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.

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