Saturday 9 May 2015

Krafty Christmas Baubles

It's been hard getting back into crafting this week after visitors and lots of diy jobs last weekend. But, finally today, I've managed to have a play with my stash.  First up, my pictures are looking grey instead of brown, I've used kraft card for my base and lots of my die cuts too, and that piece of ribbon is a light brown as well - I really don't know if it's my camera or the light levels that are making things looking washed out.  Anyhow, I've made a card and an ornament using the Marianne Design bauble dies that I recently got on offer .. .. and time is passing by and so far I've only made one Christmas card this year!

I've also been playing around with paints, after watching the Shena shows on C&C and seeing the pre-views on Facebook.  I have lots of little pots of paint so fished them out .. .. My flowers are die cut with the mini poinsettia dies just out of thin copy paper, then I've painted with red pearly water colours, you know the little pots that are solid and you have to spritz or just drop on water .. .. can't remember what they are called, but I have a box of them!  Once dry I've moulded them and stuck the layers together, the paint stiffens the paper quite a bit and I'm pleased with the results, just a bit of scrap paper and hey presto a gorgeous pearly red poinsettia!  Here's the card:

I've used Marianne Design Winter papers for my bauble and behind it.  As I said, it is kraft card and apart from a little matting and the faux stitches inked with brown chalk ink, the base card is quite simple.  I die cut the paper and bauble the same size, embossed the edge then stuck together to make it a bit firmer and better to 3d fix.  The edge of the bauble is also inked in brown.  The fibre stuff is from my stash and should be showing cream, the scrap of MD lace is ivory and the pearls on the tree made with my pearl pen are also ivory.  The bits of string are brown and the die cuts are either kraft or cream card with ivory snow added here and there.  It's quite a country looking creation in real life!

This is a close up of my kraft bauble, and the trees are a much darker green too, and the poinsettia is red!  The snow on the tree this time is white, so the camera got that bit right!

Here it is:

Well, if you can imagine it brown instead of grey you can see where I was going.  I've cut the paper by drawing around the inside of the die then cutting out and inking the edge before sticking down. I've also dabbed just about everything with the Snowcap dabber to look icy .. .. did it work?  I cut two of the hanging loops and stuck them back to back to make the top firmer so I could loop the string through without fear of the card tearing.  Again, all MD papers and die cuts, except for the Martha Stewart frond punch.

Here's the MD die list I used on both the bauble and the card:
Bauble set COL1361
Christmas tree LR0136
mini poinsettia LR0142
pine cones and branches LR0286
pine needles from set LR0227
background row of trees on bauble CR1287
snowflake on card from set CR1225

The Allsorts challenge is to use at least 3 die cuts on your creations, think I can well and truly tick that box for them!

Crafty Hazelnut's Chrimstmas Challenge this week is for Vintage or Shabby Chic designs, hopefully my card and bauble fit that theme too.


  1. WOW! These are just amazing Annie. Love them, beautiful detail and brilliantly put together xx

  2. Visitng from seeing your wonderful card at CHNC #228 Vintage or Shabby Chic. Like the variety of embellishing you used; especially like what looks like white burlap & lace. As far as color the white balance on a camera is what gives you the correct white look. I have all Canon camera equipment so if you have a Canon you can email me and I'll see if I can help.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  3. This is gorgeous. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 228 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for May - I'd love to see it there too. x

  4. Hi Annie! I'm just scrolling back through some of your beautiful work. I think the shimmering little pots of dry paint could well be Twinkling H2O's? I keep forgetting to use mine :-( xx


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