Uhm today found me puzzling over what to do for a 'nice and easy' Christmas card. ..
and, as is often the way with these things, what you start out wanting to do, ideas and all - usually morphs into something entirely different by the time you have finished - and such was the story here.
...so rather than the one layer card I thought I had in mind - which is still buried in there somewhere I think .. I not only ended up with a raised layer card - what would we do without Stampin' Up's Dimensionals! - but it had punched/cut-out windows as well, inspired by the November challenge over at House of Cards.
There is a brilliant video tutorial from Mynn, one of the lovely Design team, to get you started and some lovely samples to inspire us all.
I came across this via a visit to the lovely Em Louise Fairley - aka 'Creative-Em'! a member of their Group 2 Design Team. For those of you who prefer written instructions, she has some on her blog.
I die-cut the circles in my card using one of the small size dies in the Circles Framelits set. My insets came from scraps of the lovely music script paper - one of the beautiful designs in the Home for Christmas DSP pack- there really are some absolutely fabulous vintage inspired designs in this set and it is truly is my 'go to pack' of papers - at the moment. I just love it.!
and with its vintagey feel (is that a real word?) am entering it for their Challenge no. 38# Traditional Christmas over at 'Vintage Stamping Challenge'.
The frame for the baubles was just a circle of Real red card stock cut with the 1 and 3/4" punch then I used the same die as I did for the baubles just to cut out the rest to leave me the frame! I mounted this round the cut-outs then added a little hand drawn strings and some toning ribbon for the bows,
My tiny poinsettias - are just fussy cut using the Petite petals punch and the 'pointsettia' paper - with and little yellow and festive coloured candy dots and a bit of stamping/sponging to finish!
and the sentiment - another punched window for this as well - using the Decorative Label Punch - I hope you can see the slightly recessed impression this particular technique gives you a little better in this photo.?
well perhaps not quite so 'Nice and easy' as I originally intended - but then 'change does often happen' as am sure someone once said, somewhere!
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well, Saturday again tomorrow and where these weeks are flying to is quite a mystery! Scary stuff that the 'C' word is literally only 49 sleeps away!
but another first for me this Sunday and something to look forward to - am off to cheer on some work colleagues in a local 'am dram' performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe - a first for watching a G&S operetta, not cheering on my colleagues, you understand!
til next time - happy crafting and will leave you with this thought
''Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep"
Scott Adams - he of the famous 'Dilbert' and his boardroom antics, incidentally!