Saturday 10 October 2020


 I've made a couple more Christmas cards using the houses which I'd cut out but with this one I've gone a little off-piste because I only had a couple of smaller houses left.  I did incorporate a strip of the DSP with printed trees for one of the layers.  Decided to die cut a car using a die from a freebie set which I've had for a few years, cut out some larger trees and 'found' a stray lamp post in the tray on my desk.

Sky layer - printed from Artylicious Season's Greetings CD
Tree layer and houses - DSP from Stampin' Up Trimming the Town
Car - die cut using a free set of dies and stamps I've had for some time
Large trees - Sizzix Seasonal die set Santa's Workshop
Lamp post - stray item found on my desk, left from last Christmas I imagine
Snowy area - embossing folder from Creative Expressions
Hills - cut using dies from Lawn Fawn stitched hills borders

Thursday 8 October 2020

Christmas Cards

 I thought it was probably time to get on with some Christmas cards - I've made a few here and there through the year but a more serious effort is required to get more done.  My friend Anne suggested to me (persuaded me!) that I really needed to acquire some designer series paper (DSP) which has a series of houses on some of the sheets which can be cut out either using a lovely die set which I don't own ~ yet ~ or alternatively they are quite easy to cut out using scissors.  I know that Anne has been making cards using this DSP and if you watch out for her next blog post I'm sure you will be seeing what she has come up with.  

So far I've made a total of five cards, all similar but not exactly alike - batch making isn't really my scene although I have to say it would be a more efficient method than my normal way - not really into time and motion study and let's face it time isn't really a problem when I'm at home pretty well all the time.  I printed off some background papers for the sky and die cut the snowy landscapes and trees adding sentiments in most cases.

For this card I die cut some snow with a line of trees, snowline with row of houses which I also cut using some yellow card so that I could light up the windows.  The snow at the base was die cut and then put through an embossing folder for texture.  Coloured houses and paper trees were all cut from the DSP and for this one no sentiment has been added although there is a space in the sky if I decide to add one later.  You will probably be seeing the other four cards at some point.

Background paper - printed from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD from way, way back
Treescape and Houses - dies from Crafter's Companion
Houses and Paper Trees - cut from Stampin' Up DSP Trimming the Town
Embossing Folder - Creative Expressions I think
Snow - Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside borders

Sunday 4 October 2020

Pixie Snippets #388

 Time to visit the Playground once again and what a fun card the lovely Di has produced for us this time ~ I think I will have to ask for my name to be included in the draw for the brilliant die used - don't you just love the long johns 😁.  I've used quite a lot of fairly small snippets for  my card this time as well as delving into several different sets of dies in order to build up an interesting scene.  I started with the octagon die which I cut once in green and once in a patterned card.  I then sliced the top off the patterned piece to form a little slope.  Next came the tree house cut from a kraft card snippet, over stamped with bark design; followed in turn by the toadstools, flowers, grass and last but not least the two gnomes. Phew, that was a lot of die cutting and sticking I must say.  I'm probably going to use this as a New Home card but will add a suitable sentiment when I finally decide (left space for it at the bottom).

Octagon - die set from Daisy Mae
Tree House - from die set by Hello Bluebird
Large Toadstool and Flowers - Sizzix Funky Foliage die set
Gnomes and Small Toadstools - die set Gnome and Santa from Karen Burniston
Ground Slope - Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die set
Blades of Grass - Grassy Edges Dienamics from My Favourite Things
Stamping on Tree - Woodgrain stamp from Stampin' Up