Elves Gift Tags

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Hello Peeps,

Last year, my husband made our Christmas cards. Not the way I would have done, using stamps and patterned paper, but with a photo of our family wearing our Christmas sweaters. It was fun and we got some nice comments about it which is why my love wants to do it again this year. And all this while I have so many cute Christmas stamps in my stash. Oh well, if someone wants to make cards, in whatever way, I can only encourage it. So I decided to use my Christmas stash to make gift labels to further decorate our presents. I started by making these labels with these adorable Christmas elves.

I had stamped the elves from the My Favorite Things Santa’s Elves set with some Versa Fine Onxy Black ink ahead of time on some Crafters Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White and brought them with me on holiday to colour them. Because I couldn’t take all of my craft supplies, I had to choose wisely. I took my Gelatos by Faber-Castell with me. I only have about 8 of them and they don’t take up a lot of space. With my waterbrush and a piece of kitchen roll, I was ready to relax and create. The colours I used are: Snow Cone, Acqua Dolce, Metallic Melon, Watermelon. Blood Orange, Margarita Mix, Raspberry and Squid Ink. I do think that I added a touch of yellow from my mini watercolour set to the bells, buttons and to the star on top of the Christmas tree. Once home, I cut out the images using the matching dies. Out of some Crumb Cake cardstock by Stampin’ Up I diecut 4 tag shapes with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies. I cut the hole reinforcers from a scrap of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin’ Up. To give the labels some more interest I stamped an all over print on them. I used the ornament from the Santa’s Elves set for two of the labels and the gift for another one. I stamped a gift fron the Marianne Designs Joepie Geniet set on the fourth tag. On each of the tags I stamped a sentiment using VersaMark ink, which I covered with Pool Party embossing powder by Stampin’ Up and heat set it. The sentiments are from Clearly Besotted’s Sweet Little Sentiments and from My Favorite Things’ Ewe Are The Best and All About You. When I glued everything together using Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue, I ended up with these 4 gift tags.

Obviously four tags aren’t enough, which is why I wanted to use the stamp again, but in a different way. This time, I chose the paper first and coloured the elves in matching colours. It makes for a very natural unity by using an existing colour palet. It is a method I will definitely use again in the future.

 

The images from My Favorite Things Santa’s Elves were stamped on some Crafters Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White, again, using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I coloured the images with Distress Ink in the colours Candied Apple, Spun Sugar, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye, Wild Honey and Evergreen Bough. Once they were competely dry, I cut them out using the matching dies. The tags were cut from paper from a DecoTime Christmas paper pad with number DS481-04, once again using the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It set. This time I used all four of the dies. Because one of the compositions, was too far outside the edges of the tag, I enlarged the largest tag with some measuring and cutting to be slightly bigger than the original. I paid extra attention to the pattern, trying to keep it fluent over both colours of paper. This way it doesn’t distract too much from the cute elf on the foreground. By using a combination of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and 1mm thick foam squares, I managed to give the tags some depth without them becoming too bulky. I cut some of the plain hole reinforcers from a scrap op cardstock from my stash.

 

As you can imagen, I am nowhere near done, making gift tags for our Christmas presents. But it’s safe to say I’m enjoying making them. Next time I’ll show some tags I made uisng a different Christmas set by My Favorite Things?

Do you use tags to decorate your Christmas presents?

See you next time,

 

Leonie


Metallic Happy Birthday card

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Not so long ago, I was browsing through my craft supplies. This was because I wanted to reacquaint myself with all the fun things I had, after my pregnancy stop. One of the things, which I really haven’t played with enough, was my Minc machine. It’s a kind of laminator by Heidi Swapp that you use to apply foil to different surfacees. The foil adheres to toner ink. There are lots of pre-printed products to which you can add the foil and the foil itself is also available in a rainbow of colours. And so this card was made, for my friends birthday

The starting point of this card was the sheet of papier with the triagle print from the Minc Paper Pad 370178. I ran this through my Minc machine, according to the instructions, to apply a layer of silver foil. Next I wanted some simple embellisments. The Crazy About You stamp set by Stampin’ Up and the matching Thinlits set Hello You were perfect. I stamped the flower twice in Calypso Coral ink by Stampin’ Up and once more in Blushing Bride ink by Stampin’ Up. The lighter flower was fussy cut with a little white border around the edge and the two darker ones were cut to a smaller size but also with a little white border. The leaves were stamped in Mint Macaron ink by Stampin’ Up and were alse fussy cut with a thin white border. I diecut the word happy from some Mint Macaron cardstock by Stampin’ Up once and another 3 times from some Crafter’s Companion Neenah Solar White. I glued the layers on top of one another using glossy accents in order to create a sturdy element. On a scrap piece of Calypso Coral cardstock by Stampin’ Up I stamped the word BIRTHDAY in VersaMark ink. I covered it with silver embossing powder by Rayher and melted it with my heattool. I cut the ends at an angle. To accentuate the silver, I cut a panel of Made by ME Metallic Paper in zilver to the same size as my Made by ME cardbase and attached the foiled piece to it at an angle. I cut off the overhanging excess and attached the flowers, leaves and words. Everything was adhered using glossy accents or foamtape in order to give it some more depth.

 

I think it turned out to me a very elegant card, for someone who I regard to be a very elegant lady. Playing with the metallics was a bit outside of my comfort zone. I easily get scared that it would be to bold, but I think this turned out quite tastefully. Besides, a little bling is fun. What do you think of metallics on cards? Too much or a must-have?

 

 

Ik vind het een heel elegant kaartje geworden, voor iemand die ik een hele elegante vrouw beschouw. Het spelen met metallics was voor mij wel buiten mijn comfortzone. Ik ben snel bang dat het dan te opvallend wordt, maar dit vond ik heel smaakvol. En een beetje bling blijft leuk. Wat vind jij van metallics op een kaart? Te schreeuwerig of iets dat niet mag ontbreken?

See you next time,

Leonie


Latte Fun Birthday Card

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Do you find it difficult to make cards for men? Do you find them boring because you are limited in your colour palet and the choice of stamps? This time, thankfully, I didn’t have that problem. A friend of ours birthsay was coming up and since he enjoys a good cup a Joe, it was easy to choose stamps and colours. There are so many different coffee and tea sets out at the moment that there was a flood of products to choose from. For me things only started to get difficult when it was time to turn it into and interesting card. I think I managed to give it a surprising twist.

On a piece of kraft paper by Craft Unlimited I stamped the coffee cup from the Fresh Brewed Blueprints stampset by Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holts, using Early Espresso ink by Stampin’ Up. I gave it some colour using my Distress Markers in the colours Picket Fence, Old Paper, Tea Dye, Pumice Stone, Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters and Weathered wood. On another piece of kraft paper by Craft Unlimited I stamped the Triangle Turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th using my MISTI. To do this I used Stampin’ Up ink in Tip Top Taupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Soft Suede. I stamped the fourth impression with VersaMark in order to be able to sprinkle gold embossing powder by Raher over it and melt it with my heatttool. I used the third largest rectangle die from the CLNest XXL nr 36 set to cut the triangles paper to size and the sixth smallest to cut out the coffee cup. Because I needed some contrast between the layers, I cut a piece of paper with a woodgrain print with the sixth largest die from the CLNestXXL nr 36 dieset. The paper was from a 6×6 paperpad from Simple Stories Daily Grind collection. Because I still missed something, I decided to add a coffee filter as a layer. The ribbed edges gave it some more texture and interest. All of the layers are attached with ATG to the Made by ME kraft card base with the exception of the focal image. It really pops because it is attachted with foamtape. As a finishing touch, I glued some wood veneer stars from Xenos to the card using glossy accents.

And that’s how you get a fun, masculine birthday card with a touch of sparkle because of the golden triangles in the background. The addition of the coffe filter is unexpected but in this case, very appropriate and humorous. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever added to a card?

See you next time,

Leonie


Eclectic Layers Card

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A while ago, I bought the Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies by Stampin’ Up. Actually, I really only wanted one of the dies from the set. The diamond pattern spoke to me and it seemed so versatile that after lots of toing and froing I decided to do it any way. Eventually I convinced myseld that I could very well use the other dies in the set by layering them on top of one another. You see, I didn’t have any more in my budget to purchase the matching stampset. Now I was ready to see what I could make with just the dies. It cost quite some time. Especially glueing all the individual diamonds but I am so proud of this card.

The first step was cutting a piece of Whisper White cardstock in two and cutting one of the halves in two again. Next I used the ink smooching techniquw to apply some colour to one of the quater panels. To do this technique you apply different colours of ink to your Craftmat. I choose to work with Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Seedless Preserves and Iced Spruce. Then you spray some water over the ink until you see drops forming on your Craftmat and then you press your paper into the ink. The ink will mix in to eachother and you can repeat the process  multiple times until you are happy with the results. It has an interesting and organic look. Next I cut the diamond pattern from part of the coloured background as well as from the other quarter white panel. Using foamblocks which were 1, 2 and 3mm thick, I attached the coloured diamonds to the white card next to the diecut background.The further to the right, the thicker the foamblocks. I attached the white panel to the coloured background using foamtape. Next I cut the different flower and foliage dies from Whisper White cardstock. I coloured the die cuts using sponge daubers and again with the Oxides in Seedless Preserves, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick. I glued together the layers of the flowers and began to play with the layout. When I was happy, I glued it all in place with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid glue and with foamblocks. To give it a bit extra, I attached the panel to a scrap panel of pink cardstock and attached that to a scrap piece of Coastal Cabanna cardstock by Stampin’ Up, before attaching the whole thing to a cardbase from Made by ME. To finish it of, I decided to add some sequins from the Neat & Tangles Spring Sequin Mix. I tried to use the same colour sequin as the colour it would be attached to.

The differences in height and depth keep giving this card something new to look at. I’m very pleased with it. Hopefully my friend, who received this for her birthday, was so too.

See you next time,

 

Leonie


Enjoy this day card

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In order to get inspired, I like to look at social media. When I saw Nichol Spohr’s film where she made cards using brushstroke stamps on YouTube, I knew that I wanted to make a card like that. Our former neighbours had their third wedding anniversary coming up, so I wanted to send them a card. The inspiration for the colours of the card, is taken directly from their wedding. His suit was bright blue and the Macedonian church where they were wed, also had a lot of blue in it. And so this is the card I made.

To start of with, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin’ Up to the same size as the cardbase. Using my MISTI I repeatedly stamped a brushstroke from the My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp set in the following blue inks by Stampin’ Up: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Marina Mist and Soft Sky. Next I used one of the Stitched Scallop Edge Die-namics dies by My Favorite Things to shape the top and bottom of the panel. I cut a piece of Pacific Point cardstock by Stampin’ Up to the size of the cardbase and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot in the Decorative Dots embossing folder by Stampin’ Up. I attachted the blue panel straight to the Made by ME cardbase and attachted the stamped panel on to of it. On a scrap piece of Pacific Point cardstock, I stamped the word ‘Geniet’ (Enjoy) from the Marianne Designs stamp set Joepie Geniet (Hooray Enjoy) with VersaMark ink. I sprinkled on some white super fine detail embossing powder by Ranger and heated it up with my heattool until the powder melted. next I cut out the word Geniet, leaving a small border around it. On a strip of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the rest of the sentiment in Pacific Point ink. I glued everything onto the background and stamped the word ‘Gefeliciteerd’ (congratulations) in Pacific Point on the inside.

The fun thing was, that I got to see the reaction to the card this time. As soon as they received the card, they sent me a cheerful selfie of themselves with the card. Hopefully we’ll meet up again soon.

Who would you send a card to get in touch again?

See you next time,

Leonie


Magical Unicorn Card

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One of my daughters friends birthdays was coming up. My daughter has known her since daycare and now, in primary school, they are still friends, eventhough they aren’t in the same class. This girl LOVES unicorns so when I saw the Magical Unicorn stampset, I had to buy it, to make a card for her.

I enjoyed using a colour combination set by a challenge blog last time, which is why I used this colour combination from the My Favorite Things Challenge: Stone Gray, Blueberry, Berrylicious en Bubblegum. However, because I don’s have any MFT ink, I adjusted it to similar colours Tim Holtz Distress ink: Pumice Stone, Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass en Spun Sugar. The blue isn’t as bold as the original combination but I still think the card looks very cute.

On a piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin’ Up, I stamped all the images from the set. Next, I used the second largest rectangle die from the CreaLies CLNest XXL nr. 36 set to cut 3 panels. By playing with the placement of the clouds and using both sides of the panel, I was able to create 4 layers of paper using the Puffy Cloud Border dies. I used Distress Ink in the colours Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar and my mini ink blending tool to give the cloudy background a magical look. I coloured the images using all four colours and my waterbrush. Eventually I decided not to use all the unicorns as it would be too busy. I fussy cut the images and ran them through my Xyron Stickermaker to give them a sticky layer on the back. After that I played around with the placement of the elements and choose where to stamp the sentiment, which I did using VersaFine Onyx Black and Tim Holtz Distress In in Blueprint Sketch. Next I attached the images. Some are flat to the page, while others are attached using foam tape to give some more depth to the card. I attached the panels to one another using my ATG gluegun. The front panel is attached using foamtape. To finish it off I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to add some sparkle to some of the elements. You can’t see it that well in the photo’s, but it’s very pretty in real life.

She was very happy with the card when she opened it at the school gate. It’s fun to see the reaction to something that was made so specifically and especially for someone.

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to read them in the section below the post.

See you next time,

Leonie


Circles Crocodile Card

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This time I was inspired by a colour combination from the ColorThrowdown challenge blog. The colours were bright blue, bright green and white (CDT460). An ideal colour combination for a boy celebrating his second birthday. I did have to struggle a little to find an interesting layout, but I really think this card worked out nicely.

I started by applying double-sided tissuetape to the back of a scrap piece of white paper and to four different pieces of green paper. This is so it would be easier to puzzle everything back together, after I diecut it using the Large Ringlets die by Memory Box. I removed the paper from the dies very carefully, trying to keep it all in tact as much as I could. Because the shape was quite large, I decided to cut away a few of the cirkels from the white outline. I proceded to stick the white outline to a white cardbase, using the outside (negative) shape to minimise the warping of the cirkels. Now it was merely a matter of puzzling the green circles into the outline, making sure no two of the same green paper are next to each other. From another piece of white paper I diecut the third smallest circle die from the CreaLies CLNestXXL nr.33 dieset. I stamped the crocodile from Wild For You on to it and used a black pen to give him a partyhat and a balloon. I coloured the image using Wild Wasabi and Pacific Point ink by Stampin’ Up and my waterbrush. From a scrap of blue paper I cut a bannerstrip on to which I stamped the sentiment happy birthday from the Happy Everything stampset by Lawn Fawn with VersaMark ink. I covered it with Super Fine Detail embossingpowder by Ranger in white and melted the powder. I tried out where to place it and cut it to size and gave it a flagged end. I attached the circle with the crocodile to the card using some foamtape as well as the sentiment.

All in all it is a reasonably simple card. Only the puzzling of the circles took some time. The result is pretty and those who have seen the card all ask the same thing: how did you do that background with the circles?

Should you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below.

See you next time,

 

Leonie