My favourite five

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I stumbled upon Debby's blog and thought I might join the fun to put up my favourite five Christmas makes.
Easy peasy!


Penguin Make
I fell in love with this adorable penguin stamp from Stampendous which I discovered in Cardmaking & Papercraft's last year's Quick Makes. This design even won me a crafty prize.






















Hunkydory Freebie Shaker
I went shaker mad this year, but it is a lot of fussy work if you work with acetate sheets. Luckily, I now discovered acetate shaker pouches of which I have already ordered a few and I can't wait for them to arrive!
























Bling Bling
I also made a lot of cards in a box which are real quick makes, believe it or not! This is my favourite one and we gave it to my hubby's parents.



Back to the cute little penguin, here is my first go at a never ending card. It was a lot of trial and error!

Last but not least another card in a box with poinsettia dies


I've got some new magazine freebies to try over the next couple of weeks... and testing the shaker pouches, too! Just need to get lots of micro beads and sequins to fill them.

Happy crafting and enjoy the New Year's Celebrations!



Coming up...

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Keep your eyes peeled for Papercraft Essentials Issue 116 and my Tiny Tatty Teddy découpage designs:


This month's issue comes with adorable Bebunni papers and stamps. I have someone special in mind who would love to receive a Birthday Bunny card. Just need to find the right inspiration as I would like to try a new card technique with it.






Christmas Basket

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I'm back with my last Christmas make for this year, a Christmas basket! We had a quiet one this year as my hubby and I don't make much fuss about it. I find that Christmas has changed so much since I was little that it has lost its magic.

My crafty friend Diane came around on Boxing Day and she had made us this stunning Christmas card. Over time, we have gathered quite a collection of her handmade cards and I think we should frame our favourite ones and put them up on the wall. I made her a card and this basket which was inspired on Jo Nevill's Harvest Festival ideas in Cardmaking & Papercraft issue 135. Would you believe that it was made from a 9"x9" piece of white cardstock? I used paper leftovers from Wild Rose Studio's Frosted Lace and made a handle with blue paper which I then stitched. I attached a snowflake hanging on a piece of thread with tape and decorated the basket with little bells and ribbons. For the inside, I used shredded tissue paper.

I thought this makes a cute little basket to fill with small presents, vouchers or even sweets.




















Just before Christmas, we had to put our cat Jess to sleep. She was 18 years old. Luckily, we have so many happy memories of her and tons of pictures which I took of her this summer when I started with photography. She will be missed.


I'm doing magazine work right now which will keep me busy for days to come and then I need to start thinking about birthdays again. We have some very special celebrations coming up next year, including my aunt's 50th and my mother-in-law 60th birthday!

Enjoy your New Year's Celebrations!

Bella on Bauble

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I'm down to the last small batch of Christmas cards. I had completely missed checking the last posting dates for Christmas mail. We have friends live in Canada and the US, so let's hope our cards reach them still this year!

We received our first Christmas cards. Things have definitely changed over the years. I see a lot of photo cards made on the computer. I guess everybody likes to add a personal touch, but I'm always a little sad to see that most of these cards don't leave room for a personal message. So a lot of people get the same card with the same printed message. We had thought about using photos for this year's Christmas greetings as my hubby is a photographer, but I much more like the thought that everyone of our friends and family gets a unique card with a personal message.

So here is another go at a never ending card. It was a lot of trial and error again. No matter how precisely I thought I cut and scored the paper to make the base card, it took me a lot of time to put it together so that it opens up easily. We stopped at my local craft shop yesterday and I picked up two Wild Rose Studio Christmas stamps, Bella on Bauble and Mouse on Bauble. I thought these might disappear in my stash until next Christmas but instead decided to use them for this Christmas card.

I used a glaze pen to go over the baubles which you can see on this picture. I didn't have much light so I didn't see what I was doing. Only noticed this morning when I took the pictures. Oh well...





Hope you are getting your cards done in time. Enjoy your crafty weekend!

A Christmas miracle

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Come Saturday, I'll be sitting at our dining table again to hopefully get the last few Christmas cards done in time. I don't think I'll make it and I might be in for a couple of crafty night shifts during the week, but should everything be finished by Sunday evening... let's call it a Christmas miracle!

The table has been in a mess for a week, too lazy to pack up and carry all my stuff upstairs, only to get it out again on Saturday morning. I'm always on a creative high on Sunday evening and my mind is buzzing with new ideas that I barely find any sleep.

I used the poinsettia dies from last year's Christmas makes for this card in a box. Instead of choosing a sentiment, I simply added a bow with heart button in the centre... Whatever I could find in my stash! The back of the card has got a greeting panel as done on all of my cards in a box. I glued to strips of acetate to the back of each flower as shown on the snowflake card since the die cuts tend to be heavy and I want them to stand up straight.

Et voilà...


Sooo looking forward to the weekend!

Bling Bling

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Back to my Christmas boxes which I love making right now. I'm always excited when I try something new so I make many cards with the same technique until I get tired of it. My favourite techniques last year were iris folding and paper weaving. This year, I discovered shakers and now it's the card in a box and neverending card that got me all hooked.

For this card, I used Stampendous Snowflake Trio rubber stamps and matching dies, Trimcraft's Gilded Winter and my favourite sentiments of all time. I like adding gemstones and pearls to my cards and the snowflakes here are decorated with lots of bling.

I stamped the snowflakes onto heavy cardstock (300 gsm). I secured them firmly in place by attaching two 1.5cm wide acetate strips in the back, then adding glue to the inside of the strips (only glue the loose ends) and sliding these over the "supports" (supports are the white strips inside the box on this picture):

If you use only one acetate strip, the snowflakes will be pulled down because of the weight. Enough talking. Here is what the end result looks like:


I'm hoping to get all Christmas cards ready by Sunday. Fingers crossed!

A Neverending Project

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I received a letter this week from the local charity shop which I donate to, telling me how much they have raised through the sale of my items. A lot from my craft stash goes to them and it seems the less I have, the happier I am!

With that in mind, I really don't have much left to make Christmas cards. I try to find different ways of using the same stamps, papers and dies. I was looking for inspiration for new card techniques and stumbled upon designer Karen Watson's neverending card in Cardmaking & Papercraft's Christmas issue from last year. I didn't want the card to turn out too big so I used four pieces of 3"x6" white cardstock to make the basic card. There are plenty of tutorials on youtube if you want to give it a try.

I'll share a few tips and hints for this one:
  • Use a slow drying glue instead of double-sided tape. This will allow you to reposition the pieces of cardstock. I use UHU Twist & Glue for all of my projects.
  • While the glue is still drying, try the mechanism of the card a couple of times. If the flaps don't open easily and you need to pull them open, reposition the four pieces of 3"x6" cardstock.
  • Do not use 3D embellishments and stick to die cuts, stamped images and sentiments only when decorating the panels. The entire card should be flat.
For my card, I used Wild Rose Studio's Bella's Birthday papers because I like non-Christmasy for my Christmas makes! This time, I combined the Penguin Snow stamp with the Snowflake Trio and matching Die Cut set, all from Stampedous. I decorated two side panels with Memory Box Precious Ornaments and made one panel with Me To You's Christmas sentiments - Can't live without these stamps!

This is the front of the card:


Open up to reveal the inside. I couldn't fit both penguins on the big panel, so I cut one in half. The top panel was left blank for a message.


Pull top panel up and lower panel down and you get this:


Open one more time and this is what the backside of the card looks like:


Clever folding, that's what I call it! Give it a try and don't give up easily. This one took me five hours before I got it right.

Hope you found some inspiration today!




Penguin Prize

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I don't know about you, but I'm in a rush to get my Christmas cards done and I still have a long way to go! I hope to have everything ready by end of next week so we can send out our Christmas greetings abroad to family and friends.

I'm making a few more cards in boxes, an idea which I picked up in Cardmaking & Papercraft. They make unique and stunning Christmas cards and let's hope that the recipients will enjoy them... and know how to put them up! Right now, I'm trying a new card technique which I couldn't get my head around first and then it was a lot of trial and error.

Cardmaking & Papercraft picked my penguin designs in their latest issue:


While flicking through the magazine, I also saw that my blog was picked "Blog of the Month"

Thank you, CMPC Team! I'm over the moon!

Penguin Pop-Up Card

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I have a growing pile of cardmaking magazines which I like to read over and over again (I could fill my weekends with it). There are so many new card ideas to try but I don't often find designs that I can copy with the little material I've got in my stash.

Cardmkaing & Papercraft issue 137 features a stunning pop-up card made by designer Carolyn Knott. I was tempted to buy the same stamps, papers and cutting dies from Helz Cuppleditch's Winter Woodland collection, but that's a small investment so I copied the design and made a winter scene with penguins.

The penguin shapes came from my friend Diane which were made with a Stampin Up! Owl punch and I put them together. You'd be surprised how many different penguins you can make with it. Next, I made the simple pop-up blank card. I used Wild Rose Studio's Frosted Lace papers and once they were firmly glued to the card, I realised that I had turned the pop-up mechanism the wrong way around. Oooops. I cut out a few snow hills, attached the penguins and snowflakes and added a sentiment and lace border.

Made with love...

This winter scene includes one pirate penguin (upper left corner), two dancing penguins (one with a pearl necklace and the other one with a buttoned shirt) and one shy penguin hiding behind the snowhill.

Hope you like it!

Stampendous Penguin Box

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Oh the weather outside is frightful... This is my favourite time of the year and I will not complain about the weather, but fact is that I could not take many pictures of my projects today as there was barely any light. Well, I attempted a photo shoot with a card I made this morning. Walking around the house, trying different spots which had a bit of sunlight left. The window sill did it for this one. I wanted to share my crafty project from yesterday, but let's just say there wasn't enough space for it on the window sill.

So here is another card in a box which I made with the super cute Stampendous Penguin Snow stamp, teamed with Wild Rose Studio's gorgeous Festive Wishes papers and Woodware's  Large Silhouette Snowflake punch which I found yesterday in my local craft shop. I used Me To You's Christmas Sentiment stamp set. It has quickly become my favourite product for this year's Christmas makes! I attached the sentiment onto a Lacey Circle and decorated the panels with White Glitter Dome stickers and the snowflakes with gems.






I love the idea of a card in a box and that it folds flat. It might look like a lot of work, but it's easy to make. I made this one in no time. Without a doubt, there will be more penguin makes to come as I just can't resist this cute little fella!

Sneak Peek

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Saturday just seems to fly by again. I got my stash out this afternoon and made a penguin Christmas card. It turned out more challenging than anticipated. I didn't closely follow the instructions and everything literally turned upside down! I'll post the pictures on my blog tomorrow.

Here is a sneak peek of what's coming up in Papercraft Essentials - Issue 116:

 

Happy Christmas crafting everyone!

Famous Cat

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Papercraft Essentials published my crafty story this month. I'm a happy bunny once more. Even our cat Jess gets her five minutes of fame as you can see!


Thanks for visiting my blog... There will be more news to come!

Happy crafting.

Punch Art

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It was a perfect, lazy weekend, just what you need when it's grey and rainy outside. I brought down my stash yesterday and unpacked everything (our dinner table turns into my crafty corner every weekend), only to realise that I had run out of white cardstock and ink. So I put together these cute penguins today which my friend Diane had made for me with a Stampin Up! Owl punch. I'll use them for my upcoming Christmas projects.


"Sinterklaas" is coming up on 6th December and it's a big celebration in Belgium and Netherlands for children and adults. So I'm making small bags of ribbons, embellishments and blank cards to send to my nieces and nephew together with some sweets. I'm also sorting out stuff for the charity shop. I'm always surprised at how much I find in my stash that I can part from!

See you soon with a sneak peek of a special project.

Happy Bunny

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I'm over the moon that Cardmaking & Papercraft picked my Woodware design for their latest issue. Another surprise will be waiting in Issue 138!


There is more exciting news to share at the end of this month. It's more Christmas crafting this weekend so I'm glad that we're half way through the week!

Hope you enjoyed the Halloween celebrations.

Wish list

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The rain and cold is back and what better way to enjoy it than staying indoors and crafting? My hubby and I drove to Watlington yesterday to meet up with friends. It's a tiny village in Oxfordshire not far away from where we live and my local craft shop happens to be in the area. So... after lunch and a walk up the hill, we stopped at AMOM where I browsed the Christmas collection. I picked Christmas papers from Wild Rose Studio and Snowflakes stamps from Stampendous.

On my wish list was also a new paper trimmer. My Cutterpede has been in use for years and it's cutting wonky lines. I was looking for replacement rubber strips and blades which seem difficult to come by, so I invested in a brand new Woodware trimmer.

 

It comes with two cartridges, one for cutting and one for scoring. No more fiddling around with my small scoring board! The cartridges are easy to remove and can be stored on backside.

No cards to show today as I'm still working on a project, but I'll be back to Christmas crafting soon!

Exciting times ahead

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Cardmaking & Papercraft recently picked my Woodware Birthday Cake design which will appear in their new issue next week. There is some more great news which I will share on this blog in time. The last few weeks have been so full of surprises and I'm really speechless. So make sure to visit my blog once in a while to follow my crafty adventures (and what adventures they will be!)

I'll be busy with a special project for the next two weeks, so in the meantime here is another Christmas Quick Make. While I was browsing the craft store last weekend, I finally found some beads that were small enough not to poke through the acetate layer. These are called "seed beads". I decided to make a mini shaker with a sentiment this time. When the card was almost finished, I had already tried to decorate with different bows and nothing looked quite right, so I came up with the idea of adding an image from Me To You's Christmas Glitter Decoupage. I like that you can use the decoupage set also for toppers.

Et voilà...





















The machine stitching on this card went a little wobbly, so I added the lamp posts to hide the not so straight lines.

Time for a visit to my favourite little café tomorrow and plenty of crafting all weekend long.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Another Penguin Make

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Here is another fab idea I copied from the November issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft. I mostly use a scalloped 5"x5" card which I thought wouldn't look too good for this design, so I made my own 12x12cm card from white Bazzill cardstock. You also need an additional strip to glue to the inside of the card (cut a 6 x 12 cm white strip, score and fold at 1 cm, 3cm and 5cm).

If you make this aperture card, it's much easier to start on the inside. Next, layer your paper for the front of the card on Kraft cardstock (I used purple), cut out a square with your paper trimmer, leaving a frame of 1 cm around the edges. Then glue the frame onto the front of the card, flip the card open, lie it flat on your craft mat and cut out the white square inside your frame (I used my craft knife).

I followed the instructions and ran a piece of thread along the back of the penguin. This requires you to have a copy of the image you want to appear in the frame. When I was finished, I realised that the penguin turned to one side so I made a "stopper" with a sentiment. It's much easier if you attach the image to a thin strip of acetate to prevent it from turning.


So here is the finished card. Isn't the penguin just adorable? I added white Stickles to the wooly hat. I like using non-traditional Christmas papers, so this card was made with Wild Rose Studio's Bella's Birthday.


... and the back. Pretty plain which makes me think I should embellish the greeting panel on my next makes. I hand stitched around the edges. 






















Still some time left today to keep working on my Christmas cards.

Happy Christmas crafting.

P-p-p-p-pick up a penguin

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Back to Christmas crafting and isn't the weather a good excuse to stay indoors to make cards and stuff yourself with cake? Well, that's what my weekend looks like. We were expecting a friend for dinner yesterday. Sadly, her car broke down and she couldn't make it. Our neighbour makes gorgeous cakes, the kind that looks so pretty you don't want to eat it and we had ordered one to serve after dinner. Now we share it with two instead of three and I have to say we're making good "progress".

We took a series of pictures of Jess yesterday while I played with her. She likes to shred the plant so I cut off some pity looking leaves to play with. She also likes ribbons from my stash. I'm not behind the lens these days, too busy with cardmaking, so the credits for these shots go to my talented hubby (check out his photography website here).


Here is a very special card I made with Cardmaking & Papercraft's instructions from Issue 132. It's such an easy project and I'll be making more of these. It's a card in a box! I like that it folds flat and you can send it in the mail without worrying in what state it arrives. It easily fits into a C5 envelope.

I used the beautiful papers from Wild Rose Studio's Frosted Lace, some Kraft cardstock, Sizzix Framelets Stars, Stampendous Penguin Snow and a stamp from Me to You Christmas Sentiment stamp set. I discovered the penguin stamp last year in Cardmaking & Papercraft's Quick Makes and found it in my local craft store. No need to colour it in except for the feet and beak and the wooly hat can be stamped on patterned papers.

Work in progress...


Le moment supreme...






The paper pad is only 6"x6" although you'll need a bigger piece of paper for the back of the card. Instead, I added a piece of Kraft cardstock which I stamped and left some space for a message.

All borders were hand stitched, which was a little mad, but then again I'm not mass-producing these.

Happy day everyone!

Sparkle

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My friend came around today for tea & cake and she brought lots of crafty goodies. Thank you, Diane! It's so sweet when you get a little gift unexpected. This box of Belgian chocolates has been sitting in the cupboard way too long, waiting for a special occasion. Well, today was such occasion.


On to my next Christmas card which was made with a Papermania poinsettia stamp, also a fab gift from Diane. Can't think why you would want to part from it, I think it's gorgeous! The wooden stamp has got a pattern which I wasn't so keen on with the flower in the center. So I coloured it with my Promarkers, added white Stickles, cut it out with my craft knife and used Wild Rose Studio's Frosted Lace papers. The border was hand stitched. I'll make a few more of these in different colours, just love the stamp!























Hope you enjoyed your weekend crafting.

Good old times

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I had the most magical Christmas when I was little. As it is the tradition in Germany, my parents put up the Christmas tree one day before 24th December and my brother and I were not allowed in the living room anymore. Of course, we always spied through the keyhole! We spent Christmas Eve watching TV, eagerly awaiting Christmas dinner. Afterwards, we gathered around the tree and sang Christmas carols, Mom put on her favourite Christmas music to get us all into the spirit and we unwrapped our presents.

Nowadays, I'd be happy to skip the festive season. I always end up in such a mad rush to get the Christmas cards and presents ready in time. Well, there will be little of it this year. For starters, I'm not making 100 cards but limit it to family and friends only. There won't be shop-bought presents. No wrapping presents either (always tricky).

However, I will send out handmade gifts to my family. Here is a little something I made from a box that contained my Secret Santa present last year, a mug! I kept the box because I knew it would come in handy sometime. From the fab Hunkydory gift that came with Cardmaking & Papercraft, I used a stylish topper and teamed it with Gilded Winter papers. For the lid, I used lace, brown ribbon and a charm which was also a freebie and machine stitched around the edges. I decorated the box with die cut ornaments, a gift from my crafty friend Diane (her blog is here).
























I haven't decided yet who to give this gift box to, but no doubt it will be filled with sweet treats!

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