Thursday, 18 December 2014

Merry Christmas from the Design Team

DON'T FORGET THE STORE CLOSES FOR OUR CHRISTMAS BREAK AT 8pm TONIGHT

 As the store is closing today this will be the last blog post for a couple of weeks too - the DT need a couple of weeks to spend some quality time with their families, so the blog will be back on Friday 2nd January as the store re-opens.   So as today is the last post before Christmas, we're all sharing a final Christmas card with you all as our way of saying - thanks so much for reading our blog - and have A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Tara
Here's my offering - if you play in our challenges you'll probably recognise it as a full-on CASE of one of Kate's great cards from our last challenge.  I loved it so have made a few for friends.  Hope you all have a great Christmas and find a little time to get crafty with whatever Santa brings you!

Jenny
I'd like to wish all our readers/crafters a Merry Christmas with this gingerbread star wreath...if only they were real :0) A top tip for creating faux icing sugar... sprinkle a pinch of white embossing powder onto your shaped card and heat it from the back so as not to blow the powder away!!


Kate

Just want to wish all you all a very merry Christmas.



Lydia
I hope you all have a truly Merry and Bright Christmas, and get to enjoy it in the way and with the people that you love :) Big crafty hugs, Lydia x


Sarah
I am a newbie to the DT and looking forward to getting crafty with you all in 2015!  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with friends and family and that Santa puts something crafty in your stocking :)

Keren
Wishing you all a really lovely Christmas- hope you get lots of crafty goodies in your stocking and if not?...well you know where to come �� Xx

Julia
My holidays are always a mixture of hectic preparations (and even though I wanted to create a really simple card, I ended up covering all the leaves with glossy accents because I just couldn't help myself) and joyful anticipation of time with family and loves ones. I hope that you, my crafty friends, have some wonderful days filled with laughter, joy, and love. Happy holidays!


So that's all for 2014 folks - we'll see you in 2015!

Have a good one!


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Adventures in Kraft


Hello.
After my krafty Christmas card last week i ventured into kraft tags this week.
I loved making these very easy gift tags .
These are going on my children's main Christmas presents.



I used some shop bought kraft tags and simply heat embossed in gold some of the smaller images from Lawn fawn Let it snow stamp set.
Once they were all done i die cut one each of their initials from gold card using lawn fawns abc dies and pierced a small hole and attached some jump rings.
I  fixed it to the tag using some gold lawn fawn twine.



I plan to add some  home made charms to these also just haven't had the time.
You could add beads or shrink plastic as in Tara's post here.
Although the let it snow stamp set is out of stock you can use any smaller stamp images to create the same look.
Click the images to go straight to the products.

Let it SnowCole's ABC's DiesGold Sparkle Single Twine

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Decorations!


Hey! Happy Tuesday!  If you're anything like me, you've got out the Christmas decorations to find that some have smashed in storage. I had lost a couple and was fortunate enough to have picked up a couple of these glass ones from a local craft store. They were each just over £1 and I thought they'd make a lovely craft project- but a nice quick one too- no-one has time to slave over anything this time of year.
Really simple-
I've used Stazon white ink and this would also be gorgeous in Gold Stazon
http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/Stazon-Metallic-Ink-Gold/p/43293343/category=10168038
I've used this Waffle Flower Crafts stamp set- Holiday Labels- Merry
http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/Holiday-Labels-Merry/p/43361086/category=8451112
The surface was pretty flat, but being glass, I didn't want to press the stamp onto it- so I pressed the bauble onto the stamp, pressing gently and evenly, I knew I could clean the ink with Stazon cleaner if it all went wrong! ;-)

Then I removed the bauble top carefully and poured in some irridescent glitter- I swirled it around the bauble so it stuck in a thin layer and then poured the excess out!
You could go to town- adding sequins inside or even patterned paper behind the bauble (securing it with Glossy Accents) but it made the bauble look too fussy. Add some pretty ribbon & it makes a quick easy project for brightening up the tree or an undecorated part of your home.

I'll be back soon-
but not before I've made my Christmas cards (yes, I know I'm super-late!!)

Keren xx

Monday, 15 December 2014

Painted Pinecones

Hello there :0)

I'm still in Christmas mode I'm afraid...... I don't know about you but I hoard accumulate so many Christmas stamp sets and have the intention to use them so I'm still trying to do them justice!!!

When it comes to Christmas time I'm a traditional girl, I love all the seasonal greenery you can bring into your home this time of year ...especially pinecones so I just had to have the Altenew set called Poinsettia & Pine.

It's actually a great stamp set to use before and beyond Christmas...think of it more as a Winter Stamp set :0)


The sketched lines of the images lend themselves perfectly to colouring or they would look equally gorgeous embossed in metallics on dark cardstock and left uncoloured.

I'm no watercolourer but by inking these stamps up with Distress inks you can pull the colour in from the image using a damp brush. To add some simple shading I pressed the same ink pad against an acrylic block so I could use it with a small splash of water and a brush straight onto the image.

The sentiment from Avery Elle's Winter Wreath has a great font to team up with watercoloured images and I fancied using a touch of gold embossing for a bit of luxury.... I've pushed the edges of my panel into versamark ink so I could add a gold embossed edge too.


                                     Poinsettia & Pine  Winter Wreath

Thanks for stopping by :0)
Jenny x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Getting Smoochy

I've been playing with the new arrivals this weekend - I'm really loving the new Paper Smooches release - some really strong and useful designs that I know I will turn to again and again.  I couldn't decide which set to use so made 2 cards - one for Christmas and one not as I'm kind of over Christmas even though I have loads of cards still to make!

For the non-Christmas version I used the bold new Lovely Thoughts stamp set and made a one layer thank you card with a little masking.


I stamped the bold outline in black and then used Coral Burst and Orangeade inks from Mama Elephant to fill in the colour.  To get some contrast on the upper petals I stamped coral burst but then over stamped the whole image with orangeade to get a tonal shade.

 For the second card I wanted to play with the fabulous Fancy Frames - I filled them with Christmas sentiments from Christmas Sampler but you could equally do the same thing for a birthday or any other occasion.


I mounted the white panel onto a red base card leaving a strip of it showing and added a very thin strip of blue washi tape on the opposite edge to tie the colours together.   These are super quick and easy to make if you need to rustle up some last minute cards.

NEWS FROM THE STORE:

OK - so the major news as you all know now is that sadly Louise has had to step down from the DT to give her more time for her family.  However, this does mean that we can now add another new member to the team - and as we had so many fabulous entrants in our last call, I had someone lined up ready to go - so from January your Thursdays will be inspired by Sarah from Funky Fossil Designs - I'm sure you're going to love what she brings us!

The final items arriving in store before we close will be the latest Avery Elle release - they have just cleared customs so I will pick them up on Monday and get them in store as soon as I can!

Don't forget - we close on Thursday at 8pm for 2 weeks so you have just 4 more days to get any last minute orders in!

Catch you later.

Tara

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Patterns with Non-Christmas Stamps

Today, I'm bringing you a little international flair – that sounds amazing, right? Well, let me deflate any expectations: the “ international” simply refers to some German stamps (I'm desperately short on time to get my personal christmas stuff done, sorry!) I used a Wplus9 label die to create a few gift tags:

  1. I die cut the basic shape threet times from each color: red, white, and kraft card stock. (I messed up a few tags, that's why I cut more shapes than you see.)
  2. I adhered a white and red, and then a white and kraft label with removable tape and cut them apart with my guillotine. The reason I adhered them together was so the shapes would be cut apart exactly the same.
  3. I used one kraft, one red, and one white label as a base, and then glued the cut apart parts on top of it so I got the neat mix and match of colors.


On each tag, I used the Papel Picado stamp set to create a pattern on the tags. I wanted to go with a "scandinavian" style, but of course that was one of the tags that I messed up. But by using christmassy colors like red, gold, and green, you can create the impression of festiveness.



By simple creating a repeating pattern, you can go for a more playful or elegant look, depending on what you need.

Disclaimer: Since some products are currently not in the store, I'll be providing links to some alternatives that will give you similar results.


Friday, 12 December 2014

Krafty Christmas


Hello.
I have a love hate relationship with Kraft card, I love it when i see what others do but struggle with it myself. 
I think i may have over come that with this card using Winnie and Walters Winter woodland set.
I cut a small panel of kraft and stamped using silver fox and  green Avery Elle inks.
I stamped the deer also in Avery Elle inks then masked before creating the snow with the silver fox ink and sponge dauber.
I stamped the pine cones on some scraps of kraft and fussy cut them out then added on some foam tape and finished with a bow of lawn fawn peppermint twine.

Click the images to go straight to the products.

Winter WoodlandPeppermint Single TwineKraft Pigment Ink Pad

Jungle Pigment Ink PadSilver Fox Pigment Ink PadTruffle Pigment Ink Pad

Thanks for looking.