Monday, 25 January 2016

Design team makes..Use your Christmas stash all year

Hello everyone...Genny here. As with everyone, the first months after Christmas seem to involve paying a lot of bills with a small amount of money. So I have begun to look at my Christmas stash, searching for ways to get even more out of it.

The hanging that I have made above was based on a Christmas bauble shape which was made in MDF.I loved the shape and thought that it would be perfect to make a decoration for my bedroom. I painted it with purple acrylic and then added a stamped image which I had coloured with purple and pink. I coloured the stamped image with my promarkers. I then added flowers to the top and a triple bow to the bottom. I finally added 3 sequin butterflies in purple. Of ourse you could make some thing similar in your favourite colour ways.

Both the cards below are made using a Christmas paper pad.This pad is produced by First Edition and is called Silent Night. I got my pad from Julies shop.I.'m sure that Julie has a wide range available. When looking through the pad at the wonderful papers, I suddenley realised that apart from probably 3, the rest could easily be used all year round. 

I used two of my Inkylicious stamps featuring some lovely words as the focal point and decorated them with other items from my stash. They make great cards to send to friends..for no other reason than you are thinking of them

I hope that you liked my makes and that you will take a look at your craft stash a little differently. So until next time..take care and happy crafting.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Design team makes....Not just Christmas

Hello everyone...Genny here. First let me say Happy New Year and that I hope that 2016 brings you much happiness. My first design team make for this year, uses what is thought of as a Christmas make a card that could be used for anything. The stamp set that I have used is from Crafters Companions Adorables range. This range features the designs of Jayne Nestorenko. This set is called Loving and is part of a six stamp set. This was produced as a christmas stamp but by looking at it a bit can make a lovely Thankyou/Birthday card.

I used the image of the little girl with the cat. I stamped the image using my memento inkpad and then colored it with my promarkers.

I then mounted the image onto some gold mirri. The card itself I covered with some paper from my stash and then added a paper border. I then embellished with a heart die cut and some flowers which I coloured to match in with the colours that I've used. I do so love looking at what I have and trying to use them in a different way.

For the next few weeks, I will be using other 'christmas' themed goods to make rest of the year makes. The way I see it is if you can use some of your christmas stash for other cards, then you're getting more for your money..and at this time of year, we're all looking for ways to save money.

I hope that you all had a fabulous festive season and that the new year brings you lots of exciting crafting. So until next week..take care and happy crafting.