Christmas Challenges for the Past Weeks

I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, and at this point, find WordPress particularly hard to use. I have blogged for six years, but for whatever reason, WP decided to change their look and now I can’t use it that well anymore. Anyway, here are the cards I made for the past weeks’ Christmas challenges on a Dutch E-mail group. I did get some help cutting out the edges on the second card and writing on the third. The 3D cut-out Christmas bell was also pre-made by someone from the aforementioned group.

Christmas Card for Week 5

Christmas Card for Week 6

Christmas Card for Week 7


A Few More Cards Using Torn Paper

I seem to like the torn paper technique, which others told me makes cards get a vintage look. I have no clue what vintage means, but like the word, which is why I tagged this post with it. Here are two more cards using torn paper. The white shape on the second card was made using the Big Shot when I tried it out last week. I just love the wooden embellishments of which I put one on the first card. Bought them at the local craft store when looking for a glue stick, which I also found and have been using with great success.

Torn Paper Card 1

Torn Paper Card 2

Some Christmas Cards

On a Dutch cardmaking group, we have a weekly Christmas challenge running from January through to NOvember. Here are two cards I made for this. The third card was inspired by the owner of the American group about which I wrote on Sunday. She is trying to help me learn to make cards, and suggested I try tearing papers and making layers of those. I only realized the torn papers could look like a Christmas tree after I stuck them onto the base, so then I decided to add the star.

Christmas Card 1

Christmas Card 2

Christmas Card 3

Going to Try Out a Big Shot

Next week, I will be visiting a fellow card crafter to try out her Big Shot. A Big Shot is a die cutting and embossing machine. Until very recently, I didn’t know what either of these meant, other than that die cutting is obviously a form of cutting and embossing makes things raised. I was sent a beautiful card made with a Cuttlebug, another die cutting/embossing machine. I looked online for information on how these machines work, but couldn’t figure out whether I’d be able to use them without vision, so I wanted to try one out.

I’ve been a member of a few cardmaking E-mail groups for a while, and asked around if someone could recommend a store in my area. I normally buy my craft supplies online, but figured this should be something I’d buy in a physical store, given that the thing costs about E80,- and I have a history of buying craft supplies online that I end up never using because I cannot work them. Someone from a town near where I live E-mailed me to invite me to try out her Big Shot. I had asked about a Cuttlebug, because this is the most commonly used die cutting machine, but the Big Shot has some advantages anyway. For example, she said it requires less strength to operate, is more stable and usually cheaper too. So next week I’ll be trying out the thing, and then may be buying it myself.