Thursday, December 1, 2022

Oh Christmas Tree

 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. As it's a brand new month, it's time to introduce our challenge hostess which is Maryann Einam.

For our challenge this week Maryann reminds us that ... The first of the month means that Christmas is not far away. Need some more cards for your stash, create a Christmas card in any style.

For my card today I pulled out a Studio Light die set called Christmas Tree Folding Card. Instead of doing a simple gatefold card using this die set, I was inspired by Corrine Reijngoudt, who used this die set a few months ago to create a Triple Christmas Tree Card by die cutting the main die three times instead of once. You can see Corrine's YouTube tutorial here.

I decorated each of the panels of the card using Holographic card and patterned paper from Crafter's Companion's Frosty & Bright 12 x 12 Paper Pad.

I added a star to the top of the tree using the smallest star included in Creative Craft Products Perfectly Flips - Star die set.

Here you can see all three of the panels a little better, when I squashed the card flat. As you can see, I also added some gnomes to my tree using Mama Elephant's Little Gnome Agenda stamp set.

For the back of the card, I added a white panel in the centre. This is a place to add a greeting and be able to write a personal message.

I added another gnome and a sentiment from Waffle Flower Craft's Merry Christmas Duo stamp set.

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:

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Rebus - Bruce Springsteen Songs


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time to share another rebus puzzle swap with you. This month the theme is "Songs by Bruce Springsteen".

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 September Rebus which was "Countries starting with the Letters S or T"

 Here are the correct answers so you can check how you did.

  1. Sweden
  2. Thailand
  3. Singapore
  4. Turkey
  5. Spain
  6. Togo
  7. Seychelles
  8. Samoa
  9. Sudan

You can find all my past Rebus Cards here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

From Our Family To Yours

Hi Crafty Friends,

I have two Christmas themed Slimline cards to share with your today.

Back in October, Crafter's Companion were celebrating their 17th birthday. I happened to watch one of their Crafter's TV videos on the first day of the celebration, where they were showing everyone a special party bag they were selling. I don't normally buy grab type bags, but this seemed pretty good even with shipping to Australia that I checked it out and purchased the bag full of goodies. When my parcel arrived, I was more than happy with what I received. One of the dies was this From Our Family To Yours Edge'able die set. I was planning on putting this away for after I had made all my Christmas card, but then I thought that sentiment suited Christmas so got it out to play.

For this Slimline card, I used the width of a A4 card to determine the width of my card. This makes the most of my cardstock. I completed card is 8 1/4 inches x 4 inches.

I die cut the edge'ables die onto a olive green top folding card. I used patterned papers from Simply Made Crafts Holly Jolly 12 x 12 Paper Pad to decorate the card.

I added acetate behind the front panel so it was level with the base of the card.

I added patterned paper to the inside panel of my card, the bottom section of this paper can be seen when the card is closed.

I added a Christmas sentiment using Made To Surprise by Sam Calcott's Christmas Fun Sentiments stamp set.

I used different patterned papers for my cards, but they are both from the same pad. I paper pieced the letters to create the sentiment using red cardstock, which makes it easier to read.

To finish off the front of my card, I added the pointsettia and branches using two die sets from Divinity Designs ... Peaceful Poinsettias and Pinecone & Pine Branches die sets. 

Here is a look at the inside of my second card I created.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Slim Merry Christmas


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Christmas themed Slimline card I created recently.

For the background of my card I used Creative Craft Products Festive Bold Words - Winter Wishes die set.   I die cut the panel from a pale green pearlescent cardstock and paper pieces the trees, stars & dots using glitter and gold mirror cardstock. My finished card measures approximately 8 inches x 3 3/4 inches.

For the sentiment I used Waffle Flower Crafts Merry Christmas Duo Hot Foil Plate and coordinating die. I foiled the sentiment using gold foil onto red cardstock.

For the inside of my card I used Picket Fence Studios' Slim Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Word Topper die.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Christmas themed Trifold Card I created recently using Honeycomb papers and dies from Creative Craft Products.

For this card I used the Honeycomb Christmas Bell die set to create the honeycomb bell on the left side of the card. For this card I placed the honeycomb inside the card. The honeycomb flattens when you close the card, so it is easy to mail this card.

For the sentiment on the right side of the card, I computer generated a sentiment with a Christmas bell theme. I used Creative Craft Products Inverted Scallops Ovals and Filigree Ovals die sets for the layers.

For the front of the card, I stamped a Christmas sentiment using an older stamp set from my stash. The sentiment was layered using the same oval dies I used on the inside of my card.

I added the red bow which is die cut using the bow from the Honeycomb Christmas Bell die set.

I added a white panel to the back of the card so that a personal greeting can be written here.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Warm Wishes

  Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Maryann Einam our challenge hostess for the month finishes off the month with one last challenge.

For our challenge this week, Maryann tells us ... What ever the season it is great to get away, celebrate the day with a seaside holiday.

Right now I am in Christmas card making mode, the majority of my cards between now and Christmas will be Christmas themed where possible.  So when I was thinking about the beach I was thinking how I can adapt this for Christmas. Living where I do in Australia, we don't get snow and of course it is summer for us at Christmas time. I love snowmen, but of course the closest we get to snowmen here is either a bucket of water with some bits floating in it, or a sand version. So I decided to create sand snowmen or sandmen I guess they are.

As you can see I created a Centre Step Card using Divinity Designs Centre Step with Layers die set. For the background and sand for the bottom of the card and sandmen, I used the Beautiful Beaches patterned paper also from Divinity Designs.

To decorate my card I created two palm trees using an older palm tree die set from MFT Stamps, I added Christmas lights to the trunk using a Christmas light die also from MFT Stamps.

The sandmen or sand snowmen were created using Karen Burniston's Snowman die set.

I added a sun using a circle die to the top left corner of the centre panel and added some seagulls using an older Couture Creations die set.

Finally I added a sentiment to the bottom right using Waffle Flower Crafts Merry Christmas duo stamp/die set.

For the inside of the card, I added a white panel, adding sand to the bottom of the panel.

I used the Hot Foil plate that coordinates with the Merry Christmas Duo set to create the foiled sentiment, using the Solid Foil Plate so I could use the negative image of the sentiment. I also added the "Happy New Year" sentiment underneath.

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:

Other Supplies:
Palm Tree Die - MFT Stamps (discontinued)
Seagulls Over the Ocean Die Set - Couture Creations (discontinued)

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Santa and Friends Gift Tags

Hi Crafty Friends,

Now that it is only a month until Christmas, I need to start thinking about gift tags. Last year I decorated my Christmas Crackers with a few of these toppers. I rescued three which I found a little while ago, so decided to turn them into gift tags and while I was at it make a few more. I ended up making two of each of the Christmas Characters. 

I already had two of the snowmen and an elf, all I had to do with those was replace the scallop panel and stamp the back of the tags.

The characters used on the tags are from last years Hero Arts November My Monthly Hero set,  I just feel in love with these dies and knew I would get lots of use out them over the years.

I used the striped stamp included in the coordinating stamp set for the reindeers scarf. The wording on the back of each of the tags is also from the same stamp set.

I added glossy accents to the reindeers nose and also to the berries on the holly that is on Santa's and the snowman's hats.

The oval tags were die cut using two older Spellbinders die sets I have had in my stash for years.

I used the dot stamp included in the coordinating stamp set to add the dots to the snowmen's scarves. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Believe in the Magic of Christmas


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's now just over a month until Christmas Day, so pretty much most of my blog posts from now until Christmas will be Christmas related. For my card today I have created a Double Z Fold Card using a Crafter's Companion stamp/die set called Christmas Eve.

For this card I pretty much took my inspiration from the packaging of the dies to create my Double Z Fold Card.

For my night sky background, I used papers from Made To Surprise by Sam Calcott's Card kit that was included in the Papercraft Essentials Issue 217, I still hadn't received my magazine when I made this but as I had downloaded the papers I was able to print them out.

I die cut all the buildings from black cardstock and then covered the windows with yellow cardstock. For those buildings that could be seen from the back, I coloured over the back of the yellow card with a black marker. It looks so much nicer doing this then seeing yellow on the back.

I cut the front "Z" panel from black cardstock and attached this to the card. I then added two levels of buildings onto this panel. The top one I glued flat and the one along the very bottom using foam tape. I also added buildings along the back of the card as well. The die set, comes with a die to die cut bridge pieces for the inner square, so I die cut two of these and added more buildings to this.

To finish off the front of the card, I added the moon to the right panel and then added Santa & his sleigh. I stamped the Santa image on a piece of patterned paper leftover from doing the background so that the image worked with the night sky.

I also added a sentiment from an older Bebunni stamp set.

I added a panel to the back of my card so I could add a sentiment. For this I used Picket Fence Studios' Slim Line Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Word Topper. As this had the trees on either side of the sentiment I figured this worked well with the Crafter's Companion set. I added the sentiment along the bottom of the card and then stamped Santa at the top. 

The card folds flat and measures approximately 5 1/2 inches x 5 3/4 inches, it does have a bit of bulk to it, so if you are hand delivery should fit in a 6 x 6 envelope. If posting it will probably need a padded or box envelope.

Other Supplies:
Night Sky Patterned Paper - Made To Surprise by Sam Calcott's Card Kit from Papercraft Essentials #217
Bebunni - Christmas Story Stamp Set - Crafter's Companion

Monday, November 21, 2022

HB2U Slimline

Hi Crafty Friends,

I have a birthday themed Slimline Pop-up card to share with you today. 

To create the background for my card I used Picket Fence Studios' Slimline Plumeria Stencil using Catherine Pooler inks in the following colours: Samba; Mandarin Spice; Glitz; Lime Rickey and Aquatini. I then used the two larger dies from Spellbinders Hemstitch Slimline die set to die cut the panel before adding it to a side folding 3 1/2 inch x 8 1/2 inch card.

I used Picket Fence Studios' HB2U die which I die cut from black cardstock and added to the front of the card. Finally I added the "You're How Old?" sentiment which is from MFT Stamps Bitty Birthday Sentiments stamp set.

For the inside of my card, I used the Picket Fence Studios stencil once again to add the strips to the edges of my card.

For the pop up I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-up die set to add the two pop up panels.

The sentiment at the top of the card is from a Spellbinders stamp set, the second one is from Honey Bee Stamps.