Saturday, 8 December 2018

Birthday Wishes . . . for a Cool Dude

Christmas is just around the corner ...
and we have several birthdays coming up,
a couple just before and a couple just after ...

I used a digital stamp called "Cockatoo Rules" from The Paper Shelter.
I can't colour at the moment so it was a real bonus that
this digital stamp comes with a pre-coloured image.

I opened the image in my Silhouette Design Studio, along with cut file (details below)
and sized them to make a 6" square card.
I printed the image panel on textured cardstock and fussy cut the circle shape and around the top feathers of his crest.  Next came the frame (details below), which I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.
I manually cut a 6" x 6" top folding square card base, adhered the frame, then adhered the fussy cut image panel.  The crest feathers really pop against the background. 
What do you think?


I used the negative pieces to mat the inside of the card.


This cool dude is the perfect image for the Birthday Boy,
he used to race motorbikes, now he sells them.


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(pre-coloured image)
sentiment - Whimsy font
Silhouette Design Store - cut file - design ID #63345
Decorative Square Nested Mats - Geometric by Deborah Stine

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:

B is for Bird, Birthday, Bike (motorbike) and Brian (the Birthday Boy)

Christmas wreath card

Today I have a Christmas wreath card to share.
It's tall (A5 size) and dimensional.


I used a combination of die cuts and cut files to create this card.
(links to the dies and cut files are below)
I opened both cut files on my Silhouette Studio design mat, sized the three different types of foliage (mistletoe, holly and pine sprigs) to suit an A5 card, then cut using my Silhouette Cameo using different shades of green cardstock.  I added sparkling red rhinestones to the "berry" sections of the holly sprigs, then curled all the foliage pieces for extra dimension.
I matted an A5 sheet of heavy weight cardstock with red textured cardstock and adhered a strip of cream burlap.  I took another sheet of A5 heavy weight cardstock, scored at 3/4" then adhered to the front matted panel to make a top folding card. 
I roughly cut a 3 3/4" circle to use as a guide for my wreath, adhering four of the pine sprigs and holly twigs to make rings.  I adhered the pine sprig ring to the burlap panel, then adhered the ring of holly sprigs, followed by tucking the mistletoe sprigs under holly leaves to complete the top layer of the wreath.

The "merry" sentiment is four red layers adhered together, offset with a cream background.
The "Christmas" sentiment is a single layered die cut adhered to a matching red panel.
The "merry" is popped in place with foam dots



This card was inspired by Crystal's "joy to the world" card,

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(I used some of the foliage to make my layered wreath)
Holly and Berry Wreath Card by Suzanne Cannon
(I used the pine sprig to add a layer to my wreath)
Christmas Ornament Layer Card by Daniela Angelova
textured cardstock
heavy weight A5 cardstock
scoreboard + embossing stylus
Sizzix Big Shot
Cottage Cutz - die CCX-079 - Merry Christmas
burlap
red rhinestones
foam squares

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Christmas at the Crafty Gals Corner

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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The sponsors for this challenge are:

Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

Star Stampz
Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

The Cutting Cafe
Prize ~ 2 Sets

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Today I have used the 3D Christmas Tree Set cut file from The Cutting Cafe , one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a pair of dimensional Christmas tree cards.



The card fronts have a tree shaped window so that the dimensional tree can pop out.

I layered five green trees on top of the trunk layer to give lots of dimension and the cards still fold flat for mailing.






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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
The Cutting Cafe - cut file - 3D Christmas Tree Set
Silhouette Cameo
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive
rhinestones - to top the tree

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Sending a big Thank You to The Cutting Cafe for supplying the cut file I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #180 at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Saturday, 1 December 2018

O is for . . . Ornate Ornament

It's that time of year again . . .
we all need to get our Christmas cards sorted and
what better way to do it than playing along with the
at

The prompt from Day 17 is the letter O

My "O" is for Ornate Ornament card.
(... and OOPS, I nearly forgot to post this card)

I made this card using a cut file (details below) and my Silhouette Cameo.


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Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - cut file - Design ID #230548
Christmas Ornament Layer Card by Daniela Angelova
textured cardstock

Doing more of what I love ... for Beccy's Day 30 (3)

It's that time of year again . . .
we all need to get our Christmas cards sorted and
what better way to do it than playing along with the
at

The prompt from Day 30 is to "Do what we love"

I love to make CAS (Clean And Simple) cards,
interactive cards and cards with fancy folds.

I made some more CAS cards and another with fancy folds,
now it's time for some more interactive cards.

I made my very first X-fold card the other day (HERE)


They're a fancy fold that is also interactive, as you can get the snowflake to swirl and twirl with the lightest tap or puff of air.  Today I decided that I needed some more of these pretties, along with some more sentiments.

I combined two different cut files (details linked below), one for the X-card base and matting layers, one for the layered snowflake.  I opened my Silhouette Studio mat, sized the layered snowflake to fit inside the "window", added sentiments to the banners, then used my Cameo to cut all the layers from textured cardstock.  I used liquid adhesive to secure the snowflake layers together, adding a strand of metallic twine in each one, then adhered the X panels together, placing the snowflake/twine just before the final layers were pushed together.

And here is my pretty pastel flurry of snowflakes on display.


   

   

   

Here is one that is sending Warm Winter Wishes.


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Sihouette Design Store - cut file - Design ID #169792
A2 X-card Birthday Balloon by Lori Whitlock
(I used the card base, didn't use the balloon)
Silhouette Design Store - cut file - Design ID #164485
Snowflake by Echo Park
sentiment - Merry - Leelawadee UI font
sentiment - Christmas - Invitation Script font
sentiment - warm winter - Lily Bloom Regular font
sentiment - wishes - Invitation Script font
metallic twine

Doing more of what I love ... for Beccy's Day 30 (2)

It's that time of year again . . .
we all need to get our Christmas cards sorted and
what better way to do it than playing along with the
at

The prompt from Day 30 is to "Do what we love"

I love to make CAS (Clean And Simple) cards,
interactive cards and cards with fancy folds.

I made some CAS cards earlier today, now it's time for some more fancy folds.
These folds are doubly fancy, as the card is a fancy "easel fold"
and the scalloped tree is a dimensional "accordion fold".

I opened the card base cut file (details below) in my Silhouette Studio, enlarged, added a sentiment to the sentiment panel, cut the pieces with my Silhouette Cameo then assembled.  The fiddly part was the scalloped tree.  I cut five scalloped tree panels, scored along the middle, folded firmly then adhered them together.  Having the five layers gives plenty of dimension and allows for the tree to still squash down flat.  The finished card is 6 1/2" wide by 5" tall but looks a lot larger.

Here is the closed front view ... the scalloped tree pops up beautifully.


Here is the front open view.
The card has fabulous dimension when the easel is propped up against the sentiment panel and the tree pops out.


These side views show the fancy fold in action.

   

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Silhouette Design Store cut file
Design ID #66544
A2 Christmas Tree Easel Card by Lori Whitlock
(enlarged from A2 size)
sentiment - DK Innuendo font

S is for . . . Sweet Santa Shaped card

It's that time of year again . . .
we all need to get our Christmas cards sorted and
what better way to do it than playing along with the
at

The prompt from Day 21 is the letter S

My "S" card is a Sweet Santa Shaped card.

I used my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file to create these cards.  I opened my Silhouette Studio mat, enlarged the card base to be 5 1/2" tall, then used my Cameo to cut all the pieces from textured cardstock.


I had to curl the ends of Santa's moustache
... it reminds me of my Great Grandfather




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Sihouette Design Store - cut file - Design ID #280570
Santa Shaped Card by Lori Whitlock
Moonlight White ink (for the white edges)
ink dauber
red rhinestones

N is for . . . Naughty or Nice

It's that time of year again . . .
we all need to get our Christmas cards sorted and
what better way to do it than playing along with the
at

The prompt from Day 16 is the letter N

My "N" is Naughty or Nice.
Santa always needs some help with his list before he gets to check it twice.

I opened a North Pole cut file in my Silhouette Studio, made a 5" x 7" dome shape (I was thinking snow dome), sized the pole elements to fit, added the sentiments, printed the signs then cut and assembled the pieces to make a pair of cards.




Which direction are you going?
Have you been naughty, nice ... or do you need more time to think about it?

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Silhouette Design Store - cut file - Design ID #280655
North Pole Sign by Planeta Silhouette
sentiment - top card - nice - Invitation Script font
sentiment - bottom card - naughty - FFAD Matro font
sentiment - bottom card - nice - SW Swirl Dance font
sentiment - bottom card - naughty - LW Trendy font

Doing more of what I love . . . for Beccy's Day 30

It's that time of year again . . .
we all need to get our Christmas cards sorted and
what better way to do it than playing along with the
at

The prompt from Day 30 is to "Do what we love"

I love to make CAS (Clean And Simple) cards,
interactive cards and cards with fancy folds.

I also love the adorable little
Gnomes In My Garden digital stamp set from Beccy's Place
and they're perfect for cheery CAS cards.
Unfortunately I can't colour at the moment so it's a real
bonus having pre-coloured images in this set of digital stamps.

I assembled the three pre-coloured gnomes into a line together,
added the HO HO HO sentiment, printed on textured cardstock,
trimmed, matted then adhered to a 7" x 5" card base.


They're saying HO HO HO but I'm wondering it they're thinking BAH HUMBUG



Here are some more CAS cards using these adorable little gnomes.

   

 

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Digital Stamp set - Gnomes In My Garden - by Beccy's Place
(it is such a bonus having the trio of pre-coloured gnome images in this set)
Sentiment - DS Hollydays font

Friday, 30 November 2018

R is for more ... Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

It's that time of year again . . .
we all need to get our Christmas cards sorted and
what better way to do it than playing along with the
at

The prompt from Day 20 is the letter "R"

My "R" is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
and each reindeer has a wobbly bobble head.

These interactive reindeer cards were made using a cut file with my Silhouette Cameo.  I enlarged the file before cutting and assembling the pieces.  It is a very CAS design but the reindeer is so cute that I didn't think it needed any embellishments.

The cool thing about this card is the wobbling action.



His head wobbles and bobs around at the slightest touch or puff of air.

We have a lovely breeze flowing through the house today, so it was fun watching these dear little deer with heads bobbing about while waiting to get their photo taken.


Here is what the Action Wobble Spring looks like.


Although there a lot of dimension and movement with the Action Wobble Spring,
it squashes down flat for mailing.


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Silhouette Design Store cut file - Design ID #236656
Bobble Head Card Reindeer by Lori Whitlock
Action Wobble mechanism

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Here are some other Action Wobble Christmas Cards that might make you smile
(just click on the image to visit and learn more about each one)