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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Christmas Card Club 2020- #2 Holly and/or Ivy

This fortnights challenge has been chosen by Elizabeth, and she'd like to see Holly and/or Ivy on our cards. We also are welcoming a new member to the group, Linda, so we are all looking forward to seeing what she creates.
I've made 4 cards for this challenge, all pretty much identical.
I've taken Holly as my theme. The holly background in 3 of them is a Sweet Poppy Large background stencil, and I covered the paste in glitter while it was wet. The two on the left are two-tone, top one a mix of green & silver, the bottom one copper and green.  On the right, the top one is green glitter, and the bottom one is stamped with a 'cover a card' stamp from Impression Obsession.



 Here you can see the details of them a little better.


I matted them onto dark green card, then mounted them onto my card base, which are just under 6" square.




Next I stamped an old Chocolate Baroque stamp, Holly Script, in gold and heat embossed with Gold detail powder, then cut them down to a tag shape. I cut the same size tags in dark red, and ran through an Embossing Folder from Creative Expressions, called Festive Greetings. I layered them together, slightly offset, and added a small ribbon detail.
 I mounted them to the card front with some foam tape, for a little dimension.




The final addition was a glittered holly bough, taken from the CB stamp. I'd stamped onto acetate, then glittered and finally cut out. A few small spots of silicone glue adhered them over the holly image on the tags.

A peel off sentiment finished them off. I only wanted a small sentiment, and this helps use up some of my peel off mountain! I stuck the peel off onto scraps of the green card, then matted onto scraps of the red.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

WOYWW #553- The Making Cards again Edition.

Indeed, a few have been made over the last week. A total of 10 for the Christmas card club, giving me a decent start on next years cards. Here's the first 8. They can be seen a bit closer, as well as the remaining two, in the post below this.
Then I completed the Engagement card I was working on, and made a second for my stash.


This is the completed one, done with smooth glitter card behind the die cut, in red, as I know she has her Grans Ruby Engagement ring.




The gold one has no sentiment yet, as I thought it would be suitable for an engagement, wedding or anniversary card, so I'll just leave it blank until I need it.









The sentiment on the red one was cut 4 times and layered up, then mounted onto a vellum heart die cut, so it would stand out from the background better.

I had to wait to finish it, as amongst all my sentiment dies, the one I didn't have was Engagement, but an internet search found me this Hunkydory one, which has 32 dies in it, including a few that allow you to build a phrase out of the sentiment. Available on Amazon, amongst others.



Okay, thats a small Enable, now for the big one. I treated myself a couple of months ago now, but being ill, I've not got around to opening it, or trying it out yet, but that's what I'm going to be doing next.
I bought myself a Minc. You all know I love foiling, and whilst my laminator could do a reasonable job on a number of things, it's not the perfect solution. I didn't go down the Gemini Foil Press route, as I want to be able to use stuff I already have, not have to start buying expensive special Foiling plates!

So, I'm going to do an unboxing video, and then some test foiling, so that post will be coming soon.
Which rounds of my WOYWW post this week. As always, we'll be linking up at Julias place, The Stamping Ground, and visiting desks worldwide, to see who's up to what. So that only leaves.....And Finally..........

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Christmas Card Club 2020- #1 Angels or Fairies

 Back in with making Christmas Cards for the Christmas Card Club Challenge, and I've used both themes for my cards, and made a total of 10 cards.


The ones on the left are 4 6" square cards, and 4 'notecard' size, which I make by cutting a sheet of A4 cardstock in half on the length, then folding to give me topfold cards, or landscape sidefold.

The Fairy and large tree are by Lavinia stamps, the treeline and small deer by Cardio/Majestix.
 As a finishing touch I added an acrylic star to the top of the tree, and some dots of Stickles for fairy lights.


These two are A4 cardstock folded, and use a very old stamp in my collection, called Angel Chorus Collage, by Rubber Stampede. It was stamped onto cardstock, then also onto vellum, and the vellum was torn around the design and added on top of the cardstock with a small amount of adhesive. I also added some colour to the back of the vellum image first. A few die cut flowers, and a couple of again very old backing papers, and they're finished.




To make the bauble shapes in the first four cards, I used a variety of stencils.The very top two are using a Clarity bauble stencil. The other two square ones use a stencil cut using a Spellbinders Ornament die, 2011 Heirloom Ornaments.
 The final 4 use a stencil cut using Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2010.

 DI Broken China & Tumbled Glass were brushed over the top edge, and  I used a torn paper mask for the top hillside. I used the cheap 'Toothbrush style' make up brushes to add the ink.
 The remaining ink on the stencil was dragged around the edges to define the shape, using a dried baby wipe, which I also used to add the ink over torn paper to make the hills.








 This is the Clarity stencil, and I also cut a copy from thin paper to use as a mask when stamping in the trees. The paper is thinner than the stencil, so the stamping is easier to do without having a big gap caused by the depth of the stencil.





















The Poinsettia is another Spellbinders die, and I believe the flourishes are by Cheery Lynn.














Wednesday, 1 January 2020

WOYWW #552- The Happy New Year Edition.

Yes, it's Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade! Hoping it's a wonderful, happy, healthy new year for everyone, and another year of Wednesday meetings over at Julia's place, The Stamping Ground, for our regular weekly desk- hop.If you just browse the blogs and have never joined in, make it this years resolution! All the details can be found on Julia's blog, it's easy, fun and FREE!!!! And you can join in whenever you like, no obligation to post every week, just link up and visit when you can.
 Not a single thing to show you this week, I have been working on an Engagement card, actually, making half a dozen different to build up my stores, but can't show them yet. But I wasn't going to miss out on the first post of the New Year, so I'm just going to leave you with this weeks
 And Finally......................................

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

WOYWW #551- The Happy Christmas Edition.

 Here's wishing everyone a warm, safe and very Happy Christmas! I'm writing this post on Tuesday, and will schedule it, as most of us will be gift unwrapping/cooking/visiting on Wednesday.
 Not a lot to show on my desk today, I've spent some time doing a bit of organising, and making up more of those striped backgrounds.
My last bit of shopping for the year, the few items I bought in the Country View Advent sale.  The bottle next to the mini inkpads is Gel Plate conditioner,then an Archival re-inker, a Black spray mist from Dylusions, 3 bottles of Stickles and at the bottom there is 1 Liquid Pearls, and 3 Wendy Vecchi Enamel Accents, which I think are the same thing. So thats me done, very short & sweet this week, but it wouldn't be the same without an ........And Finally.......


I think we can all relate to that!

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

WOYWW #550- The Almost Christmas Edition

Indeed it is, and I hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas. Many thanks to all those who have sent cards- I should have made a list, but didn't think of it till now. But you all know who you are.🎄🎅.
I've finally done some crafting- making a batch of backgrounds using up strips of cardstock cut from scraps & leftovers. Something I saw Jennifer MacGuire do. I did a post on it a while ago, you can find it HERE if you're interested. It's something I can do either in my craft room, or sat on the settee, so works well.
 And believe it or not, that's me done this week. Not a single enable in sight! I have got an order at Country View Crafts, in her Advent sale, but I'm waiting for that, and it's only Archival re-inkers.
And a blog post wouldn't be the same with an And Finally...............


True, Dat.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

WOYWW #549- The die sorting Edition.

And here they are in their new home. So far I've only filled the top layer, and the second layer with all the Christmas dies & Embossing folders, leaving the bottom one empty. Thinking I *may* just be able to get my BIGZ dies in there, leaving me with a free drawer in the tower beneath the desk. So, it's working out fine.
It's cleared off the desk I use for die cutting, just have a couple of things left to put away.
  


On a good note, I got out the box that had left over Christmas cards from the last year or so, thinking I will at least have a start on this years, to find I actually had enough to do all my card sending this year!

Huge bonus, as time was definitely slipping past me way too fast.


This weeks only bit of enabling is some coloured cardstock from Papermill Direct, as well as some of their super smooth white cardstock, which is excellent as a stamping cardstock.




And that pretty much sums up everything for this weeks WOYWW, hosted as always by Julia over at The Stamping Ground.


Which only leaves.....And Finally.......

How true is that?

Christmas Card Club 2020- #2 Holly and/or Ivy

This fortnights challenge has been chosen by Elizabeth, and she'd like to see Holly and/or Ivy on our cards. We also are welcoming a new...