Sunday 29 December 2019

New Year Party Treats

     Going to a dinner party this holiday? How about taking some after dinner sweet treats in a champagne bottle box. This is made using the large bottle die from John Next Door, it stands around the same height a real bottle would.
      With the bottle die there are dies for the labels, cork, glass and bubbles. I wanted to have bubbly in the glasses so I die cut the wine with bubbles from cream card, over vellum and laminated it, then cut the glass from the laminate. This made them strong enough to stand up when attached to the box.
      The acetate box is two pieces of fancy zigzag patterned acetate cut to form two sides each, they are then stuck into a green card tray that measures the width of the bottle die cuts.
      I cut two bottles from dark green card, the same card as the base tray, then decorated them with the labels shapes cut in white and gold.
     The stamp is from my stash, make unknown but it was perfect for this box. Using my stamp platform I worked out where on the card to stamp by laying the die down and lining it up. The little stars are die cut with dies from the bottle set, they allow the gold mirri mat to shine through.
     The cork is cut from Stix2 cork sheet and stuck on with redline tape, which is what I used for making the whole box, nice and strong.
     If you don't stick the bottles together at the top you can put a real bottle in the holder, but I preferred to keep it for after dinner treats.
     There is also a small bottle die set available, that would make cute individual little boxes, ideal for wedding favours.
     Whatever you are doing this holiday I hope you enjoy it, have a very Crafty New Year.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
International Art & Soul - Anything But a Card
ABC Christmas - Y-Yuletide, Z-Zigzags   
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Christmas Goes
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes

Wednesday 11 December 2019

For One Night Only

     A rather simple card made with one of last years Woodware stamps and a die cut. Keeping the colour palette to black, white and a splash of red makes it a bold card, suitable for any age or gender.
     Using Versamark I stamped on to black card and then embossed with white powder, I also ran a white ink across the card to look like a slightly dirty blackboard. I left a wide border around the stamp to make it stand out and matted it on red for a hit of colour.
     The card blank was run through a snowfall embossing folder before the image panel was stuck on to it.
     The deer was die cut in both white card and black, I stuck the black over the white but slightly out of line to give a reverse shadow effect, it makes him stand out a little better against the black background.
     All that remained was to give him, or her, a tiny red gem for a nose. The deer is mounted on foam pads so that it stands out a little form the card, but will still fit in a standard postage envelope.
     This month's optional theme at Christmas At Sweet Stampin' is Critters, so if you have any animals on your cards then please come over and join in the December fun.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Jingle Belles - Happy Holidays
The 12 Month's Of Christmas - Anything Christmas optional-layer it up
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas
Cards 4 Guyz - Christmas Critters

Seasons Greetings

     Not Just Cards challenge blog is for all things crafty, so this month I made a wreath for the door.
     The base for this was a polystyrene ring, which I then covered with hessian ribbon, to secure the ends I used hot glue.
     There is a wire loop on the back which gives me somewhere to tie the wreath to the door.
     The pine fronds are from an old artificial tree that I use as an outside decoration. The pine cones were collected on one of many walks around parkland, all I had to do was use the hot glue gun to secure it all and add in a few wired berries.
     The bow is wire edged ribbon, again stuck on with hot glue. A rather simple but effective seasonal make. Please pop over to Not Just Cards and see what other inspiration we have.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Christmas
International Art & Soul - Anything BUT A Card