Sunday, December 6, 2020

Mama Loves Christmas


Hi Crafty Friends,

As you can see by the photo above, I am sharing another Slimline card with you today. This started out as being a Mother's Day card, but as I got into it, it started saying Christmas ... so that is what I ended up creating.

I used two Honey Bee Stamps Slimline die sets to create this card ... the Slimline Sentiments: Blanket and Horizon Slimline Borders die set.

For the background night sky, I die cut a circle from masking paper and then blended on Distress Oxide inks in blues and blacks (colors listed in supply list below). I splattered white paint all over the background.

I stamped and cut out the mother, boy and girl from Simon Says Stamp's A Mama's Love Stamp set which were adhered to the grass area of the card using foam tape.

I used the Santa & Sleigh stamp from Lawn Fawn's Winter Skies stamp set, which was stamped across the moon.

To finish off the card I added the Christmas sentiment using The Ton's Easy Sentiments Holiday stamp set and coordinating dies.

For the inside of the card I added MFT Stamps Stacked Merry sentiment. I added the "christmas" sentiment which is also using the Easy Sentiments Holiday stamp set.

I added the Santa and sleigh to the top of the sentiment. 

Saturday, December 5, 2020

O Little Town of Bethlehem


Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Being a brand new month, it's time to introduce our new challenge hostess which is ME!

A Blue Christmas ... take inspiration from the song that Elvis used to sing and create a Christmas card which includes the color blue in it. Don’t celebrate Christmas … just make a card that includes blue.

For my card today I have another Slimline Sliding Window Pop-up Card using Trinity Stamps Slimline Surprises die set. To decorate the card I used a new Slimline stamp set from Woodware Stamps called Peaceful Nights.

I gold embossed the Peaceful Nights image onto blue cardstock and then layered this onto gold and then blue cardstock, so that when the image is pop-up by pulling the slider you can see both colors behind the image.

I used a sentiment from an older Papertrey Ink's Instant Photo: Holiday stamp set which is also gold embossed.

Here is a side view of my card when the sliding has been pulled up. here you can see the gold embossed sentiment in the front and also one at the top of the slider.

I used gold ribbon and blue cord to the top of the slider panel, this makes it easier to hold on to the panel when you want to pull it open.

I kept this card as a flat card rather than adding it to a folded card, this way the recipient is encouraged to display it in the open position. I added rectangle panels from Trinity Stamps Slimline Stitched Panels and Windows die set. 

I added a Christmas sentiment from Divinity Designs Christmas Wishes stamp set to the white panel. While these sentiments weren't designed for Slimline cards, being longer than normal sentiments they are perfect sentiments to fit on a Slimline card.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.

Instant Photo - Holiday Stamp Set - Papertrey Ink (discontinued)
Season's Gifts Stamp Set - Penny Black (discontinued)

Friday, December 4, 2020

Santa in Chimney Gift Tags

Hi Crafty Friends,

Now that it is December, there are only about 3 weeks until Christmas. So it is time to start thinking about gift tags. I probably would normally have a lot more done by now, but this year I seem to have started late.

For my gift cards today I used the gift tag from Waffle Flower Crafts Santa Tags die set. I die cut the tag from white cardstock and the hanger portion of the tag from red.

To decorate my gift tags, I used the Santa body and fire dies from Lawn Fawn's Shadow Box Card - Fireplace Add-on die set.

To finish off the tags I added the to/from which are stamps from an older Papertrey Ink Holiday Tag Along set.

Holiday Tag Along Set - Papertrey Ink (retired)


Thursday, December 3, 2020

That's A Wrap


Hi Crafty Friends,

t's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog.  Being a brand new month, it's time to introduce our new challenge hostess which is Lynn McAuley.

Lynn tells us .... If you are like her, you are probably ready for the year of 2020 to be wrapped  up tight with a bow tied securely around it. Let's be done with it!! For this challenge make use of the Christmas wrapping paper of your choice as a part of your holiday design. Grab up some paper scraps from your gift-wrapping adventures and join us in this week's challenge. 

For my card today I created another Slimline Surprise (or Sliding Window Card) using Trinity Stamps Slimline Surprise die set. I used the main part of the die to die cut a panel which has red patterned paper on the top of the panel and wood grain paper on the bottom.

I used the Christmas Tree die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to create the Christmas tree that is behind the girl.

I added the "Merry Christmas" sentiment to the top of the card which is from The Ton's Essentials Sentiments Holiday stamp and coordinating die sets.

The girl and all the presents, wrapping paper etc are from Essentials by Ellen. Most of my Christmas wrapping paper, the patterns are too big to use on a card, but I did find one piece that had a tiny tree on it which I used for the bag near the girl.

I added the "That's A Wrap!" sentiment to the lower right hand corner of the card, it is adhered using foam tape so it doesn't get in the way of the sliding mechanism.

I adhered my Slimline Surprise card to a Slimline Scalloped Rectangle panel which is from Divinity Designs Slimline Scalloped Rectangles die set.

When you pull the slider mechanism up, it reveals a Christmas sentiment on the bottom red panel which is from the Handwritten Sentiments 2 stamp set from Stampers Anonymous.

 Another sentiment can be seen on the white slider panel, for this sentiment I used an older Print Works stamp which includes the words "wrapped in joy" which I thought suited this card.

I like to create this style of card so it is flat, rather than adhered to a card that opens. This way the card can be displayed with the slider pulled up to show whatever is standing up on the card. So I added a rectangle panel to the back of the card. 

I added a few more of the presents and wrapping papers to this panel and added a die cut sentiment from Mama Elephant and a gold foiled "Christmas" sentiment.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:

Christmas Tree Die - Elizabeth Craft Designs (discontinued)
Handwritten Holidays 2 Stamp Set - Stampers Anonymous
Wrapped in Joy Wood Mounted Stamp - Print Works

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Divinity Designs December Release


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing three cards I created using new stamps and dies from Divinity Designs December release. This month Divinity Design are releasing two new Christmas/Winter themed Stamp/Die Duo Sets and four Die Sets, including a new Slimline Die and a 3D style card.

For my first card, I created a Christmas themed Slimline Card. I used Slimline dies including the new Slimline Cubes Background; Slimline Card Base; Slimline Rectangles and Slimline Layering Rectangles to create the Slimline part of the card. I die cut the Slimline Cubes Background from red cardstock, adhered it to a panel of white cardstock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front and then covered the adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. 

I used the Snowbirds Stamp/Die Duos set to stamp and die cut the three birds. I then die cut the oval layers using the Ovals and Double Stitched Ovals die sets and added these to my card.

I stamped three of the sentiments included in the stamp set and die cut each of them using the Sentiment Strip with Layers die set. I then adhered the sentiments to the bottom portion of each of the ovals.

For the inside of the card, I added rectangle layers using the Slimline Rectangles and Slimline Layering Rectangles die sets. I then added the sentiment using the Merry Christmas & Layers die set.

For my second card, I created an A2 Center Step card using the A2 Center Step Card with Layers die set. I used papers from the Winter Collection Paper Pad to decorate the layers.

To decorate my card I used the Mandala Layering Combo die set ... I just love how this Mandala turned out. I die cut each layer from the various colors ... white glitter cardstock; Red; Gold and Green cardstocks and layered them together.

I used the "Wishing You A" sentiment from the Beary Christmas Stamp/Die Duos set to add a sentiment across the centre of the Mandala. I used dies from the Sentiment Strips with Layers die set for this.

I added a "Merry" sentiment to the bottom of the card using the Merry Christmas & Layers die set.

I added the "Merry Christmas" sentiment to the inside of the card using the Merry Christmas & Layers die set, so if you read the sentiment from the front it says ... "Wishing You A Merry Merry Christmas"

For my final card today I created a Concertina Card using the new Concertina Card with Layers die set. I used papers from the Christmas Collection 2019 and Serenity Snowflakes Paper Pads for the layers of the card.

I added snow to the bottom of the concertina panels using the Curvy Slopes die set and white glitter cardstock. To decorate each of the panels I used the cute bears from the Beary Christmas Stamp/Die Duos set.

To decorate the front of the card, I used the Snow Globe die set adding the Bears on the Sled to the inside of the Snow Globe. I also added another of the sentiments from the stamp set using the Sentiment Strips with Layers die set.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - December 2020

Welcome to our December Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.

Check out Karen Burniston's blog on Wednesday (US Time) when you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month, plus Karen will have an amazing video tutorial to share with us all.

Our challenge theme this month is ...  "MINI POPS" - use the Mini Pops die set in a card of any theme.

As the Mini Pops Pop-up die set was designed to fit inside of Slimline Card, I decided to create a Slimline card for today's challenge. Not that I need an excuse to make a Slimline card, and of course this die set will work equally when in any sized card you want to create.

Being that it is now December, I am thinking more about Christmas cards right now. I didn't end up putting any Christmas sentiments on my card, so it can be used for any occasion but the option is there.

I used the larger pop-up die included in the Mini Pops die set to die cut a pop up into both ends of the Slimline white card panel. I then used the Pattern Plate - Snowflakes which I die cut twice from aqua glitter cardstock and adhered this to the back panel of my card. I had to trim around the pop-up and position the second snowflakes pattern plate so it looked continuous, but that was easy enough to do.

Next I used the tree from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die set ... it is actually the piece that comes out of one of the trees when you die cut. I die cut the tree 12 times from two different colors of green cardstock. I then added Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide ink around the edges and also Shimmer pen. I adhered the trees to the pop up panels. I did cut slits into the trees that are on the two smaller pop up panels on each side, to allow the trees to surround the pop up a little better. I also cut a little of the trees on the upper most pop up, so that the trees fitted into the width of the card.

I used the larger of the individual pop ups included in the Mini Pops die set to add to the centre of the card. To this I added the Snowman which is die cut using the Snowman die set.

I used the border included in the Long Nature Edges die set, to die cut a white panel which I attached to the front edge of the card, to make it look like snow. 

I computer generated a snowman themed sentiment which I die cut using one of the ovals from the Crosshatch Ovals die set.

As the focus of this card is the inside, I kept the front of the card fairly simple, repeating the snowman theme of the card.

I used the Long Rectangles - Crosshatch die set to die cut my white and teal rectangles. I assembled another snowman's head which I adhered to the centre of the rectangle.

I used the Alphabet die set to die cut the letters "S N W Y" which I die cut from aqua and black cardstock, offsetting the aqua slightly over the black to create a shadow.

To create the word "wishes" I combined the word "wish" from the Word Set 2 - Birthday die set and the "es" from the word "blessings" from the Word Set 7 - Autumn die set. 

Monday, November 30, 2020

Driving By To Say

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a birthday themed Slimline card that I created recently. This Slimline card measures 3 5/8" x 8 5/8".

I created the background for my card using Trinity Stamps Slimline Stitched Card Panels and Windows. I used the largest Slimline rectangle die included in the set to die cut a panel from white and green cardstock. I blended Distress Oxide inks in Tumbled Glass; Broken China & Faded Jeans onto the top of the white panel. I cut the green panel to approximately 5 1/2" and adhered it to the bottom of the white rectangle panel.

I used Kat Scrappiness Slimline Cityscape die set to create the city which I adhered above the grass.

I used one of the borders from Lawn Fawn's Road Border die set to trace my road as I needed something wider than the road border die. After adhering it to the background, I die cut the road border from white cardstock and used the white strips that fall out of the die cut to add to the road.

I used MFT Stamps Carpool die set to create the car, and used the man and woman from the Old Friends stamp set to add to inside of the car. 

I added two trees from Lawn Fawn's Tree Before 'n Afters stamp set to add the trees.

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Car Critters Christmas Add-on stamp set, die cutting it using Honey Bee Stamps Banner Builders die set.

For the inside of the card I added some green cardstock grass to the bottom of the card, die cutting the grass from Trinity Stamps Slimline The Great Outdoors die set.

I added the birthday sentiment to the top portion of the card which is from Mama Elephant. 


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Rebus - Names Starting with 'W'

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time to share another rebus puzzle swap with you. This month the theme is Names Starting with the Letter 'W'.

If you would like to solve my rebus puzzle, why not post a comment on my blog post with your answers. I will let you know what the correct answers are next time I post a rebus card here.

How did you go solving my August Rebus which was "Sean Connery Movies". Here are the correct answers so you can check how you did.

  1. You Only Live Twice
  2. Ransom
  3. Cuba
  4. Rising Sun
  5. Robin and Marian
  6. Meteor
  7. Dr No
  8. Marnie
  9. Hell Drivers

You can find all my past Rebus Cards here.


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Snowman Surprise

Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Amy Ottmers our challenge hostess for the month, finishes off the month with one last challenge.

Snowman what's new! - Winter is coming in the Northern Hemisphere which means snow and snowmen. Create a card today which includes a snowman.

I recently purchased some Slimline dies from Trinity Stamps which I wanted to play with, and this challenge was perfect for them. To create my card I used Trinity Stamps Happy Snowman and Slimline Surprise die sets. The Slimline Surprises die set includes dies to create a Sliding Pop-up Card, slimline style as well as a few other dies to create hidden zipped pockets etc.

For the background of my card, I blended Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans & Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide inks onto white cardstock before die cut the main die from the Slimline Surprises Die set. I then splattered white paint over the background to create snow.

I die cut the bottom piece of the Slimline Surprises die again this time from White Glitter cardstock and added it to the bottom of the panel.

I added the sentiment "Let It Snow" to the top of the card which is from The Ton's Easy Expressions Holiday stamp and coordinating die sets.

I die cut and assembled the snowman using white glitter cardstock. Prior to adhering this snowman to the card, I die cut trees using The Ton's Pine Tree Coverplate die from two different colored green cardstocks. I arranged the trees behind the snowman, so it appeared that there was a forest behind the snowman.

I stamped a sentiment to the top of the sliding panel, and another sentiment to the area which is revealed when the slider is pulled.

I kept this card as a flat card rather than adding it to a folded card, as this is the style of card which is nice to be displayed flat with the snowman standing up.

I die cut a white panel using one of the rectangle panels from Trinity Stamps Slimline Stitched Card Panels & Windows die set.

I added two of the trees from The Ton's Pine Trees Coverplate die to the bottom of the card. 

For the sentiment I used MFT Stamps Stacked Merry Die-namics and then added the Christmas sentiment from MFT Stamps Bitty Holiday Wishes stamp set.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.

Handwritten Holidays 2 - Stampers Anonymous
Snow Sentiments - Unknown