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!

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