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2013 and it's time for a change

Hello 2013.  Are you ready for it?  I am.  For the past month or so I've been thinking about 2013 and what I want to do.  I've also been thinking about this blog and what it's been in the past years and I've realised that it's time for a fresh approach.  For the past 3 years I've largely posted about projects I've been working on.  I've shown you some pics and occasionally listed what I used to make it, but I haven't done much more than that.  2013 is time to spice it up and to give this blog a little love - for me and for you.  So here's what I'm going to do.

Starting tomorrow I'll be introducing some new features to this blog.

#tooeasytuesday will be a weekly blog post to kick off you week right.  Sometimes at the start of the week it's hard to find your mojo.  Complex tasks and projects seem to be just out of reach.  #tooeasytuesday will be simple.  It will be easy.  It will be chic.  And hopefully it will inspire you.  For the b…

3 more sleeps

Well this is my last post before Christmas and I just want to take this opportunity to say Happy Holidays. Thank you for following my blog this past year.  Thank you to those of you who have commented, messaged me or come along to a class.  I really do appreciate and value your friendship & encouragement. The final two cards I made are a stepped up version of the bunting cards I showed you earlier in December.  I kept it simple with the same techniques but just added an embossed background layer to give it some extra oomph.  Hope you like it.

Where ever you are, whatever you are doing this holiday season - I hope and pray it's filled with joy and love for you and your families.  See you in the new year.

Happy crafting.


4 more sleeps

I've been really getting into embossing lately.  I love the shimmer and shine that it gives to a card.  I also really love the process, even though it's a bit messy.  When the powder starts to change under heat, it's a magical transformation.
I used my bigshot agaoin on this card to emboss the backgrounds.  I just love embossed backgrounds lately.  There's something about the texture which really appeals to me.  After adding a few more layers and embossing the tree I decided to keep the embellishments simple - just some plain ribbon and one sparkling gem to act as a star.

Happy crafting.


5 more sleeps

One of the things I love most about Christmas is the beautiful decorations. I do love putting up my Christmas tree and seeing the lights twinkle at night.    With this card I wanted to build on the patchwork card I showed you a week or so ago.  I made the tree a little smaller, added some layered frames and an embossed background.  A bit of ribbon and a shiny brad for a star - and hey presto - another Christmas card.

Happy crafting.


Let the Christmas countdown begin

6 more sleeps until Santa comes.  Are you excited?  I am.  Not so much about the jolly fat man in a red suit, but I am looking forward to catching up with family and friends and some time off to enjoy the summer.  But before I can do either of those things I need to share a few more blog posts with you the next few days.  You see I made more Christmas cards.  And as I can't post about them in January there will be a bumper lot of posts from me in the next few days.  Are you ready?  It's not too late to make a few yourself.

This card was super quick and easy to make.  I used my big shot to emboss the backgrounds and also to cut out the layered frames.  A few quick stamps and a punch later and ta da... more cards done.  The colour isn't quite right on here.  It's actually a lot less intense in person - which I much prefer.  The thing I love about a card like this is was easy to create and would be great if you had to make a large number - quick and easy.

Happy crafting.

Oh Christmas tree!

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas every where I go.  The lights are up in the streets around my house, carols are playing in the shops, and everyone seems to be in a mild panic trying to get everything done before the big day.  Thankfully I've been making cards for weeks now so I'm almost up to speed... except for the Christmas baking I need to do.  (Fingers crossed I can get on to that tonight).
Here's another Christmas card I made recently.  Still on my vintage patchwork theme from making my bunting cards, I decided to use the same punch (Petite Pennants Builder) and punch out some contrasting Designer Series Paper to make a tree.  The DSP is double sided and came in a pack so it was already colour coordinated (yay) and all I had to do was assemble it.  I added some Dazzling Diamonds and Crystal Effects to the star at the top to give it some glitz - but it's hard to see in the photo.

I think I'll have to try and see if I can make a paper quilte…

Silent night

Still on the subject of Christmas cards... I think my favourite new stamp set is the Silent Night set.  I love that I can create both modern funky cards and something more traditional and elegant like you see here today.  I also love that it shares the message of Christmas in words from a very familiar and much loved carol.
This card using some very simple techniques of layering to give texture, and embossing to add depth and texture to the base card.  I also spritzed some gold shimmer paint on the tree (although it's hard to see in the photo) to give some added bling to the card.

Hope you like it.  Happy crafting.