Monday, December 14, 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More #154

Welcome to our very last challenge for the year.  I don't know about you but this year has certainly flown by!  Our theme for this challenge is "Snow".  Traditionally when you think about Christmas, images of snow come to mind but not so for us down under, we are currently baking our way through the festive season.  Nevertheless I love a good snowy Christmas scene.  I decided to make a shaker card for my creation. With my shaker goodies representing the snow.

I recently purchased a We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse tool.  I initially purchased it for my project life pages but boy oh boy does this make creating a shaker card super easy!  This was so much less painful than I remember when making shaker cards before.

Here is what I have used:

Paper/Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Pool Party
Tools: Big Shot with circle dies, foam tape, plastic photo pocket
Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Christmas Stickers, sequins and glass beads, bauble garland (from my stash)
Challenges: Just Add Ink #292
Creative Card Crew #102

If you have a fuse tool and wanted to try a shaker card there are heaps of youtube videos out there.  I personally recommend this one by K Werner Design she is totally talented and I love her work.

Please make sure you pop over and check out all the wonderful creations here.

Well that is all from me and I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and safe and happy new year.  Thank you for stopping in to visit me and leaving your very kind comments throughout the year and I look forward to creating with you all next year!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More #153

Well it is nearly here that crazy time of year - Christmas!  Pamellia is hosting this fortnight and her theme is "Twas the Night Before Christmas". Taking inspiration from the poem.

I have taken inspiration from the reindeer for my creation today.  

Please take your inspiration from the poem.  Here it is:

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Clement Clark Moore

What I have used:

Paper/Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Contempo Christmas, Bugaboo Stamps "Reindeer Silhouette"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Heidi Swapp Minc Machine with Minc Gold Foil
Embellishments: Kaisercraft Pearls

I have had fun playing with my new Minc machine from Heidi Swapp.  It is amazing!  I printed out this gorgeous reindeer from Bugaboo Stamps on my laser printer then used the gold foil with the Minc machine and it was so easy.  

I hope you have enjoyed looking and make sure to check out all the great creations here.