A Couple Of Birthday Cards

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Oct 152018
 

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Birthday Cards

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It was my youngest sister’s birthday last month therefore I needed to make a couple of cards my my mother and myself to give her. I didn’t want to give here cards from my stash of ready made ones in cade she’d already seen them online.

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My sister isn’t one for highly embelished cards but I did want them to look a bit more special than a flat card from a shop, so I went for base cards that already had foiled borders and then made toppers using Tatteted Lace dies.

The first one was made using a die from the front of the Tattered Lace number 54 Magazine the “Birds of a Feather Charisma” die. This comes with a downloadable file that includes the image of the birds and foliage in various colour themes ready to cut out. I used one of these rather than colour the cut myself.

I also used one of the Tattered Lace “Antique Lace Essential Square” dies to cut a mat out of pale blue Adorable Scorable.

I stuck the image to the mat but only put glue under some of the image after shapeing it a bit so that it kept a bit of dimension but not a lot.

I then stuck the matted image onto a square card from Kanban that came pre foiled. I also added a “Penblwydd Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Birthday) peel off.

For the second card I used an A5 foiled card from the same pack as the previous one.

I also chose to use images that matched the dies for this card, as well as using a matching background that came on the same CD-ROM that came with the dies.

I used another few Tattered Lace dies – two dies from the “Antique Lace Essential Oval” snd both blackberries and flowers from “Bramble Berries & Flowers 3D Decoupage“.

The largest oval I cut out of the matching background and one of the smaller ovals I cut out of white cardstock.  I stuck these ovals together and then placed on the greeting peel-off.

The two brambles branches were cut oit from the sheets I’d printed, before shapeing and sticking the one with berties around the top left of the oval and the one with flowers round the bottom right.

This topper was then stuck to my chosen base card.

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I’ll still have a variety of craft I’m working on, as well as some that I have finished, that I need to blog, so please do pop back to have a look.

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October’s Calendar Page

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Oct 112018
 

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October Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting, with minimal dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, and for September – here.

As soon as the school restarted last month Mam said that she wanted pictures of her two youngest grandsons in their school uniformnand sports uniform for the October page of her Calendar.  Easy you would think, after all they come here after school most days.  But they are already throwing off their uniform as they are coming through the door, and getting them to stand still, with a tidy look on their faces is not an easy task.

I did manage to get reasonable photos of them both in the end – although their shoes and school jumpers had gone flying before I managed to get them to stand for me, and the only way I could gat a reasonable look on their faces was promise them that I would take a second photo with them pulling the silliest faces they wanted.  I never did get ones of them in their sports kit uniform therefore had to crop out a photo of that uniform, together with the school badge, from the school prospectus.

After deciding on which photos I wanted to use I resized and cropped them, and then printed onto glossy photo paper.

I chose a metalic embossed, cream background, flourish patterened, cardstock from Kanban as my main background.  I trimmed a bit off the sheet and matted it onto a dark blue A4 sheet of Adoreable Scoreable cardstock so it was framed.

I took further sheets of the Adoreable Scorable of the same colour, and aftervcutting out the photos, I matted them as well, again trimming to give a small frameing border around each photo.

I then played around with the layout until I wss happy with it before sticking everything down, going for a bit of a jaunty layout for some elements.

The final job was to put a lot of double sided tape onto the back of my layout and attach it onto the calendar.

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So, that’s the October page done.  Hopefully I’ll be back next month with the November page.  What will I decorate that with.  A few weeks to get my thinking cap on I think.

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Recycling a Hoodie

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Sep 292018
 

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Making A Backpack From A Hoodie

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A few years ago my youngest sister bought a hoodie top for our two youngest nephews.  The boys loved them, and wore them over whatever they were wareing to go to Sunday School for several years (my sister had bought them a bit too large for them so that they had growing room which meant they had good use from them).  They boys have grown quite a bit since then and there is no way they could squash into the hoodies any more.

We’ve started having a bit of a tidy up of some of their old clothes (unbelievable how much little clothes of all sizes there are around this house in all sorts of cupboards and corners considering they don’t actually live here), but none of us wanted to throw out or give these hoodies to charity, which is where much of the other stuff is going, but we wanted them to be useful for something.  So I gave them a couple of suggestions – use the tops to cut up as part of a patchwork quilt or turn them into snuggle cushions.  One of the nephews did want his top made into a snuggle cushion but decided that he’d make it himself.  The other came up with his own suggestion – he wanted his hoddie made into a backpack that he could carry a few bits like a bottle water around in.

Having looked at the hoodie, and had a good discussion with him about what he had in mind, it was decided that the best way to go about it would be to remove the sleeves and stitch up the holes. Put velcro (or any other hook and loop fastner) along one edge of the front pocket and sew up the other hole to prevent stuff falling out, because the pocket is a long one that goes from side to side with two openings to put hands in to keep warm, not  really deep pockets for storeing things. We decided that the sleeves could be used as part of the straps and the hood as a flap to close the top of the backpack.

Finishing off by sewing across the bottom and putting in a bag bottom stiffner to give it some structure.

That was the plan!

This is how I got on with it.

The hood was removed and the two halves were separated.

Each half was a double layer stitched an inch from the front so I opened the double layer out.

I sewed down flat the bit that was the front edge of the hood.

The sleaves were also removed, the elasticated cuff removed and the underarm seam unpicked.

These are what I wanted to use as straps so I cut the pieces in half and then cut off a triangle of material to give me two straight pieces from each arm.

These were all individually folded so the edges were inside, and then sewn down the middle.

This left me with the body of the hoodie ready to sew together the arm holes.

I also sewed down one entry to the pocket and hand sew a piece of hook and loop fastening to the other side.

Then sewing on the hood piece to the front starting in the center and then sewing out to each side so that the piece was properly centered.

I cut off the extra that wasn’t needed and sewed a hem around the created flap.

A strip of velcro was then sewn inside the flap and onto the back of the backpack.

I then sewed on the straps, one at each shoulder and one near the bottom a couple of inches in from the sides.

I then got my nephew to put the backpack on his back so that we could decide how much of an overlap to put when sewing the top and bottom strap pieces together.

Once the straps were sewn I turned the backpack inside out and sewed the bottom together.

I also sewed across the ends to give the bottom a squared off bottom.

I cut two pieces of Clover bag bottom stiffener and stuck them together.

Then it was simply a case of turning the newly created backpack so that it was the right side out. Making sure the corners of the bottom were pressed to the bottom before dropping in the bag stiffener.  It’s not been attached in any way at the moment as just placeing it at the bottom of the backpack means it could be removed if the backpack needs to go in the wash. If nephew wants it stuck in the future it could be.

And here is nephew with his finished backpack.

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That’s it for today. More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Birthday – Cake, Card, etc

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Sep 162018
 

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Cake, Card, Notebook, Tag

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My youngest nephew offered to help decorate a cake for my mother’s birthday.  He did admit that he volunteered because it meant he would get to eat any icing and marzipan left over – and doing the decorating meant he could decide when to stop therefore how much was left over.

I did help with batch making the flowers and with lifting the rolled out marzipan and icing over the cake, but left it to him how he shaped the icing and placed the decoration.

This is the result.

It seems several of the flowers I made were not up to the required standard so had to go straight into nephew’s mouth. LOL.

In case you haven’t guessed – blue is Mam’s favourite colour.

Some of her favourite TV programes are animal ones, such as Meerkat Manor, so I had to go for the unusual combination of meerkats and blue flowers for her birthday card.  I also used the same flowers for decorating a notebook that formed part of her gift, and the tag that went on the gift bag.

For the card I scored and folded in half a green A4 Adorable Scorable card to make an A5 base card. I cut a panel out from blue, pearlescent, cardstock and put it on the front of the card before sticking on the topper using 2mm deep foam tape.

When makeing the background and embelishments for the September page of Mam’s calendar I’d also got my ScanNCut to write out the word MAM,

added gold foil and coloured in on the back using Chameleon pencils. This was then cut to size, stuck onto a piece of white cardstock of the same size using sticky dots.

I put this panel near the bottom of the card using the same as foam tape tape as before adding a peeloff greeting saying “Penblwydd Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Birthday).

I then added some paper flowers that I’ve had in my crafting stash for quite some time.

I added an insert that mached the topper.

As Mam likes her notebooks to be practical, and able to be shoved onto the cupboard by her bed amongst other books without the front decoration being damaged, I needed to keep the decoration flat.

I stuck some more of the blue, pearlescent, cardstock onto the front of a cheap reporters notebook.  I then stuck on a panel from my stash onto which I’d written the word MAM.

I decided to use the same flowers that I’d used on the card, but rather than shape them I used them flat and stuck them on with bookbinding glue.

Another piece of blue cardstock was cut into the shape of a tag.  A panel like the one that was stuck to the front of the notebook was stuck on. Again, I added more of the same blue flowers I’d used before having shaped them this time.  For the glowers I used Bookbinding glue and glue gel for the leaves from the same collection in my stash.

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I’ll still have some more Christmas card posts to come from the batches I made during August, as well as sewing I am working on now, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Sep 072018
 

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More Christmas Cards With A Bit Of A Variety

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As anybody who has viewed my blog posts over the last few weeks will have seen, this year I decided to make up packs of Christmas cards, which I’ve been putting into cello bags with a bit of paper with the bag price and my details. These cards have mostly been quick and easy cards, around a half stuck completely with fingerlift tape to keep the dimension flat, with some using recycled cards as toppers.

But I have made some more dimensional cards, and some more ornate cards, which I’ve individually bagged and priced.

These most definately will not go through the UK post using a standard letter stamp.

This first one is a decoupaged one made using a Hunkydory decoupage sheet and layered using 2mm or 3mm deep foam tape.  I used a greeting banner, also stuck using foam tape, and some sticky back gems, to finish the card off.

I should have gone a bit at an angle for this close-up of the decoupage as the fact that it is heading on for an inch deep doesn’t show in this photo.

Here’s the card.  It has a matching insert with a peeloff greeting.

For this next card I used a Kanban 8″ square foiled border base card.

I used the Kit N Caboodle Circle Cutter to cut out the circle the image is sitting on as well as the white and silver circular frames.

The Nativity scene cuts were cut from silver mirror card using this year’s Tattered Lace Christmas Nativity dies.

I used my Brother ScanNCut to draw the greeting and the holly leaf cluster in glue onto parchment before I foiled them in silver.

I cut a strip of white cardstock the right size to go behind my greeting, cut the greeting a little longer than needed so that it could be wrapped around the card and attached with tape on the back, so that no glue would show on the front. Another, longer, piece of silver cardstock was cut out and trimmed at the ends.  I firstly glued the backing circle to my base card, then glued on the die cut Bethlehem scene. I glued the white frame circle onto the silver one before attaching them to the card front with 3mm deep shaker foam tape.  The same tape was also used to attach the layered greeting.  As it was a single element I just hand cut the holly, rather than getting the ScanNCut to do it, and used a dab of glue behind a berry to attach it to the card.  A dab of glue was used behind the star and the camel’s legs to attach them to the frame.

This photo is taken at a slight angle and gives a bit of a better view of the dimension.

The next one is another made using some items from Hunkydory.  This time one with a Nativity scene.

It is decoupaged and very dimensional, as I’ve tried to show with these photos.

And this is what it looks like from the front.

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So, that’s it for today – a small assortment of cards made up where a percentage of the money raised will go towards the work of our Sunday School.

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I’ll still have some more Christmas card posts to come from the batches I made during August, so please do pop back to have a look.

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One More Selection Of Cards

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Sep 052018
 

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Another Selection Of Christmas Cards

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By the time I am writing this post I have so many Christmas card photos on my camera I’m not even sure if I’ve shown you these already or not. I don’t think I have, but please forgive me if some from a previous post have sneaked in to this batch.

These are all made using items from the Hunkydory collection with some extra cardstock, banners, etc.

Rather than directly sticking the toppers to the base cards I have used some 2mm or 3mm deep foam tape to attach this time. It gives a little dimension, so will need a Large Letter stamp to post in the UK, but are great for hand delivery.

 All have an insert that says Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda (Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

 

Trying to get a photo to show some of the dimension of the previous card.

 

 

If I remember rightly, these have gone into a big bag of assorted Welsh cards where people can have a look through and select individual cards.

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I’ll do have a small number more of Christmas card posts to come over the next few days, but I have now re-started on my sewing projects, so expect updates on how my Big Work In Progress is coming along in the near future as well.

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September’s Calendar Page

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Sep 032018
 

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September Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift, which I’m decorating for her month by month. I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting, with minimal dimension – because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month. You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my previous posts about it if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, and for August – here.

I asked Mam what she wanted for September and she said that, as I’d got lots of pictures of the garden, she’d like another photo.  So, I needed to think of something a bit different to the series of photos of our strawberries growing I’d used for the August page.  A quick scan through my photos on my laptop and I decided to go for a photo of the nasturtiums I’ve got growing in a raised trough.

I didn’t just want to put up a photo so I printed the photo out at 5″ x 3″ onto glossy photo paper.

I’d had my ScanNCut out during August doing a bit of foiling for greetings on some of my Christmas cards, so I decided that I’d go for a bit of foiling for this month’s calendar page.  I used various designs available within the online Canvas software – a foliage background, a feather, and some flowers (also I put on the word MAM as I want it for my mother’s birthday card later).

I sent my required design wirelessly from Canvas to my ScanNCut and got it drawn out using the glue pen from the ScanNCut foiling kit.  I put a strip of white lightweight cardstock on the upper half of the mat and a strip of parchment on the lower half.

I think the price of the ScanNCut foil sheets is far to expensive for the small number of little pieces you get, so I use other foils.

For the background I used a verigated green foil,

(It’s rather difficult getting a good photo of the shine of the foil so I’ve tried a few times at different angles.)

for the feather I used gold on one end and silver the rest of the way down and for the flowers I used a variety of gold, silver and rose gold – using parts that are left on previously used foil sheets.

(Again it was difgicult getting a good photo to show the various different foils)

I have to admit that I didn’t put the sheet from the foiling kit over the foil sheet and get the ScanNCut to rub over – I just rubbed over the back of the foil sheets using the spatula that came with the machine – and I’m perfectly happy with the result.

Using Chameleon pencils I then decided to do a bit of colouring, both on the back of the images on the parchment,

 

and on the front of the background on the light cardstock.

I kept the colouring light so that it wouldn’t pop too much and grab attention off the photo.

I cut out the images on the parchment as close as possible to the outside foil line (I know I could have used my ScanNCut to do the cutting for me, but I’d put the machine away to create some space while colouring in and didn’t feel like getting it out again for so few elements.)

i cut a large sheet of green cardstock to just under A4 size with a pattern edge cutter to use as the main panel for sticking onto the calendar, putting some fingerlift tape onto the back prior to building up the design.

I also cut a mat to stick behind the photograph from the same cardstock.

I decided to go random when cutting out the foiled foliage background.  I decided to make it a bit smaller than the original size so cut up a leaf and berry branch to use as individual embelishments.

I then set about sticking the layers together using fingerlift tape before shapeing the embelishments with my fingers and sticking them in place using glue dots.

Two glue dots under end and centre of feather to keep shape.

The flowers were stuck in clusters around the page.

And this is what the page looks like ready to stick up on the calendar.

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So, that’s the September page.  I now need to think of what to prepare for the October page. I’m sure I’ll be blogging what I make at some point during next month.

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Christmas Cards I Made Last Year

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Aug 282018
 

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Christmas Cards I Made Last Year

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The batch of 8 cards I’m going to show you today were actually put together around this time last year, but in the chaos when my father came out of hospital they were thrown into the garage by somebody, and have only just come to the surface this month.

These were all made using a Hunkydory Filigree Frames collection, and were made up last year more or less as intended, with matching insert inside. And supplied envelope tucked inside.

The only thing I hadn’t done was put a greeting inside and out.

I have two different sized “Nadolig Llawen” peeloffs (Welsh for Happy Christmas), so the smaller peeloffs went on the outside and the larger peeloffs went inside on the inserts . There wasn’t room for the larger peeloffs on the outside because of lack of space and the fact that the base card itself was printed.

The kit included enough material to make another batch of cards the same as these but I’ve not finished them off yet as one of our carers has expressed an interest in having some with English greetings for English family members.

So, that’s it for today – another pack of cards made up where a percentage of the money raised will go towards the work of our Sunday School.

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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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Some English Christmas Cards

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Aug 242018
 

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Some English Christmas Cards

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Anybody who’s visited my blog before will probably have noticed that the vast majority of my cards are in Welsh. I do however make a small number in English, mostly when specifically asked for them.

To be ready when asked, rather than making after being asked, this year I decided to make a few assorted English Christmas cards and put them in a big plastic bag where anybody can choose 1 for £1 or 6 for £5.  Again I’m donating a percentage of any money made to our Sunday School.

I’ve not made a lot to fill the bag yet, but here are the first few.

Made using items from this year’s Hunkydory Christmas collection. It has a greeting added to the inside as well.

The next two were made using the same Peter Rabbit topper from my box of old Christmas stash, and therefore look very similar.  I therefore made them slightly different by adding holly peeloffs, to the corners of the topper on one and the corner of the foiled background on the other. Both had small inserts added which were made using different Peter Rabit backgrounds.

The next three cards are again made using Hunkydory toppers. Not sure whether they are from this year’s collection or leftovers from previous years that were in my box of Christmas “makings” that was out the garage.

These I have kept very simple, thus keeping the cost and dimensions dkwn. I’ve just stuck on toppers onto a scored and folded, hammered, cardstock of a suitable size.

Each one has an insert inside that says “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

So that’s it for this blog post. I’ll have some more Christmas card, both Welsh and English, to show you over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Christmas Cards From Inserts

 Posted by at 08:00 am
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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