Sunday, November 27, 2011

Scandinavian Christmas

Over at Create with Kate's blog they are having their first challenge.  The theme is Scandinavian inspired - red and white and simple.  There is so much of this in the shops this year and it's all gorgeous, so it's the theme for my tree and house this Christmas.  I've never quite managed to carry off a theme before - too many little people eager to throw guady tinsel and multicoloured stuff everywhere LOL so we'll see if I get away with it this year!

Of course I had to use my Nordic Winter stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.  The images were stamped with Worn Lipstick distress ink and the same ink was used to colour the matting and layering card.  A bit of gingham ribbon and a couple of gems - done.  I think I'll be making quite a few red and white cards this Christmas, they're so easy!

Create with Kate are having a Christmas Crafting Jamboree in Athlone next Sunday Dec 4th and I can't wait!  Best bit of all - she's bringing her fabulous shop!

I'm entering this card into:

Scrapbook Sisters - Christmas Time
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog No. 54 - Monochrome

Thanks for visiting. Ger x.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Boot Camp Card

Another card from Holiday Card Boot Camp 2011 .  A background stamp covered in Distress Stains Picket Fence and sprayed with Perfect Pearls water is stamped over the card giving a ghostly effect.

Stamps: Papermania tree and sentiment, Hero Arts Large Fabric Background Stamp
Distress Inks: Distress Stains Picket Fence, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire
Card: Hero Arts Earth Designer Papers
White Embossing Powder, Twine, Button, Pearls.

Thanks for visiting. Ger x.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pink Box

I never did get around to showing this box which I made for Cliona Larkin's Summer Challenge.  Cliona has some fab tutorials, go take a look!

This box involved measuring, which I don't much like, but it was worth it.  I sponged the card with distress ink and added ribbon and a stickled X-Cut butterfly cut in half to emphasise the opening.

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

90 minute scramble

Last night's Hero Arts Flicker Group 90 minute scramble challenge was to create a non-holiday card from holiday stamps.  I wasn't going to enter until with 20 minutes left on the clock inspiration struck and I used a snowflake stamp to make the card.

Stamps: Hero Arts Find Joy (sentiment); Hero Arts Snowflakes

Thanks for visiting! Ger x

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Blue Nativity

I inked up the Hero Arts Artistic Circles background stamp with Perfect Medium and then removed some from the centre before stamping and white embossing, added Broken China and Chipped Sapphire.  Hero Arts sentiment black embossed, some stickles and pearls.

Thanks for looking! Ger x.

Image and sentiment: Hero Arts Greatest Gift stamp set

Holiday Card Boot Camp 2011

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway place at Holiday Card Boot Camp 2011 through Shari Carroll's blog - thanks, Shari!!

Today's videos included one showing the faux letterpress technique and I set out to make a card nothing like the one you see. LOL. Once things start to go wrong it just snowballs ... anyway I did end up with a card and although I didn't manage to accurately line up the outline sticker trees when sticking them back to back, it'll do.  Found a couple of cat's eye flatback blue gems which I liked.

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Outline sticker trees and sentiment
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Soft Pool Shadow Ink Hero Arts
Inside card stamped with Hero Arts Artistic Circles and Soft Pool ink

Quick Gift Bags

This has to be the easiest, quickest method for making a gift bag from any size sheet of paper.  I watched Hayley demo something similar to this on Create & Craft months ago and I hope to get a tutorial up this week.  The first bag was made from a sheet of A4 and the second from a 12 x 12 but I chopped a bit off the length of this bag before finishing it off.  Papers and embellishments are Papermania.

I know when I need a gift bag, I need it in a hurry so this is a great method for those moments.  Another advantage is, on the way to making the gift bag, you realise you've made something that can very quickly be made into an envelope!

Thanks for visiting. Ger x.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

At Christmas Time

I bought the Papermania At Christmas Time stamp set on Saturday and I've been having fun with it. The images are lovely to watercolour.  Papers and sentiment from the same collection, added a pearl and stickles to the rolled flower.

Then I got the Kraft card out and white embossed the door stamp, coloured here and there with Papermania brush markers.  My little snowman was made by drawing around two different sized bottle bases with a Perfect Medium pen and white embossing.  Added a hat and scarf cut from felt, a bit of card coloured orange with a marker for his nose and black enamel accents for his coal features and buttons.

White embossed the village scene and sentiment, added a touch of colour here and there.  Very fast and simple.

The lovely Poinsettia stamp coloured with distress inks and water, Spellbinders Labels 22 and sentiment and paper also from At Christmas Time by Papermania.  Ribbon and gems.

Gorgeous stamp set, difficult to stop stamping!

Thanks for visiting. Ger x.