Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas Crazy!

Hello friends
Thank you for all your kind comments yesterday regarding my leak!
I hope to get things moving today - a lot of phone calls and organising but I will get there.

First off a shout out for lucky number holder 533, if you purchased a
November Charity Add-On Kit please check to see if this is your number.

As it is now December....I feel like I can nearly go Christmas crazy!  
We tend to wait for the last family birthday to go by and then it marks
the countdown to Christmas. 
Mitchell will be getting the decorations out of the attic and I will
hopefully start to put them up this week.  
So with my festive mood firmly in place, it is time to share a Christmas card.
This one is featured in this month's edition of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine
using their free metal charms.
It is a simple card using 2013 Heirloom Ornaments, I think these have to be Spellbinders most
contemporary bauble shapes.  The papers are Kaisercraft - Christmas Carol Collection.
The baubles are positioned using 3D Foam Squares - Regular.

In Saturday's post I featured a photo of this card and gift box.
I was asked how I achieved the lacy look.
This is done using Edgeabilities®
 I've placed one of the decorative inserts along the side section of my 
Square Bracket Edge Box lid.  Keep in place with removable tape.
Do this in turn with each flap of the box lid. Once you adhere the corners
you end up with a very pretty lid. If you make the box base a contrast colour 
e.g. white/cream it look extra effective.
Another use for Edgeabilities is using just one section as I have here for the tag
It is always good to find more uses for your dies. Don't forget selective cutting!
On the box lid I just wanted one flower so I positioned the Edgeabilities, taped it in place.
I positioned it right on the edge of my base plate so I knew it would only cut the one
pattern I desired. 
Ran it through carefully.
End result - just one centred die cut. Oh and some little butterflies too!
A little impromptu tutorial today - hope to bring you many more once I get 
back in the swing of things.

Take care friends - I will be back tomorrow.


Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Now you can get on the phone and get the repairs going, good luck. Thanks for the little tutorial of the pretty box and card, I had never thought of put a die that close to the edge of my cutting boards so that it only cuts a certain section! Brilliant, I will be having a play later on:) Hope your day, and Elliotts goes well. Well done Mitchell, get those decs out, it's December, now we can celebrate:)) Take care.

Mrs B said...

Whoops, forgot to say that I love the bauble card too. X

Anonymous said...

Love the lacey look, will have to give it a try. I'm just starting to feel Christmassy, so need to get a move on with the present buying and card making! Good luck with getting the leak sorted out. JuliaT x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Loving your card, very elegant, and those little embellishments are divine.
So glad that you can get things moving with reference to the repairs to the leak, lets hope they can find the cause really quickly.
Fantastic tutorial, lots of great tips there that I hadn't even thought of, thank you, Christine.
I am thinking of you all today, at the start of Week 2, good luck.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

hazel young said...

Hope today goes well for you and you can get all things organised. Hope Elliott's treatment goes well too.
Gorgeous card love the metal charms and love the tutorial on the box xx hazel

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

Love the bauble card and thanks so much for the pics on using the border dies... never thought about using them like this so many thanks

Hope Elliotts treatment goes well today and you manage to get the leak sorted too
Sue xxx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
Hopefully the repairs will get started soon. Many thanks for the tutorial of how you did the card and box. This is a brilliant idea and can really be used to edge a card, or like you did as a topper for a card. a brilliant idea, thanks very much. Hope you all have a lovely productive day.

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine
Good luck sorting your repairs out .

I think your card today is Brill and i adore those embellishments , im off to the village later so will look for the Mag .
I was wondering how you got the lacy look on your box,thank you for the tutorial, you are just one clever Lady { i will have a go later }

Take care
Elaine H X

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Good luck to Elliot as he starts week two.
Hopefully you will be able to get the leak sorted and the repairs started today.
Love your bauble card, thanks for the tip on using part of a die, very helpful.

Mary by the Sea said...

Good morning Christine, fingers crossed that landlord gets everything sorted out for you.

Love the bauble card, very cheery.

Never thought of using the dies like that, thank you so much for the tutorial when you have so many other things to deal with.

Take care,xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. Thanks for the interesting tutorial today. I've never thought of using dies like that. You are so full of good ideas. Thank you.
Hope the leak gets sorted out soon.
Love Val x

baconbits said...

Morning Christine
Great card today, quick for batch making.
Good luck getting the leak addressed, I have just moved my mother back home after her leak last year so know how heart breaking it can be.
Thank you for the Monday tutorial.
Amanda x

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, good luck for this week and I hope you can sort the leak out easily. Gorgeous card and thank you for the tutorial on using the border dies. Emma xx

AnneRD said...

Hope the repairs get sorted out quickly. Love the tutorial with the dies, its these little tips that are so useful and show the versatility of Spellbinders. Anne x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
Oh, this year has really had it in for you and yours, hasn't it. I hope your stock hasn't been damaged and that you can get the leak sorted TODAY. I also hope the landlord provides the means of getting the affected area dry again! (i.e. pays for the electric used by the driers!!!)

But there's a little bit of good news about Elliott inasmuch as he is now able to go through with the radiotherapy. Well done, Elliott, and don't forget - it'll get less frightening the more you do it. And before you know it, you'll have finished the course. And then there's Christmas to look forward to.......
Apropos, have still got a fair few cards to make yet, housework suffering but who cares? It'll be there ready for me when I do a blitz through.
Best wishes, Rose

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, love the card and the box gives me inspiration. Good luck with the repairs and hope you are all ok love Jean Z xx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Lovely card today,and thanks for all the tips on the tutorial.
I hope you get things get sorted soon and you can start to dry everything out
I hope all goes well on week 2, Take care. x.

Anonymous said...

Great card and tutorial. Good luck with all leak stuff, it will be sorted. Happy thoughts and good wishes for week two and Christmas preparations. Keep well.

Phil D

Valerie said...

Hi Christine, Thank you for explaining that. I do not suppose many of us would have the imagination to solve that problem. Love the card today. Valerie

Magzeeann said...

Hi Christine, many thanks for the impromptu tutorial~lots of helpful hints and ideas.Today's card has provided me with another idea for the remaining Christmas cards, thank you!Hope you get the leak sorted quickly today.Good luck Elliott for week 2~you're a pro now so no sweat eh?!Take care.
Maggie x

Lacelady said...

Oooh, thank you for all the tute pics, I'd never have thought of that. Hope you find someone to sort out that leak!

Maid of Kent said...

Hi Christine,
Thank you for the tutorial, such good ideas.
Glad you can now begin to get things moving.
All good wishes to Elliott for week 2 of his treatment. Crafty hugs Ann x

Janice said...

A lovely card and also the gift box. Hope repairs are underway as I write and shop back to normal soon. Janice xx

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, I just love the simplicity of the circular baubles and the message which says it all for me.
I hope that all goes with the leak repairs.
X Ros

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, love your card & super tutorial! Hope your leak got sorted, hugs Carole Z xx

SusanP, Kent said...

Lovely card Christine. I like the baubles, but I reckon a set of circle dies could be just as useful. Thanks for the tutorial, interesting and very useful. Hope the errant landlord gets things moving swiftly today.
Have a good week, you deserve it!

Maggie said...

Hello Christine. Just made it today. We too have been playing with Xmas decorations and the lights have gone up outside in the tree. I love that - it's so welcoming in these dark nights. Lovely tips and techniques. xxMargaretxx

Laura O said...

great projects today .Laura O

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Wow these look fabulous Christine I think I will try to do them for Christmas place settings! Susan x

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