Wednesday, 17 December 2014

More Late Christmas Presents

I made these black, white and gold tags to match the pretty wrapping paper I used on these presents, with WMS Stitched Tags, WMS Snowflake Two and WMS Ornate Ornaments.  Initially I was going to die cut a white snowflake and mount it on a black medium stitched tag but then I thought it would be fun to use a negative die cut and this was what I came up with.

This sentiment from WMS Ornate Ornaments works perfectly on the bottom edge of the largest stitched tag and there is plenty of space to write gift details subtly obscured from view on the area that falls behind the upper tags.  I was thinking also that the top two layers could be reused by the recipients.

I am entering these tags in the final (sniff, sniff) Waltzing Mouse Fanatics Challenge.

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Some Late Presents and Sad News

I know Christmas comes at the same time each year but for some reason it always catches me unawares.  Three craft fairs and a nasty bug which did the rounds of the family, eventually getting me too, have really undone me this year.  

These presents should have been in the post two weeks ago so I am not holding much hope for them arriving before Christmas.  Someone suggested that I shop on Amazon - as if someone at Amazon would put the love into wrapping and tagging these gifts that I do.  Christmas isn't just about spending money on someone is it (which is just as well 'cos we're pretty broke this Christmas), it's about showing that you care.  And I hope these presents show that, even if they're late.  Anyway Christmas is a season not a day !!!

The sad news is that the Waltzing Mouse Fanatics Challenge is closing.  There is a prize for their last challenge so head on over for their  last challenge which is Anything Goes as long as you use WMS products.  I'm entering these gift tags which I made to match the purple paper I used to wrap these presents.

I made double tags using the larger two WMS Stitched Tag Dies.  I got this idea from Claire Brennan, of Waltzing Mouse Stamps.  I stamped the upper tag with the smallest of the WMS Gingham and Co gingham backgrounds because there was gingham in the paper, and topped it with a Tim Holtz Mini Deer.  The Base Tag I stamped with sentiments from WMS Ornate Ornaments.  I used Dusty Concord Distress Ink for the gingham and the sentiment. I have all these pretty papers but it's often easier to make my own backgrounds and not have to worry about matching ink colours.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blue Snowflakes

I've been busy writing Christmas cards this week and of course found myself short so I came up with this quick card based on the sketch which is Waltzing Mouse Fanatics Challenge 32.

I die cut 5 of the WMS Snowflake 2 from pale blue and lined them up in two columns on some white card,  coloured some white pearls with a silver BIC Mark it pen and placed them in the centres of the snowflakes and then stamped a sentiment from WMS Alpine Christmas and embossed it in silver.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Wedding Blues and Lilacs

A friend asked me to make up a wedding card in blue and lilac.  I struggled at first until I remembered this beautiful paper from Kaisercraft Utopia.  

I attached some paper to foam board and cut two primitive hearts from an Ellison Thick Cuts die.  I then partially cut one of the hearts from the other so they would nestle up close together and gave them a good coat of glossy accents to make sure they stay that way.

The sentiment is from WMS Big Day Additions.  I've mounted it on a Spellbinders Replendent Rectangle.  I tried some WMS Funky Flowers in the top left corner, but I just couldn't get them to sit right given the space available.  I ended up using these die cut loopy flowers.  They were cut with a Cuttlebug die but I can't remember what they're called since they were one of the first dies I ever owned and the packaging is long gone.  I gave them a liberal dose of Glossy Accents as well.

The envelope is stamped with a WMS Funky Flower.  I also stamped another and cut it out with the matching die to make an elegant envelope seal.  WMS Cutting Edge Dies cut so well that the double sided tape I attached to the back of the image didn't phase it.  If you're sending something through the post any embellishments have to be stuck down well or you risk losing them, or worse having your card mangled.

I'm entering this in the WMS Fanatics Challenge 31 - Flowers.  

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Baby Girl Card

I recently bought the Memory Box Baby Carriage die and have been itching to use it.  I knew it would be beautifully paired with this sentiment from the WMS Big Day Today set.

I used a partial Label 14 die to frame the sentiment.  It reminds me of a cloud and I've dangled a die cut star, moon (cut one circle from another) and heart from it so it resembles a crib mobile.

The inside easel sentiment is computer generated - it's just something that came to me based on the front scene, though I dare say I'm not the first to think of it.  I tried to keep the font sympathetic to Claire's beautifully scripted Welcome sentiment.  Again I used a partial Label 14 die so that it matched the front.  

The little baby carriage on the envelope was stamped with an old wooden mounted stamp.  I last used  used this ten years ago when I made the birth announcements for Simon.

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