Sunday, 25 November 2018

The Joy of Sets Christmas Blog Hop 2018

Here we are at the last blog hop of the year. This time Fiona who runs the fantastic Joy of Sets Facebook group has set us the hop theme of an 'any brand goes' Christmas card. So out came my freebie Sheena Douglas Winter Wonderland set and I attempted something very different for me.

Before I get into that though, let me just say welcome if you have never been to my blog before and welcome back if you have. I would encourage you to look at all of the blog posts contributed by the JOS hoppers this time by navigating around using the links at the bottom of this post.

So onto the card. For this one I went with a nice big 6 x 5 inch card base using Whisper White by Stampin' Up! I layered Crumb Cake onto this just an eighth of an inch shorter on each side and then my top layer was another Whisper White measuring just an eighth of an inch shorter on each side again. This is the layer where the magic happened.

I took a rectangle of Crumb Cake and a smaller rectangle of Whisper White for my sentiment which is a big bold Winter Wonderland, silver heat embossed and then layered up and attached at the end with dimensionals.

For the main theme of the card I was inspired by magazine examples to silver heat emboss two tree stamps randomly around the paper, creating some depth. Before doing this I used Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry inks and an aqua blender to  create a chilly landscape effect. Dotting around a few Crumb Cake deer added to the feel of the wintry countryside.

And that was pretty much all there was to it and yet it is a very stunning card. I love it and it's very much out of my comfort zone. I know where I could make improvements, my embossing could do with being a little more precise but it's not too shabby.

Thank you so much for dropping by and do please go and check out the work of my fellow hoppers. It's difficult at this time of year with so much going on to find time to join in these wonderfully inspiring challenges so showing a bit of love with a follow and a comment really is appreciated by all of us.

I'll be here with more Christmas papercraft very often in the run up to the big day so come around again if you are one of the lucky ones who manages to have some time on their hands this season.

The video tutorial for this one will go live later today HERE.

Andrea x

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Christmas Slider Card Swap

What fun I've had making this card for a Joy of Sets swap!  I bought in the dies especially from Apple Blossom and while I was at it I got myself a lovely Christmas gnome and dies set too. The theme for this one was Interactive Christmas Card. I opted for the slider as I've never made one before. There is a tutorial on my channel HERE.

Now, I could have not sent this original first attempt because it does feel a little amateurish but I thought "You know what? I'm going to send it and hope that it brings a smile to my swap partner's face with its imperfections" because to me that's just fine to do when it comes to sharing with a crafty friend... let them laugh with you at your 'first evers' before you perfect things and the giggle factor is lost. There are always so many people ready to point out your faults in this world so I say get in first and embrace them!

So for this I went with a nice big 5 x 6 inch Whisper White base layered up Cherry Cobbler and then a piece of DSP from the All is Bright DSP stack. I think... I'm useless with remembering names of things.

I used the channel cutting dies to cut through the three layers on the front, it took a few passes through the Big Shot but worked fine. I stamped and coloured the little snow gnome dude and added his lantern hands and jingle bell to his hat, cutting all of the bits out using corresponding dies.

I made my sentiment using a couple of pieces of cardstock glued together and then stuck one of the 4 circle pieces which I'd die cut to the back. I also stuck one to the back of gnome dude. I then opened up my card and popped the other circle onto the other side through the channels using dimensionals so that there is plenty of slide and rotation and movement going on. I attached a strip of cardstock to the back of the sentiment to act as a pulley.

I popped tons of dimensionals all over the inside left and then covered up the whole mess with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cut just an eighth of an inch shorter on each side than the card base.

When I was finished I added some glitter to the gnome and sentiment and pulled my sentiment all the way to the right and filled the channel with glue and glitter, letting it dry before returning the sentiment to the left side. So now when the little tab is pulled a trail of glorious glitter is exposed!  Would have been much less messy to use some glimmer paper to back it off but that's easy to say in hindsight.

I do love this card and it makes me smile, even when the gnome falls out of his channel. I do hope my swap partner loves it and doesn't feel too let down by its amateurish make up. I hope she feels delighted to be the recipient of my first ever slider card and treasures its imperfections.

I've received my swap from Sarah and it's so beautiful, a gorgeous sideways waterfall card which I just love and which puts my effort to absolute shame.

Thanks for dropping in and have a great day!

Andrea x

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Spirited Snowmen #4 for the Happy Crafters Design Team

So sad that this is the last of my four projects made for the Happy Crafters Design Team using the fabulous Spirited Snowmen stamp set by Stampin' Up!

You can find my other projects in past posts. I had to choose between three possible projects to use for this final one and opted ultimately for this cute card. I do share a rejected option in my video tutorial HERE and have included a photo of it at the end of this post.

I LOVE this one though. Pink, glitter, snowflakes, monotone... I mean come on what more could a girl like me want?

I just loved making this, even though it may not sound like I did in the video which should be uploaded later today. I was soooooo tired! I'd just come back from an extended holiday and had a whole heap of stuff to catch up on and I was crafting into the night, hence the moody lighting.

I must say that the glittery fun of this card lifted my post holiday blues spirits somewhat, but I think it will take a few more days to fully recover.

The card then... it uses all Stampin' Up! products except the glitter which I have had in my stash for a long time. It's a very fine glitter with lots of shades of pink in it. The only other non Stampin' Up! things I used were the glue applicators which were from Craft Stash UK and the clear PVA inside is a PRITT product that I've always got lying around for other crafts that I do. I buy it in huge tubes and squeezed some out into the little applicator. The dies were also from Craft Stash UK but Stampin' Up! has revealed rectangle nesting dies at last in the upcoming new supplementary catalogue.

I used Berry Burst ink and an aqua painter to really get some different tones of the single ink I used on the Very Vanilla card stock. I used it to shade the snowman and to add a tinge of colour to the edges of the top layer.

For my sentiment I opted to print in Berry Burst onto Very Vanilla and just edged off the little rectangle with a thick smudging of the same ink around the edges. I then added it to the bottom right of the card with dimensionals. I put it there because it just didn't look right anywhere else.

I love how it turned out and I really loved using non-traditional Christmas colours. This card is so far up my street with it's delicate patterned background, monotone and delicate spotting of glitter as well as a fresh whimsical hand touched image. It's just so me!

Thank you if you've joined me for all 4 of my projects this month. It's been such fun and I do love really getting to showcase a stamp set, to me there is nothing better than opening a stamp case and finding every stamp used and looking a little battered. It's what they are for.

Take care of yourself and join me again soon.

Andrea x