Not christmas cards!!

Had a few birthdays lately and each got a personal card as my stash didn't quite have something that I was happy with.

For our friends 40th, the boys had a golf weekend so there had to be a golf card! Used some gloss paper and with dots embossed on it to create the circle.  Stole a golf tee to just finish of the card.

Love this stamp set from Stampin UP! I had an old Beetle as my first car and I loved it, quirks and all.  It was fun to be able to send this off to an Aunt who sold me the card when I was 17 to wish her Happy Birthday.  A fun happy card.  I ended up making this in several other colours as it also works well for lots of ages birthdays.

Created this Thanks card for a teacher who has provided extra support and care.  Again using my favorite colour Rich Razzleberry and a common friend Old Olive. A lovely image that with just a little work becomes a beautifully coloured image. I use water colour pens with the ink pads to colour the image.

For my sister I created a bright cheery card using some retired Stamping Up! DSP, it has my favorite Rich Razzleberry colour in it.  The little squares were cutout with some thinlets in the bigshot and created a simple extra layer to the hard and somewhere to stamp the sentiment.  Had some trouble with the cupcake not standing out enough so ended up putting it onto a circle of soft suede underneath.

For my sons birthday there was a bit of a star wars theme, so I created a Kylo Ren card.  Trickiest bit was drawing on the 'face' of Kylo Ren.  Added a layer of black that i cut an arch into and rolled the edge to create his hood.  The face started off as an oval and I trimmed it in to create the shape and sponged the edge with white to add contrast.

Christmas Greetings

I also got Christmas Greetings Thinlets for christmas so have been keen to have a play.  Not wanting scraps I used both the word and the negative each time, creating 2 cards per word. 

Love how this one turned out! I gold embossed the stars to hang off the word and add the background both from SU! Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.  A lovely elegant card

Hard to tell but I put gold sparkly paper under the word and then gold embossed the stars.  Cute and sparkly

These two were a nice simple layout of the paper ontop of each other.  Really quick and easy to do, and espcially getting 2 for at the same time was really fast.

Festival of Tree's

It always seems a little weird to make cards so close to Christmas but then I also got some new things to play with for Christmas :)  New sets SU! Festival of Tree's & punch and Holly Jolly Christmas

My first lot of cards I created I went with my favorite christmas colour combo - Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive.  With the black and White ones, I used a Cherry Cobbler accent.

The background I created with some SU! Washi Tape.  Loving the sprinkle stamp with the star in it, makes a lovely christmas background.

Christmas cards 2015 ....

I was completly useless at maintaining my blog for 2015!!!  I still stamped and made cards throughout the year and a few times went to do the blog, but I got an ipad and haven't sorted out how to do posts with photos on the ipad so I never ended up doing them.  I have 5 draft posts, starting in May that I never submitted!!

So I ended up with 37 b&w cards done, with 7 left overs my target of 35 is pretty close.   52 brightly coloured cards. Some terrible pics of them all piled up.

Had lots of fun along the way with a few favorites ...  loved the zig zag folded paper ones, the circle step cards.

My New Years resolution is defenitely to actually post to my blog in a timely manner and keep track of what I am making through the year!

Circle step cards

These were really fun and actually quite easy cards to do.  I really want to do some baby cards in these as I think they will be really cute, although I dont currently have anyone to send them too!!

So my basic measurements are to fit a card in a standard envelope as most of my christmas cards are posted.  Although I think these will all get sent with a plain piece of paper in the envelope to stop them getting bent in transport.

- Base cardstock 6" circle
- DSP 51/2" circle

Fold the base in half and cut the dsp layer in half.  I tended to make 2 of these at a time, as the sizes mean that 2 6" fit in 1 A4 sheet and I circle DSP makes 2 cards anyway.  Although I am terrible at changing things and no 2 cards are quite the same :)

 To create the step I measured 2 1/2" from the edge and cut a 3" slit fairly centered along the fold line.

Then fold the center of the cut down to create the step.

With the DSP I then cut out a 'wedge' making it 1/4" bigger, so 2 3/4" by 1 3/4".  This creates a nice border.  To have the same on the wedge on the back of the step, I turn over the dsp which nicely lines up the round edge and I cut 1/2" off the top so that it has a border too.

Now its time to decorate!! Here's one of mine :)

2014 wrap!

Well I didn't keep my blog up to date but I did do lots of stamping!!  In the end I got 53 of my 55 cards done, and 30 of 30 for the black and white ones!!

Love having a huge stash to write my Christmas cards as soon as December arrived.  The black and white ones go to my sister in law who enjoys sending them out and having people wonder if she made them. Good thing I have a stamp saying made by raewyn!

For 2015 I have the same goals as I only ended up with 2 cards left.  Hopefully I will do better with my blog!!

Here's a few of the cards ....

Little banners

Seen lots of cards using the SU! Banner punch, so these are my Christmassy take on creating a row of banners.  For these cards I used SU! Snow Festival Dsp and glitter paper to create the banners, with Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso to create the bases.  I embossed the background to add some texture and added a stamp in the corner because they looked too plain, for each I stamped in the matching ink.  The Happy Holidays is embossed, on the Early Espresso using Cherry Cobbler emboss powder and on the Cherry Cobbler its clear embossed with Early Espresso ink underneath.


As I also am trying to make 3 cards each month that are black and white I did one of this design in vanilla and black.  Tried a different word stamp, and the papers make it overall a simpler and less christmassy card.