Friday 28 October 2022

SHC - Happy Holidays

.... Morning! It's been a while since I posted - we went away for a short break - more of that later. I'm here today with my post for Seven Hills Craft blog. I've made a simple, layered Christmas card:

Stamps: Concord & 9th - Iconic Christmas, Festive Phrases, Winter Wonderland
Inks: Gina K - Red Hot, Sandy Beach; Hero Arts - Unicorn
Dies: C&9 - Festive Phrases, Iconic Christmas; Gina K - Master Layouts 2
Accessories: White Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake; Copic Markers

I'm submitting this to The Card Concept - CC#182B where I've picked the Christmas Joy photo for my inspiration. I used the colours for my clean, layered card.

I used deep red card from my stash to make the note card base. I stamped the turnabout pattern in white ink onto kraft card and used a stitched edge die to cut out a panel which I layered onto dark brown card. I adhered the whole panel to the front of the note card. I made the sentiment by stamping on white card and used the matching die to cut it out. I added it towards the top of the card and finished the front by adding a simple holly spring. I used copic markers to colour white card, cut out the pieces with dies and then added them to the card. On the white panel inside the card, I stamped a bold Christmas greeting in bright red and added a couple of flurries of snowflakes.

This card is very easy to make - I think I'll be making several more for my stash.

I mentioned above that we'd been away for a short break. We went to Christchurch and stayed at The Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa. It was a wonderful week. The hotel was fabulous. Our room was perfect with a great view of the harbour from our terrace. And, as the weather was just wonderful for this time of year, we were able to enjoy the terrace and sit out in the sun. The hotel's restaurant was super - lovely breakfasts and we dined twice on the freshest fish possible. We both had a couple of treatments in the spa - after the year we've had, we needed treatments and the break. I can't believe how lucky we were with the weather. To be fair the weather's been fantastic since we got home too. 

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

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Friday 14 October 2022

SHC - Cool Christmas

... Hello. I'm here with my Seven Hills Craft blog post. I've another Christmas card to share - this time I've gone for a cool colour theme:

Stamps: C&9 - Tiny Trees Turnabout, Winter Wonderland, Festive Phrases
Inks: Gina K - Key Lime, Turquoise Sea, Sea Glass, Tranquil Teal; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: C&9 - Tiny Trees, Snowfall Card Front
Accessories: White Card

I used the Snowfall card front die to cut the pattern into a piece of white card. I lightly blended pale teal ink over the whole panel, edged it with a teal marker and then stamped on a greeting in black ink. I should have stamped the sentiment before I die cut the pattern, but it still works. I adhered the panel to the front of an A2 note card. I stamped a few tiny Christmas trees on white card and used the matching dies to cut them out. I glued to directly to the note card and used dimensional pads to add the middle tree. Inside the card, I cut a white panel onto which I stamped a greeting and added some pale teal snowflakes.

I'm submitting this card to Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - MLCCB#46 where the theme is always Anything Christmas Goes.

That's all for today. Hope to see you again soon.

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Friday 7 October 2022

SHC - Bright Christmas

... Morning, I'm here with my regular Seven Hills Craft blog post. Today I'm sharing a bold and bright Christmas card:

Stamps: C&9 - Festive Phrases, Tiny Trees Turnabout
Inks: Gina K - Passionate Pink, Soft Stone, Stormy Sky; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: C&9 - Festive Phrases, Snowfall Card Front
Accessories: White Card; Glossy Black Card; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Clear Shimmer Spray

I used the Snowfall die to cut a pattern into a piece of white card, I trimmed the piece to 4" x 5¼". I lightly sponged bright pink ink onto the snowflakes, edged the panel with a pink marker and adhered the panel to an A2 note card. On a piece of scrap watercolour card, I scribbled three pink Zig brushes, spritzed with water and allowed the inks to blend. I used the 'Holly Jolly' die for the focal image as it has a large shadow layer along with the words. I cut the shadow from the pink watercolour card and the words from glossy black card. I spritzed the front of the card with clear shimmer spray and then added the sentiment. Inside the card, I cut a piece of white card onto which I stamped a sentiment and added a cute Christmas tree.

This card is very quick and easy to make, and I think it might be one that I'll  mass produce. I'll change up the colours and the focal sentiment, but this will easily make ten of my required Christmas stash.

I'm submitting this card to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - CIC#554 which is where I got the colour theme. I'm also playing along with Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge - HLSWC#10 where it's Anything Goes.

That's all for now. See you again soon.

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