Saturday, 25 September 2010

Vellum Xmas

I love the fragileness of vellum on cards, but I don't use it as much as I would like.  I have set myself the challenge of using vellum in a new way on this card.  I have recently started die cutting vellum (don't know why I didn't think of it before) so I knew that I would be doing a bit of that.

I have covered a card blank in green and gold paper from a pack I bought years ago.  I added a strip of pink vellum that I border punched and then added my stamped topper.  I didn't like the way the two layers of vellum overlapped so I punched a couple of vellum snowflakes to cover the joins.

I've edged the stamped topper in tea dye and vintage photo to give it a bit of an aged look.   I'm quite pleased with how this one has turned out because I was worried about the colour combo.

I'm entering this card for the following challenges:

Card Patterns - Sketch
BBCC - Pink, brown and green colour combo

Plain and simple

Purple and silver is my favourite colour combination so being asked to make a card in that colour combination is no hardship.  I started off by embossing a pale lilac card blank with a Christmas tree design.  I then picked out the snowflake design in the centre with a silver pen and some gems.

The card didn't feel like it had enough on it so I used part of the recipe list on Moving Along With the Times to add glitter and a snowflake button.  I don't think that I am really cut out for minimalist cards as I keep thinking that I haven't done enough.  I reall like this one though.

This card will be entered for the following challenges:

Allsorts - Plain and Simple
Moving Along With the Times - To do list
SCSC - Purple and silver
One Stop Craft Challenge - Snowflakes

Sorry about the photo

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Jolly Xmas

I've been wanting to make a stair step card again for ages.  This time I went for the traditional red and green, but I wanted to use them in a non-traditional way.  The basis of the card is red mirri board and I have raided the scraps drawer for the black and green papers.

I have punched silver and red snowflakes and stuck them onto black buttons.  I've had the reindeer topper since last year.  It is one from a pack that I bought in the pound shop last year.  I'm finding lots of great stuff in my stash.

This card will be entered for the following challenges:
JUGS - Green Red and Black
A Spoonful of Sugar - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Animal Magic

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Christmas Corner

I was itching to make something today and I haven't had much time, so this one is a quick make.

The paper is from a pack that I bought last year. I also bought the ribbon, sentiment and charm for last years Christmas makes too. The image is from a stamp that was on one of last years magazines, so this is all old stash stuff. I'm trying to use up what I already have rather than buying new this year. Not doing too bad so far.

I am entering this card for the following challenges:

Just Cute Bears - Punches or dies
Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge - Anything goes

Saturday, 18 September 2010

All Tied Down

I really enjoy making Christmas cards in non traditional colours. I find it more of a challenge as the papers can be harder to come by (limited craft shop availability when I usually start in June/July) and I have to think a little bit harder about what I am going to use as a focal point.

This one started life as an ordinary rectangular card blank which I die cut to get the shape. I have continued on with the same set of dies through out the card.

I'm not sure where I am going wrong, but whenever I use glitter glue, my page warps. This time I decided to use this to my advantage and have curved the edges a bit before applying the glue. As a result none of the coloured pieces lay flat which emphasises the textures that I have used.

I've raised the topper with foam pads to help to give the cards some depth.

This card was inspired by:
Everybody Art - Different shaped cards
Moving Along With the Times - Christmas theme
Paper Play Challenges - Shaped card
Papertake Weekly - Photo Inspiration - I took the colours from this one.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Amber Fashionista

Allsorts Challenge Blog and Paperplay Challenges both asked us to use Autumn colours this week, so I went picking through my paper packs and found some paper that reminds me of 70s wallpaper.

The colours are very earthy, so I was originally going to go with a garden theme, but then I saw the Fashion Challenge over at One Stop Craft Challenge and decided on this Charmed Digi instead, because lets face it...... what girl doesn't like to shop.

I've added amber gems to pick out the flowers and circles and the Digi has been edged with Tea Dye distress ink.

Prezzie Time

I love making Christmas cards...... who am I kidding..... I just like making cards. I don't often buy toppers but I couldn't resist this one. It is one of six on a die cut sheet by Kaban. They are all really cute.

I really enjoy making Christmas cards in non-traditional colours, so no doubt there will be more of those from me soon. I still have another five images from this sheet to use up after all.
The papers I have used are all from my scraps drawer. I backed the topper onto silver mirri card to give it a bit more umphf and have glued gems on to the lace. I have die cut and layered the snowflake and added gems for extra sparkle. I do like the snowflake, but I think I will add a different colour to one of the layers next time I do one as this one didn't quite match up to what I had imagined.
This card was inspired by:
CRAFT Challenge - Pastels
My Time To Craft - Jewelled

Christmas Stripes

I made a couple of cards last night after the little one had gone to bed, but I had to wait to today to take the pictures.

I have always found stripes to be a bit of a challenge as I am always worried that they wont be straight on the card or that it will make the card look a bit busy. I have used stripes in the past, but I am still practicing a bit.
The angel is one I found last year and printed. These angels have been very popular in the past so no doubt they will pop up a few more times this year. I have decoupaged her and added glitter glue (the men at work complain about glitter, but not glitter glue as it doesn't end up on their faces)
This card was inspired by:
Creative Inspirations - Lace and Sparkle
Ooh La La - Stripes
Simon Says - Holiday Fun

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Pearly Christmas

I'm so far behind on my Christmas crafting I don't know where to start. This is the card that I made today.

The image is printed on velum and is from a sheet that I bought last year. I've been good so far and have only spent a fiver on new Christmas Stash. I have promised myself that I will use up some of my old stash before I buy any more. I have used invisidots for vellum to attach the image to some cream textured card.

The pearls that I have use came from an old broken bracelet that I have been meaning to re thread for ages. The papers are from my scraps drawer. I have two of those to use up and they are quite deep. It is fun looking through them for my latest projects, but sometimes I get side tracked and end up making something else that was inspired by a piece of card or paper that I found.
This card was inspired by:
Creative Inspirations - Pastel Green, pink and cream
Simon Says - Pearls and lace
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