Wednesday, 21 July 2021

SHC - Christmas in July 3 ....

... Wow! Summer has finally arrived, it's been baking here in North Wales. And I've been continuing with my theme of Christmas in July for my Seven Hills Craft blog post. I have three more cards to share with you today. Here's the first:


Stamps: Altenew - Majestic Mistletoe, Beautiful Inside, Warm Blessings
Inks: Gina K - Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Key Lime, Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green, Christmas Pine; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: MFT - A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 2 #9
Accessories: SU Card - Shaded Spruce; White Card

I'm submitting this card to Cardz 4 Galz - C4Glz#151 where the theme is Christmas in July - check!!


This card started out as a one-layer card. I used my MISTI to stamp the multi-layer mistletoe leaves in shades of green at the corners of the card. One of the leaves has spaces for berries, so I added them with pink inks. I then filled in the gaps with the smaller mistletoe leaf and some berry images in pink. I stamped the greeting in the centre of the card. I then decided to use a stitch edged die to cut out the panel and adhered it to the front of an A2 dark green note card. Inside the card, I used the stitch edge die to cut a piece of white card onto which I stamped a scripty greeting and a verse in black ink. I also added another small mistletoe leaf in green ink.


My next card is cleaner and simpler and has a non-traditional colour theme:



Stamps: Altenew - Majestic Mistletoe, Beautiful Inside, Warm Blessings; Concord & 9th - Mistletoe Messages
Inks: Gina K - Peach Bellini, Tangerine Twist, Sea Glass, Turquoise Sea, Tranquil Teal
Dies: Gina K - Master Layout 2
Accessories: SU Card - Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo; White Card

I'm submitting this card to Sunday Stamps Challenge - SSC#261 where they have these gorgeous colours, and to Less is More - LIM#447 where their theme is Christmas in July.

I used the MISTI to stamp the multi-layer mistletoe leaf and berries. I used shades of teal and orange for a non-traditional look. I used a stitch edged die to cut out the panel and adhered it to a mat layer of dark teal card. I finished the panel by stamping the word 'noel' in bright orange. I adhered the whole panel in the centre of a side opening A2 light teal card. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of dark teal card and on the white panel I stamped another mistletoe leaf, along with a scripty greeting and a verse in black ink.





My last card features a big bunch of mistletoe leaves:


Stamps: Altenew - Majestic Mistletoe, Beautiful Inside, Warm Blessings; Concord & 9th - Mistletoe Messages
Inks: Gina K - Dusty Rose, Red Velvet, Key Lime, Jelly Bean Green, Sea Glass, Ocean Mist; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: MFT - A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 2 #9; C&9 Mistletoe Messages
Accessories: SU Card - Pool Party, Island Indigo; White Card; Vellum; C&9 - Summer Glitter Pack Lime Green; Red Glitter Card

I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - HLSAGD#07 - where the theme is Anything Goes.


I started by making a top folding A2 white note card. I stamped a selection of mistletoe leaves, berry branches and small poinsettia over the front to make my own background. I then used a stitch edged die to cut out a piece of vellum which I adhered over the front of the card. I used the large mistletoe leaf die to cut three pieces - dark teal, light aqua and lime green glitter card. I adhered these pieces to the front of the car. I finished the front by adding a red glitter bow and a greeting which I adhered with dimensional pads. Inside the card, I cut a piece of dark teal card for the mat layer and on the white panel I stamped a leaf and scripty greeting.


That's another three cards ready for Christmas. I'm really enjoying making these cards.

When this post goes live, we will be at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. My mum loves flower shows and, as we're now back in the UK and things are opening up, we thought it would be a great day out. That's all for now. See you soon.

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Thursday, 15 July 2021

C24C - Sweet Treats ....

..... Good morning! I'm here with my card for our new challenge at Christmas 24 - C24C#038 where we want to see Christmas cards with the theme of Sweet Treats. I love peppermint candy canes that you can get at Christmas, so I made a jar of them for my card:


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, Half Baked Gingerbread Joy, 2011 Holiday Ornaments
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Soft Stone
Dies: Gina K - Master Layouts 2; WMS - Jar Fillers
Accessories: SU Card - Real Red; White & Black Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Acetate; Copic Markers

I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge - HLSAGD#07. I used dies to cut out the candy canes and to create the layers.


I've used some old favourite stamps on this card - sadly Waltzingmouse Stamps closed a while ago, but I love Claire's designs and they often come out for Christmas cards. I used red card to make the A2 (US size) side opening note card. I used Gina K's Master Layout 2 die set to cut the black mat layer and the white panel with the stitched edge. I stamped the jar directly on the white panel, and added a greeting. I stamped the jar again on some embossable clear acetate. I fussy cut the jar on the acetate panel and left a tab either side of the jar. On white card I stamped the candy canes, coloured them with Copic markers, and die cut them with the matching die. I adhered the canes with dimensional pads. I used a scalpel to cut down the side of the jar on the white panel. I slipped the tab into the cut and adhered the tab to the back of the panel. I adhered the whole panel to the front of the card. I like to make a clear jar to put over the contents - it's a fun look! On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel added some more candy canes, a Christmas greeting and Mrs Claus's shop sign.


I took a photo of the jar to show the dimension with the clear acetate jar over the top of the candy canes.


That's all from me today. Do visit our blog - Christmas 24 Challenge - to see more inspiration from the rest of the team. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 14 July 2021

SHC - Christmas in July - 2 ...

... Morning! Continuing my Christmas in July theme for my Seven Hills Craft blog post, I have three cards to share with you this morning.


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Merry Mantle, All the Merrys, Mistletoe Messages
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Innocent Pink; Versafine Claire - Nocturne
Dies: C&9 - Merry Mantle
Accessories: SU Card - Real Red; White Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Pearls

I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#60 where it's Anything Goes.

I started by making the A2 notecard from red card. The card measures 4¼" x 5½" and is a standard American size. I used my MISTI to stamp the various images on white card. I removed the images from the MISTI, coloured them with Copic markers, returned them to the MISTI and restamped with black Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I love this technique as the images are clean and crisp, and have shiny outlines. I adhered the pieces to the front of the card - I kept them flat to make it easy to post the card. I finished the front by adding a bold greeting in black and some tiny dark grey pearls to hold the stockings on the mantle! Inside the card, I simply cut a white piece of card slightly smaller than the notecard and stamped a wreath in dark pink and added a greeting.


My next card focuses on the large image in Merry Mantle - the hanging Christmas stockings:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Merry Mantle, All the Merrys, Mistletoe Messages
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Ocean Mist; Versafine Claire - Nocturne
Dies: C&9 - Merry Mantle; Gina K - Master Layouts 2
Accessories: SU Card - Bermuda Bay; White Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Copic Markers

I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - HLSXMAS#07 where it's Anything Goes (I've skipped the option of jingle bells).


I used dark teal card to make the A2 side-opening notecard. I used the same technique as outlined above to stamp the Christmas stockings. I coloured them to match the notecard. I used a stitch edge die to cut out the panel and layered it onto a black panel of card. I adhered the whole lot to the front of the card. I added a mantle shelf above the stockings with dimensional pads. I finished the front with a simple Christmas greeting. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card, to echo the front of the card. On the white panel, I stamped a two-tone greeting and added a tiny bunch of blue and green berries.


My last card today, focuses on the Christmas wreath:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Merry Mantle
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Claire - Nocturne; Versamark
Dies: C&9 - Merry Mantle; Gina K - Master Layouts 2
Accessories: SU Card - Shaded Spruce, Certainly Celery; White Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Nuvo - Glitter Drops - Ruby Slippers

I'm submitting this card to Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - MLCCB#36 where it's always Anything Christmas goes.

I used dark green card for the note card here. I used Versamark ink to randomly stamp the little berry branch all over the front of the card. I die cut a small panel of light green card onto which I stamped a Christmas message. Using the technique outlined above, I stamped, coloured and die cut the Christmas wreath. I added a simple string bow and some red glitter drops for the berries. Once dry, I used dimensional pads to adhere the wreath to the front of the card. Inside, I cut a mat layer of light green card. On the white panel, I stamped the Christmas stocking at the top and coloured them to match the card. I finished by adding a Christmas greeting.


I had fun making these cards and could have made a lot more! So, just doing my Christmas in July theme, I have another six cards, so far, to add to my Christmas card stash. Do join in with me and share your creations on Seven Hills Craft Facebook page - we'd love to see what you make.

That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

SHC - Christmas in July - 1 ....

... Morning! Hope you're all keeping well. I'm here with my weekly Seven Hills Craft blog post. I've made three Christmas cards all using one stamp set - Colorado Craft Company's Nordic Ornament. It's a huge image, so you can use it all or just part of it. I'll start with the card I made using all the image:


Stamps: Colorado Craft Company - Big & Bold Nordic Ornament
Inks: Versamark; Versafine Clair - Nocture; Kaleidacolor - Pastel
Dies: Spellbinders - Grand Circles (LF-114) #3
Accessories: White & Black Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Gansai Tambi Watercolour Paint Set; Tim Holtz Watercolour Card

I'm submitting this card to The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#97 where it's always Anything Christmas Goes.

I stamped the image onto watercolour with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I used watercolour paints to reveal the image - I love this technique. Once the image had dried, I used a large circle die to cut it out. To make the mat layer of black card, I simply drew round the outside of the circle die I used to cut out the image, and then fussy cut it out. I layered the two pieces together and adhered them to the front of a 5¾" square card. Inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and a white panel slightly smaller. On the white panel, I stamped the main image using a multicolour ink pad. I finished by adding a simple greeting.


My next card features part of the Nordic Ornament:


Stamps: Colorado Craft Company - Big & Bold Nordic Ornament
Inks: Versamark; Versafine Clair - Nocture; Gina K - Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Red Hot
Dies: Gina K - Master Layout Set 2
Accessories: White & Black Card; Gina K Card - Red Hot; Gold Embossing Powder

I stamped the image in Versamark ink, embossed with gold powder and used a stitch edged die to cut out a section of the ornament. I used three shades of pink and red ink to colour the ornament and finished by stamping a greeting in black ink. I layered the finished panel onto black card and added the whole piece to the front of a side-opening A2 (US size) card. Inside, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I simply stamped a Christmas greeting in black ink, and added some gold elements that I cut out from the left over ornament.


My last card also features part of the large Nordic Ornament:


Stamps: Colorado Craft Company - Big & Bold Nordic Ornament
Inks: Versamark; Versafine Clair - Nocture; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Dies: Gina K - Master Layout Set 1; C&9 - Merry Mantle
Accessories: White & Black Card; Silver Embossing Powder; Shimmery Vellum; Silver Holographic Card

How lucky am I? The new challenge over at The Male Room - TMR#152 is Christmas in July, so I'm submitting this card to the challenge.


This time I used silver embossing powder on black card - I love the contrast here. I selected the central part of the image and used a die to cut it out. I layered this onto silver holographic card from my stash. I also found some shimmery vellum in my stash. I cut a piece 1½" wide and wrapped it around the bottom of the image. I adhered the panel to the front of a side-opening black A2 (US size) note card. To finish the front I die cut the word 'noel' from black card and adhered to the vellum. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of holographic card. On the white panel I stamped the main ornament in silver ink and added a Christmas greeting in black ink.


I'm very pleased to have added three more cards to my Christmas stash. I like getting organised early as it saves on stress in November and December!! I'll be back next week with part 2 of Christmas in July! See you soon.

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Thursday, 1 July 2021

C24C - Add Some Twine ....

.... Good morning!! It's Christmas in July!! It's also time for our new challenge at Christmas 24 Challenge - C24C#037. For the next two weeks we want you to add some twine to your Christmas cards. Twine can be cotton thread, string, or gold/silver thread - as I've used on my card. Here it is:


Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Star of Light
Inks: Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Delicata - Golden Glitz
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Starlight
Accessories: White Card; Gina K Card - Black Onyx; Gold & Silver Thread from stash; Gem from stash

I'm submitting this card to The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#97, where it's always Anything Christmas Goes.

This is a clean and simple card and reasonably quick to make. I started by using the large star die and cutting a star from black card. I used a white pencil to mark down the centre of the star and again across the middle and measured 10 divisions on each side. To create the stitched curves you can follow the instructions found here. It's a technique I learnt in maths class many years ago. I stitched the opposites sides in silver and gold thread. Once finished, I adhered the completed star to another black die cut star. This helps to keep the star firm and hide any threads. Next I stamped a galaxy of gold stars going from one side of the card to the other. I added a few larger stars in the opposite corner and finished the front by stamping a bold Christmas greeting. I adhered the finished star to the top of the card and added a holographic gem. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel I stamped an ornate gold star in the background and added a Christmas greeting.


Do visit our blog to see more inspiration from the rest of the team. That's all from me today. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 30 June 2021

SHC - Floral Birthday ....

... Morning all! I'm here with my Seven Hills Craft blog post. Today I've got a pretty birthday card to share with you. I made this one for my mother-in-law, it's her birthday tomorrow, but I'm safe to share it here now as she doesn't look at the Internet.


Stamps: Concord & 9th - All the Birthdays, Type Talk
Inks: Gina K - Innocent Pink, Sweet Corn, Jelly Bean Green; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Concord & 9th - Birthday, Everyday Circles, Type Talk; Gina K - Master Layouts 1
Accessories: White Card; Gina K - Black Onyx Card; C&9 - Everyday Tintables Card Pack; C&9 Summer Glitter Pack; Clear Embossing Powder

I'm submitting this card to Fab Friday - FABF#216 - such pretty colours for the challenge.


I was going through my stash last week and found a couple of pack of Tintables Card from Concord & 9th, so I decided to use the rainbow arches sheet for my card. I used pink, yellow and green inks and blended them onto the card to reveal the pattern. I then used a die to cut the panel to size and layered it onto a piece of black card. I adhered both pieces to the front of an A2 (US size card) card. 

I wanted to use some of my older die and stamp sets on this card, so I found this lovely circle die and cut it in white card - I found, to my surprise, that it also cut a think frame for the circle, so I cut it again in black card and used the thin black frame for the card. I added some stitched detail to the bottom of the circle, stamped the word birthday and added a die cut glitter happy word. I stamped the flowers from another C&9 stamp set onto white card, removed them from the MISTI coloured with Copics, restamped with Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I used the matching die to cut out the flowers. I adhered the flowers directly to the ink blended background. Then I added the circle and think black circle frame. I like how this matches the thin frame on the main panel. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white card, I added thin strips of the tinted card to each side and finished by stamping a birthday greeting along with some fun dot decoration.


This card has already been posted to my MIL, and she should get it tomorrow. That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

SHC - Calendar Page ...

... Morning! I'm here with my weekly Seven Hills Craft blog post. Today, instead of a card, I've got a calendar page to share with you. A few years ago I made a desk calendar for me, and family, from scratch. I wanted to do the same last year, but ran out of time. So, I purchased an A4 hanging calandar with a blank space over the month. I've been decorating my calendar all year with stamps, stencils and dies from my stash. Today, I thought I'd share my page for June:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Yay for Birthdays
Inks: Gina K - Dusty Rose, Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango, Passionate Pink
Accessories: A4 Wire Bound 2021 Blank Calender; Black Marker Pen

I'm submitting this page to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#59 where it's Anything Goes.

I've masked off the details of the month - mostly it's birthdays as I seem to have loads this month!! And that's the reason for the decoration too - it was my 61st birthday on 2 June, so I thought I'd celebrate everyday when I look at the calendar!! 😉

All the stamps come from Concord & 9th's Yay for Birthdays stamp set. I used each of the solid balloon images with a different coloured ink to create the arch of balloons. Under that I stamped the two-step word 'Yay' in pink and yellow, getting a bonus orange where the dots overlap. I used a bright pink ink for the word 'birthday'. To finish the page, I added balloon strings and the word 'my' with a fine black marker pen. It makes me happy every time I look at the page.

I have already purchased my 2022 calendar and will be decorating it soon. At the moment, I tend to decorate each month as I get to it!!

That's all for now - see you again soon.

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