Punch art and colouring in baby card

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Happy New Year!

I’m back at my craft desk today after a nice break over Christmas and New Years.  I am visiting a close friend who has had a new baby next week so wanted to make a special card.  

I have seen punch out baby drawer cards all over the Internet and have been itching to make one.  So here’s my version:

  
I used a top gold card blank (cut an A4 sheet in half vertically at 10.5cm) and then cut the shape from the bottom with 2 cuts of the curly label punch.  The drawers are 8cm x 2cm and embossed with my spotty folder for added texture.  The top of the drawers is 11cm x roughly 1.5cm (I just used up a scrap). 

I used Sahara Sand card stock and sponged the edges with Blushing Bride. 

The images are from the Baby Bundle set and the sentiment is from Nursery Necessities (both retired Stampin’ Up! but there are lots of cute baby sets in the current catalogue that would work just as well). 

I cut out all the shapes.   One tip for cutting really tiny shapes like the curve of the coat hanger – if you have a marker the same colour as your card stock just colour around so it’s not obvious if you leave a bit for added strength:

  
It’s a good idea to position the clothes etc before you stick down the drawers – I stuck a few behind the drawers:

  
(I used dimensionals to stick on the drawers and mini glue dots for the fiddly little cut outs). 

I hope you enjoyed that card – and hopefully my friend will too!!!

Thanks for reading. 

Caro 

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Punch art and colouring baby card

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Happy New Year!

I’m back at my craft desk today after a nice break over Christmas and New Years.  I am visiting a close friend who has had a new baby next week so wanted to make a special card.  

I have seen punch out baby drawer cards all over the Internet and have been itching to make one.  So here’s my version:

  
I used a top gold card blank (cut an A4 sheet in half vertically at 10.5cm) and then cut the shape from the bottom with 2 cuts of the curly label punch.  The drawers are 8cm x 2cm and embossed with my spotty folder for added texture.  The top of the drawers is 11cm x roughly 1.5cm (I just used up a scrap). 

I used Sahara Sand card stock and sponged the edges with Blushing Bride. 

The images are from the Baby Bundle set and the sentiment is from Nursery Necessities (both retired Stampin’ Up! but there are lots of cute baby sets in the current catalogue that would work just as well). 

I cut out all the shapes.   One tip for cutting really tiny shapes like the curve of the coat hanger – if you have a marker the same colour as your card stock just colour around so it’s not obvious if you leave a bit for added strength:

  
It’s a good idea to position the clothes etc before you stick down the drawers – I stuck a few behind the drawers:

  
(I used dimensionals to stick on the drawers and mini glue dots for the fiddly little cut outs). 

I hope you enjoyed that card – and hopefully my friend will too!!!

Thanks for reading. 

Caro 

Paper craft Christmas table decorations

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Hello!

Today I want to show you some crafts I’ve been making ready to decorate the table on Christmas Day.  This is the first year I’ve hosted Christmas at my house, so wanted to make the table look nice.

I have made laminated and stamped Christmas placemats, Santa hat place setting cards and Santa napkin rings for each guest.

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Laminated and stamped Christmas placemat

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Stamped Christmas place mat

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Punch art Santa hat place cards

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Punch art Santa belt napkin holders

These are all things I’ve featured in my blog in the past.  If you’d like to know how to make them, please check out the older posts for detailed instructions:

  • Laminated and stamped Christmas Placemats click here.
  • Punch art Santa place setting cards – and making the punch art Santa hat – click here.
  • Santa napkin rings – and making a punch art Santa belt – click here.

I’ll try and remember to post a picture of the decorated Christmas table!

Wishing you all the best for a happy Christmas and a safe and fun festive season.

Caro x

 

Homemade advent calendar

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I am ridiculously excited to show you what I’ve been working on over the past few days – an advent calendar!

  
I’ve just hung it on my wall after extracting solemn promises from Mr 6 that it will not be touched before 1 December! 

This is made with match boxes, a baking tray, magnets and glitter Washi tape to cover the boxes.  I also grabbed a few Christmas decorations to stick on the edge.  (And nothing but super glue worked to stick those suckers onto the metal!)

Here are some photos of how I put it all together:

   
    
    
    

    

  
  
The Washi tape is a Selley’s pack I bought at Costco. 
The numbers are a free download from http://justsomethingimade.com/2009/10/simple-spool-advent-calendars/.  

They work with a 1 inch circle punch.   I also used Stampin’ Up!’s glitter sheets and my  1 1/4 inch circle and star punches as backgrounds for the numbers. 

I stuck magnets on the back of each box so they would stick to the baking tray. 

I also used sticky strip to run sequins along the side edges of the tray and some Washi tape and glitter glue for the top and bottom. 

I stuck it to the wall using 3M removable hanging strips. 

So there you have it – my glittery, sparkly home made advent calendar.  Anyone got any ideas for what to do with hundreds of spare matches? 😉 

Thanks for reading. 

Caro

Ninjago birthday cards

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My son and his friend are obsessed by Ninjago Lego.   So I’ve had to come up with a quick and simple Ninjago birthday card for all those birthday parties! 

  
This is all thanks to the kind folks at http://www.halegrafx.com who have some free downloadable Ninjago eye packs. 

I downloaded the 3 and 5 inch sheet, cut out the 5 inch eyes and stuck them on some red cards (my son loves the red ninja but they would work equally well for the other coloured ninjas!). 

I have a stash of red wrapping paper – voila, a Ninjago present! 

  
(Ninjago Lego inside of course!!!) 

Covered notebooks

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I play the piano, and have lots of music in those cheap plastic insert display/sleeve folders.   Each time I play, I think they are very ugly and definitely could do with some “prettying up”. 

A quick trip to office works and raiding my paper stash later, and look at the collection of pretty music books I now have! 

   
    
 
Most of the papers come from The Sweet Stack paper stack I bought at Big W (I think!). 

They were just very cheap notebooks, but ended up looking rather lovely! 

  
  
Thanks for reading. 

Caro 

Simple covered notebook

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See this cute little notebook?

  
Five minutes ago it looked like this:

  
I was making some notes on a boring old regular, cheap, plain writing pad then decided to pretty it up. 

Five minutes with some scrap paper, a ruler, a paper cutter and some glue and my boring note pad was magically transformed into a cute notebook for my desk. 

 

Just measure the width of the writing pad and cut the paper to size, then fold and glue excess paper at the back. It works better if you score the fold line and score another half cm further along for where it needs to create a spine, but a simple fold works fine too.   This picture hopefully explains what I mean about the two scores half a can apart helping to create a “spine”

  
Now I can get back to work!  (The joys of working from home!)
Thanks for reading

Caro

Washi tape tissue box holder 

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Today I want to show you a “blinged up” tissue box holder I covered in Washi tape (Sellotape glitter tape to be precise!) 

   
   
I have had a very boring wood tissue box holder sitting on my desk waiting for inspiration for a few months.   Today I was stuck on a work document and looked up as was hit by the glitter urge!

Quite the contrast!

   
 
I’d love to say that this is for the upcoming festive season, but I have a feeling this may end up in my kitchen year round.  We’ll see! 

UPDATE: Now I’ve seen it in my kitchen I don’t think it’s moving anytime soon!

  
(I have a mostly white-walled house with splashes of red in accessories here and there, with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.  I’m loving the red/silver sparkly combo! This is the only touch of “bling” in the house, and a tissue box is small enough I think the bling can stay!) 

Thanks for reading

Caro 

Cute kids card

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Another day, another kids birthday present to wrap/card to make. 

I found some spotty paper and alphabet colours in my scrap paper stash and voila:

  
All those colours make my eyes hurt, but hopefully Aston likes a card with his name on it.  

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

Caro 

Star Wars gift bag

Hello! 

Yesterday I showed you some quick Star Wars themed kids cards I made.  Today I want to show you a simple Star Wars themed gift bag for that little Jedi in your life!

I decorated up a gift bag from the $2 shop:    

   
The picture of the Death Star is sized to fit my 1 3/4 circle punch. The lightsabers are made from the word window and jewellery tag punches.  

I’m a little bit in love with this one!!! 

Caro x