Cardmaker of the Year

Catching up with my blog posts after a busy few weeks of crafting and family visiting. As I had to part from my laptop months ago, my hubby lets me use his PC and photo editing software, not to mention his camera, so I'm learning a little about Photoshop and Lightroom, but it's slow progress.

I enjoyed a long weekend which was entirely dedicated to making new designs for Papercraft Essentials. Just happy that all designs were finished in time so tonight I can start writing the instructions. A sneak peek will appear here next month.

This year, I entered three designs again for the Cardmaker of the Year competition (Cardmaking & Papercraft and Quick Cards). Turns out I got it wrong last year as I thought you had to make cards with material from three sponsors but you can use any material you like. Oh well... Both magazines feature a lot of stamped designs which is not my speciality. When I looked around for new material, I found some cute images from Lili of the Valley and Lawn Fawn, so two of my cards are stamped and fussy cut. Always have to hold my breath when I cut out such delicate images.

My favourite card style is anything that's box-shaped. It's always tricky to work with acetate. Try to keep it clean, for starters, and you'll also notice that whatever you're attaching to the strips might be too heavy (unless you use heavy acetate which would ruin this design). So... lots of glue and acetate used for this box!

Lawn Fawn is always on top of my wish list and who could resist this stamp and shaker die cutting set? Lots of fiddling around with acetate + foam pads + glitter jewels = Nightmare! *Don't despair, I'll share my tips on how to use acetate in one of my next blog posts.

My little fox is also back! This design was made combining two free gifts from Cardmaking & Papercraft. A free embossing folder was used to make the heart and the papers came with issue 147. Just a cute and simple card.

See you next time with a pretty iris folding design. Still nowhere near any Christmas designs!

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