Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Pion Design Christmas in Norway

I love making tags and so I had to include one in our Christmas workshop.
This is  one of Graphic 45's Cream tags decorated with the most beautiful papers from Pion. The tags all came from the same collection and are cut from a 12 x 12 sheet. The poinsettias and foliage were from my own stash and I have had them so long, I can't remember where I got them from but they are gorgeous because they are so small and delicate.

A few die cut sparkly snowflakes (and of course lots of inking going on) and some rich tartan ribbon (@woodware) complete this little treasure.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Happy Christmas Wishes

Here's another sample from our Christmas days.

The large mixed messages stamp is one of Woodware's (@woodware)gorgeous clear stamps and has been stamped with Graphic 45 ink in Dark Cashmere. The Christmas Rose/ Helibore corner is a beautiful stamp from Oak House Studios, designed and made by my dear friend Lynnda. It has been stamped twice, coloured and then layered. A touch of Stickles highlights the centres.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Acrylic Accents

Having spent some really fun time recently with Susan Frase of Clear Scraps, I have rediscovered my love of acrylic in cards and albums. It is one of those products that most people shy away from, perceiving that it might be a bit difficult to work with. Actually it is really easy and fun to use and gives your projects a one of a kind look. It can quite simply be treated like any piece of card and all methods applied in the same ways.

So here are some simple makes that use acrylic as an accent.

So we have Clear Scraps acrylic in 12 x 12 sheets and these are perfect for chopping up and using on cards.

The first ones are based on a design I made with Susan and adapted slightly for us to use.
The front of the card is substituted with acrylic, attached by a fold over section at the top. The Happy Christmas is a Sue Wilson die and has Stick-It adhesive applied to the back before cutting so it is very clean when stuck to the clear acrylic. Paper is layered back & front to hide any adhesive application and finished with a couple of banners and some cord. Really easy but just nicely different.

 Again, replacing the card front with acrylic sheet, the card front has a torn edge which has been glittered, a Marianne die-cut bauble and a Spellbinder's label with a stamped message. A pretty paper is attached behind the front of the card to hide all the workings.

On this card an aperture has been cut and replaced with an acrylic window with a peel off village scene attached. The card is a window box and has been decorated with Craftwork Cards paper from their Mistletoe collection.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Here I have used a "colour your own" topper from Hobby House. These are produced by their own designers but left uncoloured so you have the fun in adding your own colour scheme to them.
With the current trend in adult colouring books, these are a sure winner.
The Merry Christmas greeting is a rub on, applied to a punched circle and then a scalloped circle.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Here, I have again die-cut the Hobby House topper and layered it with an aperture cut using the fantastic Little B circle set. Hobby House backing design and some gems, ribbon and sparkle complete the card.

A similar card using Little B square dies this time, Hobby House backing card, ribbon and a bit of sparkle too.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Quickie Christmas cards

         The samples I am showing you over the next few days are all from our quick & easy Christmas card workshops. These are really fun days when we make a bundle of cards, none of them too involved - which, let's be honest, is what we need at Christmas. The classes are designed to give you lots of inspiration and ideas to take home to reproduce quickly and still produce lovely cards and projects.

Hobby House Toppers.

I really love Hobby House products. They are really nice quality, reasonably priced and give great results.

 Here I have die cut the ready made topper to change its shape. Added a spotty, embossed background, some gems, ribbon and sparkle   ( I wish you could see that in the picture - it's very pretty ).

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