Category Archives: Christmas Crafting

Christmas Cards

Hello there!

I always make too many Christmas cards as I never quite know how many Hubby needs to send to his colleagues – and nor does he!  I tend to settle on several different designs each year and whilst I will keep track of who got which card design from us as a family, that method inevitably falls apart with the cards my Husband sends! So this year to make it easier, most people got an identical card, so mass stamping was in order.  I have a Hampton Arts stamping platform which I used for this to make the process both quicker and easier.  The pine cone stamp came as part of a set from the craft section in French supermarket Auchan a few years ago, whilst the sentiment was from a set I purchased on ebay.  For stamping on the silver card, I bought a Staz-On ink pad, which to me smells like marzipan!  The pine cone on silver card is placed on top of a piece of black glitter card, and added to a black C6 card base.

I also like to make ‘special’ cards for close family:

A double light-up shadow box card sent to our youngest son, who is having major withdrawal issues at not having visited France for over a year!  I couldn’t resist the Arc de Triomphe stamp when I saw it in Hobbycraft and just knew it had to be on a card for him.  The flying santa, sleigh and deer are cut from a Snowglobe die purchased from The Works.

This is the card I sent to my lovely husband.  The papers were a recent craft magazine freebie. The stamp is by JND which was also a magazine freebie but from a few years ago, which tied in brilliantly with the theme.  The images remind me of Bruges which we should have visited during December, but sadly, this will have to be another time. 

Double light-up shadow box cards for our parents. All the dies used are various magazine freebies.

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Christmas Crafting

Hello there!

Well, where on earth does the time go?  Clearly I need to make a belated New Year’s resolution to spend more time on my blog!  I do hope you had a good Christmas and New Year, despite all the restrictions of tiers and lockdowns.  Ours was quiet and relaxed – just what my husband needed during his much needed time off work.

So, a few years ago I bought a wooden set of drawers from The Works with the idea of making a reusable advent calendar. Finally, I took the time do this. I love it!

The backing papers on the drawers I used are from various paper pads I already had in my stash and a few were wrapping paper stuck onto card, whilst the stickers and embellishments on the front of each drawer were from various places including Flying Tiger, The Works, Hobbycraft, Lidl and a few were made from punches that are in my collection.  The numbers were die cut in black cardstock and the backing for the numbers were punched from a piece of gold cardstock using a small circle punch.  Eventually, I may decorate the sides and top, but will leave it as is for now.

I filled each drawer with Cadbury Heroes chocolates for the boys as a small treat.

See you next time,