Tuesday 20 December 2016

Cheeky cookie cutter Christmas cards

Today was the last day of term at the school where I work.  Leading up to the end of term there have been carol concerts, a visit to the pantomime, play performances and parties. Lots of fun and excitement.  For my Christmas card to the children I work with I couldn't resist using the cute Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps again.  That gingerbread man has such a cheeky expression and looks as if mischief is on the cards.
The bold Merry Medly background was stamped directly onto the card to make a dramatic statement.
To go with the cards there were some reindeer treats.  Tiny boxes of tictacs disguised as Rudolf.  He was stamped with Early Espresso ink and then the antlers were filled in using an aqua painter (the red nose is from some retired pop pom ribbon that was just perfect for noses, but glimmer paper looks good too!).  They look quite impressive lined up and ready to go.
Today is also the last day for posting second class stamped post to arrive in time for Christmas.  Most of my cards are now posted or hand delivered.  Yay!  Sending a Christmas message in a hand made card is sending love or a hug in the post.  I'm always so pleased when I'm told that my cards are well received and appreciated.  It gives me a warm feeling inside and a big smile on my face!  I have a small number of cards left to deliver - the last day for posting first class stamped mail is tomorrow (21st December).
Hurry!  Don't delay!  Make sure you send all your Christmas messages in time for them to arrive for Christmas.  

Have a Happy Christmas.  Hope you get some time to craft aswell as celebrate,

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Sunday 11 December 2016

#GDP065 Candy Cane Lane Peg Wreath

Today, I have another entry for the Global Design Project colour challenge.  The colours for the challenge fit perfectly with the Christmas Candy Cane Lane papers which I cannot stop using.
A peg wreath has been on my "To Do" list for ages, and now I have made this one I'm wondering why it took me so long to have a go.  I have used small pegs and tiny scraps of the Candy Cane Lane papers.  I glued the paper to the pegs using Tombow and then clipped the pegs onto a circle of card.  To stabalise the wreath I used a hot glue gun to attach another circle of card onto the back of the pegs.

To finish off the wreath I added a simple white bow and the greeting from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set.  The hardest thing about this project was deciding which greeting to choose to finish it off!  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and it is now displayed in my sitting room.

The colours for the challenge are Early Espresso, Real Red and Crumb Cake and there is plenty more inspiration on the Global Design Project Blog!  What will you create using these colours?  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Happy crafting.

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Friday 9 December 2016

#GDP065 Christmas Cheer Card

The Global Design Project has a colour challenge this week and for the first time I'm taking the plunge and joining in! The colours for the challenge are Early Espresso, Real Red and Crumb Cake.
The gorgeous Candy Cane Lane papers immediately spring to mind.  I love all of the designs, but this little ditzy print has been used the most and I have used my favourite "go to" sketch as the starting point for my card.
My cable knit embossing folder has had plenty of use.  After embossing the card looks and feels like knitting, which makes me feel all warm and cozy and ready to follow the instructions given on one of the stamps in the Tin of Tags stamp set and Spread Some Christmas Cheer. 
There are just over two weeks to go before Christmas Day, and I'm not quite ready yet. So far this year I have attended two Christams carol concerts and they certainly made me feel festive.  Making and sending Christmas cards does that too, as does decorating the tree which we are going to do later on.  Then I need to write some lists... menu plans, shopping lists, to do lists.  Quite a few lists!  Are you someone who writes lists?  Are you ready for the festive season?

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Monday 5 December 2016

Stitched with Cheer sharing Christmas Joy

Christmas decorations are the best, aren't they? Ours range from expensive, lavish and over the top right through to the simple and creative ones that I have made.  In our house, it doesn't matter how much they have cost to buy or how long they have taken to create, all of them are cherished, beautifully displayed each year and then lovingly packed away again after Christmas.  In the past I have enjoyed making all sorts of decorations and some of my favouries are hand stitched ones.  Reindeer with great big red noses and also, cute stockings with red stitching.  Definitely inspired by decorations from Scandanavia.
 That is where today's card is inspired from.  I must admit that, initially, I bought the Stitched with Cheer stamp set because I loved the two banners in the set.  As I used the other stamps I realised that they reminded me of Scandanavian style decorations.
Out came the Real Red and Whisper White supplies!  The stamps are photopolymer so it is easy to see where you are stamping and to create the pattern.  Yes, the card is simple, but I think that is why it makes me think of Scandinavian decorations.  And, I like it.  A lot!  

I hope you like it too.  Which decorations do you treasure and must be displayed each year?

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