Saturday, 16 December 2017

Painted Harvest for a Christmas Wreath

Here at cards and a cuppa HQ I have been furiously trying to get the last of my Christmas makes finished these last couple of days, I think I have just 5 more cards to make! How is your Christmas crafting going?
Anyway, for my last class of this year, a few weeks go, we used the Painted Harvest stamp set and one of the projects we made was a set of mini (3"x3") cards (that could also be tags). I've loved seeing so many wonderful ideas around using with Painted Harvest (which is carrying over, yay!), including this idea of a Christmas wreath. As this was a late class (after autumn)  I knew I just had to show my customers this too! I teamed the cards with a matching pizza box to either store or gift them in, let's see...
I used Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler with a gold heat embossed sentiment from Labels Of Love.
I used one of the mini card fronts to make a topper for the pizza box.
And they were a big hit at class too!
Right, I'm off for today and I'll try my very best to get another post for you tomorrow too :-)
Thanks so much for looking today,
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Watercolour Christmas for Inspire. Create. Colour Challenge #007

Hello there,
It's time again for another Inspire. Create. Challenge and this week (#007) is a colour challenge :-)
I couldn't resist using the Watercolour Christmas* stamp set (again) for this weeks card...
*Just £13.60 right now!
 I cheated slightly as I added copper embossing powder to this card, but metallics are a neutral, right? ;-)
TIP: Don't forget to use your embossing buddy before you stamp and emboss to stop the stray powder sticking where you don't want it to!
 So, if you've coloured on crumb cake card before you'll probably already know this but for those who haven't I made a little tips picture. I'll rewrite it below for those using translate on here too :-)
TIP 1: To make your colours pop more on crumb cake card colour the image with white craft ink first, blot then leave to dry (or speed it up with a heat tool) before colouring with ink (pad or refill). For this card, I used Tranquil Tide and Pear Pizzazz.
TIP 2: Keep just one blender pen for using with white craft ink as it clean off the nib easily. I add a little post-it-note tape note wrapped with sellotape to this pen.
 I used another mini boxwood wreath and added some cute tinsel trim (for the Real Red in this colour challenge), I love this trim and it's in the upcoming catalogue in some yummy new colours :-) I was so happy to see this!
**Message me if you'd like a copy of the upcoming Spring/Summer catalogue**
 OK, I was asked by a couple of people when I shared THIS card last week, how I attached the wreath so I made another little picture tutorial for you :-D
Start by making a heart shape with the wreath by unravelling it and creasing it in half, this will be the bottom of the heart. Fold the sides into the top to make a heart and using a mini stapler (mine's a Bambi by Rexel), staple the top two pieces to your card front. Add any ribbon by stapling at approx 15cm or 6" over the first staple but leave the other end attached to the reel (on the right), tie in a bow around the staple and trim. This will make this wreath and bow very secure with no chance of it falling off in the post. You can use this method to attach any ribbon, to any card ;-)
  TIP: Make sure the second staple is slightly offset from the first.
 And so that's today's card!
Don't forget to hop over to the Inspire. Create. Challenge blog and see what the other DT have made with these colours :-)
We'd all love if you joined in with us for this challenge and share your makes with us!
Thanks for looking today,
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Jar of Love and Large Letter Framelits for a Wedding Card.

Hi there,
I'm back again! That's three days in a row, get me! lol.
I have another wedding card today and, yet again, I used the Large Letter framelits. The brief was blues, the same as the happy couples invite, and lots of flowers.
 So, let's see today's wedding card in all it's finest...
 To make this card start with thick white card and ensure its at least as long as your card (here it was 21cm).
TIP: If you stamp on card that is longer than you will need you can avoid any ooops' you may have made stamping, when you die cut the letters.
Lay one of the letters on the card piece and measure where you want the stamping to come up to, mark a line, lightly, in pencil. Stamp below the line using the small flowers and stems from Jar of Love...
 ...erase the line and then die cut "Mr & Mrs" using the Large Letter framelits. I love these dies for making any card a truly personal card. Adhere to the card front with foam strips or dimensionals.
TIP: Use a ruler (or straight edge) to butt the letters up to, when adhering, to ensure they are perfectly straight.
 I tied a double strand of navy twine (retired) and silver thread around, under the letters.
I'm not going to lie, I found this super tricky and its not something I will be doing again in a hurry, lol. It does look pretty though.
 I also decorated the top of a card box to match and added folded tissue paper. I think a special, personalised card like this can be part of your gift, as I'll share with another card in the next few days ;-)
 And one final photo for today!
Well, that's it for today! I hope you are enjoying all these Large Letter Framelits cards I'm sharing because I have at least one (maybe two) more in the next few days???
Anyway, that's all for today, back soon with more..
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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Boxwood Wreath Heart

Today I have a card I made a while back (again) using these adorable mini boxwood wreaths (AC. Page 113 and just £5.50 for 12) and they are another, "not just for Christmas" item. I think this would make a great card. Too soon? lol...
Anyway, how about a special wedding card or just an I love you...
 How cute are these wreaths?
TIP: I secured this wreath and ribbon to a die cut square of white card using a mini staple ;-)
 This ombre effect is fun and easy to achieve but watercolouring a small piece of thick white card, adding more colour to the bottom, leaving to dry, then die cutting. I then die cut two more "love" sentiments from white card and stacked them to add a little more oomph to this sentiment.
 I added little die cut, same colour strips from the "Little Loves" dies (part of the Little Wild bundle) behind the front square.
TIP: If (like here) your topper is as long or longer then these strips simply cut them in half and adhere to the card so they poke out each end.
 And one more picture, just because!
Can I say I really love this card? Because I totally do and I love it when that happens :-)
OK, back tomorrow with another card, I hope you get a chance to be creative today!
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