Monday, 25 December 2017

Purr-fect Holidays and Cat Friends Treat Bag

Merry Christmas! Thought I'd share this cute Christmas treat bag holder featuring the whimsical cats from Purr-fect Holidays and Cat Friends sets from Poppystamps. Totally love these sets and truly purr-fect for all cat lovers, great for Christmas and can also be used any time of the year, as there are other generic cat images in both sets. This treat bag has been entered in Poppy Challenge PSC#39 Anything But A Card where the inspiration have been taken. 

The treat bag holder is created using the mini treat bag holder metals dies from Stampin' Up! and the patterned paper is Knit Picky from Lawn Fawn. I have created a fun scene incorporating both sets in a pleasing way. The hill is from Mama Elephant's new die set On the Hills and have used glimmer paper from Stampin' Up! to give that snow effect and adds extra sparkle. The ribbon is also from Stampin' Up! to embellish the cats in the Christmas stocking.  White tissue paper has been added inside the treat bag. 

The images have been coloured in with Copic markers and have based the gray and white tabby cat on my three cats,  the ginger coloured one is just for fun. Glossy accents have been applied on the star and baubles and Clear Wink of Stella on the ball of yarns.

The sentiment has been white heat embossed on Lawn Fawn Noble Fir cardstock to tie in with the Christmas tree.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. These sets are so much fun to create with and the creativity is endless. Thank you so much for stopping by, till next time Happy Crafting! Have a safe and Happy Holidays. :) 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop - 3D Church

Hello and welcome! We have a fun 3D project to share with you today that the super creative Liz designed and that is a 3D Church.  At first I was daunted on how to make one and first time is always the hardest but was surprised how easily it all came together in the end. It's an awesome project to make with an electronic cutter as it greatly helps to cut out the pieces easily. It's such a great investment getting one. Though with some ingenuity and substitution you could create one manually. Liz has a video tutorial on how to make one and is very beneficial. 

Whisper White cardstock was the base for the church structure and have used the Year of Cheer specialty dsp and Champagne foil sheet to dress it up.  I love the combination of the champagne foil with the lovely snowflakes pattern with gold, silver and champagne foil, very elegant.

Other sets used are:
• Starlight Thinlits - rather than a bell, I decided to use what I had on hand and made a Christmas star by die cutting 3 pieces and adhering them back to back to give it that 3D look.
•  At Home with you bundle for the door and greenery.
• Color Theory in Daffodil Delight as the backing for the door, giving a warm glow inside.
• Sleigh Ride Edgelits dies (retired) for added detail to the village scene.

To go inside the church, I have made a pop up card in a box using both the Hearts Come Home set and Hometown Greetings edgelit dies to create a snowy, glittery village scene that features the church. It perfectly coordinates using the same  supplies with the added touch of glimmer paper and the gold Foil Snowflake for some decoration. 

The sentiments are from Hearts Come Home set and have been gold and silver embossed on vellum and adhered with two small silver brads. I have also added the same champagne Star on the church spire which fits perfectly within the brad. Crumb Cake cardstock is the base and is a great neutral colour that coordinate well. This card in a box has been entered in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Icy Inspiration.

I hope you have enjoyed and have been inspired to try making one or both. The 3D church makes a stunning home decor and would look great with an electronic tea light inside and have it illuminated at night. Make sure you continue to hop around and see all the wonderful projects for more inspiration. Thank you so much for stopping by and wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Crafting always! :) 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Papercraft Business Challenge Blog - Season's Wishes

Happy Friday! Today is the official start of the Papercraft Business Challenge blog and am so excited to be sharing some fabulous designs with you at the start of every month as a design team member. This month's challenge is 'Anything Goes' or Christmas optional.  Click here or on the banner below to join in the fun and check out the design team's creative projects for more inspiration.

To make it even more exciting there is a prize for the winner! 
The winning prize is: Magnolia Designs – Christmas Eve Edwin stamp

With Christmas just around the corner, I have created a fun and festive card using the adorable images from Mama Elephant. The Little Reindeer Agenda set are just simply irresistible and looks awesome set against the town scene from the City Sidewalk set. 

I have used  the Season's Wishes and On The Hills Creative Cuts from Mama Elephant's new Christmas release. Both these sets work so well with existing sets and allows greater scene building possibilities. The On The Hills dies is so versatile and will definitely be used a lot in future card making especially for creating scenes and comes complete with faux stitched detailing. 

I love the clean and simple look in cards and the Mama Elephant imagery lends itself to this style very well. The images are coloured in with Copic markers and stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink. The gorgeous Season's Wishes sentiment looks fabulous in a white embossed resist ink blended background. I always try and incorporate some white heat embossing to my cards as it gives it that extra special touch and truly highlights the sentiment.  The sentiment underneath is from Merry Wishes and adds a warm greeting for the season. 

Ink blending has been achieved using Ranger distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Dried Marigold), with a round mini ink blending tool. The key is to start off light and a gentle pressure and slowly build up the tones and gradient. Love this colour combination as it's a sunrise kind of feeling. 

Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock has been used as it works so well with ink blending and glides like butter and is so forgiving! It truly is one of my favourite cardstock staples and can hold water pretty well as you can see in the water droplets ink distressing.

I hope you enjoyed and found inspiration. Love to hear what you think. I would also love for you to join in our first card challenge and can't wait to see what you create! Click here to join in the fun, Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

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