Friday, December 18, 2020

Tagged! (Countdown to Christmas 7)


This time next week it'll be Christmas Day - you really wanted to hear that, didn't you?  In all honesty, Christmas Day won't be much different for us as we usually spend it, just the two of us on our own at home.  But we do see various members of our family 'around' the time - not this year though,  there'll be doorstep present deliveries where we can, and the rest have been despatched to various corners of the courier or post. 

However much we'd like to see them now, we'd rather see them get safely through this pandemic and then we'll have so much more to celebrate when we do get together again.  So we'll all stick to phone calls and internet 'meets' and show how much we care by staying away from each other.

If only everyone would behave the same way.

After that bit of ranty waffle its time for the last
Daring Cardmakers challenge of the year.

Countdown to Christmas Week 7 is

 Tags, Toppers and Labels

Here's your chance to share the tags or other kind of gift labels you've made to adorn your presents.  Whether simple and stylish or intricate and detailed we would really love to see them.

You cans see what the DT made, and share your own creations with us Here.
We're off now for our annual break, but we'll be back on January 9th 2021.  This challenge and the InLinkz gadget will stay open till then

We wish you all a Very Happy and Peaceful Christmastime

Tags are definitely NOT my favourite thing to make!But they are rather necessary at Christmas or it would be a free-foe-all when it came to knowing which gift was for whom!  So, over the last few years I've developed  a 'bung things on' attitude to tags and adding the recipients name as part of the 'assemblage'
 I also find writing messages on them really tedious, so my own way around is to make something that combines a name tag and decoration, then assume everyone will realise the gift is from us because no-one else does them that way 😆😆

Here are a couple of the tag-toppers I've made this year. 

The base card is a lovely pearlised copper, I've used some papers from a digital download and lots of die cuts with various card types.  For the tiny tags I started by adding the names in a list in Paint Shop Pro, choosing a font and size and printing them out with enough gaps between to them cut into tags.printing the names. To complete, I added some thread for the tags and a few little gold gems


  Apologies for the next two photos - the presents are a bit big to fit in my photo  light-box so had to do without.

 Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you'll leave a comment, I really appreciate it when people take the time to leave a message!

Happy Crafting, Happy Christmas, and please Stay Safe


Friday, December 11, 2020

Oh Deer!


I hope your week has gone well and you're feeling on top of this Christmas malarky.  If only, eh?

No time for waffling, you'll be happy to hear - straight on to my
Daring Cardmakers project for this week

Countdown to Christmas Week 6 is

 Animal Antics at Christmas

Make anything you'd like as long as it features
a creature or two!
Reindeer, penguins, polar bears, festive robins, puppies or kittens
Show them on your crafty projects this week and then share
them all with us by leaving your link Here

My original idea to have a whole row of reindeer with their names just wouldn't fit on the card size I wanted to use, so I simplified my design and ended up making three cards instead of one,  Well, I'd spent ages cutting all those little reindeer 'bits' already

The first two cards have 3 reindeer each, two with black noses and Rudolf has a glittery red nose of course.
The dies are ancient QuicKutz ones that tend to make an appearance each Christmas because they are so cute and easy to use.  I have several other deer dies, but for some reason I struggle to use them.
I made some new Black and White sentiments on the pc and added some red and white baker's twine for some extra detail
Now I only had one reindeer left, and I was too lazy to cut more so I delved into my little box of unused die cuts and found a few that would work together to make an 'assemblage' 
There's a simple black tree (old Cuttlebug die). some red and gold snowflakes and stars and a few red gems all arranged on a gold glitter card Scribble Circle (Tonic Studios)/ I added rhw same kind of sentiment and twine elements to make it part of the set of three.

That's it for this time, I hope you like them it would be great to hear from you.  I'd be really interested to know how you get on with deer dies - I keep buying them but never feel really happy with what I make with them.  Yes, I know that's bonkers! 
Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you'll leave a comment, I really appreciate it when people take the time to leave a message!

Happy Crafting, and please Stay Safe


Tuesday, December 08, 2020

December Inspiration (Countdown to Christmas 5)


Hi there
I'm late with my post this week.   
We had a few days away at our flat in Southwold, we let it thorough a Holiday Cottage company, but if there's no bookings its lovely to get away, have a change of scene, do a few upkeep jobs, deliver supplies for our housekeeper etc.  This year has been challenging!

Anyway.... I did manage to get my DCM project completed and photographed ahead of Friday, I just didn't get rounf to blogging it so here it is now.

Countdown to Christmas Week 5 for the Daring Cardmakers is also the first Friday of the month, so its

  December's Elemental Inspiration Challenge

This week is the first Friday of December - Christmas is definitely on the way!
We're making cards again this time

Remember, you just need to pick a minimum 3 elements from the picture to use when making your card - there are masses of choices on this one! 

The colour palette counts as one element, and other ideas you could use are Squares, Layout, Advent, Grid, Numbers, all the little pictorials...

We are looking forward to seeing your creations, but do check out the blog for some from the team to get you in the mood!

I've used some of the colours, the squares and some of the little pictures to make this card, and I quite like how its turned out (for once!)
I started by using Washi tape to create the 3-squares grid and then added some inky colours from the picture.  I didn't measure the squares, just went by eye, so they a little random.
I cut the scribble squares and other shapes in various types of silver card and added some red glitter card 'berries' for another colour-pop
The sentiment is pc generated and adhered over some lengths of silver thread.
A few tiny silver stars were added to give a bit of 'out of the frame' interest

Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you'll leave a comment, I really appreciate it when people take the time to leave a message!

Happy Crafting, and please Stay Safe