Saturday, 19 December 2015

Reindeer Card Cuteness

After making the gift tags for the ladies who attend my classes I was inspired to use that same idea for a match book style card. I needed a quick card that could hold 2 message panels as a thank you card for someone special from my aunt and I. Here is what I came up with.

It was super easy to make. I cut an A4 piece of cardstock in half lengthways and scored along one short end at 3cm. I used the Curvy Corner trio punch on the corners of the other short end. After folding up on the score line and securing the inside with tape, I simply folded the top down, tucked it into the match book part and then used a bone folder to give a nice crisp crease.

You can see the 2 message panels inside. The front one is just cut 1 cm shorter in length so that a message can be stamped on each one. This type of card is perfect for when you have a few people wanting to write a message or to put a gift card into. The trees are from the Peaceful Pines stamp set and the words are from Holly Jolly Greetings.

There was not really a plan when I decorated the front. I started off with an offcut of Winter Wonderland DSP, added the Cherry Cobbler mat to that, attached it to the Soft Suede card front and stared at it for a while until a idea popped into my head! The Whisper White panel matted with the Cherry Cobbler was left over from something else and worked perfectly. See.....sometimes there is a reason for having things strewn around your work table! I like the different sized borders. Mixing up the proportions of your layers adds a bit of interest. I attached my last reindeer clip to the Whisper White mat then added a candy dot for a nose. Before adhering the 'merry' from the Christmas Greetings thinlits set I placed it where I wanted it to go then moved it up 2 mm. That allowed me to stamp using the Holly Jolly Greetings set and get it to perfectly line up. If I glue first then stamp I invariably get ink on the die cuts. I can see lots of variations on this card design for birthdays and other occasions.

Thank you to all of my loyal followers who have sent me messages. I am still on the medical merry go round having tests done and seeing different specialists - hence the fewer than normal posts. I'm sure that I'll be back on deck with more posts in the New Year.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for you support and  to wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2016 is a really fabulous year for you all.
PS. - remember in this last week before Christmas that Santa would like to hide in your craft room from time to time for a sanity break! 

Monday, 14 December 2015

Reindeer tags

I made these cute reindeer tags as a thank you for the lovely ladies who come to my monthly class.

They are so easy but I think they turned out really well. I tend to keep pretty things like these reindeer clips but this year I decided I just have to use them. For special people only of course! I started with some off cuts of Whisper White and strips of Winter Wonderland DSP left over from another project. I used the Curvy Corner trio punch on the front edges and put a ribbon slot on the front. Then I just added mats (from my scrap bin) until I liked the look. The black glimmer paper looks lovely with light shining on it.

A candy dot for the nose finished off the tag. Tie it onto a bag and you are good to go.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

C for Christmas and candle .... Just Add Ink #291 Just add C

Today I finally have had a chance to share with you a project that we made in our Christmas break up class on Monday. These 3D tea light candle Christmas trees are so easy to make. They put on a great display. I love projects that take minimum effort and have maximum effect. Just what you need at this time of the year.

I thought that they would be perfect for this week's challenge over at Just Add Ink #291 Just add C.


I have used the Cutie Pie thinlits to make these trees. You can whip them up in no time. The Peaceful Pines stamp set and coordinating Perfect Pines framelits dies add the finishing touches.

Adding some of the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum stack into the aperture cut out gives a lovely effect when the candle is on. Adding a solid tree behind the main image and just showing a little as a border gives a really pretty effect in the candle light.

These trees would also make great Christmas table decorations and bonbons. Add treats to the inside. By the time everyone has eaten the goodies it'll be night time and time to turn the candles on!

Don't you love the Winter Wonderland Embellishments I've added to each large star?

Making these trees is very easy. When you are diecutting one of the box pieces (you need 2) place the triangle die into position and cut the aperture out at the same time. Fold on all score lines and place some double sided tape around the inside of the triangular frame. I cut a template for the vellum by tracing around the outside of the triangle die piece onto cardstock. Trace around your template onto vellum, cut out and adhere to the inside of the box. Assemble as normal. I had better go and make a few more to adorn my Christmas table. I have the best intentions but I can see these being made on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning! Lucky they are so easy to make!
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