Wednesday 27 March 2024

Christmas Craft Creations Challenge Reminder - Designer Paper

Hi crafters,

The Reminder Team are sharing more inspiration over at the Christmas Craft Creations Challenge Blog for our March theme of Designer Paper.

I made three cards using one sheet of the Honey Bee Stamps Holiday Traditions 6" x 6" Designer Paper.  It stood out for it's bold design and mix of traditional and modern colours.  

I made three card bases using heavyweight white cardstock in American A2 size of 4.25" x 5.5".  I cut the 6" x 6" piece of designer paper at 4" and then cut that piece on the diagonal to get two backgrounds.  This left me with a strip that I could use on the third card.  

Card 1

I masked the edges of my card with Gina K Masking Magic Strips and stamped the Picket Fence Studio Hark, the Angels Sing Background Stamp in Concord & 9th Avocado ink.  I added the designer paper section below and then finished off with a strip of gold metallic cardstock on the diagonal edge.  I created the poinsettia using the Altenew Poinsettia 3D Die Set in Real Red cardstock from Stampin' Up! with a gold metallic centre die cut.  I stamped my sentiment using the Spellbinders Mini Christmas Greetings Stamp Set in the Avocado ink to match my background stamping.  

Card 2

The second card uses the leftover strip of designer paper.  I created a panel of white cardstock and splattered Light Gold from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colours palette.  I set this off to the side to dry while I stamped my focal image.  I used the Concord & 9th 
Ornament Stamp & Stitch Bundle, stamping in Lumberjack Plaid Distress Ink and C9 Avocado ink.  I added foam tape to the back of the die cut ornament and attached a length of Spellbinders Black Cord before securing this to the back of the splattered panel which already had the designer paper adhered.  I finished with a bow at the top of the ornament also in the black cord from Spellbinders.  

Card 3

Using up the second half of the original piece of designer piece I made a third card.  I adhered the designer paper to the top of the card base.  I created three poinsettia blooms using the Honey Bee Stamps Winter Bouquets Honey Cuts in Real Red cardstock with metallic gold centres.  I adhered these to the diagonal cut of the designer paper, adding some greenery in Avocado cardstock between the blooms.  I finished off this card using a sentiment from the 
Gina K Designs Peace Love Joy Mini Stamp Set in Lumberjack Plaid Distress Ink.

I had so much fun making these three cards and I'll definitely be pulling out my designer paper again soon.  I hope you can join us for our Designer Paper theme.  You have until Tuesday 9 April 2024 at 6pm BST to submit your entry.

Happy Christmas crafting,


Wednesday 28 February 2024

Christmas Craft Creations Challenge Reminder - Stencils or Embossing Folders

Hi crafters,

The Christmas Craft Creations Reminder Team is back with more beautiful inspiration for our February challenge.  The theme this month is Stencils or Embossing Folders.

I had a tough time choosing which products to use for this challenge - I love stencils and embossing folders.  I ended up using a stencil set from Lawn Fawn called Poinsettia Background Stencils.  I'll be honest and confess that I can't remember for the life of me what inks I used to colour this stencil set!  I think it was Simon Says Stamp inks but I really can't remember.  However the golden paste layer was Gold Rush Lunar Paste by Simon Hurley Create.  I love the Lunar Pastes for their immense shine and versatility.  I didn't want to cut my background down so I made a 6" square card and wrapped it up with some red metallic twine from Hobbycraft.  I finished by stamping a MFT sentiment from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set onto a Tim Holtz tag die cut.  This die set is super old so I'm not sure if Tim even makes it anymore.  It was the perfect size for my "present".  I ink blended inside the edges of the tag to make it stand out from the background.  

I hope you can join us for our Stencils or Embossing Folders theme.  You have until 12 March 2024 at 6pm GMT to submit your entry.

Happy Christmas crafting,


Wednesday 24 January 2024

Christmas Craft Creations January Challenge Reminder - Glitter and Sparkle

Hi Crafters,

The Christmas Craft Creations Reminder Team is back with more fabulous inspiration for our January challenge.  This month's theme is Glitter and Sparkle.  

I started with a white American A2 cardbase.  I used the Hero Arts Poinsettia Bold Prints Stamp with Versamark clear sticky ink on black cardstock.  I poured on Hero Arts Gold Glitter Embossing Powder and heat set.  I actually have a whole background piece left from making this card so I'll have to use that up soon.  I created a sentiment using the Concord & 9th Festive Phrases stamp and co-ordinating die set on white and black cardstock with gold embossing powder.  I popped up the sentiment for added dimension.  

I hope you can join us for our Glitter and Sparkle theme.  You have until 13 February 2024 at 6pm GMT to submit your entry.

Happy Christmas crafting,