A Christmas Ornament

I like to make handmade Christmas gifts for work colleagues and was motivated by the challenges over at CAS-ual Fridays CFC186 Anything But a Card and Scor-Pal #43 More than one score gift packaging. Now I know the Scor-Pal challenge is for gift packaging but I could always use my creation as a gift topper!

 

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To make my ornament, I stamped the large ornament 20 times as you need 4 to make each bauble shape. I then did the same with the small ornament. I had to die cute each ornament – which was running them through my BigShot 40 times!

I make each bauble shape you score down the center of 3 of them, saving 1 to be the base and then you glue them together.  I did this 10 times and then made the center piece by scoring a rectangle strip and joining it to make a pinwheel shape.

I cut a large circle to use as the base to hold all the bauble shapes and glued them on using my hot glue gun. I added the satin ribbon to hang the ornament and filled in the gaps with bits of tulle.

It’s quite time-consuming but you sort of get on a roll with doing each part on its own and I think the final outcome is certainly worth it.

Ingredients:

  • Stamps & Dies– Stampin Up Ornament Keepsakes
  • Inks – Stampin Up Marina Mist
  • Cardstock – Stampin Up Whisper White
  • Misc. – white ribbon, white tulle & clear button

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Tiny Wreath

My card today was a super simple and quick card to make. I used some copper embossing powder on the corner of the card base, added a wreath and some twine as a ribbon and it was done – see – easy!

I’m entering this card for 3 challenges -> CASology #274 Tiny, Paper Craft Crew #267 Tic Tac Toe Challenge (I chose the top row for my card) and Freshly Made Sketches #312

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Ingredients: all Stampin Up

  • Copper embossing powder
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Boxwood wreath embellishment
  • Red & white twine (misc)

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Clean & Simple Sketch

Today my card is based on a sketch from the Clean & Simple #41 challenge. CAS style cards are right up my alley as I really like having white space to rest my eyes and draw my attention to the main element on the card and as you can see in this sketch the trio of circles at the top certainly draw your eye to the focal point.

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I used the circles to create little peek-a-boo holes for Santa to look through. This really was a super quick card to make. I already had the Santas fussy cut out, so it was just a matter of punching the holes, stamping the sentiment and then assembling the card.

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Ingredients:

  • Cardstock – Stampin Up Whisper white, Old olive & DSP Home for Christmas
  • Stamps – The Ton Mistletoe Kisses
  • Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack
  • Misc. – Red & white striped ribbon, 1 inch circle punch

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Christmas Ink Blending

I’m trying to build up my Christmas card stash at every opportunity I get and sometimes it’s fun to make a card with no stamping and don’t you think that sponging is rather relaxing. The current challenge over at AAA Cards #102 is all about ink blending and inspired my card.AAAcards102_logoAAAcards102

To create my scene, I masked off a circle to represent the moon and then used inks from Stamping Up to sponge the night sky. I die cut the sleigh and trees and placed them over the sky piece and I was done.

It’s not a traditional CAS card but maybe the night sky gives the illusions of white space?

Ingredients:

  • Inks – Stampin Up Night of Navy, Dapper Denim Soft Sky, & Basic Black
  • Misc. – Santa Sleigh die, Christmas tree die & star sequins
  • Cardstock – Stampin Up Basic Black & Whisper White

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Thankful

I love making cards to show my friends that I appreciate them and the current challenges over at CAS(E) this Sketch #246 and Just Us Girls #418 fit the bill to inspire my design.

I love the ink smooshing technique so took my ink pad and smooshed it onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then dabbed my card front onto it until I got the effect I wanted.

I then added some vellum die cut vine leaves, sequins, the sentiment and mounted them on some cardstock and glitter paper and hey presto my card was made!

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Ingredients:

  • Stamp – CAS-ual Fridays Wallflower (sentiment)
  • Cardstock – Stampin Up Whisper White, Bermuda Bay & vellum
  • Ink – Ranger Distress Oxide Peacock feathers & Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack
  • Misc. – Sequins, silver glitter paper & vine leaf die

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Kraft Birthday Card

Today I’m combining 2 challenges – one from Seize the Birthday toppings challenge to use a kraft card base and the other from Tic, Tac, Toe #022 where I chose the diagonal of stripes, ribbon & layers.  You can’t beat this recipe for a great masculine card.

I took a bit of liberty with the ribbon idea where I pleated a piece of DSP to look like a piece of pleated ribbon.

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I needed a birthday card for one of my nephews so went to a stamp set for a boy who loves music – Reverse Confetti ‘Inner Rock Star’. I stamped the guitar and records then fussy cut them out, stamped the sentiment on to a banner, used the eraser end of a pencil to create the white dots for the background and then layered all the components with dimensionals and stamped the musical notes for a finishing effect.

Ingredients:

  • Misc. Kraft Card Base
  • Stamp – Reverse Confetti – Inner Rock Star
  • Ink – Stampin Up Basic Black, Marina Mist and Craft White
  • Misc paper scraps from my stash.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Why I Participate in Challenges

So by now, you’d realise that I play along with a lot of challenges – why? – well I’m super busy with work and all the activities that my daughter is involved in so when I find that small bit of time to get crafty I often find myself just sitting there lacking inspiration.

So I go to my list of challenges for inspiration, many times I combine 2 or 3 as the thinking in done for me. They might be a sketch, colour scheme or a theme – so I then just grab the relevant items and I’m off. It’s a great way to create when you may only have 30 minutes free and lack ideas.

So here’s what I’ve been doing today:

I’m on my 3rd month of playing with the Gerda Steiner image challenges and this month we get to use her Balancing on ornament mouse digital image. He is adorable and I had so much fun colouring him in with my Stampin Up Blends.

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I also used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #311 to help me with my layout design.

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Ingredients:

  • Digital Image – Gerda Steiner ‘Balancing on ornament mouse’
  • Markers – Stampin Up Blends – Cherry Cobbler, Smokey Slate & Old Olive
  • Cardstock – Stampin Up – Whisper White & Cherry Cobbler, Stampin Up DSP Merry Musically
  • Misc – White puffy paint, gold embossing powder & gold thread

Up next is a card for a challenge for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #143. The challenge was an anything goes feminine card. I was asked to make a fun card for a little girl  and I’ve been wanting to try out a blackboard style card and I think it fits in nicely with this challenge.

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I made the actual blackboard by cutting and gluing the frame around some plain black cardstock. I used twine to tie it all together like a real blackboard.

Ingredients:

  • Cardstock – Stampin Up Crumb cake, Basic black & Whisper white
  • Stamps – Stampin Up Woodgrain (on the frame), Wacky Wishes (sentiment – retired) & Pretty Petites (banner – retired)
  • Punch – Stampin Up Petite Curly Label (retired)
  • Inks – Stampin Up Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry & Craft white
  • Misc – Twine

Thanks for looking and have a great day.