Saturday, 27 July 2013

Vintage Lace Christmas Cracker Place Settings

It's Christmas in July over here at DipsDesigns and this week's blog uses the fabulous Tonic Christmas Cracker Die to make Vintage Lace Christmas Cracker Place Settings.  This it the sort of project that you can start now, and then come Christmas Day, everyone will think you are a SuperStar with your gorgeous, bespoke Christmas table settings!

Project Recipe:
Stamp: Crafter's Companion
Colouring Mediums: Promarker & Flexmarker Pens, Fluid Chalk Ink, Memento Ink
Paper & Card: Glitter Card, PaperCraft4You, Neenah Stamping Card
Tools: Tonic Studios Christmas Cracker Die, Star Box Die, Butterflies Beautiful Dies, Crafts-Too Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Score Board, Grand Calibur
Embellishments: Rhinestone crystals, glitter, double satin ribbon, lace

I used my Tonic Studios to make the cracker but I extended the die to make a longer cracker - you can see how I did this on my blog for Tonic Studios here

To make the topper, I stamped the pretty little holly sprig from a great set of A-May-Zing Christmas Stamps from Crafter's Companion twice onto Neenah Stamping Card and coloured with Christmas 2012 Limited Edition Promarkers, before washing the whole tag with Antique White Flexmaker Pen. Finally, I cut out the holly leaves fromone image to decoupage on the other, before adding some sparkling crystals as berries.  To make the cracker into a place setting, from my computer, I printed "Mum" out in a pretty font in pink ink onto a tiny banner die cut, also washed with Antique White Flexmaker Pen.

I used my Tonic Christmas Star Box die, but once again, cut off the tabs and then used my Martha Stewart scoreboard to crease the star so that I could fancy-fold it.  I glittered the edge with a quicky glue pen and Martha Stewart glitters.  Finally, I cut a 3.5cmx30.5cm strip of patterned paper and scored it every 0.5cm, concertina folded it and made a rosette from it before putting all the elements together.

To make the cracker, I cut strips of polka dot patterned paper and embossed them through a Crafts-Too polka dot embossing folder.  I then trimmed the ends with a pretty cotton lace and pink double satin ribbon.

Hope you've enjoyed this little festive post for Christmas in July, Seasons Greetings to all my blog readers - Ho Ho Ho!

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Best Dressed

Hello, sorry to have been away from my blog for a couple of weeks, life is a bit hectic currently.  It’s also not helped at the moment with the fact that the entire contents of my craft room are currently packed up in boxes in my garage, so I can honestly say that this card has taken me longer to make than almost any previously!  However, I hope you all enjoy it, as I've made it for this fortnight's challenge over on An Oldie But A Goodie.  It was my turn to choose the theme, and I selected Best Dressed.  I've used a gorgeous Rick St Dennis digi stamp image as the focal point for my card, as Rick is kindly sponsoring this challenge.

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Rick St Dennis
Colouring Mediums: Promarker Pens, Chalks
Paper & Card: My Mind’s Eye, Stardream, Elegant Satin
Tools: Tonic Studios Petal Pairs, Label Die, Gothic Die & Punch, Silhouette Cameo
Embellishments: Creative Expression pearl swirls, crystals, pearls, Prima Got Flowers

This glamorous lady is a Rick St Dennis image, coloured with my trusty Pro-Markers and Flexi-Markers – but not my usual selection for hair and skin – I could only find half of my pens in the garage, so necessity became the mother of invention, and I used my 2012 Special Edition colours.
I love images of ladies in glamorous clothes.

 I love pearl swirls, and these ones from Creative Expressions which have been lurking in my stash for some time were great as they came in a left and right version, working perfectly with my design.

The floral flourish embellishment at the top is made by mixing up a variety of die cuts, punched flowers and mulberry flowers.  I like the combination of hand-made and pre-made. The gorgeous background papers are by My Minds Eye, and I've combined the larger patterned 12" sheet for the card layer with the more petite print on the 6" pad on the two outer labels.

Please do pop over to the Oldie But A Goodie Challenge and enter.  Don't forget, you just need to follow this fortnight's theme (Best Dressed) and use at least one item from your stash that's over 6 months old.  My "oldie" items are the papers, pearl swirls, rhinestones, cardstock, flowers, promarkers, ink and chalks!
I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Colour Challenge
Deep Ocean - Blue

Stampin' for the Weekend - Sparkle & Bling
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