Thursday, 13 December 2018

Hoppy Christmas Wishes

Yes, I know that I've made a lot of Christmas cards this year but I have to confess that I might have gone a bit overboard with the size and dimension.  It means that many are too big and bulky to go through standard mail, if I posted them they would all have to go as parcels, so I will be saving them for delivery in person.
Now it's time for some more "standard" cards.

These CAS cards are 5" x 7" and are flat for mailing.
I used Felix the frog from the Frog Hop digital stamp set from Beccy's Place.  Unfortunately I can't colour at the moment, so it's a real bonus, having both B&W and pre-coloured images in this set of cute frogs and fun sentiments.

I opened the image on my Silhouette Studio design mat and sized the image to fit on a 5" x 7" card.  I added a sentiment (font details below) then printed it on textured cardstock.  I trimmed the panels down to size then matted using a combination of Perfect Layers Rulers before attaching to plain card 5" x 7" card bases.


Not sure if you noticed, but I made the sentiment in the shape of a Christmas Tree, so finished it off with a sparkling rhinestone to match my pair of Christmas frogs.


Both cards were matted like the one above but I had a little
craft-cident with some washi tape on the green mat of the second one,
so gave it a little trim ... I'm thinking that this is even prettier.
Isn't it funny how sometimes things turn out better than planned?


What do you think?
Go with more elegant, narrow border or more festive, broader border cards?

   

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Beccy's Place - digital stamp set - Frog Hop - image used: Felix
sentiment - we wish you a - Alphabet Pony font
sentiment - Hoppy Christmas - DS Hollydays font
textured cardstock
Perfect Layers Rulers - to mat the layers
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
rhinestones - to top the sentiment Christmas Trees

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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ABC Christmas Challenge - Y and Z are for?
Y is for Your Favourite Thing & Z is for Zero embellishments
=> Y for me is frogs (I collect them) and CAS cards
Beccy's Place - December Challenge - AG - option: Flowers and Plants
Catch The Bug Challenge Blog - December Anything Goes
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - December Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #232 - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC 415 - Anything Christmas Goes
optional theme - Use Gems Or Pearls
=> I have sparkling gems on the top of my "Sentiment Tree"
Inkspirational Challenges - Challenge #175 - Anything Christmas Goes

Make My Monday – Challenge #86 – CAS Christmas
Pammies Inky Pinkies Challenges - PIP Challenge 1849 – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #325 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp – Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Christmas
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - Challenge #130 - Add A Little Sparkle
I have a little sparkling rhinestone on the top of my "Sentiment Tree"
Time Out Challenges – Challenge #124 – Joyful
My carolling frogs are singing together in joyful song

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Another Elegant Berry Christmas Wish

Just a quick post to share this CAS Christmas card using the elegant
Berry Branch digital stamp from Beccy's Place (link below).

The image comes in a vertical format, so I tried one card with it laying horizontally.
The shading still works perfectly.


   

I made a bundle of cards using this Berry Branch.
You can read about all my elegant berry cards HERE
or by clicking on the photo below


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*** INGREDIENTS ***
(this one is a double bonus, as the image is pre-coloured and is a freebie found HERE
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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Y is for Your Favourite Thing & Z is for Zero embellishments
=> I have Zero embellishments on my CAS card
optional theme - Use Gems Or Pearls

Elegant Berry Christmas Wishes

Yes, I know that I've made a lot of Christmas cards this year but I have to confess that I might have gone a bit overboard with the size and dimension.  It means that many are too big and bulky to go through standard mail, if I posted them they would have to go as parcels, so I will be saving them for delivery in person and donation.
Now it's time for some more "standard" cards.



These CAS cards are 5" x 7" and are flat for mailing.
I used the Berry Branch digital stamp from Beccy's Place.  This image is a double bonus, as it is a freebie and it comes in both B&W and pre-coloured format.  Pre-coloured is very hand for when you're unable to colour or very time poor and I'm ticking both boxes at the moment.

I opened the image on my Silhouette Studio design mat and sized the image to fit on a 5" x 7" card.  I added a sentiment (font details below) then printed it on textured cardstock.  I trimmed the panels down to size then matted using a combination of Perfect Layers Rulers before attaching to plain card 5" x 7" card bases.

The image comes in a vertical format, so I tried one card with it laying horizontally.


   

Here is the vertical version, with the 1/8" scarlet mat

   

Which do you prefer, vertical or horizontal?



I think the 1/16" scarlet mat of these two cards looks more elegant.



   


 Here are the 1/8" and 1/16" scarlet matted cards together.
Do you think the think the wider border looks more festive?



And so ends another day.
Four more cards ready for action, now I need to check our list,
start writing, sealing envelopes and sticking on Christmas stamps.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Beccy's Place - digital stamp - Berry Branch
(this one is a double bonus, as the image is pre-coloured and is a freebie found HERE
textured cardstock
Perfect Layers Rulers - to mat the layers
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge - Challenge #81 - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - Y and Z are for?
Y is for Your Favourite Thing & Z is for Zero embellishments
=> I have Zero embellishments on my CAS card
Beccy's Place - December Challenge - AG - option: Flowers and Plants
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – Challenge 494 – Christmas – The Last Stretch
I'm on "the last stretch" with our Christmas cards, running out of time to get them all finished and posted
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - December Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #232 - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC 415 - Anything Christmas Goes
optional theme - Use Gems Or Pearls
Inkspirational Challenges - Challenge #175 - Anything Christmas Goes

Make My Monday – Challenge #86 – CAS Christmas
Pammies Inky Pinkies Challenges - PIP Challenge 1849 – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #325 - Anything Goes

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