Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Wishes Tea light candle box card

On Sunday I showed you how to make a Tea Light Candle Box card. It was so easy and fun that I got on a roll and made a few more. This card is to send overseas to someone who will be having a white Christmas.

The colours were inspired by the inspiration Challenge over at Just Add Ink this week.

My card didn't end up having as rich colours as in the picture but I did use the jewel tones as inspirtation. When I added a few darker colours it made the inside of my 'house' look creepy and spooky rather than Christmassy!

I have used the Home & Hearth framelits to create the window. I have turned it on its side to give a better view of my trees inside.

Fancy Frost DSP makes some nice wall panelling. The Holly Berry Builder punch teamed with the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set makes quick work of the swag element on the front.

And of course it folds flat to fit into a standard Australian C6 envelope. In this photo you can see more of the inspiration I took from the Just Add Ink inspiration picture. I have given most elements a coat of Clear Wink of Stella. I had intended the bow to be a bit like a belly band but I realised that it stayed in place after standing the card up. Bonus.......means the recipient doesn't have to keep tying the bow.

The back panel is easily decorated with the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set.

So why don't you have a go at making one of these easy cards that has a real wow factor????

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourite Products Blog Hop

Welcome back to another ESAD blog hop. Whether you are starting with me or have hopped over from visiting Tanya DeRoy, you are in for a real treat as we all show you some of our favourite products from the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.

I'm at that stage where I am starting to panic about all I have to do for Christmas and the lack of time I seem to have. I'm sure I'm not alone! So I'm culling non-essentials from my list! Who needs a cake for Christmas anyway??? One thing I don't want to cut from my list is those special cards I want to make for really special people. So I got to thinking about a simple design that might look like I took a lot of time to make but is actually quick and easy. (If you receive one of these cards from me yours did take a long time to make though!). So here is what I came up with - a simple hybrid of many box and tea light cards I've made before. I've called it a Tea Light Box card.

I knew that the Greetings from Santa bundle would be perfect for this card - with a few other favourites from the catalogue thrown in. It folds flat to fit into an envelope (and to store until next year).

And then stands up to really put on a show with a battery operated tea light candle inside.

You can add vellum if you like a more opaque look but for this card I have used some Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate behind Santa's beard to give a bit of shine and sparkle.

 I've added a belly band for a bit of extra detail. 

It simply slides off so you can open the box up.

Add some Real Red stitched edge ribbon and Kraft rope trim............

.....and some Mini Jingle Bells tied off with gold baker's twine (all from the Holiday Catalogue of course) and you have the perfect finishing touches.

The back panel has plenty of space to write your message. I love the border thinlits from this set. They add great detail - just a pop of Real Red showing through onto the Whisper White.

This is the template I made for the card. It has the instructions on it as well. I always make up a template for card folds and it is amazing how often I refer back to them. When you score, fold and stand it up it all makes sense and helps with the placement of the different panels.
Front of template.

Back of template.
Now make sure you check out everyone in our hop and show us some love by leaving some comments. We all love to hear what you think. Next stop on the hop is my talented and gorgeous friend Kelly Kent. (PS No payment has been received for compliments!)........Yet!



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