Sunday, 30 November 2014

Magic of Christmas

All stamps are from Nina Crafts.

I used some plain blue and white for this card, I cut the blue so it was a little smaller than the base card and dusted it with an anti-static bag.  I used the Snow is Falling stamp all over the background, stamping in with VersaMark and then heat embossing with some of Chloe Endean's WOW powder - Frozen Lake.  Using the same blue card I stamped the Magic of Christmas reindeer using a VersaMark ink pad and heat embossed using white embossing powder.  Once cut out I used a Quickie Glue pen all over the body of the reindeer then added some glitter, leaving the stars.  The oval is from the Tonic - Oval Layering Dies, I cut the two largest out using some white card then added some glue from a Zig 2 way glue pen because it has the wider nib.  I added some glitter, it is the same glitter as the reindeer but because of the difference in card colour it makes the glitter look completely different.  I attached both the oval and the reindeer to the card with foam pads.  The sentiment is from the Reindeer Greetings stamps and I've stamped it onto the white card using VersaMark and heat embossed using some Heat It Up! Embossing Powder - Blue Glass, the colour is a good match for the background card.  I ripped the top and bottom of the white card leaving the raw edge, adding some glitter to the edge as well.  To finish off I added some AB crystal gems from Meiflower.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Project Club - November 2014 ~ Main Card ~

This is the main card for this months project club over at Nina Crafts, I love these funny little elves.  This month is issue number 87 that means the project club has been running now for over 7 years, I can't believe it, my first one was in December 2010, so that's 4 years now, good grief time goes nowhere lol.

Materials Required
Project Club Stamps and Card Kit
Stamp and Stash Set 
Memento – Tuxedo Black 
Colouring Pen/Pencils or Markers
Double Sided Tape and PVA Glue
Foam Pads and Tape
Corner Rounder

Cut a piece of white card so it measures 10cm x 11.5cm.  Onto this piece of card stamp the elves as shown in the picture, card should be 11.5cm wide.
Colour the elves then round the corners.
I used a ¼" Corner Chomper from We R Memeory Keepers, but any will do.  Cut the coloured card so it measures 10.5cm x 12cm.  Using the double sided tape attach the elves, rounding the corners before or after attaching.  Cut a piece of white card so it measures 14cm x 3.5cm.  Onto this card and starting from the left hand side, stamp the shoes and hats as shown in the picture.  You may need to stamp onto some scrap paper first to judge the spacing.  I had a little bit of extra white left on the right hand side so trimmed it off.
Colour the shoes and hats, trimming if needed.
Cut the coloured card so it measures 14.5cm x 4cm.  If like me you trimmed the end of the white card you may need to trim the coloured card as well.  Attach the shoes and hats with double sided tape, rounding the corners before or after attaching.  Onto the base card and using the black ink, stamp the lights at the top of the card in the middle'ish.  Don't worry about them overlapping a little at this time.
Attach the shoe and hat border using foam tape to the bottom section of the card.  Using the black ink and the musical notes stamp randomly at the top of the card, around the lights.  I placed (but didn't stick) the elf topper in the position I wanted them and then stamped the notes, so there wouldn't be any overlapping.
Onto the spare piece of white card, stamp and colour the lights twice more.  Also stamp the little elf's lamp and colour this in too.
Cut out the lights.  Starting in the middle of the lights on the base card, where and if they overlap, use PVA glue to attach the first light.  The second one that may be overlapping use a foam pad to attach this light, giving a little bit of shaping if possible.  Now working along the lights, add a foam pad to every alternate cut out light and PVA for all the others.

Cut out and add the elf's lamp with a foam pad.  Attach the elf topper using foam tape.
Use the small gems on the bobbles and bells on the ends of each of the hats and shoes.  Also use a small gem on the bell on the hat of the middle sized elf, and the last small gem on the top of the small elf's lantern.  Use the larger gems on the rounded ends of all the musical notes.
If you would like details about the project club visit the Nina Crafts website for contact details.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Project Club - November 2014 ~ Green Stepper ~

After the disaster of the red stepper card I needed to do another one, so again I used the Crafts Too die for the stepper base card.  I used some green card from my stash for the background, it has clear embossed dots all over some Christmas text, really nice card.  The scalloped edged rectangle on the front of the card is from the stepper die set, so all your layers are included.  I stamped the larger of the two elves first, then the little one higher up so he can read the hymn sheet better.  I then used the sticky note masks I'd made for another card and covered both of them up.  I used some Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass on the background of the elves, using a piece of scrap paper that had been cut so it had a little hill on it.  I coloured everything in using my favourite ProMarkers and added the musical notes with Memento - Cottage Ivy.  I wanted a piece of ribbon for the front panel, I have three drawers, a ribbon rack and a box full of the stuff but I couldn't find anything that grabbed me, then right at the bottom of the box I found the piece you see on the card, if I'd have sneezed there wouldn't have been enough and the text was in the right place, how lucky was that lol.  Once everything had been attached to the card I cut out some bells from a die set from Memory Box and glittered them before attaching them to the card.  I also glittered the snow under foot and the trim on their hats.
If you would like to join the project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit the Nina Crafts website for more details.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Project Club - November 2014 ~ Blue with Reindeer ~

I started with the background on this card then the card itself just happened.  Onto a piece of copier paper I die cut three snowflake I think they were the Spellbinders dies (I tidied my desk before I made note of the dies) I cut them in the middle of the paper so I could use it as a template.  Using a plain piece of white card and my template I inked the snowflakes with Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, randomly stamping all over the card.  I then used Distress Ink - Salty Ocean to ink the edges, to finish of the background I used a snowflake background stamp from Nina Crafts and the Salty Ocean to add the snowflakes.  Using the Spellbinder - Labels Twenty-Eight dies I cut out the topper and once embossed I inked around the edges using the Tumbled Glass.  I then stamped the elves using Memento - Tuxedo Black, making masks for the elves using some sticky notes.  I stamped the smallest first then covered him with the mask, I then stamped the middle sized elf and again covered him with his mask, finally I stamped the largest elf and once I removed the masks I coloured them in using my ProMarkers.  I stamped the musical notes adding some glaze with a Sakura pen, then added the glitter to the notes and to the trims on the elves.  I used the die the draw around to make the matt, it was some blue spotty card and I just added the Salty Ocean ink all around the edges.  I was about to add the ribbon when I saw on my shelf the silver star one you see on the card, it's actually for wrapping presents, I attached it using a tape runner.  I used an oddment of the snowflake ribbon and tied it using the satin ribbon, I attached this with my glue gun.  The reindeer I found in my stash, it's a mirrored one, I also found some Christmas trees and some snowflakes but thought the deer was suitable.  It needed something else, so I cut out the two corners using the Memory Box - Frostyville Corner die, I'd already attached the elf topper so had to just trim little bits off the corner to make it fit.
If you would like to join the project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit the Nina Crafts website for more details.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Project Club - November 2014 ~ Naughty and Nice ~

I thought for this card I'd make the largest elf reading instead of singing, so I made his book into the naughty and nice list.  I stamped the elf in Memento - Tuxedo Black and used the black Memento pen to add the text.  I coloured in using my ProMarkers.  Once I'd cut him out I matted him onto some pale blue card that I die cut using Spellbinders - Labels Eleven dies and embossed using a Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder.  I also cut out another labels eleven shape in the blue foil card, then cut it in half and attached it to the pale blue card.  The background paper is from a Paper Cellar pad I've had for ages, I trimmed it down to fit this 6 x 6 card front, adding a Distress Ink - Salty Ocean inked edge before attaching to the card front.  I had a look through my scrap foil drawer and found several different coloured pieces so I used the All Occasion Dies - Presents from Robert Addams and cut out a few Christmas presents.  The December 25 stamp is from the What a Year set and I used a 1½" circle punch to cut it out, I added some of the Distress Ink - Salty Ocean around the edge and matted it onto a blue foil Mix-n-Match Ornaments die from Spellbinder.  I have a little container with all sorts of bits and pieces in it, in there I found a blue foil snowflake and a pale blue one.  So I cut them up and used them for the two corners on the left hand side.  To finish off I used some glitter on the hat and the white sections of the presents.
If you would like to join the project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit the Nina Crafts website for more details.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Project Club - November 2014 ~ Red and Gold ~

I wanted to try out my new cutting die from Crafts Too, it's the Stepper Card Die, it's very convenient I must say.  I used it to cut out some red card and it's top layers, then used some gold foil card for the matts.  I used some detailed gold embossing powder for the musical notes, the lights and the happy Christmas sentiment.  I have some adhesive stars so used them over the stamped stars.  I added a bow but blodged the silicone glue so added some glitter to cover it up a bit, as it left a darker patch on the card when I tried to clean it up, tut.  I also added some of the glitter to the lights to finish off.  The glitter was actually the wrong colour, it was a little too light so I used a gold ProMarker and coloured it in.  I couldn't even photograph it properly, none of the shine is visible from the embossing, tut. This card was one disaster after another, but I persevered with it, I thought I'd let you see that everyone has a bad day L  Next.
If you would like to join the project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit the Nina Crafts website for more details.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Project Club - November 2014 ~ Gatefold ~

I have a pad of some really lovely Christmas vellum, it's from Papermania and is called 'A Silent Night', so with this month's stamp set being quite musical I thought the Silent Night song would be apt.  I used some biscuit colour pearlescent card for the matting and some cream for the main colour.  I used the upper section of the vellum song sheet on the inside and the lower section was cut into two pieces and used for the front.  I used some vellum tape to attach the sheet, making sure I really burnished it so you couldn't see the sticky tape.  I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and heat embossed with some gold embossing powder.  I used the Spellbinders - Labels Ten to cut out the sentiment, then added some Glamour Dust glitter all around the edge and onto the stars.  I used the die to draw around and make the matt.  I didn't have any creamy colour vellum so I used white for the poinsettias and they were made using the Marianne Design dies.  I added some silicone glue to the middles and sprinkled some gold seed beads on, to finish them off I used a Quickie Glue pen and added some of the glitter to the petals.
If you would like to join the project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit the Nina Crafts website for more details.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Christmas Display Hanging

For this display piece I did for Nina Crafts, I used the Pud Pud set of stamps as well as all three Christmas Trees.  For the circles I used the Tonic Layering Circles, I stamped the decorative corner from the Pud Pud set on three circles using Memento - Tuxedo black and did the sentiment for the middle one the pudding for the top circle and the present for the bottom circle.  The first of the three trees is the Swirly Bauble Tree, the middle is the Starlight Tree and the bottom one is the Holly Tree, again I stamped with the Memento and used the Spellbinder - Curved Rectangles shape to stamp them onto.  I coloured everything in with my ProMarkers and on the trees I used a Quickie Glue pen and added the glitter, I used a bit of glitter on the pudding tops as well and a Sakura pen for the berries.  Once everything was coloured in and matted onto the silver mirri card I stuck each topper onto the ribbon, using another piece of card to sandwich the ribbon in the middle, giving extra hold, leaving a loop at the top and added the bow afterwards.  The corners on the tree sections looked a little bare so I have a holly punch that I used and added some gems for the berries.