Friday, 15 December 2017

Quick and Easy Christmas Card with Embossed Vellum

Hi Everyone, here's another Christmas card that is quick and easy to make if you are short of time this year. Most crafters will have the supplies or something similar in their stash already, if not follow the links below to the products that I used.

Hand made Christmas card with embossed vellum and peel off greeting.



Start with a tent fold, white A6 blank card, cut a piece of gold mirror card the same width as the card and approximately 9cm tall, die cut this with a plain edge die from the Concord and 9th Select a Size die cutting set, adhere this to the top portion of the card blank with double sided tape.

Cut a piece of white vellum to the same width as the card blank and about 7mm shorter than the gold mirror card, die cut this with the same edge die as before, then emboss with a snowflake embossing folder. (It's important to die cut before you emboss otherwise the embossing will get flattened when you run it through the machine to die cut it.) Adhere this over the gold mirror card using tiny dots of clear drying glue.

Add a gold Season's Greetings peel off sticker to the bottom right hand corner of the card blank.

There you have it, you could use any colour of card under the vellum and stamp a greeting if you don't have a peel off that matches your card. I love the way embossing the vellum creates a frosted look, perfect for those snowflakes. I hope you like it and look forward to reading your comments.
This is my last Christmas card for 2017, I hope you have enjoyed seeing them as much as I have enjoyed making them.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Debbie x

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Quick and Easy Christmas Card with a Stamped Greeting.

Hi Everyone, not long until Christmas now so I thought I would do a card that can be put together quickly for emergency makes and anyone who is still making cards and feels like they are running out of time!

Hand made Christmas card with die cut tartan background and heat embossed greeting

Start with a white A6 blank card, cut a piece of tartan paper to the same width as the card and 8cm tall, adhere this with double sided tape to the bottom portion of the card blank.

Cut a piece of cream and gold pearlised card stock to the same width as the card blank and 10cm tall, die cut this along the bottom edge using the stitched die from the Concord and 9th Select a Size die set. Position the die so that the 'V' is offset to the left side of the card, adhere this to the top portion of the card blank, overlapping the tartan piece.

The stamp comes with a second line of text below the 'Merry Christmas' but I cut this off to use the greeting on it's own. Stamp with Watermark ink along the longer edge of the cream card and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

Die cut a piece of holly from green card and use a Quickie glue pen to adhere it to the card above the greeting, add a 5mm red adhesive pearl for a berry.

There are lots of ways you could vary this card to use your existing supplies, see what I used linked below.
Hope you like the card, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Vintage Father Christmas and Ribbon

Hi Everyone, another Christmas card with a vintage feel to it, I love the smiley Father Christmas image and the way the glitter on the fur of his suit makes it look like those old fashioned Christmas cards that we used to get when I was a child. You can download the image for free from the website, it is linked below.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Vintage Father Christmas and Ribbon

Start with a cream A6 blank card, cut a piece of music paper to 7 x 14.5cm and a piece of Kraft Core card stock to 3.5 x 14.5cm. Ink the edges of the music sheet with Tea Dye distress ink, dry emboss the card stock then lightly sand it to reveal the Kraft core. Adhere both of these to the card blank, cut a 14.5cm piece of gold ribbon and glue this over the join between the two background pieces.

Print out the sheet of Father Christmas images, die cut one of them with an oval die, ink the edges. Die cut a piece of white card with an oval border die, ink the edges and add glitter with a clear Wink of Stella pen (sorry the glitter on the frame doesn't show up in the photo). Adhere the Father Christmas image to the centre of the oval frame and adhere the whole thing to the centre of the card front. Use the Quickie glue pen to add glitter to the fur areas of Santa's suit, the snow on the ground and the Christmas tree and wreath.

Make a bow with green organza ribbon, adhere to the top left area of the oval frame, adhere a vintage style jewel to the centre of the bow.

Stamp the greeting onto white card, trim to a small rectangle, ink the edges and attach to the card with 1mm foam pads. Die cut a piece of holly from green card, use a quickie glue pen to adhere it to the greeting. Colour 3mm natural pearls with a gold Sharpie pen and fix them in a cluster onto the holly.

I love the whole vintage feel to this card and the subtle glitter that just gives it a lift. Thank you for reading, I hope you like it too. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Embossed Background and Layered Poinsettia Stamp

Hi Everyone, last time I used this layered poinsettia stamp was to make a winter birthday card in pink and green. This time I wanted to make a Christmas card and chose much more traditional colours. The background is dry embossed, Color Core card to add some subtle interest and texture.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Embossed Background and Layered Poinsettia Stamp


Start with a 12.5cm square cream blank card and ink the edges with Tattered Rose distress ink. Trim a piece of red Color Core card stock to 12cm square, dry emboss a snowflake design and lightly sand to let the 'core' colour show through. Cut a 14cm length of gold ribbon, position it vertically over the right side of the card stock and tape the ends on the back to hold it in place. Use double sided tape to adhere the embossed card and ribbon to the blank card.

Cut a piece of white card 9.5 x 9cm, ink up the first of the three stamps with the poinsettia flower and berries on with red ink and stamp in the bottom left corner of the piece of card. The second stamp is the leaves, ink this with green ink and stamp over the flowers. The stamps are square with one cut off corner so that when you stamp the first one you can mark the position of the stamp with a pencil to make sure you get the others positioned correctly. For the third layer, ink the branches with brown and the flower centre with yellow and stamp this over the first two layers, to complete the image. When the stamping is completely dry ink over the card and stamping with Tattered Rose distress ink, letting it fade out towards the centre of the card.

Cut a piece of gold card 10 x 9.5cm and layer the stamped card onto it. Use double sided tape to adhere this to the background over the strip of ribbon.

Cut another length of gold ribbon, tie it into a bow and glue it to the bottom right corner of the stamped card just above the strip of ribbon. Use a gold Sharpie to colour a gold peel off, (it makes the gold a bit duller), when it is dry stick it in position in the top right hand corner of the stamped card. I found the layered stamp was easy to use and looks great in these colours, making a lovely classic Christmas card. Thanks for reading, hope you like the card, it would be great if you could leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cut Poinsettia, Foliage and Frame

Hi Everyone, last Christmas I made quite a lot of poinsettia cards, using the lovely Poppy Stamps die cutter. I have tried to do different things this year for Christmas but couldn't resist getting it out once more 😉. In traditional red the poinsettia makes a gorgeous centre piece for a card and doesn't need much else here I have added some extra foliage, a white frame and a small Christmas greeting.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cut Poinsettia, Foliage and Frame


Start with a white 12.5cm square blank card, I made a tent fold card but it would work equally well the other way. Die cut the frame from white card and die cut the centre out of it. Attach to the centre of the card using 3mm adhesive foam pads to raise it up from the card base.

The poinsettia die set has three different sizes of petals dies which you can use in different quantities and combinations to make a variety of sizes of flower. For this one I wanted a really big full flower.
Cut 2 x large, 2 x medium and 1 x small poinsettia petals from red card and another 2 x large from green card. Before you stick them together roll each petal around bamboo skewer, slim pencil or similar, holding each petal under your thumb as you roll using the same action as you would to curl ribbon. This gives the petals more shape and stops the flower looking flat. Arrange all the layers of petals so that they overlap and stick them all together. Put three small yellow adhesive pearls in the centre for the stamens.

Die cut more foliage from green card and arrange it with the stems under the flower and the leaves overlapping the frame. Stick the flower on top in the centre of the frame using 3mm foam pads.

Pop a die cut greeting out of the sheet, sand off any little notches that remain from where it was attached to the sheet and again use 3mm foam pads to attach one end of it to the card base just under the flower at an angle allowing the other end to stand up from the card.

I really like the way this turned out lots of dimension, but simple colours. I  hope you like it too, it would be great if you could leave a comment to let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.
Debbie x

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Coordinating Patterned Paper Panels

Hi Everyone todays card is a great way to use up smaller pieces of patterned paper left over from other cards and projects. I used the Jingle All The Way 12 x 12 pad for this, one of the designs is a sheet of various Christmas greetings and sayings, the 'Have a Holly Jolly Christmas' one was my starting point for this card.

Hand made Christmas card with coordinating patterned paper, die cut holly and adhesive metal gems

Start with an A6 white blank card and cut a piece of patterned paper very slightly smaller to leave just a 1mm border all round. Cut two squares of burgundy card 4.8cm and two rectangles 4.8 x 9cm. From the Jingle All The Way 12 x 12 paper pad cut the Holly Jolly Christmas square to 4.4cm and a gold foiled leaping reindeer the same size. Cut the striped panel to 4.4 x 8.8cm and cut a patterned piece the same size. Layer up the patterned paper on to the burgundy card and use double sided tape to fix all the panels to the front of the card.

Die cut two of the smaller holly branches out of dark green card and trim the bottom leaves off one of them. Glue the two holly branches together to make one and use a quickie glue pen to adhere them to the striped panel.

Use two clusters, of three gold metal gems, to represent the holly berries and stick them to the parts of the die cut holly that are made for berries.

The trickiest thing about this card was working out all the measurements so that everything was equal, after that it was just a lot of cutting and sticking, as long as you have coordinated paper you can adapt the design to suit. I am very pleased with the results,  hope you like it too. Thank you for reading, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cut Winter Village and Snow

Hi Everyone, I wanted to go for a very simple colour scheme for this card and love the look of Kraft and white so it was an easy choice. I love these little die cut houses and trees, they are so cute!

die cut village hand made Christmas card

Start with a Kraft A6 card blank, cut a piece of Snowfall Acetate to cover two thirds of the card and adhere to the top portion of the card. The bottom part of the acetate will be covered by the snow and houses so you can put plenty of glue on it. Put a couple of small spots of glue in the top corners of the acetate, make sure you use a glue that dries clear so that it doesn't show through the acetate.

Use a curved stitch border die to cut different sized panels of white card to form the snowy hills and die cut three houses, a church, three Christmas trees, a lamp post and some stars from Smooth White Card. Attach the snowy hills to the card, then add the houses and church etc. tucking them just under the snow hills to give the effect of drifted snow.

To finish glue the stars in place on the acetate and add a small peel off greeting to the bottom of the card.

I was very tempted to add some kind of sparkle to this card but in the end I am glad that I didn't. Thanks for reading, I hope you like it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Two Ways with a Hand Made Gift Tag Christmas Card

Hi everyone, I thought I would give you two cards for the price of one today! I have made the same basic card but in two different styles and colour schemes. It also gave me a chance to use this lovely Woodware Hand Drawn Greetings stamp set. Having used patterned paper on both of the cards it was only a small step to use the same paper to make matching envelopes for them too.

Two hand made Christmas cards with die cut tag shapes, heat embossed greeting and various embellishments

Here's a closer look at each of the cards.

Hand made Christmas card with die cut tag shape, stamped and embossed greeting, ribbon and die cut holly

Hand made Christmas card with die cut tag shape, stamped and embossed greeting, ribbon and die cut holly

You can see that each element appears on both cards with the first one being darker and distressed whilst the second is in more traditional colours, could be his and hers cards!

Here's how to make either card, listed below are the specific products used.

Start with an A6 card blank, cut a piece of patterned paper to 10 x 9.5cm and attach to the bottom portion of the card blank with double sided tape.

Cut a piece of card 10 x 4.75cm and dry emboss, for the darker card use Colorcore paper and sand it after embossing to reveal the core colour. Use double sided tape to adhere this to the top portion of the card. Cut a piece of gold card 10 x 1.5cm and adhere over the join between the patterned and embossed papers.

NOTE: for the darker card the edges of the patterned paper, embossed card and gold strip have all been distressed with a paper scruffer and inked.

Die cut a tag shape from white card, stamp the Christmas message with Watermark ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder, die cut the next size up tag shape from coloured card, then recut to take about 4mm off the length ( run it through the machine again with the die positioned about 4mm in from the bottom of the tag with everything else lined up, this will trim 4mm off the bottom of the tag).

NOTE: for the darker card the white tag is inked with distress ink and the bigger tag has it's edges distressed with a paper scruffer.

Use different ribbons etc. to create a bow and attach the jingle bells/wooden star to the top of the tag, (the wooden star has been inked around the edges).

Die cut two holly leaves and use a Quickie Glue Pen to adhere them to the bottom corner of the tag, use 3mm adhesive pearls for the holly berries, red for the bright card and natural coloured with a gold Sharpie for the darker card.

Attach the whole tag to the card using 3mm adhesive foam pads.

Finally take your envelope, open the flap and draw round it onto your patterned paper, cut it out and trim 3 - 4mm off all round to make sure it will slide into the envelope easily and not obscure the bit that you lick to seal the envelope. Insert it into the envelope and fold down the flap to crease the patterned paper, depending on the thickness of your paper you might need to smooth it down with a bone folder.

And there you have it two cards for the price of one! I really enjoyed making these cards, but can't decide which one I like best, I hope you like them too, please leave a comment to let me know which one you like best.
Debbie x

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Stenciled Background and Stamped Vellum Greeting

Hi Everyone, another Christmas card this time with a stencilled background and a bit of experimentation with distress ink and Glimmer Mist -  read on all will be revealed!!

Hand Made Christmas Card with Stenciled Background and Stamped Vellum


Start with a white A6 blank card, cut a piece of gold card to 14.5 x 9.5cm and attach this to the centre of the card blank.

The finished red panel measures 14.5 x 8.5cm, start with a piece of watercolour card stock a bit bigger than that, use stencil tape to tape your card to your craft sheet and the stencil over the card stock. Spread Opaque texture paste over the stencil as evenly as possible, peel off the stencil and leave the stencil paste to dry, this can take up to a couple of hours depending on your environment. ( I had a few other things to do so left this to dry but you could probably speed it up with a heat gun).

Here's the fun bit, once the stencil paste is dry, smoosh red distress ink on to your craft mat and spray a generous amount of gold Glimmer Mist over it. Mix these together with your paint brush and paint over the stencilled card. Either leave it to dry or use a heat gun to dry it immediately and you are left with a gorgeous red/gold shimmery finish. It's so nice when things turn out well! Trim the stencilled panel to the required size.

Cut a strip of white vellum to about 19 x 3cm, stamp and heat emboss Merry Christmas in gold (the stamp had a line of smaller text below it but I cut this off). Position the vellum strip over the red panel, fold the ends around the back of the panel and tape in place, then attach the panel with the vellum over the centre of the gold card.

A couple of gold sequins on the vellum strip finished it off.

I am very pleased with the way this turned out, I wasn't sure if the Glimmer Mist would work in the distress ink but as it is water based I was hopeful and in the end got exactly the effect that I wanted. I would love to hear your comments on it, please leave them below if you have a minute. Many thanks for dropping in.
Debbie x

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Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cutting and Dry Embossing

Hi Everyone, I had chance today to play with some of our new stock items for this card. We just received this gorgeous Garlands embossing folder which I think will work well all year round, and these fabulous Select a Size Edge dies that enable you to cut perfectly positioned edges using the metal tabs on each die. The white card is actually pearlescent which I had several failed attempts at photographing so that it showed up, you will just have to imagine it!

Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cutting and Dry Embossing

Start with a white A6 blank card, cut a piece of Champagne Pearlescent card about half a centimetre smaller than the card blank and emboss with the Garlands embossing folder. Use double sided tape to attach this to the blank card.

Cut a piece of turquoise card 10.75 x 7cm, and piece of pearlescent card stock to 10 x 6cm, die cut a V shape from the bottom of each with the plain edge die, stick on on top of the other and adhere both of them over the embossed background from the top of the card.

Die cut the Here Comes Santa circle from the same pearlescent card and a plain circle from the turquoise card, use a Quickie glue pen to apply glue to the back of the intricate die cut image and fix this over the plain circle, position this over the two pennant shapes and attach with double sided tape.

Cut a 10.5cm strip of turquoise card stamp and heat emboss Merry Christmas (this stamp had a smaller line of text below it but I cut that off), in white, hand cut the ends of the strip to V shapes and fix across the lower portion of the card using 1mm adhesive foam pads.

I like this colour scheme and love the way the pearlescent card adds a festive feel to it. Hope you like it too, it would be great to hear what you think in the comments below. Thank you for visiting.
Debbie x

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Hand Made Christmas Tree Shaker Card with Embossed Background

Hi Everyone, I couldn't resist another Christmas shaker card using our fab Christmas tree shaped shaker domes and the matching die set. I love the white micro beads for snow too!

Hand Made Christmas Tree Shaker Card with Embossed Background

Start with an A6 Kraft card blank, die cut a Christmas tree, position it on the card and mark it's position with a pencil, whilst it is still in position, cut a piece of Kraft card stock about half a centimetre smaller than the card blank and lay that over the card and die cut tree, feel for the edge of the tree and mark the position on the card, this will give you a guide for cutting the tree shaped aperture.

Die cut a tree shaped aperture from the Kraft card using the marked position, then dry emboss it with the snowflake embossing folder. (Make sure you die cut before you emboss otherwise the embossing will get flattened when you run it through the die cutting machine).

Place the Christmas tree shaped shaker dome over the die cut Christmas tree and the die cut card over that and get everything in position. Carefully lift the card panel off and mark the position for the shaker dome. Use a Quickie glue pen to put glue on the back of the die cut tree and fix it in place on the card. Pour some of the micro beads carefully on to the tree, then glue the shaker dome in position over the tree with the micro beads inside.

To finish off use double sided tape to attach the card panel and 3mm foam pads to adhere the greeting. Put a small enamel dot at the centre of each embossed snowflake.

The Kraft card looks lovely when it's embossed and the colour scheme gives the whole thing quite a Scandinavian feel - I'm happy! Thank you for visiting, hope you like it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Hand Made Christmas Card with Grosgrain Bow, Stamped Greeting and Matching Envelope

Hi Everyone, time for another Christmas card. My intention was to make a card that would be quick and easy for those occasions when you need to make a card in a hurry, I managed to make a mess of the stamping twice and had to re-tie the bow about 10 times to get it right, so assuming your skills are better than mine you will find this card can be made in a very short time 😉

Hand made Christmas card with grosgrain bow, stamped greeting and matching envelope


The card blank is a A6 cream. Cut a piece of patterned paper and a piece of cream card, join them with some adhesive tape and trim them to be about half a centimetre smaller than the card blank.

Cut a length of co-ordinating grosgrain ribbon, wrap it round the pieces of card to conceal the join and tie a bow on the front positioned to the left side. If the weight of the bow makes it sag slightly pop a glue dot behind the knot to hold it in place.

Stamp the greeting on the cream portion of the card, above the ribbon and to the right side. Stamp it  in gold ink and heat emboss it with gold embossing powder.

Attach the completed panel to the front of the card with double sided tape and there you have it!

As the card is very simple I decided to make a lined envelope to match, trace round your envelope (with the flap open) on the patterned paper, cut out the shape, trim about 3mm off either side and 1.5cm off the bottom so that the liner will slide into the card easily and leave the adhesive area clear. Carefully close the envelope flap to fold the liner in the correct position then add double sided tape to the back of the liner on the flap and fix it in place.

A great card which could be made in any colour scheme and used for any occasion with the added extra of a matching envelope. Thank you for reading, I hope you like it, please take a moment to leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Handmade Christmas Card with Distressed Snowflake Background and Die Cut Foliage

Hi everyone, a bit of a change of style for this card, inspired by one of Tim Holtz's Christmas tags, and the arrival of the Winter Foliage die cutting set in to stock I thought I would give it a go. I have added a close up shot as I realized that for some reason you can't see any of the glitter on the main shot.




The base is an A6 Kraft blank card. For the background panel, start with a piece of turquoise Kraft Core card stock and trim it to layer it on the base. Put clear ink all over the recessed side of the embossing folder and run it through the machine, then heat emboss with white embossing powder, rub off random areas of the embossing powder before you heat it to give a distressed look. When the embossing is dry use a sanding block to lightly sand over the raised areas to reveal the Kraft core. Use a paper scruffer around the edge of the panel to rough it up a bit and ink the edges with distress ink.

The sheet music came from an old piano music book that my daughter used for her lessons years ago, inked with distress ink and cut into a banner shape.

Die cut a selection of foliage from different colors of green Kraft Core card, rub them with a sanding block to reveal the Kraft core, it's easier to do this before you pop them out of the card. Ink randomly with a white ink pad and add glitter glue - spread it around with your finger tip so you don't get blobs of it. Cut the stems off three paper roses and add ink and glitter glue to them as well. Arrange the foliage and roses over the music banner.

For my first attempt at making the background I used a pearl embossing powder rather than white and didn't like the result as it didn't look snowy enough, however, nothing is wasted and it made a great contrasting die cut background piece for the sentiment, which is stamped in white on Kraft card and die cut into a decorative rectangle. Color three small adhesive pearls with a bronze Sharpie and use them to decorate below the stamped greeting and that's pretty much it!!

I love the way the snowflake background turned out, I will be using a lot more of the Kraft core card, I really like the effect it produces. Thank you for reading, I hope you like it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Glitter Bauble and Die Cut Holly

Hi Everyone, it's full steam ahead with Christmas cards now and time to try out some of our new Christmas stock. Traditional colors and a glitter bauble make a fab festive card with foliage courtesy of our new Sizzix Thinlits Winter Foliage die set, which I think you will be seeing a lot of over the next few weeks as I love it!


 Hand made Christmas card with die cut holly and glitter bauble

Start with a 15cm square white card blank, cut a piece of red gingham paper to layer on to the base and tie red sheer ribbon round it into a bow, with the bow at the left hand side. Use double sided tape to attach this to the card blank.

Cut a 9 x 13.2cm piece of red card and layer this with white card. Cut a selection of foliage including holly from green card and arrange this in the top left corner of the white card. Clusters of small red adhesive pearls create the holly berries. Die cut the bauble shape from red glitter card and fix that in position draw in a gold "string" for the bauble with a marker pen.

Add a gold Christmas peel off sticker below the bauble and a couple of holly leaves in the top left hand corner and you're done.

Thanks for visiting, hope you like the card, please leave a comment to let me know what you think. Everything you need to make it is available from our website and is linked below.
Debbie x

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Birthday Blossoms Holly and Poinsettia Cards for December Birthdays

Hi Everyone, I can't believe this is the last in our series of birthday blossoms where did that year go?? It's no surprise that the flowers for December birthdays are holly and poinsettia (although it's generally holly leaves). These are two favorites of mine for Christmas cards, my challenge was to use them for birthday cards but not make them look too Christmassy, so I tried to use non Christmas colour schemes.

For this first card I got the Distress Oxides out to make a background and used a single stem of holly die cut from gold card.

Hand made birthday card with Distress Oxide background and die cut holly branch

Start with an A6 white card blank for the base and layer that with another piece of white card, adhered with double sided tape.

Cut a piece of white card approx 8 x 5cm for the inked background. Smear three Distress Oxide colors onto you craft mat, spritz them with water, then dipp and paddle the white card into the three colors of ink until it is completely covered then dry it off with a heat gun.

Trim the inked piece of card to 7.6 x 4.6 cm, cut a piece of gold card to 8 x 5cm and mount the inked piece on to it. Die cut a branch of holly from the same gold card and use a quickie glue pen to apply the adhesive and fix it over the inked card as shown in the photo. Use adhesive foam pads to attach this to the front of the card to lift it and add some dimension.

Stamp and heat emboss the greeting in gold to match the holly branch.
That's all you have to do, it's an easy to make card with an eye catching finish. I hope you like it.

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For the next card I had my first play with our new layered poinsettia stamp set, the design of the stamps makes it very easy to line them up  to make sure each layer is in the correct position which is a bonus! Although you can get pink poinsettia's I thought it looked a lot less Christmassy than the red ones.

birthday card with poinsettia layered stamp in pink and green

Start with a white 12.5cm square blank card, cut a piece of pink card slightly smaller and adhere it to the card blank with double sided tape. 

Take a piece of white card bigger than required for the stamp and starting with the flower stamp, position it on the card. The stamps are rectangular and have the top left corner cut off, use this to lightly mark with pencil the position of the stamp. (I marked the cut corner and the one opposite to be certain.) Ink up your stamp and stamp it on the card. Next use the foliage stamp, ink it up and stamp it in the same position as the first one, finally repeat with the twigs stamp. 

When the ink is dry trim the white card to 8.5cm sq and mount this on a piece of green card 9cm sq. Colour a silver peel off sticker with green marker pen and position that in the top right corner of the white card.

Use double sided tape to attached the flower panel to the card front at an angle, add a pale pink adhesive pearl to the centre of the poinsettia and one at each corner of the card to finish it off.

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For the third card I wanted to use a die cut poinsettia and also try out the new Select a Size dies from Concord & 9th, again I tried to avoid Christmas colours.

Hand made birthday card with die cut poinsettia and leaves.

Start with a 15 x 15cm white blank card, these actually measure about 14.8cm square when they are folded so I often trim them down to 14.5cm square to make it easier to size any layers that I want to cut. Trim a piece of patterned paper to 14cm square and adhere it to the card base using double sided tape.

Cut a piece of white card to 14 x 11cm and using the decorative edge die from the Select a Size set cut both long sides of the card. Cut a piece of the patterned paper to 14 x 9cm and die cut both long edges of that with the same die. Layer one die cut piece on top of the other and attach them both to the centre of the card front.

Die cut a poinsettia from white card, I cut two of the large petals, one of the medium and one of the small. Before you glue the petals together, gently roll the end of each petal round a pencil or similar object to curl them slightly and add dimension to the flower. Glue the layers of petals on top of each other and hold in place for a few seconds to make sure that they stick firmly. 

Cut a selection of foliage and leaves from white and green card and arrange this under the poinsettia flower, I find it helps to arrange everything without gluing so that you are happy with it then take a photo, so that you can lift it all off the card and glue it in place using the photo for reference. A Quickie glue pen is ideal for applying glue to small areas like the backs of the leaves and stems. Once the foliage is glued in place use an adhesive foam pad to attach the flower so that you don't have to flatten it out to make it stick. 

Add silver adhesive metal gems to the centre of the flower and dot a few around the rest of the card. Pop a silver die cut greeting out of it's backing card, if there are any little notches left on it gently sand these away with a sanding block or fine nail file and attach this to the bottom of the card with more adhesive foam pads.
I'm very happy with this card, it will go to my Mum in Law whose birthday is in December, so I hope she likes it.

That's the last card of the Birthday Blossoms series thank you for reading and joining in when we have had giveaways, your comments have all been appreciated and I look forward to hearing what you think about these latest cards.
Debbie x

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Star Shaker Kit Giveaway Winner

Hi Everyone Thanks to everyone who entered our Star Shaker giveaway to win a set of Nested Star dies and a pack of our Star Shaped Shaker Domes.

I am delighted to announce that the winner is Safiya Abdul Jaleel.

Congratulations Safiya, as a regular customer of Wild Warehouse I have your contact information so I will be in touch with you to arrange the delivery of your prize. :)

Debbie x

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cut Christmas Tree and Stamped Message

Hi Everyone, after my recent flurry of shaker cards I thought I would do something different today. The Three Trees die cutting set that cuts out the Christmas Tree Shaker Dome shape is a great die set to use without the shaker domes too. I have used it here with one of the decorative  backgrounds, there are two other backgrounds included in the set. So you could make lots of variations on this design.

Hand made Christmas card with die cut Christmas tree and stamped message

I used a green A6 card blank, cut white card slightly smaller, dry embossed it with a dots embossing folder and stuck it to the card front with double sided tape.

I cut a strip of green card the same width as the embossed piece and about 4cm high and a piece of white card the same width but slightly shorter. I fixed the white card on top of the green and then both of them across the middle of the card. I die cut the Christmas tree from green card and a background for it from white card. I used a Quickie glue pen to put glue on the back of the green tree to stick it to the white background then fixed the tree over the green and white strip.

The Merry Christmas greeting is stamped in dark green ink on to the white strip to finish it off.

I like the simple color scheme and design for this card. As I mentioned earlier there are lots of variations that you could make such as a different color scheme, different tree design, different embossing folder and different greeting stamp. In fact I might try some of those myself! Thank you for dropping in, I hope you like it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Christmas Shaker Card with Die Cut Background and Peel Off Decoration

Hi Everyone, as I have been showing cards made using our new shaker dome shapes with matching die cutters, I wanted to make one using our original round shaker dome for which we also have a matching circle die cutter and now have this lovely Here Comes Santa die that makes a background for your shaker dome.

Christmas Shaker Card with Die Cut Background and Peel Off Decoration

I used a 15cm square white card base for this one as I wanted enough space around the shaker dome to add the snowflakes and greeting.

The Here Comes Santa die set contains two dies one is a plain circle and the other cuts the picture and writing, so if you use them both together you get a circle with the picture inside, I cut that from white card and also used the circle die to cut red card to go behind it. I used a Quickie glue pen to put glue on the intricate die cut design and attach it to the red circle.

I cut a square or red card slightly smaller than the card blank and used a die from our Circle Frames die set to cut out a circle in the centre of it. I used this as a guide to position the red and white centerpiece and used double sided tape to adhere that to the card blank.

I put the round shaker dome over the centerpiece and placed the square of red card over it to again use it as a guide to the position of the shaker dome, I held the shaker dome in place, lifted off the red card and marked the position of the shaker dome with a pencil. I tipped a small pile of Soft Snowdrift Chunky Glitter on to the centerpiece, put glue around the rim of the shaker dome and adhered it to the card.

Whilst I was waiting for the glue on the shaker dome to dry I decorated the red card with peel off snowflakes and used two of the circle frame dies together to cut a frame from red card. Once the shaker dome glue was dry I adhered the red card over the top of it and the red circle frame on top of that.

The final part is the greeting I stamped this in white ink onto a strip of red card and then heat embossed it with opaque white embossing powder to give it the same glossy finish as the peel off snowflakes. I added a couple of tiny peel off snowflakes to it, mounted it on a piece of white card and attached it to the card front using adhesive foam pads.

I am really pleased with this card,  I love the red and white colors and the whole snowy theme! Hope you like it too and would love to hear your comments.
Thanks for visiting.
Debbie x

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Hand Made Birthday Card Using Balloon Shaped Shaker Domes

Hi Everyone, this is the last new shape in our range of shaker domes, which doubles up as either a balloon shape or egg shape, whichever fits the occasion. Here I've used them as balloons for a birthday card, you get 10 each of two sizes of shaker dome in the pack. Again we have a matching die set so you can cut perfect apertures for the domes, I used the dies to cut white balloons to make a faux embossed background too.

Hand made birthday card with balloon shaped shaker domes

I started with a white 5 x 7" blank card and cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than that. I wanted to make the balloon shakers really stand out so opted for an all white background but added interest by die cutting several balloons from the same white card and sticking them all over the piece of white card, this gives the effect of dry embossing to the background piece.

I used the dies to cut two apertures in the background piece where I wanted the two shaker domes to go and then cut two pieces of colored card to go inside the shaker domes. I put the domes in place under the white card then carefully lifted the white card off and marked where both the domes and the colored die cuts should go.

I used double sided tape to attach the colored die cuts, poured a small pile of the Party Fragments on to each then glued the domes into position, I put the white card over the domes again to make sure everything was in the right place before the glue dried so that I could slide the domes into position if necessary.

Once the glue on the domes was dry I taped the back of the white card and stuck that in place and added a die cut birthday greeting mounted on 3mm foam pads,  for the finishing touch.

I am very happy with the card and love the contrast between the white on white background and the brightly colored balloons and filling. Hope you like it too, please leave a comment below to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Oval Shaker Dome

Hi Everyone, here's a third card made using one of our new range of shaker domes. This time I have used the oval dome, we did already stock an oval shaker dome but this one is smaller and shallower so can be used to make a smaller card. I decided to make a Christmas card with a classic red, green and gold color scheme with the greeting stamped inside the shaker dome.

Hand made Christmas card with oval shaped shaker dome and die cut poinsettia

I used a cream A6 blank card for the base, to coordinate with the small cream colored stripe in the tartan paper. I cut a piece of plain green card and a piece of the tartan paper both the same size approximately 14 x 10cm. I used an oval cutting die that matches the size of the shaker dome to cut an oval shape out of the tartan paper. I laid the tartan paper over the green card to create a guide as to where I should stamp the greeting to make sure that it is in the centre of the oval shape. I stamped the greeting in Watermark ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

To make sure that the shaker dome is in the correct position I put the die cut tartan paper over it and positioned it on the card, then carefully lifted the paper off and used a pencil to mark where the shaker dome should be. I poured a pile of the Soft Snowdrift chunky glitter on top of the stamped greeting, glued around the rim of the shaker dome and fixed it to the green card using the marks that I had made.

Once the glue on the shaker dome was dry I used double sided tape to fix the tartan paper over the shaker dome. I used the same size oval die along with the one a size bigger to die cut a frame from matt gold card and glued this over the shaker dome.

To make the poinsettia I used a die cutter to cut petals from red and green card, layered them up and glued them together and used self adhesive gold metal gems in the centre. I colored a page from an old book with Pine Needles distress ink, then die cut two holly branches from it. The poinsettia is fixed using a 3mm adhesive foam pad so that it can spread over the shaker dome and the holly branches are glued in position underneath the poinsettia.

I like the traditional color scheme for this card and you can't beat a bit of tartan for a Christmas card! I hope you like it too, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Star Shaped Shaker Birthday Card with Age Peel Off Sticker

Hi Everyone, continuing with our new range of shaker domes I have used the star shaped one for this card. I don't usually make children's cards but the lovely 25mm peel off numbers have been crying out to me to be used ever since we got them in stock so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

We have a giveaway going on - leave a comment on this post to let me know what you think of the card and you could win the Nested Stars die cutting set and a pack of the Star Shaped Shaker Domes.
The winner will be announced on this blog and on our Facebook page on Friday 20th December. Good luck !!

Hand made star shaped shaker card with age 8


I started with a white 12.5cm square blank card and layered that with pink card. I cut a piece of spotted paper to 11.5cm square and die cut a star shape from the middle.

Using the next smaller size of star die I cut one in off-white and stuck a pink number 8 peel off in the centre, I positioned the spotted paper on the card and used the star shape hole to help me position the smaller star with the number on and stuck that in place.

I then die cut different sizes of small stars, from blue, pink and green card that matches the blue, pink and green spots on the paper, I also cut some from silver mirror card to add a bit of shine. I grouped three of the stars near to the peel off number and glued them in place and left the rest loose to be the shaker pieces.

I laid the spotted paper over the star shaped shaker dome and again positioned it on the card, then lifted the paper off and made pencil marks to show where the shaker dome should go. I put glue around the rim of the shaker dome and stuck it down with the small stars inside. Once the glue had dried I used double sided tape to fix the spotted paper in place over the shaker dome.

The last thing was to add a silver peel off Happy Birthday, mounted on a strip of pink card, across the top left corner.

I'm very happy with this card, I love the color scheme and of course the shaker effect of the stars. I hope you like it too, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Thanks
Debbie x

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