Friday, 26 October 2012

Three more Christmas Cards

Hi, I hope all is well with you. I have been busy with several card commissions which I am quite delighted about. I have just made three Birthday cards for the SAME person! I was asked to make the first two by friends and because the person is also known to me I needed to make one from Frits and I. I'll show you them after her Birthday as I wouldn't like to let the "Cat out of the bag"!!

I have three more Christmas cards to show you today. I'll post pictures of them with a few "how to's" by each.  Here goes:  This first card is similar to some of the ones I have posted already; I was in bulk creation mode at the time I think.

I used Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Die to create the card base from white card, added a layer of Paper Edition DP. 

On top of that I placed a piece of lace, with a medallion made firstly of Moss coloured Kaisercraft weave card stock and an image from Just Rite Stampers "Old Fashioned Christmas" stamp set; the image was coloured with Copics and both pieces were cut out with Spellbinders standard circles LG.

A little snowflake from my stash finished off the card.

For my second card I made the base Scarlet Kaisercraft weave card stock.

The Design Paper was from Meg's Garden "A Vintage Christmas" paper pack.

The medallion was made using Spellbinders Picot Edge Circle Dies.

The image is from Just Rite Stampers "Bird Houses" (unfortunately no longer available) and the outer ring was cut out using Spellbinders Standard Circles LG and laid on top of a piece of organza ribbon, (after colouring with Copics) with foam pads.

The sentiment for this and the card that follows is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.


This last of my three cards is very similar to my second card just a different type of ribbon and design paper (although from the same paper pad) It does have a similar medallion.

I used Spellbinders Label Fourteen to cut out the sentiment on this card, I used a Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink pad and some Design paper that I had in my stash.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

My Crafty Work Space

Hi, how are you?
I promised to let you see some pictures of my recently re-organised crafty space. So I have some images to show you. The place I use is actually a spare bedroom, however it allows me to very quickly turn it into either a bedroom or a crafting space at very short notice.

My first picture is taken from the door looking out the window, it gives you an idea of the general layout of the room. What you don't see is the big mirrored wardrobe to the left and tucked around the corner (where I have other parts of my crafty stash stored like mounted stamps, ribbons, punches, cards & envelopes etc).

This is the new addition and what I have been so excited about. The storage units are 5 single bookcases joined together. My dear husband Frits earned HUGE "Brownie Points" for making these for me. They came flat-packed and he spent a great deal of time on a Saturday putting them together for me. Didn't he do a great job?

We thought we'd get them from IKEA but they are so expensive here in Australia so we went to a local furniture shop and got them there. The beauty is the shelves are adjustable so you can move them where you want them.

The paper storing units at the end were three units I bought from a Scrapbooking shop in Coffs Harbour.

The next images are just close-ups of the shelves. Clare I did these photos for you so you can see what I have put where.

I used my new Spellbinders Dies to make the labels and my Xyron machine to make them stick. The containers are "Decor" plastic food storage boxes. I wanted to get drawers originally so I thought that sealed containers would work just as well.

In my binders I keep all my reference pages and articles that I want to keep taken out of magazines I read or subscribe to.

I keep the remains of 12 x 12 pages that I have used for projects and cards in plastic bags that are stored by colour. This keeps them tidy and I go to the bag first to see if I can use any pieces up before using a new sheet.

I also have all my HOTP paper books stored alongside.

I have another box (creative memories) for loose sheets of patterned paper as well.

When I first started crafting I bought these small boxes with the blue handles from Staples in the UK - they are designed to store CD's. They are perfect for storing like or similar items together and make accessing them very easy.

You can see my Big Shot here - this is a new machine not long in my possession; I am starting to collect a few Sizzix dies that I can use with it.

On the middle right shelf I have a few dedicated Christmas crafty items and papers. This keeps all my Christmas gear together.

Here you have a better view of my card stock - mostly Kaisercraft as I love the colours and it is easier for me to get a hold of.

You can see my Spellbinders storage folders labelled 1 - 5 , this is such a great idea. I saw Beate Johns explain how to do it on YouTube and had a go. I make them from chipboard  cover with pretty paper, then take them to Office Works locally to get them punched and bound.

Underneath you can see my lovely Pink Spellbinders Grand Calibur - what would I do without it - no idea!
I keep the plates for this in an old Laptop bag which is the perfect size to keep them altogether.

I really liked the Storage boxes you get from JustRite Stampers. So I continued to use them for all my cling and clear unmounted stamps.

Underneath and on the left you can see I have stored my ink pads according to type.

On the right you can see a couple of empty boxes. They probably won't stay that way for long, however it does give me some space should I need it for other items.

So there you have it. My newly re-organised crafty space. Thanks for stopping by and having a look.
Until the next time, stay well and be safe.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Santa "In the Round"

Hello again, How are you?
Today I have two Christmas cards to show you. It is one design but each card I am showing you has a subtle difference. I was inspired by an image I saw on Pinterest (via Waltzing Mouse Stamps - I think???) and thought I'd have a go at making it.
Here they are:

I have placed this image onto a Blue Background so you can see the scalloped edge of the card.

I have placed this image onto a Green Background so you can see the scalloped edge of the card.

You'd be right to think "so is that the subtle difference?" this isn't the subtle difference - it is the shape of the tags that is different!

The red "Merry Christmas" ribbon I bought at Spotlight.

Here's a more detailed list of the ingredients I used to make this card:

Thanks for stopping by to see my cards. Hope you like them.
Until next time stay well and be safe.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Groovy "Snow People" - Part 2

Hi again. I said there'd be more well here are a couple more cards using the same JRS stamps called  "Groovy Snowman". So here's 4 more cards for you to see.

OK, so you'll see some similarities with my previous Post. The first and last I used Grand Square Scallop Dies to make my card base from white card.

Card 1:
In the first image I placed a black background behind it so you can see the shape of the card. The card base was cut using Grand Scalloped Squares.
I used Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Circles to mat and layer the centre medallion. The DP is from a Free Pad of 6" x 6" Paper I got with a magazine by Meg's Garden. The red card is Kaisercraft Scarlet weave card stock. The ribbon I bought from Spotlight.
The image was coloured with Copics and the border also comes with the stamp set.

Card 2:
The image was coloured with Copics and the paper is from First Editions Festive Treats - I REALLY loooooove this Paper! I recently bought the beautiful organza ribbon at Lincraft in Sydney. The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps called "Compliments of the season" and I used Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink to stamp it with. I cut the stamp out using a die from Spellbinders Labels 18

Card 3:
Image was fussy cut out after colouring with Copics. Then I used a standard circle die to cut the white card border (that also comes in the set) stamped with Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink. On top of this I cut a Spellbinders scalloped circle and a Spellbinders Standard Circle die together using Kaisercraft Moss wave card stock (which I also used to mat and layer the card too) and adhered it and the image with foam pads. The design paper is from First Editions Festive Treats. The ribbon was from my stash.

Card 4:
The card base was cut using Grand Scalloped Squares. Then I used First Editions Festive Treats and a strip of Kaisercraft Moss wave card stock onto which I adhered a small ribbon from Spotlight and added 3 Christmas sweetie Brads (sorry can't remember where I bought these from). The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps called "Compliments of the season" and I used Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink to stamp it with. I cut around the inside of one of the smaller dies from Spellbinders Labels 18 and fussy cut it out to make the layer using gold Mirri card from my stash.

Here's what I used in more detail:

Thanks again for looking at my cards. I'll be back with more - just not today - I promise!!
Until the next time be safe and stay well.

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