Thursday, 30 November 2017

. . . a not quite "real" Llama for Christmas

I'm not sure if he will be happy with this or not,
but I just had to use a llama for our nephew's Christmas card.

Why you may well ask ...

Well, when I learned that he had put "a real llama" on the top
and again at position #10 on his letter to Santa,
how could I resist?!?!?

I used a cut file for a llama treat box from the Silhouette Design Store (details below) and made some additional pieces to transform it into a top folding card.  He is wearing a Christmas collar, with little  bells that really jingle.  I also made a Christmas hat but I didn't like covering his mane.

He looks so cute from the front ...


... and from behind ... check out his tail


There is a lot of dimension with foam dots between many of the layers.



   

And for the record, no, he won't find a "real llama" inside his box,
it is filled with Lego.  Merry Christmas Tom.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
foam dots - to pop the accent pieces
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the accent pieces


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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Flamingo sunset . . . Southern Girls style

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge




Our generous sponsors for this challenge are:

pn

Lacy Sunshine

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Today I have used the Flamingo Sunset Tangled Gems Collection digital stamp by Lacy Sunshine, one of our generous sponsors this fortnight.



I printed the image on A5 X-Press It blending card, heat set then coloured with Copic markers.  I confess that I used a pre-scored card base, trimming the front stepper sections off an A5 stepper card.  I matted the image panel, trimming the black cardstock down to give a 1/16" border with my Perfect Layers ruler, then adhered it to the card front, along with the layered die cut sentiment.  I triple matted the inside of the card to match the front.






*** INGREDIENTS ***
Copic markers - flamingo feathers - R00-20-21-22-24-27
Copic markers - flamingo beak & legs - W0-1-3-5-7-9-10
Copic markers - water - BG10-11-13-15-49 + "0"
Copic markers - sun - Y02-15-19-38
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - black
Perfect Layers ruler
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix dies - sentiment - Regal Stand Ups Framelits by Stephanie Barnard
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sentiment

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Sending a big Thank You to Lacy Sunshine for sponsoring

I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  
Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
must feature a creature
Cards und More Challenge Blog - Challenge #198 - Things With Wings
Colour Crazy Challenge - WK 46 - Anything Goes
Come And Get It Challenges - Animals Challenge
Crafting With Friends Challenge Blog - Challenge #55 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #394 Anything Goes with optional twist Winter Colours
Di's Digi Challenge - Things With Wings, Tails and/or Feathers Challenge
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Wk 48 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - HLS November Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

Ike's World Challenges - Challenge #102 - Anything Goes
optional twist "Cake"
Morgan's ArtWorld - Challenge #23 - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - PIP Challenge 1748 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Penny's Challenge 357 - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Challenge #136 - Large Sentiments and/or Things With Wings
QKR Stampede - Challenge #271 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD ATG Challenge for the week of 11-28-17



Tuesday, 28 November 2017

MERRY ornaments Christmas cards

Here's a pair of very MERRY ornaments Christmas cards.

No colouring,
OK, just a little, with a Wink Of Stella glitter brush,
no die cutting, 
... I let my Silhouette Cameo do all (most) of the work,
with me gathering my glue to assemble the pieces.


No, you're not seeing things, they are different greens.  I had several part sheets from earlier projects and thought I would use them both, then decide which green I preferred before I head off to make some more.

The only change I made to these cards (apart from enlarging) was to add a backing panel to the die cut front.  This was so I could write inside without the look of the card being spoilt by handwriting being visible between the design elements of the front.  I also added a matting layer inside, apart from looking nicer, it makes it sturdier when standing up too.


The white snowflake decorations for the ornaments looked a bit stark against the red, so I smothered them with a Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush.  It worked a treat, muting the white and adding a luscious sparkle too.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Silhouette Cameo
textured cardstock
metallic cardstock - gold
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi liquid adhesive
to adhere the snowflakes and metal caps to the ornaments

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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the Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge
O is for Ornaments
S is for Snowflakes (decorating the ornaments)

C is for Christmas Candle Card

Here's a pair of sparkling Christmas candle cards.

No colouring, 
no die cutting, 
... I let my Silhouette Cameo do all (most) of the work,
with me gathering my glue to assemble the pieces.



I confess, I went a bit crazy with my bling, adding rhinestones everywhere.


I took a portion of the design and used it to make a decorative accent on a mat for inside the card.


and a couple more pics

   

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Silhouette Cameo
textured cardstock
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
rhinestones

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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the Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge
C is for Candle
H is for Holly
S is for Stars and Sparkle (bling)

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Star Light Star Bright
there are stars on the front of the card and one inside too

Monday, 27 November 2017

S is for Santa

Here's a trio of Santa suit money holders.

No colouring, 
no die cutting, 
... I let my Silhouette Cameo do all (most) of the work,
with me gathering my glue to assemble the pieces.



Although it is money holder, they will hold a gift card, even several, in the pouch.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Silhouette Cameo
textured cardstock
metallic cardstock - gold and silver
Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue - to adhere the sides of the pouches
this is a strong, book binding glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the trims
Tombow Mono Multi liquid adhesive - to adhere the buttons

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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the Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge
B is for belt, buckle and buttons
M is for money holder
S is for Santa

. . . some Christmas treats

Here's a trio of Elf Suit pillow boxes.

No colouring, 
no die cutting, 
... I let my Silhouette Cameo do all (most) of the work,

with me gathering my glue to assemble the pieces.

  

They're easy to pop into shape and can be stored flat to save space.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Silhouette Cameo
textured cardstock
metallic cardstock - gold and silver
Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue - to adhere the sides of each pillow box 
this is a strong, book binding glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the trims
Tombow Mono Multi liquid adhesive - to adhere the buckles    
large black rhinestones

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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the Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge
B is for belt, buckle and bling buttons
E is for Elf suit
P is for Pillow Box

E is for EASY Elf Suit gift card holders

Here's a trio of Christmas gift card holders.

No colouring, 
no die cutting, 
... I let my Silhouette Cameo do all (most) of the work,
with me gathering my glue to assemble the pieces.




*** INGREDIENTS ***
Silhouette Cameo
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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the Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge
B is for belt and buckle
E is for Elf suit
G is for Gift Card holder

C is for CAS Candy Cane Christmas cards

Here's a pair of CAS candy cane Christmas cards.

No colouring, 
no die cutting, 
... I let my Silhouette Cameo do all (most) of the work,
with me gathering my glue to assemble the pieces.




*** INGREDIENTS ***
Silhouette Cameo
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive
to adhere the green panels & candy canes
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive
to adhere the red pieces to the top of the candy canes
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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the Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge
C - is for Candy Canes and CAS

Sunday, 26 November 2017

BEE Happy

Exciting news!

I'm thrilled to be
Guest Designer
on the

Today I have used the super cute Sherri Baldy My Besties - digital stamp - img577.
I printed the image on A5 X-Press It Blending Card, heat set then coloured with Copic markers.


I cut the frame and green layers on my craft mat from textured cardstock and adhered the layers on an A5 top folding card base.
The sentiment is a die cut, the bee is too.
I die cut the bee in black and white cardstock, coloured the stripe panels with a Copic marker.  I traced around the bee body and cut a backing panel to adhere the body and stripes too.  I traced the wings on vellum, smothered with sparkle using Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush and adhered them to the back of the bee wings.  I put a couple of foam dots under the body and popped it in place.


Here is a close up showing the sparkling vellum bee wings.


... and another couple of pics
If you want to see more detail, just click on the image.
   

Sending a big thank you to Karin and Holley for inviting me to be Guest Designer today.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Sherri Baldy My Besties - digital stamp - img577
Copic markers - frog - YG00-01-03-25-67
Copic markers - lips - R81-83
Copic markers - eyes - E33-35-37 + C10
Copic markers - clothes - R81-83+85
Copic markers - flower petals - Y11-15-19-38
Copic markers - flower centres - Y38 + YR23-24-27 + E37
Copic markers - bees (digi & die cut) - Y19
Sizzix Big Shot
Paper Smooches - Bees Dies
Paper Smooches - Birthday Words Dies
vellum
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sentiment

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Colour Crazy Challenge - WK 46 - Anything Goes
Colour It!  Create It!  Show It Off! - November Challenge - Thank You / Anything Goes
Come And Get It Challenges - Animals Challenge
Crafting With Friends Challenge Blog - Challenge #55 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #394 - Anything Goes optional twist Winter Colours
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog - Challenge #71 - Add A Sentiment
Di's Digi Challenge - Things With Wings, Tails and/or Feathers Challenge
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Wk 46 - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - HLS November Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

Ike's World Challenges - Challenge #102 - Anything Goes
optional twist "Cake"
Morgan's ArtWorld - Challenge #23 - Anything Goes
My Besties 3D and More Challenge Blog - Challenge #11 November 2017
Anything Goes with a Bestie
My Besties Art Spain - Challenge #19 - Anything Goes With My Besties
option "Use Music Notes"
My Besties Aussie's Challenge Blog - November Challenge #11 - theme Layer It
option Christmas Cards
optional theme Fall Colors Using A My Besties Image
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - PIP Challenge 1747 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge #356 - Anything Goes
option white card, only the image in colour

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

. . . a very NON-traditional Christmas with the Crafty Gals Corner

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #150 - To Die For

The sponsors for this challenge are:
Scrap N Dipity
Prize: 3 Digital Images

SheepSki Designs
Prize: 3 Digital Images

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Today I have used the Skully Christmas digital stamp from SheepSki Designs, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a very non-traditional Christmas card.



I placed the digital stamp on my Silhouette Cameo design mat and sized it to fit into the scalloped square frame then printed it on X-Press It blending card, heat set then coloured with Copic markers.
I cut the scalloped frame using my Silhouette Cameo and trimmed the image panel down to fit and adhered them to the card base.  I die cut a bundle of spruce stems, dimensional bow and sentiment in black cardstock and adhered them in place to make my skull ornament a little more festive.




I hope you have enjoyed my non-traditional Christmas card


*** INGREDIENTS ***
SheepSki Designs - digital stamp - Skully Christmas
Copic markers - skull - W00-0-1-2-3-4-5-6
Copic markers - hat - R21-22-24-27-46
Copic markers - hat trim - C00-0-1-3-5
Copic markers - gold ornament topper - YR23-24-27
Copic markers - leaves - T6-8-10
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - black
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #64567
Square Inner Scallop Frame Set by Deborah Stine
Sizzix Big Shot
Winnie & Walter - Take A Bow Cutaways
Cottage Cutz - die CC-182 - Spruce Stems
Cottage Cutz - die CCX-079 - Merry Christmas
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sentiment

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Sending a big Thank You to SheepSki Designs for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #150 - To Die For with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
I hope that you're feeling inspired, get creative and share
your DIE-licious project with us for this challenge.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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the Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge
B is for Bow, H is for Hat, O is for Ornament
Crafty Catz - Challenge #393 Anythng Goes with optional twist Sparkle & Shine
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog - Challenge #71 - Add A Sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC Challenge 360 Anything Goes
optional theme Use Some Blue
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - CHNC Challenge Extra for November
Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas
Get Creative Challenges - Challenge #64 - Holidays
Happy Little Stampers - HLS November Anything Goes With Dies Challenge
Happy Little Stampers - HLS November Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
optional twist - TAG
   
Koala T Crafts - November Challenge - Leaves OR Metallics OR Twine
Morgan's ArtWorld - Challenge #23 - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - PIP Challenge 1747 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge #356 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #270 - Give Thanks or Anything Goes
option white card, only the image in colour
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #35 Anything Christmas Goes
optional theme "Star Struck"
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #319 - A Christmas Card
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Anything Goes for the week of 11-21-17