Monday, 20 October 2014

Cosy Mittens




I'm sharing another little batch of Christmas cards with you today.  I'm liking the CAS style right now plus embossed backgrounds, so today's design incorporates both these styles.

I embossed the front of C6 base cards with this fun Christmas folder.  Using a set of stamp and dies from Sizzix/HeroArts I stamped the cosy mittens image using SU! inks in Raspberry Ripple and Baja Breeze then cut out with the matching dies.  I joined each pair of mittens with a length of twine and added a touch of Stardust Stickles on the cuffs.

The sentiment and snowflake stamps are from the same set as the mittens and sentiment .  Using a SU! punch I cut out scalloped circles from white card and stamped the sentiment and snowflakes using black ink.  Finally adding a touch of Stickles on each snowflake for added sparkle. 

The mittens and sentiment were attached using Pinflair glue to give them a little dimension.

Thanks for taking the time to visit I hope you liked today's project.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Festive but just one layer

Bit late posting today, sorry.  As it's Thursday again, we have a new challenge starting over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog.  This week our theme is 'One Layer' and our prize sponsor is Whimsy Stamps.  Here's my DT card.


I love one layer cards and I'm still needing to make a few batches of Christmas cards, so today's project fits both.  I'm not sure which colour I prefer I like them both, which do you prefer ?

Using a C6 size scallop edged card, I embossed the front with this fabulous Christmas bauble embossing folder.  I really feel it needs very little extra embellishment as it's pretty on it's own.  However, I added just a few coloured gems as highlights.

The sentiment was created using a Hero Arts/Sizzix stamp and die set and stamped using Stampin'Up! inks then cut out with the matching die.

There we are Simples !  Ideal for when you need to make lots of cards (which I do each year).  Making an embossed background and adding a sentiment is a great way to do this and making it a one layer card is even quicker than attaching an embossed layer to the base card.

I hope you enjoyed today's project and thank you for visiting. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Not a card in sight

It's Thursday which means a new challenge starts over on the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog today..  This week the theme is 'Anything But a Card' and our prize sponsor is Whiff of Joy Stamps.

Whilst deciding what to create for my DT project this week, I thought of maybe making a tag, or a pretty box design.  Then as I was looking through my stash hoping inspiration would strike, I came across a small MDF shelf unit kit I bought from Stamps Away a little while ago.

Here's what I did with it

 
After assembling the shelf unit components, I painted the whole unit with black gesso.  I gave it a couple of coats to give a nice even coverage. 
 
I then selected the 'Communique 12 x 12 paper pad by Graphic 45 - I'm loving all the Graphic 45 papers and matching embellishments at the moment.  I cut papers from the pad to fit the various parts of the unit and attached them using PinFlair Bookbinders Glue.
 
I then fussy cut some small images from a few pages in the paper pad and attached them.
 
Here's a side view which shows the outside a little more clearly.
 
 

To finish the whole unit nicely and make it more robust, I gave the whole thing two coats of Crafters' Companion Spray and Shine.  I plan to use it for storage so the light varnish coating should make the papers more hardwearing.

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest project.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Ikebana

Happy Monday morning everyone, there's a definite Autumnal air here in my bit of Cornwall, we had lots of heavy rain and strong winds overnight.  I guess our 'Indian Summer' is now over and we are hurtling full speed into Autumn and Winter.  I can't believe that last Thursday morning I was sitting on Plymouth Hoe drinking coffee in glorious sunshine, it was so hot even at 10.30am.  I do love all the fabulous colours nature brings us at this time of year, but I don't like the colder weather brrrr.... !  I'll be breaking out my warm and snuggly quilts to wrap up in now the cooler evenings are here.

Now down to crafting matters.  I've been sharing lots of Christmas designs with you recently, but today I thought I'd give you a bit of a break and bring you something different.

 
I've been playing with my Brushos again, creating some gloriously colourful backgrounds.  I created this one on a piece of watercolour paper, spritzing the paper with water, sprinkling on a few grains of Brusho crystals then spritzing water over again. Used like this the crystals seem to 'explode' with colour and create amazing effects.  I could have dabbed over with kitchen towel to remove some of the water and dry it more quickly, but I left this piece to dry naturally preserving more of the rich colour.
 
Once the background was fully dry I stamped this gorgeous Inkyliscious 'Ikebana' stamp using black Archival ink.  I then sprinkled a little Aged Silver Frantage embossing enamel onto a few parts of the background and heated from underneath.  

I attached the finished layer over a slightly larger black mat and positions slightly left of centre on a 7 x 5 base card, leaving room to stamp the 'Thinking of You' sentiment from the stamp set vertically on the right hand side.

This card could be used for a number of occasions, I like to keep a few 'thinking of you' cards in my stock for when I need a card in a hurry.

Hope you like today's project, thanks for taking the time to drop by.  I'd love to know if you've 'discovered' Brushos too and what you think of them - I just love them !

Have a great day whatever you have planned.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Santa's Little Helper

Hi Folks, I've another Christmas card to share with you today I'm afraid !  I just love this cute Elf  stamp from Penny Black.


I'd stamped and coloured this cute chap some months ago during a crafting weekend with my lovely pal, the Purple Princess (aka Kathy).

I came across the ready coloured image when I was sorting through my Christmas card making bits and bobs and decided he definitely needed to be turned into a card.

It's a nice large image and I decided a simple layout would work best.  I just matted the image over a layer of red cardstock and attached this over a piece of red and white patterned paper that I found in my stash.  I used a plain 6 x 6 base card.

The sentiment is a Little Claire's image, stamped in red and cut out using a Spellbinders scalloped circle die.

As a final touch of sparkle, I added Stardust Stickles to his hat trim and bobble and Glossy Accents to his fabby green boots and the ribbon around the gift.

One more card added to my Christmas stock for this year.  I hope you like today's project and have enjoyed your visit today, thanks for taking the time to drop by.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Spots and Dots

Welcome to Stamping Grandma's little crafting space, are you having a great day ?  I really hope so wherever in the world you are.

This week's challenge over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog has 'Spots and Dots' as the theme and our prize sponsor is Bunny Zoe Crafts for this challenge.

I'm trying to get ahead with my Christmas cardmaking for this year - the festive season is actually scarily close already. So apologies in advance, but there are likely to be quite a few on here over the next week or so ! 

Today's DT card is one of the Christmas designs for this year, I made a small batch of them - I find it easier to batch make each design. 

My take on the 'Spots and Dots' theme was to use the fabulous snowfall embossing folder by Sheena Douglas - I bought this one and a couple of others in the Christmas set, from Crafters' Companion recently.

Another new item in my stash that I used on this card is the Sizzix stamp and matching die set I bought recently in the Sizzix Sale.  It was too much of a bargain to miss (even though I had vowed NOT to buy any more Christmas stamps, dies, embossing folders, papers etc this year as I have a huge Christmas themed stash - I failed miserably, of course !)

I stamped the Snowman Snowglobe image using Black Archival ink, and cut it out using the matching die.  I then ran just the globe part of the image through the snowfall embossing folder, leaving the base un-embossed.  I then coloured the base of the globe using my ProMarkers.

The sentiment and snowflake are from the same stamp set and were cut out using the matching dies.  I then attached the various elements to the card front and finally added a touch of Stardust Stickles over the snowman.  He's such a happy looking chap standing there in his snowglobe, I'm sure he'll put a smile on the face of those who receive one of these cards from me.

Thanks for dropping by to see today's project, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  The creations from the rest of the DT and full details of this week's challenge can be found on the CCT Blog - enjoy !

Have a great day.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Mostly Words

I hope you've had a great weekend, here in my little part of Cornwall the weather has been fabulous all weekend, lovely warm and sunny.  I've been making a few batches of Christmas cards over the weekend and it has felt a little strange working with icy images and festive sentiments during this warm weather.

I've made batches of around 5 or 6 of each design, this is one of the designs which I think is perfect for the challenge launched yesterday on the Simply Less is More Blog with the theme of  'Mostly Words' .


I used a festive words embossing folder on a plain white C6 base card to create the background.

Using a set of stamps and matching dies from Sizzix Hero Arts to stamp the Happy Holidays square and cut out using the die.  Using a set of Sizzix Framelits dies I cut the pennant shape from a scrap of Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler cardstock, and attached it behind the square.

A simple but effective design I think and ideal for batch making, good to know I've added a few more to my stock of cards for this Christmas.

Thanks for dropping by to check out my latest project,  I hope you enjoyed your visit.