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.
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.
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!
Mr L’s parents are going on a cruise over Christmas and New Year. Since they won’t be at home, they won’t have a Christmas tree so I decided to make them a card with a dimensional tree on it so they have a little Christmas tree in their cabin over the festive season. Whilst surfing around on YouTube, I watched a great video by Jan Brown (link at the end) on how to make a tree using a teabag folding technique. I’ve never done any teabag folding so I decided to CASE Jan’s card and give teabag folding a go.
I started by cutting out 5 squares of patterned paper (I used Stampin’ Up! First Frost DSP) comprising squares of 1½”, 2”, 2½”, 3” and 3½”. Since the DSP is only 6” square, I had to use two sheets so went with 2 different patterns.
The next step was to fold each piece in half once, and then on each diagonal. The first folds go down to make valley folds and the diagonal folds push up into mountain folds.
The side folds were pushed inwards to make a triangular shape.
Next, I folded the points of the front triangle downwards, lining up the top edge of the triangle with the centreline.
Once all the pieces were folded, the pieces were glued together by inserting the point of the triangle into the next size down to form the tree shape. I mounted the tree onto a Real Red card base, embellished with some heat embossed snowflakes and a wavy sentiment. A ribbon bow finished off the top of the tree.
A couple of quick cards this week made using Stampin’ Up! Brightly Gleaming set. I wanted to create some clean and simple style cards predominantly using white and metallics.
First, I stamped two of the bauble images twice, embossed each pair in gold and silver and cut them out using the matching punches. For my backgrounds, I wanted some texture so I embossed my card using the long-retired pine bough folder.
Next, I cut some strips of gold and silver glitter card to edge my card fronts and liners and heat embossed the sentiment from the set.
I heat embossed the smaller decoration onto the envelope and the liner and stuck the liner into the card base, adding the glitter strips to the edges.
I repeated the glitter edging on the card front pieces.
The last job was to add foam dimensionals to adhere the baubles and sentiments.
The resulting cards were simple but elegant that I’d be happy to have on my mantlepiece.