Christmas Card Throwdown

Christmas Card Throwdown

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Birthday Card

Here is today's card, I haven't posted anything because I have been visiting my son and daughter in law and their kiddies for Christmas, so haven't made any cards,
this one is on an orange card stock, with paper from a free pad
from Australian Simply Cards, I used a doily that I bought from IGA supermarket, with one of the flower pop outs in the
pad and used a rhinestone brad for the centre, I used a Marianne's Creatable "Happy Birthday" cutting die for the
sentiment on the inside of the card.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Time Flies

These are todays cards, I used ordinary card stock for the bases on these cards,
and used for the top one paper from "Petite Pages" from a Webster 6" x 6" pad that I got free with Australian Simply Cards magazine, I used the Tim Holtz clock from the Movers and Shapers magnetic die and the clock face is from  a Bo Bunny 6" x 6" pad "Timepiece Collection" which I have for some time, it is a lovely collection of
papers the stamped clocks were free stamps from "Craft Stamper Magazine"
For the second card the paper used is from Graphic 45 "Bohemian Bazaar" "Dazzling Sunset" I really love the Graphic 45 papers, they are so easy to use.  The clock was cut from Blue card stock at the same time that I cut the cold one on the other card. and the wings on both cards are from Tim Holtz cutting die "Heart Wings" that is another favourite, and the stamps on this one are from, I think, Stampers Anonymous.
I am very happy with these cards, I usually make one for sending and the other to put in a box for the gift boxes of cards that I make.

Mini birdhouses

Here is another card I finished off today, I made it with white cardstock and used Dyan Reavely Dylusions Ink Spray "bubblegum Pink"  and a stencil from their website is called Mini Birdhouses and I used a sentiment from a cutting die either from Quickutz or cuttlebug, I am not sure as I don't have the original packaging, as I bought it from a garage sale.


here is today's card, I made this card to send to a friend, one who I had missed out, so sorry Pat, I used Tim Holtz Blueprint "Snowflake" and used a variety of papers to make the background, and drew faux stitching around the images, it was one I had to make in a hurry, put I am fairly happy with it

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Penny Farthing Happy Birthday Wishes

Hi there, This is today's card, I used two different green card stock, the light one for the base and the darker one to cut the "Happy" on an angle, it was cut with die-namics "Accent it - celebrate" and the Penny Farthing is from Scrapmattw  www.scrapmatts,com there were three in the packet and this is an Australian Company situated in Menai, NSW.   I really like this one, and hope the person who receives it will be happy, it is suitable for a man, boy or woman.


I made these two cards for upcoming birthdays, and used plain white cardstock for the card base and used two different papers from Graphic 45 "Bird Song" 8" x 8" paper pad and the small doilies were a gift from a friend, I think these are Cheery Lyn, but not sure, I used the Die-Namics "mini royal roses" and the "accent it - Celebrate" cutting dies and Tim Holtz "On the Edge" cutting die "Ornate" to cut out the top section, I am very happy with these and think that will be well received.

Friday, 13 December 2013

money envelopes

 Hi!!!  Here are two cute little money envelopes, my two eldest grandsons requested money for special purposes for their Christmas Gifts so I made these little envelopes to hold the money, they were made out of scrapbooking paper and I used a Fiskars edge punch to make the lacy edge and added sentiments that I had in my stash, I hope they will like these, they were so easy to make.

Watchman Birthday Card

 Hi There, made this card for a  male friend's birthday, I like this Tim Holtz stamp, it is one of my favourites, I have made a similar one for my son in law, and he really liked it, so I think Clive will like it also, on the inside I also used Tim's stamps, with the vintage ute and the saying which is in the same stamp set "Life's possibilities"  I used a bahama blue cardstock for the backgrouond and used the same colour for the stamping of the gears, the birds were a black ink pad and the man was stamped also in black and I coloured him with Faber-Castille water colour pencils and I put him on with dimensional tape so that he was offset at the bottom edge. I quite like this stamp.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Happy Birthday

Hi there, I haven't posted for a while because Life got in the way of Crafting, but here I am again, able to spend time playing with paper.  Today I made a birthday card that was inspired by Kim Blundell from, where she made a gift box for a Christmas gift, but I decided that I would change it and make a birthday card using a similar colourway and here it is, I used buttons from my button box and a scrap of ribbon I found in my ribbon box and a tiny doily that was a gift from a friend, I made the rose from a die from Die-Namics, Royal Mini Rose in white and used an old Fiskars stamp for the sentiment. The photo colour is not good because I have the house locked up and the air conditioner on because of the heat and had to put the light on because when I used the flash it bleached out all the colour.  Thanks Kim for your inspiration.

Friday, 22 November 2013

the large clock cards

 made this cards today, one to keep to send and the other to put into one of my gift boxes, I used a cream cardstock and for the topper I used papers from the Bo Bunny 6" x 6" timepiece  collection.   I used the Tim Holtz Cutting Die too cut the clock and I used a paper doily that I bought from one of the "cheap" shops, and stained it with Tim's Vintage Photo distress ink, I cut a "Fancy That" die of the  dragonfly out of gold cardstock.  I put a black stick on pearl on the centre of the clock hands and a white stick on pearl on the head of the dragonfly,  am pretty happy with these two.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

watch man in space

 This card was made this morning from scraps out of my scrap basket, I had the background card that I had soaked up the odd inks etc on my craft mat, and  a couple of stamps that I was trying out, ie the gears and the watchman, I added the sentiment, these are all Tim Holtz stamps, Tim Holtz stamps are my favourites, in the inside of the card I adhered with double sided tape the piece of canvas that had also been inked and stamped for another project and I added the three top hatted men and the sentiment, these also are Tim Holtz stamps, I used Memento ink pad Danube Blue to the edges of the man and the card and I used a Perfect Pearls, Sunflower Sparkle for the gold shimmer on the card. To colour the an I used Faber-Castille Water Colour pencils.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Four New Cards

I made these four cards over the last 24 hours, the top left hand card was embossed with Tim Holtz "rays" embossing folder, and I coloured the rays with Lemon Yellow Water Colour paint, and used Red Glitter Paper for the hearts, cut with an old Cuttlebug "Concentric Hearts" this was one of my first cutting dies and I use it quite a bit, on the inside I used Glitter Red Card to cut "Love" with a Die-Namics "Celebrate" cutting die., with the top right hand card, I used a cream card stock and used a Maya Road stencil and Memento ink "Grape" for the background and Die-Namic cutting die "Leafy Flourish" for the leafage and Die-Namic "Prima Donna Petals" for the flowers, the designer paper was off cuts out of my scrap basket.   The bottom left hand card was a cream card stock with the flower and leaves from the Die-Namics  "hibiscus" also cut from scrap paper, I use most of my scrap paper for flowers, the "Good Times" is also cut from the "Celebrate" cutting die, and the last card the right hand bottom has a dark blue card stock for the base and the topper is cut from a piece of card that has been coloured with spray colour that I have mixed up myself with water colours and a Dyan Reavely stencil, I used Tim Holtz stamp "The Journey" for the umbrella man, the clock and the birds.   I used a length of black wool for the wraparound with a bow and used a Perfect Pearls Mist "sunflower sparkle" for the shine.

Friday, 15 November 2013

butterfly cards

I made both these cards this morning, they are both the same size, 4" X 5,3/4" but would not scan the same size, I used a lime green base card, and the topper is a practice piece I made with Dyan Reaveling inks and stencils, I liked the way they turned out, I used Versamark ink to stamp the butterflies and used Memento Green ink to stamp the leaves, these stamps were free stamps from Craft Stamper Magazine, the ribbon is actually seam binding that I used to mop up the inks from the craft mat. I like the way these two cards turned out, but am disappointed that they did not scan the same size.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

three christmas cards

These cards were made today, each one took quite some time to do, but the end is worth it, I used Tim Holtz Blue print stamps and stamped one on the base card and then two extra on extra pieces of card stock, and then I coloured them and cut out the extra stamped images and then stuck them on with dimensional double sided tape, I used stickles to give a shine and used Kindy Glitz to add the sparkle around the edges of the cards.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Good Times

I made this card last night with a cream card stock,
the one I bought on the sale table at Officeworks,
and I used Die-Namics cutting dies "Hibiscus" and "Celebrate" which is a lovely die with different sayings on it.  Very Happy with this card, I put Gold Kindy Glitz in the centres of the flowers for a bit of blitz!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Another Christmas Card

Here is a card I made this morning before going out,
I used free Spellbinder Stamps from Australian Simply Cards, Issue 61.   I stamped the decorations on white card stock with Memento Ink Pad "Lady Bug" and I used dimensional tape to attach them to the card, I used a gold gel pen to colour the tops and some stick on rhinestones to the chain, I have had these in my stash for ages, having bought them at a cheap shop, the designer paper is one I bought several years ago and there was only the one page left, and I had trashed the cover, so I don't know the designer.   Only a few more Christmas cards to do now, almost finished.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Sympathy card

I made this sympathy card for a dear friend who
passed away, it is a 5-1/2 square card with a
satin style card stock, cream with a mottled finish,
I used a scrap of paper from Almanac collection 6" x 6" paper,
and I used a spellbinder cutting die for the sentiment and the die-namics mini royal roses and a small sizzex die "Dove".  I am happy with this and I made the envelopbox out of the same cream card. with mini roses on the seam side.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Skyline Christmas

Here is this arvo's card, a very simple one with white cardstock for the base with a dark blue card stock, I used the Die-Namics Skyline border for the city scape and a generic punch for the yellow star, which I have had for a long time and the Season's Greetings is cut from a Marianne's Creatables cutting die.

Christmas Tree

I made this card this morning from cream cardstock and I used a sheet of paper from a 6 x 6" paper pad Almanac Collection, and I  used a Tim Holtz Christmas Tree Blue print stamp and I cut out the branches and layered them with dimensional's, and also the star has two layers, I coloured everything with a selection of Tim Holtz colours and Dyan Revealey colours, and I shaded the edges with Tim Holtz Distress ink pad "Vintage Photo, and the Merry Christmas was cut from a Marianne's Creatable cutting die with green polka dot paper that was a left over from a previous project, and I used stickles for the sparkle on the tree.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

21st Birthday card for Annette

I made this card yesterday for Annette for her grand-daughter's 21st Birthday, I used a cream card stock to make this card a 6" x 6" which is a bit larger than I usually use because you have to use 2 stamps to post it.   I used Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar for the paper and I used some little butterflies and dragon fly that my friend Meg sent to me some time ago, the flowers were Die-Namics mini Royal Roses and rolled daisy  with an extra daisy  that I bought in a packet, the two keys I bought from China in a pack of embellishments, I used two doilies in the background and the
Happy was a new Die-Namics die and the 21,  a Quickutz no 48 die, the st was a sizzix curly die and the Birthday is a Marianne's die and the ribbon came out of my stash and I am happy it made a pretty bow.  I hope Annette will be pleased with it.   On the inside I wrote:  "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!" I will give her the option to change that if she wants.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013


This card I made this evening with white cardstock for the background of the card, and used Green Designer paper for the upper background, embossed with an Mpress embossing folder "Retro Swirls" and the snow at the bottom half of the card was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder "Polka Dots" the pine trees were cut from green glitter card with a Tim Holtz magnetic cutting die "Mini Pine Tree and Holly Leaf", the snowman was cut with a Marianne's creatable die and paper pierced with the other colours, and the "Greetings" was also a Marianne's Creatable Cutting die.  I am entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, "Anything Goes"

Christmas Tree/green

Hi There, I made this card this morning with white cardstock embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder "Polka Dots", and I used half of a paper doily on the left hand side, I used a Spellbinders cutting die for the Christmas Tree and used a Marianne's Creatable cutting die for the sentiment and the snowflake is one I bought from China. I am getting to the end of the amount of Christmas Cards that I need.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Dress Model

I made this card last night for a Birthday Card for one of the ladies in the Community Stroke Group,
I used cream card stock for the base of the card and some designer paper which I got free in a magazine, Australian Paper Craft Essentials, Issue 28.   I used Dylusions Ink," Bubblegum Pink"  and Perfect Pearls Mist, "Sunflower Sparkle" , I used a Stamp by Deep Red Cling Stamps, "Dress Form Steampunk", which was a gift from my friend Meg, Thanks Meg, stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, "Vintage Photo", and Dark Pink stick on rhinestones from the local cheap shop. I hope she will like this card, I do!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Christmas Soldier

I made this quick card today with Tim Holtz Collection from Stampers Anonymous, and coloured the black area with a marker, and the red with a coloured pencil, I seem to have lost my water colour pencils since I was evacuated in the bush fires, and I used a Merry Christmas stamp from a free stamp that came with a magazine, but I cannot remember which one, I passed it on to another person.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Time Traveller

I made this card this morning, the inspiration came from Suzz's Stamping Spot on Simon Says Stamp,  I used Quill White and Blue cardstock with a piece of Mont Marte Canvas for the topper.   I stamped the gears in Memento Dark Blue ink pad, and the watch man is stamped with Versamark Black and cut out and then coloured with coloured pencils, the birds and sentiment are from Tim Holtz stamp set "The Journey"  I edged the white with light blue Memento Ink Pad

Monday, 7 October 2013

Steampunk Lady

the inspiration is from Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells, and I used generic papers for the background before
cutting out the steampunk lady together with some
flowers and the little stamp from the 8 x 8 paper pad.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Christmas Accordian Card

 Here is a card I made yesterday arvo, it took me about 2 1/2 - 3  hours to complete and the side with the pontsettia on the left is the front of the card, and I used a variety of cutting dies to make it, Die-Namics, Marianne's Creatables, Sizzex, and Quickutz.   I used a snow pen to make the snow on the top of the village houses on the back side and the star is an impress cutting die, where there are 5 sizes of the star and I used dimensional tape to stack them one on top of the other and I used various dies from the Quickutz Jolly set, I made a blue snowman with black accessories, and glitter paper for the small pine trees, Karen Burniston, the designer of this die used glue dots to join the sections, but I found it easier to used
a Glue Gun.   This is a fun card to make but it
is labour intensive!!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Two Christmas Cards

 These cards were inspired from Australian
Papercraft Essentials Magazine,  volume no 28.
The top one was made with two scraps of designer paper on a white cardstock and I cut the two gingerbread men from a cuttlebug die and I used Memento Ink cocoa brown. and on the left hand side ginger bread man I coloured the eyes etc with a blue water colour pencil from Faber-Castille.
This card was made with white cardstock and designer paper
from a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 Paper Pad "December 25" and the stars
were cut with a cutting die from "impress" die set of 5 dies, and the sentiment is cut from Marianne's cutting die.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Halloween and Christmas Cards

 Here are todays two cards, the first one is a Halloween card made from black cardstock and the Graphic 45 "Steampunk Spells and some paper I printed from "The Graphic Fairy".   I used the paper for the accent and used four of the small pictures and a steampunk clock, and glued them all down with double sided tape.
with this Christmas card I used a music stamp from Stampendous which I have had for a very long time,
and I used pieces of scrap paper for the tree, with a
star cut out from a piece of yellow glitter card.   I
coloured the edges with a memento ink pad, "Lady Bug
Red"  I still have a lot of scraps to utilise!!!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Three Kings, Christmas Post Card and Merry Christmas

 These three cards were made this morning after
I had done a heap of washing, vaccuming, dusting, etc., and I needed the "ME" time, the first card "Three Kings" was made with the Cuttlebug embossing folder of the same name,
I used Bahama Blue ink pad from Memento on the deboss side of the folder.
 This card was made with green card stock,
and I used red cardstock for the card behind the
white post card which I made with the Postcard stamp from Tim Holtz "The Journey" set and the
Christmas came from an old 6 x 6 pad, 25th December.   The other stamps are from an old fiskars set that I have had for ages.

This card was made with green cardstock, and
scrap Christmas designer paper that I have had
for ages, as I said yesterday I have heaps of scraps, still to use, the ornament was also cut
from scrap paper with a Marianne's Creatable die
and the Merry Christmas also came from an old pad.   I am hoeing through the making of Christmas Cards but I still have about 26 to make.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Christmas Postcard and Christmas Ornament Card

 I made these cards this afternoon, with green cardstock for the background and used various Christmas paper that was left over from last year, I have heaps of left over Christmas paper, probably enough to do the next couple of years, on the Postcard card I used red card stock for the area behind the post card which is made from white card stock with the postcard stamp from Tim Holtz stamp set "The Journey" and the gift and postcard lines from an old fiskars stamp set that I have had for years, the "To and From"  are hand written with black pencil, On the ornament card I used scraps again and embossed the "Polka Dots" with a cuttlebug embossing folder, and the ornament I used a Marianne's die with scrap red card stock and used a red ribbon from my stash and the Merry Christmas is also  a Marianne's die also in red cardstock.   I enjoyed making these cards.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Halloween cards, #3 and #4

This card is for Grandson Number 3, I made it with Steampunk  Spells paper pad from Graphic 45, I really like this paper, and used the lady on the bike, I cut out the images to fit on top of a cut out showing the card from the inside, I used a piece of clear acetate for the window and cut out flowers from the paper, also I made roses with Die-Namic Mini Royal Roses, and the Happy Halloween came from some paper that I sourced from the internet, I think this one came from I used ranger stickles for the flower centres and the butterfly.

The next card is for Grandson Number 4, it is also
made with Graphic 45 "Steampunk Spells" paper
I used the Black cats for background and used the
Spiderweb and spider, with the spider having grey
eyes, from Kaisercraft Basics, stick on gems.
The small piece showing the sentiment was also
cut out of the graphic 45 paper,  this is another
card I am happy with.

Halloween Cards, #1 and #2

I have been making Halloween Cards for my grand-
sons, and this one is for No 1 grandson, I used an
A5 size card, and embossed a tree from Universal
"Sycamore" and used brown ochre ink pad on the
inside so that the image would show up, I used a
cobweb and spider, plus a bat cut from a die, I am not sure where these came from but they were given to by my friend Helen, Thanks Helen,  the house is a
Sizzex Bigz die "Haunted House", I used dotty paper behind it in Black and Grey and cut out the Ghost by hand, the spider has small black eyes, Kaiser craft
stick on gems and the pumpkins and the"Do Not Enter" are from some paper that I downloaded last year, not sure which web site it came from, so whoever you are, Thanks very much.  The next card
is for Grandson Number 2, he is a bit younger so I used a purple,Black and Yellow paper that I also sourced from the internet last year, also I have forgotton which website it came from, I used the spider web and the spider together with a black cat,
which came from the other place the other die cuts came from and I used a little cut out from Graphic 45
Steampunk Spells, am liking this card.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Happy Birthday Bird

Hi, I just made this card, with a Tim Holtz Bingo embossing folder, I used a Memento Brown ink pad to ink the deboss side of the folder and was happy with how it turned out,  I used a spotted red scrap and a light green scrap to make the banners/flags, and the little bird a scrap of black and white paper, The Happy Birthday is an old stamp that I have had for ages and the doily was sent to me by my friend Meg, Thanks Meg, I used a piece of pink cardstock for the card itself.

Saturday, 21 September 2013


This is the first card I made in the past two weeks, as I was away on a cruise, just got back two days ago, this card is made with a Crafts-too embossing folder/Christmas tree, I coloured the deboss side of the folder with Memento ink, Bahama Blue and then embossed it, this is a new method for me that I have just used for the first time, I used small blue stick on rhinestones on the card, I am quite happy with this technique, I am entering this card into the 52 (Christmas) card throw down challenge, the theme is Christmas tree.

Friday, 6 September 2013

3 christmas cards, and one Watchman card

These are yesterday's cards, the two with the tree decorations were made with the embossed card stock, ivory, and the decorations were cut with a Marianne's Creatable die, and greeting dies I used a silver gel pen for the strings to the deco's.   The green card was stamped with a Tim Holtz Snowflake blueprint with distress embossing ink and his silver embossing powder, I used the same method for the Merry Christmas which was stamped with a stamp that I got last year with a kit, but I can't remember what brand it is, I used Tim's Movers and Shapers die "Pine tree and Holly" and cut out four holly leaves and the red holly was just punched out with a hole punch and the Watch Man was coloured with Faber-Castille water colour pencils and the stamp is of course, one of Tim's, and the sentiment is another one with unknown origin, I shaded the edges with Memento Rich Cocoa