Friday, 16 October 2020

Trimming the Town

Thought I'd share more of the cards made using the Trimming the Town DSP - ingredients are much the same as listed on my previous posts.  I've quite enjoyed putting these cut out houses together in varying ways to make a selection of Christmas cards.  I still have a few more variations but will save them for another day.


Wednesday, 14 October 2020


 As well as tempting me with crafty items I don't have, viewing blogs often serves as a reminder of something which I already have in my stash.  This was the case when I spotted a card posted  by Jules when I remembered that I had some dies which I could use to make a card similar to and inspired by one of her recent makes. If you look near the top of her blog you will also find a link to a library of wonderful card layout sketches - yet another source of inspiration when you are stuck for ideas.  I sorted out some background papers and oddments of card to die cut the components for this card, starting with some toning background papers, followed by the ovals one of which was run through an embossing folder to give it some interest.  I then cut out the various small pieces of the succulents and their pots and assembled them, finally adding a simple greeting.  Thanks Jules for a timely reminder which didn't result in any retail therapy 😊

Background - bits and pieces from my stash, border die from Crafter's Companion
Ovals - dies from Tonic, embossing folder from Creative Expressions
Succulents - die set from Sizzix Dimensional Botanicals
Sentiment - computer generated, punches from Stampin' Up

Monday, 12 October 2020


I'll give you a break from Christmas cards for today and share something different.  I came across the remnants of a card kit which came with a magazine and tried to think of a way of using up some of the bits and pieces.  There were some good size pieces of card with printed and foiled images and I selected one of them for the basis of the card, then used a teacup die to cut out three cups from some of the scraps.  The sentiment was also part of the kit and that was a fairly quick card to put together once I'd decided on how to use up the 'bits'.  I fancy it is an advantage having a fairly good memory for all the dies and stamp collections I've amassed from the magazine freebies over the years - mind you it does often take a while to actually find them 😄

Remnants of a kit from Hunky Dory magazine
Teacup die - another freebie which came with a different magazine ages ago