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Monday, 31 December 2018

Butterfly Trellis

I'm trying to use up bits and pieces I have sitting in a box on my desk.  When I make something I often have a couple of goes at stamping, maybe in different colours until I get what I want, then I have the extra bits left over which go into The Box.

This is one stamp with the butterfly stamped in a slightly different colour and cut out.  Scored lines on base card.

Stamp: Kaisercraft
Nesting Die: Spellbinders
Sentiment stamp: magazine freebie













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Saturday, 22 December 2018

Joyeux Noel



This is such a sweet tree with the lime green on black for drama.  This is my absolutely last Christmas card!



Tree die: magazine freebie
Cut from sparkly card
Sentiment die:
Gold cord, gems


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Shelf Elf Says ...


Shelf Elf says are you naughty or nice?  I am waiting to see …




Image: Make It Crafty
Coloured with Copics
Snowflake strip EF: mag freebie
Stamp: Rosie's Studio
Holly die: Creative Dies
Also: Kindyglitz, WoS















Click on pic to see the embossed snowflakes







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Monday, 17 December 2018

Celebrate 10

CONGRATULATIONS INCY WINCY DESIGNS!!!

Incy Wincy is celebrating TEN years!  So the challenge is: CELEBRATE!

We know you will want to celebrate too, so check out the challenge, and be inspired, here: incywincydesigns







Limited Runs is our special sponsor, and this cute image is only one of many, get it here:  limitedrunsstampsBirds Mini Birthday Cake







Image: Limited Runs
Coloured with Copics
EF:
Flags die: Couture Creations
HB sentiment stamp:
Number: made on the computer
Also: Kindyglitz, Glossy Accents, Distress Inks

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Kiwi Christmas Pocket

I made this for a December cardswap on CraftyNZCardmakers (http://www.craftynzcardmakers.yooco.org/.
It had to be a pocket card and include a favourite recipe.
How do you like the paper with santa kiwis?  I chose the colour scheme from the striped paper. The recipe is printed on the computer.























All stuff from my stash.
Various papers, ribbon, peel-off tgold rim
Sentiment stamp heat embossed: magazine freebie


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Sunday, 16 December 2018

O Christmas Tree

I just love using this die, it is so pretty.  I like simple designs, and metallic.
This one's for Bunny.



Die: magazine freebie
Over gold metallic paper
Star stamp: magazine freebie
sentiment stamp: magazine freebie
Also, sparkly ribbon, gem star.













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Saturday, 15 December 2018

Mistletoe

Join us at the Crafters Café for this last challenge of the year - GLITTER AND/OR CHRISTMAS, here:
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Thanks to our amazing sponsor Dr Digi, get it here :
doctor-digi.com/mistletoe



Image: Dr Digi
Die: Couture Creations
Stencil: Rosie's Studio
Sentiment die: Couture Creations
Also: Sparkly Ribbon, Wink of Stella, Mist

I  printed the digital image once on card, once on printer paper.  I cut out the image from paper and used it as a mask to colour the background with Distress Inks (green and blue).  I spritzed with water to make blotches, then misted with silver.
The frame is diecut and stencilled with silver ink.
Glittery shimmer is added with WoS, ribbon.

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Owlish Thanks

A steampunk owl to say thank you.
and a matching envelope (see previous envelope challenge Nov 15).  The branch and leaves are from leftovers/snippets; I often just diecut leaves and put them in a bag for future use so I don't have tiny bits hanging around.


Image: My Stitch Back in Twine
Leaf die:
EF:  magazine freebie
Sentiment stamp: HeroArts
Heat embossed blue
Branch is cut freehand
Also:  Wink of Stella on eyes



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You are wonderful

I thought this card would work for get well or just someone going through a rough patch.

I made the background by first wetting the card, putting colour onto a large acrylic stamp block, then pressing the paper into it. Stenciled the ferns over.    I put a strip of d/s tape along the bottom and rubbed glitter over for some sparkle.  I think it looks very tropical.

Stencil: The Crafters Workshop TCW
Sentiment stamp: Ultimate Crafts














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Circus

This year we decided to give the six smaller grandkids (ages 8-11) an experience rather than more 'stuff' (although they are getting a little something to open which includes chocolates and a little game), so we took them all to the circus - just like herding cats!
So, for Christmas day, to go with their 'opening' presents I made them all cards with photos from the circus.  Inside are photos of the circus acts, a photo of them with poppa at the entrance, and made a little poem.  On the outside I decorated the front to match their present wrapping.  On the boxes of goodies, I diecut labels and put their monogram on.

I hope they like it.


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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Red Meri Kirihimete

Mere Kirihimete is Merry Christmas in Maori.  I used traditional maori colours of red white & black, and used some of the drop-out pieces to embellish the corners as they reminded me of maori koru motifs (emerging fern fronds).


The diecut tree is set on metallic silver.

Die: magazine freebie
Sentiment: Craft Creations
Also, star, ribbon, gems

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Red Bauble triangle box


Another triangle chocolate gift box.  I was given a 12x12 paper with a large design and used it for the triangle box.  It came with a coordinating strip with baubles and sentiments which I also used.


Border punch: Fiskars
Pine needles die: Spellbinders
Bauble cut by hand
Also: Gold ribbon, gems











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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Monday, 10 December 2018

Gold Bauble Chocolates

I have been making these little triangle boxes with chocolates inside for little card-gifts.

I was given the paper which has a large pattern so I got two from it and then some left over.  The baubles and sentiments are from a coordinating strip.

Border punch: Fiskars
Sentiment dies: Spellbinders
Baubles cut by hand.
Also: gem




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No Peeking

One for santa's helpers!



Elf die: Couture Creations
Label dies: Spellbinders
Border punch: Martha Stewart
EF:
Bow

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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Christmas NZ style


Meri Kirihimete is Merry Christmas in Maori, and the flower is pohutukawa.  The huge pohutukawa is known as the NZ Christmas tree as it flowers from about mid December to mid-January and is very pretty with it's bold red flowers with gold tipped stamens and blue-green foliage.


Circle dies: unbranded
Flower die: Craft Creations
Sentiment die:Craft Creations
EF:  Craft Creations
Also: gold Stickles












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Related image
A Pohutukawa tree in flower


Check out this cute video link for insight into a kiwi Christmas!
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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Christmas gift triangle box

Is it a card? Is it a box?   Sort of both!

Each year I  make these little gifts to give that contain chocolates.  They take as much time as a card to make, but really combine card and little gift.

I do them with various messages, and in lots of colourways, just to be interesting for me and make them for any reason (thank you, you're a star etc), and for any time of year.


Sentiment stamp: magazine freebie
Punched border: Fiskars
Flower die: Marianne
Also: papers from stash, magnets to hold closed.





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Tag HOHOHO

Even though here in NZ we have a summer Christmas, this year the weather is crazy.  A friend lives in an area in the South Island where they may well have snow for Christmas or temperatures into the 30's!!!  This is for you Val, wishing you a white Christmas 😀

I used a sketch for the design from Sketch Saturday 542.




Tag die: Amy Tangerine
Sentiment stamp: Craft Stamper freebie
Border die: Couture Creations
Snowflake die:  Couture Creations
(cut from sparkly craft foam)
Snow stencil (white chalk ink): Rosie's Studio

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Crate

A true one-layer card.  Stamped directly onto the base card (some masking) and coloured with Copics.


Stamps: Rosie's Studio
Coloured with Copics
















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Monday, 3 December 2018

Kitty Gift

Incy Wincy challenge is MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND!  The design team have loads of
inspiration and give it go yourself, here:
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Thank you to our wonderful sponsor A Day For Daisies who provided this wonderful image:








Image: A Day For Daisies
Coloured with Copics
Birthday stamp: Inkadinkadoo with white EP
Happy: peel offs
Also: WoStella, Distress Inks, Sparkle Mist

I made the background by smooshing distress inks, misting and dabbing, and misting with sparkle.



Click on to see it sparkle  >








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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Candycane




Candy cane is very sweet, too sweet for me, but I roughly crush it and bake it into biscuits/cookies - and they look so pretty and taste so minty.

Here is a clean & simple card with only one colour.

All stamps: magazine freebie set.
Heat embossed with Black and White EP
Silver yarn


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