Well it is that time of the week for another blog post. This time I am just going to show some Christmas cards and party favours that I have been making while I have been working on a big project for our next blog hop on the 1st November focusing on the December Stamp of the Month – Special Care.
I am loving the papers from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. They are so beautiful and the colours coordinate so well. I have also done some layouts using the WOTG Sparkle and Shine kit and once I have printed some more photos I will post them on here. I am so pleased with how they turned out as I have used the recipes in the Make it from the Heart series of books. This has made it a lot easier to get good layouts and then I could concentrate on coordinating papers and embellishments to finish off the pages.
Back to the cards. This card recipe is rapidly becoming one of my favourite designs. It is from the Make It from the Heart Volume 1 which is a great source of recipes for both scrapbook layouts and cards and is sooo cheap for quick inspiration (just $12 per book!). So quick and easy to mix and match colours and papers and these patterns go so well together. I have also used different stamp sets and I was really pleased how they turned out and actually did this card in a class last week and they turned out well. I had pre-cut everything and the Cricut has come in so handy – I have used the Artiste cartridge here.
The stamp sets I have used are: Perfect-Fit Birthday Occasions, Perfect-Fit – Frames 2 Occasions and Magical Days Holiday from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide.
I have never really used alphabet stamps before so I am pleased this has turned out well. This is another simple card that did not need special equipment to make – just a good accurate trimmer like the Fiskars Surecut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer that is available from my shop. (Just as an aside I have been doing a lot of cutting and had to get some more blades quickly, and I won’t be doing that again as the blades were more expensive at the local Warehouse Stationary than what I can pay retail through Close to My Heart!). I am using bakers twine more often now and the sparkles add the shine to the card.
The stamp sets I have used are: Urban Alphabet, Scandanavian Wishes – November SOTM.
For this card I have been inspired by a card by a fellow CTMH consultant, Wanda, and here is my take on it. I have used my Cricut (Art Philosophy) to cut out the frame and the holly leaves, berries and the flame. The holly leaves have been embossed by hand to give some shape to the leaves and the edges were distressed with Topiary ink (I have used Olive cardstock). The berries were cut out of Ruby cardstock and I have used my Liquid Glass to create some dimension and make them stand out. The flame was cut using a petal shape and I have stamped the candle on the base of the petal.
The stamp sets I have used are: Scandanavian Wishes (October SOTM) and Illuminate (November SOTM – available for $5 if you spend over $75 – be in quick though as this will no longer be available after the end of the month).
Finally here some party favours that I have made from the Artiste and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges. I have put little chocolate bars inside them and used them as little thank you gifts for the ladies attending my classes at the Upper Hutt Library.
Just a reminder that you can choose one ‘star’ product free for every $150 you spend in both the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide or the 2013 Product Launch Guide. This great deal is available through until the 31st December 2013 or until stocks last.
My next blog post will feature the December SOTM – Special Care. I can’t wait to show you what I have been up to.
In the meantime have a great week.