Thursday, 24 December 2015

Paper Smooches DT Jan-16 release Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally Week on the Paper Smooches Blog.
Kim and the DT are sharing fun and fabulous projects using the
new stamps and dies from the January 2016 release,


AND the chance to WIN
one of FOUR $25 Paper Smooches gift certificates too!!!

Head on over to the
Paper Smooches Blog
and get hopping now,

Here are some links to their store if you want to check out other crafty delights they have to tempt and inspire:


Saturday, 12 December 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . .

I confess ...
I had great intentions to have our Christmas cards created and posted by December 1st
TODAY it's the December 11th
... and I've only made ONE!!!
Guess what I'll be doing this weekend?!?!

This card was surprisingly easy to make as it is an SVG cut file that I cut using my Cameo, which is still a very-new-to-me tool.  Don't know about you, but visiting the Silhouette Design Studio is kind of like Pinterest , bundles of wonderful designs that keep calling "look at me, look at me"

Here is the link to the file in the Silhouette Design Store

I enlarged the design to be 5 3/4" square because I prefer larger cards, originally I had planned on making 5x7" cards, so I stocked up on envelopes for them, now I'll be looking out for 6x6" ones if we decide to go with this square design, not having much luck locally so far, so I might have to make smaller cards yet, time will tell.


ANOTHER Christmas craft that has been on my mind is ornaments,
specifically the dimensional ones made using circles.  I made THIS ONE two years ago using Core'dinations Black Magic cardstock, punching 20 x 1 1/2" circles using my Large Fiskars Round N Round Squeeze Punch, scored for the folds, distressed the edges, folds and some of the middle, then added a rhinestone to the middle of each circle before adhering together.

Why did I link this old project?
I recently found a cut file in the Silhouette Design Studio that has a set of 20 circles with the fold lines partially cut so that they're super easy to just cut, fold and assemble.  While I thoroughly enjoyed making my original ornament, it was a bit of a pain scoring each circle (using my embossing stylus & ruler, no scoreboard for me) so as soon as I saw the ornament file, I just had to get it, thinking it would be fun to put together some kits for our nieces & nephews and neighbourhood kids to make.  FYI - the circles in the cut file are 2" diameter.
Here is the link to the cut file - Faceted 3D Ornament by Nic Squirrel 

This is how far I have progressed.

Each ornament needs 20 circles, so I cut a set out of 4 sheets of cardstock and I'm going to assemble the mix of colours the same as in Nic's sample because they look so cheery.
As you can see, the final ornament will be much larger than my original hand punched version, I will be playing around with the sizes and different colour combos.

Hope you have enjoyed the start of my Crafty Christmas.
NOW it is time for you to head on over to
the PaperCrafter's Corner blog
and check out their
12 Days of Papercrafting Giveaways
and ENTER for your chance to WIN!!!
I'm sharing my projects here today for Day Five.