Just Chilling

I seem to be using a lot of plain cardstock for my recent layouts, but have loads of patterned papers in my stash! I therefore decided to create a page using mostly patterned papers.

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I have added the title curving around the circle, plus I have added faux stitching.

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I used my Cheery Lynn and Creative Expression dies to create the embellishments:

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The enamel dots make a lovely flower centre and I used a favourite Woodware punch for the decorative edges:

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Swirls of gems add some sparkle!

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I decided to scraplift this design and use more patterned papers with another layout which I’ll share in my next blog post.

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My First Christmas Wreath

Having more time this year to prepare for Christmas I decided to make a Christmas wreath. My youngest daughter had just come home for Christmas so we made it together.

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A cut file was the base of the design, and I then layered lots of festive foliage underneath using a variety of dies (mainly Cheery Lynn and Marianne Creatables).

The tag pulls out from behind the photo with my journaling.

I have mixed up colours and fonts for my title.

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I used wide white ribbon to hang my wreath so I have added a white die cut bow to reflect that using a Cheery Lynn die.

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It was fun to create the wreath, and also to make this layout. I will definitely be making another one next year!

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Photo Opportunity

I have scrapbooked one of my favourite photos from the 2018 festive season.

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I used the packaging technique with Brilliance metallic inks over gesso to create a mixed media background.

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This Ho Ho Ho cut file from Just Nick was a perfect match for my photo! I have added some very old stickers from my stash as embellishment plus a die cut tiny tree. Unfortunately the photo does not show the lovely metallic sheen of the inks in the background.

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The title was cut electronically with my Cricut plus I used a small font Memory Box alphabet die. The snowflakes are part of a border die “Snowy Scrollwork” by Memory Box .

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I love the way my editing program printed the photo in black and white with just the Santa suit in colour!

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Every time I look at this layout it makes me smile!

Personalised Snowflake Card

I had great fun making these two cards for Jane and Jack. The front has been stamped with snowflakes in a variety of colours and then the name die cut from the front panel.

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When putting the card back together I have added six layers underneath each letter so the name is subtly raised. As the letters below have been cut from dark blue card the name appears to be shadowed, especially when seen from the side. I added a Creative Expressions die cut greeting, plus a small penguin using a Karen Burniston die set.

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Admittedly this technique does take a little time but I think the finished effect is worth it. I am going to use the same design with stamped flowers to create a personalised birthday version in the future.

Polar Bear Cub Cards

This is another of my 2018 Christmas card designs using a pretty Amy Designs snowflake die cut frame and a cute polar bear cub.

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I made several different colourways. The inside is stamped to colour coordinate with the card front.

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The bear cub is from the Stampendous CLD07 Polar Bears stamp and die set.

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I also used him on a bauble design card as well:

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Polar bears, like snowmen, are quick to colour so perfect when making lots of cards!

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Silent “Knight”

Thought I would share this fun card I made for Christmas.  A bit different with the play on words.

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I stencilled blue ink very softly onto the card base with a stencil brush. I then stamped a few small snowflakes onto the background using the same ink using first and second generation stamping.

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I die cut and put together the knights and dragons using a Karen Burniston die set:

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I hand wrote the pun onto white speech bubbles and added a die cut Christmas sentiment  (Creative Expressions) to finish. Quick and simple but hopefully they made the recipients smile!

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Christmas Together

This is a favourite photo from our 2018 Christmas, and the free cut file from Paige Evans was the perfect design for my layout as we all smiled for the camera in front of the Christmas tree!

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The cut file took ages to cut on my Cricut as it is so intricate but I love the end result. I hand cut white card shapes to be glued behind the baubles and painted them with Kuretake paints. I also painted some card red and green to back the foliage and berries.

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My background was coloured with Kuretake gold paints using the packaging technique. I added gesso to start with which stops the water in the paints being sucked into the cardstock.

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I used left over painted card to die cut my title.

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I added white card circles behind the large bauble secured with a brad. I can then add hidden journaling.

I added Glossy Accents to the berries for some dimensional shine.

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The baubles are embellished with pearls.

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Plus I added a die cut year.

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I really enjoyed creating this layout. It did take rather a long time, but now I am retired and have more time I can relax and enjoy the process!

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