Sunday, 28 October 2018

Simple Christmas Cards with Cookie Cutter Christmas!

Hello my friends,

I hope your week has been a fun and crafty one! I've been finishing my swaps for #OnStage2018 in Birmingham. It is so exciting that it's only two weeks away! I will share my swaps with you after the event and hopefully show you what I get from other demonstrators.

Today I'm sharing a simple Christmas card made with an old favourite (yes I know I have a few) Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Cookie Cutter Builder punch and the snowflake stamps from the Colorful Seasons set.  You can watch a video on my YouTube channel later in this post.
The base is a standard A6 (10.5cm x 29.7cm scored @14.8cm) side folding card in Balmy Blue with two pieces of Whisper White cut @ 13.8cm x 9.5cm. (I got the measurement wrong in the video - oops!) I used a scrap of white to stamp the eskimos (how cute are they!) with Memento Black ink, then punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch.  The snowflakes are stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White emboss powder. Balmy Blue ink twas applied with a piece of stamping sponge to highlight the snowflakes and edge of the white layer.
Dark Crumb Cake and Light Smoky Slate Blends were used to color the Eskimos and on their little faces I used Ivory and Light Calypso Coral. Clear Wink of Stella on the white areas give them a little sparkle!
I had to make one with my favour color - Highland Heather. I'm really chuffed with the way these cards turned out and because they are only two layers they are quick and easy to make and will be cheap as chips to send in the post to family and friends this Christmas.

I still love the magic of heat embossing and this emboss resist technique is an easy way to create a wow effect on a card.  I use the lid of a shoe box is lined with tin foil when I do any heat embossing now and I find this helps the cardstock from curling and protects my work surface - win win!.
It's so easy to forget about some of the older sets we have with all the new sets that come out but I'm trying to make sure to use them from time to time.
You can click below to watch the video. I'm blessed to have so many subscribers to my little channel. I know my video's aren't very professional but I enjoy making them and hope they inspire someone to get creative. YouTube have changed their settings so if you subscribe make sure you also click the notification bell so you get an email when I post a new video. I'd love to know what you think so please leave me a message if you have time.
If you would like to purchase any of the products used for these card simply click on the photos below to go to my Stampin’ Up On-line store, or click here for a general browse and remember to use the October Hostess code if your order is between £25 and £150 to get a FREE gift from me in November.

If you have any questions, live in West Sussex and would like to come to a class or host a party please get in touch at lynniecdesigns@gmail.com.

As always, thanks for popping by and happy crafting..

Lynnie C
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Sunday, 21 October 2018

How to create an elegant Christmas Card with Shimmer Paint and Lovely as a Tree

Happy Sunday my friends - here we are again.

I've been pro-craft-inating (haha) about what swaps to make for the Stampin' Up! #OnStage2018 in Birmingham, which is in a few weeks ...... eek! It will be my third OnStage event so I know what to expect but I'm sad as my lovely upline Victoria isn't going.  I decided to be brave and go on my own because it's a special year (#StampinUp30) and I know I'll have an amazing time. I've finally decided what to do so made a start on those this week. I will share them with you after I've been to #OnStage2018.

Today I'm sharing another card from my monthly card class. I think it's simple but elegant and uses a favourite image from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set (available in wood and clear mount), the Swirls & Curls embossing folder and some gorgeous Bright Copper Shimmer Paint.

At class, we made a Shaded Spruce A6 top folding card base with two pieces of Soft Sea Foam cardstock cut @ 10cm x 14.4cm and another piece cut @ 7.5cm x 11.9cm. One of the larger pieces of Soft Sea Foam was lightly sprayed with water using a Stampin' Spritzer before being put through Big Shot in the Swirls & Curls embossing folder. I find spraying it helps soften the cardstock and stops any cracking. Using a sponge dauber, shimmer paint is added to the embossed piece using a circular motion. It doesn't show very well in photo's but the paint is gorgeous! Still using the dauber, shimmer paint was added directly onto the Lovely as a Tree stamp. Shaded Spruce was added round the edge with a piece of stamping sponge.
The card in my video is a little different - the card base is Early Espresso cardstock with two pieces of Very Vanilla cut as before but the smaller piece is cut @ 7.2cm x 10cm and I've used a scrap for the sentiment, which is from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.
Here are both versions together. They are quick and easy to make and I can't wait to make more.
Here's another version with some metallic sequins added to the tree and Early Espresso ink added to the edge of that panel, which I think I prefer - I do love a bit of bling.
 Here's the video - let me know what you think.
If you would like to purchase any of the products used for these card simply click on the photos below to go to my Stampin’ Up On-line store, or click here for a general browse. Don't forget to use the October Host code which you can find in the top right hand cover of my blog if your order is between £25 and £150 to get a FREE gift from me in November.

If you have any questions, live in West Sussex and would like to come to a class or host a party please get in touch at lynniecdesigns@gmail.com.

As always, thanks for popping by.

Lynnie C
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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Clean & Simple Christmas cards made with Stampin' Up! products

Hello again!

I hope you've had a good week? Mine has flown by and with my monthly card classes on Thursday night and Saturday morning, I spent a fair bit of time crafting - how lucky am I? I shared a sneak peak of the cards for class on Facebook and Instagram on Friday. This time of year they are all Christmas cards.

So today I'm sharing a clean and simple card made with Seasonal Layers thinlits and Colorful Seasons Photopolymer stamp set by Stampin' Up!
For class, we used an A6 top folding Highland Heather card base. I love making Christmas cards in non-traditional colours don't you? I used two pieces of Whisper White layer cut @ 10cm x 14.4cm for the front and inside plus a scrap for the sentiment which was stamped with Gorgeous Grape ink to match the Mini Striped ribbon. I used the three snowflake dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits for the snowflakes and glued them back in the negative space. Seeing the colour of the card base through the snowflakes is so pretty. Clear faceted gems added to the middle of the snowflakes finish off the card nicely imho!
I decided not to put a sentiment on the inside but stamped snowflakes with Highland Heather ink. 
For the video, I decided to re-make the card in another non-traditional Christmas colour - Coastal Cabana - here they are together - don't they look great?
I slightly changed the position of the snowlakes, used Coastal Cabana and some of the Polka Dot Tuille ribbon. This is white but you can add ink to match it with any project.
The snowflakes were stamped second generation to keep them light like a watermark. 
Here's a close up of the largest snowflake. You will see if you watch the video below that a little piece tore off when I took the snowflake out of the die but I glued it back in place so you'd never know.

I often forget to say in my video's that I'm an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the UK. I love being a demonstrator and sharing my passion for cardmaking. I'm truly blessed to have some wonderful friends who support my hobby- here are photo's from each class this month.
 It is so wonderful listening to my friends chatter away excitedly while they make their cards.
I'd love to know what you think of this project (good or bad) so feel free to leave a comment.
If you'd like to purchase any of the products used for these card simply click on the photos below to go to my Stampin’ Up On-line store, or click here for a general browse but remember to use the October Host code if your order is between £25 and £150 to get a FREE gift from me in November.

If you have any questions, live in West Sussex and would like to come to a class or host an event in your home please get in touch at lynniecdesigns@gmail.com.

As always, thanks for popping by.

Lynnie C
xxxxxx

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