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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Snowflake

Hello there, today I have my mass produced cards to share with you; well, eleven cards is hardly mass producing is it but you know what I mean! I make a bunch of cards every year the same to give to friends. This year I went very simple and made little 4x4" cards with the star of the show being the gorgeous Clearly Besotted snowflake.


For my cards, I first made all of the card bases from Bazzill Marshmallow Card Shoppe CS. I then took one of the SSS Stitched Square dies and cut all of these from the same cardstock. This was added to the card base with my ATG. I then ran the largest of the CB Snowflake Trio dies through my Cuttlebug using Stampin' Up Glimmer Paper and added these to the cards.


To finish off I added a Doodlebug Sprinkle to the centre of the snowflake using Multi Medium Matte (to give extra adhesion to the glitter paper). I finished off by stamping a sentiment in the inside.

 
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Do you mass produce cards at Christmas time or do you like them to all be different? Thank you so much for visiting me today.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Arctic Penguin

Hello there, don't you just love Mama Elephant for cute images? For my card today, I am using the Arctic Penguin set. I have stamped one of the penguins and the hat and coloured them with Copic Markers. I have then cut them out using the matching die set.
 

I have cut a square using the new SSS Stitched Squares die collection and added a little TH Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on top for the look of sky. I then added a layer of snow using the ME Landscape Trio dies. The sentiment, from the Clearly Besotted Many Mini Messages set, was stamped in the corner with black ink.. I have added the penguin on top with foam tape. The panel was then added to a white A2 card base with more foam tape and I added a little Glossy Accents to the penguins nose and Wink of Stella to the hat.
 
 
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Thank you so much for visiting me today, I still have a few Christmas cards to share with you, I hope you are not too bored of them yet! Have a great day!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Poinsettia

Hello there, I am back with another Christmas card to share with you. This one is for my Nan. I wanted to use the SSS Poinsettia Parade die again as I love it. For my card, I first took a panel of white cardstock and cut a circle from it using one of the dies from the new SSS Stitched Circle collection - I love that added stitching on the negative die :) I then stamped the sentiment below it from the new Clearly Besotted Sentimental Type set.
 

I took an A2 card base and added a little SU Glimmer Paper behind where the aperture would be and then added the panel on top with foam tape. I cut the Poinsettia Parade die from white cardstock and coloured the flowers and leaves using Copic Markers, adding a liberal coating of clear WOS on each one. I layered these on top of each other and then adhered this to the centre of the circle. I finished off by adding  a few pearls in the centre of the flower.
 
 
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Thank you so much for visiting me today. How are you all doing with Christmas prep? I think I am all done with my cards now (I have a few still to share with you on here) but I have some table/place cards decorations to make and some gift card holders too. I have bought all my presents but I still have to wrap those. Such a busy time of year!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Smiles Across The Miles


Hello there, today I am sharing a card that I made for a crafty friend over the other side of the world from me, hence the sentiment on the card :) I love this Up & Away set by Mama Elephant and I thought it would be perfect for this kind of card. I first stamped the bunny and the umbrella and coloured them with Copic markers. I cut these out using the matching die set and added them to the base with foam tape.
 

The base has been made by cutting some clouds from white cardstock using the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies. Before adding them to the card, I took some TH Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and added it to the top of the card for the sky. I also added a little Copic Marker to the bottom cloud for a bit more dimension. These were added to the card base with my ATG and then I stamped the sentiment on top (also from the Up & Away set).

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I really appreciate you taking the time to visiting me today, thank you. Hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

VIDEO | How I store ... Stencils

Hello there, today I popping in to share my stencil storage with you. I have built up quite a collection of them over the last year or two and wanted a storage solution for them. I have, until now, just had them in a drawer in their original packaging. I had seen Jennifer McGuire's storage solution and although I loved it, I didn't have the shelf space for a container. I still wanted to be able to flip through and see what I have though.


While looking in my swatch binder for a colour of cardstock, I thought to myself 'I wonder if my stencils will fit in this'. Once I had established that they would fit, I purchased another binder (it is the Simple Stories Snap Binder) and a bunch of inserts for it. I have my 6x6 stencils in the full 6x8 pockets, my 3x6 stencils in the 4x6 pockets and the small 3x3 stencils in the 3x4 pockets. I bought mine from Craftie Charlie, Hey Little Magpie and Craft Island. They also sell them at Simon Says Stamp and various other places.


I added a piece of printer paper into each pocket, added each stencil in and then labelled the pocket with my label maker. Since stencils are so thin you could you both sides of the pockets but for now, since I have the room, I am just using one side of them. I was undecided as to how I would organise the stencils in the binder - by manufacturer, by type, by size etc. for now, I gone with manufacturer although I haven't added any dividers or anything, as I wanted the ability to just flick though and see everything I have.
 
Here is the video showing it in more detail:



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Since making this video, I have used the system a couple of times and it worked great! I love that it takes up very little space but I still have tons more room if I get more stencils. I can also flip through and see what I have, hopefully this will mean that I use them more. Thanks so much for visiting me today.