Thursday, 19 December 2013

October Afternoon Pop 'n Cuts Christmas Card

Well it's been pretty busy lately, so not many cards to show you, but I did make this one today. It's pretty similar to one I made before, using the rest of some wonderful October Afternoon paper...
 I cut the inside card base with Karen Burniston's A2 Pop 'n Cuts Card with Circle label, and I just cut with a trimmer the outer red card base, and finished off the ends with Tim Holtz's Scallops On The Edge die. I also added some Tim Holtz tinsel, with Beacon's glue, and some snowflakes from my stash.
I then added a stamped sentiment (VersaMark ink + white embossing powder), and cut it out and added stitching effect with dies from the Circle and Labels, Stitched Framelit set.
 For the card front, I wanted space for writing a message, and used dies from the Wavy Labels Framelits set, and more October Afternoon paper.

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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Special release stamp set from The Stamps of Life

The new stamp set 'sampler2love' released by The Stamps of Life at the beginning of the month was just lovely - not to mention the fabulous matching dies, and NOW there is a new stamp set being released today which co-ordinates beautifully with both!
'alpha4banners' - gives you all the letters, in both upper and lower case, which fit perfectly in the smallest die... so pretty!
Here are some cards I made with the new set.

My first card uses Stephanie Barnard's new Fancy Frame Flip-its die for the card base (such a lovely classic shape), and I used the accompanying Fancy Labels 6 Framelits to cut a window. I then glued some twine on, and stuck the letter banners on individually, along with some paper flowers, and glittery swirls from Tim Holtz's Festive Greenery die.

For the second card I stamped directly onto the card, and afterwards glued on the twine, and added brads, and cloud dies from Papertrey Ink.

My third card again uses the Fancy Frame Flip-its, with some of the new die cut letter banners added on foam pads. The 'Birthday' is from the Stamps of Life's brackets2cut set.
Inside I used stamps and a die from the tv2stamp sets, and added a couple of banner die cuts, to make the sentiment into a rosette.

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Monday, 2 December 2013

Karen Burniston's December Designer Pop 'n Cuts Challenge - Gingerbread House Card

Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge for December has each designer working with a different Pop 'n Cuts insert - fun idea!!... my insert was the House die, which I used in the Square Card with Ornate Edges base.
I had in mind a gingerbread house, decorated with sweets, and I ended up doing a bit of hand-drawing to get the look I was after.
 For the top border, I used Tim Holtz Tinsel, and a tag from Karen's Gift Card Holder Framelits set, plus bits from my stash. (I didn't have the right colour heart brads, so coloured them with Copic marker.)
 For the house, I used lots of bits from Karen's House Thinlits set - the windows and sills, glitter card eaves (which I covered with more brads), and a pink door which I embossed with a Tim Holtz woodgrain folder. I drew the decorations around the windows and coloured them with White Uniball pen and Copics. I also drew some candy canes, and a little wreath, also coloured with Copics, and cut them out with Cutter Bee scissors. (I hope you are impressed with my cutting out the centre of the wreath... that thing is tiny!!)
I also made a layered door mat, and some snow drifts in the garden, which are stuck on little tabs.
I added lots of Stickles accents.
For the bottom border, I punched out a load of circles, and drew some peppermint sweets on them, coloured with Copics, and added them to a strip of card along with some brads, then glued the whole strip down.
 The papers are from October Afternoon, and the edges are all inked with black Distress Ink.

(Update: If you would like to see another gingerbread house card of mine, using more current products, it is here.)

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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Pop 'n Cuts Card Holder with Purple Onion Design Stamps

I also have another project to show you which was shared on the Purple Onion Design Blog today, along with some great Christmas gift/decor ideas.
I made this gift card holder, using Karen Burniston's A2 Pop 'n Cuts card, with the Sassy Label insert. I also used Karen's Gift Card Holder Framelits set for the piece which has slits to hold the gift card. Various 'Sassy Labels & Stitched Frames Framelits' dies were used for the red pop out piece and stitching effect, and for the 'Christmas' background pieces.
 You don't initially see the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment - it's hidden till the gift card is removed.
 The stamps are all from Purple Onion Designs (which has a whopping 25% off all stamps till 10th December!) and I used the following:
Holly (the mouse) by Stacey Yacula
Wreath by Stacey Yacula
Star, Holly leaves and Ho Ho Ho from the Holidoodles set
Merry Christmas from Mini Mini Holiday set

I used Copics to colour the stamps, and my trusty Cutter Bee Scissors to do all the fiddly cutting out. The papers are from First Edition's Nordic Christmas pad, and everything got highlighted with Stickles!
Finally, a simple card front, using the small tag die from Karen's Card Holder Framelits set.

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Purple Onion Design Stamps & Eileen Hull House Project

 I just want to show you a little project I made for the Purple Onion Design Blog, using some of their stamps by Stacey Yacula, and the 3D Birdhouse die by Eileen Hull.
You can see loads of great ideas for these and other beautiful stamps on the POD blog, and there is a fantastic 25% off all stamps sale (running till 10th December) in the shop!
I coated a piece of mount board in glue and glitter, then added the house, and the sledge and bunny with little folded-over cardboard tabs.
 Purple Onion Design stamps used:
Birch (bunny)
Silver (bird)
Snowy Fence
Holidoodle set (for the holly)

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New Club set & matching dies at The Stamps of Life

The new club stamp set this month at The Stamps of Life, along with the matching dies are right up my street!!  (Just in case you'd not noticed my love of bunting!)
The set is called 'sampler2love' and comes with the loveliest frame and banner/flag dies. 
Here are a few cards I made with them.

The first uses Stephanie Barnard's new Sizzix Square Stand-ups card base, which I used a Movers & Shapers die to cut a centre square from. I then hung little flags cut with one of the new dies, and added a sentiment using a stamp and more dies from the sets.

The second card uses some more stamps from the set, and shows the three sizes of banner dies really well.

My third card uses another of Stephanie's new Sizzix dies - the Ornate Flip-its Card 2 die, and matching Ornate Labels 5 Framelits.
The stamps and rounded-off rectangles are all from the new stamp and die sets.

And finally, another card using all three banner dies, as well as as the tickets2stamp set, and ticket dies set.

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