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Saturday, 29 December 2018
One technique I really enjoyed was adding foil to stencil paste with my laminator, and these Bauble cards, using a stencil called Damask Baubles, by Sweet Poppy, really made great use of the technique.
More foiling, and most of these were done using Tim Holtz layering stencils to apply the paste through. Not used many yet, but they will make great fast cards, as the background is so striking, all they really need is adding to a card base and a sentiment.
Die cutting this time, and the die is a Tim Holtz Thinlits one, called Butterflies. You get two different shaped butterflies in it,which come as a solid shape and an overlay. I also used either a textured cardstock, or ran it through an embossing folder first. Again, nice and simple, and just need a sentiment to finish.
One of my few stamped cards, using a Honey Doo stamp called Floral Corner Flourish, with the flowers stamped again onto white pearl paper, then layered on top.
This was one of my favourite Christmas cards, although die cutting & punching out all those snowflakes was ridiculously messy! I did a few in either blue/white/silver, or white & silver.
This easel card was made for my DIL's birthday, and the majority of the colouring was done with Prismacolor pencils, which I admit have finally turned me into someone who enjoys colouring. Still struggling with the Promarkers, though! The sentiment was cut from a sheet of card I'd swiped stencil paste over, then laminated with some holographic foil.
Some more stamping appearing, these used mainly cardio stamps, and various Bauble stencils to ink & stamp through.
This technique, for using up card scraps by cutting into strips and sticking down onto paper/card, I learnt about from Jennifer Macguire, and had a lot of fun with.
There are a few posts about these, so I'll link them HERE, HERE and HERE.
These were some more quick die cut cards, using glitter card, and a few different overlay dies with a die cut sentiment.
Christmas Card Club challenge, I made tags. Really easy, and a great way to use those smaller stamps in a set, or stamps such as Card-io/Majestix.
I thought it would be nice for her to have a keepsake of her visit,and wanted to do a photo triptych, but being mindful of the weight going in her luggage, I made a photo frame using photo mount inserts, covered in a silvery paper stamped with a flower stamp and heat embossed in a sparkly embossing powder.I added some acetate behind the panels, and added a back afterwards, leaving room to insert the pictures. I made a panel with the WOYWW in, plus the date & place, then added a group photo taken on the day, and an older one from a previous crop of Julia & Jan together, as Julia couldn't be with us for this one. Finishing touch was some Tim Holtz corners, for protection.
So thats my round up of the year, I think my New Years Resolution must be to do more stamping!
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
Well, no crafting done, it's all about the crafty pressies this week. Santa did bring me a Big Shot, as a replacement for my poor 'Bug.
He also got me a hard case for my Prismacolour pencils. I'd have bought the bigger box if I'd known how much I was going to like them, but I went with the mid sized tin, and buying extra colours left me with no way to store them safely.
I also got a TH Travel platform, here it is alongside it's big brother for comparison.
A few stamps also appeared in my pressies, two Lavinia and one Card-io.
Some crystal obelisks and a stand for them. They're about 2" high.
And a cauldron for my desk! It's quite heavy, being cast iron.
This one not a Christmas pressie, - Doug bought himself a new Gaming monitor, so I get his old one. Quite a bit bigger than my old one,feels like it's almost on my lap!
I hope everyone had a fab Christmas Day, and can have a nice relaxing Boxing Day today.
To everyone going out to celebrate the New Year, have a fun, safe evening, and Happy New Year to you all.
Which just leaves.....And Finally........
Because we all know how true this is! I know last year in Tesco, one side of an aisle had reduced price Christmas stuff, and the facing shelves had Easter Eggs!
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Just some of them wrapped and bagged ready for delivering to family.
My laminator stood on top of a block of wooden storage boxes there too.
I did buy myself a couple of new Gelli plates, both off Amazon, and way cheaper than I found them in crafting stores.
Bought a round one, and a 5x7 one. The one I have is a 6" square, and I really enjoyed playing with it, so looking forward to some creating time with these. Again, it was only because I was gifted the square one that I tried it out, unlikely I'd have bought one myself, to be honest.
THIS LINK, is to a video that was on Facebook, making Christmas ornaments from glitter foam. They are absolutely fab, and well worth a look.
A huge thank you from us both to everyone for the wonderful selection of Christmas Cards that have been dropping through the letterbox.
And so, thats me done for another week, and indeed almost another year.
Just leaves.....And Finally.......
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
This was a new stencil I bought at Happy Stampers- I quite like the one on the Brusho sheet, looks like a blizzard in the background.
These are some older stencils which I will probably foil too.
I don't often buy craft magazines, but I liked the Embossing Folder with this one, and the Father Christmas stamps with the second one.
Not bought much in Christmas sales, but Craft Stash had a special one day of two EF's for a £5, so got these two Christmas and two Birthday ones. Good sizes too, 6"x6", and 5"x7".
While sorting through my photo files, I found this one, the stuff I got at the Motorcycle Museum Craft show. That cardstock is awesome, a fab 'oil on water' look to it.
Off to leave my link over at Julias place, The Stamping Ground.
So that's me about done, just leaves......And Finally........
Some of you have probably seen this on Facebook, sharing here as it did make me laugh!
Sunday, 9 December 2018
Mainly because most of them need to be coloured, and until I discovered how enjoyable Prismacolor pencils were to work with, I avoided colouring like the plague. So we have 5 Christmas cards, and 4 more gift tags to the collection.
Dies to Die For, a UK company who stock many of the well known US brands of stamps and dies, such as Altenew, Lawn Fawn,Mama Elephant, Pretty Pink Posh, and Whimsy.
I used the Fluffy Stuff on these too.
This is a Hobby Art stamp, bought at Happy Stampers a couple of months ago. Called Archie & 5 Pals.
Another Hobby Art stamp, Paws for Thought.
Both of these are Rubber stamps.
These Penguin tags are also using a Hobby Art set, clear stamps this time, called Round Penguins.
The Polar bear tags use stamps from Inkylicious, on the left, and a very old Woodware set on the right. Laughing right now, as I just did a Google search to see if it was still available. The only two images that showed up are both from my blog, so I guess not!
So, I said I'd tell you about the Puffy stuff.
It says on the bottle to apply a line of it, then heat with a heat gun. That works fine, especially if you are trying to line hills or trees for instance, but I found didn't produce the look I wanted for the fur.
So what I did was to add a thickish line of it onto the fur trim, then used a cotton bud to dab it all over.
If some areas puff up too far, you can flatten it down- the flat end of the cotton buds was perfect for that!
It's a really great little product for adding some dimension and texture to your Christmas creations.
And so we are done for another year, and I'd like to thank everyone for making this such a fun challenge. You've all provided so much inspiration, and often, reminded me of stamps I have that I'd forgotten about!
It's been great for taking the stress out of Christmas Card making, and made it something to enjoy through the year instead. As I wrote out and sent almost 70 cards earlier in the week, then another 30+ for work colleagues, and 20+ for family, I realised why in previous years-when I didn't start till November- I'd got heartily sick of the sight of them long before I was finished. So thank you ladies, and I hope you all have a quiet, peaceful and Happy Christmas, and thank you all for the lovely Christmas cards that have arrived!
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
And this is part 2. Yesterday I wrote and posted 67 to the UK and abroad. Good job I'd been buying the occasional book of stamps throughout the year, so the only postage I actually paid yesterday was for the foreign ones. Think I'd probably have fainted at the price otherwise. Today I sat and wrote 33 for work colleagues of ours.
And finishing off with another 21 for family, that'll get hand delivered. Until names start popping up I've forgotten. Now I know why I used to get sick of the idea of Christmas cards when I left them till November. I'm left with about two dozen, for any I've forgotten, or to go towards next year.
I'll be later visiting today, as I'm doing something I haven't done for more years than most of you have probably been alive,😁. I'm going to the hairdressers! I will still be red, purple & blue, but the purple & blue have gotten so dark now that the colours don't show properly, so it needs bleaching. And that's a job for an expert, having had a couple of close squeaks with it in the past, Doug won't go there now. The hairdresser I'm going to is Ellie, the lady whose wedding photos I showed a few weeks ago.Almost said girl, as I've known her since she was at school with my eldest, but as they are both in their 40's now, that would have been silly. The last time I set foot in a hairdressers, I was still in my mid teens!
So no crafting yet. The Brusho sheets from last week have been sat under a glass mat, with the box of cards on top to flatten out a bit.
So thats it from me this week, I'll be linking up at Julias place, The Stamping Ground, and round to see you all later.
Which just leaves.....And Finally...............
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