Mamie Rae

Friday, 25 October 2013

Christmas in verse

I’ve been making quite a few of these very simple, quick, yet effective cards in my quest to try & fill all my family/friend orders before the middle of November.  So much to do, so little time left as the year races to its glorious conclusion once again.  Did I mention yet that I love, Love, LOVE this time of year.  From the darkening evenings, through to the snow, every day of it is just wonderful, primarily because it provides a good excuse for me to batten down the hatches & stay indoors making cards – all day if necessary!!

Anyway – on to the card.  This is a different size – 2/3 of an A5 – no doubt there’s a proper name for the size but I tend to call it an A5S (for small), so I know.

I cut a piece of red card just ¼ inch smaller than the main cardstock (hard to see that the red actually isn't the outside border).  Then cut a piece of white cardstock ¼ inch smaller than the red.  I sometimes use a fancy white card for this to add a bit of texture but this one is just plain white heavyweight card.  I wrapped a piece of gold edged ribbon loosely around the lower half – about a third up from the bottom, before matting the white onto the red card. 
On top of this I placed a Spellbinders Fancy Florals diecut verse – I’d coloured the floral edging with watered down distress ink again to add a bit of colour.

Finished off with a couple of dark green Spellbinders Holly Accents cut to measure, some K & Company Glad Tidings Poinsettias (K & Company Glad Tidings Poinsettia & Holly Layered Accents ) and some red peel off corners for good measure.

I’ve made a half dozen variations on this theme so far & each has turned out really well, from all green ones, through all red, to using decoupage or other embellishments.  I’ve also used ribbons to good effect, so think I’ll make quite a few more if I’ve time.


When I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me the strength I need."
Psalm 138:3

Monday, 14 October 2013

Hobby House Challenge

This one’s a first for me as I’ve not entered any previous HH challenges before, but was tempted when I spotted it was simply “Roses” – how simple can that be!!!   Here's the link if you want to join in the fun - Hobby House Challenges.

The card I’ve made is for a 25th Wedding Anniversary which proved a perfect opportunity for using Roses in abundance.  

I created an easel card using background paper from my digital stash (apologies as I’ve no idea where I got it from) matted onto red card & stuck onto cream cardstock.  I then stuck on a border of gold edged red ribbon and a border of deep lace bought in my local craft shop (but readily available in Ebay too!).  I printed the verse onto cream cardstock before cutting out with the large Spellbinders Floral Oval – I then cut a 2nd one in gold mirri card, before cutting off the outside of the cream one to mat it onto the gold one (if that makes sense).
The roses are all from Wild Orchid Crafts (only because I’d won lots earlier in the year & needed to use them up before buying any more), and the bow & little heart charm from my stash.  It's not easy to see but the roses have all been blinged up with diamond "gold" glitter glue which puts a beautiful gold finish on them.

 Finished off with a red 25th stuck onto a Spellbinders Shapeabilities label (borrowed from a friend so unsure which exact set it came from) in gold.

As usual I made a complementary tag holder & tag.


Friday, 11 October 2013

Joys of the Season

(As ever, apologies for the minimal attendance this blog is getting from me of late, but I’ve had a tough year health wise, so like some others in the blogosphere, just haven’t been up to doing too much until recently.)
I love, Love, LOVE this time of year - I love the dark nights, colder weather (you can always warm up but SO much tougher to cool down!!), & especially the colours of Autumn, running into Winter, & all the glitz & glamour of beautiful Christmas cards.  What's not to love!!!

Because of my horrendous health decline this year I figured when I finally escaped from hospital (after 3 months in), that I might be safer to start into making my C. cards a little earlier than usual, so began them at the start of July (I’d normally have held off until August).  And just as well I did as I managed to end up spending most of September in as well ultimately

Unfortunately because of all the time constraints & my continuing poor health, I felt I really didn’t have the time luxury to make my boxed “specials”, plus few people really want them at Christmas unless they can hand them over, as the postage is just so prohibitive on them, esp for the elderly in my family.  So, I’ve concentrated on the quick & cheap for the most part, yet somehow seem to have managed to still spend an utter fortune on new stuff (utterly unnecessary but heck, it’s so nice to treat myself now & again, well ok, monthly!!)
So this is just a couple – I’ll put more up as & when I’m able.

The first one is using a downloaded vector graphic (can't find this particular one again, but many others are freely available online) which you literally just print and use. This design was very easily decoupaged by printing off a couple of extra copies.  There were quite a few of this style of design, some of which work wonderfully for decoupage, with others only suitable to use as single flat images or pyramage etc.  When I’ve more time I’ll probably add to this design by putting on some thin 3 mm ribbon around the baubles which would really work wonderfully I think.

This second one has rapidly become a favourite of mine for this season – so quick & simple, yet, to me, really effective & beautiful.  Easily made, you just print off a verse or quote onto A6 card, then cut that smaller than your A6 base card and border cut the bottom, before matting it on (same would apply if you want to make other sizes). I’ve just stuck the card mat at the top so that it has some movement, but you can obviously stick the entire card on if you prefer.  Then, put whatever you want in the space at the top or the side (depending whether you’re making portrait or landscape designs).  I’ve used the wonderful K&Co Glad Tidings Poinsettia & Holly Layered Accents for most of mine, although I’ve also used some smaller decoupage designs on some too.  But the poinsettias go so wonderfully with the red card & ribbon etc.  I then finished them off with some gold holographic peeloff borders & small snowflakes or stars etc.

These cards will all just get simple inserts rather than anything requiring more work, just so I can ensure I get as many made as possible.

I invested (LOL!!) in the wonderful Heartfelt Creations superb Christmas 12 x 12 pad which has lots (!) of readymade card fronts available just for the sticking on, so will show you some of those next time around, hopefully in a few days.