Welcome to my blog, which one day, hopefully, should be filled with wonderful handmade card ideas! My goal is to create a blog with ideas for some easy, 'make-able' cards for you to take inspiration from! (It's what I've always needed to help me!)

Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Tag No. 7

Hmmm... It seems I get so many more ideas when I'm supposed to be doing other work, than when I'm not! But with me off on holiday on Saturday I went in to speedy crafter mode this weekend!
I finally used up a piece of backing card that's been with my other snippets since last year, and I'd never had the chance to use it! Soooo.... I'm going to pop by the swings at the Playground :) Quite simply, I cut out the holly shapes from some plain green card and drew the line on with green pencil. I stuck them on with foam sticky pads. I found the three berries, sequins, and stuck them on top with some slightly taller sticky foam pads... Pretty simple really :)

Friday, 7 December 2012

Cafe de Paris

The theme this year is Socks in the City... which probably doesn't mean anything to you, so let me explain. For a good ten years now, we've gone to France with the family, a total of 11 of us to begin with, with additions along the way, and now we've grown to 15! As there's little space in the car we decided to buy themed presents, so everyone buys everyone else a present to do with their theme. This has ranged from, all 10 presents having to fit in a shoebox (which was decorated), each present fitting in an envelope, colours, numbers, having to fit it in a buttertub and star signs. This year, each present has to fit inside a sock, as well as having something to do with a city, mine is Monte Carlo.
Now I've got the explanation out the way,  can show you this:

This is going to hold the voucher for one of the presents, with the gap in the middle showing the voucher. I used colour pencils for the sign and then used glitter for the writing. Quite simple really! But at least now you can start thinking about the difficulties I've been having with my shopping.... how many female presents can you think of that fit in a sock and relate to Monte Carlo?! :)

Christmas Tag No. 6

OK, so I'm now halfway through the tags at least! Well, now the exams have finished I can do those in the next couple of weeks (hopefully!). And I'm going to pop to the Playground with this, show the girls what I've made :)

I used up some a Christmas paper that my sister bought me last year, I have a problem where I don't want to use them because they're so nice! I found a word that was in two places, which was the dotted Christmas, and cut the front rectangle so the top had about half of it on there. I then made pouch out of thin white card and stuck that to the back. For the insert, I cut a 'T' shape, making sure that the Christmas was going to align with the bottom. I then stuck some plain white card over that, for me to write on. The insert then slots in to the pouch on the back of the first rectangle. I also added the ribbon, which I stuck on with double sided tape.

(Please check out some of the other Christmas tags I've made, whilst you're here!)

Christmas Tag No. 5

I popped to St. Neots on the weekend and found some really nice wrapping paper with baubles on. I thought I could wrap my Mum's present with it, and then realised it would look much nice as a tag :D - Maybe I'll do both!

So I stuck the wrapping paper on another piece of card to make it stronger and cut out the tag shape. I then, quite simply, cut out the Christmas tree bauble from another section of the paper and used foam sticky fixers to raise it up from the card. So simple, yet I loved the paper and HAD to use it :)

Christmas Tag No. 4

I don't think I've made so many cads in such a short space of time before, but after my brainwave earlier on this week, what else could I do?!

I cut out a Christmas Tree shape from some green card. I then attacked some green paper with my Christmas Tree hole punch (I don't know if you can even see that, my camera was playing up today!). I used PVA glue, and as I would with glitter, sprinkled the tree cutouts on top. I then added the brown ones for the pot at the bottom. I found a gold star on the floor (?!) and stuck it on top. I then added some dots of gold glitter glue for the baubles. Finally  stuck this to a rectangular piece of card and cut the edges with my corner punch and embosser.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas Tag No. 3

When...Santa got stuck up the chimney, he began to shout...!
Half a day of school canceled because of the heating not working? Ooh, yes please! I took the opportunity to come up with this, after my brainwave of ideas in the middle of my French exam this morning :)

I used a 10 x 8cm card with curved corners. I did the chimney bricks with some orange pieces of paper, leaving some gaps in between. You can't see it very well because my phone camera's a bit pants, but I coloured the snow with light blue and grey pencils, before going round the edge with a thin line of glitter. I also coloured in Santa's legs with pencil. The fur on the top of his boots is some handmade paper with bits of glitter in and the boots are done with some patterned embossed black paper. 

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Birthday Butterflies

I know, I should be revising now but I just couldn't help finishing this card to take a break from the Endo- and Exothermic reactions I'd been studying for the last hour!
It's my cousin's birthday next week and I know she loves everything from Cath Kidston to buttons, so I thought the beads and butterflies on this would be perfect :)
I used a rectangle card, 12.2 x 17.8 cm, and cut 6 circles out, which were all 4.6 cm in diameter. I then glued brown paper behind this and then plain card behind that, so from the inside it looked seamless! I then dug through my snippets and found some small pieces of card that were similar shade dotted. I cut out some butterfly shapes and glued only the body of the butterfly to the card. Finally I stuck beads along the body to give a 3D effect and folded up the wings.
Back to revision then... but I have a quick swing at The Playground on my way! :)