Vintage teddy bear lover

Today I share a Christmas card orded by one of my colleagues. The assignement was to make a card for her mother who loves vintage teddy bears. She loves them so much that she even makes them! When I have these kind of personalized orders, I always start out by searching the web for definitions and history of the proposed subjects and I have found this short review of the teddybear’s history as childhood companion: “Antique and Vintage Teddy Bear“.

To come back to my card, I went to the store and bought a bear stamp especially for the occasion. Can you imagine I didn’t have any in my huge stach of stamps? I had the Christmas tree of course (it’s a SU set, but retired now) and the rest was quiet simple.

Vintage teddy bear Christmas card by Crealotte

I used some old SU paper, which I really love. It is such a pity that Stampin’up didn’t keep this DSP for a little while longer… Then I stamped and colored the images, cut out the bear and put hom on 3D adhesive to create the impression the tree is really behind him.

Hope you like this card, I’am of to work now, see you in a couple of days.

Christmas stamp-a-stack

Hi folks,

Here you will find some cards I designed for a stamp-a-stack. They are soooo easy! In fact, these are part of a one sheet wonder I created (almost without knowing). I proceeded completely at random: I took my DSP sheet and cutted it down in different directions. With the different cut pieces I created these cards. No measuring, just guessing around! I loved it… and it took almost no time to make them all! (This was very important as my brother was with me in my scraproom, crafting on his own, SO I had to keep an eye on him to reduce the mess 😉 ) Of course I had to make some mats for the different pieces, but I just used some scraps that were laying around on my desk. Unfortunately all stamps are retired as well as the DSP, but these can of course easily be replaced by other gorgeous papers! Hope you like it!IMG_8536

Just tag it!

Hi everyone,

These are tags I made for my Christmas presents last year. I wanted to share them with you as I had a lot of great responses to them! I decided to wrap my presents in regular but colored newspaper and added a red ribbon and these tags. They looked stunning! As I made my tags in advance and as we celebrated Christmas in 3 times (so I did not wrap all the presents at once), I needed something to keep them protected. I thus made them a cute little box. I like the faux window effect made by masking and sponging. IMG_8644IMG_8646The “lovely as a tree” set from stampin up is sooo versatile, I think it is my best buy ever! The other stamp set is retired, I think it was called “winter post”. Hope you like it! Just give Christams tagging a try and you will see that a small personal touch gives a great effect!

See ya!

 

Christmas card from scraps

Today, I wanted to use some Christmas paper scraps, which I had left from previous years. So I decided to create a background with it. I cut my leftover DSP scraps in strips and glued them down on a scrap piece of cardstock. I then ran it all through my bigshot using a “nameless” curly embossing folder, to unite the background and give the impression it is a whole or was even made like this.

Christmas card from DSP scrapsThis card was really easily assembled. I just stamped a house and flying santa from the “Holiday home polymer stamp set” (Stampin up), which I mounted onto red cardstock and then on three dimensional foam. I finalized my card with some rhinestones. 15 minutes of work, can you do faster?

Here are some other ways to use up your old scraps: “old scraps tutorial” at craftsy!!

Hope you liked today’s post, see ya later!

 

 

Stylish and hip all at once…

Hi peeps,

Today I’ll share with you a bracelet I made during the spring. I just looove it and wear it quiet often. I also made a pair of earrings to go along with it, but I forgot to make a picture. I will maybe add it later on.

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I love  the romantic and stylish look of the bracelet. The big beads are cateye glass beads and immitation velvet beads. You will find a copy of this bracelet and earring set in my etsy shop, so go along and have a look if you would like to give a set as a present for your friend or to get one for yourself…

Here is a detail of the dragonfly clasp. Nice, isn’t it?

IMG_8896Hope you like it!!!

And Christ was born…

Christ in his cradle is the most known symbol we know of Christian Christmas. It still holds this peacfull feeling of a newborn child, said to be born to save the world. Although a lot of people don’t beleive in Jesus anymore, I think we should remember why we celebrate Christmas. That’s also why I chose to share this more traditional Christmas card with you today.

And Christ was born... by CrealotteI kept it simple and to a minimum of decorations. I also used only three basic colours: brown, soft green and red. The background strip is embossed to create some depth and I coloured the images with some soft coloured copics. The gold bakers twine adds a soft but nice bit of bling, to remember that this day is a celebration.

Hope you feel the peace of Christmas coming down on us in these rushing weeks before the Holidays.

Sparkling Dasher

Hi everyone,

The Holidays are just around the corner! We are trying to get ready… This is a card we made at my christmas class.  A lot of masking and sponging, but I love how this turns a white piece of cardstock into a nice background! Dasher (I love this stamp from Stampin’up!) has been embossed with silver embossing powder and I added some bling with the glitter sheet and rhinestones. It is always such a pitty that I am not a great photographer as this is really a stunning card in real life!

IMG_8731Hope you like it!

My Old time Christmas favourites

Some of my friends and family asked me to gather my old (and sold or given away) Christmas card pictures so they could get a global idea of the possibilities to choose from. So, I went down memory lane and picked out some old Christmas cards, which I account to my Christmas favourites of past years. My card making has evolved since, but it is still nice to get these out again! Moreover, these might also get you some more inspiration for this year’s Christmas cards… So I decided to share them with you today.

The good old tree using a split embossing technique:Christmas favourites: The good old tree by CrealotteSnowy Shaker box Christmas card:Christmas favourites: Snowy Shaker box Christmas card by CrealotteSanta’s list Christmas card:Christmas favourites: Santa's list Christmas card by CrealotteChristmas Jingle:Christmas favourites: Christmas Jingle by CrealotteRecessed window Christmas lodge:

Christmas favourites: Recessed window Christmas lodge by CrealotteSnow globe Christmas card:

Christmas favourites: Snow globe Christmas card by CrealotteSo, I hope you liked going down memory lane with me… See you in two more days for more Christmas love…

Side step Christmas forest

Here’s a card from my stock of Christmas Fancy Folds cards which I made recently. The fold is the same as the one’s I used for my baby drawer cards. I made the side step card using night of navy for the base and a log cabin stamp from stampin up as main image. I embossed “Silent Holy Night” in Dutch on the side paneland added some pearls to give the card a snowy impression. (Indeed, I make cards in Dutch, French and English as I am trilingual and have the chance to have friends all around the world now, is’t it nice ! 😉 I like it as it multiplies my sentiment stamp stash :) :) ) I also added some punched trees which I ran through my bigshot. These white pinetrees make me think of a snowy winter, perfect for Christmas! Moreover, the side step of this card, gives one the impression that the cabin is really located in the forest, don’t you think?

Side step Christmas cardI hope you will try a side step Christmas card too this year!

So, that’s all for today, I’ve got another of this year’s Christmas cards for you in a couple of days… See ya!

 

 

Jules Verne’s Christmas

As says the title of today’s post, I’ll share with you a Christmas card I made for a Jules Verne fan. Jules Verne was a French writer often called “The Father of Science Fiction”. Moreover, he is often sead to be a “prophet” of scientific progress, as many of his novels involve elements of technology that were fantastic for his day but later (and still today) became commonplace.

Jules Verne's ChristmasSo to come back to my assignment to make a Christmas card  featuring something related to the fantastic world of Jules Verne, I thought about how I pictured his descriptions when reading his work. I then searched in my stash for stamps with gears or old timer cars, baloons etc. I ended up chosing this “Baloon observation” stamp from LaBlanche. Don’t you thinkt it looks old and futuristic? The stamped image is very large, so there is not much space for decoration, but I sponged the borders of my very vanilla cardstock, added some DSP to the bottom of the card and finished of with one of my border punches. I finally added a merry Christmas sentiment mounted on dimensionals and finished everything with a little bit of faux stiching.

Jules Verne's ChristmasHope you like it!!!