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Sunny Christmas

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 With my great appreciation to Therese Calvird ( lostinpaper) I am posting three Christmas cards inspired by one of her latest posts - encouraging the use of strips and stripes! When I tried this technique for myself, I quickly realised it made a great Australian themed Christmas card - the sunny colours just needed a bright and breezy Santa or penguin to adorn them. Thank you so much Therese for your inspiration - I am thrilled with how quick and easy it was to make these one of a kind cards!

Elf Christmas Tree

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 I have already started on my Christmas cards, and for this one, I followed a tutorial by Gina K to create my background.  The very interesting technique is to use a stencil as an embosser - in a similar way to how you would use a die, with the rubber mat.  Then Gina suggests you score at 1/2" intervals, creating a wood effect - and finish off with your choice of spongeing.  So that's what I did with my first attempt - as you can see below. It was such fun to make, if a little fiddly - of course I didn't stop with one, as they can be addictive!  But I'm very happy with this clean and simple card.

Cosy Rugs

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 Not a card today, but sharing pics of the two rugs I've been making during Stage 4 lockdown, in Melbourne.  I honestly don't know what I would have done with the hours of potential boredom if I didn't have my crafts to keep me busy and interested. I normally make rugs in a square granny style, but thought I'd try a rectangle - so learned how to start this via youtube - I should have made it longer to start with but that's the learning lesson isn't it?  The wool I purchased just before lockdown, as I knew I needed something more than card making to keep me sane - I bought 5 each of the blue and pink shaded balls - giant balls of 200g each. and of course I couldn't resist making a little card to go with each one!

70th Birthday card

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 My card today was made for a friend's aunt, who is turning 70.  She loves dancing and flowers and her favourite colour is hot pink.  The card base is 6 x 6". The dancing stamp is by Gina K - one of my first craft purchases back in 2011.  I have clear embossed the image, though it doesn't show in this pic.  The pink mat and banner is shiny card, and came from packaging - the little corner die is unbranded.  The embossing folder is by Stampin' Up! as is the frame die.

Frozen Magic

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My card today has been created to enter into Unstampabelles newest challenge - with the theme of Magic, and a twist to allude to a Disney film.  As I'm in Christmas card mode (I'm searching for 'good' reasons to create cards and I give many cards at Christmas time) I hit on Frozen, the film, and there is nothing more magic than a snow covered landscape to me. A bit of spongeing and a couple of die cuts created my magic scene with the theme of Frozen.  I hope I haven't stretched the connection too much, but in any case I have another Christmas card completed.

Sunflower hugs

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A quick card, using a die cut and some pattern paper to create a card which sends a hug. I sponged the die cut in a tangy sort of brown colour, and chose some pattern paper with similar retro colour to fill the space behind it, and then reset the die back into the card front.  Added the word die and some fussy cut leaves and mounted on a Kraft base.

Wings and/or Wind in Blue and White

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Today I'm joining the Unstampabelles on their 100th challenge.  Their link is below: https://unstampabelleschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-100th-challenge-may-wings-and-wind.html I made a card inspired by Connie Stewart yesterday, and once I'd chosen what my 'wings' were going to be - the butterfly - I realised I could use the same layout for this card using blue and white.  The paper I chose for my rosette butterfly is variated, so there is a little extra interest in the colour blue. Hello cards are so useful at this time - I'm sending out quite a few as a way of keeping in touch - phone calls are better, but can take up quite a bit of the day:)