Monday, 16 January 2017

Peace On Earth

Do you ever fel a wee bit behind the 8 ball?

Dec 1st arrived and I was faced with the looming Canada Post deadline to mail off my overseas christmas cards.  At this late date I realized that once I sent the overseas cards off,  I did not have enough cards left to send locally to my family and friends. I cast my mind over my on hand supplies and tried to chose a design that would make up easily into multiples.

I wanted to make a dozen in total, so I chose a prefolded set of silver glimmer cards that I bought a couple of years ago. I think they were only 5x5 inches so  my choice of stamp was limited by size requirements. Luckily I already had 6 stamped images of this Nativity scene ornament, so I quickly stamped 6 more and then cut them with a Lawn Fawn Stitched circle die.

I painted the blue background with twinkling H2O's, and used a Silver Gelly roll pen over the bauble fastener at the top. I had some sheets of Silver fine glitter paper from one of the papercrafts garage sales I attended last summer, and cut them with a Spellbinders scalloped circle die.

I am upstairs at the moment, and the sentiment stamp is down two flights of stairs in my craft room...sorry I do not remember the manufacturer...

After I took this photo, I decided that the card looked rather plain, so I took the silver Gelly Roll pen and carefully went over all the scrollwork around the nativity scene! It went surprisingly fast and I wish I had remembered to retake the photo.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

January 8, 2017 Christmas Card Club -Anything Goes

Margaret at Dutchess blog, picked the theme for this fortnights Christmas Card Club.
She chose Anything Goes, so it was the perfect chance to open one of my new NBUS Penny Black Stamps and give it a try!

I think this stamp was designed for watercolours but I substituted Tim Holtz inky stains as I only have watercolour pencil crayons.  I dabbed the stains on my craft mat and then picked them up with a paint brush and painted the ink onto my stamp.

It was a bit hard to get the green to cover evenly as the rubber branches are so finely cut. I got the green and red a bit sloppy on my first card and then managed to get a faint hint of green and even some red just below my image.. Must have been on my hand...

Then I stamped the PB greeting that came with the stamp and managed to get an inky line from the edge of the rubber. Note to self...check the edges before stamping!

I used another NBUS item The silver cards were on clearance at Michaels for 99 cents. They were designed to slide a photo in them. The card I stamped my image onto was a lot heavier weight than a photo. It caused the mirri card to sort of look indented from the thickness of it.

I tried to center the image within the mirri frame as best I could and then took my finger and evened out the indented bit to look like it was supposed to be like that. Unfortunately my nail made a sharp crease in the mirri frame! Ugggh...

A couple of red snowflakes were carefully placed to hide the mistakes and I quickly made a second card, avoiding all the previously mentioned mistakes!

I used yellow stickles for the stamens of the poinsettia, and added a bit of stardust stickles to the leaves and petals.

Just behind on the left, you can see the first attempt...and just behind on the right, I have made a third card. Wherever possible, I am going to try and make some multiples this year.

Silver Mirr cards and envelopes - Michaels after Xmas clearance
Stamp - image and sentiment are Penny Black Fire Star
Cardstock- had to use a snippet of Bristol vellum paper as I could not find my watercolour paper. Only had enough paper for 3 cards though.
Inks - Tim Holtz lipstick red and  bundled sage green
Stickles - yellow stickles for poinsettia centers and Stardust stickles for image

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Something New (my stamp) ends Wed Jan 11
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
3. Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes ends Jan 31

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A Couple More

Here is the last of my 2016 Christmas cards.

My first card is another from the Hobby House pre coloured image card series that I posted a few days ago. Same DP (First Edition) and border trim (K & Co),  just a slightly different embellishment design.

The second card is another one made at Langley Stampers Club. The die cut like butter and just slid through the gold mirri card.  I saved the center castoffs from the snowflake rings and thought I would punch them into snowflakes for future use. Mirri card is so expensive that I hate to throw any of it away!


Since that is the last of my 2016 Xmas cards, that means I had better get to work creating new ones for 2017! I have so many new Christmas themed dies and stamps that I am looking forward to use. I am going to try to use my new stash on all my Xmas cards this year.