Friday, 4 August 2017

New Carpets

Hello Crafters. 

Yesterday was amazing! 

When we booked new carpeting for the house, the salesman said they'd allow two days for the job! 

Three fitters arrived at 10 am and were all done by 2 pm! 

They were three very charming men, who were polite, worked diligently and professionally, and were so understanding about my studio! 

When they arrived, I explained to the young man in charge that I needed him to do the main bedroom first, so we could empty my studio into there while they worked on other rooms. 
Although we'd nearly finished, we were still clearing my studio when he came back and said he needed to do my room! 

I explained we'd run out of space to put my desk, which was still covered with masses of bits and pieces, as well as one unit. 

He took a look and said "No worries; I can work round that!" and he did! 

I'm pleased to say my studio is 90% back to normal, but I'm making the most of the upheaval to have a re-organistation, too!

The following is the blog I was going to share with you yesterday, but everything happened so quickly, I didn't have time!

Today's card is another card using the pre-release stamp set Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies!

I wasn't sure whether to use Basic Black as my main colour or Old Olive, and I'm not sure I made the right decision! 

I started with a card base of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), a layer of Basic Black CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

I used the two corner dies to die cut the top two corners, and then the bottom two corners. 

I'm so pleased we have two dies rather than just one for the corners!

I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure my sentiment was straight and in the centre of my top layer.

Using Whisper White CS, I stamped the poinsettia's using Real Red Ink and the leaves using Old Olive Ink. 

The large poinsettia in one of the corner dies can be used to die cut the flowers but it takes a bit to work out which one!

I don't think the two largest flowers on the corner dies are identical, but I'll be happy to be corrected on that if you don't agree with me!

I found the die which worked beautifully was the one with Sizzix number on the left hand side by the corner of the die.  

I adhered the poinsetties randomly around the sentiment using Dimensionals. 

Then I adhered the the leaves - one single and one double - in various positions around each individual flower.

I wanted to put yellow centres in the poinsettia and tried several options.

I settled on using my hand-held 1/8" circle punch, and punched out several of the small Daffodil Delight flowers from the floral design of the retired Designer Series Paper Stack. 
Unfortunately, I then went over them using my Clear Wink of Dtella Glitter Pen which has made the white "dots" look less definite!    

One of the options I tried, but dismissed, was I punched out circles from splatter stamps from Timeless Textures and also Touches of Texture, both stamped in Daffodil Yellow ink.

That was too hit and miss so I tried using a Marker Pen to put yellow dots onto Whisper White punched circles.

I also tried plain Daffodil Yellow CS punched circles.

To finish my card, I punched a layer of Whisper White CS in two corners using the corner die. 
I layered this onto a layer of Basic Black CS, and adhered this inside my card. 

I'm now off to finish getting my studio straight! 

Until tomorrow, happy crafting. 



  1. Delighted your house is back to normal, love your card.A question for you please, I'm trying to decide if the dies in that set would be only for Christmas or if they could be used year round, mainly the corner ones and the frame? help please

    1. Hi, Kaye. Yes, I think the Card Front Thinlits Dies will be great all year round. None of the three "three edging dies" scream out Christmas. I think the straight edging that goes around the card, and the corner dies will be a great addition to our stash. Even the moon and stars will come into its own on the right occasion. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

    2. Thanks Jan you have helped make up my mind about them, have a great weekend

    3. You won't regret your decision, Kaye! Have a great weekend and happy crafting. ☺ JanB.