Christmas Card mix and match
Christmas is coming so it is time for a quick Christmas card.I always leave it to the last minute, if the last day for Christmas post is the 20th, I will make them franticly on the 19th. Seriously. Never learn.For thise one I thought it would be a good idea to use elements from different sets from The Winter Moments collection:
I just then layered on a white card (6 x 6 inches) and one I was happy with the position I glue the bits to the front of the card.Well, now, I really should make a start on those Christmas cards...
This week I am sharing with you a really simple Birthday card idea using hexagons, this shape seems to be popping up everywhere at the moment and the different sized hexagons in the Framelits set are great for the smallest cards or large 12x12" scrapbook formats.The card is for my niece's 22nd Birthday, she loves cycling so I based the colour scheme around a gorgeous retro cycle brad.The dies that I used are...The flower is from the Big Shot Starter Kit but any small die-cut flower would work equally well.I have embossed some of the hexagons using...
Draw around the third largest hexagon in the set of Framelits and then tape the hexagon a size larger over this drawing and cut out.
Die-cut the smaller hexagon from a rectangle of yellow card the same size as your card blank.Stick the yellow card rectangle to the card front using PVA. Emboss a grey rectangle of card and then stick this into position along side the hexagon aperture.
Stick other die-cut rectangles to the card front and then trim away the excess. Print the sentiment using a PC & Printer and then die-cut this with the smaller rectangle.
Stick acetate to the inside of your card, covering the aperture and securing with double-sided tape. Use the same tape to stick the printed hexagon to the front as shown.Complete the card with additional strips of card, small embossed rectangle and a die-cut flower decorated with a brad and stuck down with a small foam pad.I would never normally chose this colour scheme but I'm really pleased with the result...all down to one cute brad! Have a great week :)
Snowflakes on Acetate Card
I love floating snowflakes, the best way to achieve that look on a card is by using acetate. However acetate is tricky. Here you have a simple idea on how to do it properly.First problem is how to attach things on to acetate. The best way is to use dry adhesives - double side tape, sticky dots...The second problem is the lack of white card to write the message on. Solution, a die cut - I used the Fancy Banners Framelit set - in the inside and outside of the back. This will offer you a white card on the back of the card to write your message. By putting another die cut on the inside, it means that the adhesive is completely covered as well.To create the snowflakes I first stamped five using the Snowflakes 2. I used ultra smooth card and Versafine Deep Lagoon ink.Once I die cut them with the matching Framelit die, I joined them with a tiny drop of white glue. Then on the back, I attached a glue dot.
Once attached to the acetate card front, of course the glue dot shows from the inside. Not to worry, I just die cut the centers - this set comes with dies for each snowflake center - and attached them with glue dots to the inside of the card to cover them up perfectly.To add the message, I stamped it using some of my personal clear stamps and then die cut it using one of the Tags for Sentiments Framelit set.Simple, but I think it is rather effective!
I hope you like it too.
Hip to be Square!
The other day I was rounding off the corners of a gift tag using my wonderful Corner Chomper which, for those of you who haven't come across it yet, is a heavy duty corner punch, and when I say heavy duty I mean Mount board!
As I started rounding the corners I had one of those all-too-rare 'light bulb over the head' moments all from rounding off the diagonal corners from a simple die cut square.
Anyone who regularly reads this blog will know that I love to play around with simple shapes and get the most out of them, usually with a simple, graphic card; well here's four for the price of one today, I was really pleased with the results, I hope you agree.
The first idea that struck me was to create a flower, so I wanted something strong and graphic like a..... poinsettia, as I was making it the other ideas popped into my head.
1. I started by cutting four red squares using the smallest die from my Framelits, squares set. With a shape like a square, although it is simple to cut by hand, using the same die over and over gives you that extra degree of accuracy which can be priceless. 2 & 3. Using the half inch punch i trimmed two diagonal corners of each square. 4. Next, I cut and trimmed four green squares before curling up one of the pointed corners on each red 'leaf'. 5. I attached each red to each green square.
I created the base card using my PC and printer before attaching each petal/leaf combo to the card with a 3D foam pad, The yellow centre was die cut using the Winter Elements decorated strip designed by the lovely Paula Pascual and finished with an adhesive pearl.
The Merry & Bright card was created in a similar fashion die cutting two set of three squares from pale blue and turquoise card. The snowflake is die cut from silver card, again, using the Winter Elements die.
The 'Feliz Navidad' card was created by cutting a selection of carefully chosen Christmas colours. Each of the 'leaves' has its top-left hand corner curled back and a pearl in the bottom right.
Finally, the little robin was cut from a brown die cut square onto which I first attached a red die cut circle prior to rounding off the corners the Base card was produced using the computer/Printer and the robin's legs are a lower case 'll' . I had a blast making these cards, hope you like them.
Christmas Home Decor: Glass jars with trees inside!
Well, we are just under three months till Christmas, so I think I can start thinking of my handmade Christmas home decorations.I love glass jars so I thought I would try something using one of them that I got a at a Charity shop.The dies I used are:
I die cut the tress using patterned papers from the Basic Grey 25Th & Pine collection. I die cut three of each size, then I scored them down the middle of each one.I folded them by the scored line and glue the three of the same size together.To make the tag, I used the Charm Stamp and Framelit set. First, I stamped the image using black ink, then I placed the Framelit and die cut using my Big Shot.Using Silver card, I then die cut the Embosslit Emerald Charm Tag - there are three Embosslit Charm Tags Oval, Circle and Emerald and all match with the Framelit and Stamp set. I place it on a clothes peg and glued the NOEL in the center and added some patterned paper to the peg.To finish off the jar, I added border stickers to the lid and bottom and as snow I used cheap chunky glitter.And here you have the finished project! I hope you like it.
Christmas cards using the Leafy tree die and TI with Pan Pastels
Hello!Today I am sharing a Christmas card. You know Christmas is only a few months away which means that it is time to start thinking of Christmas cards so that it is not a mad dash closer to the time.Also, I would like to showcase how the dies, textured impression folders and stamps all work together.
I always recommend to STAMP + DIE CUT + EMBOSS. Meaning that that is the natural order although for some techniques you may want to change that a bit! Still as a rule of thumb, if you would like just two techniques would be STAMP + DIE CUT; DIE CUT + EMBOSS; STAMP + EMBOSS.
So, I started by die cutting six pieces of white card. I like Inspire me Snow White (270 gsm thick but not too much, perfect for embossing).
Then I placed the die cut and place it inside of the TI folder and emboss using my Big Shot. As with any embossed piece of card, there is two sides and two different effects.
Using Sofft tools I applied the colours I chose from the Pan Pastels.Then I attached the panels to a folded card, trimming the ends.Then I die cut and emboss an Embosslit Charm tag (658618 Sizzix Embosslits Die - Charm, Emerald). This Charm coordinates perfectly with the Winter Charms set of stamps and Framelits ( 658620 Sizzix Framelits Die Set 9PK w/Stamps - Charms, Winter).And stamped the tree in the centre of the Charm. And then I assembled all together!I hope you liked it!
Making display projects for Create and Craft shows is both fun and time consuming. There is no brief to work to so we can choose the colours and materials we see fit. Having that bit of creative freedom makes the process all the more pleasurable.
The flip side is having to create so many projects in such a short time which is why having such great dies to work with helps enormously. We have looked at Paula Pascual's Star, Flower Framelits w/Stamps set from her divine winter moments collection, and I told you about how well they were recieved on our recent Create and Craft shows. My other favourite set from the shows is Framelits w/Stamps- Snowflakes #2 (658622) which sold out pretty quickly.
As regular readers of this blog will by now know, I could make Christmas cards all year round happily and one of my favourite motifs is the humble snowflake. This set is super versatile and you can use the stamps and dies independently or together.This card features a background made by stamping onto kraft card with a watermark ink pad and sprinkling Clear embossing powder over the image before setting with a heat tool. The snowflake itself was created in the same way before being cut out using the corresponding Framelits dies before being layered together with 3D foam pads. The Background was then attached to the face of a pink, patterned base card before being finished with a length of ribbon.For this card I stamped the legend 'Merry Christmas' onto a rectangle of red card before tearing away the base. I then used a red ink pad to stamp my snowflakes onto ivory cardstock, finishing with a pearl accent in the centre of each. I mounted the red card onto an ivory base card before attaching the snowflakes with a 3D foam pad.I love black and white cards and this one is so simple to make. I used my PC to print the legend 'Butterflies are winter's snowflakes' onto white card, folded it in half and added a folded strip of black card. Next, I stamped the snowflakes onto black card using a watermark ink pad before sprinkling with glitter embossing powder and setting with a heat gun. I then die cut the stamped images using the corresponding Framelits dies and mounted them together using 3D foam pads.This card features both the flowers and snowflakes without the stamps, The frame is Frame, Scrollwork from the new Indie Craft Festival Range. I die cut the frame,flowers and snowflakes from a patterned blue/green card and set about adding colour using some of my favourite distress ink before attaching all the elements together and decorating with adhesive pearl accents in the centre of the flowers/snowflakes and adding a jewelled accent to the bottom of the frame. I measured the centre of the frame and used my PC to create the phrase before printing onto the green patterned card. Finally, I mounted the frame onto teh base card using 3D foam pads.
What a sell-out!
I return to you fresh from another great show at Create and Craft. The response to our Sizzix shows has been fantastic and there is another one in the pipeline for the end of the month (details to follow).
The fastest selling item on the show was the Framelits w/Stamps Set - Flowers, Star by Paula Pascual (658621) as I confidently predicted (Nice to get it right for once!!!).
We saw this set used to great effect in last weeks blog, but such was the response from the Create & Craft viewers I thought I would show you a few more things made with what is rapidly becoming one of my favourite sets. Why do I love it so much? Simple, it's so versatile you can use both the stamps and dies independently or both together to create some wonderful effects.
When people who design craft projects for a living design the dies too, then versatility and functionality are top of the agenda that's what makes Paula's work so timeless and classy. It is almost impossible to make a bad card....Trust me, I've tried
Having a Winter Moment!
The Winter Moments to which I refer is actually the name of a Range of Sizzix dies and folders designed by the wonderful (and also pretty talented!) Paula Pascual. Anyone who has taken even a passing interest in my blog will know that it is never too early to make Christmas cards, Boxing day is a good time to start in my opinion!
The Idea came from something I saw in a local shop, an idea which I was able to recall thanks to the wonders of modern technology (camera phone!).
The finished card in no way resembles the Welsh love spoon which inspired it in the same way that my best ideas rarely come from within the craft industry itself. with the busy lives we all seem to lead these days it's so important to record ideas and inspiration before they are snuffed out by something more or, as is usually the case, less important.
The Sizzix products I used are below, click on each one to link to the website:
I started by die cutting the letters L, V and E from red glitter card, Next I cut three flower shapes from Red and green glitter card. Using a stylus tool and a moulding mat ( the Susan Tierney-Cockburn tool kit is a must in our design room at the moment!) I added dimension to the small and large red flowers by applying a stirring motion in the centre of each before mounting all the flower elements together finishing with an adhesive gem in the centre. I used the flower in place of the letter 'O' to form the word 'LOVE'. Next, I arranged the letters and measured along their length.At this point I turned to my PC and typed the phrase '....and best wishes this Christmas from the Hughes Family' before printing it in red onto a 16 x 22cm sheet of quality heavyweight white card (I always use Inspire Me Papers) The phrase measures 13cm the same as the word 'LOVE'. Once the base card was folded I carefully attached the word/poinsettia one at a time.Here are a couple more created using the same principle, the word Christmas was die cut using the Block Talk Die which is one of my current favourites for obvious reasons! If you love the flower/star dies, and let's face it, who wouldn't? they are accompanied by a fabulous set of coordinating stamps, which is staggering value. and the other great thing about them is that you can use them all year round!
- Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit - 658300
- Framelits Die Set w/Stamps - Flowers, Star By Paula Pascual (658621)
- Framelits Die Set w/Stamps - Trees, Leafy By Paula Pascual (658623)
- Sizzix Sizzlits Alphabet Set - Antiqua Capital Letters (658337)
- Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Block Talk (658563)
Love Home Decor
As my first Christmas collection for Sizzix is hitting the stores, I can finally share one of the projects using one of my favourite dies that I have designed, Love, Phrase 658625.
I started by die cutting with my Big Shot between 8 and 10 Love Phrases, one layer at a time, using chipboard or mount board. Then, I glued each layer together, I like to use wet glue and apply it all over the die cut.After I attach each and every layer, I make sure that it is well attached everywhere and that it is flushed to the bottom. Once that I glued all of the layers I make sure that it sits on its own, if not, you can sand the bottom to make it more smooth and/or add more layers.This step is completely optional. As a bit of a perfectionist I like to smooth all the edges to create a more solid effect. So I apply a thin layer of Grunge paste and flatten it out around all the more visible edges. After all the paste has dried, I sand it a bit to make it completely smooth.
I like to use acrylic paints to cover the whole phrase. For this particular project I decided to give it a bit of shabby chic look, so I use white paint to give it a bit of a white wash look, and then I used Treasure Platinum rubbing gently all over the front.And here it is, in my front room. I love it!--------Como mi primera colección de Navidad para Sizzix está llegando a las tiendas, por fin puedo compartir un proyecto usando uno de mis troqueles favoritos, Love, Phrase 658625.Comencé troquelando con mi Big Shot entre 8 y 10 LOVE, utilizando aglomerado de carton o tablero de montaje de uno en uno. A continuación, pegué cada capa a la anterior, me gusta usar pegamento tipo Tacky glue y aplicarlo por todo el troquelado.Después de pegar cada capa, me aseguro de que estén bien conectadas en todas partes y que estén niveladas por abajo. Una vez que todas las capas están pegadas me aseguro de que se sostiene por sí mismo, si no, se puede lijar la parte inferior para que sea más suave y / o añadir más capas.El siguiente paso es completamente opcional. Como soy un poco perfeccionista me gusta suavizar todos los bordes para crear un efecto más sólido. Así que aplico una capa de pasta de Grunge - o cualquier pasta de textura - y utilizo un espátula para alisar todos los bordes que sean más visibles. Después de todo la pasta se haya secado, la lijo un poco para que sea completamente lisa.Me gusta usar pinturas acrílicas para cubrir toda la frase. Para este proyecto en particular, decidí darle un look Shabby Chic, así que utilicé pintura blanca para darle una pasada no uniforme y luego usé Treasure Platinum Rub utilizando mis dedos como pinceles aplicándolo muy suavemente por todo el frente.Y aquí está, en mi sala de estar. ¡Me encanta!
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