Friday 1 December 2023

Fun Fold Friday - Festive and Fun

 Well, here we are again it's Friday already! For my last card this week using the Festive and Fun stamp set, of course I have made a fun fold card. This is a very simple one again. I know, I keep on saying that but it truly is very easy. I started with a piece of White card 14.85cm high by 29.7cm wide. (The standard height and the full length of A4 piece of card) I made the first score line at 10.5cm (the normal width of the card base) and then 2 sets of 5cm score lines. So 10.5cm , 15.5cm and 20.5cm. The rest was just under the 10cm and I used that as it is. My last cut was across the first fold on the front left which was to cut down the score line to 10cm and then cut the piece off.

I chose paper this time from A Walk In The Forest DSP for today. It goes beautifully with the Beary Cute stamps of course but I think it goes so well with the Festive and Fun too. All I added was a few of the different patterns onto each of the individual panels. That was it. The fun part as always was the colouring in of all of the animals and then the fussy cutting!! I know that many of you don't like to fussy cut around images and for those of you who don't, punch or die cut around the characters and add them to the card on panels instead. I added the front mat of Balmy blue card and embossed it using the Christmas Tidings embossing folders. I love them! Sadly, they have now sold out so are no longer available. :((

My centre panel was a die cut from the Deckled Rectangles dies. For the colouring of my characters I used the Stampin' Blends pens.

Well, as I said at the start, that's it from me for this week. Thank you for stopping by and for those of you who do celebrate this time of year, I hope you are all getting ready to celebrate Christmas in just a few weeks. For those who are not enjoy the time anyway. 

Cary will be back on Monday to share her cards with you. Until I return, take care, stay safe and well

but most of all as always, 


xx Gill xx

Thursday 30 November 2023

This or That Thursday - Festive and Fun

Today's Festive and Fun cards were exactly that. I really had a great time. The first card or THIS is on Poppy Parade card base with white mats which were embossed with the Stars At Night folder. I love the texture and dimension that an embossing folder can make on a plain mat. It is absolutely stunning! I stamped several of the images onto plain white circles of card using the Deckled Circles Dies. Once stamped, I started colouring, more fun! I die cut some more circles using a larger die but this time I used some of the DSP from the same papers as yesterday, Merry, Bold and Bright. I had made the card a gate fold card base and I added the circles onto the front and one on the inside with a few sentiments it was done.

The next one is my THAT cardI used the same products again bar the coloured card. I used the fresh bright green of Granny Apple Green.  This is my favourite green of all time I think, it's just so lovely.
The process was also the same except this time I die cut several Deckled Rectangles in white and another piece of the DSP. I made a larger card and made a DL card this time. it's 21cm high by 21cm wide and scored at 10.5cm (8,1/4" by 8,1/4" and scored at 4,1/8" in Imperial). I added a piece of DSP on the front of the card and some matching strips of the paper used for the rectangles too. 

Now it is up to you to decide which is your preferred one! Please 😍

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Watercolour Wednesday - Festive and Fun

 Welcome back and thank you for stopping by. Today I really had fun with the water colouring and Festive and Fun stamp set. On Fluid 100 watercolour paper, I stamped the giraffe to one side of a whole piece of paper and then had loads of fun watercolouring it. I cut a C6 card base and added a piece of the beautiful fun Designer Series Paper (DSP) and added it to the card base. I cut off the giraffe and then cut a mat 8cm by 11cm. Using the softest pale greenish blue of Pool Party, I added some ink to a block and added some water on top from my water brush and proceeded to wash it across the mat. Once dry, I embossed it with the Christmas Words embossing folder. I fussy cut the giraffe out and using Dimensionals, (foam Pads) adde it to the card base and placed everything together.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Technique Tuesday - Festive and Fun

 Hello, today's card is another which can follow on from yesterday's #simplestamping card. Using the Festive and Fun stamp set, I stamped the Hippo with his sledge 3 times, though not all completely. I lined the card mat straight along the grid lines on my gridpaper and taped it down with some low tack tape. I then started stamping the Hippo across the page. I used Memento Ink pad for this as there is a lot of detail in the picture and I needed to see all of it. I decided to colour the images in using my water colour pencils. No water, just pencils. I wanted to see the effect of the pencils along the line of colour. I have a post it roll of sticky note paper and I laid it across the bottom of the 1.5cm of the image and cut the post it roll in half across the length. I then placed the other half across the top of the images and covered the top 1.5cm up too. I aimed to colour in only a 2cm band across the whole image and I am rather pleased with it. I could have placed the strips of Real Red tribbon across the top and bottom of the images but decided against it. What do you think?

Monday 27 November 2023

Make It Simple Monday - #simplestamping - Festive and Fun

 Well hello and welcome back, thank you for stopping by. I hope you were all inspired by Cary's creations last week. I was! This week, I'm continuing the Christmas theme of course as it's under a month still to go yet! I'm using a fun stamp set called Festive and Fun. I love it. It was one of the first Christmas sets that I bought this year. As it's #simplestamping Monday, I have made a very simple and straitghtforward card but I have still used a mat inside and outside to give a little depth to the card. For those of you who are new to crafting, a mat is a layer on top of the card base itself and you can go as crazy as you would like and add as many mats as you would like or not, whatever the occasion is. I stamped the giraffe into the centre of the mat using some ordinary, water based black ink called Memento. Then as I often do on a Monday, I have used some ordinary colouring pencils to colour it in. I like to add a little colour especially when I use white on white, so I walked the edges of the white mat onto a bright blue ink pad. This then shows more dimension to the card. A few sentiments inside and out an it's complete. I really is that simple. 

Friday 24 November 2023

Fun fold Friday Saint Nicholas

 My final card for this week is a combined card and gift card holder. It's a super easy fold . The fun comes when you decorate it! I used the dies from Saint Nicholas and pattern paper that coordinates with them Traditions of St Nick

The card starts life a as a piece of A4 cardstock scored at 14.85cm and then rotated and scored at 10.5cm. ( basically you take the cardstock and score it into quarters) you then, with the cardstock in a landscape orientation,  remove the bottom left quarter. Now fold the bottom right-hand panel up and the left-hand side over to create your card. As I said this fold is super easy and no fuss!

Now the fun part decoration! I want to use the amazing scene building dies to create a fireplace complete with logs and flames. So I decided to cut an appature into the front panel of the card. Top tip if you're going to cover the panel with pattern paper do so before cutting the appature .

Saint Nicholas stampin up gift card Christmas card fun fold

I then decorated the panel that showed through the appature.  I decided to create a room scene complete with flooring and wall paper. 

Saint Nicholas stampin up gift card Christmas card fun fold

Once that was done I went to work on the inside panels.

Saint Nicholas stampin up gift card Christmas card fun fold

 The one that falls down is where I placed a pocket to add the gift card. 

Saint Nicholas stampin up gift card Christmas card fun fold

All in all a simple but fun card perfect for gift cards or money.

Well that's all from me for this week . I have a crafty weekend starting with a team chat on Saturday morning 😀. Gill will be sharing her inspiration here next week so please join us.

Have fun

Cary xx

Thursday 23 November 2023

Donating advent calendars

 Today Gill and I had the honour of delivering 100 advent calendars to a local community food bank . Our amazing crafting community came together to allow us to do this on their and our behalf  . We collected donations of money and advent calendars and are amazed at the amount we were able to take along to the foodbank. 

 The food bank is called FreeShop Crawley and they offer support to 160 customers in our town.

 The wonderful thing about this community group is that it offers the customers a shopping experience. They have their shop set up like a farm shop and customers take a basket and go around and pick up items that suit them. They even have a till which helps the customers feel like customers and the shop with stock control. 

The shop doesn't just offer food it offers clothing, household essentials as well as a warm welcome and support to those who are in need.

We are so lucky to be able to support this wonderful community with the help of our amazing crafting community ❤️ 

A huge thank you to all those who donated you're going to bring a smile to so many this December 😍