Christmas Sale

There's a sale all around the Christmas Boutique.
Everything is just £1.50, including the Christmas Collection for 2018 : )

Just 'til Sunday 13th January. Enjoy!

Love Liz xx


Card Credits
A6 White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Snowberry' Designer Digital Paper Pack printed onto Paperworks #46 Sparkling White Paper. From Paperchase.
Cream Card Mat: 'Natural Calico' from 'Natural Neutrals' printed onto Smooth White Card..
Sentiments: 'Christmas Banner Sentiments' printed onto white copy paper.
Large Snowflake: Hero Arts Fancy Snowflake Die. Cut from Parchment Paper.
Small Snowflake: Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch.
Wooden Snowflake Baubles: Hobbycraft.
Wooden Snowflakes: from last years' Hobbycraft stash.
Scrap of 'Ditsy Dots' paper (also printed onto Paperworks #46 Sparkling White Paper from Paperchase), White & Grey Twine & a selection of small sequins & crystals.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Have a lovely time : )


Love Liz xx

Card Credits
5" x 7" White Card Blanks.
Patterned Papers: 'Snowberry' Designer Digital Paper Pack printed onto Smooth White Paper.
Sentiments: 'Mistletoe Kisses' & 'Happy & Merry' Digital Sentiments printed onto Smooth White Card.
Red Cord, Red Velvet Ribbon & a selection of small sequins & crystals.

The Lovely Studio On Instagram

I mentioned this very briefly at the end of my last post ... The Lovely Studio is now on Instagram : )

I will be sharing on Instagram in a slightly different way than I do on my other Social Media pages. So in addition to my new designs and makes, I'll be sharing more images of my creative life & little everyday moments in and around The Lovely Studio as well.

Although at the moment, everyday life here is consumed with Christmas crafting. So everything, everywhere is all about Christmas!

Anyway ... it would be lovely if you joined me : )

And just in case you didn't know, The Lovely Studio is also on Pinterest and Facebook too : )

Love Liz xx

Step-by-Step Christmas: Reviewing & Revising

STEP-BY-STEP CHRISTMAS 2018.
STEP FOUR: REVIEWING & REVISING

Around the beginning of December, I review my progress so far & make any revisions to my plans if I need to.
I like to do this as close to the 1st December as I can. This year, I did it this weekend - 8th / 9th - so it was a little later than I like.

The 1st December is usually the day I start feeling a sense of urgency to get things made. All of a sudden, it's December, and I'm not finished! This year I'm beginning to feel the pressure a little. I know I'm not finished crafting & Christmas is only 2 weeks away!

Reviewing my progress helps me do two things.
- be very clear how much I can realistically make in the time I have left. How much time am I going to need to complete everything I want? Can I find that time? Do I need to make any adjustments?
- check how I am doing using my craft supplies. As I said before, I don't like to store too much from one Christmas to the next.

This year then, I still have time to make a few more cards. Possibly not all the cards I initially wanted to make. Buy I'm going to try. If I get to a stage where I am definitely running out of time, or I am no longer enjoying making them, I'll stop making cards and just buy some.
I also need to choose a Sweetie / Baking Gift to make. I like to give handmade sweet treats. And they're usually very well-received.


As for my craft supplies, at the moment I have more in my Christmas stash than when I began crafting for Christmas this year. And my scraps are accumulating! So I am going to need to be very disciplined with myself and not print any more Papers or Sentiments. For anything I make from this point onwards I am going to use only the supplies I currently, physically have.


My Little Bow Cards, were made from the Silver Glitter Card Blanks I bought from Hobbycraft earlier this year, dotty papers I already had printed, including some I had left over from my Big Bow Cards & a selection of sentiments from different sets of Sentiments. They were basically any that I already had printed which could be nicely cut out using a circle die.

I was more than a little disappointed in my photos of these cards. In reality, the card blanks are super sparkly. And the contrast between that sparkle and the very simply made handmade embellishments is very, very effective. The photos really don't justice to how lovely these cards actually are. I did try several times to improve the photos. But it just wasn't working for me. I'm sorry about that. If you've seen the card bases I've used in Hobbycraft, or have bought them too, then you'll know what I mean. But if anyone has any tips for taking photos of very glittery cards, I'd love to hear them!

I'm going to share any more cards I make on Facebook, Pinterest & my new Instagram page.
Anything else, I'll add to the Blog too.


Love Liz xx


Card Credits
Silver Glitter Card Blanks: Hobbycraft.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Smaller Dots' in 'Pure Crimson'. From the The Colour Collection. Printed onto lightweight {160gsm} White Card.
Sentiments: 'Merry Wishes' & 'Happy Noel' Digital Sentiments printed onto Smooth White Card.
Circle Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Bow Die: Lil' Inkers
White Twine.

How To Make A Paper Bag Envelope

STEP-BY-STEP CHRISTMAS 2018.
STEP THREE: MAKING CARDS

Today, I want to show you how to make a Paper Bag Envelope.
They are perfect for cards with lots of layers, or very bold embellishments, like my Big Bow Cards.

It's a very simple idea. And, I think, a very stylish alternative to a Card Box or an expandable envelope.

They're certainly much quicker to make, probably better value for money too. And it's very easy to co-ordinate them completely with your cards.

Here's how to make one : )


HOW TO MAKE A PAPER BAG ENVELOPE
YOU WILL NEED
  • A4 Sheet of Paper
  • Adhesive
  • Hole Punch
  • Ribbon or Twine
  • Bone Folder / Scoring Tool {optional)

1. With your paper in landscape mode, and the inside facing you, fold in 1cm along the short edge of your paper. You can score this first if you prefer.
2. Bring the other short edge over to meet the folded edge, create a crease and press it flat.

3. Now you're going to create a flap which will form seal the bottom of your envelope. And seal it to. So open your paper up, using the centre crease as a starting point, on the side without the 1cm fold, trim approx 2 1/2cm from the bottom edge.
4. Fold back together ... can you see you've created a flap at the bottom edge? You're now going to neaten it up so when it is folded, it is neater and less bulky. So, trim off the edges of the flap at a slight angle. And cut off any excess the 1cm side-edge fold.

5. Fold up this bottom edge. You should now be able to see the Paper Bag coming together.
6. Open up your Envelope and apply your adhesive along the length of the 1cm fold.

7. Fold & press it down firmly to seal the edge.
8. Apply adhesive to the flap at the bottom edge.

9. Fold it up & press firmly to seal.
10. Now you're going to create a fastening. So at the top of the bag, punch 2 small holes centrally positioned. They need to be large enough to thread through your twine or ribbon.

11. Pop your card inside your envelope.

12. Thread through your twine ...
13. ... & tie it into a bow.


And your Paper Bag Envelope is finished!

It's easy to adjust the size of them to accommodate different sized cards. You just need to remember to allow enough width & length in your envelope to accommodate the depth of your Card.

Oh, and it's easier to write your recipient's name on a Paper Bag Envelope before you put your Card inside. It's difficult to write on top of all those lovely layers! Or just add a tag : )


Love Liz xx

Paper Bag Envelope
Plain Paper: 'Solid Colour Paper' in 'Alabaster'. From the Free French Country Colour Resources Pack. Printed onto White Copy Paper.
Dotty Paper: 'Lots of Smaller Dots' in 'Pure Crimson'. From the The Colour Collection. Printed onto White Copy Paper.
Twine, WRMK Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch, Scrap of White Card for a Tag.

Big Bow Card
White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Really Big Dots' in 'Alabaster'. From the French Country Collection. Printed onto White Copy Paper.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Smaller Dots' in 'Pure Crimson'. From the The Colour Collection. Printed onto lightweight {160gsm} White Card.
Patterned Paper: 'Jingle Bells Text' in 'Pure Silver'. From The Christmas Colour Collection Collection. Printed onto Smooth White Card.
Sentiments: 'Christmas Lettering' Sentiments in 'Jet Black' & 'Wild Willow' printed onto Smooth White Card.
Bow Die: Lil' Inkers
Scalloped trim trimmed from the edges of a Scallop Edge Card base.

Big Bow Cards

STEP-BY-STEP CHRISTMAS 2018.
STEP THREE: MAKING CARDS

I made some more progress with my Step-by-Step to Christmas Crafting this weekend. I'm still on Step 3 and Making Cards. And my latest batch of cards is all about the bows.

I made cards with big bows.
And cards with little bows.
And Paper Bag Envelopes to present them.

I've made these especially for a very special group of ladies.
They are not going to be posted. So when making them, I was able to take as much creative freedom as I liked.
And I just adore them!

I'm going to begin with my big bow cards : )
I've made 4 of these cards. They are quite print-heavy as you can see from the credits below.

And I began by layering the printing of a sheet of the main 'Christmas Lettering' Sentiments onto the 'Jingle Bells Text' Paper Design. I printed directly onto Card. Like this ...

TECHNIQUE: HOW TO LAYER PRINTING
Print the Paper Design onto smooth white card or paper. Once printed, pop the sheet back into your printer and print a sheet of the Sentiments on top.

I cut it into 2x A6 wide strips, and then into pieces 8cm high, with the sentiment positioned in the middle.

Next I cut my big dotty backing paper. I cut it in half down the length, so into 2 x A6 wide strips. Then cut at 155mm on each one. That gave me 2 different sized pieces, and 2 of each. Just for variety.

I cut my card bases from 5"x7" Card Bases. They measure 115mm x 160mm, so in-between 5"x7" and A6. Just enough to leave a white border around my backing paper. I like that.

I trimmed the scalloped edge from an old scalloped edge card base. And I cut out my bows.

To put the cards together, I glued the backing paper to my card base, layered the main sentiment with dimensionals, then the scalloped trim, the companion sentiments with staples or dimensionals and finished with the bows.

I'll show you my little bow cards in a post very soon.
Next, I'd like to show you how I made the Paper Bag Envelopes : )

Love Liz xx


Card Credits
White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Really Big Dots' in 'Alabaster'. From the French Country Collection. Printed onto White Copy Paper.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Smaller Dots' in 'Pure Crimson'. From the The Colour Collection. Printed onto lightweight {160gsm} White Card.
Patterned Paper: 'Jingle Bells Text' in 'Pure Silver'. From The Christmas Colour Collection Collection. Printed onto Smooth White Card.
Sentiments: 'Christmas Lettering' Sentiments in 'Jet Black' & 'Wild Willow' printed onto Smooth White Card.
Bow Die: Lil' Inkers
Scalloped trim trimmed from the edges of a Scallop Edge Card base.


How To Make 3D Folded Stars

As I mentioned in my last post, today I have a quick tutorial to show you how to make the 3d Folded Stars I made for *these* cards.

So ... begin by cutting out or punching out your Star. It can be any size you want.

1. On the reverse side, score across the star to the tip of one point, as shown by the dotted line above. Repeat this for each of the points on your star.

2. Fold along each scoreline.

3. With the front side facing you, gently shape the folds, encouraging the longest part of each fold into a mountain fold and the shortest part into a valley fold.

And that's it. That was quick wasn't it?

To add them to a card, just add PVA glue to the five points of the star like this ... & glue them to your card.


I think I'm going to use these for my Christmas Thank You Cards this year. I haven't made them yet. I make those a little further along in my Christmas Step-by-Step process. I won't forget to share them when I have : )

They look lovely as hanging tags too. Like I did with these : )

Love Liz xx

Credits
Patterned Paper: 'Ditsy Dots' from The Colour Collection printed onto Paperworks #46 Sparkling White Paper. From Paperchase.
Sentiments: 'Christmas Tiny Tags'.
Tiny Jewellery Tag Punch: By Stampin' Up.
WRMK Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch, Red Glitter Cord, PVA Adhesive