Christmas tree

This weekend was FABULOUS! Had sun filled crafting days and wine filled nights with friends! Yes the sun finally came out at last, (with no forecast of snow), so while my hubby was digging up my veggie patch to get it ready for planting, I decided to craft outside and put up my new favourite Xmas tree!

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My “Xmas tree” is actually a revolving shoe rack I found online and I bought some curtain hanging hooks from Ikea to attach my stamps and dies! I bought 48 hooks, which wasn’t enough 😉 and it can probably take up to 70 bags. I would have bought a taller one though so I wouldn’t have to keep on bending down to get my stuff,  if I put  the tree on the floor.

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crafting in the sun

This weekend was also great cause I received my first orders for cards! Well, they were from friends but it was really nice to make cards that someone wanted in advance. Together with the orders and the cards I wanted to make for my family, I landed up having to make 7 cards this weekend!

flower vase

I’ve been dying to do a flower jar card and now that I finally have flowers AND a jar stamps, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I used a lime green metallic looking card and first stamped the stems, sprinkled Ranger gold embossing powder, heat embossed them and filled them in with my gold marker. I stamped the blooms with Stampin Up’s Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry and coloured the flowers using my Tambow markers, on a white card stock and fussy cut them.

The large flowers and stems come from Stampers Anonymous Cling Flower garden set (I love them!) and the little dahlia(?) comes from the Simply Floral set from The Ton. I cut the MFT Blueprints jar die with my Big Shot Plus from a sheet of plastic, added some “I don’t know what you call them” sprinkles on the card, then pasted the plastic jar around them.  I drew some lines around the head of the jar with a silver gel pen, stamped the sentiment from Stamplorations Big Grins “Strong Women” set in Versamark and heat embossed it with SU’s white embossing powder, “et voila, le tour est fait”! (Its done!)

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I entered this card in the following challenges:

Simon says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes”wednesdayblog-logo.png

Addicted to Stamps and More – “Anything Goes” addicted to stamps n more anything goes

MFT Color Challenge MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_44

Time out die/fussy cutting challenge #55 time out

AAA Cards – Game #63 CAS Shaker  AAAGame63

I actually made another card to enter into the Shaker challenge but I was not 100% satisfied with the result in the end. As I took more than 5h to do, I wanted to share it anyway!

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I stamped the wine glasses with “Different colors” Glass of wine stamp, twice, with Versamark and heat embossed them in Rangers silver embossing powder. I fussy cut around them and in the glass, then proceeded to take 4h to make the bags of red powder , which was supposed to represent red wine altho it looks like blood to me now, lol!

I cut the shape I wanted from a cellophane envelope and used my brand new fuse gun (thanks Ceal, your reference to it in your blog made me buy one!) to seal the sides. I started out by using yellow dish washing liquid but quickly abandoned the idea as it did not move at all in the little bags! I then went on to red embossing powder and…6 bags and 4h later, I managed to have bags that didn’t have little holes that leaked all the powder out!

I’m not sure if it was because I don’t know how to use the fuse tool properly or that the bags were too tiny. I ended up sealing one bag with stick its but the powder stuck onto them! If I didn’t have to rush them off to Singapore for them to be in time for my brother’s birthday, I would have made them again, and I still had 4 more cards to make by this morning.

I will try again though cause I love the look of the red in the glasses. Maybe I’ll try putting in larger powder, if it exists. All suggestions are welcome!