Monday, 31 October 2011

Christmas Alphabet - J for Joy

Afternoon All,

Still trying to catch up with the Alphabet series of cards but lagging behind quite badly ... but here's the latest offering. Another first for me, a tag card ... seen a few around blogland and admired them so thought this was an ideal time to try making one. 

It was much easier to make than imagined ... an A6 card base covered with a 6x6 sheet of DP, wrapped round to the back and trimmed to fit. A white piece of card cut 7.5cm x 12.5cm formed the basis of the tag - measured to fit the front of the card, top corners snipped to form the tag shape, and strips of paper and card decorate the bottom edge and there's a matted stamped image for the topper . The strips on the tag are varied in shape to add a bit more interest. Gloss and glitter has been added to the bauble on the stamped image and  the poinsettia has been shimmer up too, with two coats of VersaMark crystal embossing powder - well, it wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of shimmer and shine :)   

Just strips of DP decorate the inside and the back.

Materials Used:
  • Card base: A5 white card, folded to form an A6 card
  • Tag base: Smooth white card 12.5cm x 7.5cm, top corners trimmed to form a tag shape; snippet of embossed gold card for matting and scalloped punched trim; scalloped edge punch
  • DP: My Mind's Eye Darling Dear 6x6 paper pad - 1 sheet plus a variety of leftover snippets from co-ordinating sheets
  • Stamp: Stampendous Perfectly Clear Mini Joy; Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; Promarkers - Poppy & Pastel Yellow; Anita's 3-D Clear Gloss; Gold Glitter
  • Flower: Small Poinsettia from Wild Orchid Crafts; VersaMark pen; Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder 
  • Ribbon: Narrow gold-edged yellow satin ribbon; a hole punch
Apart from the backing sheet all other materials are snippets and leftovers from previous projects ... so I'm submitting it to Jules' Craft Snippet Challenge. You'd think by now I would have bottomed the snippet mountain, but no, it's still there and it seems to be growing!
Jules' Craft Snippet Challenge - Week 43 - Note to Jules: time to get out your 'it's your fault' award again because this sweet little stamp just slipped into a basket when I clicked your Handy Hippo magic button :)
We had the plumber in bright and early this morning to fix the tubing which runs from the bathroom extractor fan through the attic and outside that should have been taking the steam with it, but, as has now become clear in the most unpleasant way, been installed by a cowboy, didn't!!! The tubing came apart and the condensed steam dripped into the attic, seeped though the ceiling and now we have a nasty black stain on the snug ceiling. And, apparently, the only way this can be fixed is to cut out the offending part of the ceiling and have a new piece of plasterboard fitted before we even attempt to paint it white again - otherwise the stain will just keep penetrating any new coat of paint ... who would have thought a wee drip could cause all this upheaval.
I hope you all had a great weekend and the Monday wasn't so bad for you.
Happy Crafting,


Di said...

Beautiful card Elizabeth - just perfect for JOY! And I love the extras, as always!

Ah, the ceiling - have you or the EM heard of a spray you can get to mask damp patches on ceilings? I think it's called Stain Block - but there are a few on the market. It sprays white and is great - so long as the stain has dried. We know this from cowboy builder's efforts here - then when decorated (although it was a very good cover anyhow) you would never know that Len almost came through the kitchen ceiling in the bath - snort, snort!! :)) Di xx

Marie-Louise said...

Lovely card Elizabeth. I also have used stain block and it is very good. I had good results after a leaking radiator in a bedroom seeped through and left a mark on the hall ceiling.

Sally said...

Hi Elizabeth, a lovely design & such beautiful colours. Quite unusual for a crimbo card but it works fine & such a sweet little stamp.
Sally x

Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth

A fabulous snippet make. Your stamp (the one that is my fault .. .. eeekkk!!) is lovely and makes for a lovely tag decoration.

A great finished look.

Loving your goodies from your crafty shopping spree!!! It looks and sounds like you had a great day. I am so pleased for you and can't wait to see what you create with them.

Thank you for sharing in the snippet playground again this week.

Love Jules xx

Jackie said...

A beautiful card, very classy. I love those stripes :o)
Jackie xx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Am loving J for Joy a great upbeat card inside out and back to front !


Sarn said...

Very nice indeed. xxx