Poinsettia cards


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


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

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


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!

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