Thursday, 21 December 2017

Traditional Christmas Colours

Hi Crafty Friends

I just thought I'd stop by and share a few of the cards I made for some of the club members. I love trying out new colour schemes for Christmas cards, but I always end up coming back to traditional reds, greens and gold. They just seem to say Christmas to me.

Sorry the pics are so dull. I took them quickly in poor light, just before I had to give them out.
This is a great die set which with a bit of tartan matting makes a quick and easy card.

This uses a 6" paper pad (The Gift of Christmas, I think). And it's another outing for my old Magenta rubber stamp. I just select different bits of the image.

This uses the same paper pad and a host of spellbinder dies.

Happy Christmas

Friday, 1 December 2017

Reining it in

Hi Crafty Friends
And welcome from the bad blogger! As you may know, I've been very busy helping out a poorly friend so not much time for blogging. The craft club has continued as ever so here's a bit of a catch up. Reindeer have been a bit of a theme this year: I've already posted two cards in which they feature, and here are three more.

This one also features my fave Santa stamp by Inkadinkadoo (now retired, I believe). I enjoyed using the die to make the flip part of this card - so much easier than partial die cutting which we used to have to do.

I was inspired by a small pic in an advert to make this one. The proportions are different though. This fits a DL envelope. The tag is removable so the message can be written on the back.

I love stepper cards and made this one to fit the fab new Christmas frame. I used the same deer as the card above. it's such a versatile die. Loving craft card at the moment
Happy crafting everyone

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Round the Bend (2)

Hi Crafty Friends

Here's the card we made at the club last week, so it's almost on time!

I really like bendi-fold cards but they are time consuming so we don't do them too often, but I have to indulge myself every now and again. As before, this is a triple bendi.

The basic shape is a Go Kreate die I've had ages, and I just made up the shapes for the flaps, which the club used as templates.
The other dies are mostly cha cha cha. The flourish is Spellbinders from the holly border set.

The papers are quite heavy so didn't need matting onto card, which speeded things up no end.
Sorry the background is so distracting - I'll try to re-do these pics.

Happy crafting

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Grand Crafting Jamboree

Hi Crafty Friends

Well how about this! An up to date post from me 😀

I just had to blog our grand all day crafting event which I was somehow talked into about 2 months ago. Since then I have been beavering away making cards and plans, and finally, after a week of carpentry (making the tables and fixing the chairs) heavy lifting, advanced logistics and generally running around like a mad thing, the great day dawned.

This is what we made in the morning
This one used a lot of die cuts: Marianne poinsettias and the rest unbranded. (cha cha cha)

This one involved a lot of stamping and heat embossing, but no die cuts. The poinsettias had to be cut out by hand but they are an easy shape (Four Petal Flower by Chloe). I think they're lovely on vellum. In fact I generally love white on kraft card.

And here's everyone hard at work. As you can see, quite a lot of furniture shifting has gone on. But we all fitted in fine

The pom poms you can see were a late addition from my pal who had them left over from her daughter's birthday party.

The new, makeshift, die cutting station worked well (Thanks Wendy, for the wood)

And with a quick change, it worked equally well for the real reason for the day - the buffet!!
 Everyone brought something and it was all delicious

A moment of quiet reflection (or major stuffing ourselves with deliciousness) I think the red place mats were the success story of the day!

And then it was back to the table of craftiness. This is what we made in the afternoon. I do love white on white cards, but I tried to get some variation by using a mix of plain and pearlescent card, and LOTS of glitter. None of which is very apparent in this pic.

And then there was the Christmas dec. Many thanks to my good pal, Debbie, for the idea and the prototype. I'm pleased to say my cunning scheme for scoring and cutting made quick work of making all the basic shapes. Then it was just a matter of sticking on coloured paper, in the right places and joining them up. (I'm saying nothing 😉, but some might remember the Christmas snowflakes at Tracey's 😀😀) 

Many thanks to everyone who came for making it such a fun event, and for the lovely lunch. Especial thanks for all the help with clearing up, and to Ann for the help with moving the furniture.

Happy crafting, everyone

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Diamonds are for ever

Hi Crafty Friends

Diamonds may well be for ever, but here at Serendipity Towers, it just means it takes forever to blog them!
We made these cards last May and I totally forgot I hadn't done a post on them. Oops. It was our first club foray into Colour Cloud inks, and it was a lot of fun. I also loved getting to christen so many new dies all at once too.
I made three samples, mainly because I couldn't decide which colour to choose, and everyone chose their own colours.
It it a really easy card, but gave us a chance to experiment with the inks and with making various rolled roses, which I recall I was fairly obsessed with at the time. We coloured the ribbons on the purple and turquoise cards with Colour Cloud too. Easy peasy matching!

I still can't decide which is my favourite
happy crafting

Sunday, 24 September 2017

In a Bit of a Flap

Hi Crafty Friends
Out of order as per ..., but I thought I'd share a card we did at the club a couple of weeks ago. I had great fun designing it. It's very loosely based on a trifold card the lovely Tracey sent for my birthday, and on a Christmas card of June's). I didn't have either of the cards to hand so I just made it up.

It's a DL trifold card with lots of pockets and possible places for gift cards etc.
here's the front

This is with the front panel open

And here it is with the second panel open

We definitely got in a bit of a flap with flaps and it took longer than I thought -  a marathon crafting session on Tues. and slightly less on Weds. Still everyone enjoyed it - even if not everyone finished the card.
Hard at work  - as you can see!

I really like the opportunity to play around with all the die cut embellishments and have made two more. I'll post pics later.
Happy crafting

Monday, 11 September 2017

A bit of a stretch

Hi Crafty Friends

One day I might get my blogging up to date, but sadly that day is not today!
Here is another random pick from the club card archive - it must be several months old by now.

Any hoo, we had a fun time making it, and the green and white scheme was very popular. It's another take on one of my favourite layouts, but I tweaked it a bit. I was so delighted when people brought in their makes inspired by this one.

My favourite bit is the embossed panel with the hand embossed ridges and narrow border which I think finish it off nicely. I also like the sentiment. It's unusual for me to stray from basic sentiments like happy birthday, but I think both the sentiment and the font are lovely.

It should be a really straightforward card but it was complicated by the fact that the green backing paper was v narrow and the embossing folder was too small. So it was an exercise in 'stretching your stash' - literally in this case.
Still, it was fun to do (imho) hope you like it.
happy crafting