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!

Hunkydory freebie make

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I picked up this month's Cardmaking & Papercraft which came with Hunkydory's "Love Christmas" papers and toppers as a free gift. Usually, these would vanish in my stash until I pass them on to my crafty friend next year just in time for her Christmas makes.

This time, however, I challenged myself to make something beautiful with it. The toppers are rather big and I rarely use a card that's bigger than 5"x5". I love the colours in this collection, so let's see what else comes to mind. The toppers go well with Trimcraft's Gilded Winter.

I chose one of the big toppers and die cut it to make it useable for the small card size. Still found some golden micro beads in my stash which I thought were a little chunky for making a shaker card. To add depth to the shaker element, I die cut four round "frames" with two circle dies. The last frame (in red) goes on top of the acetate sheet. I always give it a good shake before placing the shaker element onto the card and this time, oh dear... all the beads came out, bounced over the table and onto the floor. I collected the beads, put them on a teaspoon and filled the shaker again before glueing it together. Wait a little and shook it... beads falling out again! Lesson learnt: Don't try a new glue when you make shakers. I have sticked to UHU Twist & Glue for years and no crafty project ever fell apart.

I'm always worried how my shakers arrive when I post them, so this time, I made a box to go with it. I used hessian, two poinsettias and some gems to decorate. So here is my first Christmas project:

























Just finished another beautiful Christmas project with Honkydory's freebie which I will soon post here.

Happy Christmas crafting!

Shaker mad

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Just back from Belgium and already packing again for a wedding in Barcelona. I'm excited to go because I liked Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Gothic novels which are set in Barcelona.

So here is my card for the happy couple. My hubby asked for an extra special one. Of course, it had to be a shaker! Bet it will stand out from the other wedding cards!

I'm a huge fan of Vicky's blog and I like her clean and simple style. Her cards are simple yet stunning and this is what I'm aiming for. For my designs, I like to keep the embellishments to a minimum. The shaker element already takes a lot of space. Thought I give my new bow maker a try and followed a tutorial on youtube on how to make this pretty bow. I sew a wooden heart button onto it to finish.

The love birds are a freebie from Wee stamps and can be found on this blog. I coloured them with Promarkers and used a glaze pen for the heart. Aren't they just adorable? The papers are a mix of 7 Dots Studio's Messy Head and Trimcraft's Gilded Winter. Just added a border, blue ribbon, white half pearls and a sentiment (anything but "Wedding", please) and machine stitched around the edges.




I haven't started on my Christmas designs yet, oh dear!

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