Friday, 13 October 2017

Seasonal Bells meet Smitten Mittens

Hello, Crafters.

I have loved mittens ever since I was little! 

I can remember both my older sisters moving onto "grown up" gloves, but I stayed with mittens! 

When I first saw the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set, I knew I wanted to make a card using Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the cuffs to make it look like fur cuffs!

Yesterday I loved creating today's card, until it came to the sentiment, and I suddenly thought what do mittens have to do with Christmas? 

For a lot of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, we look forward to having a white Christmas, but in the Southern Hemisphere, it's summer time, and a lot of places never see snow! 

I chose to use the same sentiment I used on Thursday's card, but going forward I'll put something Christmassy on the back of the mittens e.g, Father Christmas, reindeer, gingerbread man. 

There are some great stamps in the Iconic Christmas Stamp Set, and co-ordinating Ornamental Christmas Framelits Dies, that would be ideal.

The co-ordinating dies for the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set is called Many Mittens Framelits Dies

I started my card by die cutting one pair of large and one pair of small mittens using Emerald Envy Cardstock (CS). 

Using Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, I also die cut two cuffs, two large and two small snowflakes, and the mitten that has all the fancy die cutting. 

I didn't have any plans to use it on this card, but I wanted to know what it looks like in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper!

In the end, I decided to use six of the little "x's" from this mitten to decorate the back of the small mittens I was using to decorate the inside of my card!

I found one of the bows in my Emerald Envy Ziplock Bag, but I needed two, so I die cut another one, using the die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies.

I also wanted a bow for the small mittens I using to decorate inside the card.

I found one in the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies which, on its own, looks upside down, but it was designed to sit on a Christmas parcel. 

This makes it ideal for the mittens.

I was then ready to start putting my card together! 

I started with a Whisper White CS card base, with a layer of Emerald Envy CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS.

I dry embossed the top layer using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

When I'd finished adhering all the elements to the front of the card, I added two Basic Rhinestones in the centre of the bows, two inside the stars on the mitten's snowflakes, and two on the decoration on the sentiment. 

I'm not sure where the two stars are from, except to say they were in my Emerald Envy Ziplock Bag.

I suspect they were left over from the strip of seven stars that come with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit dies.
 
Inside the card I added a layer of Emerald Envy CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

Using Tombow, I adhered the two small mittens in the bottom right hand corner.

This stamp set and co-ordinating dies will make a fabulous new baby card, or baby shower card.

Can you imagine these mittens i a pale blue or a pale pink? Stunning!

Don't you just love the versatility of Stampin' Up! products!

Tomorrow we'll be at the Tadworth Craft Fair which will be held in the Church hall at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Station Approach, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5AH.

It starts at 10 am and finishes at 3 pm. Please pop in and say hello if you're in the area, it'll be great to see you.

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

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