WMS Nordic Winter - Hexagonal Box

Today I have made a Hexagonal Box with a Silhouette cut file from Jennifer Wambach which I bought from the Silhouette store.  I was inspired after seeing this amazing box by Bekka Feeken HERE.  She uses the Nordic Winter stamp set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.
 
Waltzing Mouse Nordic Winter Hexagonal Box
I wanted to use blues and whites to make the box so I cut the box out of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin' Up! and White Linen cardstock by Papermill Direct.  The ink I used was also by Stampin' Up! Island Indigo with matching ribbon.
 
Waltzing Mouse stamps Nordic Winter
Sorry for the short post - life is busy at the moment!
 
Have a great weekend.
 
 
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Cinch Note Pad

  We have just moved to a new office and I wanted something to brighten up my nice new desk so I made a little 4" x 4" Note Pad using my current favourite crafting tool, The Cinch.
 
Note Pad made with The Cinch by WRMK
 
I used some Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! that I had left over from a while ago and cut the word 'Notes' out using my Silhouette Cameo and some gold card.
 
It went together really quickly and the bit that took the longest was cutting up the paper to put inside but after I had made it I realised that I had loads of pre-cut note paper for telephone messages that would have saved me some time!!
 
WRMK Cinch
 
I used some 4"x4" white chipboard that I bought from the Craft Superstore which was in their sale and which is made by Zutter.
 
I even lined the inside to contrast with the front.  If I get the time and if I have enough of the paper left over I will use it to make myself a matching pen pot!  Better than a boring plastic one.
 
WRMK Cinch binding tool
 
Thanks for stopping by.
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Christmas Toy Soldier Gift Box

I've used my trusty Silhouette Cameo to make today's project - a Christmas Toy Soldier Gift Box which is a FREE file that I downloaded from SVGCuts HERE .  I couldn't believe they gave away this great little box as a freebie so I went ahead and cut it out and put it all together.  Like all the files I have bought from them, this box went together really easily and without too much glue going everywhere!
 
Toy Soldier Box
I made a few additions from the original file by adding some brass brads as buttons and a gold buckle for his belt and also a nice bushy moustache.
 
Once the ribbon is undone, the soldier's head comes off so that you can pop some treats inside.
He stands about 5.75" tall and I cut him out using 12" card but there is an option to cut him out on 8.5"x11" card too.
 
Christmas Toy Soldier Gift Box
Thank you for stopping by my little blog.  I'll be back on Wednesday with another project.
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Foil Art Experiment

 
Sorry for being away for a while but we have been on holiday to Cornwall - a beautiful part of the country so I am now fully relaxed and chilled!!
 
I started violin lessons at the beginning of the year and was lucky enough to find the most lovely and amazing violin teacher whose lessons I love going to and look forward to every week.  Unfortunately for me, she and her husband have taken a BIG step and sold their house to move to Manchester to set up a church. 
 
I wanted to make a leaving present for her and thought I would experiment with some gold foiling which is really popular at the moment.  I was going to fork out and get a Minc Foiling Machine but after watching a video by one of my favourite craft bloggers Jennifer McGuire called Easy Gold Foil just using a cheap home laminator, I decided to have a go and this is what I created.
 
Deco Foil Picture
 
I created the print file in Photoshop but you could just as easily use MS Word.  I selected a couple of different fonts and added some graphics that were free from The Hungry Jpeg HERE.  I printed it using my laser printer....it has to be laser as the foil doesn't stick to inkjet ink.  I then laid some Deco Foil gold sheets over the text.  Deco Foil is easy to find online here in the UK and it can be bought in lots of different colours. 
 
Deco Foil Gold Art
 
The first time I ran this through the laminator, I thought the foil would only stick to the black toner so I didn't bother trimming it and found that it did stick to part of the coloured toner.  So I printed off another copy and cut the foil to lay only on the text.  After it came out of the laminator I let it cool for about 30 seconds before peeling off the foil. 
 
I have to say I was impressed with how well the foil adhered to the toner and there were only 3 very small spots which are barely visible where it didn't stick so well but I shan't be rushing out to buy a Minc anytime soon. 
 
I hope she likes her present.
 
Deco Foil Art
 
I can see me going mad with foiling now.  I also bought some red and green foil so I can make some labels for Christmas presents....the possibilities are endless!!
 
I'll be back to normal blogging on Monday.  Have a great weekend.
 
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Paper Smooches - Hooties

I've just got back from a weekend away having spent a couple of days visiting my friend down on the coast in Hampshire & I am a little pooped!!  So the owl on today's card looks like me with heavy eyelids!!
 
 Paper Smooches Hooties
 
I have used Paper Smooches - Hooties to create this card.  I love owls and we occasionally have them visit our garden from time to time and we listen to them hooting at night so this is where my inspiration came from.
 
I had another go at sponging a background sky and used some Inkadinkado Stamping Masking Paper to mask off the moon which I cut out by hand.  I added some Wink of Stella to the moon and the leaves to give it a bit of a glimmery look.

Paper Smooches Hooties Stamp

 
Paper Smooches Hooties
I'm off to have some strong black coffee to keep me awake...back on Wednesday.
 
Thank you for stopping by.
 
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In Stitches...again

Just a quick card today using  Clearly Besotted In Stitches Christmas stamps which unfortunately isn't available anymore.  However they have lots of lovely new stamps which have just been released and you can see them HERE
 
Clearly Besotted In Stitches Christmas
 
I heat embossed the little penguin in black embossing powder and then stamped his beak, tummy and feet using Stampin' Up! Real Red and Tangerine Tango ink.  Links to other products used are shown below.

Have a lovely weekend.

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It's a Cinch - DIY Recipe Book

As I mentioned on my blog last month it was my birthday and on my ever growing wish list was a Cinch by WRMK.  Well my lovely husband bought it for me and I have been itching to play with it since I got it.  So this weekend I had a crafting session.

We R Memory Keepers The Cinch V2

I decided to make a Recipe Book as I have got lots of recipes written down on scraps of paper which I want to write down into one book so they don't get lost.  So this was my first make with my Cinch...

WRMK The Cinch V2 - DIY Recipe Book

I used some chipboard which I got in the sale from The Craft Superstore which was sized at 7½" x 5" and covered it in some paper I had from Stampin' Up!  I then used my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut some stickers which were printed onto Gold Foil and stuck them to the front.

WRMK Cinch - DIY Recipe Book

I made some dividers and Recipe Cards which I designed in my Silhouette Studio software and cut them out on card and heavyweight paper.

DIY Recipe Book WRMK Cinch
 I added a pocket at the back of the book to keep any recipes/piccies that need to go into the book.

DIY Recipe Book made with the Cinch WRMK

Once it was all printed out, I used the Cinch to punch the holes in the chipboard, dividers and pages and then bound it with a white ¾" binding wire.  It was much easier than I thought it would be and the Cinch makes it a doddle to punch the holes evenly spaced.

My husband was so impressed with my recipe book he's asked me to make him a Field Notebook.  I think he's happy it was money well spent!!

My mind is now working overtime with what I can make and I am considering making myself a personal planner for when my current one runs out.  At least I can personalise it how I want.
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Friends are Like Stars - Inkylicious

For today's card, I have used a stamp I had forgotten about from Inkylicious called Friends Like StarsI am re-organizing my stamp storage and found it hiding away and never used. 
 
Inkylicious Friends Like Stars
 
I used some watercolour card and some ink refills from Stampin' Up! to create the blue background.  This was die cut using MFT Cross Stitch Rectangle Stax dies (very well used!).
 
I heat embossed the sentiment using Stampin' Up! black embossing powder and then added some rhinestones also from SU.  I adhered the top layer to some Night of Navy card and then some Naturals card both from Stampin' Up!
 
Thanks for stopping by....
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Cool Day - My Favourite Things

I have used Cool Day from MFT yet again to make another Christmas card.  The top layer was cut from Buff Card from Papermill Direct using MFT Cross Stitch Rectangle Stax.
 
My Favourite Things - Cool Day
 
I used a white gel pen to 'blob' the snowflakes as a background and cut out some hammered card using Mama Elephant Landscape Trio.
 
I die cut the bear using the matching dies and stamped the jumper on some patterned paper which I then cut out by hand.
 
The top layer was then adhered to a die cut from WPlus9 Sunshine Layers and then stuck down onto a buff card base.
 
MFT Cool Day
 
Have a lovely weekend & I'll be back on Monday.