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Christmas Card Swap Card #1

I’ve started on my 5 cards for the card swap!

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I really wanted to use the Lili of the Valley ‘Fur Cones‘ because I just think it’s such a cute image & whilst it’s not an all-out Christmas image, I love it! Now I must admit I’m not a ‘fussy card’ maker ie. I don’t use LOTS of flowers, bows and embellishments on my cards, but I do look at cards like that & think “wow, that must have taken ages!” so I just wanted to give it a go for this first Christmas card of the swap.

I started with a 6 x 6 inch kraft card base. I trimmed a 6 x 6 inch patterend paper from My Mind’s Eye ‘Snowed In’ and adhered it to the card base.

Next, I inked ‘Fur Cones’ and ‘Happy Circular Sentiments‘ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped them on Neenah Classic Crest Card (Crafter’s Companion). I die cut the image with the largest Spellbinders ‘Scalloped Circles’ die, then coloured the image in Promarkers. [TeaGreen, Pine, Umber, Henna, Walnut, Crimson, Cardinal Red, Pink Carnation, Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5] I die cut the circular sentiment with the third smallest Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’.

I really wanted the snow in the image to be sparkly, so I went over the snow on the branches and ground with Crystal Stickles (Ranger) and left this to dry overnight before continuing with the assembly of the card.

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Using the Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch I punched several branches from Mossy Meadow card stock. I arranged three red roses (habico) under the circular sentiment & when I was happy, adhered them in place with Glossy Accents (Ranger). Then I started to place the branches where I wanted them & adhered them with Glossy Accents, once these were in place I adhered the image and sentiment in place over the metal rose stems and card branches.

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I hope the recipient enjoys the card & feels that even though there aren’t Christmas trees, wreathes, baubles or presents on this card, it still has a Christmassy feel!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

60th Birthday Tag

I won’t lie – it was my Step Aunt’s 60th about the same time it was my Niece’s 10th Birthday, but I was so ill I’ve only just finished the tag for her present! I was going to make her a card, but as it’s now past her birthday, I’ll just attach a tag to her gift & give it to my Step Dad, because I’m sure he will see her soon!

My Aunt is also an avid cardmaker so I got her lots of Lili of the Valley stamps to add to her crafty collection, I hope she likes them!!

The luggage tag is Kraft. I inked it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in ‘Tattered Rose’, ‘Spun Sugar’ and ‘Victorian Velvet’. I stamped the Kaiser Craft ‘Script’ in VersaMark ink and covered the tag in Cosmic Shimmer ‘Arctic Plum Aurora’ embossing powder.

The ribbon is some faux silk I got in an IndigoBlu Vintage Button and Ribbon Kit that I inked in Promarkers & tied in a double bow. The twine is from the Dovecraft ‘Tea Party’ bakers twine set. I used the Spellbinders Banners and Pennants dies to cut out bunting from some ‘Floral Fantasy’ 6×6 paper that was a free gift with Cardmaking and Papercraft. I pierced holes in the corners of the flags & threaded the baker’s twin through the holes.

I used my Memory Box Parker numbers and alphabet dies to create the 60th and attached them to the flags with Quicky Pen Glue. Then I attached the flags to the tag with sticky foam pads.

Last but not least to emphasise the pale blue in the designer paper I attached a blue paper rose with Glossy Accents & curled its stem around a pencil.

Barbara's 60th Tag

10th Birthday Card

Today is my eldest Niece’s birthday, but because I’ve been ill for the last few days I didn’t get her card completed until today!

I used a white 6×6 tent-fold card for the base. I cut the green square from some patterned paper I got as a freebee with Cardmaking and Papercraft and attached it with roll-on glue.

Next I stamped the Carousel horse from the ‘Summer Garden and Sentiments‘ Whimsy Stamps set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I fussy cut all around the horse and used my craft knife to cut out the bits between the tail, legs & ribbons. I coloured it in using my Promarkers:

The pole & saddle were ‘Summer sun’, ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Gold’. The Leaves were ‘Apple Cider’ and ‘Pear Green’. The flowers were ‘Tropical Orchid’, ‘Orchid’, ‘Blossom’ and ‘Rose Pink’. The ribbons were ‘Powder Blue’ and ‘Sky Blue’. The hooves, mane and tail were ‘Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5’. The body had some shading with ‘Cool Grey 1’ and Blender.

Next I used my Martha Stewart ‘Double Scallop‘ edger punch to create a carousel top & bottom section using Centura Pearl card. I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die with pale blue card and Cheery Lynn ‘Happy‘ and ‘Birthday‘ dies with the same card. I found some pink card and die cut out the 1 and 0 from the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers‘ dies.

I attached the carousel horse with very shallow foam sticky fixers, then I wrapped the Habico Paper Roses’ stems together and used Glossy Accents to attach them to the card. Once the roses were dry I used thick foam sticky fixer pads to attach the top and bottom border over the top of the horse and roses.

I used Quicky Glue pen to attach the Happy Birthday and 10 in place and roll-on glue to attach the scalloped circle.

10th Birthday Card

… but once you have said it, you feel so much better!

Tying the knot card 1

My good friends C & L were married on 6th July, but I only got their invite in June and unfortunately it was just before my Step Brother’s body was found so my mind was elsewhere. His funeral was on 2nd July so it was only a few days before their big day. Unfortunately I had not prepared for the happy event at all – I ended up buying the dress I was going to wear the day of the wedding & it was only then that I realised my invite hadn’t had any Wedding List information! Well I felt truely aweful turning up to a wedding essentially unprepared and empty handed…

However, I had a lovely evening & all my friends were so supportive.

The week after the wedding the happy couple went on Honeymoon and I went to Festival Internacional de Benicassim and travelled around Spain for almost 2 weeks. When I got home the feelings of guilt started to build – what do you get a couple who have been living together for many years and moved into their own home a year before they got engaged? How do you ask? Who do you ask? I got myself into a bit of a guilt spiral – I daren’t ask to expose my failing, but the longer I left it the ruder I felt…

In the end Waltzingmouse Stamps saved me – their August stamp release included the wonderful ‘Tying the knot‘ set – perfect for the sentiment on the card. I decided that I would get the couple something useful so I bought Amazon Vouchers (they may not be exciting, but they will come in useful for any Amazon purchases or for Christmas shopping online).

The next step was to decide how to decorate the card & I took inspiration from the Bride’s beautiful dress and elegant, simple bouquet – white roses. Her dress was white, but had a cream/ivory gathered sash at the waist and she looked radiant.

The base card was a textured white square card. I got the paper roses from Hobbycraft and arranged them how I wanted them then used the wire stems to attach them all to each other. Next I cut a metallic cream strip of paper and attached it across the centre of the card. Using Glossy Accents I attached the bouquet to the front of the card and let it set. I stamped the sentiment on white card and I ran the Spellbinders Labels 4 die through my Big Shot and attached the sentiment over the wire stems of the roses.

I measured the vouchers and cut a piece of card 1 cm larger than the vouchers and used my bone folder to score folds in it and attached it to the inside of the front of the card so it would create a pocket for the vouchers.

Last, but most importantly I wrote in the card and apologised for my tardiness, there are no excuses for being THIS late, I hope they accept my apology.

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The second I put the card in the post a huge weight lifted from me & I didn’t feel guilty any more – so speaking from experience, if you need to apologise, do it because you will feel so much better when it is done!

Tying the knot card internal pocket for vouchers

Tying the knot card internal pocket for vouchers

Birthday card

One of my nieces is 4 this month, so I made her this card. I hope she likes it!

I used a white square basecard. The flower paper is from the Dovecraft set ‘Tea Party’, that I just can’t get enough of at the moment! I ripped the edges with a metal ruler to get a distressed (but straight) edge to them. I used a bit too much PVA glue to attach it to the card and the whole card became warped and bent – so note to self, use glue VERY sparingly!!!

The Adam Pescott cat and sentiment were a free gift in ‘Cardmaking & Papercraft’ Issue 103, I’m very impressed with how they turned out!

I attached the paper roses (habico) and buttons with Glossy Accents (Inkssentials) as it provides a good hold when dry. The cat was coloured in using Promarkers, then stuck over the flower’s stems. For the finishing touch I added the ‘4’ from the glitter chipboard letter stickers ‘thickers’ (American Crafts).