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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #286

Mornming Deskers (just!). Late on parade today as I had a bad nights sleep and got up very late. . Here’s my desk this morning – yep, Christmas has arrived big time. In fact, you’d better not stand still too long or you’ll get glittered.
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There are about 5 different projects going on here, talk about multi tasking. Don’t you just love those origami xmas trees? Shout if you want instructions. The large one is what you get when you use a sheet of 12 x 12. When you make the trees you get little corners of waste paper - whilst I was roaming the halls last night I decided to punch paper flowers from it. Made me feel better about throwing the rest away – why am I so obsessed with waste? Of course I could have spent that hour doing something useful, like the ironing. Ha!
Mind you found a very useful bit of saved waste that makes a perfect trunk for that big tree…….
Also a choir of angels ready to be packed up.
Have had a lot of orders for these, still quite a few more to make.
So why am I telling you this? If you don’t know go on over here to read all about it and link up. If you do, well I’m going to have a bit of a tidy then I’ll be doing the rounds. Merry Christmas everyone!!


Link for Paper Christmas Trees is
Try a few, if you can't get the hang of it try a bigger sheet of paper!! Tip, the angle of your cuts andthe fold will change the final look of your tree - experiment! I used bamboo sticks and cotton reels to finish mine off.

Box Cards - I saw this design originally at Calla Lily Studios. You can buy pre-scored boxes from Craftwork Cards but I use a sheet of A4 300 gsm card cut lengthwise to 6.5" wide, then scored along the length at 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10 inches plus a 1/2 "  'flap' to make the box. You then score at 3.5 across 3 of the four panels to give you a lower box of 3.5" in height and flaps of 2.5". I use these measurements so I know exactly how big to cut my decorative papers and they fold nicely to fit a 5 x 7 envelope. See also post below - you can use the bits you cut off to make the belly band if required and supporting straps. I used a bauble die upside down (twice) to make the angels dress, a butterfly die for the wings and circle dies for the halo and head. Hope that helps, link to Craftwork Cards tutorial here

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

November Winner

IMG_1582[1]Not many entries this month. But the name out the hat is JAYCEE.

Can you let me have your addy hun so I can get this in the post.

December giveaway nearly finished and will be along next week.

Here's a sneek peek.

Have a good week every one.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Cute Christmas for Fantasy Stampers

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Time for a new challenge at Fantasy Stampers and this fortnight time our theme is ‘cute Christmas’. I’m sure you are all in the throes of Christmas panic  preparation so I’m hoping this will be a popular choice for everyone.


My offering this week is a sweet image from Lily of the Valley – you can’t get much cuter than those school nativity plays can you?


Now it’s over to you. Pop on over to the blog to see the rest of the DT inspiration and add a link to your project – don’t forget this is a stamping challenge so we need to see a real stamped image.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas………. xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

CardMaking 101 - #4 and 5

It’s Tuesday and my bestie and I had another cardmaking session tonight. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but she was receiving cancer treatment this summer which put a bit of a crimp in our activities but she’s raring to go now. Here’s what we got up to last week – we do rather like that corner turned over idea but maybe need to find a new one as I think we may have exhausted it!!


I needed three more simple designs for tonight – of course I hadn’t prepared but this is what we made.


Taking another break because she’s off to the bahamas … not jealous at all…. Oh well, at least it’ll give me a chance to get ahead of the game, I’ve been winging it the last two weeks!!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Box Card for Christmas

Earlier in the year I came across some wonderful Christmas themed pop up box cards on the Calla Lily Studio blog. Please explore further than the link, Chris has some truly stunning examples that she did last year shown over several posts. I’d love to try the nutcracker and the nativity scene but they look a bit complicated!!

I had to go at some of the simpler ones and here is my ‘angel’ version using papers from Craftwork Cards and various dies I have (the body is actually a bauble die upside down).


IMG_1575I really like box cards, which I initially saw demonstrated by Julie Hickey of Craftwork Cards but my OCD like nature means that they have to look OK from every angle, open and shut. The flowery ones take me ages to sort out LOL. The three in a line style of these angels gives an acceptable appearance when closed.

But I wasn’t satisfied with that, so have decorated the underside of the flaps and created a belly band (which could be customised) to put on the card when it goes in the envelope. It also means any embellishments don’t get ‘caught’ in the envelope.




The recipient will probably be incredibly puzzled but I’m happy!! Now I’m trying to think of a way to put folds into the band so that it can be put on the open box. Might look a bit messy though… …. watch this space!!

I really can’t explain how stressed it makes me when things don’t look ‘right’. I remember cutting up a whole bunch of tunnel cards because I couldn’t figure out a way to make them look good when folded for posting. Is anyone else out there as weird as me?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sunday already??

Goodness, where did the last few days go? Been so busy, supposed to be decorating today but have wimped out leaving hubby to get on with it (may have been the master plan all along hee hee…..).

Anyway just a quick post of a card and ATC made for a poppy themed swap. Hope you are all having a great week end.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

What Was on Your Workdesk? WOYWW Pt. II

Just to put those of you who couldn’t see that they were going to be adorable little penguins out of their misery here’s a quick piccie – now to add them to the cards.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…….

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #284

No I haven’t gone all zen, This is the space where my bestie sits when she comes over for cardmaking 101 like she did last night. I do  tidy it up before she comes and so when she goes it’s empty.
Before I went to bed last night I sat and started a little paper piecing for some box cards I want to finish today.
Well I hope everyone is set up for a nice Wednesday. It’s mum’s 82nd birthday and I am going to go over and see her later. There might be a trip to a craft shop involved ……we’ve already had a tea and cake afternoon (yum) and have Sunday lunch planned for all at the weekend.

Can you guess what these are going to be?
Anyhow, if you’re new to the weekly show n tell known as WOYWW, you can find out all the info here and check out our hostess Julia Dunnitt (!). Have a great Wednesday!!

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