Music Maestro!

I am a big music fan, both playing it and listening to it.  I believe my music playing has given rise to my very eclectic music tastes; from Beethoven to Bon Jovi!  When I spotted the Music From The Heart set in the new mini-catalogue, it was a no-brainer to add it to my collection.

I wanted to make a card for my friend’s birthday.  We met when in a choir so what better stamp set to use than a musical one?!  I used Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla cardstock.

I randomly stamped the various musical notes and the treble clef using Blushing Bride ink and also heat embossed a few with copper embossing powder. 

The musical symbols were also stamped onto the liner and envelope.

There’s a lovely Happy Birthday sentiment in the set which was mounted on a small piece of Copper Foil paper.

After making this ladies’ version of the card, I wanted to try out a colour scheme for a masculine version. Pretty Peacock and Old Olive, together with a bit of copper, fitted the bill perfectly.

 

 

Images © 2020 Stampin’ Up!

 

Fabric Corner Bookmark

This was a little project I happened across last month which I decided to make for my Mum to go with the books I’d got her for Christmas.  It’s a really straightforward make; if you can sew a straight line, this will be no problem.

Start with three 4” squares of fabric, two for the square and one for the corner, together with one square and a half square of interfacing.

I used iron-on interfacing which I applied to the back of one of the pair of squares and the triangle of interfacing to the front corner square.  The front piece was folded in half and pressed. 

The pieces were layered, square – triangle – square, pinned and sewn around with a ¼” seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning.  I clipped the corners to give a neater finish once turned.

Once turned the right way out, the bookmark was pressed, turning in the seam allowance of the turning gap, and top stitched all the way around.

The finished bookmark sits neatly on the corner of the book – no more folded page corners!

 

 

My New Toy

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a good time over the festive season.  I was working a night shift on New Year’s Eve but since I was working with Mr L, it was OK.  This week I’ve been playing with my new toy I had for Christmas – one of those ‘To me, from me’ gifts!!  It’s a Cricut Maker cutting machine.  After my friend lent me hers for a couple of weeks, I had to have one.  I started by cutting out some vinyl letters to put on the festive radiator bed I made for Leia.  So cute!

There’s a lot to learn to get the most out of it, in particular how to use the Design Space to create the projects.  To practice ‘slicing’, I decided to make some window templates for my card making.  The beauty of this is that the shapes can be lined up and cut accurately. I tried the template with circles, squares, hearts, stars and rectangles.

For my card, I used the square template and applied Blackberry Bliss ink with a sponge dauber.

Once the ink was dry, I stamped the skeleton leaf from the Rooted in Nature bundle with Versamark, applied silver embossing powder and heat set it.

The sentiment was added and the front mounted onto a Blackberry Bliss card base. The leaf was stamped onto the liner and envelope.

I used the cut outs to make my other card, using a different leaf from the set, heat embossed using copper embossing powder and mounted onto Mint Macaron squares.

 

 

 

 

Images © 2020 Stampin’ Up!

 

 

 

Quick Celebratory Cards

Need a last minute Happy New Year card? The Sip Sip Hooray set is a great set for these and also for any celebratory cards where you might raise a toast.

My birthday cards are CASEd from a post on Pinterest by Karen Spreckley. I really loved her bold colour choices. I used Night of Navy for the card base and bubble cut out and Rococco Rose and some leftover pink foil from SAB earlier this year.

A panel of pink card served as the backdrop for my glass of pink fizz and I heat embossed the sentiment.

A few rhinestones finished the cards with a bit of bling!

A quick tip for stamping skinny photopolymer stamps that need cutting out with dies. In order to not bend the stamps so they don’t cut out neatly, place the stamp in the die before mounting it on the block.

Glasses of champagne are a great image for celebratory cards for an anniversary, wedding, engagement or new job. The colours can be themed for a ruby, silver or golden wedding anniversary or to match a wedding decor. I’ve used whisper White, So Saffron and Smoky Slate – colours which I wouldn’t have guessed go together but actually work well.

I cut a heart mask and sponged So Saffron ink into the heart space.

Next, I cut the same heart from mercury glass acetate and stuck it over the yellow heart using spray glue. I stamped 2 champagne flutes and went over the drink with my Wink of Stella.

My plan was a clean and simple card so I heat embossed Congratulations in silver and left the bottom blank ready to stamp whatever I’m sending the congratulations for!

So that’s all for another year.  I’ll leave you with wishes for a happy and healthy 2020.

 

 

 

Images © 2019 Stampin’ Up!

Merry Christmas!

Are you ready for Christmas then? I don’t really know how (since December always follows November!) but December has suddenly crept up on me this year.  It’s been hectic getting cards and presents made, wrapped and delivered, together with going to work and also, sadly, having to return to Derbyshire for a few days for a family funeral.  However, the end of this week saw me being able to just relax and do some Christmassy things for me. 

Firstly, my sister has come to stay for a few days so we started by visiting the local garden centre to see the reindeer that they have each year in December.  This year they were called Glacier and Cloudy and they were gorgeous, as always.

This one was particularly hungry and kept coming to the fence to see if there was any food available, which allowed me several strokes of his velvety nose! Love that nose!!

We then took advantage of the photo opportunity on the snowman seat – it was a bit of a squeeze!

I did have to do some last-minute crafting this week.  We’ve bought gift vouchers online for some gifts so I wanted to make a more interesting presentation wallet than just a plain envelope.  Mr L had requested some Christmas cards like Santa suits….

…so I made the gift envelopes in the same style but with a beard rather than fur trim on the coat.  For the beard, I die cut half a scalloped oval however it could be a shape cut out with scissors though.  I embossed it with a swirly patterned embossing folder to add some texture.  I have a buckle die but one can easily be made by cutting out a black rectangle the same width as the belt, cutting out a glitter/metallic rectangle ⅛” bigger and sticking the black rectangle on top.

Next, after foraging in the garden and the lane, I passed an enjoyable hour making my festive foliage table decoration.  The trouble is that it’s so large, we won’t be able to get our plates of Christmas dinner on the table! 

Lastly, I finally got around to making a tree to display my Twelve Days Ornaments (from April 2019 blog post).  I didn’t want to put them on the Christmas tree as I thought they’d get a bit lost and I wanted to be able to properly see them! I chopped a couple of branches, tied them together then glued them into holes I drilled in a log. I sprayed the branches with some glitter spray, wrapped a hessian strip around the trunk, fairy lights around the branches and covered the top of the log with some embossing paste mixed with glitter. I was very happy with how it turned out.

However you’re celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful time!