Fa La La

Continuing my mission to create a few Christmas cards each month, I’m back this week with another of Concord & 9th’s turnabout stamps, this time the Tiny Trees Turnabout.  

The turnabout stamp is stamped 4 times, turning the card 90˚ after each stamp.

Top row: 1. Blushing Bride, 2. Mint Macaron, Bottom row: 3. Smoky Slate and 4. Lovely Lipstick

The pattern is quite busy so I decided to chop the panel into 3 strips and use the gigantic Big On Christmas sentiments to offset the ‘busy-ness’.  I stamped the sentiments with Versafine Clair Nocturne, heat set with clear embossing powder and cut them out with the matching steel dies.

To add some bling, I cut two thin strips of silver glitter card to edge the panel.  The main sentiment is raised on foam squares. 

I performed some stamp surgery on the small stamp. It said “may your holidays be” but I wanted the words from the White Christmas song so I trimmed off the ‘holi’ section.

The fringe tree has dots for baubles so I added some rhinestones over each of these dots for extra glitz.

Cricutting Christmas

Have you made all your Christmas cards yet? Every year, I think I’ll make a few each month so that by December, I can just write and send.  It never works out like that. I did make two in January but then didn’t make any more until October or November and ended up ‘panic crafting’ in December.  The trouble with that is, it’s not always much fun.  Maybe I’ll do better next year…?

In the Black Friday sale, I purchased a few cutting files to use with my Cricut Maker machine to create some Christmas cards so I have not one, but six, cards to share with you this week.  To begin, here’s a card I made last year when I didn’t know much about cutting files!  I used the Cricut to write the skinny letters and draw the holly and cut out the big words in metallic vinyl.

This next one was a free download called minimalist trees.  I switched the stars from the original as I prefer 5-pointed stars.  The infills made a bonus tag!

My sister loves the gnomes, or gonks as they’re called where we grew up.  As soon as I saw this file, I thought it’d be perfect for her card.  This design was cut from self-adhesive vinyl.

I loved how the gnomes turned out so used one of them for Mr L’s card.  The lettering was cut from vinyl but the gnome is cut from card and popped up on some foam tape.

His beard is flocked card so it’s a little bit furry!  I added some glitter Nuvo drops onto the hearts to give them some dimension.

This next card was for our neighbours so I wanted to have houses on it.  The original houses in the cutting file were too intricate to cut for a small project like this so I created a roof line silhouette instead. The background was ink blended with Distress Oxides and spritzed with water which gives a lovely starry night sky look.

I also added a spray of Perfect Pearls mixed with isopropyl alcohol to give the background some shine.  It’s tricky to photograph but here’s a close up.

Lastly, a nativity scene, again with an inked background.  For this one, I wanted the light from the star shining on the stable to be the focal point.

I hope you’re not having to do too much panic crafting for Christmas and, instead, can enjoy the creative process.

Quaint Quilling

Have you heard of quilling? It’s been around for hundreds of years and used to be the pastime of genteel ladies during the Georgian and Victorian times and was also practised by nuns and monks to decorate religious artefacts.  Modern papers and adhesives have changed the work produced but the techniques are based on old ideas.

My book showed some Charles Rennie Mackintosh style roses and they looked to be the easiest of the Closed Loose Coils, since they started with a fold rather than rolling.  I glued a strip of pale and dark pink together at the end and started the folding.

Once I’d got to the end, I released the tension and then glued the other ends in place to secure the rose shape.  I made several of these and some with darker pink strips.  The leaves were made using a different technique called Wheatear Coils.  As I haven’t done this before, I experimented with trying to make the leaves in different ways.  The flowers didn’t seem to sit well by themselves so I used some purple strips to make a vase type structure.

After the individual quilling was complete, I set to work on the arrangement and glued them in place after stamping the sentiment.  Three of the roses were glued on top of the arrangement to give a more 3D effect.

To finish, I added a few tiny heart embellishments and mounted on a green mat and pink card base to compliment the floral arrangment.

As usual, I made two cards, one each for the two mums in my life: my Mum and my Mum-in-Law. One of the best things about handmade cards is that no two are identical – they’re the same but different!