Friday 1 December 2023

Two Minute Two-For-One Designs

 

Last year, I showed you 3 ideas for 2 minute Christmas cards. Well this year, I'm doubling the fun with 3 ideas for two-minute, two-for-one designs. And I'm keeping it real and showing you what really went wrong and how I didn't let my mistakes slow me down!

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Saturday 25 November 2023

Joy to the World

 

Welcome to this week's LIMES inspiration post!

I chose this card as my inspiration from the gallery of this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper!

LIST: Colours (pink, white, green, red), Techniques (stamping, die cutting), Elements (red flowers with leaves, 3 dragonflies, stamped sentiment on label die, splatter, ribbon)

INCLUDE: red, green, white, leaves, stamped sentiment on label, splatter

MODIFY: Christmas instead of spring, holly instead of flowers, stencilling instead of stamping, snowflakes instead of dragonflies, moved the sentiment, black mat instead of green/pink

EXCLUDE: ribbon, pink


I've been having fun with a new set of small stencils - each one is the size of a tag and the have various holiday-themed images.

I created a random pattern of holly leaves with two colours of deep green ink, then used red and fuchsia for the berries - the fuschia gives a kind of pinky glow to them.

I stamped my sentiment with the same red and fuchsia inks, and cut it out with a stitched circle die. I added 3 gold 'snowflake/star' die cut shapes.



Friday 24 November 2023

Saturday 18 November 2023

Holly Jolly Christmas

 

Welcome to this week's LIMES inspiration post!

I chose this card as my inspiration from the gallery of this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper!



LIST: Colours (red, white, pink, silver), Techniques (embossing, die cutting), Elements (grid of hearts, oval sentiment panel, heat embossed stamped sentiment)

INCLUDE: red, white, grid of small shapes, , die cutting, 

MODIFY: colours, stenciled instead of die cut, small cirlce   and die cut for sentient

EXCLUDE: hearts, oval, heat embossing, scallops

You all know I love a grid layout, and I've had this idea ever since I got this half-circle stencil. I wanted to blend it then turn the stencil to create these 3/4 pie shapes. But the circles didn't match up when I turned the stencil. I was not going to be defeated by that! lol! I masked off one of the half-circle shapes and blended darker green ink through individaully.

Then I used a similar technique to mask around a circle on another stencil and I added some red berries

I have a couple of sentiment stamp sets that have these little 'type-written' greetings that fit perfectly in small circle die cuts. I added a red frame and added it to a die-cut Christmas word






Card Making Illusions

 


We all know that card making is magic! Layering inks to create the look of embossing is a really great card making illusion, and today I'm sharing tips for this PLUS 8 other cardmaking illusions in a video on my YouTube channel. I think a few of them will surprise you! This video is part of the Winter Wonder hop, hosted by Robin, The Delta Crafter so there's even more winter inspiration when you hop along! 



Saturday 11 November 2023

The Lord Is Come

 

Welcome to this week's LIMES inspiration post!

I chose this card as my inspiration from the gallery of this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper!

LIST: Colours (persimmon, yellow, blue, gold. white), Techniques (die cutting) Elements (nativity scene with circle around, pine trees, script die cut sentiment, shooting star, interesting background)

INCLUDE: persimmon, yellow, blue, white, nativity scene with circle, interesting (if I do say so myself!) background

MODIFY: stencil technique, added Joseph, embossed and inkblended frame, stamped sentiment, my star is not 'shooting'

EXCLUDE: pine trees

SPIN: square card




The non-traditional, but rich colours of this Christmas card really caught my eye. And the name of the colour - persimmon - it just sounds nice, doesn't it? lol!

I used a new layering stencil set from Concord &9 and then layered on some radiating glow by using some masking stencils and added a sentiment from Waffle Flower.  I used a smaller circle stencil to create a glow around Baby Jesus.  I spritzed the panel with shimmer spray - this adds shimmer and a velvety finish to the cardstock.

For my persimmon frame, I inkblended yellow, orange and red onto it, then embossed it with an embossing folder and spritzed shimmer spray and then splattered some gold watercolour on it.




Friday 10 November 2023

DIY Bouquet Calendar Gift


I was inspired to make a layered 2024 calendar by a reel I saw on Instagram. I used some new products from Catherine Pooler and Crafty Meraki to put my own spin on it!