Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Magic of Christmas

I wanted to capture a magical and warm feeling on my card, what better way than to create a wreath of snowflakes! There is something so wonderfully magical about snowflakes dont you think?
So I pulled out all the snowflake punches, dies and chipboard I had.
I started out with the chipboard since they would take most of the prep. I sprayed them with Studio Calico white ink and then added a coat of Stickles.. Then I cut out some pink felt snowflakes with my dies. And finally cut out a few random vellum and card stock snowflakes.

For the card base I first masked out a circle and then stamped the base with my Hero Arts magical background stamp with some Versamark ink (yep I wanted it to be magical and I was gonna get magical!!) ha ha:-).
Then I took off the circle mask and used my Calico white spray and randomly spritzed my base to create a snowy feel, just like Lucy Abrams did in this video..

Now it's time for embellishing. I laid down all the elements to see how I could position them and then carefully stuck them down with glossy accents. (This was the only adhesive I rely on when I need something to stay put)

As you can see, I filled in the gaps with buttons and pearls. I love the way it looks now!
Oh, btw.. Those silver glitter stars are made by printing a couple of stars on white card stock, cutting them out and applying a coat of Silver Stickles on them:-)

Then I wrapped a strip of vellum on the base, and then topped with some twill tape( because it goes so perfectly with Kraft) and finally layered the stamped sentiment.

With a final bit of'stitching' and a ribbon bow, my card was done!

Thanks for dropping by today, hope you have a crafty and fun weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Supplies list:

Hero Arts stamps- Joy to all( clear sentiment stamp set) and the Magical Background cling stamp
Snowflake dies by Die-namics
Snowflake punch by Martha Stewart
Chipboard snowflakes by Maya Road
Felt from craft supplies shop on Etsy
Pearls- Hero Arts and Keiser craft
Buttons- Basic Grey
Ink- Studio Calico
Stickles by Ranger
Glossy Accents used as adhesive
White Gel pen

Friday, November 25, 2011

A sweet treat

One more, yes, you guessed it:-) Gingerbread men!!

I just could not resist making this square card with him.. I used a bit of patterned paper and a pink snowflake to change things up a bit:-) Again, using more My Minds Eye paper from last years 'I Believe' paper collection. I love the little Christmas tree and the red polka dot paper, I made a very simple grid background as a setting for my sweet little gingerbread cutie;-)

I'm keeping the post short so that I can go make more cards with my free time this weekend!
Hope you have a good weekend too!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ginger treats and Candy canes

Hi there!

More Christmas cards are being made.. and I am also getting together my 'Journal your Christmas' project goodies ready. Last year I signed up, but never completed. So this year I am going to make an actual effort to get this done! You should do it too.. Hop over to Shimelle's blog to find out the details:-)

So now onto the card...

I love this My Minds Eye paper from last year (I believe) still got loads left over. I used my gingerbread men and this perfect Penny Black sentiment to create this. The stripy patterned paper is my candy cane element:-), kept the design real simple and also added a hand drawn garland to decorate it up.

I just cant seem to get enough of this gingerbread stamp by Hero Arts!

Thanks for looking:-)


Stamps- Hero arts and Penny Black
Ink- Ranger distress ink
Patterned paper- My Minds Eye

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Warm Cocoa Moments

How has your November been going so far? The weather seems to be changing over here in the tropics:-) I do declare I get the cool Christmassy breeze, Finally! Yay! It's here!

Here is a card, simple by design.. But truly captures what is important during the holidays.. warm cosy moments. I made this card for my husband because he generally likes very CAS designs:-) I had to photograph this on the sly so he wouldn't see this! he he

I stamped some faint snow flakes in a powder blue to decorate the white space.. I also added some Stickles here and there..

Here is a close up of the little mug of coffee.. I 'wrapped' my candy cane around it and also added Glossy accents to make the chocolate look liquid! It turned out real nice! ( I then added a grey shadow with my Copics under the mug, you cant see it in this pic but if you scroll back up, you will see it quite well in my first photograph)

Hope all your preparations and planning for Christmas is well underway:-) so far I am really enjoying getting my cards ready one by one:-)

Supplies list:

Stamps- Cosy Moments, Decorate You both by Hero arts
Colour medium- Copics
Accents- Stickles Glitter, Glossy Accents both by Ranger

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 14, 2011


Hi there, sharing a quick post on another entry for this months HA challenge:-) I used my brand new clear set with this pretty little angel, adorable isn't she? I love an image that can be coloured or paper pieced! How fun!

If you are wondering about the two sets of images,.. it has to do with the fact that the first time I shot this card, colours didn't really come out well and looked a bit faded, so I thought I'd take another shot at properly photographing it:-) Which photograph do you like better? The one with the white background or the one with the teal background?

Here's a close up of the layered snowflake embellishment I created. I used a snowflake die and cut out a blue felt snowflake, layered it with a painted, glittered Maya road snowflake and adhered with some twine:-) I also used a Christmas tree pin to dress it up further..


Stamps- Holiday sayings, Sprinkle your holiday clear acrylic stamps by Hero arts.
Chipboard- Maya Road
Patterned paper- My Minds Eye ( Lush Collection)
Cardstock- Bazzil
Stick pin- Maya Road

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Peek-a-boo tag

Hi again! I have been wanting to add a tag as an entry to this months HA challenge, finally got it done with some leftover little gingerbread men I had made for another card (which I would post soon).
I love manila tags, I have a whole heap I plan to use to recreate this design in bulk, that's why I kept the design a little less fussy:-) And with all the stamping, it's cost effective and easy on the budget, since during Christmas expenses go through the roof!

Let's take a look at this little cheeky tag:-)

I used some red ink to get all the snowflakes stamped added the sentiment and then adhered the little gingerbread men with foam adhesive.

I left one little guy peeking from the side!!!

Here is a closer look...

I also decorated the back.. This is where I plan to write a personal message and the 'to and from'..

Hope you liked this post:-)
It sure was fun creating it!


Stamps- Christmas Trio, Joy to all, Holiday sayings, Get Merry ( all by Hero Arts)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Merry Trio

Happy Saturday everyone!! Are you excited to get crafting today? Here is a little something I created to add to my batch of Christmas cards this year:-)

I used the same basic sketch for all three cards. And used matching patterned paper and ribbon to create a set. Take a look:-)

I used my favourite Lawn Fawn stamp set to get the Polaroid element on my card. I love how it created the backdrop for a perfect little holiday scene!

The first card features the Fluffles stamp by Stampendous. I also used a Hero Arts stocking stamp and a little pine bough to dress this card up. A little stickles was added to the stocking rim as well as the felt on the Santa's hat:-)

Can you see the glitter on the stockings and the hat?

For this card I wanted to use some ornaments, again I used my pine bough from the CL366 set
(Decorate you) and added a branch to house my ornaments.
I stamped and coloured my ornaments and added a clear coat of Glossy Accents to give them an authentic look. I also placed a feline friend from the same set too, and gave him a cosy paper pieced scarf!

I really love how those ornaments look so 'glassy' and dont you adore the cute tiny attacher used to hold the ribbon in place? I love that it gives a home made look!

For my last card I used the pine bough from the same 'Decorate you' stamp set and stamped a whole Christmas tree, inking it in two shades of Chalk ink. I tested it out on a piece of scrap paper just to get a feel of it.

I like how it turned out, all I had to do then was dress it up with some HA pearls and red Stickles. I also added a chubby penguin that I coloured and paper pieced and also a few snowflakes!

Here is a close up:-) Dont forget to click the photographs to see them close up!

Hope you liked them:-) Sorry bout the long post though!

Supplies used:

Stamps- Decorate you, Sprinkle your holidays, Holiday sayings all by Hero Arts
Say Cheese by Lawn Fawn
Copics for Colouring
Patterned paper by Basic Grey , SEI
Ink- Memento black ink, Colorbox Chalk ink

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Merry little gingerbread

Hope you have been feeling the Christmas breeze these days, I am yet to experience it:-( Anyways, to get me in the spirit I have been crafting up a storm! This is one of my little creations from last morning.

Tonnes of paper piecing, just the way I like it. A little note though.. You might want to distress the background before you start piecing the image:-) That way you wont get any ink on the buildings.. Luckily I remembered that!

For this card I used some Basic Grey Oliver patterned paper. It's patterns are surprisingly perfect for Christmas! ( The red stripe is by Kaiser Craft)

I curved my sentiment on my stamping block before I stamped it, it was initially straight.. That's the beauty of using clear stamps, so many possibilities:-) The reason behind it was that, my whole card was looking rather linear with the buildings and background paper and I wanted to make it a bit more lighter and fun.


Stamps- Silly Scape, Christmas Trio, Joy to all, Decorate you ( All by Hero Arts)
Patterned paper- Basic Grey, Kaiser Craft
Distress inks- Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye (By Ranger)
White embossing powder- American Crafts

Thanks for looking, hope you have a wonderfully 'Crafty' weekend!