Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Spinning Santa


Hello, and welcome!


There aren’t many weeks left before the Autumn/Winter Catalogue is retired, and while some items are carrying over, many lovely things will be retiring and only available while stocks last (but will make space for the gorgeous things to come in the Spring/Summer Catalogue!)  But fear not, there are Christmas-themed items in the Annual catalogue and I’ve made use of them for today’s card.

Spinner cards are fun to make and have the wow! factor, especially for children’s cards.  I’ve made a few of them over the years. I don’t like the images to be upside down when they spin so I’ve previously arranged the spinner to revolve around the vertical (top to bottom) line.  This time, though,  it spins top to bottom.
Here’s how I made it-


So much fun - and doesn't have to be for Christmas - a lovely flower would work as well!

Keep Crafting!

Keren

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

It's a gift!

Hello and welcome!

I have to admit to having a substantial craft stash.  I've been paper crafting for nearly 20 years, but in truth I've been crafting in some form or another for most of my life, beginning with embroidery when I was a small girl (I loved going to choose new skeins of thread - the colours were entrancing!).  Over time I've accumulated quite a pile of things.  And as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator (and therefore entitled to a nice discount) I've got quite a bit of SU goodies. 

But if you're just starting, it's not possible to have EVERYTHING at once (unless you're fabulously wealthy). So what would be my must-haves?

Once you've got a few stamps and some ink pads, top of my list would be a die-cutting machine.  There are quite a few around, but my go-to machine is the Big Shot.  (I've had mine since 2005 and it's still going strong.) 

Today's project features die-cuts, all from one set of thinlets.  No stamps, no inks, just paper, a snowflake embellishment and a bit of tinsel trim. 

Here's the video.



PS - the DSP will be retired when the new catalogue comes into play and is available while stocks last, so if you want some don't wait! 

Keep crafting,

Keren

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

You Float My Boat box card

Hello - or perhaps I should say "ahoy there!" because today’s project has a definitely nautical flavour.

I made this for my husband, who has great admiration for octopuses.  They really are pretty clever for a sea creature (and a bit sneaky too). 
This style of card is a variation on the pop-up box card, only instead of the pop-up elements being on top of the box base, they are inside.  



Here’s the tutorial (in which I also show how to get embossing powder to stick to dye-based ink...I’m as sneaky as an octopus...)


This kind of card is great for showing off those small stamps that you may have, as the space to be filled is quite restricted.  And of course, you can make any theme you choose- for today’s Blogger Bonus I’m sharing a more seasonal version.



Which do you prefer?  Let me know!

Keep crafting!

Keren

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Simply Sketched 24

Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday 
Challenge! 

We’re so excited to be sharing this hop with you.  The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. 


This time the challenge has been set by Sam Roberts-


The challenge is to use Island Indigo and Fresh Fig in a Christmas-themed project.




I love both of these colours, separately and together, but I'd be the first to admit that they aren't traditionally Christmassy.

However, a challenge is a challenge, and after much thought here's what I've made.

It turned out better than I'd expected - what do you think? Leave me a comment, and then to see what Sam has done, click the link to take you on through the hop.

Keep crafting!

Keren







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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Drummer Boy Gift bag

Hello and welcome.

I almost didn't get this set.  I liked the look of it, but wasn't sure how much use I'd get from it.  However, in the end I couldn't resist, and now I'm sorry I didn't get it earlier.  It works so well with the Merry Music DSP, which is also one of my favourites; and when I run out of that, there's still the Sheet Music background stamp! ( Ooh - I think I've given myself an idea...) 



Apart from the sentiment, the stamps don't have to be for Christmas, but of course, today I've made a Christmas-themed project.  Can you believe how soon the holiday season's come round? 

For the purposes of the photo, I did go ahead and complete the bag but this is one of those projects that can be made ahead of time and stored flat.

Want to see how I made it?  Here's the tutorial.  (Did you know that you could use water to hold embossing powder in place?  Who'd'a thunk it?)

See you again soon - keep crafting!

Keren



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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Heat embossed mini pizza box

Hello and welcome.

Isn't modern technology wonderful?  'm dictating this to my phone while my car is parked at the side of the road and I'm waiting for my husband to come back from his parents' house.   I can be doing something useful when otherwise I'd be twiddling my thumbs, and save time for crafting...marvelous!



I really can't get enough of playing with these mini pizza boxes. As well as being super useful for giving small gifts,  they're very handy for keeping little bits and pieces of crafty stuff in. In case you haven't seen one of these, the inside is coated with a glossy surface, which is great  if you want to gift things like sweets or biscuits.  The outer surface is super-smooth and  takes colour  very well.
I wondered how well heat embossing would work on one of these pizza boxes , so I gave it a try . And guess what?  It worked very well indeed . Here's the video  - 


After I finished making this video, I thought I'd go back and embellish the box a bit more.  So this is the Blogger exclusive video for today -  and it's actually longer than the main YouTube video! I do hope you enjoy it!



Keep crafting,

Keren  

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Trim your stocking!


Hello, and welcome!

Sometimes I have lots of ideas for projects, and sometimes the ol' crafty mojo goes walkabout - does that ever happen to you?  Fortunately there are plenty of resources - magazines, blogs, YouTube and good old Pinterest - to help when Crafter's Block strikes.  

The Stampin'Up! catalogue is just chock-a-block with inspiration and that's what I've been CASE-ing (that's Copy And Share Everything) for today's project.

Here's the video - 
The stocking on the left is my version of one in the catty.  The one on the right was me using up scraps and leftovers from a previous project.  I really like this colour combination and I may have to rethink my Xmas deccies this year...hmm....

Things don't always go to plan...what to see what happened this time?  

Keep crafting,

Keren

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