I Am Groot (A Birthday Card)

I-am-groot-birthday-card

Hi there. How are you?

This was a card I made for a young family member (Happy Birthday!) I’m never sure what teenage boys are into and find making cards for them quite difficult; this seemed to go down well though.

It is a 3D Decoupaged card made the same way as the yoda and stormtrooper cards I made last year.

Yoda One Valentines Card

Yoda One for Me Valentines card

happy stormtrooper birthday

Happy stormtrooper birthday card

Can’t believe it’s a year since I made them, where does the time go!

Thanks for stopping by today, till next time, have fun x

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Christmas Crackers

christmas crackersHi there. Christmas day came and went off successfully and we are all now very happy and very full. Hope your Christmas was equally successful.

The only hitch we had was Christmas crackers, as in some body forgot to make any, eeep. Luckily the kids came to the rescue and said give us some ”stuff” to make them and well do it.

I had hats, wrapping paper (from the many now opened gifts), toilet and used wrapping paper rolls (from the recycle box), a small box of wrapped chocolates and a small packet of cracker bangers. I put them in a small pile in the middle of the room and left them both to it.

This is what they made. No fancy ribbons paper or even dies. Just made the way we used to make them when we were kids (all those years ago).

We didn’t have jokes to put in so decided to all tell any joke we could think of, yes the jokes were terrible, worthy of any Christmas cracker we’ve ever pulled. We had so much fun doing this I think we may do the same thing next year.

Thank you for dropping by again, wishing every body all the best for the holidays. Till next time, have fun xxx

Snowflake Gift Toppers

Snowflake Gift ToppersHi there. How are you. I’m not panicking yet eeep!

This week I have been making gift toppers, lots of gift toppers. The big wrap is coming and I wanted to get everything ready.

I used white gold and silver card plus some items from my recycling box (old wrapping paper and coloured envelopes from a recent birthday.) No point in throwing that stuff out when I can use it.

To start with I die – cut lots of snowflakes. The snowflakes were folded along the centre and the “arms” (if that’s what they’re called?) it gives them a little more dimension and shape. I stack them biggest on the bottom to smallest on top and the colours alternated so they stand out better. They are glued in place and put aside to dry.

The bases of the toppers in the first picture is a spellbinders Persian Motifs die cut in white card. The little stack of glued snowflakes are then added to the top.

these were the simplest to make and the largest. I also made some with smaller bases.

Blue Concertina Gift ToppersThe base of the second set were made out of a piece of wrapping paper cut with a spellbinder strip die and a peace of blue envelope that had been folded into a concertina in line with the points of the die – cuts and cut at roughly 1 1/2 inch lengths diagonally so they are pointed at one end and straight at the other.

The two strips were layered on top of each other and glued into a circle which in turn was pushed down into a small rosette about 3 inches in size. To stop them from pushing back up again I glue a small circle of card on the bottom and weigh them down with a small coaster till they dry.

The little stack of glued snowflakes were again added to the top.

Craft and Gold Gift ToppersThe third set were made from a craft coloured envelope cut with the same spellbinder strip die made into a rosette, a gold/silver die from the same set(Persian Accents), and a paper poinsettia on top. I explain how to make the poinsettias here, the only thing changed are the colours.

I put little gems in the centre to finish them off, cos you have to have bling at Christmas, that has to be a rule doesn’t it?

That’s another thing off the list of jobs to be done. I always think I’ve started early enough and it just gets away from me but “determined” is the word, have to get my head down and get on with it!
Thanks for stopping by, till next time, have fun x

Dies used:
Sizzix Bigz Die – Tattered Poinsettia
Sizzix Movers and Shapers – Mini Cardinal & Poinsettia
SpellbindersVenetian Motifs
SpellbindersPersian Accents
Spellbinders– Create a Flake #4
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Festive Collection – Snowflakes
Embossing Folder used:
Craft Concepts – Budding vine
Spellbinders– Create a Flake #4

Christmas Reindeer Tags

reindeer gift tags
Hello. How are you?

The day is getting closer and this year I’m trying to get the prep done a little earlier. I don’t want to leave everything till last minute like I usually do.

I’ve made some gift tags with an owl die I had free with a magazine. I thought they would make cute reindeer faces.

All of the shapes were cut out with dies and stuck down with PVA glue. The antlers were cut with a snowflake die chopped into three parts.

The base shape is spellbinders labels#4 gold ( labels#4 is one of my favourite shapes) in silver mirri card. Most of the backgrounds were paper made to test different colours and embossing powders, some silver, clear and white all with various blue inks blended on them. I used part of it in the village scene from the previous post. When the paper ran out I used a piece of wrapping paper.
blue snowflake tagThis is what the paper on the tags looked like before I covered them up. This one is clear embossing powder on white card blended with blue ink.

I used cotton yarn instead of ribbon for the ties because I didn’t want to cover the words up then threaded small paper beads and tied knots onto the ends to stop them pulling through.

So they kind of look like reindeer right? Maybe if you squint and look at them sideways? I may make others I’ll have to see how many more I need, or maybe i’ll leave some plain like this for the more serous members of the family but really who doesn’t love reindeer?

Anyway thanks for stopping by and getting this far. Till next time, have fun x

Dies Used:
Spellbinders – Nested circles
Spellbinders – Labels#4 gold and Labels#4
Stamps Used:
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder w/Stamp – Snowflake Background Set
DoCrafts Xcut A5 Cutting Die Set – Snowflakes
FREE Cute Creatures die
FREE Merry Christmas die
Inks Used:
Distress Ink – Faded Jeans, Broken China, Shaded Lilac
Clear Embossing Ink

 

Village Scene Christmas Card

Village Scene Christmas CardHi there. How are you? The Day is getting closer, I really need to get organised.

This is a little village scene Christmas card.

The blue background was a background paper I had made testing different colours and embossing powders. The rest will be used on other projects, only a small portion was used on this card.

This part was stamped with a snowflake stamp using embossing ink and heat embossed with silver powder. Blue Distress ink was blended over the top.

The buildings were one whole strip die cut out of white card, cut up and arranged on top of each other to make a little scene. I cut the bases of the buildings as circles to match the blue circle for the sky.

The layers were put together with foam pads to give some dimension then matted onto a slightly larger mirri card circle. The die cut snowflakes were added and a peel-off for a sentiment.

The last few cards have peel-off sentiments because I found a load of them in the back of a draw and they need using up. Then I can fill the space with new stuff I need hehe.

I’m trying harder to organise myself this year, I probably still be going till the last minute but hopefully there will be more relaxing if I can get the main stuff done before December.

Thanks for stopping by. Bye for now. Till next time, have fun x

Dies Used:
Spellbinders – Nested circles
DoCrafts Xcut Build a Scene Cutting Dies – Village
Stamps Used:
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder w/Stamp – Snowflake Background Set
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Festive Collection – Snowflakes
Inks Used:
Distress Ink – Faded Jeans, Broken China, Shaded Lilac
Clear Embossing Ink

Tissue Butterfly Card

Butterfly Tissue CardHi there. How are you?

This is a card made in the same style as the little tag I made way back in June.The colours are slightly darker and duller because the tissue was a little darker but I used the same method to make it.

The topper card was embossed with a Swiss Dots embossing folder and was then matted and layered with red card onto a card base with foam pads.

So that’s it short and simple
Thanks for stopping by. Till next time, have fun x

Dies Used:
Sizzix movers – and shapers Flower and Butterfly Set
Spellbinders – Nesting Circles
Embossing folder Used:
Swiss Dots

 

Flowery Birthday Card

Flowery Birthday CardHi there. How are you.

For this card I used a couple of dies that came free with magazines. I used the dies I had but similar dies can be bought and used in place of them.

The daisy border was a half daisy Tattered Lace die cut on top, rotated and used again to cut the bottom. It’s a bit fiddly but I like the result.

The smaller blossoms were made with a single strip die. You’re supposed to wrap the paper around and round till it makes a quilled flower. It doesn’t seem to matter how I roll or curl it they always look so scruffy, so I decided to try and simplify things a bit. I cut five of the petals from the end, rolled them into a circle and glued the edge. The bigger flower was a crafters companion simple five petal flower die.

The centres are dandelion clock dies. I used them because they remind me of cherry blossom stamens.

The background is made using a Swiss Dots embossing folder. It’s a long card so I embossed one side then flipped it around and embossed the other end. I wish all folders were as repeatable as this one.

The butterfly and sentiment are stamped out and heat embossed.Then all things were cut out and glued into place. Gems were added for a little sparkle.

Writing things down always seems to make it look far more complicated than it really is.
I like the texture and the small splashes of colour. Little things like this make me happy.

The other day my daughter and I picked blackberries. It’s getting late in the season but there’s still a few left and maybe, if we can, we will pick a few more soon. They taste really good with strawberries and a little yoghurt.

The cold days are now starting to close in now, the nights are getting darker and autumn seems to be on it’s way.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my ramblings. Till next time, take care and have fun x

Dies Used:
Sue Wilson – Dandelion Clocks
Tattered Lace – Free Daisy Strip (free)
Spellbinders – Circle and Scallop Dies
Crafters Companion Die’sire – Flower (free)
Crafters Companion Die’sire – Quilling Flower Die (free)

Embossing folder Used:
Cuttlebug – Swiss Dots

Stamps Used:
Random No Name – Butterfly, Happy Birthday

Floral Gift Topper

Floral Gift Topper

Hi there.
When I’m sending gifts I like to use little gift toppers. After taking all the time to wrap something neatly I think they really finish it all off beautifully.

The base is a tattered lace strip die folded back and forth into a concertina. join the consertina at the ends and push down to form a rosette and glue a circle top and bottom for support.

Three small memory box, flourish die cuts form the next layer. A tattered florals die cut and all three sizes of spellbinders blooms one.

They are all layered up on top of each other and glued together. Simple and effective.

I hope you are all well. Thanks for stopping by.
Till next time have fun x

Dies used:
Spellbinders – Blooms One
Sizzix Bigz Die – Tattered florals
Tattered Lace – Free from magazine
Memory Box – Macarena Corner