Sentiment stamp is a cheap one from The Range (think it's Trimcraft or Dovecraft brand?)
Scalloped square die by Tonic
Flower stamp and matching die is Heartfelt Creations. I've embossed using SU copper powder which is a beautiful colour in real life. I also added heat embossing to some of the edges of the layered card by using a Versamark pen and the copper powder.
Stamp set is Holly Berry Happiness by Stampin' Up!
I initially had a bit of difficulty stamping a decent circle. It's not a complete wreath stamp, more like a garland, so to make a wreath as shown here I had to stamp the garland five times.
After a couple of trials I decided I needed help so I die-cut a circle from scrap card and used the negative piece, stamping just inside of the circle all the way round.
If that wasn't bad enough I then had to stamp over each garland because the first stamp is just the outline of the holly leaves...and then another five times to stamp the red berries. You can see by the bottom right corner that I didn't quite get the outline and the solid stamps aligned correctly.
Inspired by a card by Chloe Endean. I've used Chloe heart and snowflake border stamps. The noel sentiment is by JustRite, the deer die is a cheapie from China, tag die is Sue Wilson.
Please excuse the terrible blending (Colour Cloud ink). I didn't use enough and then decided to add a glitter border, realised I'd not inked enough and tried to add more but the glitter got in the way...I'm not sending the card to anyone it was just a sample for card club, I could not be bothered to sit and make another one with better blending!
Some of you will already know that I've been buying a lot of my stash from abroad just lately.
The upside is that it is massively cheaper, the downside is that sometimes the translation is...interesting...let's say, and of course I have to wait a bit longer for it to be delivered.
I had ordered some pale green and dark red organza ribbons for Christmas projects, waited five weeks, and when the order arrived it turns out they had sent me the wrong items! They agreed to replace the ribbons free of charge but the replacement order has now arrived...and is still wrong. I have a reel of pale green as requested but instead of red they've sent yellow, oh dear. It would be a bit churlish to still complain as I've paid less than £4 for the whole lot, 4 reels with 50 yards on each.
So now I have been left with cerise pink and bright yellow satin ribbon plus the yellow organza. The satin is too thick for card-making so I'm going to use it for when I'm wrapping Christmas presents. I've bought some wrapping paper from Matalan that has pink and yellow/ gold in so it should coordinate.
I normally find that I have plenty of paper left over but never have enough tags so I'm getting prepared early this year and have been a busy bee.
I bought a tag punch from Stampin' Up! that cuts the scallop edge plus the little slot and it is open-ended so you can basically make the tags any length. I've got plenty of tag dies but I love just being able to get a punch out without having to use a die-cutting machine, it's so much quicker.
I had already bought some foiled washi tape (again from abroad) and I've simply used scraps of white card and edged them with the washi, then stuck them on scraps of cerise card, it's just coincidence that the washi dots match the dotty paper :)
I had also ordered some ombre ribbon, again it arrived a little later than I'd planned for and the colour isn't exactly the same as what I actually ordered but it's close enough.
I couldn't get a decent pic of this one.
Card is 8 x 8 inches and I used a Chloe stamp with die by Tonic
The centre panel started off as white shimmer card and I smooshed Colour Cloud ink over it before picking out sections with a darker ink.
The lilac and plum cardstocks are much nicer in real life, they're from Paper Mill and are a lovely matt pearlescent finish.
I'm fortunate to be able to go to the Paper Mill shop in Kendal several times a year and it's great being able to see the products for myself rather than try and order them online. Well worth a trip if you're ever in/ near the Lake District, the staff are lovely and there's usually some really nice samples on display. I've been going there for years (under their previous business name) and was thrilled when they bought the Paper Mill because now there's double the choice of card and paper :)
I bought a bargain 'Merry Christmas' die recently and planned to use it on this card. I then changed my mind as I thought it looked too cluttered and decided on 'Peace' instead.
After I'd glued it down I wondered if the Peace was too small...
Anyway the embossing folder is by Crafter's Companion and I swiped some pink Colour Cloud ink across the raised areas
The poinsettia dies are Sue Wilson, I think the sentiment is Papertrey Ink and I cut and layered it four times.
This was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by Julia Quinn, I don't have the crate die that she used or the patterned papers though.
Instead of the crate die I used the Hardwood stamp by Stampin' Up! on some caramel coloured card. I didn't make the 'crate' as deep but it would be simple enough to do so - this was for a card club project and a deeper crate would mean more flowers and more time needed...
I thought plain card was that bit too plain but didn't want to use patterned paper either so decided to just score the card instead (an easy alternative to stamping or using embossing folders)
The middle panel is lemon yellow and on this piece I scored the lines horizontally.
Daisy stamp and punches are by SU and I think the Happy Birthday die is by Poppy stamps/ Memory Box
The card folds flat and fits a C5 envelope.
One of my lovely ladies was recently celebrating her 80th birthday.
Joan has been attending my card club virtually since the start (January 2004) and I know she loves poppies so I try to feature them on her birthday cards.
This year I made the poppies myself using Foamiran and black glitter
The sentiment die is by Tonic
Number dies are Sunset by Sizzix
Dies are from the latest issue of Die-cutting magazine
Sentiment stamp is by Woodware
Card folds (fairly) flat and is then 17 cm x 17 cm so fits in a 7 inch envelope.
A4 cut to 29cm and then score at 6cm and 9cm, turn 180 degrees and score again at 6 and 9cm
Fold side panels in and then cut card to 17cm height, the strip you have just cut off is then flipped over and adhered (the 'cheers' bit)