I know its been a little while, sorry about that. Work + 3 year old = one tired mumma – not to mention that i have been suffering from a slipped disc for the last four months, which has severely limited my crafty mojo.
But heres the good news, i have had some spinal surgery and feel brilliant now! – obviously i am in recovery mode, but it does also mean that i have been more motivated to craft, and have some projects to share. We also had a little incident with the lights in the craft room which now has been resolved thanks to our good friends Mark and Helen who installed some new ones for me. And to mark the joyous occasion of me being back on my feet, standing and crafting in a well lit craft room, i wanted this card to be the first one i share – a Christmas card for Mark and Heli.
This is also the first card i have made with my new purchase – the Joy to the Woods stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I also bought the dies, and i am LOVING these little dudes. I think i want to buy matching dies for every stamp set from now on (but I’m not sure my bank balance would exactly reach to that!).
I also cracked out the video camera to share this card in a little video!
You can watch it here, or over on YouTube, and please give the video a Thumbs Up if you enjoy it, and hit subscribe for more videos – i hope to get back into the swing of recording videos for sharing.
Here’s a little bright and cheery card to bring some sunshine into your life just now! Full of jellybeans! <3
Inspired by the greeting sticker, i wanted to create a little jar of sweeties, so I fussy cut a bunch of coloured jellybeans using some jellybean soup staples paper – i just love these little white polkadots. To create the jar i used the Spellinders label 9 die – but cut off the pointy end to create more of a jam-jar look.
I cut the shape in both white card and acetate, and stuck the beans haphazardly with some on foam pads to create dimension. Then i used a little bit of glossy accents to stick the acetate to the raised beans. For a lid, I cut a rectangle of paper and used an embossing tool to make indented lines to resemble grip marks on the lid.
Another fun thing about this card is the greeting (Hero Arts Stamp) is in a peek-a-book strip. This is when you use pattern paper to cover the card but leave a strip of the card uncovered. This is a great little sneaky cheat if the paper you want to use isn’t quite tall enough to cover the whole project. I took the striped paper and cut off a thin pink strip to use at the top and bottom of this peek-a-boo strip. I love the way this looks on the final card.
Whilst tidying, I accidentally stumbled upon a new technique for making shaker cards – so easy that you won’t believe your eyes! I am definitely going to be using this again and again and again. Check it out!
I am sharing a video today and yes, I am very aware that this is a Christmas card, but guess what, thats just the way I roll sometimes!
This was my first video with my new camcorder and microphone, so hopefully I can make some adjustments over time to make sure the videos look their best! Any feedback is appreciated in the comments below.
This video may be to showcase a Christmas card, but the technique can be used for any kind of card, or even integrated into a scrapbook page. I hope you enjoy it.