Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Trees, and a pudding!

This is another card using the newest set of Crafty Templates. I love this quirky tree design and decided to add a couple of extra branches by using the template twice then arranging one on top of the other. Leo's added circles of differing sizes to use as leaves and I've crumpled; opened out, inked and layered a couple for my leaves. I used tiny ru-bons to make the message for one of the circles and added a flower to the centre. The papers are again from the "Family Tree" collection - one of the debut ranges from Bella Boulevard, along with some of the fab Sassafras Lass.
I cut a square shaped piece of bachground paper then handcut the scallops and added a holey pattern using the Cropodile
The second card is a mini card using a Christmas Pud template which actually forms part of another of Leo's suggested projects using the new template set. I just thought this little pudding shape would be perfect on a teeny tiny card, so first I cut the whole template from red card to make a base and the plate. I then used just the pudding section and cut it in felt and sewed a few black beads on for currants. I cut the holly section from green metallic card and then used one of the circle shapes from a Cuttlebug die to make the berries - there are berries on the template of course, but even with guidelines I can't cut a nice round shape so I always look for the easy way around the problem.

Mounted on white and gold card squares before adding to the base card, the whole thing took not time at all. There's an equally cute little tree template I meant to use to make a similar card, but I've not had time to make that one yet.

Did I mention that I've been playing around making templates for the Robo?
There's loads of free clipart out there whichcan be converted to amke simple and more intricate layered designs for cutting with Mr R. I found a lovely tree shape a few days ago and had it ready to go but hadn't actually tried it out. Yesterday Nicky posted a nice stressfree challenge on JB forum - all we had to do was put a Christmas Tree on our cards, LOs, whatever.

As I said yesterday the C card making has slowed a bit and needed a kick-start. Well Thank You Nicky! This was just what I needed. Plus of course a good excuse to make more use of those gorgeous new Cosmo Cricket papers I've been drooling over. Honestly, they are totally scrummy.

I cut a batch of the little trees and them made these three cards.
You can't really see the richness of the colours or how gorgeous the gold of that snowflake design on the red paper of top card really is, so you'll just have to take my word for it!
You can't really see the little glittery bits I added to the trees either.

Thanks for looking


Di said...

Fab cards Kathy, I really love that Christmas tree shape in your last piccie....fantastic xx

Gez said...

Fab cards Kathy. I just love the papers on the tree, they are perfect. The pudding card looks so classy & I love the rich reds & greens on your 3rd cards.
Great tips as well. Thank You.

Karen said...

Awe that little pud is so cute Kathy!!! I like the tree too and it can be used anytime.

that little robo cut tree is a lovely quirky shape, bending in the breeze!!! X

CraftyC said...

Stunning Kathy, love the colours and the top one os my favourite!

Janice said...

Busy, busy Kathy! Lovely things, I like the pudding -yum. And the robo trees are great, what a great idea.

Kaz said...

Gorgeous cards Kathy, you've made so many lately.

Angelnorth said...

Great cards again, love the beady currants on the pud and the tree in you last batch of cards looks like it's dancing! The colours on those papers do look rich and gorgeous!

Susan (Sue H) said...

Loving the Christmas Trees Kathy and those papers are truly scrummy!

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards Kathy!
Especially love the curly tree...x

Jozza said...

Fabulous cards Kathy!!! You've been so busy. Those papers look lush!