Friday, August 18, 2017

Recycled Christmas card

Good morning fellow crafters.  It's my turn today to share a card on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog. I'm slowly, slowly building up my Christmas card stash to avoid a mad rush in November :-) So without further ado, let me show you my card.


Here is a quick pictorial of how I made this card.


I decided to do a little recycling and use one of the many charity cards I receive in the mail. To begin,
 I used a circle die from Spellbinders to cut out the portion of the image I wanted to use on my card.


As you can see I had to take a pair of scissors and cut a sliver around the circle so that it would fit nicely behind the Ice Crystal frame I used from Amy Designs.

Next I cut the Santa's Sleigh & Reindeer by Cheery Lynn Designs and using foam tape to give it a little dimension, I adhered it to the top of my card.


For the floral accent at the bottom, I cut and embossed three holly branches from the Sue Wilson's Christmas Rose die and stamp set.



I used another 3rd holly branch on the inside of my card to bring it all together.

Now for a quick recap of all the dies I used and where you can find them at the DRU store ...

Spellbinders - Circles (Large)







I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies to recycle some old Christmas cards you have or those that you receive from the various organizations.  All you need to do now, is to create a project and come play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 


Till next time,

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sparkly & Bright

Hello and welcome back, crafting friends.
It's my turn today to share a card on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
Since it's never too early to work on your Christmas cards stash, I made this very bright and sparkly Christmas card to share with you.


 I'm not too sure what this fold is called, but I call it a centre easel card because, well it has an easel card panel in the centre :-)


Here is a quick pictorial of how I made this card.


First, I prepared the card base. You can resize it any way you want to to make it fit your specific design.
It's very easy - I cut an 1.25" inch strip on either side and adhered them down to the back of the card. Then you score the centre panel that is left in half and voila, your card fold is done!


Now to work on my sparkly card panel - I took a piece of Elizabeth Craft's double sided adhesive tape and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock. I did this twice to end up with two pieces. You will need the one to make the die cut and the other to help keep all the little pieces in their place.


 I used Sue Wilson's Stained Glass Poinsettia die to make the cut.  You need to ensure that when you run it through your die cutting machine, that the die is placed on top of the adhesive tape.


This is what it looks like once it's cut and has the second piece of cardstock adhered to the back.


Time for the fun part.  Using Elizabeth Craft's Silk Microfine glitter, I peeled off the pieces I wanted to add the glitter too.  This is my little glitter "station".  I use a coffee filter to contain my glitter, my fine pointy tweezers to remove the adhesive from the different parts I'm adding glitter to, and a Swiffer cloth to wipe away any runaway glitter.


I worked in groups of colour making sure to rub in the glitter well and then clean it all away before starting on the next colour.  There is a wonderful tutorial by Els on how to use her glitter.  You may click HERE to go take a look.


Once my main panel was done, I worked on the embellishments for the sides. I cut out the pieces using a few of the dies that come in the Spellbinders Holy Frame die set.  I also cut them out of cardstock that had the adhesive on the back.  I removed the tape and dipped the entire cut into the glitter.  I shaped the petals to add a little bit of dimension.


When I was done with my card, I wanted a message panel on the inside that tied in with the front of the card. I didn't have any gold cardstock that matched the gold of the glitter, so using score tape, I adhered a strip all the way around the panel and dipped it into the gold glitter, rubbed it all into the tape and wiped it clean with the Swiffer cloth. It worked perfectly!


Here is a close up of the message panel. I stamped a sentiment and a poinsettia to tie it all together. I also added pearls to the centres of the flowers and went over the stamped poinsettia with a clear Wink of Stella pen.



This is what your card will look like when flattened and ready  to mail.
A quick card, this wasn't, but I love how it came out.  It was very difficult to capture all the sparkle from the glitter on the pics, but I'm sure you can imagine how it shines beautifully.

I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 


Till next time,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Magical Birthday Wishes

Hello and welcome to this week's challenge hosted by the Crafty Belles. 


Challenge #135 ~ Bingo #4!

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Our sponsors this week are ...

Prize: $15 Gift Certificate

Prize: 3 Digital Images

For my card, I chose the Bingo diagonal line ~ Ribbon - Free - Pearls
All supplies are listed below.



Crafty Supplies
Digi Image - Lemon Shortbread - Winter Fairy
Card base - Recollections - 6.5" x 5"
Blue and white cardstock - GinaK
Silver cardstock - Recollections
Diamond background die - Memory Box
Let It Snow Embossing folder - Crafter's Companion
Flowers, Pearls & Ribbon - from stash
Copic markers for colouring
SU! Dazzling Diamonds - dress trim
Sentiment - Computer generated
Magic Wand - Lawn Fawn - Frosty Fairy Friends

Thank you for stopping by today. Now it's your turn to create a project using a Bingo line and join us in this fun challenge. You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, to link your project to the Crafty Gals Corner blog. And while you there, take a quick look at what my DT sisters made for your inspiration this week.

Till next time, happy crafting!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Glad Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Welcome back, crafting friends. 
It's the 1st of August, so time for a new challenge for you at CCAYR, hosted by the Gingerbread Gals.


August challenge ~ Use Yellow!
Prize ~  please visit the CCAYR blog.

I must admit that when I saw this challenge, I was a little stumped. Use Yellow?  For Christmas? Yikes!  What am I going to do?! :-)  But I do love a challenge so after thinking about it for a while, and going through all of my Christmas crafty supplies, this is what I came up with.  What do you all think? 



Craft Supplies:
Card base - 5.5" x 5.5" - GinaK cardstock
White & navy cardstock - GinaK
Cottage Cutz dies - Shepherd and Lamb
Memory Box dies - Star of Wonder
Stamps - Cardz TV - Tiny Tidings & Glad Tidings
Copic Markers to colour and shade
Stitch pattern - Stitch & Do No. 3

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will play along with us.  Please take a few minutes and visit the Christmas Cards All Year 'Round blog to see all the wonderful projects made by The Gingerbread Gals.  And don't forget to come back on the 15th, when the Christmas Belles will post their projects for our mid-month inspiration.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting
 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Happy Friday crafting friends!
It's time for challenge #7 hosted by The Mailbox Smiles team at Cardz TV.


As always, our challenge is Anything Goes.
Prize ~ A stamp set from Cardz TV.

I have a couple of cards to share with you today.

The first is a birthday card I made to send to my Aunt. One of the reasons I'm enjoying stitching on cards so much is that it is beautifully embellished without adding any bulk which makes it mail friendly when you sending them overseas :-) You can't quite tell from the photo, but the box of tulips is cut in various layers with foam dots in between for some dimension.
 

This card was made with the Stitch & Do #55 card kit.  I used the Cardz TV Mini Messages stamp set on my sentiment mat which was cut using the SU! word window punches.  


On the inside of my card, I used the Cardz TV Good Times stamp set. This is one of the greatest things about Cardz TV stamps - you can mix and match them to make any combination you wish to put on your cards or scrapbook layouts or even on your home decor projects.

As I mentioned above, I have another card to share with you today.


On this card I used the Cardz TV Bigger Everyday Sayings stamp set.  Just the opposite to the Mini Messages stamp set, this set is wonderful when you want to make your greeting be the focal point of your project. 

Here is a quick view of all three sets I used on my cards today.




You can view and/or purchase this and other Cardz TV stamp sets HERE.
Remember, that you could win a fabulous stamp set just by playing along with us! Our challenges run for two weeks, so you have till noon, EST on 10 August, 2017 to link your project to the Cardz TV blog.  Remember, for more inspiration, please visit the blog and take a look at the beautiful projects my very talented DT sisters made for you.  Can't wait to see all your beautiful creations!

Till next time,

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Juggling Baubles

Hello and welcome to this week's challenge hosted by the Crafty Belles. 


Challenge #133 ~ Anything Goes!

Our sponsors this week are ...

Prize ~ $20 Gift Certificate


Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

For my card this week, I chose this very cute Snowman Juggling Baugles image from Conie Fong. Isn't he adorable? It's such a happy and festive image :-).





Crafty Ingredients:
Card base - Silhouette design #93718
Card stocks - Bazzill
DP - Bo Bunny - 'Tis the Season
Holly Jolly Christmas Corner die - Yvonne Creations
Bauble Christmas Decoration die - Yvonne Creations
Merry Christmas die - Yvonne Creations
Stamped sentiment - Creative Expressions - Christmas Sayings
Colouring markers - Copics
Rhinestones - The Paper Studio

Thank you for stopping by today. Now it's your turn to create a project to join us in this fun challenge. You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 1 August 2017, to link your project to the Crafty Gals Corner blog.

Till next time, happy crafting!