A Christmas Carol Challenge

A Christmas Carol Challenge

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Over on the Artisan Design DT Collective members were challenged to make two creations – one a card and the other a tag or similar.  One was to be themed on the book “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and the other was to be themed on any Christmas carol of our choice.  It was up to us which creation was themed on the book and which the carol.

Before I go ahead and show  you what I made for each part of the challenge I’d like to let everybody know that Pete Simpson, the Designer/Owner of Artisan Designs UK, is aiming to do a Facebook Live on Friday 13th at 7.00pm.  I believe it will be on his page – Here!

He’s been working on designs for texture stamps for months (he’s also been moving home so had to put some things like launching them on hold until he was all moved in) and you can see and buy them when he launches the first batch of them in the Facebook Live.

I’m sure that they will appeal to a lot of people, so please do make a note in your diary of the date and time and go and see what he’s got new this time.

He’s even announced that he will be giving two great prizes away at random, but I’ll leave him explain and show them to you.

The Card

For the card I chose the carol “Draw yn ninas Dafydd Frenin”, which is the Welsh version of “Once in Royal David’s city”.

I’ve used three different Artisan Design background papers for this card.  I found a silhouette of the Bethlehem skyline online, which I printed out and cut out to put accross the centre of the card. With strips of two backgrounds above and below.

I stamped the side of the AD fern stamp in glue and guilded it on one of the background papers that I’d cut to fit a recess I created in my card.  I also stamped in flitter glue and guilded a leaf from one of the AD Build a Flora stamp sets and an angel from Chocolate Baroque onto stamping cardstock and guilded them as well before cutting them out. The leaves were stuck together to create a white poinsettia type plant with guilding flake center.

The card itself has had a recess made in it.

The Tag

I spent a lot of time trying to think about what to do for this tag, bareing in mind that I’ve never read the book or seen a film of the story, only read a condensed bit about the book and seen snippets about the story on TV.  I knew it was about Scrooge and some ghosts and a Tiny Tim, and that miserly Scrooge became nice Scrooge, but that was about it.

So, I did what most would do and looked it up online, heading over to Wikipedia.  And the first thing I saw was an image of the cover of the first edition. Which got me thinking – rather than doing a tag about the story in the book, why not do a tag about the book itself and the characters – Wikipedia did have a bit about the story giving the characters names.

So I took a sheet of Artisan backround and cut a tag from it.  I also made a smaller tag from plain cardstock and matted a small piece of another AD background on it.

I downloaded the image of the first edition cover and resized it in Publisher. I also typed out some wording for the smaller tag as well as the character names, putting banner shapes and borders around them.  These were all printed out onto one sheet of paper before being cut out.

I took another sheet of paper and stenciled through the AD Laural Burst stencil in a vintage green and vintage red colour Dinky Inkies.  This was the “wrapping paper” to wrap the book in, so I tore it in the middle to look like a hastily torn wrapped gift.  This was mounted onto the tag using foam tape to give it dimension and the torn edges were curled back to allow the book name and author to be visible. I then attached the wording to the small tag, and the character names coming away from the book.

I finished by attaching the two tags together using several strands of twine and makeing the ends into a tassel.

You can just make out the book details from the cover.

The character names coming out of the book.

The small tag.

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I hope to have a few more posts of assorted makes to show you before Christmas, so keep an eye out for those.

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A Christmas Card Swap Project

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A Christmas Card For A Swap

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A Christmas Card or Decoration swap was organised on the “Chronic Crafters!” group on Facebook .  I decidèd to put my name down and was allocated a swap partner.

As soon as I put my name down, even before I knew who my swap partner was I started thinking about which card to send. I decided not to send one I’d already made, but to make something new.

I got out some of my Christmas consumables.  I have got quite a bit left despite the large number of cards I’ve already made.

I took a base card, that was pre-foiled with some baubles and a Merry Christmas. I think it was from a Create and Craft collection, the kit certainly came from C & C.

I chose a topper from one of the Hunkydory Christmas kits. Not sure which of the Hunkydory kit though as I have some bits left from several kits, including ones from previous years. The topper was one that came with a frameing element.

I used a roller glue tape on the topper inage itself and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape around the back of the frame.

These were then stuck onto my chosen card front.

I used some sticky back faux gems to decorate the card.

I printed a greeing onto good quality paper, trimmed it and stuck it inside as an insert.

I received a lovely card with a penguin on back from my swap partner Avril.

It has decoupaged layer dimension to the image.

A big thank you to Avril for my card which is now on display in our sitting room.

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So, I’m hopeing that I’ve shown you all the cards I’ve made for Christmas this year – but something tells me that I nay have missed some.  I’m going to go through all my crafting photos over the next week or so, and if I find any that are not up on my blog I’ll be back with more to show you in the new year.  Now I want to concentrate on makeing an assortment of everyday cards that I want to give various family members and friends as Calenig – New Year’s Gift – not really started yet, so it may be a project on a quiet day between Christmas and the New Year. I’ve also got several other crafting projects I’ve either planned or have started on.  So no telling what I’ll have to show you next.

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Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas

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Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas
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Well, Christmas day has come round again.  A time to cellebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.  A gift from God to the world.

To all you Christians out there – I wish you “Nadolig Llawen”, a Happy Christmas.  May you keep the reason for the season to the forefront of your mind as you enjoy the day and the festivities.

I know that not all of those I come into contact with online are Christians, so not everybody will be celebrating Christmas, though some will be celebrating their own religious festivals around this time of year.  Whatever your faith, I wish you a peaceful and joyous time.

While I send Christmas cards to family and close friends, there is no way I can send cards to all of you I come into contact with online, so I’ve made a Nativity scene card to share with you all today.  It is for all of you who’ve commented on my blog this year.  All of you who have commented on my Facebook profile.  All of you who have interacted with me in any group or page online.  Thank you for being there.

I have used some more items from a Hunkydory Christmas kit from this year to make this card. Together with a sheet of gold foiled background card and a piece of wrapping paper for the greeting panel.

As the base card was a sheet of background cardstock from the same kit, that I scored and folded in half, the background image from the front caries on to the back of the card.

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A Big Christmas Card

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A Big Christmas Card

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Because of health/disability issues both my mother and I have help from carers.  Mam has help a couple of times every day, whereas I get less help, but the help I get does make a difference to my life.

So, of course, both of us wanted to give thanks to the carers and give them a little something at this time of year.

With different carers from the same company coming here on a rota we decided to send something to the office that they could all enjoy when in doing their paperwork, or collecting shift details, or whatever they do when they go in, rather than try and remember all the carers who have been here during the past year individually.

So the first thing, of course, was to make a big Christmas card addressed to all of them.  I decided to go for an A4 size card.

So the first thing I did was score and fold in half a sheet of A3, hammered, white cardstock.  I then found two sheets of foiled red cardstock (not exactly the same foiling pattern but same colour – I think they are Adorable Scoreable foiled cardstock but not sure as the box they are kept in isn’t labeled with manufacturer with me).  These were trimmed so that they were a little less than A4 and stuck, one on the outside of the base card and one on the inside of the base card, using fingerlift tape.

I then took two sheets of different backgrounds from the same Hunkydory Christmas kit and trimmed these a little more, so that when I stuck them onto the card front and inside there would once again be a border of the cardstock underneath showing.  Then it was a case of choosing a couple of toppers from the same kit as the backgrounds. Using foam tape and fingerlift tape I stuck these onto the front of the card.  I took a sheet of gold cardstock with some pattern foiled in gold onto it, cut a strip to go on the front to stick the greeting on, and cut a panel to go on the inside with the greeting on.  The greeting on the front comes from a sheet of wrapping paper that has “Nadolig Llawen” written all over it in different sizes of gold font.  The inside greeting was typed up on my laptop and printed out, before both the greetings were stuck to their gold backgrounds with fingerelift tape.

Here’s the front of the finished card.

And here’s the inside.

While I do have C4 envelopes, the addition of so many layers inside and out, including some added with foam for dimension, meant that the card had too much depth to fit into those envelopes. I therefore put some of the same wrapping paper as I’d cut the greeting from around the card before giving it to a carer to take into the office.

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