Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Using up scraps

Hello everyone! Welcome back!
I was determined to join the fun at the Snippet's Playground this month, so I sat down in my craft room and decided to revisit an old Love from Lizi card kit (Nov 2019). I knew I had several scraps left after creating the cards from this post.

For my Winter Wishes card (top left), I cut a pinkish PP scrap in two lengthwise and placed it on either side of a strip that I cut from one of the 6x6 papers from the kit, leaving a small gap. Next, I die cut two snowflake borders (NBUS die from an older Crafter's Companion card kit), from two white snippets that I'm always left with after creating top panels for my American-sized  A2 cards using regular A4 Neenah cardstock. I decided I did not like the small gap between the black and pinkish strips, so I added peel-off strips from the card kit. To finish off, I used one of the sentiment decoupage elements from the kit.

For my Season's Greetings card (top right), I used a scrap of green linen cardstock and trimmed it to the perfect height for my card. I used one of the toppers from the kit and framed it with more peel-off strips. I stamped my sentiment on another snippet of PP from the kit and added peel-off strips to the top and bottom. To finish off, I added a few decoupage elements to the topper.

For my Joyful Wishes card (bottom right), I used a scrap of PP and trimmed the top so that it would fit my card. I matted it onto a scrap of black cardstock. I was left with a small strip that had the perfect width to place behind the sentiment element from the kit and to show off the ribbon (also from the kit). To finish off, I added a few Nuvo drops that either came in this kit or another LfL kit.

For my Snowflakes card (bottom left), I used more white cardstock snippets for my snowflake borders, as well as another snippet of PP. I heat-embossed one of the sentiments from the kit and did some ink blending around the circle. I created a mat for my circle using a snippet of glitter cardstock. I finished off with a small decoupage element and Nuvo drops.

And then I decided to create my ultimate snippets card.

I still had a few strips of PP left as well as a snipped of the pinkish cardstock from my previous card. I cut most of these strips in two lengthwise and adhered them to a snippet of black cardstock After the panel was complete, I trimmed it to size and matted it onto a snippet of Centura pearl (not sure if you would call it rose gold or bronze), after die cutting the sentiment using a NBUS die. To make the sentiment stand out a bit more from the busy background, I cut a mat from vellum using the outline die.
I adhered everything to a Centura pearl card base.

It felt great creating 5 cards for my 2022 Christmas card pile AND using up some scraps in the process!

I'm entering my New Year's card into the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - #418 Mega Christmas draw
Making these cards definitely kept me from making mischief LOL

SSS Wednesday - Something new

My Snowflakes card (bottom left) is playing at:

Make my Monday - #165 Snowflakes

Sunday, 2 January 2022

December CCC reveal - Stencilled trees

Hello everyone. Happy New Year!
It's the 2nd of the month and that means it's time for the December 2021 Card Chain Challenge reveal.
My card went to Arlene in California.

The inspiration for the December challenge was the following tic-tac-toe card:

This one really had me stumped for a while, but in the end I decided to go with the first row down.

I started by blending green ink in the middle of my card and then shifted the Tim Holtz tree layering stencil to apply Sparkle Medium in Sage Green (Imagination Crafts). I do love this colour.

I heat-embossed my sentiment in gold and matted the sentiment strip with Centura pearl card in a matching colour. Before adhering the sentiment panel to the card, I added two tree brads from Eyelet Outlet that have been in my stash for several years.

Friday, 31 December 2021

Getting a head start for next Christmas

I have been working frantically to get this year's Christmas cards done. I created quite a few quick cards using elements from my UFO box. In fact, I ended up with a few extras that can go on my pile for next year. Today's cards fall in that category.

I created the panel for these two cards during the Eat Sleep Crafty Retreat back in June using a 3D embossing folder (5x7 Retro Poinsettia, Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions) and black cardstock. Next, I swiped my Versamark ink pad over the raised areas and applied Perfect Pearls.

I could and should have turned the panel into cards back in July for Let's squash it challenge no. 10 Shimmer and Shine but was only just getting back to crafting. But hey, I did get the cards ready to link it up for the current challenge, Let's squash it no. 15 Your call.

Last year, I also used this EF to create a few last-minute cards, but I never posted them on my blog, so here goes. For these cards, I inked up the embossing folding before running it with the cardstock through my die-cutting machine.

I'm also linking up my 2 cards at:

Merry Little Christmas - #41 Anything Christmas

STAMPlorations CAS - Anything CAS goes

12 Months of Christmas - #84 Anything goes Christmas

I want to thank all of my followers and visitors for visiting my blog and commenting, and I wish you all a very happy, healthy and creative New Year!