Paper weaving Christmas card


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


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


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!

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