Friday, 8 December 2017

Step Away From The Cards - Tags, Labels & Toppers - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

I had to take a photo in the rain yesterday - first time for everything I suppose!  It was so dark and dismal inside that I just couldn't get enough light.  If you look closely enough you can see the water droplets!

So, the Daring Cardmakers are stepping away from the cards once more and have been working on tags, labels and toppers.  You can see lots of inspiration HERE.

I've fallen in love with Christmas Puddings.  They're very popular at the moment and I just think they're really rather cute.  However, the love story ends there as I don't like eating them - I'd much rather have a mince pie!

I thought I'd have a go at making my own as I didn't have any relevant dies or stamps.  I used a circle die to cut the pudding out of corrugated card then die cut a partial circle from a wavy die for the top.

I added felt holly leaves and wooden painted berries on the top.  I used various papers from the First Edition Merry Little Christmas pad and added washi tape and ribbon to embellish.

It's a fun challenge so I hope you'll join in.

All being well, I hope to see you again next week!

Products Used:
First Edition Merry Little Christmas Pad
Sizzix Dies
Stix 2 Anything adhesives
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Friends are like stars.......... - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Wednesday!

The boys have their carol service at a local church this afternoon with their school friends.  They've been practicing a lot and I'm sure it'll all pay off in their performance.

I'm up on the Bubbly Funk blog today with a card for a friend.  You know I love my sentiments and this is a stamp I had to buy, it just so happened to work really well with the December 'Through The Letterbox' too!

I began by making the background.  I used the star stencil from the box and with my finger applied Liquid Pearls through it.  I didn't want a smooth effect so using my fingers gave me the texture I desired.

While the background was drying, I die cut cross stitched banners.  I stamped the sentiment onto the largest one and added glitter stars from the box to the others.  I trimmed the diamante ribbon into banners too.

I assembled the card and used foam tape for the sentiment banner so it was more prominent.  A perfect card for a friend.........

See you again on Friday!

Products Used:
Glitter Stars, Diamante Ribbon and Star Stencil from the December 'Through The Letterbox'
Dovecraft Stamp
Versafine Ink Pad
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything Else from my stash

Friday, 1 December 2017

December Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

A very Happy December to you all!

It appears many parts of the country got snow but we escaped!  I was actually busy crafting yesterday afternoon when the snowflakes began to fall but they soon stopped.......

As you know it's the first Friday of the month which means the Daring Cardmakers have an Elemental Challenge.  I chose to make a Z Fold card using the Dovecraft Magic of Christmas paper pad.

I used stamps from the same set for the Christmas trees and sentiment which I stamped in gold then fussy cut.

The background paper is quite busy so I used the spotty paper to break it up.  I think it works quite well, don't you?

This is the photo from which you have to pick 3 elements.  I chose the Christmas tree, colours and the 'love' from the cushion.  I hope that you'll play along and you can see a lot more inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE.

Have a great weekend and see you again next week!

Products Used:
Dovecraft Magic of Christmas Paper Pad
Dovecraft Magic of Christmas Stamp Set
Dovecraft Gold Ink Pad
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 27 November 2017

3 Cards in 30 Minutes Using CrafTangles Stencils

Happy Monday!

The weekend went so fast and here we are again ready for another week!  My time is often quite limited and yet I often have a few personal cards to make so I challenged myself to make 3 cards in 30 minutes.  I used CrafTangles stamps, stencils and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I chose 3 stencils and stuck them all on a sheet of A3 watercolour paper before adding distress inks and spritzing with water.

While the backgrounds were drying I cut out my card bases from CrafTangles cardstock but you can use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

For my first card I cut our a square from the background and adhered it onto the card base, adding a band with a heat embossed sentiment and sequins to finish.

With the next background, I fussy cut it and stuck half on to my card base before heat embossing a sentiment and adding faux gems to embellish.

For my final  card, I used a stitched border to cut out the background before adhering it on to the card base.  I stamped a sentiment and added bakers twine to finish.

I hope this post has inspired you to pick up your stencils next time you want to make a quick batch of cards.  There is a more in depth post over on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

See you again soon!

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Embossing Powders in Gold and White
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 24 November 2017

Trim The Tree - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Friday already! The weeks seem to fly by at the moment and before you know it, it'll be December.  My planner is mad during December, most of it taken up with school activities...........

So, the Daring Cardmakers have asked for trees this week - could be a single one or an entire forest.  It doesn't have to be a Christmas tree either........You'll see a lot of wonderful inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE and I hope you'll join in!

I just happened to pick up the latest Making Cards Magazine recently and it had the most appropriate printed toppers and papers for this challenge.  It must have been fate!  I used both the tree papers, the red as the backing and from the white I die cut a smaller tree and framed it as well.

The main topper really didn't need more than a frame and I used my new stitched hexagon dies.

I added glitter stars from the upcoming Bubbly Funk December Through The Letterbox (shhhhh, it's a sneak peek so don't tell anyone!) for a bit of bling.  My other embellishments are washi tape and gems.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you again very soon!

Products Used:
Making Cards Magazine
Glitter Stars from Bubbly Funk 'Through The Letterbox' December Box
Pretty Pink Posh Hexagon Dies
Everything else from my stash

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Warm Winter Wishes - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Sunday!

I'm just popping by to say I am up on the Bubbly Funk blog HERE with a project using ribbons - lots of them!  The November 'Through The Letterbox' is full of a wonderful array of ribbons.

I've covered a chipboard mitten with the ribbons and used one to make a pretty bow!  

The embellishments in the box are gorgeous and I've picked on a beautiful faux pearl brad and snowflake charms for this project.

I love it when a plan comes together and I found a sentiment which goes so well with my project - 'warm wishes to you' as mittens keep your hands warm don't they?!  The sentiment was one of a set in the latest Making Cards Magazine.  I can certainly see myself using them a lot as they're very versatile.

There's a more in depth post on the Bubbly Funk blog of how I made this card and if you haven't got the November 'Through The Letterbox' - what are you waiting for?!

See you again next week!

Products Used:
Ribbon, Chipboard Mitten, Brad, Twine, Snowflake charms from the Bubbly Funk November 'Through The Letterbox
Sizzix Circle Die
Sentiment from Making Cards Magazine
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything

Friday, 17 November 2017

Gift Bag or Box - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How's your week been?  I've had a very productive week this week and managed to achieve a lot so I'm happy.  As a bonus, I get to spend a weekend with my family as I'm not working and I'm very much looking forward to it!

The Daring Cardmakers are in 'Step Away From the Card's mode and the first of these is to create or decorate a bag or box.

I opted to make a really versatile gift bag which can be made to any size.  I've used one of my favourite collections - Trimcraft's Time to Sparkle range.  I've used washi tape at the top and bottom and used a matching cardstock sticker for the tag.  To hold it together I've used a sparkly gold glitter peg.

It's a simple bag but I wanted to show that you don't have to spend lots of time to make a pretty gift bag and it beats buying one!

Lots more inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE - hope you'll join in!

See you again over the weekend!

Products Used:
Trimcraft Time to Sparkle Paper Pad
Time to Sparkle Chipboard Stickers
Time to Sparkle Glitter Tags
Time to Sparkle Peg
Dovecraft Adhesive