Archive for ‘Handmade’

February 26, 2022

Paper piecing with Julie Nutting prima doll

Hello and welcome.

The wonderful challenge set for us this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, is to use paper piecing.  I’ve tried this technique a few times in the past and loved the results, but looking at my stamp collection, I have very few stamp sets that lend themselves to this.  So, I took out my much loved and used Julie Nutting prima doll, Mindy, and had fun dressing her up for Christmas…

As this is a tall stamp, it suited being used on a DL size card base. This is usually a great opportinity to use up all your paper scraps, but this time I treated myself to a new (to me) Christmas paper pad by Prima instead, as it has lots of small patterns, ideal for paper piecing small images. It’s a little difficult to see in the photos, but you may just about be able to see Santa on her skirt…

I stamped the doll onto neutral typeface scrapbook paper by Stampin Up, and coloured her using Derwent watercolour pencils from the hair and skin tones pack, blended with a water brush.  Her hair was stamped onto Prima Julie Nutting neutrals paper, and shading added with watercolour pencils.

The pompoms on her shoes were fussy cut from one of the Prima Christmas papers, and the tag from one of the tag sheets in the set.  I added a layer of pink pirouette cardstock to the card base, and layered the snowflake paper on top, tearing the bottom edge to add a little interest.  I added various snowflake die cuts in shimmer white card by Stampin Up, and the Tim Holtz sprigs in silver card by Sizzix.

To finish, I added two washi tapes in silver and a sprinkling of rhinestones for sparkle.

You can see my previous paper piecing projects here Take a Sip, Meet Mindy, and Paper piecing

I hope you’ve been inspired to join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week – we’d love to see what you create.

Enjoy your weekend

 

February 19, 2022

Masculine Christmas card

Hello and welcome.

Masculine cards are not the easiest to make, so for this week’s challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, I turned to my husband for help with my design…

I asked his advice about what type of card he likes to receive and jotted down several ideas as we chatted.

First, I stamped a whisper white piece of cardstock using the Christmas Season stamp set by Stampin’ Up, in a variety of ink colours – certainly celery, garden green, old olive and real red, and then adhered this to an old olive base card.

I stamped the sentiment from Holly Jolly Wishes in early espresso ink onto a stitched oval die cut in whisper white, inked around the edges and popped it up onto the card.

And that was it – my husband said it needed nothing more – job done!

I hope you’ve been inspired to join the challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week – we would love to see your cards.

Enjoy your weekend

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