Paper weaving Christmas card

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Time to take a little break and put up the feet... and paws.

Here is one last design that I wanted to share with you. I had bought BoBunny's Snow Day papers as I thought I'd be making lots of Christmas cards with that colour scheme. Couldn't use them for iris folding because of the thickness of the paper, so I made a simple paper weaving design. The sentiment was attached to Nellie's Multi Frame - Flower die cut and raised with 3D foam pads.

If you make your own bows like this one, I recommend you check out the tutorials on how to make bows with a fork. I found that check ribbon and sheer ribbon work best because they are thinner and you can tie the bow neatly in the middle. It is more difficult to do the same with a satin ribbon and the middle bit turns out uneven and chunky.



I hope you like this colourful card! See you in the New Year with fresh ideas!

Christmas reindeer card

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Just another Christmas quick make. From this:


to this:



I used double sided tape on the back of the thin wrapping paper, then stuck it on white cardstock and cut out the reindeer. Did the iris folding as usual, added some ribbon leftover, raised the reindeer with 3D foam pads and filled the space with half pearls.

Christmas is all wrapped up now, but I've got one more Christmas design to share with you.

Counting down the days... Happy 2nd advent!


Christmas with Milton & Co

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First things first... My crafty friend Diane deserves special mention for her fab makes which she sold at the Hearing Dogs Christmas Craft Market this weekend. Judging the results, I reckon she was in for a couple of night shifts. Check out her pictures here.
I was thinking (or hoping) that by now Christmas would be pretty much wrapped up, but then I received another small order for Christmas cards. I'm also thinking of making gift tags if time allows. Next weekend will be action-packed and I have got only Sunday left to finish all my crafty projects.

The last thing you need when you've got little time left for your Christmas cards is a creative block. That's exactly what happened to me yesterday. It wasn't until late evening that I found something to work with. A while ago, I had ordered a sample pack on ebay of Wild Rose Studio's Milton & Co  Christmas papers. It came with three images already coloured in. I didn't fancy the papers so much (glad I was only left with a handful of patterned papers and not all 36 sheets) and themed Milton with Papermania Portobello Road. I finally found some good use for my Marianne Design dies (lamp post, classic mailbox) and created winter scenes with it.

In my first design, I added flags with Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants, punched two snowflakes from pergamano paper and used white stickles on them. The snow and snow balls were created with a dotty embossing folder, scalloped border punch and circle punch.

Pretty much the same for this design. The red border was die cut with Sizzix Thinlits Borders. The flags were made with a Kaisercraft freebie from a craft magazine. I came up with the idea of falling snow to fill the empty space.



Aren't these just adorable? I have to say it is getting more challenging at this time of the year to take decent pictures with so little day light to work with. These pictures were taken in our garden this morning and I was glad that the sun was out for about 15 minutes!

Hope you found some ideas for your Christmas cards!

Quick & cute Christmas makes

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Yes, we're almost December and that means:

1. Early payday 2. Plenty of chocolate 3. More time for crafting!

It also means that I have to hurry with the last batch of Christmas cards for family & friends and I haven't decided yet on the design. It will be another trip to the hobby store this weekend, also to pick up some presents for my nieces & nephew. Of course, it will be something crafty!

Here are some cards which I made last weekend. I wanted to find another use for my star punch which I have to say is quickly becoming my favourite. I punched out a few stars and started to arrange them until I came up with this idea. One star is raised with 3D foam pads. Just added whatever ribbons I had left over. I made tons of these cards.




Hope you like the result!


More paper folding

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A visit to the hobby store yesterday left me a bit... uninspired. I was looking to invest in new punches, but flowers and butterflies which are sold in abundance just aren't my cup of tea. I still keep my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral dies, but parted from all of my flower punches.

I still get some inspiration from craft magazines. Plenty of freebies, too, which always come in handy! Sadly, most of cards shown always have a butterfly - flower - cupcake - birdcage - button - stamping theme which I've grown tired of. You can create amazing effects working with papers only, yet it seems impossible to find patterned papers for iris folding. Most of my iris folding designs feature bonus papers from magazines. You wouldn't believe how many free papers I've already collected for next year's Christmas cards!

Here are two cards made with NitWit Collections Christmas papers that came with a magazine. A similar collection can be found here. As always, I started with the iris folding and printed my own Christmas sentiment. The paper collection came with cut-outs and I couldn't resist the cute snowman. I raised the sentiment and snowman with 3D foam pads.



I made these cards with somebody special in mind. They are my favourite Christmas makes so far and it will be difficult to part from them.

Keep on crafting!

Last Christmas

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A little break for me this weekend while I'm thinking of new Christmas designs for family & friends. Last week, I promised a colleague who makes her own jewellery that I'd look through my craft stash and get some bits & pieces together for her to give cardmaking a try. I parted from so much today and haven't decided yet what to put into her goodie bag. I fear she might be slightly overwhelmed. I might keep it simple with strips of paper for paper weaving and iris folding to start with, plus a few ribbons, die cut flowers and sentiments.

It was good to sort out all the old stuff of which some of it has survived since my scrapbooking days. I'm downsizing right now. Just a few cutting dies, pretty papers, gemstones is all I need for iris folding and paper weaving.

I wanted to share with you some of Christmas makes from last year. These cards were made with leftovers from a Tatty Teddy decoupage kit and free papers from a magazine:




Luckily, I still found Tatty Teddy decoupage in my stash today and matching papers. I'll have a go at it next week.

Male birthday

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What a crazy week it has been in the office and so little time to relax at the weekend. I'm always happy to leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind on Friday. I spend most Saturdays in the nearby village Princes Risborough where my husband lived for a year. I just love browsing the little shops!

Last week, I was asked to make a male birthday card and if I could possibly combine the guy's interest in martial arts with his favourite fruit (pineapple). I had experienced Kalarippayat, martial arts from South India, in a breath-taking show when I visited India last year. So I had a bit of an idea of what it is, but didn't want to break my head over the pineapple bit and settled for the guy's favourite colours. Now, khaki and beige are definitely not my favourite colours and I've got little of them in my paper collection. Luckily, I found matching papers, but I had to dig really deep. I wasn't sure how this card was going to turn out.

I had troubles printing the sentiment because I had no white cardstock left, only bits and pieces of cardstock from previous digi printouts. Once I placed the sentiment in the middle, I noticed it had a star from another digi in it. I hid it with the bunting which I think works out rather well. Here is the result:


I hope you like this simple card.

Phew!

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Autumn is my favourite time of the year. It's time to stock up on comfort food and forget about diets. There is a bit of a fitness craze going on in my office. If you ask me, I rather spend my time at home crafting and curled up on the couch with our cat.

I finished the first big batch of Christmas cards. Phew! Three weekends, a few night shifts and 45 cards later, I can finally start thinking about designs for family and friends.

These iris folding designs were made with papers from craft magazines. I tried regular heavyweight patterned papers for this technique but it makes the cards bulky. Another alternative is using wrapping paper for iris folding. Inspired by my Hanging Hearts cards, I made Christmas baubles and stars. I printed my own Christmas sentiment but wasn't so sure about the Dutch translation after a while. I had already used it on some cards. Luckily, I can get away with "Prettige Feesten" although it is used for any celebration.



More pictures of today, work in progress...




I put some finishing touches to my Star Wreath cards by adding gemstones and replacing the big bows with smaller ones. You can't have too much sparkle on your Christmas cards! Almost lost my mind punching out and inking hundreds of little stars.


Hope you find some inspiration on my blog for your Christmas makes. All 45 cards (including the poinsettia and Christmas tree) were made with scraps of paper, leftovers from my craft stash and freebies from magazines.

Poinsettia cards

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Here are some quick makes with Spellbinders Poinsettia die. My best investment last year, without a doubt. The lace was a lovely gift from my friend Diane. I still had some pages left from a book which I didn't like (what better purpose than to make it into a card?) and I think it goes rather well with the red and white. Couldn't resist adding the usual bling. I had to stock up on half pearls and gemstones today because I always seem to run out of it.


Back soon with more iris folding Christmas cards.
Happy crafting everyone!

O Christmas Tree

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Here is another colourful iris folding design which I made with free papers from last season. I didn't fancy the colour at first, but then I found the dotty ribbon to go with it. After all, green and red are the traditional Christmas colours. I didn't want to go over the top with embellishments so kept it neat and tidy. The tree shape was cut with Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants. I printed out my own greeting. The bows were made using a fork (fool-proof technique) and the edges singed.


Hope you like my Oh-so-Christmassy cards!

Starry starry night

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After a long summer of travelling, it's good to be home again and do the things I enjoy most: Crafting and baking. Does that make me sound like a middle-aged housewife?

What's keeping me busy right now is a big order of Christmas cards. I wanted to produce a few different designs and set myself the challenge not to buy any new material. I went way over the top with new dies, stamps, paper and ribbons last year. This time, I wanted to use my old stash. I collected free papers from my craft magazines (the flimsy ones) which are perfect for iris folding and lightweight cards. I will share my iris folding Christmas designs soon on this blog.

First though, to kick things off, here is a pretty design that doesn't require anything but a star punch and papers. I took inspiration from a star wreath which I had seen in the "Simply Homemade" magazine and I thought there must be a way to fit it on a card somehow. I'm stuck with a rectangular format for this order, but can't wait to try this on a square card.





I made these by printing my own sentiment and sticking it to the centre of the card. Then I punched out stars and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Pumice Stone distress ink. I placed six stars around the circle (sentiment) to start with and added more. Some of them are raised with 3D foam pads. To finish off, I added a bow, half pearls and I also used white Stickles on the small stars.

Hope you found some inspiration for your Christmas makes!


Back in a jiffy

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Oh my, oh my, has it really been that long? Started on my Christmas projects last weekend and the first pictures will follow soon. Stay tuned!

Oh là là

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If you are crafting for others, there is always a challenge in it because you want to be sure that they are happy with your makes. Talking about challenges... how about a flexible wedding theme card?

A while ago, I had bought Wedding Bells papers from Wild Rose Studio, knowing that one day I might be working on some wedding cards. They are pretty but also neutral and I just love a bit of colour. I kept them well hidden in my stash.

Recently, I was asked to make wedding cards that could also be turned into greetings for any occasion. Flicking through my magazines, I discovered an iris folding design in Cardmaking & Papercraft. I have always wanted to have a go at it because the result looks simply stunning, so here are my first attempts.

These were real quick makes which is great if you had to make... let's say... 100 wedding invitations! I copied the heart template from the magazine, cut it out and placed it on the back of the white cardstock. I secured it with tape, drew the heart and then cut it out with my craft knife. The strips for iris folding were cut 2.5 cm wide. I came up with the idea of "hanging hearts" and corners when I thought about filling up the empty space on my card.

The first and third card were made with free papers from magazines and the second with Wedding Bells papers:






Aren't they just pretty... and so easy to make! Just make sure that you use sturdy cards (200 grams/m²).

Pick your favourite!

I'll be enjoying some time off again the coming weeks, so check again what's up on this blog next month.


New weaving design

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Here is a new idea for paper weaving which was inspired by a floral wreath I had seen in Cardmaking & Papercraft.

You will need scalloped circle dies (I used Spellbinders), a snowflake punch, buttons and pretty papers. I cut out the four smallest scalloped circles, slightly inked the edges and cut between each scallop towards the centre. This will allow you to bend and shape the flower afterwards. Add a snowflake and button to the centre and stick it on the woven background. I added leaves and flags as it looked a bit plain.

Et voilà...

Woven background made with papers from Papermania Portobello Road



Woven background made with papers from My Mind's Eye Indie Chic & Carta Bella Well traveled

Woven background made with papers from Indie Chic

As always, a little difficult to find the matching papers (although I used paper pads for the woven background) which is what I spend most of my time with!

Pick your favourite!

I'll be back later this week with elegant iris folding and a wedding theme that isn't... Curious? Hope to see you on this blog.



"Freestyle" Iris Folding

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An action-packed week left me knackered and made me spend Saturday afternoon on the couch. I brought the ever growing pile of craft magazines downstairs and sorted them out. That's when two iris folding patterns slipped out of one magazine. I had tried iris folding before, more or less successfully:



I made this card without any pattern and had to even it out several times. No wonder it took me three hours to complete! It's still one of my favourites from the first stash of cards I made and my hubby & I used it for wedding greetings.

Sorting out my magazines meant that I had lots of bonus papers. You can use them for paper weaving, but they are flimsy and I don't recommend using them in combination with glue. They come in a set of four different designs, each one in A5 format and the good thing about them is that they are colour coordinated! So... what better use for them than iris folding?

The first card was made with Valentines papers. I positioned the card on top of the pattern and secured it with tape. It didn't work out first time and the iris didn't turn out perfectly even. That's when I came up with the idea of sticking a sentiment on top. So here is my first attempt of iris folding "freestyle" (not really sticking to the folding pattern):


For the second card, I cut 2.5 cm wide strips which I then folded in half. I recommend you go for strips wider than 2 cm. This card was made with pastel floral papers. No wonky iris this time, but I couldn't resist adding the sentiment:


That's it for today. Pick your favourite.

Happy blogging and crafting everyone!

Just paper

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Summer has definitely moved on, judging by the number of times I have to carry my umbrella with me now, but that's just fine because it means more time indoors (= crafting).

The Woodware owls are back and I used my new Marianne Creatables Classic Mailbox for this design. I had bought this die with Christmas in mind, but the small envelope made a perfect finishing touch instead of adding embellishments which always make the card difficult to slip into the envelope.

The papers used for the weaving come from Echo Park For the Record 2 and for the pink owl card they are scrapbooking leftovers.



Oh... and don't forget the little flags which are so cute, I just had to add them. These were die cut with Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants.

Pick your favourite!



Lovebirds

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Heart? Check. Bow? Check. Lovebirds? Check. Wedding sentiment? Check. Weaving? Check.

Here comes my first wedding card which turned out a little different than anticipated. I was asked to make a couple of wedding cards with Cottage Cutz Heart Doily. After my first attempts with the die a while ago which turned out a disaster, I removed the ejection foam. Now it takes forever to cut one heart and getting the delicate thing out of the die. It really is a shame because I quite like the heart doily!

I used a small format and the space on this one is 11.5 x 11.5 cm. Started with the weaving of some vintage papers that came with a magazine, then cut the doily. I didn't want it to be the center of the card, so I cut off a bit. The lovebirds were a freebie from Wee Stamps. There are two different versions of it. Since I bought Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants, every card has to have some flags. Glued a small bow to the heart and decorated the circle with half pearls.


I hope you like the result! Coming up: more weaving and an old "new" design.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Birthday beauty

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I'm so excited to share this colourful card with you. My colleague's birthday was coming up and I had the idea of finding a digi which looks exactly like her. I knew it had to be out there, somewhere on the internet! After a quick search, I discovered Redonkadoodles which have all sorts of fun digis.

I coloured Birthday Beauty with my Promarkers and wove the background with papers from Echo Park For the Record 2. I had bought a set of alphabet stamps from Dovecraft. Didn't want to go for the usual birthday sentiment this time so I stamped my own quote "Stay Fresh & Funky" which I use at work a lot!

I couldn't decide on the embellishments and wanted to keep the design neat and tidy. I put some half pearls around the circle and die cut flags with Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants which I then cut in half.

Enough said, check it out for yourself:


Just when I thought I had picked the right shade to colour her hair did my colleague turn up at work with a new black & red hairdo!

Hope you like my Birthday Beauty.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Same design, different stamp

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I recently finished reading a book which started to fall apart. It was almost in the rubbish bin until I thought about saving some pages for my designs. Back to my ribbon design with a bit of an elegant twist.

As usual, I didn't know how these cards would work out until I had done the weaving and found the ribbon to go with it. When I started the weaving for the second card, I was pretty sure I had some pink ribbon left which, of course, wasn't the case. I'm surprised how well the colour combo worked out on that one! The papers are a mix of everything I could find. Black is one of my favourite colours to use in cardmaking and look how well it goes with the design.

Et voilà, here we go:



Aren't they just pretty?

Pick your favourite!

Easy-peasy ribbon design

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I'm back with the beautiful birthday sentiment and more weaving. While I was travelling these last couple of weeks, I thought about new techniques I might want to learnt, but I couldn't make up my mind. Learning a new technique means spending money on new material, too, and I've got so much stuff already, I might as well use it.

So I got out my bag with ribbons this time. I had kept some ribbons from my scrapbooking days (which seems ages ago), one of them the green dotty one shown on the second design. I started weaving strips of paper which I had already cut and collected over the time, cut a 9.5 cm circle as usual and fixed the weaving in the back with double-sided tape. I played around with the ribbon and this is what I came up with:



I like this design because you can adapt it to any occasion. I thought the second card would make a pretty neutral male birthday card and you'd probably never notice that I used some vintage papers with bird print on it! The little pieces of ribbon were stitched together and put on a circle the same size as the sentiment with double-sided tape. Now that I think of it, you might as well staple the ribbon. Put a large 3D foam pad in the middle and stick your sentiment on it. Et voilà!

Pick your favourite!

Happy weekend everyone!

Coming up...

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Just trying out a new lens on my hubby's SLR. We did some shots of my cards using a different background. The first two cards are already on this blog and the third in line is a quick peek of what's coming up next. Any guesses?


See you later this week

Aloha!

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While more and more Christmas cards pop up on blogs, summer is still in full swing here. My hubby and I were on the road the last couple of weeks: family reunion in France, meeting friends in Tuscany and a city trip to Amsterdam. I love travelling but the best part of it is coming home.

I wanted to make a fresh start today with a simple woven card. I've been excessively surfing the internet for digis and found this elegant birthday sentiment. Got out some flower and leave punches and made small flowers. The papers in the woven background came with a papercraft magazine. The sentiment was die cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Scalloped Circle. I just had to go for the pink ribbon and the pleating is held in place with stitches.



Oddly, the first thing that came to my mind when this card was finished were memories of Hawai'i. Well, I hope you still have your summer holidays ahead of you and something to look forward to!

I worked on another new woven design today which I'll share later this week.

Happy holidaying everyone!

Please mind the gap

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Summer, sun and holiday... I'll be back this weekend with some new cards. Looking forward to a few quiet weeks ahead and spending time at home.

Stay tuned!
Nic

Celebrate good times

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I don't find much time for crafting at the moment. Returning from our adventures in Dubai meant... you guess it... tons of pictures to go through! I enjoy working with pictures. It's time-consuming, but as we all know, better do it now than never.
 
Anyway, I squeezed in an hour of cardmaking during those busy days. As it happens from time to time, I started with zero inspiration but chose a two materials that I wanted to use: a short turquoise ribbon and Nellie's Multi Frame Die Set - Flower. I wrapped a tiny piece of ribbon around a longer one, fixed it with double sided tape in the back and attached it to a square piece of white Bazzill cardstock. Next, I cut the smallest flower from the die set in two different colours and added a flower made with my craft punch. I glued these onto small squares of paper and raised one flower and the LOTV sentiment with foam tape.
 
It's a pretty design that would work well for Christmas cards with die cut poinsettias or snowflakes instead of flowers. Ribbons always go with Christmas, too! You could also stick different small sized images on the squares and make it a card for any occasion.


Thanks for visiting and I hope you found some inspiration in my crafty space.
 
Nic

Pretty in pink... and purple, turquoise & yellow!

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How many flowers can you possibly squeeze on A6 format? The answer is: loads!
 
I'm back with the same flower design, this time on a rectangular card and in different colour combos. I started with pink again because it's such a pretty colour. Then I looked whatever Bazzill scraps I had left over and always picked two shades of the same colour. I also used 3D foam pads to raise a few flowers and one butterfly and finished them with white half pearls. I just can't do without my pearls!
 
I think these would make lovely wedding invitations, too. The design is based on our own wedding invitations which I made last year.
  



 
Pick your favourite!
 
Next time, I'll share with you a simple design that can be adopted for several occasions.
 
Nic
 

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