers.

Am keeping my rambling to a minimum today as I have a couple more cards to post from my Christmas cards for 2014, plus a few more after that!

Stampendous Ice Blue Christmas Snowy Scene

Another blue and white card to share, this one with a tattered, distressed look and LOADS of glitter!
The stamp is a stampendous one, details HERE and available from a number of craft stockists.

This is a highly detailed stamp, so use smooth good quality card and good ink.

Used pumice stone shade Distress ink to give the edge a little colour and that aged feel.

The poinsettia's are from Spellbinder range of dies

Some light shading with blue and brown polychromos pencil crayons and ultra fine Glamour dust was added to bring the image to life and make it feel more 'frosty'.

... and here are a couple of photos of the same version of this card, embellished a little more, personalised for the customer, oh and the box decorated too:

Friday, December 26, 2014

All Things Christmas

Before it's too late and the year is over, I am going to post a few of my Christmas projects from the last few weeks, as well as other bits and bobs.  Please be patient while I do this, the blog was neglected again, but that was so I could keep up with work and card orders. Hope you enjoy the selection of cards, there are some recognizable dies used and some a little different than my usual ones ;)

First up is my favourite Christmas card of 2014, and surprisingly it's not a stamped one! Yep it's decoupage and foiled as well, so just a bit of sparkle and not to OTT.
I love what the angel means at Christmas time and this image says it all.

This card is an easel shape, but with the fold at the short side of the card, making it a tall easel.

The decoupage isn't in the arched window shape, I used Go Kreate window dies for that.

Love this Sizzix embossing folder, but can't remember what it's called.

A memory box frosty border and scallop border die from spellbinders was used.

You can see the gorgeous foiled detail on the image from the photo above. And below, a close up of the embossing and the sentiment - stamp found on eBay

Here's a great example of the partial embossing and how effective and useful it is when you have a crisp embossed design.

If you like this angel image, it's a 2014 design from Craft Creations - I have used it a lot already and it's going to be a firm favourite in years to come!

It seems like everyone has been so sick with flu symptoms and bugs, so the frosty week we are having this week is good for killing those little nasties. I didn't escape it either this year, twice in 6 weeks and it seemed to last longer than ever - bleuh :( Anyway if you have been sick or are sick at the moment, hang in there xx

It's going to be a bright and shiny new year soon, too, and that means the days are getting shorter already and warm weather will be on the way, so snuggle up for just a while longer and hope we get through the rest of the winter with not too much bad weather.

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