Saturday 28 August 2021

He'll Never Get Through That Door!!

 Following blogs and watching crafty videos can have consequences on the bank balance and this was the case here when I spotted this gingerbread house die set which I thought would be fun for Christmas and maybe even for other occasions if made in non seasonal colours.  Large enough to pop a little gift or a few chocolates inside but not too large that it uses loads of card to make it.  I cut out the gingerbread man with the intention of tying him to the top with ribbon but somehow that didn't work too well so I quickly glued him to stand beside the front door - immediately realising that he is larger than said door.  Never mind, we are allowed a bit of crafty licence I think. Each year I say that I don't need any more Christmas crafting stash but usually something or other is just too tempting.  I get the feeling that there should perhaps be a crafters' version of 'parental control' on our computers so that we are unable to visit sites which tempt us to buy even more 'stuff' 😉😉 - what do you think??  I'm not sure the designers and retailers would agree somehow.

Apologies for the poor photograph, not yet quite got to grips with the camera on my tablet.  I was so used to the old one but, like everything else, this seems to have become more high tech and complicated. A case of 'if in doubt read the instructions' I think rather than just 'winging it'. See edit below - third photo is the original not so good one!!

EDIT - I've taken two more photos using my camera this time - can't seem to delete the original though!!

Spellbinders Gingerbread House die set
Holly - dies from Joanna Sheen

Thursday 26 August 2021


 Still producing Christmas cards with a fairly simple one today using a selection of seasonal die cuts popped into little circular windows cut into a piece of white card, backed with a scrap of snowflake paper for a background..  I didn't think this one really needed a sentiment as the characters along with the green and red background speak for themselves.

Background - seasonal DSP from Stampin' Up
Characters - all from a magazine freebie die set which I've had for a few years I think

Tuesday 24 August 2021

Plants on the Wall

 I had a session cutting out quite a pile of small die cut leaves and plant containers and believe me it took some time and of course I then had to assemble them before they could be used to put a card together.  I've used two different embossing folders, one for the finer detailed 'wall' behind the actual plants and one with larger detail as a general background, both cream card sponged with ink to bring out the detail.  All this certainly helped to while away most of an afternoon - time flies when you're having fun 😉😉

Embossing Folders - from Sizzix and Crafter's Companion
Plants and Pots - set of Botanical dies from Sizzix


Sunday 22 August 2021

Playground Challenge #410

Time for another Playground Challenge, do pop along to see the lovely card by a guest designer.  This card of course features the prize which is on offer this time around. 

My offering this time is another Christmas card and I've used lots of snippets but as they are seriously teeny-tiny there is no significant decrease in the size of my 'snippet mountain'.  The die cuts were a tad fiddly to deal with but I think the result was worth the effort and I reckon whoever receives this card will smile when they open it.

Character dies - Santa's Workshop die set from Sizzix