WOYWW #133

              Merry Christmas Everyone!

 Sorry to have been missing for a few weeks- between car breaking down, and extra work, trying to make cards- I’ve been chasing my own tail all the time. I hope everyone is ready (or almost) for Christmas, and want to wish everyone a very Happy, Peaceful and enjoyable Christmas, wherever you are. So, back to the Wednesday Wander around the Workdesks of the World, courtesy of Santas Little Helper, Julia Dunnit at The Stamping Ground.

These are some of the cards I have been working on, using a Dreamweavers Bauble stencil, embossing paste, and adding some glitter to the paste before it dries. I also tried out the Tim Holtz Rosette die I bought at the NEC last month. I  found that by trimming the paper down slightly, I could make different sizes of rosette- then I had to get a couple of small scalloped punches to make the centres, as the original was out of proportion. I did try cutting them down with deckle-edged scissors, but didn’t really like the finished look. Punches are quicker too, 🙂

I also did them using my original Cuttlebug plates, rather than the extended ones, after I looked at the price of them. OMG! HOW MUCH???! I really cannot justify buying them, no matter how often I used them.  I will post the pictures of how I did them on my Cuttlebug page over Christmas, but as you can see, it does work, and is not really difficult. I actually found it much trickier getting the rosettes into shape. That is so fiddly!!!
 These were some made-to-order cards utilising few images I have stamped up previously. I hope you all have a great day, I shall be visiting over the next couple of days- yes, I STILL have some cards to make- and I haven’t bought a turkey yet- the tree & decorations only went up on Monday-I am so going to change my ways next year!

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Hi Folks- Christmas is coming….

Sorry I have not been posting for a couple of weeks, we’ve been working a lot, and our car decided he wasn’t going to work anymore! Three weeks in the garage and  OMG – HOW MUCH? later, he’s back to his old self. Anyhow, life is now back to normal- well as normal as I am ever likely to get, which isn’t really saying a lot,honestly.

So, I thought I really need to get around to the Christmas card thing(!), and while I was sorting through various boxes, I found a few cards I had made in previous years, and I decided I would share a couple today. This one goeas back aways, before I really got into stamping. The Santa image comes from a Joanna Sheen cd, as does the matching backing paper. The two corner pieces were from a Docrafts pad, I think. The next one does have a stamped image, the NOEL,which is a u/m clear stamp, and I am sorry but I have no idea who it was by, and some K&Co backing paper.

The same NOEL stamp is used here, and I really love the snowy houses stamp, which is by Inkadinkado, and appears to be a PSX image, which probably means it is no longer available!
 In case anyone wants to try & find it, the code on the stamp is: 94614, PSX-K, Fine Line Classics.
If you enlarge the image, you will see that the trees and Roofs have had fake snow added with a Snow Writer.

Last one for today, you can see I get a lot of mileage out of that NOEL stamp, lol. The Seasons Greetings image is by Hero Arts,K4827, Collage Seasons Greetings. I stamped it in black on some ivory/gold marbled paper.

Happy Valentines Day

I’m still with the easel cards, lol. I think I’ve got stuck here. Its nice to have more than one surface to adorn, though.This is todays Valentines card, using one of the Elusive Images Rose plates  from my desk a couple of weeks ago.Matted onto black & Burgundy card and tied with ribbon. A sheet of rose patterned paper was used to cover the card front.

  The triple embossed hearts were made by inking first with a mix of Fired Brick, Barn Door and Aged Mahogany Distress ink, then a few were stamped with a word stamp ‘LOVE’ before covering with Clear embossing ink.

 Sprinkled with UTEE, 3 layers, then some were overstamped with a swirl stamp and Gold Encore Ink.The INK IT UP Pad is my clear Embossing pad- It picked up red ink the first time I used it for this, so I keep it for Reds. These pads are really cheap- only a couple of pounds, so its no loss. The Really Useful Box with the spoon in it is my UTEE- I bought it off e-bay, loose in a bag- much cheaper than buying a branded jar.
They were attached with a few dabs of silicone glue.

For the base, I covered it in a pale gold paper stamped with a lovely Baroque style stamp, by Magenta, 26019-R.

This is the stamp, and this is what it looks like when stamped a number of times to make a larger sheet. Stamped in Gold Encore, and heat embossed with Gold detail powder.

The stopper part of the card was made by cutting a band of black paper which was punched along both sides with the Martha Stewart ‘String Lace’ Border punch, then a panel of cream card that had been stamped with Hero Arts ‘Italian Poetry’ , S1832, in Gold and heat embossed. The Valentine greeting was stamped & heat embossed  in Gold again on plain vellum, then matted onto black then burgundy card, held together with a gold heart brad either end.The panel was attached with foam pads.

As I had a few images, and quite a lot of hearts, I made up some more panels, as I think this will come in handy for Weddings/Engagements/Anniversaries.

The Last Batch of Christmas Cards

My final batch of cards use a variety of images,all stamped onto alcohol inked backgrounds using Black Staz-on.  All mounted on a base card embossed with the Papermania Baubles embossing folder, using the Cuttlebug.

              The image on these two is from Hero Arts,K4829, Collage  Merry  Christmas.
   The baubles were accented with sticky gems to match the colour of the image.
                       


                

                   

The stamp images are:
    Santa & Girl, Inkadinkado 93146.X,
     Seasons Greetings, Hero Arts, Collage Seasons Greetings, K4827,
        Christmas tree collage, Inkadinkado Illuminata,91277.Y and
         St Nick, Butterfly Kisses clear set, which includes sentiments.

Ist Wedding Anniversary card

This is the card made for my Beloved Husband, for our first wedding anniversary today. Triple embossed hearts,which were first coated with Distress ink Fired Brick.The second layer of embossing powder had some skeleton leaves added to it.The last layer was imprinted with two swirl designs ( large heart S1838 Florentine Swirl, Hero Arts: small heart 2636K Scroll Pattern, Penny Black) in Gold encore ink.The small swirl was also repeated on the black mulberry paper, which was layered onto burgundy mulberry paper. 2 feathers in red & black added with silicone glue. A fancy edge was cut using a paper trimmer.

Its nearly THAT time again!

So, its heading towards December, and yet again I am saying I shall not be making last minute cards in the week before Christmas. Hmmm, we shall see. These are the cards I made last year for friends, colleagues et al. This uses a brass stencil of baubles (Ling Studios BS162) with Gold or Silver embossing paste. I then sprinkled a little glitter over the wet paste and put aside to dry. The base card was covered with Christmas vellum, and the red panel is stamped using Inca stamp 1023-K Merry Christmas background.The Merry Christmas is from a Hero Arts set called Holiday Messages, which I think is discontinued, as I couldn’t find them to link to. The message was cut out using a Nestabilities die and gold or silver ink run around the edges then matted onto more red card and fixed in place with a glue dot. The bauble image was trimmed and matted onto gold or black card and attached with foam pads. By the way, the stencil is actually longer than this, it has 10 baubles on it, but this would have been too long for my card base, so I masked off the bottom two with low-tack tape before stencilling.
 A tip for using stencil paste with brass stencils: It is very easy to bend brass stencils while cleaning them, so try to work with your stencil flat on your work space to clean them, rather than dropping into a bowl to scrub. Have some baby wipes flat on your work surface, and each time you use the stencil, lay it on the baby wipe and fold the wipe over it. This stops the paste drying. Then use another wipe to rub over your stencil ( both sides) to remove any paste before stencilling again. This stencil has some very fine lines so you may want to have a toothbrush handy to make sure there is no paste left in them. Then lay on a towel and again rub over it flat on your table to dry.