Looking Through The Church Window

Hello Crafters

I know I was absent last weekend, but Peter and I was having a well derseved weekend break, our first one, and then when we got back to reality, you guessed it, we had to pull our socks up and get our house in order. We did however have a lovely weekend away in Norfolk at a little place called Market Thorpe. The hotel, The Green House, was out of this world and if you ever get the chance to go there you absolutely must! It was a first class beautiful little B & B, and I doubt if you will find a more welcoming place. The breakfast was scrummy and all from local resources, so treat yourself and go and have a wonderful time….we just did 🙂 Big thank you to Liam and Alan for looking after us so well!!!

Although we was only away for 2 days, I missed my crafting, so as soon as we were back, Pete went off down the allottment and I went in the craft room! We are never without something to do, and I always like to be busy, so for us to do absolutely nothing for two days was quite a feat!

On my return, I started to think about an idea that had been rumbling around for some time, and it turned out really well:-

Xmas WindowINGREDIENTS:

  1. EMBOSSING FOLDER – Tim Holtz Texture Fades Brick
  2. DIES: Spellbinders Window ThreeMix ‘ n ‘ Match Ornaments
  3. PUNCH: Martha Stewart Branch Punch
  4. CARD: Gold Pearlescent, White 300 gsm, Dark Green, Acetate
  5. INK: Peeled Painted, Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Ink, Clear Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder
  6. ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Icicles Stickles, Internal church scene i.e. manger scene.
  7. TOOLS: Heat Gun, Cosmic Shimmer Clear, Hot Glue Gun, Repositionable Tape or Magnetic Mat for cutting machine.

RECIPE:

  1. Make a top fold card base using gold pearlescent card 14 cm x 11 cm
  2. Using a piece of 13.6 cm x 10.6 cm white card, place the Windows Three die where you want the window on your card front. You may need a magnetic mat or repositionable tape to hold in place. Once cut, remove the die but leave the window in the die ready to emboss your window, then emboss with brick folder.
  3. Emboss the window.
  4. Using the Antique Linen distress ink, lightly add colour all over, and then with peeled paint distress ink, add to edges and small areas to create an old wall.
  5. Using Pumice Stone distress ink, colour the window.
  6. Cut a piece of acetate to cover the window opening and glue window to acetate.
  7. Place a scene of your choice behind the window and glue in place. Foam mount the brick and window in place on the front.
  8. Punch 30 branch pieces and randomly adhere to the card front to make it look like bushes/trees. I used a hot glue gun to adhere to the card so they would stay in place.
  9. Cut and emboss a christmas bauble. Stamp Sentiment on bauble with clear versamark ink and heat emboss with gold powder. Adhere to front of card.
  10. Decorate as desired.

For the inside of the card I used the same scene as the window, just enlarged it to fit the card, and mounted on gold pearlescent card. I decorated with another bauble and sentiment.

Here is a side shot of the card so you can see the depth of the branch punch.

Xmas window close up

It looks really good and very Christmasy, but was quite quick too.

I have made lots of other cards that  I will be posting soon but have a go at this yourself and let me know how your card turns out, always love to hear from you.

Hugs

Kim x

 

Christmas Bauble

Hello Crafters

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend, and I most certainly, had a creative one!

I am working on a couple of things right now, and I soooo want to share them with you, but I cannot spoil the surprise, but be assured as soon as I can, you will see them!

So, I am left with a little experiment I wanted to try…and yes….it is a christmas card. Don’t run away, it is so simple to do and I am sure you will like to have a go!

Xmas bauble

Told you it wasn’t that bad…..here’s how I made it.

INGREDIENTS

RECIPE:

  1. Stamp Bauble and greeting onto white card and allow to dry. Leave a large gap on the bottom of the greeting to add edging.
  2. Make a card base in silver card 18.7 cm x 13.3 cm
  3. Cut 2 no pieces of red card 18.3 cm x 12.8 cm.
  4. Cut 2 no pieces of white card 17.9 cm x 12.4 cm and emboss both with Winter Wonder A Side.
  5. Cut and emboss Festive Holly Dies.
  6. Matt and layer white embossed card onto red card twice. Adhere red ribbon around the base of the card with double sided tape. Use one for the inside.
  7. Using white flower soft, glue to the top and randomly down the card.
  8. Using the holly die cuts, colour the berry’s red. Fold the little leaves gentle in half to give depth. Then glue to the top of the card to form branch from either side overlapping. I snipped a couple of holly leaves off and attached to the branch end to hide the beginning of the die cut.
  9. Colour the bauble with silver and red. I cut mine out by hand, but if you have the die, cut and emboss. Mount onto foam pads at the point where the branches meet. Hot glue ribbon to the top.
  10. Using the sentiment, add an edge along the bottom with the edger punch. Punch the corners with the corner punch. Using the red pen, run along the edge all the way round the sentiment. Adhere to the front of the card with foam pads. Hot glue ribbon to sentiment.

Xmas bauble detail

I tried to show the snow flower soft, hope you can see it!

Well that’s it for now, but please pop back, I will hopefully be posting one of my bigger projects soon and look forward to seeing you then 🙂

Hugs Kim x

Thanks Mum!

Thank you mum

Hello Again Crafters!

Nothing for a while and two come along at once lol 🙂

I couldn’t post this before as it hadn’t been received by the intended recipient, but now it has, I can post and show – and I am quite proud of this one. It was based on the amazing Becca Feeken card, but I didn’t have all the dies so I had to improvise and it came out really well and I hope to make another soon, but for now here is how.

INGREDIENTS:

RECIPE:

  1. Cut and emboss 6 no smaller filigree corners and very lightly ink with the peeled paint and then the versa ink to the raised areas. Cut the foam pads into small pieces stick to the back of the filigree corners ready to mount.
  2. Using a magnetic mat or removable tape if you don’t have a magnetic mat, cut and emboss a frame using Labels Thirty Two but do not remove from the dies after cutting. While still in the dies, using the Peeled Paint and the Laurel Leaf ink until you have a greeny grey antique look to the exposed part of the frame. When happy, remove the dies and wipe off the ink from the die. I use baby wipes or soapy warm water.
  3. Cut out the flower parts and make the flower, put to one side to dry.  Click here to get instructions.
  4. Make a card base 21.5 cm x 12.7 cm in cream.
  5. Cut 2 no pieces of cream card 21.1 cm x 12.2 cm.
  6. Cut 2 no pieces of Mocha Brown Card 20.7 cm x 11.8 cm.
  7. Cut 2 no pieces of background paper 20.3 cm x 11.4 cm. Mount onto Mocha Brown card. Place ribbon around and secure at the back of the brown card. Mount onto Cream Card with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue.
  8. Lay the filigree corner dies out temporarily and find where you wish to stamp your sentiment. You can use your inked frame as a guide. Stamp sentiment with Black Stazon Ink.
  9. Starting from the middle and work your way out, mount the filigree die cuts above leaving the middle exposed to show the stamped sentiments.
  10. Mount the inked frame around the centre on foam pads.
  11. Decorate to finish.

I really enjoyed making this card, and I was told , the recipient loved receiving it!

It just goes to show that we need not rush out and buy something because someone else has used it in their design. There is always a way round, we just have to use our wonderful imagination and creative ability.

Have a wonderful evening

Hugs Kim x

Wonderful Things

Hello Crafters!

What have we all been up to lately? I really didn’t realise how long it had been since my last post. Life seems so busy right now, and never seem to get 5 minutes. I could so do with retiring, I am just tooooo busy to work 🙂

In my defence I have been making cards and knitting ( or attempting to!) so I have been creating the whole time. Of course Christmas is quickly and swiftly edging towards us so I have been working with different ideas on that too.

Yesterday I attended my first ever card class, and it was great to meet like minded people and to learn a few different things, which has helped to inspire me again. So today I created this card, which was very simple to do and didn’t take too long.

wonderful things snip

 

INGREDIENTS:

DIES: Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honour, Majestic Labels Twenty Five, Romantic Rectangles Two, Filigree Delight

EMBOSSING FOLDERS: Spellbinders Framed Petite Labels

STAMPS: Lily of the Valley Inspirational Sentiments, Decorative Stamp

INK: Versa Pinecone

CARD STOCK: Papermill – 260 gsm Buff & Cream Linen Card

ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Pearls, Flowers

Tools: Cutting & Embossing Machine, Hot Glue Gun, Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Double Sided Sticky Tape, Various Sized Sticky Foam Pads

RECIPE:

  1. First using cream card, make a card base 14 cm x 14 cm.
  2. Cut a Buff coloured card 13 cm x 13 cm twice (One for the inside).
  3. Cut 2 no cream coloured card 12.6 cm x 12.6 cm and emboss one piece with Framed Petite Labels. Keep the decorative element in the centre of the card so it can be hidden with the die cuts. Using the double sided sticky tape, glue to buff card. Place ribbon around and glue to back. Mount onto the front of your card.
  4. Mount the two remaining pieces and adhere to inside of card using Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue. Decorate as desired.

When you have cut all the following pieces, do a dry run first to see where you want to adhere your pieces:

  1. Using cream card, cut and emboss 4 no pieces of the corner die from Filigree Delight. Arrange these onto front of the card making sure that they sit equally to show decorative edge, and space so that the remaining die cuts can be placed over the top.
  2. Cut and emboss the second largest die from Majestic Labels Twenty Eight.
  3. Using buff card, cut and emboss the third largest die from Romantic Rectangles Two. Stamp sentiment and decorative stamp as desired.
  4. Mount the Romantic Rectangles die cut onto the Majestic Elements Die Cut. Mount with 3mm foam pads so that the Filigree Delight die cuts edges are seen behind.
  5. Decorate as desired.

wonderful things

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Hugs Kim x