Saturday, 16 December 2017

You Warm My Heart

I adore the 'Snow Days' stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn, its just so cute its impossible to resist using - so I made this card for a very special person in my life and the sentiment says it all really.

The background is a piece that I was messing about with for another project that didn't work so I threw it in my scraps box and had just enough to cut the circle from.  I also die cut the wavy bottom panel and attached over the top using the sewing machine with a beating heartbeat stitch.  Finally, I played about with the placement of the elements until I was happy then fixed it permanently.

I should be back before Christmas but if not, then I will take this opportunity to wish everyone that reads my blog or has kindly followed me this year...

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Wishing you all peace, love and happiness 

YOU ALL ROCK and thank you!

Challenge Links...

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Snow Days clear stamps/dies, unbranded circle and wavy die, Whispers ink, Copics, Zig watercolouring pens, HobbyCraft clear gems and Stickles.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

North Pole, University, Home

It's getting very busy and I'm a little behind on the family Christmas cards and this one is especially for my eldest son who will be on his way home from University next week :)

It came about when I saw the sketch from Fusion, now normally I don't like the restrictions of sketches because I wander.  Now that's not to say I haven't used a little artistic license for this one but I think it still works, well here's hoping.

I started by masking the cardstock so I could ink the ice, then cut a strip and drew diagonal lines down it in pencil, randomly (I don't measure either, life is too short) then coloured them in red, die cut the dome for the top of the pole and embossed the background.  Next came the little sign post signs, printed in blue (long story, possibly need a new printer).  I cut them out and placed them as if the polar bear had skated from University, had reached the North Pole and was heading for home.  OK in hindsight, I now realise the perspective is off but hey I'm not exhibiting at the Tate Modern so its good enough for me.

The sentiment inside reads 'Have a COOL Christmas'.  I had lots of fun with this sketch and pleased with how it turned out.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Blue Gift
Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas 
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes Christmas
Sweet Stampers - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Supplies:  My Favourite Things Polar Pals clear stamps, Zig watercolour pens, stitched circle die (unknown), snow embossing folder (unknown), Bazzil blue cardstock, Clearly Besotted 'Son' clear stamp and die and Sheenas stamping card/Crafters Companion watercolour card.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Merry and Bright

December arrived yesterday with a magical flurry of snow, a sprinkling of frost which made for a wonderful early morning walk along the partially frozen canal and I loved it.  

On my return, I'd had chance to think about my card design which I decided to use Lawn Fawn Snow Days - cant think why!

Its a little scene featuring two bunnies proudly decorating their Christmas tree with a red bow.  I inked and used a dots Cuttlebug embossing folder for the backdrop, die cut a snowy hill and then just coloured the furry friends with Copics and placed them in position.  I added the sentiment in festive red and inked and die cut the little snowflakes before taking to the sewing machine for a simple straight(ish) stitch border.

This little card has been sitting on my coffee table for the last day and I'm not sure I can part with it - I can't be the only crafter who struggles to give certain cards away, am I?

Challenge Links...

CASology - Round
Crafty Cardmakers - Animal Magic
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes

Supplies:  Lawn Fawn Snow Days stamps/dies, Cuttlebug dots embossing folder, Whispers/DewDrops ink pads and Copic pens