Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Peace . Joy . Love

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday was one of those delightful days when I was in overdrive - 100% focussed on the jobs in hand!

I'd written all the jobs I needed to do in my planner, and then worked out all the other jobs I need to do for the rest of the week.

I succeeded with my goal yesterday - let's see if I can do the same today!

My tasks for today are to make my Thank You gifts for my September online customers, as well as making two for my October customers. 

If you saw my blog on Sunday, you'll have seen I uploaded a video onto YouTube showing the gift I'll be sending to all my October customers.

Although it's an easy project, it's quite involved, and I've decided that I'm going to make two a day, so at the end of the month I'm not in a panic with lots of gifts to make!

I enjoy making some cards more than I do others, and I loved making today's card. 

It helps that I love this little drummer boy!
When I first started this card, my idea was to use the mistletoe branches to create a wreath, but it worked out too large, and another idea quickly formed in my mind!

Using Basic Black Archival, and a top layer of Whisper White Cardstock (CS)  I stamped two mistletoe branches with the ends of the branches about 0.75" away from each other. 

I stamped a third branch on a separate piece of Whisper White CS and die cut it using the co-ordinating Musical Instruments Framelits. 

To colour the images I used my Marker Pens: Pear Pizzazz for the leaves, Soft Suede for the woody parts of the branches, and Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen for the berries. 

I played around with positioning for a while before adhering the third image in place using Dimensionals.

Earlier I'd be practising with the Peace Joy Love stamp, and had decided I wanted to colour it using the Old Olive and Early Espresso Marker Pens.

I also thought I wanted it to go in the bottom right hand corner, but I needed an image on the left hand side to balance everything! 

The drummer boy was an easy decision, and I started playing with different ways of stamping him. 

This included using Early Espresso, but I decided it was far too dark and would be too prominent.

Then I tried Pear Pizzazz but this went too far in the other direction and was far too light!

I was successful when I inked the stamp in Versamark, then in Old Olive Ink, and stamped it on a scrap of Whisper White CS. 

I quickly dipped it into my box of Clear Embossing Powder, tapped off the excess, and then heat set it. 

I die cut the image and added to the top layer using Dimensionals.

I adhered this top layer onto a layer of Pear Pizzazz CS, and then onto a Whisper White CS card base. 

Inside the card I adhered a layer of Whisper White CS onto a layer of Pear Pizzazz CS. 

Using Basic Black Archival Ink I stamped a Mistletoe branch in the bottom right hand corner, and coloured it the same way as the three images on the front of the card.

That's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Love the card (love the stamp/die bundle) and while the little drummer boy appears to be black on my screen, I like the description of how you have done him in Old Olive and embossed him. It looks like a very pretty card! Very clean and simple! TFS

    1. Hi, Geraldine. It's a great bundle isn't it! I'm quite happy fussy cutting but it is so much quicker to have the co-ordinting dies!! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.