If you have been paying attention this is not the first 2017 Xmas Crafting but heyho.
Starting with 4 quick cards. Image created in Serif (was actually printing inserts but also had a little play) All four images printed on one A4 MQC stock and cut to size so that matt layer is also only one A4 sheet of hd card stock. Not clear in photo but I have treated them all slightly differently in terms of where I have added glitter.
8″ * 8″ – This one started with an image from HD Xmas little book. It is a nice image but not my style so I challenge myself to use. I cut out the centre image leaving a frame that I have added to an acetate ‘box’. Under I have added a die cut halo and put over the base images, decoupage the inward image from the previously cut out frame ( hope this makes sense). The die cut frames are part of the HD Moonstone range, these particular ones are designed to go with the Little books. The Merry Xmas die is from tonic , part of their bottle wrap inserts.
6″ * 6″ – I also had the topper set etc of the same image so carried on with my challenge to myself. This one is simply using the cut off of the blue HD used on previous card, a linen gold mat plus the topper.
(photo not good, sorry) 7″ * 5″ – Made a bit more effort on this one. Circular topper with a tonic circular die added. The second topper has been created using a different tonic die set. The patterned matt layer is the one deigned by HD to go with this topper set. Gold base, which had the circular topper cut out of it, and the two flashes are some gold glitter wash tape.
Both DL – 1st one is the image from HD card stock (the remaining piece is blue with stars and therefore can easily be used separate from this image ). Added a strip of the gold wash tape and a sentiment. 2nd one is a topper matted onto black. The strip is an offcuts mounted onto a dark purple offcut finished of with a sentiment.
That used up all the images ……
8″ * 8′ Kraft card – There was a piece of card stock left over. I have put gilding wax on edge of card. Black base matt with the card on top. A different image from the Little Book matted onto a HD mirri matt. Gold ribbon with bow plus Xmas sentiment.
In between I also got carried away and sorted my off cuts into colour groups, and threw many bits away as even I do not know why I kept white copy paper off cuts. They are now in poly pockets stored with card stock in the same colour groups. The theory is that I will use up the bits before getting annoyed looking through bits box and just cutting up a new piece of card.
Well plan A went out the window fairly quickly.
You may have noticed that I do have a thing for HunkyDory and I particularly like the Twilight range. Now I was good and avoided the Twilight Sunset range but couldn’t be so strong for the Twilight Forest range.
And here it is the ultimate pack ( toppers, card, lanterns, inserts and little book), with the black mirri and foiled acetate.
I did try to distract myself but taking myself oft to craft.
Two cards that started out as birthday cards for a friends 6year old.
Neither ended up as they were intended on the day and were finished later. Rocker card is now for Xmas and the one with cars as a Well Done card.
Then I set myself a one hour challenge.
Managed 5 simple Xmas cards. Mainly just an image added to a card with simple embellishments.
Still ended up buying the HunkyDory. LOL
As has been pointed out to me I have totally failed the current challenge 🙂
My one and only and for my first attempt at colouring not too bad.
What I have done is a special birthday card that I cannot share for the time being, thereby making a mess which today I have tidied and re-arranged.
Oh forgot the Cuttlebug disaster when it went clunk and no longer worked EEEEEk. However a quick youtube search found the problem and resolution. 30mins later all fixed and I could breath again.
So to today ….. apart from having to tidy I had decided on a bit of re-arranging. My cut’n’boss has lived on my desk all the time I have had it (and was worth the cost when I broke my shoulder) but I find that I use my baby blue or cuttlebug most of the time so felt it needed a new home but still easily accessible.
So here we go a small trip round my crafty space.
The Baby Blue now where the Cut’n’Boss used to be with the plates for the Cuttlebug in a letter rack. On the right is my unit showcased in a previous post now sat on top of a couple of landscape A4 trays that have an A5 storage box lid with my corner punches and clamps on the left and the base with 3D pads of various sizes all to hand. On the bottom is an A4 lid with scraps ready to rifle through. (the base is on another unit with all my acrylic stamping blocks)
Moving round to the left I have two hi-fi units from Argos configured two different ways with my card stash (well most of it). On top of the one in the corner are tubs with embossing folders, HD Little books, miri mats, gilding flakes and Candi. On the other one is my Cutterpillar Crop. The Cuttlebug is happy in its home on the floor very easily picked up to be used.
And turning further round is the Cut’n’Boss in its new home. I have even had cause to use it since I moved it and all is fine. The tubs are full of punches. The small set of drawers have pens such as Wink of Stells with transfer foils in the top drawer. The second shelf is Christmas. In the filing cabinet I keep my card blanks, envelopes and corresponding celo bags.
And just because it would be rude not to ……
While clearing the desk I made these toppers with ‘things’ I found which seemed to go together.
Well today I have dipped a toe into scrapbooking.
This was my original layout. Well technically my second one but really didn’t like the first one at all. The main image is the notice I sent out to Mum’s friends, there was also a letter giving more detail.( I may print it out and fix it under the tags) The tags are the cards that were on the family flowers, fortunately they were all on the same size card and I have a tag die that they fitted. They are held by a brad so you can read them all if needed. Mum loved yellow flowers and always put yellow roses on Dad’s resting place. Having got this far I stopped for lunch so that I came back to it with fresh eyes.
The seed pods and purple are both dried parts of my parents funeral flowers. The spiders web is not yet fixed, it was on my desk and I put it there for fun and I think I like it but the grown up part of my head is saying ‘you cannot put a spiders web on this page’…………… Not sure which part is going to win.
Well I had to tidy properly from last time and what better way than using up the spare bits 🙂
Size 8″ * 8″
Having received my new HunkyDory dies just had to try at least one of them out. It is a shaker card using the new die and some HD snowfall acetate. The addition of a green background and wide xmas ribbon. The sentiment die is also HD, and finally you may recognise THAT die again.
Size 7″ * 5″
Base card has been silver embossed (still magic to watch). Unclear in photo but image is decoupaged with a snowfall acetate dome added.
Size 7″ * 5″
The embossed card was intended to be the base of the previous card but decided I liked it too much to cover so just added a snowflake corner.
Size 8″ * 8″
Left over HD card from last years makes. Added an embossed image, sanded back and silver gilding wax added, mounted on HD rainbow mirri.
Size 7″ * 5″
And to finish the tag is the last bit of of the HD used last week, the image is from the little book just simply matted onto a gold mirri mat on a red card base.
Crafting area is nearly tidy(ish) so might need to do some more today.
Foot Note: I have HunkyDory mats in Rainbow and Gold Little Book size and also Rainbow in 8′ * 8″ and find them invaluable. Depending on what I am adding I often take die cuts out of the centre. The last card I didn’t as I was adding a paper weight topper.
I was not going to Xmas craft today other than to possibly put inserts in and where needed make envelopes, but as they say ‘all good plans’……….
I unwrapped a pack of stencils and the swirly mat was the packaging, couldn’t resist crafting with it. It is a Hunkydory little book image with the top & bottom borders removed (they appear later) My current favourite die cut. The berries are tonic nuvo drops that I made on my glass mat and once set transferred to card.
Hand fussy cut decoupage that I found in the Xmas box, that die again 🙂 . A couple of HD tags and just a simple gold mat.
As simple as it gets. The slightly brown on the bottom has been removed and replaced with filler and sparkles.(The glue although it appeared ‘clean’ obviously had some brown from pin in it, will use a different glue next time)
And finally those two borders added to a gold mat. Backed with some mottled dark red paper and topped with a left over HD topper all from the Xmas scraps box. It needs something else but cannot decide what.
I have also done what I set out to do and all Xmas cards now have inserts and envelopes
As you have seen Mummy’s I thought I would show Nannie’s
As you can see I made a pop-up box.
His favourite bit (once he worked out how it worked) was the smiling moon.
The space elements are fussy cutting of a HunkyDory little book image. I did have a moment of panic about whether I was correct he was 8 (yes I know I was there when he was born so no excuses) The parcel card stock is Kanban, cut into panels and decoupaged. The ‘grey’ is in fact silver wink of stella.