More cute Christmas buddies

Quick Cards' November issue came with these adorable bonus Christmas papers which I knew would be perfect for this cute iris folding design:

I had first stitched around the heart which I quickly regretted, but luckily there's always a way to cover up mistakes: Just add a heart-shaped frame! I placed snow hills and the snowmen from Lawn Fawn's "Ready, Set, Snow" stamp set inside the heart as they seemed a little lost around it.

I'm always short of sentiment stamps, but found a free stamp set (along with papers, card blanks, toppers and gems) in Make Special Cards' Christmas edition. The sentiments are tiny but perfect for my makes. I also used them on my Snow Buddies designs. The iris folding template comes from an old Cardmaking & Papercraft issue. As always, I realised too late that something wasn't quite right when I placed the die cut window onto it. The template itself was made for a smaller heart shape, so I made up most of the iris folding pattern myself.

Hope this will inspire you to try iris folding yourself! It's still one of my favourite techniques.

Snow Buddies

After another short lesson in photo editing, I finally managed to produce the images for this blog entry (notably without calling for my hubby's help every few minutes). Now it's only a question of time until I can make myself look 10 years younger on photos...

Back to crafting and my first batch of Christmas cards of this season. Carolyne Knott's cute polar bear cards in Cardmaking & Papercraft issue 149 inspired me to make these designs with Lili of the Valley's Snow Buddies stamp. I adore Lili of the Valley's and Wild Rose Studio's cute characters but always found my colouring a little dodgy. This image was so easy to colour in and now I just want to get more adorable stamps like it!

Et voilà...

Crafty top tip:
If you want to add bows to your designs, invest in a bow maker. They are inexpensive (I bought docraft's Papermania Easy Bow Maker, ca. £5) and you're guaranteed to get perfect bows everytime. Then sew a button on top, add an embellishment or gem. Lightly burn the edges of the ribbon to prevent it from fraying.

Happy Christmas crafting!

Back to iris folding

What's going on, you might wonder? To start with, I still don't have a laptop but that should sort itself out soon. I'm working on my hubby's computer, getting grips with Lightroom and Photoshop. We are also busy with "spring clean" as we need to clear out lots and make space for the arrival of our little one early next year.

In between the cleaning frenzy and Christmas countdown, I'm busy with new designs for Papercraft Essentials. My next feature will be published end of November, so make sure to visit my blog then for a sneak peek!

Here is an iris folding design that I still wanted to put up before we move on to Christmas... Yes, I started early this year so there won't be any last-minute panic! This card was made with free papers from Making Cards magazine and a Cleary Besotted stamp set, another magazine freebie. As it happens, I just threw myself into it and realised too late that the folding blended in with the embossed card. Luckily, I still found a punched out white frame in my stash which just fitted. Need to get more of these border punches!

I'll be back with my first stamped Christmas designs with some very cute bear! Also, some of the tabs up on my page will be updated as I never got around it.

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