Monday, 28 November 2011

Card For Priscilla

After a great deal of dithering, I have finally made a card for my BFF.  I'm pretty sure she doesn't read this, which is a good job, as I definitely don't want her to see this before I send it.
When I'm making a card that I know will have to be posted, I tend to be a bit cautious, so I love an opportunity to make a card for someone I know I'm going to hand over in person and so can be a bit more lavish.  I'm prepared to go OTT and make a box for it if it doesn't fit in an envelope.  I was surprised to find this easily fits in, though.
If you're going to make one of these, you'll need two 6x6" card blanks.  Cut the tops off the outside flaps diagonally and stick the card backs together, one inside the other.  Cover the two triangular sections with your chosen DSP and a border using your favourite border punch, then stick one down on top of the other.  Stamp your image and back it with a scalloped border (square works just as well as round) and stick that on the front. 
Make a square insert with a good quality card, (obviously less than 6" so it fits inside) decorate it how you like, but remember, it's got to slide in and out of the pocket easily.  Add your greeting to the inside.
You could be a lot more lavish on the outside than I have been.  I felt the paper was quite busy and didn't want to detract from the stamped image, so left it fairly basic.  If you start adding flowers, you may have to make a box as it's quite chunky by this stage.  
Once again I've used the stamp from Little Claire Designs and am delighted with how versatile it is.
I finally feel that I'm up to date with Christmas card making, but I've realised hubby hasn't given me a list of his colleagues yet, so it's nose to the grindstone for a little while longer.  I hereby vow that I will not be caught out like this next year and faithfully promise to make at least one Christmas card every week throughout the year! 
Have a great week, everyone (and wrap up warm!)
Jane xx

Thursday, 24 November 2011

LIM Theme - Silhouette

Good afternoon blog friends!  How cheerful am I, considering I have raging toothache?!  I am going to have to phone the dentist as soon as I've done this, which is not something I'm looking forward to.  Maybe I'll linger in blogland a while first!
Anyway, I did say yesterday that I had a card to show you that was very quick to make.  As soon as you see it, you'll see why!

I was gazing lovingly at the Less Is More challenge this week, which is to use silhouettes, when I realised I had this stamp (from Little Claire Designs) and hadn't even used it yet.  I am so excited to be able to enter a card on my favourite challenge blog!
I've used the Labels 1 die from Nestabilities to cut the shape and stamp the image on it, then drew round the die on the red card to make the frame.  I do appreciate the irony of buying a set of dies only to draw round one and cut it out by hand, but it's a really easy shape to cut neatly and well worth the effort.  Although I promised not to over use my new Dot Dot Dot stamp I cannot promise the same with these dies as I have wanted them for ages and have seen so many cards I've had to pass up because I didn't have this set, that now I'm going to get my own back and use it for ever
From start to finish I think this card took less than five minutes to make.  Normally I'd feel a bit cheated at spending so little time at my desk, but with Christmas rapidly approaching I'm afraid I was delighted to be done and dusted in such a short time.  If ever you had to do a bulk make, this would be the way to go, wouldn't it?
Thanks for looking in today.  I appreciate each and every one of your comments.
Pop back again soon.
Jane xx

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Cards For Men Challenge # 24

Over on the Cards For Men challenge, they want to see 'Fancy Folds'.  I didn't even know that's what I was doing until I'd finished the card.  I'd been fiddling at my desk for ages and discarded loads of stuff and then got my Rudolph stamps out (from Woodware) and decided to have a play.  This is the result. I think it would make a great card for your brother or uncle etc.  I've been wanting to use this embossing folder for ages, but cut it square instead of leaving it as the usual rectangle.  I am very careful whenever I make a card like this, to make sure it's still going to fit in an envelope.
And I'm obviously in recycling mode, as the red card used is actually from some old file dividers that hubby brought me home from work.  You've got to appreciate a husband that goes through his office, sees some card and thinks, 'Hmm, I know where this should go!'  Well it's better than throwing it away, isn't it?!
This card was quite quick to make, once I'd worked out where to score the fold lines.  But I'll be back tomorrow with a card that was even quicker to make, so pop back soon.
Have a great day, everyone,
Jane xx

Monday, 21 November 2011

Doily Days

I am loving using doilies on my cards.  Here's one I made earlier!
The great thing about this card was that I found another way of using my beautiful Prima 'Melody' papers.  As soon as I saw these I felt that they are the sort of papers you want to use in their entirety, i.e. not cut up at all, but I wasn't sure how to do it.  This turns out to be a very good way.
The card is 6x6 square.  I've covered the inside with one whole sheet.  It's got a beautiful space in it where you could write your greeting.
Then I cut the front of the card in half diagonally, and covered the triangle with another sheet of matching paper, so when the card is closed the front and back line up exactly.  Quite honestly, these papers are so pretty, I could almost have walked away there and not done another thing to them.
But no!  I've added a doily that I've stained with Old Paper distress ink and inked it round the edges.  I've cut a scalloped circle from another paper in the set, and I've cut a circle which I've stamped with tiny flowers.  Then on top of that comes a die cut bird on a branch, in pink glitter card.  I've added a little pink bow top left, which holds my two pins and at the bottom I've stamped a ticket sentiment and stamped WISH on it, with my individual letter stamps.  In a way, this bit pleases me most of all (I'm easily pleased!)
I've got more of these papers, so will definitely be making another similar card.  I'm running out of doilies, though, so wondering if it might be time to invest in a doily die.  The whole thing has turned out with a feel like a beautiful piece of fabric you've found in a trunk in your granny's attic and I'm very pleased with it.  Every so often you make a card and want to cling onto it, don't you?  This is definitely one of those!
Thanks for looking in today.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, I love to hear from you in my little corner of Blogland!
Jane xx

Friday, 18 November 2011

Going Dotty

I can't believe how quickly this week's gone by, and have only just realised that I haven't posted on Wednesday like I normally would. 
I have been having fun with my Dot Dot Dot stamp.  I am so glad I got the Stamp-a-ma-jig at the same time!  Check this out:
Over at the Less is More blog a couple of weeks ago they had a challenge using red and orange.  Loads of people said they didn't like orange.  I was really surprised as I love using orange, as I think this card shows!
Do you have an 'oddments' box where you make a topper or something and then decide it's not quite right for your project but keep it anyway as you know you'll find the perfect use for it one day?  I made this little topper a year ago, and just thought it was cute, so I kept it in my box.  I pulled it out when I made this, and realised it was the perfect thing.
Then I left it for a whole day as I felt it needed a seniment but couldn't decide where to put it.  I felt I'd rather leave it off than do the wrong thing.  It came to me in a flash that I should do a little tag.  I actually sewed it on rather than just tying it.  You'll never guess what I've used... dental floss! 
I can see a lot of uses for this Dot Dot Dot stamp (SU!) so I'm going to have to restrain myself, otherwise it'll be dotty overload!
Thanks for dropping in today, please leave a comment, I love to know what you think.
Have a great weekend, y'all!
Jane xx

Monday, 14 November 2011

Special Blessings

I'd like you to meet the card I made that made me take the plunge with Stampin Up!:
This beautiful dove is from a stamp set called 'Special Blessings.'  As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it and I bought it in the nick of time before it retired.  It comes with a cross in the same design and some sentiments regarding baptisms and weddings.  The cross would be beautiful for a sympathy card and for Easter.
I'd seen this card in a book by Kimber McGray and it's another one of those that took me a month to collect everything together so I could make it.
I've run the white cardstock through my Bigshot with a polka dot embossing folder, then stamped the dove and the polka dots on the kraft card.  I didn't think it was very bright so I heat embossed it with white embossing powder and was very pleased with the result.  The ribbon was a bit of a bargain in Derby market, as it was only 19p a metre.  I decided to splash out (the last of the big spenders!)  Hopefully I can go there again as she had some fabulous buttons, too, which would have made a focal point on a card with very little else.
How do you know if you've made a good card?  I find, if I stare at a card for ages and ages after I've made it, it means it's a good card!  Do you have anything like that where your brain knows you've come up with a good idea?  Or maybe it's just me!!  Let me know. 
I'm off to make a mug of hot chocolate before bed, and to look around at what you've all been up to. 
Thanks for dropping in today, your comments are much appreciated.
Jane xx

Friday, 11 November 2011

Card For Jake

Hi there!  I've had a strange week where I've not been very well at all.  You know you have those times where you make something when you're ill and look at it later and wonder, 'What was I thinking?!'  BUT having said that, I have made a card for my middle grandson's birthday later this month.

The papers are by October Afternoon.  The giraffe is something I've had in my stash since I very first started cardmaking.  The length of him suits this card perfectly.   The wording and the FIVE are stamped with Marina Mist ink, but the true significance of this card, is that it's a gift card, look:

This is made from a piece of double-sided paper 12"x6".  Score it at 3", 6" & 9" and fold along the score lines.  Make sure the middle one points towards you.  Lay it down and cut along the centre score line, but not right to the ends.  Stick down the three sides and cut out a semi-circle with a circle punch.  Your gift card fits in here.  I may put something on the inside left hand side, but I haven't decided what yet. 
The finished card is obviously only 3"x6" so I decided to make a special envelope to go with it, which I'm quite pleased with.  Hope my grandson likes it, anyway, as it was a lot of fun to make, and a  lot easier than it looks.
Thanks for looking in today, don't forget to leave a comment, and have a great weekend!
Jane xx

Monday, 7 November 2011

Christmas Bear (for two challenges)

Hi everyone, I hope you've had a good weekend and enjoyed the fireworks on Saturday (here in the UK.)  I am pleased to say, despite the workload, that I've been able to keep on cardmaking, much to my joy.
A couple of monthly challenges have popped up that have inspired me, so this card is for:
St Luke's Charity Card Challenge     and
Ready-Teddy-Go Challenge.
If you don't know by now, let me tell you that I have a bit of a thing about bears.  There is always room for one more in my house, and always room for one more in my stamp collection.  I tend to use them a lot on cards for my hubby, whether it's birthday, Christmas or our Anniversary.  I tend to buy a new stamp for these occasions, use it on a design for him first, then 'release' it to be used for other people.
This is a Forever Friends bear, which I think I bought from The Glitterpot last Christmas. 
Over at St Luke's they want to see a Christmas card, and for Ready-Teddy they want us to make an easel card, so it was easy to combine the two as you can see.

Stamped Image: The Glitterpot, Forever Friends
Kit: Nellie Snellen circle dies and Nestabilities scalloped circles, Four Frames punch (SU!)
Coloured With: Promarkers: Berry Red, Cardinal Red, Blush, Sandstone etc
Papers: Henbury Lane from Papermania. 
Sentiment: Four Frames (SU!) stamped in red memento ink.  Wording free from magazine.

My stamp-a-ma-jig has just arrived, so I'm very excited and off to have a play with it.  Have a great week, everyone, and thanks for looking in today.  Don't forget to leave me a comment!
Jane xx

Friday, 4 November 2011

Card For Sunday Sketch and Stamp Challenge #79

Helloooo! Hope you are all well.  It's been an extremely busy week and will be now throughout the winter as the horses are in at night, which makes a lot more work for me.  I won't be making a card a day like I have through the summer, it'll only be 2 or 3 cards a week now, especially with no craft class either for the next few weeks.
BUT I have made a card for this week's Sunday Sketch and Stamp Challenge, which has a lovely sketch for us to use.  Here is my card:
You probably all know this image called 'Dropping The Shopping' by LOTV.  I saw it in a magazine last Christmas and absolutely fell in love with it.  The papers are Henbury Lane and the sentiment is by Little Claire's Designs.  I've added glitter to the little girl's hat and coat, and used white embossing powder at their feet, which I find perfect for snow.  I tried some fluffy stuff last year but didn't get on very well with it at all.  Embossing powder really does the trick for me, but if you've used something else you can recommend, I'd love to hear from you!
I am getting on quite well with Christmas cards and am trying not to panic as there isn't long to go.  But on the plus side, it's also time to be looking through those websites and catalogues for ideas for your Christmas list, isn't it?  Hubby has already bought me a subscription to 'Simply Cards and Papercrafts' recently.  The free gift is 48 Promarkers which came in the post on Tuesday.  I've been drooling over all my new colours ever since!  Can't wait for the first magazine to arrive, too.
Well I'd better go and ride before it rains again.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Jane xx