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Saturday 24 December 2016

Christmas Cards Part Three

One more sleep to go then we can all relax for a few days and wonder what all the fuss was for. 
Some people like to make their Christmas cards throughout the year but I prefer to gather all my Christmas themed craft goodies together in November and spend a couple of weeks making my cards. I find it easier than dipping in and out making a few cards at a time.
Today I have the last of this year's Christmas cards to show you.

These cards were made with acetate and stamps from Chloe. Lots of stamping, heat embossing and cutting out was involved.
The papers are from First Edition which were matted onto silver mirri card.

I used my Sizzix Bigz Tattered Poinsettia die for the flowers and a Spellbinders die for the sentiment panels. The sentiment stamps are from Docrafts. The cards were finished with seam binding ribbon bows.

The last variety of cards I made this year were made with all the layers of the Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die. Some of the papers I used were coloured with Brushos. The background is an X-cut  embossing folder and the ribbons are from my stash. The flowers were finished off with Shabby White Frantage.

All that remains now is to wish you all a 
Merry and Peaceful Christmas.

Saturday 17 December 2016

Christmas Cards Part 2

Barely a week till the big day to go now. How are your preparations coming along? Just food shopping and festive fun left for us. It's the last Saturday before Christmas. The shops are going to be manic so I'm staying home and will be spend the day wrapping up the last of the presents. 
I have some more of my mixed media cards to show today. 

Again these cards involved papers from Maja Design, Dovecraft and Paper Studio. I used texture paste, stencils, gesso and paint on some of them.
The cards all (just about) fit into 6" x 6" (20 x 20 cm) envelopes.

I loved going over the top with the die-cuts and glitter on this style of cards. The pretty laces and trims are from NoorDesign and Docrafts.

The bows are made with white seam binding. Some have been coloured using Distress Inks. The berry sprigs are from NoorDesign and the poinsettias were made using the Sizzix Bigz Tattered Poinsettia Tim Holtz die.
Not all the Christmas cards I made this year are in this style. I still have time to show you different cards next week. In the meantime have a fun weekend and enjoy your Christmas preparations.

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Christmas Cards Part 1

I hope you are all enjoying your Christmas preparations and are not panicking too much.
I did say I would show some more of the Christmas projects and cards I have made recently and seeing as now that all my cards have been mailed I am showing some of those cards.
I made a few different types of cards. These are some of the 'mixed media' ones.

All of these cards have been made using a mix of papers including Maja Design, Dovecraft and Paper Studio. I've used texture paste and paint to 'enhance' some of them. These cards all fit in 6" x 6" (15 x 15 cm) envelopes - just.

The vintage images were sourced from the internet. I printed them in colour and again in a more muted version.

I cut the die-cuts mostly in white and used Distress Inks to colour or shade them. I also painted some of them with Glamour Dust and added extra glitter.
The majority of the Christmas cards I made this year are this style and I really enjoyed making them. I have more to show so will be back in a few days with another batch.
I'm off to teach my last class for this year today. The ladies - and some men - are going out to lunch afterwards to celebrate. I hope you all have time to do something fun during this busy time.

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Christmas Wreaths

Hi everyone, how are your Christmas plans coming along? I've seen some lovely blog and Facebook posts of everyone's Christmas projects and cards. I have been making things too but I forget to share them. As I will soon run out of time to show my Christmas themed projects I thought I'd better get a move on.
I tutor weekly mixed media and technique classes at a fabulous local craft shop (see sidebar) and recently we held a workshop to make Christmas wreaths. There were three options to choose from and these are my samples.

The most popular option was the poinsettia wreath. The flower dies are from Marianne. The central sentiment die is from X-cut. On the workshop day a simpler Christmas tree die was used with a sentiment.

A braided cord, some beads, jingle bells and organza ribbon were used for the trimmings and the wreaths were finished off with a dusting of Shabby White Frantage.

Another popular wreath was the fern and pine cone one.

The fern die is from Marianne and the pine cone ones are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

This wreath was finished off with Chunky Gold Frantage, braided cord, hessian ribbon and a sentiment.

The third wreath was the holly option.

This involved lots of leaves from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Marianne dies. I used a glue pen to add Chunky Gold Frantage and glittered the berries.

The wreaths were finished with braided cord, hessian ribbon and a sentiment.

A very big Thank You goes to Cheryl and Janet for doing all the die-cutting, packing the kits and workshop preparation.
There were twenty four wonderful wreaths created on the workshop day and another eight in class. Some people bought extra kits to make more wreaths at home. Everyone worked hard and should be very proud of their finished wreaths.
I shall be back soon to share some of my Christmas cards with you. Until then, have fun with your Christmas preparations.

Friday 2 December 2016

Creative Artiste #21 December 2016

The first Friday of the month means it's the start of a new challenge at Creative Artiste.  We are a challenge blog for everyone who likes to mix their media. So, as long as you like to use various mediums on your creations we'd love to see you enter the challenge. This is a month long challenge so you have time to create projects and enter up to three times. A full list of the rules is on the challenge blog.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #20 in November. Your projects were wonderful and the winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is this month is
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
and we are sponsored by
Scrapmatts and Papertole Australia

I'm sharing a Christmas present I've made for a very special person in our family to use as a memory box.

I glued a piece of card on the top of one of my precious Craft Box boxes. Firstly I used texture paste through a star stencil and painted it all white. I then lightly rubbed gold gilding wax over the stars and edges.

I cut up some Retro Squares 02 from Scrapmatts and painted them white then added gold Frantage before sticking the pieces down. The vintage photos are from the internet and I printed them with a pinkish tinge. I added one photo to the beautiful cabochon from Craft Box and tucked some little detail pieces around the photos and flowers.

I placed a die-cut pink doily in one corner and used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die to create the flowers with pearlised card. I Frantaged the edges and central pearls. The centrepiece on the large flower came from a bracelet.

As this is intended as a memory box I thought this sentiment from Bee Crafty was very apt. I stamped it in brown ink onto pink card.

Lastly I added pink ribbon and some floral lace around the box and finished off the front with a SnipArt frame and chipboard word. Both were painted pink and Frantaged.

Please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the wonderful mixed media projects created by our talented team and meet our new member who is joining us from today. 
As this is our last challenge for 2016 I'd just like to say a big Thank You to all our lovely followers and wish you all a Merry Christmas. We hope to see you all back in 2017.
Remember to have fun and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/decembers-challenge.html x

Thursday 1 December 2016

Crafts Galore Encore December 2016

The first of the month means it's the start of a new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog
Thank you to everyone who joined in with November's challenge. The winners are on the challenge blog's 'winner's page'. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. A full list of rules are on the challenge blog.

Our theme this month is the popular
"Anything Goes"
and our sponsor is
Sherri Baldy
The prize will be the three fabulous images that the DT have used.

As it's nearly Christmas I thought I'd better make a Christmas card.

This card will fit in an 8"x 8" (20 x 20 cm) envelope. The base panel is covered with a plain paper from my stash. The spotty papers are from The Paper Studio. All panels have been matted onto green card.

This gorgeous image is IMG 924 and I coloured her with my Copics. I cut her out using an X-cut scalloped oval die and edged it with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

I fussy cut the poinsettias from some old First Noel paper from Papermania and layered a couple of them up. The vintage style lace is from my stash. I added some fibres for a bit of texture. The words were also cut from the First Noel paper.
Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by the rest of the talented team and to enter your "Anything Goes" creations.
As this is our last challenge for 2016 I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/15th-november-2016-world-wide-open.html x
http://scrapbookstampsocietychallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/challenge-105-anything-goes.html x
http://artbymiranchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/challenge-72-anything-goes.html Winner
http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/1st-december-2016-classic-design-team.html x
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/challenge-143-santa-is-coming-to-town.html x
http://bestieschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/winter-time-at-besties-international.html x