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Feliz Navidad

And as per usual I ran out of time to send out my cards, so I had planned to make a massive batch of these cards, stamped hundreds of images and coloured them in, but the die cutting and embossing were a bottleneck and I only managed to assemble 2 of these cards in the end! Oh well, at least I’ve made a headstart on cards for next year!!

I used the Lawn Fawn ‘Baa Humbug’ stamp and dies set to get these cute little knitting sheep. I coloured them with Spectrum Noir markers: BGR3, 4 and 5 for the sheep, BGR2 for the knitting needles, DR5 and 6 for the hats and knitting ad BGR1 for the shadows on the sheep’s fleece, knitting wool and the banner.


The banner is from Lawn Fawn ‘Penelope’s blossoms’ and the sentiment and holly leaves and berries are again from ‘Baa Humbug’. I wanted to have a little snow bank that the sheep could be standing on, so it’s not just floating in midair, so i used the die from the Tattered Lace Scene Dies and stamped the ball of wool and little trail of wool directly onto the card.


I used my embossing folder to emboss the knitted pattern on to a Raspberry Ripple card panel, I really think it helps to tie in the knitting that the sheep is doing!!

To assemble the card I glued the embossed panel to a 5×7 card base, then adhered the snowbank to the embossed panel. The sheep and sentiment banner were raised up on foam tape for dimention.


I’m going into London this evening to see a special screening of Home Alone to get into the Christmas spirit – what are you doing this evening to get into ‘holiday mode’?

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Nadolig Llawen

I have a lot of Welsh friends and wanted to make Christmas cards using the Welsh sentiment dies I have from Tattered Lace. Unfortunately (as per usual) this card was WAY more intensive to create that I had anticipated and I’ve only been able to create one as opposed to several…

I die cut the ‘Holly Leaves Pine Branches‘ dies by Leane Creatief from green card and the berries from red card (I think I ended up needing 7 of each size of the leaves/branches to make the full wreath, which properly broke the TODO in!). I used a circle die to line up all the die cuts in a circular shape (I wouldn’t get it right by eye and would end up with an oval!!) and adhered them on to a white card base with HI-Tack glue, only attaching the bases or spines so there was still lots of dimention and they all stuck up in a more organic way. I inked the edges of the mat with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The sentiment was cut from red glitter card, which is just brilliant – it really sparkles, but with no mess!!

I adhered the mat to a kraft card base; bish, bash, bosh, done!


Are you feeling Christmassy yet?



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Cousin’s Christmas card

My Australian Cousin has dual citizenship and is living and working in the UK, but he does go home to see his family at Christmas. I wanted to make him a Christmas card with the Lawn Fawn ‘Critters Down Under’ stamps and matching die set.

Firstly I die cut the mountain range from the Tattered Lace ‘Scene Stepper Card’ set from platinum Centura Pearl card and I cut and folded some snow white hint of silver Centura Pearl for the card base.

For the sentiment I stamped the greeting and frame form Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set with black Archival Ink. I used the Lawn Fawn grass border to die cut some ‘snowy grass’ from some more white hint of silver card, and die cut the sentiment using Spellbinders Labels Four die and attached it to the card base with foam squares for some dimention.

Once I had my background sorted, I started on my critters. I used the ‘Critters Down Under’, ‘Hats off to you’ and the present from the ‘Year Five’ stamp set. I stamped all the images on Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them in using my Spectrum Noir pens. Once all the images were coloured I cut them out with the co-ordinating dies. I kept moving them around until I was happy with the composition, then adhered them all in place with HI-Tack glue.


I just love Lawn Fawn critters – they’re so cute! I hope you liked this card and it gave you some inspiration, come back soon to see what other Christmas cards I make.

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Baby’s 1st Christmas

A friend of mine that I went to school with had a baby this year – it makes me feel very old to know that other people my age are breeding! So this Christmas will be his son’s first Christmas, I made him a ‘first Halloween’ card, so I’m making him a ‘first Christmas’ card too!

I wanted this to be fairly simple card a) because the postage deadline is tomorrow and b) because Josh is only little & therefore doesn’t need loads of bling or ribbons etc.

I started with a white 6×6 card base. I cut a panel of Stampin’ UP! Mossy Meadow card for the sentiment, then using my Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch I punched some branches from the same card so the bottom edge would be softened by some foliage.

I die cut two ‘Globe Ornaments’ from pearlescent red card and two ‘caps’ from gold mirror card. I adhered the caps to the ornaments with Quicky Glue and put them to one side to dry.

From Centura Pearl card stock I cut the sentiment using Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet’ and Cheery Lynn just the Christmas bit of the ‘Happy Christmas’ die set and some snowflakes, again a Cheery Lynn die. These were all attached to the mossy Meadow panel with Glossy Accents.

Using Glossy Accents again I worked out where the panel would be on the front of the card, then attached the branch punch outs underneath this. When the branch pieces were in place I attached the sentiment panel, then the globe ornaments. I drew some ‘string’ from the ornaments to the branches, and that was it!


I hope his Mummy & Daddy like the card! Wishing you all a happy weekend, I will be busy seeing family, so I’ll see you in the New Year!

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Granny’s Christmas Card

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it hundreds of times, but my Grandmother is 94 and lives alone, so I like to make her a card for Christmas because she doesn’t get very many. Unfortunately her sight and hearing are both very bad, which adds to her isolation – she has a carer who comes in daily to help her with chores and keep her company. We are so grateful to Granny’s carer, she is a wonderful woman.

I wanted to keep this card simple as Granny’s eyesight is so poor, anything too intricate would be very difficult for her to make out. I started with a white A6 card base. I cut a piece of Stampin’UP! Whisper White card stock to fit on the front. I then stamped this panel with the IndigoBlu ‘Snowflakes’ stamp set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed Seafoam White embossing powder.

I used my Tim Holtz ‘Festive Berries’ Distress Ink foam pad to add colour to the panel to show the snowflakes up on the panel.

Next I cut a strip of Centura Pearl card stock to fit across the background panel, and a smaller strip of Whisper White card, which I again inked in ‘Festive Berries’.

Using the Cheery Lynn dies I cut some Snowflakes and the sentiment from Centura Pearl card and attached them to the red strip. Then, using roll-on glue I assembled the card layers and attached the layers to the card base.

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I’ll be going to see my Granny the 22nd-23rd December so I will hand deliver this card to her then.

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Christmas tags

Just a quick post to show you some of the tags that I’ve made to go on presents this year. WARNING!! This post is very picture heavy!!!

First up is the most common tag I’ve made – I used Kraft card and die cut the largest Waltzingmouse ‘stitched tags’, then stamped the ‘Festive Foliage’ holly and berries and then the sentiment from ‘Say it With Style’.



The ‘to’ and ‘from’ are from the ‘Victorian Frippery’ stamp set and the names are made up from the ‘Victorian Alphabet’, unfortunately both now retired.


Here is another, very similar tag to the one above.


I also made a tag from the Stampin’ UP! set ‘Christmas Deer’, stamped in silver pigment ink, then heat embossed with Holographic embossing powder.



This is my secret Santa tag that I made by die cutting the WMS die from gold mirror card and punching a snowflake and attaching it with glossy accents.

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Next, my yougest niece is OBSESSED with Frozen, so I had to make this tag for her present:



Am I the only person who finds men hard to buy for? In the end I always go for the ‘easy’ option of a nice bottle of wine or some Traditional Ale. I made these bottle tags by cutting two strips of kraft card, then die cutting a circle at one end. Once the circle was in place I scored the card twice to create a fold at the neck of the bottle and another going the opposite way. I stamped the card with holly, berries and sentiments, then I used the smallest of the circles in my die set, only put half of the die between the cutting plates and ran it through my Big Shot and ended up with a semi-circle that I could tuck the bottom flap of the tag into.



I feel less stressed now I’ve bought and wrapped a few presents!

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Christmas Card Swap Card #5

So I know what you’re thinking – what happened to card #4? Well I thought it was better to post 4 cards on time and one late than 3 cards on time and two late, so I used the card I made for World Card Making Day 2014 as card #4…

I apologise WHOLEHEARTEDLY to the recipient of this card, it will arrive later than planned… 😦 Sorry!!

I love my IndigoBlu stamps and I feel like I haven’t used any of them in forever, so I fished them out & the ‘Snowflakes‘ caught my eye. I used this stamp to make Christmas tags last year, it was quick and easy and as I needed a card in a hurry I decided to repeat the same technique with different colours and some embelishments.

I stamped the ‘Snowflakes’ in VersaMark ink on a piece of 14 x 9.5 cm white card twice and heat embossed it with Seafoam White embossing powder. Using ‘shaded lilac’ Distress Ink I added colour to the card & it made the white embossing really stand out. Then I attached this to the front of a A6 card base.

A few weekends ago I went shopping for Christmas dies & got really excited about my Feliz Navidad die, but I also got two Cheery Lynn Dies saying ‘Happy Christmas‘ (B214) and ‘Merry Christmas’, so I used the former for this card. I used Centura Pearl cardstock, which always makes me think of picture perfect snow.

I cut a piece of 6 x 9.5 cm Centura Pearl card, then a piece of 5 x 9.5 cm white card. I inked the white card with ‘tumbled glass’ Distress Ink, then adhered it on top of the Centura Pearl card, then positioned this on the card front where I wanted the sentiment panel to be and stuck it down.


The largest snowflake is a punch, the other snowflakes are from the ‘Snowflakes’ die by Cheery Lynn Designs (C146). The sentiment and snowflakes were stuck on the blue sentiment panel with Quicky Glue.


Phew! Now I can get on with making cards for my friends and family and buy some Christmas presents – last minute, moi? 😉

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Christmas Card Swap Card #3

Hmm… Somehow I’m only on card #3 and the postal deadline for the swap is 30th November!! I’m dreadful at getting things done before a deadline!!!

I went for a CAS card a) because I wanted to make it before the deadline and b) I found out what the postage was for Card #1 and it was an eye opener!! I bought ‘Penelope’s Blossoms‘ with matching dies back in the summer & just never got around to using the set, which is dreadful! I’ve seen so many gorgeous wreath cards on other people’s blogs and pinterest that I wanted to try to build my own from leaves I already had, so this stamp set really fits the bill!

Using Old Olive, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade and Gumball Green inks (Stampin’ UP!) I stamped the various elements from the set in a circle and gradually filled in the gaps until I was happy with the design.


I inked the banner from the same set in Real Red, then I used the sentiment from the Waltzingmouse set ‘Gift Card It‘ and stamped  in the banner. I used the matching die to cut out the banner and adhered it to the front of the card with clear dimentional pads.

I thought I had a die that looks like a bow, but I couldn’t think what set it was in, so I used some red gingham ribbon and attached it to the front of the card with Glossy Accents (Ranger).


I’m going to a wedding this weekend, but I will post out all the cards I’ve made so far this weekend to be sure they get there before Christmas, but I have checked & the ABSOLUTE deadline for postage to the USA is December 12th so I should be able to post out all my swap card in plenty of time, even if I don’t post them all by the date we were told in the swap!

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Feliz Navidad

I went shopping for Christmas dies at the weekend in my local craft shop – The Art of Craft. I was moaning about how difficult it is to find Spanish sentiments & how I have to assemble them from scratch (I do have the Stampendous ‘Spanish Messages‘ clear stamps, but Feliz Navidad isn’t in it!) and the lady on the till said “How do you say Happy Christmas in Spanish then?” “Feliz Navidad” I said. “We’ve got that as a die from Memory Box.” was her reply – I won’t lie, I was gobsmacked!!!! Needless to say it went straight in my basket, as well as some bauble dies!

So this card is a celebration of the dies that I bought on Saturday…

I used some metallic teal card to cut the sentiment and solid baubles, then I cut the ‘Swirl Ornament’ from some velum. Using the top of the ‘Classic Ornament’ I cut two tops from gold mirror card. I cut several branches from Mossy Meadow card stock using my Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch.

I used a white 6×6 card blank as a base, I used a roller glue to attach the sentiment panel to the bottom of the card. I used my bone folder to bend both of the solid baubles so they were more 3D. I used Quicky Glue to go over the Swirl Ornament, then stuck it on top of the Classic Ornament. I used Quicky Glue to attach the tops to the baubles, then I added lines of Glossy Accents to the two sides of the baubles that would be attached to the card, so the middle of the baubles would be coming off the front of the card. I used tiny little drops of Glossy Accents to attach the branches to the top of the card.

Once I was sure all the Glossy Accents had dried I used a ruler to draw a ‘string’ for both of the baubles.

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I hope you like this card – I’ll be making lots in lots of different colours for all the Spanish staff and students at the Institute where I work.


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Christmas Card Swap Card #2

I need to post this quickly before Homeland starts!!!

So I wanted a more traditional Christmas look for my second Christmas card of the swap, I love seeing Christmas trees in people’s windows, with all the baubles & tinsel & lights, then I know it’s almost Christmas…

I used lots of Memory Box dies for this card: ‘Frosted Tree’ ‘Grand Madison Window’ and ‘Grand Madison Window Shutter’.

I cut the window from some Whisper White, the shutters from Real Red and the tree from Mossy Meadow card stock. I lined the window up on some textured white card and then marked the corners of the window and cut just a smidge outside the marked points, then adhered the window over the cut out. Next I adhered the shutters in place. Finally I positioned the tree inside the window, added Quicky Glue to the window frame and stuck the tree underneath the window. I stamped the sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Say It With Style‘ on the texture white card in Memento black ink. I thought it was looking a bit bland and wanted to add some gold baubles, so I found some gold nail varnish & decided to skip the make them on my teflon mat, then adhere & go for STRAIGHT to the card… Unfortunately the first ‘bauble’ had too much nail varnish & just spread! The JOYS of handmade! So the other baubles are the size I was after, but I really feel the big splodge rather spoils the look I was going for…


Wishing you a good week!

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