Chocolate Christmas Cards

Thursday, 30 October 2008

I'm doing my first craft fayre in November with my mum. I wanted to make something Christmassy for the children that wouldn't take to long to make. You never know how your first fayre will go. The cards were made with odds and ends I had, plus some chocolate shapes I bought in my local supermarket.

Christmas Chocolates 1

Christmas Chocolates 3

Christmas Chocolates 5 Christmas Chocolates 4

Christmas Chocolates 2

Materials Used - White cardblanks, Assorted Christmas papers, Versa Magic chalk ink pads, Alphabet and Christmas stamps, Ribbon, Foam Christmas shapes, Gold star brad, Fabric star, Gold and silver Christmas peel offs, Chocolate shapes.

Chirper Challenge No 7

Chirper Challenge 7 WM

I kept this card simple, just a flower and some nice papers. We had to use staples on our card, but because it was girly I didn't want to use to many.

Materials Used - - White cardblank, Bitty Scrap Pads Soft Serenity marble paper, K&Co Designer Mat Pad Classic paper, Cuttlebug and Sizzix Flower Tag die, Cricut and Opposites Attract cartridge, Ribbon, Alphabet stamps, Black chalk ink, Brad, Black gel pen, paper pricker, half pearls, staples.

American Football 75th Birthday Card

Sunday, 26 October 2008

I made this card for my Dads 75th birthday.American Football WM He loves American football, especially the San Francisco 49ers.

Materials Used - White Cardblank, Red,green cream and black card, Cricut plus Paper Doll Dress Up and Plantin Schoolbook and George and Basic Shapes carts, Red fibre, Pencils and chalks, Black and white gel pens, Black chalk ink, Mini alphabet stamps.

I got the idea on how to cut the football shirt from Anna Rodriguez, a member of the Cricut forum.

Here is the cut file for the shirt - I used Plantin Schoolbook. The shirt fits a doll 3 inches high. I cut off the arms of the doll and moved them out a bit so there was room to hold the ball.

Kami Sweetie

Friday, 24 October 2008

Kami Sweetie

I was asked by a colleague at work to create a birthday card for a girlfriend. She asked for red, hearts, bling and the words Kami Sweetie as it's her nickname. I started with very red hearts but felt it was a bit to Wedding/Valentine, so I went for a more maroon red. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the hearts and a swirl stamp for the border. I added glitter to the swirls. I then finished it off with ribbon and beads.

Materials Used - Cream cardblank, Maroon cardstock, Cricut with Opposites Attract, Cuttlebug with Curls and Swirls Embossing Folder, Swirl Stamps, Chalk Ink, Glitter, Ribbon, Eyelets, Bead wire, Beads, Half Pearls.

Chirper Challenge No 6

Thursday, 16 October 2008

For this challenge we used the following sketch, a flourish and the colour brown. I love using buttons so they were added and lovely autumn colours.

Materials Used - Brown and green cardstock, Basic Grey Archaic papers, George and Basic Shapes and Stretch your Imagination carts, assorted buttons, assorted fibres, brown chalk ink, ribbon, staples.

Chirper Challenge 6

Chirper Challenge 6 sketch

Paper Doll Cards

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

I recently bought the Paper Dolls cartridge. I nearly didn't buy it but I'm so glad I did. It is such fun and there are so many things you can do with it.

WSB Challenge 1The 1st card, You're so Sweet, was made for the Whimsical Scraps and Bugs 1st challenge. I was delighted to be chosen to design for them. Check out all the designs on the blog.

I really enjoyed making this card, the papers are such fun and I made the sweets too.

I've had a few people ask me how I made the sweets. Here it is - I cut 3 small ovals of chipboard and covered them with glitter paper. I then cut 3 small rectangles of cellophane (I used a bag that I sell my cards in) wrapped them round the ovals, twisted the ends and tied with metallic thread.

Materials used - Yellow and red cardstock, Orange, brown and black paper, Yellow, orange and brown glitter paper, DCWV Glitter Sweet Stack, Cricut plus Paper Doll Dress Up and George and Basic Shapes, Mini Alphabet stamps, Chipboard, Cloud White and Pink Petunia chalk inks, Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks, Coloured Pencils, Silver and gold thread, Cellophane, Fibre, Green eyelets.

Joshuas 18Card 2- Hooray I'm 18, was made for my sons 18th birthday. This was the 1st card I made with the cart. He always wears check shirts and skinny jeans, so I tried to match the doll as best I could.

Materials used - Brown cardstock, Basic Grey Archaic papers, Paper Doll Dress Up cart, Mini Alphabet stamps, Chipboard, Brown chalk ink, Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks, Coloured Pencils, String and Rafia, Orange eyelets.

Gone FishinCard 3 - Gone Fishin, was made for a colleague at work. Her son has just been promoted in the fishing industry and wanted me to make a fishing card. Another excuse to use the cart ...... I thought.

Materials used - Blue cardstock, papers, Paper Doll Dress Up cart, Mini Alphabet stamps, Chipboard, Blue chalk ink, Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks, Coloured Pencils, String and Rafia, Blue eyelets

My Stamping Efforts

Thursday, 2 October 2008

I've never been good at stamping but I've decided to keep trying. I've discovered clear stamps and much prefer these to the wooden ones. I saw a technique in a magazine, where you mask off part of the card and stamp in the space. I'd never done this before and was pleased with my efforts. I transferred the idea to the flower, by inking and stamping onto plain white paper. I then cut a square out and glued it onto card. I then ran this through the Cuttlebug using the Sizzix Flower Tag die. The first card was for my sons girlfriends 21st birthday. She loved it.

Sams 21st
Materials Used - White square cardblank, Cuttlebug plus Curls and Swirls alphabet, Sizzix Flower Tag die, Black, orange and lemon inks, Black ribbon and fibres, White paper, White and black card, Brad, Peach half pearls, Peel off, Black permanent marker

Black and Lemon Card
Materials Used - White square cardblank, Cuttlebug plus Curls and Swirls alphabet, Scribble Flower and Wavy Square, Black, lime and lemon inks, White half pearls, White paper, White and black card, Black fibres, Black brads, Black eyelet

Back from Florida and spent to much!!

I've just got back after 2 fantastic weeks in Florida. 90 degrees everyday, glorious sunshine and I've spent far too much! Some of the things I wanted, I just couldn't get in the shops such as the new Cuttlebug folders and a Pull-ez. But I decided to make my own after seeing the idea on the Cricut forum. I'm really pleased how it turned out. The bag came from Walmart and I just punched holes in it with an eyelet punch. I've actually got more holes in it than the one you buy.

Michaels had a Cricut cartridge sale on while I was there. Most carts for $40. I was only going to buy 2 but I bought 4 - Paper Doll Dress Up, Opposites Attract, Stretch Your Imagination and Beyond Birthdays. They are so much cheaper than buying in the UK. I also bought rub-ons, ribbons, brads, paper stacks, stamps and other bits and pieces. I now need to stop spending and get creating.