Saturday, 31 December 2011

More Christmas cards

These were made by making backgrounds using Pearlescent inks and then stamping a large Christmas stamp (Illuminate by Inkadinkado) on top.  Then It was matted and layered onto card that had been run through the Cuttlebug using the snowflakes folder.

These were made by making a background using Starburst Stains. I stamped the large stamp onto this (Aspects of Design Traditional Christmas) cutting out the overlap edges.  Then I stamped the Merry Christmas onto the bg paper, punched it out with an oval punch and matted onto a punched scalloped bg.

These simple cards are made by matting and layering cream and brown and then stamping the images (Elusive Images) in Versafine Vintage Sepia. 

I used PaperMania Contemporary Christmas paper to cover the card blanks and then stamped the images from Penny Black, watercoloured them and added some sparkle.  They were then matted onto silver.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

More parchment cards

These are the other parchment cards I managed to make this year.  I so enjoyed doing these I will try to start them earlier next year.
 This is a pattern by Kannikar Sukseree from Parchment Craft Cards For Christmas 2011.  I coloured the back of the Kings with Whispers pens.
Follow the Star, a pattern by Dorothy Holness from Parchment Craft Cards for Christmas 2011.

Peace on Earth, by Anne Quinn from Parchment Craft Cards for Christmas 2011

Winter Wonderland by Ruth Venables from Parchment Craft Cards for Christmas 2011

Thursday, 15 December 2011


I decided to try something new with these Parchment cards.  I've not done silhouetes before and was too lazy to use paint for them and wait for it to dry so I used a permanent marker pen.  I discovered it was best to turn the paper over and have the marker on the reverse which is why the Bethlehem skyline is in reverse from the original pattern, lol. 

This is a pattern by Katie Johnson from Parchment Craft Cards for Christmas 2011.  I chose different bg colours and did them in arcs rather than in lines as in the original pattern.  Even though I went over the silhouette several times I couldn't get rid of the lines of the marker completely.

This is the reversed skyline.  The silhouette is more muted but the lines of the marker don't show up at all.  Again I chose different colours for the bg and adapted the border.  I think I prefer this silhouette.  The original pattern is by Kannikar Sukseree from Parchment Craft Cards For Christmas 2011.

Parchment Christmas Cards

As these have been received I thought I would show them.  I do enjoy making Parchment cards but as I'm still suffering from carpel tunnel I have to be careful and make sure I don't do too much embossing.
A Sue McGuirk Pattern, Parchment Craft Magazine November 2008
A Multi-Layered card designed by Kay James, Parchment Craft Cards For Christmas 2011
Pattern by Bruno Piecho, Parchment Craft Magazine 2010

Chrismas Cracker pattern by Aileen Childs, Parchment Craft Magazine November 2010

Christmas trees, from a pattern (much adapted) by Julie Roces, Parchment Craft Cards For Christmas 2011

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

When the red, red robin . . .

I made this card with a birdwatcher in mind.  I made the background first.  I clear embossed the snowflakes (Inkadinkado) onto white card then sponged Distress Inks over the top (Barn Door and Pine Needles).  I matted it onto white card and then cut the aperture using Nestabilities Octagons.  Next I put a piece of parchment paper over an outline of a robin and drew him using Derwent Studio Pencils (the outline was from a card by Gail Sydenham from Parchment Magazine published in 2009).  I placed my robin behind the aperture and then mounted the whole onto a green card base.  I stamped the greeting onto card that had been sponged with Pine Needles and matted it onto white before popping it with foam pads.
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew - 'tis the season
Let's Ink It Up - Christmas Projects
Paper Sundaes - Anything Christmas
CES Challenges - Traditional Christmas
Crafty Ribbons - Traditional Christmas colours

Monday, 12 December 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Ch 58 - Use It Three Times

For our final challenge of 2011 on Crafty Cardmakers we are sponsored by Joanna Sheen.  She is offering a £10 voucher for her online shop for one lucky person.  So what's the challenge?  It has been chosen by Tracy who has picked Use It Three Times as her theme.  Use the same stamp or image three different ways.  It could be the background, main image and matching tag for example.  Using different colourways is another way, or even three different cards.  Go take a look at the DT's examples, there are plenty of different examples.

I decided to use a stamp I've had for ages, by Anita.  First I stamped her onto white card and coloured her in with Derwent Sudio Pencils, adding Sakura Stardust pen to give her a bit of bling, and cut her out.  I made a purple card blank and added a layer cut with Go Kreate Large Frames Frilly #2 in black and then Crafty Individuals DP from book 2 (Christmas).  Next I made a mount for my angel using Nestabilities Labels Ten.  Finally I added lots of bling.

For the bookmark I stamped the angel onto white shrink plastic using StazOn and then, again, coloured her with Derwent Studio Pencils and Sakura Stardust.  I love using Shrink Plastic!  I added some beads and then hung her from a bookmark blank.

Finally, I stamped the angel onto white tissue and again used my pencils and Sakura Stardust  to colour her.  I wrapped the tissue round my candle, then greaseproof paper before heating with my heat gun to adhere the image.  For the decorative base I used black card and DP from the Crafty Individuals Book 2 (Christmas).  The Merry Christmas label was cut using Nesties Labels Ten and then some bling was added.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 22 - Christmas

It's our last challenge of the year over at Dream Valley so we have come up with a really easy one - Christmas.  You can enter up to 3 times and it can by anything crafty.  We have four fab sponsors this time: One Stop Card Crafts who are offering a £10 voucher; Digi Doodle Shop who are offering a $10 voucher; Stitchy Bear who are offering a $10 voucher; and Crafty Ribbons who are offering a Bev's Bag of ribbons.

I stamped the Three Kings from Elusive Images onto Kraft card using Versafine Vintage Sepia and coloured them with Derwent Studio Pencils.  Then I matted and layered the image onto gold, then brown card.  For the background I again used Kraft card, stamped the silhouete of the Three Kings in brown and then ran the bg through the Cuttlebug using the Snowflakes folder, matting it onto brown card then onto a cream card blank.  I also stamped the star in silver onto Kraft, mounted it onto gold and brown card and added a gem to the centre.  To finish off I added gems to the image.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Twinkle, twinkle

This may not look much like a Christmas card, but it is!  It's an Alternative Christmas card.  I started with the little star stamp from Stampotique that came free with an issue of Craft Stamper.  I stamped it onto Kraft cardstock (sorry for the bad picture) using ColorBox Chalk ink in Amber Clay.  I added the sentiment (Penny Black) in Rouge.  Then I added a strip of mustard card that I cut with a Martha Stewart punch (embossed zig zag) and some ribbon to the top, and matted it onto pink card.  I then matted it onto mustard card that had been stamped with the star stamp using Rough ink, and then onto a cream card blank.  Lastly I stamped the star onto pink card using Warm Red, adding Crystal Stickers.
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Stampotique Designs - Non Traditional Christmas
Simons Says Stamp and Show - Show some stars
Cupcake Challenge - Colouring on Kraft

Thanks Chick!

I wanted to make a thank you card for a special friend.  I decided to use a Crafty Individual stamp (CI-269) and stamped it onto Kraft card with Versafine Vintage Sepia then coloured the chickens using Derwent Studio Pencils.  The bg card was stamped with a stamp from Stamp Attack in Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler.  I also ran the card blank through the cuttlebug using the Forest Pines folder but it's hard to see from the photo.  I stamped my Thank You sentiment (SU) onto Twill tape and stuck it behind the image.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Samuel Taylor Challenge - Anything Goes