Saturday, 21 November 2015

Christmas left-overs

When I read that the new Jingle Bells challenge theme was for Holiday left-overs, I knew I could join in!  Resisting the overwhelming desire for a cold turkey sandwich .. .. I got down and dirty at the bottom of the craft cupboard and came up with a box of old Christmas card/paper ... the make is eluding me, the brain has trouble remembering things these days - but if it comes to me I'll add it in.

The dark green card is very thick, and pre-moving here so at least 5 years old, and just the one A4 sheet and a few bits, enough to make a couple of card bases though. The pretty patterned oddments were too nice to throw away, but pieced together made this card.  I've roughed up the edges, added a small length of hessian down the left side and the waste from the Marrakesh trellis die on the plain pale green oddment on the right side together with sparkly gems.  At the bottom there's a knot of the hessian strands that got pulled out and the smallest oddment of check ribbon tied in a knot.  A stamped text finished the card .. .. not bad for scraps!

This is the second card:

I had a larger square of patterned paper left over to go on the front so again roughed up the edges then stuck down the green organza and pink sparkle ribbon around it.  The Marrakesh trellis I put down the side, after roughing it up a bit too, and sprinkled a few sparkly mini snowflakes and the Winter text die cut twice, the bottom one in an oddment of the dark green base card and the top in the sparkle card. I'd got some really tiny dark AB crystals in a craft sale back in the summer, so added them to the centres of the snowflakes.  The vellum poinsettia I already had made up in my bit box from last year but hadn't used .. .. until now. It's a thick vellum so just the two layers made up the flower with those sparkly red thingies in the middle.  Here's a close up:

I've added the die cut spiky leaf spray in green cut from Coredinations card so I could take an emery board to the embossed areas, the same for the dark red leaves.  Then the holly leaves I cut from sparkle card.  They are all Marianne Design dies, here's the list:

Poinsettia die
spiky green leaf die
dark red leaf die
holly leaves die
Marrakesh trellis die
mini snowflakes die

I'm quite pleased how these two turned out, and I even added thin strips of card down the sides of the insert on the square card, just to make it a bit special.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look.  Here in North Cornwall today we are being buffeted by a cold north wind, unusual for us.  The night was particularly stormy and kept Izzy awake .. .. I've put off walking with him so far today but we are going to have to brave the elements soon I think - at least it seems to have stopped raining!  Wherever you are, stay safe, warm and dry.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Winter Wonderland

Well, the weather man says we could end up with snow here in the UK tonight .. .. but I doubt here in Cornwall it will be this beautiful!

This scenery stamp is by Studio Light, and although not the set I was after, it is still pretty for more traditional cards.  It didn't need much colouring with my Copic pens before adding a good sprinkling of Stardust Stickles to frost things up.

Here is the card:

I'm still trying out the shabby chic style .. .. so I've cut out every layer with my decal scissors, added lace and kept things muted.  In my Christmas bit box I had the little deer die cut hiding in a corner and the ribbon already tied in a bow.  So all I needed to do was add a few die cut pine cones and twigs to finish decorating.  The text is cut from a bigger stamp - another new item in my stash!

These are the Marianne Design goodies I've used 
with links to Buddly Crafts, in case you want to go shipping!

The Winter Wonderland blog are doing a 1 + 2 + 3 challenge looking for 1 image, 2 patterned papers and 3 different kinds of embellishment.  I have the one image, and 2 papers one behind the other, and my 3 kinds of embellishment are die cuts, lace and ribbon.

Crafty Catz are looking for shades of blue in their next challenge, so I can enter with them too.

Thank you for stopping by and hopefully I'll see you again soon.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Let there be Light!

This week at Cute Card Thursday our theme is 'Let there be Light' and our sponsor is Whimsy Stamps, please stop by the blog to read about the prize and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I have been frosting more empty jars with the Mother of Pearl Viva Decor Matt Glass paint - love this stuff!  This time I've decorated a small coffee jar and the lid, and also a little jam jar.  Now, I did take pictures with little T-lights lit up inside the jars but the camera just couldn't decide what to focus on and the pictures were all fuzzy and a bit dark.  So, please use your imagination, and believe me these are very pretty all lit up.  Behind the jars you can see a work in progress - I'm decorating a large NOEL mdf sign, so far it's had various coats of paint and ended up with blue chalk paint and then glittery dots added - more of that to follow in a few weeks once I've finished decorating it.  For now, here's some close ups of my jars:

This is the little jam jar.  After frosting I've added pretty lace and pearl bead string around the top.  Then I've created flowers from Mulberry paper and ink with Marianne Design dies, and also cut out mini leaves from pearl card.  It's a pretty little thing and I'm looking forward to having it all lit up over the Festive Holidays.

And here is the small coffee jar and lid. This time I've added some pretty ribbon around the middle of the jar - it's some I got years ago at Exeter craft fair and has a wire edge and lots of sparkle with a poinsettia design on it. I should have taken a picture .. .. sorry.

The floral decoration on both the jar front and lid is made from layers of vellum that's cut and embossed, then I've added Stardust Stickles around the edges of the flower petals and along the edge and veins of the oak leaves.  To finish I added the sparkly gems to the centres of the flowers and tied a shimmery white organza ribbon around the edge of the lid.  I am thinking of making this jar up into a gift with either a selection of small candles and a pretty box of matches - or maybe some sachets of hot chocolate and cookies .. .. will have to see.  Or, I could make another jar and do both!

The Marianne Design dies I've used on my jars were:

The Frilly and Funky challenge would like to see an 'altered state' meaning alter something - so my old jam and coffee jars turned into something else fit the theme perfectly!

Thank you for stopping by - and see you again soon!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Christmas in the Country

I have been admiring the Studio Light Christmas papers and accessories at Buddly Crafts and have treated myself to a stamp set and a page of pop out winter country images, unfortunately I was too late to get the stamp set I really wanted .. .. ah well!  I love the picture of the red squirrel in the snow so created this card around him.

Also, I've just started an album in Pinterest called Rustic Country Christmas so I can pin and get ideas .. .. I guess I'm moving away from cute for a while!

For my card I cut a square base from old chocolate card - gotta use up the stash of card and envies. I've used pieces of paper from the Marianne Design Nordic Winter stack and cut them out with my old decal edge scissors, also used them to cut a mat for my image.  I've inked the edges with brown chalk ink before sticking down.  Across the bottom I stuck a length of jute ribbon before adding my squirrel picture on 3d foam tape.  I had an oddment of Marrakesh die cut trellis in my bit box so put that across the top to lighten things as I didn't want to go dark vintage .. ..

To decorate I added glitter to the pine cones that pop out of the sheet with the squirrel picture, then various Marianne Design die cut leaves, twigs, and a pretty flower made with pink Mulberry paper and the mini poinsettia set, and a bit of string. I've dusted Stardust Stickles over everything, including the picture.

And finally, some mini snowflakes cut from sparkle card to lighten things up.

These are the Marianne dies I used:

mini poinsettia LR0142

The Incy Wincy blog theme is critters, so I can join in with my squirrel card. And the ABC Christmas theme is 'wild thing' so I can join in with them too.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Marianne Design Divas Die challenge

 Our next challenge on the Marianne Design Divas blog is an easy peasy one .. .. just use at least 2 MD dies, and at least three MD goodies overall, but really, as many as you can!  Well you know how I love my dies so this was a fun card to make!

Our sponsors for this challenge are Buddly Crafts and Marianne Design, I've linked the MD products available from the Buddly Craft shop, just in case you want to go shopping!

Here's a peek at the top corner embellishment with several dies on show .. .. so best share the card with you:

I cut a base from kraft card to fit one of my spare envelopes - I seem to have acquired quite a pile of them!  Next is a layer of ivory card with distressed and inked edges, I've inked throughout with Sahara Sand Versamagic chalk ink. Then I've added a layer of patterned paper from the Wintertime 6x6 paper pack with added Platinum Stickles for some festive sparkle.  Next I added a border with the new triangle border die, I'm liking this one with the embossed areas and cut out sections - expect to see it quite a lot!  For the focal point I've die cut the new pretty ribbon doily and threaded ivory satin ribbon through it, also the rosette that comes with the set is up in the top left corner under the little snowflake.  The picture is from a Mattie's Cutting Sheet but I can't see it in the Buddly shop, and I've had it for a year so maybe it's been discontinued now.

And then to the twiddly bits I like to add! I already mentioned the rosette, and the snowflake in the middle is from the stocking die set, then I've added in a pine cone, twigs and pine needle sprays.  In the top right corner I've added the little jingle bells and a star together with a knot of ribbon.  Finally last of all at the bottom of the card are the die cut deer.  Here's the list of MD goodies I used:

Marianne Design products:
Mattie's Cutting Sheet Winter
Jingle bells and star COL1363

The Everbody Art challenge is for shades of brown, so I can enter my card with them. I've been following the Scrap and Craft blog for a while now as I love the shabby chic style but struggle with it .. .. I'm going to be brave and enter my card into their November theme of shabby chic or vintage - I'm somewhere between the two with this card perhaps.

It's still extremely breezy here in North Cornwall, but I have braved it with Izzy for a quick walk this morning after we both stayed home yesterday.  Izzy wasn't too impressed and half way along decided to head home .. .. so here I am!  Thank you for stopping by, and hope you will be back soon.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Bit Box Bottle Tag

This is a bit box bottle tag - say that fast a few times! The weather is awful here today, along with the news from Paris.  I have been trying to come up with a card but it hasn't happened.  Instead, I've turned out the Christmas Bit Box, and when putting the silver card away from my last bottle tag, I found a small piece of 'polished stone' card I must have made at least 5 years ago! It's a dark gold colour and does have a shimmer, but it's not showing up even under my cooker hood lights.

I also had the waste card from cutting out a tree .. .. an idea was born!  The Marianne Design challenge is to make bottle tags, I already entered once .. .. not sure if I can again, will see, I have used all MD die cuts for my creation - here's a close up:

To make the base tag I had a scrap of kraft card then lined it up to the corner of the Elegant Square die LR0310, ran the top through to cut it then embossed it and inked the raised areas. It's hard to see as I've covered up most with the embellishment but it worked really well so I will do that again.  Plus, it meant I could thread the dark red ribbon through the die cut area and tie it around the bottle - BIG pat on the back for me for that idea!

The embellishment is bits and pieces from my bit box made up of MD die cuts I hadn't got to use on other things - I so like using up left-overs.  Here's the list of the different Marianne Design dies that got used:

tree die waste from cutting out LR0136
mini poinsettia LR0142
snowflake behind poinsettia from CR1225
holly leaves from set COL1363
swirl from set LR0112
banner and text from COL1325

Other than that, I added a gem to the centre of the flower, a snippet of lace along the bottom and the little sparkly buds - and pored a glass of the wine!

The Allsorts blog theme is for 'other than a card' so I can share my bit box bottle tag with them.

Thanks for dropping by - and hopefully I'll see you here again soon.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Bottle Tag

The new challenge on the Marianne Design blog is make a bottle tag - as it happens I have a couple to make for this Christmas so thought I'd best make a start .. .. here's #1.

I've used the MD bottle tag die to cut my base then covered the label part with dotty paper.  Sorry it looks a bit grey in the picture, it's hard to get silver cardstock to look silver .. .. and the weather has been so dismal I had to take the picture under the cooker hood lights!

I got the motorbike die a while back as my eldest has just taken to riding one, although I have no idea what kind so couldn't tweak the die too much.  I did cut it in silver then again in black so I could cut out the wheels and seat to stick over the silver.  I've added a circle to one side with a Dutch landscape picture and decorated with the mini snowflakes cut from silver card - and it happens that one of the tiny flakes is perfect for the spokes of the bike wheel!

On the other side I cut the Christmas text die out of both silver and black then layered and stuck behind the label so you just see the top half of the greeting. I added a few die cut mini bolts cut from the new planks of wood die set to finish off.  Here's the bigger picture:

My son's favourite black rum.

Now my younger son likes the golden spiced rum and no motor bikes .. .. I will have to see what I can come up with for his bottle.

These are the Marianne Design products I used for this bottle tag:

paper from Victorian Vintage pack
Dutch picture from a Mattie's Cutting sheet

bottle tag die LR0367
motorbike die LR0287
Christmas greeting CR1327
mini snowflakes CR1335
little bolts from set CR1348

Thanks for stopping by, and see you again soon!

late note:  reviewing my blog listings I see that the Crafting Musketeers challenge theme is for anything but square, so I can enter my tag with them!