Friday, November 17, 2017

Bags or Gift Boxes

Morning Everyone.
Have you done anything nice this week?  I have had my first proper French lesson.  I really enjoyed it.  But I have a long road ahead of me and one day it might all suddenly click.  What I learnt was very similar to what my daughter is learning at school so hopefully we will be able to help each other.
So todays craft project is this very cute gift bag.

The challenge this week at Daring Cardmakers is to make or decorate a gift bag or box.
I didn't read the description properly and I thought I had cheated as I bought the bag as it was such a bargain at 30 cents from my local craft shop.  But I haven't as you can decorate a bag or box.
For this project I used a selection of dies and some washi tape.
I used the Die D-Lies Candy Cane die from the Spellbinders 2017 holiday collection.  I cut this from mirror card and glitter card and glued them to the front of the bag.  Next I used Die D-Lites Ho Ho Ho from the Spellbinders 2017 holiday collection.  I cut this from red mirror card stock.  I also added a couple of pieces of washi tape.
A very cheap and quick alternative to buying an expensive gift bag for your presents.
Here is another way to dress your bag up using the same die set as before from Spellbinders but this time I used all of the sentiments and created a tree shape.
The little silver bow is from the Die D-Lies Candy Cane Set and the star is from the set called Lets Party Shining Star.  I just used the largest star from the set.
I had so much fun making this project that I will have to go out and buy more bags so that I can make them for the rest of my family.
Please stop by the Design Team Blogs over at Daring Cardmakers for more lovely inspiration and we can't wait to see what you create.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pretty Packages

Hello everyone.
I have a lovely project to share with you today using some of the contents from Novembers Through The Letter Box from Bubbly Funk.
The contents of the box is all very festive and in lots of blue colours.  Perfect for your adding to your Christmas craft stash.
So as Kathy one of our Design Team members made a fabulous job recycling the box that the contents comes in I thought I would have a play with all the lovely paper bags in the kit.
To try and cut down on waste at Bubbly Funk paper bags are used and they are just to pretty to throw away.

I used some of the ribbon and pom pom trim and added this to the bottom of the bag.  I then folded the bag over at the top and punched a couple of holes and threaded some twin through to close the bag.
I then added one of the scalloped edge circles and a lovely snowflake charm which are also in the kit.

I finished my project by adding some of the gorgeous beads for a bit of sparkle.
The bags are a lovely size for giving a small present.
Please stop by the Bubbly Funk Blog for more stunning ideas using the kit or please check out the SHOP for details on how to order your monthly kit.  Its a great addition to your crafty stash and works for all types of craft from paper craft, mix media and sewing.
Have Fun.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Shadow Box

Morning Crafters.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  My little boy finished his first week at school without crying for the whole morning even though he did cry when I dropped him off.  Then my daughter came home with a glowing school weekly report.  So we had a very nice weekend with smiles all round.
I have more Christmas craftiness to share with you today using dies from Spellbinders.
I made a shadow box style card and its fabulous for posting as it folds flat.
I started by cutting two pieces of white card:
Height 5 3/4"
Length 8"
Score on both pieces at 1" and "2.  Fold and burnish the score lines.  You need to add glue in-between the edge of the card and the 1" score line and stick both pieces together as this will create your box shape.
I then created the scene in the back of the card using my distress inks to create a winter sky and I added in some trees which I stamped in black ink.

While this was drying I worked on the front panel and created an aperture and cut out some star shapes using Die D-Lites Lets Party Shining Star.

I then used Shapeabilities Fa La La Holiday Die by Sharyn Sowell at Spellbinders for the front focal image.  I cut this out twice from white card stock and blue glitter card stock to give a drop shadow effect.

For the sentiment I used the Merry Christmas Holiday Stamp set.  This stamp set comes with two greetings, the one I used and also "Merry Christmas".  I stamped this on to a piece of card which I ripped to look like freshly fallen snow.
This card also looks lovely with a battery operated tea light inside.
Thanks for stopping by today and please check out the website at Spellbinders for more details about the dies I have used.
Have a lovely day.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Warm Woollen Mittens

Good Morning.
I love this time of year.  The Christmas movies are starting and the adverts begin.  I love the Paddington Bear one for Marks & Spencer so far.
And the Christmas crafty countdown continues over at Daring Cardmakers
The weeks challenge is called
Warm Woollen Mittens
We would like to see some sort of warm winter clothing on your cards this week.
I used this fabulous paper that I picked up from my local craft shop.  Its covered in Christmas jumpers and mittens.

I then also decided to combine my card with a few products from Spellbinders as I wanted to make my card fun. 
I used the Die D-Lites Candy Cane from Spellbinders.  I cut this from red mirror card and then cut another from white glitter card.  I then inserted the white pieces back into the cane to look like the stripes.  I also added the little bow that comes in the set.

For the sentiment I used Die D-Lies Ho Ho Ho.  I cut the words from green mirror card stock.  To add a little texture to my card, which I thought could be some sort of warm material I used the embossing folder called  Horse Hair by Tammy Tutterow.  I embossed this onto some kraft card stock.
A super fun and bright festive card from me today and please check out what the Design Team members created over on the Daring Cardmakers blog.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Traditional Spellbinders

Good Morning.
I hope you had a lovely weekend.  We had another Halloween party to go to.  This time it was one organised by the school committee to raise funds.  I baked a batch of cupcakes which the kids always love.  Now that Halloween is over its time to get stuck into some Christmas crafting.
For this weeks Spellblogger post from Spellbinders I decided to go all traditional.  By that I got out my decorative framed dies and got layering up.

Any of the Spellbinders nesting dies will work great for this.  The one I have used was hidden away in my stash.  Its ones of the first Spellbinder dies I bought many years ago but I am afraid its not available any more.  This was one of the first pretty dies I purchased.  Before that I think I only had a set of scalloped edge circles. 

I had a play about with my set of dies and layered it up using lots of gold and red card stock and a piece of patterned paper.

For the centre of the card I used theDie D-Lies Ho Ho Ho Holiday die and cut the sentiment from gold card stock.
I then used the Die D-Lies Candy Cane Holiday Die to create the little bow.

I then finished my card with some ribbon and a little gold jingle bell.
I hope I have inspired you to dig through your stash and pull out your older dies that you haven't played with for a while.
Thanks for stopping by today and please click over on to the Spellbinders Website and check out the range of Christmas and Holiday dies available.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bubbly Funk - November Through The Letter Box

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at Bubbly Funk.
Novembers box is on sale now.
So today I am sharing with you my first project.
But let me first share with you the amazing contents of this months box
This is how it will arrive to you.  In all these pretty packages.
A selection of die cut sentiments and a beautiful bag of beads and sequins in lovely blue tones.

Lots of lovely ribbon and trim along with a few pieces of material.

One of the packets contains all this.  My favourite is the snow flake charms and white jingle bells.

Lots of festive shapes which would make great hanging decorations.

Finally your surpise bag.  I am so looking forward to making a cup of tea.  One thing I miss about the UK is a proper cup of tea.

As I am a tea drinker and I miss my British tea I thought I would turn the tea bag into a gift.
I first made the little bag.  I was going to make it then I remembered I had the perfect size die from Spellbinders called Bag n Tag It by Debi Adams.
I die cut two of the panels and glued them together to make my bag shape using this pretty snowflake paper.

I then used one of the die cut sentiments and glued this to the front of the box and added a few sequins.

I then closed the box using a bit of twine and one of the beautiful snowflake charms.
This little bag would be perfect on your Christmas table.  You could fill it with after dinner mints, fruit tea or a Christmas infusion.
I hope you will stop by the Bubbly Funk Blog for more stunning inspiration.
Have a lovely day.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Daring Cardmakers - Elemental Inspiration

  Morning Crafters.
Its started, our run up to Christmas with Daring Cardmakers.  Each week until Christmas Daring Cardmakers will have a festive challenge for you to join in.  Hopefully this will help with those last minute Christmas cards and gift packaging ideas.
As its Friday the first challenge is always an elemental inspiration.
Below is this weeks image and remember to use 3 elements on your card.
I have decided not to go with Christmas this week as the photo lends itself to other occasions.
But in the upcoming weeks you will see lots more Christmas inspiration from me.  I do love my Christmas crafting.
The elements I have picked are the jug, wooden table, candle stick, cake stand and flowers.

I started with a square of floral paper which I glued to a square card blank and then embossed a piece of grey cardstock with a wood planks embossing folder from Stampin Up.  I then added a little ink to this to bring out the wood grain.

I then die cut the candle stick, jug and cake stand in gold card stock.  The die cut set I used is from Xcut and its called Tea Party.

I then used the stamps from the Jar Of Love set by Stampin up for the flowers.   I then added a little tag which is also from Stampin Up called Wood Words.

Please stop by the Design Team at Daring Cardmakers for more lovely inspiration and I can't wait to see what you create.
Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bokeh Effect

Morning all.
I hope you all had a lovely Halloween.  I took my daughter trick or treating in our local village with a few of the parents from school and she loved it.  Trick or Treating in France is called "bonbon ou un sort" which roughly translate as sweets/candy or a spell.
My daughter came back with a bucket load of sweets.  I am surprised she got as much as she did as this year there were loads of children out enjoying themselves.
Anyway back to a bit of crafting.  I was browsing through the card challenge sites looking for inspiration when I came across the challenge over at Fusion.

What an amazing inspiration picture and I just had to give the challenge ago and combine it with a Spellblogger post.

I decided I wanted to use the inspiration picture and give the Bokeh effect ago.  The last time I tried it I ended up using bleach as I didn't have a white ink pad.
I started off by creating my background by using a selection of blue and green inks and begin with the darkest colours around the edge.  I then finished with the light blue in the centre.
To create the Bokeh effect I made a stencil using acetate and a small circle die.  I then place this over my card stock and begin inking through the holes using a white ink pad and a sponge dauber.

I then added some die cut leaves using the Die D-Lites All Leaves die from Spellbinders.  I cut some from foil card stock and a couple from some lovely pearlescent card stock that a friend gave me.

I then finished my card with a die cut greeting which is also from Spellbinders called Shapeabilities Simply said Phrase One.  I cut this from black card cardstock.
Please check out the Spellbinders website for more details about the dies I have used.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.
This card is also for the challenge over at Crop Stop.