Archive for ‘Challenges’

October 23, 2021

Christmas pop-up card

Hello and welcome.

It’s the final challenge for October 2021 over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week, where the task is to make a pop-up card.  This is the front of my card…

But inside is where the magic is …

I was recently inspired by a lovely lady I found on Youtube – Tanu Creative.  She made a pop-up photo album, but I thought it would work well as a card too, as a pile of Christmas presents.  I chose 3 designs of paper from the Christmas Village collection, and used elegant eggplant card by Stampin Up for the base of the boxes.  I attached a plain piece of paper to a white card base before adhering the stacked presents.

I went a bit crazy with the glittery snowflakes from the Tim Holtz snowflake die set.  I cut out every snowflake out to see what they were like and then used nearly all of them on this card!  Oh well, if you can’t go a bit crazy at Christmas, when can you?

I stamped the sentiments for the front and inside of the card from the Lots of Joy stamp set by Stampin Up.  The decorations for the presents were die cut from the Christmas Stocking die set by Sizzix, and stamped with the Itty Bitty Christmas set by Stampin Up.

The stitched circle die cuts on the front are in daffodil delight and whisper white, and the die cut fairy light is pool party card with a little silver card for the top, with yet more sparkly snowflakes.

It all folds fairly flat for posting, but I think I may just have to hand-deliver this one as it won’t be going too far from home!

I’m linking my card up to the HLS October anything goes with dies challenge.

I had lots of fun making this card.  It took me a while to figure out the placement of the boxes, but once I had that done, I just went nuts with the decorations!

I hope you’ve been inspired to join the challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – we’d love to see your work.

Enjoy your weekend


May 1, 2021

Llama Christmas card

Hi and happy Saturday.

There’s a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown today, and being the first Saturday of the month means we have a new hostess, Fabiola, who has set us a sketch to follow.

I used some digital papers, purchased from the Lovely Studio, as the background of my card …

I had fun choosing which papers from the set to put together – I was aiming for that lush look you sometimes see in magazines for upholstery, where they mix lots of different patterns together. I think the trick is to choose patterns that have similar or complementary colours, and also patterns of varying sizes…

I’m not sure the photos do the papers justice – the colours are so pretty in real life…

I added a llama digi stamp, also by the Lovely Studio, mounted on old olive card and coloured a little with my Stampin’ Up marker pens in old olive and melon mambo…

Finally, I added some old olive baker’s twine and sequins in pink and green.

I hope you’re inspired to join the challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

Enjoy your weekend.

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