A Snowy Fox Christmas Card

My eldest daughter has a soft spot for foxes so I created this card for her using the Marianne Diorama die set.  I love this Hero Arts colour layering fox stamp set. I used my stamp press and Memento inks to stamp the mum and baby fox.   I used the coordinating die to cut them out and glued several together so they were nice and sturdy.

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The scene can be seen a little better from the top. I have added a moon and flying Santa and reindeers too. The green fir trees are dies by Creative Expressions.

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The greeting is a Woodware stamp that I have coloured to coordinate with the fox. The card base was made with double sided cardstock weight patterned paper “Snowed In” by Carta Bella from the Warm & Cosy collection.

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Sarah really liked her card and even featured it on Instagram!

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Master’s Degree

My friend Ali has just gained her Masters degree (with merit) so this is the card I made for her. It’s a large 8×8 card base. The die cuts are a mixture from Sweet Dixie, Marianne, Creative Expressions and Impression Obsession.

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I have decorated the inside to coordinate:

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Some of you may remember Ali who worked with me on Saturdays (before Jane) at the craft centre for a year, whilst also working in her Human Resources/HR role during the week.  Completing her master’s degree and working full time has been a lot of hard work. Huge congratulations to Ali on her success.

A Golf Request

Husband: “Could you make me a few golf themed Christmas cards?” Me: “Ok, how many do you need?” Husband: “Twenty two for next week?”

This is what I came up with!

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I started with green A4 card cut lengthways at 10.5 cm to create two top folding card blanks. I then used my stamp press and a cling rubber stamp to stamp all the foliage with green ink. I used a brown memento ink pen directly onto the stamp  and then stamped again to colour the branches and pine cones.

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A few splatters were added with my Kuretake paints and a fine paint brush:

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I die cut 22 baubles (Spellbinder) from blue card and 22 golf bags (Tonic) from white card.

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I used the open areas of the die as a stencil to add colour to the golf bags.

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The top of each bauble was painted with Kuretake gold paint. Using washi tape gave me a crisp line.

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The golf clubs were also painted before adding each golf bag to the bauble. I used a Sakura white gel pen to add “snow” to the background, and a brown pen to add “string” so the bauble appeared to be hanging from the branch.

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I also stamped a golf ball and tee on the back of each envelope to personalise them further. I’m pleased to report that Paul was delighted with my design.

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Christmas Preparations

Running the craft centre left me little time but now I am retired I have really enjoyed the creativity of creating decorations for my home.

A £3.99 bargain plain green swag has been transformed with pine cones, lights, some die cut snowflakes and baubles.

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I purchased two swags and the other has been hung around my fire place with more lights and 60 burgundy, lilac and silver baubles!

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Here I have joined two green swags together with a large red bow. These were charity shop finds and only £3.50 each. I have added coloured lights, and silver and glass baubles. Christmas cards are displayed underneath.

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I collected greenery from the garden and using a £5.99 foam ring created a Christmas wreath. My youngest daughter has come home for Christmas so we made it together.

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I am really pleased with the finished wreath that we have hung on the front wall of our house. We wired the pine cones and baubles, and took apart a couple of purchased festive sprays for the gold leaves and white sparkly berries and leaves.

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I have also made a simple table centre using a wooden candle holder I purchased at The Tithe Barn in Haddenham. I placed it on a large glass platter and placed battery operated lights around it. I then added branches of rosemary from the garden on top and filled gaps with pine cones.

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Simple to create but I think it looks lovely and magical at night when it is lit.

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A first for me – a few decorations in our downstairs loo!

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I am really enjoying the run up to Christmas this year, and appreciate having the time to go Christmas shopping with friends, socialise and have fun!

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So Much To LEARN

When a large and very heavy box was delivered full of text books for my daughters new course this year I grabbed by camera and took a couple of photos. I couldn’t believe how many books there were.

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I designed the book cut file on my Cricut and backed the shapes with scraps of patterned papers. Everything was layered onto a piece of subtle grey marbled patterned paper from The Paper House Marble-ous 12×12 paper pad. I added a book embellishment, a couple of word stickers and a tea cup from the Paige Evans Turn the Page collection.

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This is a simple layout that was quick to make but captures the memory and makes me smile!

Roof Top Cocktails

I am really pleased with the way this layout has turned out.

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I used a Memory Box stencil and distress inks around all four edges of a piece of 12×12 white card to frame the central photo. I added some detail with a pink glittery Sakura gel pen. The balloons are cut out from the left over packaging from my previous layout.

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I have coloured my die cut title with distress inks to give it ombré effect to mimic the cocktails we are enjoying and layered the words onto die cut white clouds. Inking the edges of the clouds gives them a shadow so they stand out from the background.

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I always knew that the Creative Expression Cocktail Glasses and 3D Cosmopolitan Cocktail die sets would make perfect scrapbooking embellishments. The stamped quote is from the coordinating Cheers to You clear stamp set.

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The idea to cut the glasses in black and the inside in white, and then colour with distress oxide inks was from the Woodware designer Françoise Read. A brilliant idea which gives the die cuts lots of vibrancy and interest.

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I am delighted with my finished layout. I will use a stencil to create a frame again as it is an easy but effective technique. The roof top pool and bar at our hotel had wonderful views across the city of Granada.  I feel fortunate to have shared the experience with my mum and daughter.

 

 

 

The Alhambra Garden

Inspired by this 12×12 packaging sheet I challenged myself to create a layout using just this, plus one piece of white 12×12 card and minimal supplies!

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This is my finished layout, featuring a lovely photo of my mum taken when we visited the Alhambra Palace in Granada last month.

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I cut out the floral motif from the corner of the packaging to use as my main embellishment and added a few die cut leaves, butterflies and punched strips.

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Using a Tim Holtz Wildflower Layering stencil and damp brush I stencilled the floral background in Faded Jeans distress oxide ink to give a painted look. I also added some ink splatters and a doodled border plus some tiny hand drawn flowers.

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Mum, Sarah and myself had a wonderful day exploring the beautiful gardens at the palace, which was the childhood home of Catherine of Aragon.