Christmas Cards From Inserts

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Aug 222018
 

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A Small Pack Of Christmas Cards

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I’ve set myself a bit of a challenge to make as many batches of Christmas cards as I can during the rest of August so that I can then put my box of Christmas card consumables back in the garage for a bit and get my quilting back out to work on that in September. I’m not saying that I’ll have made all I need for the year, but I’ll have a fair few to start off with, and can get stuff back out the end of October/November if I’ve had a lot of sales and need to make more for Mam and I to send ourselves.

If I get what I want made up I’ll probably have Christmas card blog posts to show you well into September.

For the cards I’m going to show you today I used different inserts from this year’s Hunkydory collection.  I also made my own foiled greetings on parchment.

I started by using the downloaded Canvas software to design the words Nadolig Llawen (Welsh for Happy Christmas) ar around 4″ in length. These I sent to my ScanNCut and used the foiling feature to write the words with a glue pen onto Parchment paper.

These were then covered with foil, some silver and some gold, before beeing rubbed and the foil sheet removed.  The greetings were then cut out in strips.

I took the bundle of inserts from this year’s Hunkeydory Christmas selection and chose some with an image forming part of the sheet.  I cut an image panel of 4.25″ x 6.25″ from each insert before trimming a quarter inch from the height of the piece that was left.

I cut various coloured and foil panels of 4.75″ x 6.75″ to use as mats for my images.  Before sticking the images to the mats I wrapped parchment greeting strips around each image, using tape at the back to keep it in place.  Double sided, fingerlift tape was used to attach image to mat, and then the matted image to a plain white, pre scored, A5 base card.

I then used the same tape to attached the left over bit of matching insert, gaving folded down a bit, inside each card.

I added peeloffs saying Nadolig Llawen to the inserts.

Here are the cards I created, together with the inserts of the first two, to give you an idea of what I did.

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As you can see, the cards have a much softer look than the ones made using the same image toppers from the collection, but those who’ve seen them here have commented that they like the effect as it is so different to anything in the shops.

So, that’s it for today – quick and simple cards.

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I’ll have some more Christmas card posts to come over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Aug 202018
 

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More Recycled Cards

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I’ve been going through a big batch of old Christmas cards that I’d got put away in my box of Christmas Card makings after cutting off the backs.

I started by triming any that needed trimming to around the same size, then matting and layering each image.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, kraft card base cards and used double sided tape to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

I used peeloff “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) on the card fronts. And an insert with “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

This is the second card with this image.  It’s amazing how many cards with the same images on are amongst the cards I’ve got in my stash to recycle.

 

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So, that’s it for today – another assortment of recycled quick and simple cards that are small and flat enough to go throught the UK post using a standard size stamp.

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I’m on a Christmas card roll at the moment so I’ll have some more Christmas card posts to put online over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Aug 162018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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Those of you who visit my blog regularly will know I like to enter the colouring in challenge in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook each month.   Each month a different digital stamp is made available to group members to request for free. Then it’s simply a case of creating something with it and uploading a photo of the creation. Not uploading a photo means no free digital stamp next month.

For the August colouring challenge the image group members can request for free is this one.

Why not join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

Having used Chameleon Pencils to colour the image last month, and not being very happy with the result, I decided to see if I could do a job I was happier with and used the same pencils again this month..

Once I finished colouring the image I cut close around the drawn line around the head, and used a cutter to cut along the bottom and right side.  I did a little shapeing of the image with my fingers.

The base card and the background cardstock I chose are from Kanban.

I cut the background to fit inside the foiled frame on the base card and stuck it to the card with fingerlift tape.

I’ve left the card without a greeting for now as I am not sure what occasion or language it will be needed for.

I also used fingerlift tape to attach the bottom part of the image that was straight cut, and put 3mm deep double sided foam tape under the main part of the image that was shaped.

 

You can see the slight raise in the image achieved by the shapeing and foam tape in these photos.

So here’s my finished card.

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  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
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Another Pack Of Christmas Cards

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Aug 082018
 

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A Small Pack Of Christmas Cards

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I used different images from the same Hunkydory little book I’d used for the cards in my post of the 4th August.  I think I may have missed letting everybody know about this post so please do click to the earlier post after having a look at these cards if you think you’ve  missed seeing them.

I started by matting and layering each image with a metalic mat of either gold, silver, or red mirror card.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, scalloped, white base cards and used double sided tape to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

I used peeloff “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) on the card fronts. And an insert with “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

So, that’s it for today – quick and simple cards.

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Aug 022018
 

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Recycling Old Christmas Cards

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For the batch of Christmas cards I’ve got to show you today I have recycled old Christmas cards.

A few friends give me their old cards, both Christmas and more general ones from other occasions during the year, and any that are suitable I re-use to create cards that can be sold and the proceeds go the Sunday School.

For the batch I’m going to show today I used square, pre cut and scored kraft card base cards that came with matching envelopes. As most of the members of our chapel have mentioned in the past that they want cards they can post using a standard size letter stamp, I have kept the profile of these cards low by only using one matt to layer with the recycled image and sticking with fingerlift tape. I used assorted Adorable Scorable cardstock, cut to just a little larger than the trimmed recycled image, to mat each image onto.

I put an insert inside each one that says “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year). And on the outside I stuck a greetings peel-off.  By not adding lots of embelishments I can keep the cost of the cards low for me to make, keep the price for the pack low, and pass on all the money made for the recycled cards to the Sunday School.

This is the paper with information that is in the package with these cards.

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I’ll have some more Christmas card posts to come over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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More Christmas Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 292018
 

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Christmas Cards

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I’ve already told you previously that I’d started my Christmas card making. I’ve made a few more over a few days during July and today I’ve got a couple of cards to show you.  Once again I used a sheet from this year’s Hunkydory collection.

The toppers for these two came from the same sheet of toppers.

I used a white sheet of Adorable Scoreable, folded in half, as my base card for this one. Then attached a panel cut from a background sheet from the collection that matched my chosen topper. I used a paper ribbon from the topper sheet across the card just down from the center before adding the topper itself.

For this card I scored an Adorable Scoreable card in half before attaching a panel cut from a background sheet that co-ordinated with the topper. Topper was then attached with double sided foam tape.

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I’ll have a few more Christmas card posts to come over the next week or so, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Jul 282018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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With so many members of the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook having less time for crafting over the busy summer months it was decided to run the latest colouring challenge over two months, rather than one month, to give those who wanted to take part more time to request the free digital stamp, create something with it, and upload a photo of their creation.

For the June/July colouring challenge the image group members can request for free is this one.

Just join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

This time I coloured in the image using Chameleon Pencils.  I don’t usually use coloured pencils and don’t think I got as good a result with these as I get with alcohol markers, but I will practice a bit more to see what effects I can get.

To make my simple card I took a pre cut, scalloped edge, base card, and, just to show that DLD images can be mixed and matched with anything in a person’s crafting stash, I cut some background papers from the “Blooming Lovely” 8″ square paper pad by The Paper Boutique.

I only used fingerlift tape to attach the various layers, to keep the card as flat as possible, and set things at a “jaunty angle”.

So here’s my finished card.

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For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before the end of the week, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Cards For 18th Birthday

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May 282018
 

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18th Birthday Cards

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A friend mentioned that she would be needing 18th Birthday cards before long, so when I got home I started thinking about making a few. Only problem was I’d forgotten to ask whether she needed Welsh or English cards, and whether they were for boys or girls.  I even forgot to ask if they had specific interests or tastes.  Duh! Brain not in gear.

But I decided to have a go at making a bit of an assortment as I didn’t have any specifically for 18th birthdays in my boxes of cards at the moment, and it would be easier to discuss what sort of thing she was looking for if I had something to show her.

These are what I came up with.

Male themed, English. I believe the pieces to make this 8″ square card were from a Kanban kit.

This one is a female, Welsh, card made using a Hunkydory filigree collection. I’ve put 4 small 18s on this card in each corner, rather than one big number.

This 8″ square xard is made using Hunkydory decolarge. I kept one of the layers to decorate the insert and used foam tape to build up some of the layers on the ftont.

This one I used a “Happy Birthday To You” greeting from the collection to make an English card.

This time I’ve gone subtle for the number 18 putting it on twice.

If you’ve not spotted them yet have a look at this clo8seup.

One on the roof of the bird feeder table and one on the hanging feeder.

Back to a male themed card next. This time in welsh.

Unfortunatel I needed to take the photo at an angle to prevent the shine overshadowing the image, and when I took the photo at this angle the eording “Penblwydd Hapus” and the large numbers, at the top left of the card, don’t show so well in the photo.

The next is the largest  of this batch of cards, being an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock tyat I scored, folded, cut down the centre of the front, cut a piece off the right side, scored both sides, thenfolded the sides as well to make a double easel.

This is the topper on the right. It’s a fully made up decolarge topper from Hunkeydory.

I used an A4 coordinating cardstock to decorate the basevthe base and used pieces from a second set of the same image ad stoppers for both side easels.

And this is what the card looked like

The dimension on the topper and stoppers was created using 2mm derp, double sided, foam tape.

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That’s it for today.  More crafting TO COME before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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A Sympathy Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 202018
 

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A Sympathy Card

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This week an elderly gentleman from our neighbourhood died and I wanted to send a hand made card to his family. The question was – what to put on it.

He had been so very good calling here several times a week when my father was ill before Dad passed away last year. Even when Dad was in hospital he’d call just to ask how Dad was.

They were both part of a crowd of men going on in years who use to sit at the same table at the Coffee Morning in town every Saturday morning for quite some time.  The table was nicknamed ‘The Last Of The Summer Wine’ table, so they decided to take part in last year’s town carnival as characters from that TV show, ropeing in a few others to dress up with them on a float. Dad was in too much pain to go by that time, but his friend did win a prize for the best pair, with him dressed as Compo and a friend’s daughter as Nora.

Such a character.

So I wanted a special card, but just couldn’t decide what to put on it.  I had several kits, images, different card bases, etc., out, and looked at some of my digital collection as well, taking ages thinking about it, but in the end I decided to go for a floral image from a Hunkydory filigree collection.

I decided to keep it minimal and not add anything other than a peel-off greeting.

Yn Meddwl Amdanoch is Welsh for Thinking About You.

I like the inserts that came as part of the collection because it had no greeting inside that I’d have to cover before adding my own. Again I chose just a simple peel-off.

Gyda Chydymdeimlad means With Sympathy.

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I really do need to go through my stash and make up a few different styles of sympathy cards ready for when there is need of them. I have an assortment of other card types ready if a quick card is needed, but only a very small number of sympathy ones, so keep an eye out for another sympathy card blog post in the future – if I manage to get myself that organised.

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A Fox

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 312018
 

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A Screen Printed Card

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The card I’ve got to show you today is one I made using the screen printed image of a fox that I showed you previously, in this post – here.

It was printed using inks from my mixed, left over, pot of colours and added bronze, or was that copper?

I thought I’d make this one more masculine, so lots of leaves but no flowers, and some wood patterened backing paper.

I die cut the image out using the larger die from a Duo Dies set, making one ear and part of the tail ‘out of the box’.

The wood patterned background was cut out with one of my Hunkydory nesting oval dies.  I put the image onto the wood mat using 3mm deep foam tape.

The base card is 8″ square Creative Crafting World, with one of their inserts inside – I’ll put a panel with a new greeting over the printed one as it’s a Welsh card.

The first mat is 19cm square of Hunkydory Adorable Scorable black card, and the next layer is 18cm square of 200gsm cardstock printed with a blue background from this kit – here.

I used fingerlift tape to attach the mats to the card front and wet glue to attach the matted topper on top.

Then out came my bag of leaves and flowers I had left over from my previous two projects to make plaques.  You can see the dies I used and more info – here.

But as I said earlier, I only wanted leaves, not flowers, so I did a bit of sorting out to choose what I wanted before sticking the leaves in place using a wet, everyday, glue.

I had shaped one ear slightly up and the tail slightly down before sticking the topper on the wooden look layer for dimension.

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Now I need to sort out some more catchup posts to publish, and also decide whether I’m next going to work on some of my PHD, or start one of the projects I’ve got planned in my head and already bought the items needed.

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