Christmas Card Challenge Day Five: Box Card

I feel like I’m slowly, slowly, pushing the edges of where I feel comfortable crafting, taking creative risks and trying new stuff out. This is one of those cards that’s pushed me a little bit further. It still feels really simple, but I’m happy with how it’s come out and I’m keen to try this out again in the future!

Christmas Card Challenge Day Four: Non-Traditional

I don’t really know what I was going for with this prompt, other than I didn’t want it to be your stereotypical ‘Winter Scene on a Card.’ It took a little bit of fiddly, but I’m really happy with the overall look of this card.

Of course, I went and ruined it with the sentiment on the bottom. A few months back I bought a Memory Keepers Heatwave Foil Pen, and after the first play put it in a box and haven’t looked at it since. So I thought I’d have a play with it today. Rather than actually try it out on scrap first though, I got over excited and just went straight for writing on the bottom of my finished card.

Long story short, it was a waste of money that I just can’t get to work, and I hastily stuck a stamp over the top and called it done. I just wish I’d read the reviews before I spent my money. Still, I think I’ll be revisiting and refining this card later – and I’m glad to have finally found a use for my pile of coloured acetate.

Christmas Card Challenge Day Three: Panels

I feel like this is a such a lazy design. I pretty much just found two papers I liked, stuck it through the die cutter and put them on paper. Still, the paper has so much detail that it feels like to add anything would be too much, and as the saying goes, ‘Less is more.’

That’s my excuse anyway.

But for a card that took less than ten minutes to make, it looks a lot nicer than some of the stuff I’ve made in an hour, so I’m going to leave it as is and send off to a relative with a nice greeting inside.

Christmas Card Challenge Day Two: Reindeer Card

Unlike with yesterday’s card, inspiration just didn’t strike today. After a couple of tried and failed attempts at what I originally had in mind, I ended up just sticking down a couple of stamps and coloring it in. I don’t completely hate the result, but I can’t say I’m over awed with the result either. I’m probably going to continue having a play and revisit this prompt later on, just to see if I can produce something I’m actually happy with!

Christmas Card Challenge Day One: Snowflake Card

I am so pleased with how this came out! I have a huge selection of snowflake dies, which is originally what I planned to use when I came up with this prompt. Then, when I was going through my paper collection for inspiration, I came across this from a selection I picked up in the post Christmas sales earlier this year. I instantly wanted to use it, and came up with this simple but contemporary card. To top it off, I used ‘Snowflake Tinsel’ embossing powder on the sentiment, to really give it a feel appropriate for the time of year.

I definitely think I’m going to be making a couple more of these to send out to family members! And I’m sure I’ll find a use for the snowflake dies later on in my challenge.

30 Cards in 30 Days – Christmas Edition

It’s pretty safe to say I failed in my attempt to make 30 cards in 30 days. To be entirely honest, I was fooling myself to think I could do it when I was moving house in the middle of the month. Still, I made more cards than I otherwise would have done, shown below.

I’ve decided to be a little more conservative with my next challenge for myself, whilst tying in with the time of year; 12 Christmas Cards in 12 Days. Much more doable, since I was likely going to be doing it anyway, just without accounting for it! Below is my little list of prompts – I look forward to sharing the results with you!

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Video Friday: How to Make an Exploding Box Card

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As I’ve continued to try and try out new card styles, I came across this video on the Docrafts channel. Below is my first attempt at an Exploding Box Card – not too adventurous, but I’m going to work up to it!

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My Exploding Box Card used the ‘Happy Birthday’ from XCut’s Ornate Sentiments and paper from Kaiser Craft

 

Wishlist Wednesday: Lawn Fawn

Back in April, I managed to find some time off work to head to the Craft 4 Crafters show. On my best behaviour, I stuck to a strict budget, but temptation came in the shape of these next products. I resisted and put them on my mental wishlist instead, but it was a definite struggle.

I fall in love with anything cute and quirky, so of course I immediately fell in love with Lawn Fawn! The punny sentiments are just an added bonus. Plus, many of their amazing designs combine both dies and stamps, making for some amazing card designs.

It’s impossible for me to pick just one thing for my wishlist this week, so here’s my top three Lawn Fawn products of the moment that I hope to have coming my way soon!

1. Pizza My Heart

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Image taken from Lawn Fawn

Pizza. PIZZA. There aren’t many things I love as much as pizza, which is  why this cute little stamp set is top of my wishlist. Don’t get my started on the cute little faces that you can add to these slices!

2. Critters Ever After

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Image taken from Lawn Fawn

Hippogriffs and Dragons and Unicorns oh my! I have some perfect fairy tale themed cardstock I could partner with this for some adorable cards.

3. Plan on It

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Image taken from Lawn Fawn

I love organisation and planning, and this stamps would made my Filofax even more beautiful! I’ve been tempted by bullet journaling recently as well, and this stamp set might make it a little less daunting! The tooth will definitely make dentist appointments a little less scary as well – just look at that little guy!

Project Monday: Hobbit Doors

When I was very young, I was gifted with a copy of The Hobbit by my grandmother. I read it immediately, and then again, and fell in love with Middle Earth and it’s lore. Even though an amount of it went over my head at the tender age of ten, I still sat entranced watching the original trilogy of movies. As times gone on, my passion has only grown.

But I digress. This is not a post about my love affair with Middle Earth, but rather an introduction to a product I’ve loved creating.

My sister’s university housemate (and close friend) is getting married this summer. Shortly after I bought my Big Shot Plus, I got a request to make something for the wedding. “We’re not sure what yet, but something.” Time passed, and they came back with a request.

New address cards, that would suit the ‘Hobbitness’ of their new address.

Well, how could I refuse a request like that?

So, for the past month my mind has been buzzing with ideas for these new address cards. When given a theme you love and almost free reign it’s amazing what you can come up with. I experimented with embossing, combining different dies, using new card shapes.

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Here’s just a select sample of my early designs. I don’t want to show all of them as it may spoil the surprise! I made the cards with a mix of white and coloured card, mainly so I could show colour ideas without spending too much money on card stock just for samples. The samples and my notes went off to the Bride-to-Be, and I’m off to Cardiff this week to settle the final design to start making.

I imagine not all bespoke requests are this fun, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts!

Project Monday: Adventures with Big Shot Plus

I’ve been aware of die cutting for a while now – it would be difficult to make so many trips to Hobbycraft and not see the rows of dies on display. But I never really understood the appeal. Apart from my on and off again relationship with ‘Project Life’ and the occasional greetings care, my crafting interests lay far away from paper craft.

Fast forward to 2016. It’s not been the best year so far, with a lot of time spent off work. Lazing in bed for hours on end lead me to the discovery of my latest addiction – Create and Craft TV. Despite my joint loves of spending money and crafting gear, I’ve yet to fall into the teleshopping trap. But, anyone who has seen the channel will know it’s full of die cutting. The more I watched, the more I wanted one of those machines. And so, in a moment of weakness and stood in Hobbycraft, I picked up the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit.

Thanks to work, I hadn’t had a chance to experiment with my latest purchase before my next trip to Hobbycraft (Cardiff.) I got chatting to a lovely member of staff there called Alison, who knew everything you need to know about die cutting, and pointed me in the right direction. Armed with a bagful of goodies, I headed home and unpacked my kit.

After many hours watching Create and Craft, I was pretty confident with what I was doing, but if it wasn’t it still would have been easy to get started thanks to the instructions printed on each of the platforms. I started with a couple of little shapes, but then got on with I’d been planning since I bought the kit. The kit comes with a number of dies, including a box die. And since unpacking the box, my house has steadily been taken over by decorated gift boxes.

 


I’m sure I’ll talk about the Big Shot Plus more in the future, but right now I’m just excited to keep experimenting! There may also be more dies on the way after payday.