Best laid plans

On the set of Create & Craft with Andy Love

On the set of Create & Craft with Andy Love

I had planned to post a short blog article this morning, quickly reviewing yesterday’s demos, as I am planning a big reveal for tomorrow!

However, it’s been a  case of “best laid plans…” today.

Instead, I have tackled a pretty impressive to-do list and have only just had chance to sit and write this post.

The day started with dropping my oldest at school. The youngest is on an inset day so he came with me on my errands, picking up some new school shirts to replace some that were faulty, dropping in some name cards I had made for a friend’s event, buying a cake board and getting something for tonight’s tea.

With my boy in tow, we waded through piles of leaves on the way to the shop and had a real giggle. We ran hand in hand through the crunchy, dried leaves and it truly felt like Autumn. He was in his element (as was I!).

Natalie's chocolate cupcakesUpon arriving home, I did the normal clearing away from breakfast, emptying the dishwasher, putting the kettle on and set to baking a couple of batches of cakes for my friends’ birthdays – plus some gluten and dairy free ones for me as I didn’t want to miss out!

With the cakes in the oven, I  started preparing the decorations for the cake my mum asked me to make for her friend, and crafting a handmade card for her. This was the priority as she needed them this afternoon. Helpfully, Dad came to pick them up but he was more than a little shocked by the mess in the kitchen!

Fondant roses

Pink roses and butterfly cake

Pink roses and butterfly cake

80th birthday card with a garden themeroses

My friend dropped her son off for a mini play date too, as he was also off school, so we crammed in 20 minutes football on the green. That was easily long enough for me! A good run around to blow away the cobwebs. He found a conker on the way to picking the older girls up from school, but there was only one so I had to promise to go searching for more on the way home.  I got carried away and found enough for a nature flatlay!

Nature flatlay

So here we are, the first chance to sit down and edit yesterday’s demo pictures and share them with you.

The first demo uses a combination of the First Edition Christmas Christmas Craft a Card dies and the Trees die set. This is my favourite of all the trees in the collection, with the snowy branches. I cut this twice, once in gold mirror card and once in white and popped the white pieces inside the gold. I created a card blank from A4 card and layered papers from the Time to Sparkle collection on top. I used the Craft a Card die with a piece of 6×6 papers from the same range and layered it onto white card which I edged with the gold Simply Creative metallic marker (this is my new favourite trick and I am using it on virtually every card!).

First Edition Christmas tree card

The second card is the nativity scene dies. The main focus of the card for this one is on the inside. I think this would look great on the mantel piece opened out. I used the Winter Wishes papers for the card blank itself and the wood effect paper from the Merry Little Christmas paper pad for the stable. On the front of the card I placed some die cut snowflakes and a sentiment. I wanted to keep it minimal on the outside to reflect the scene, yet giving it chance to shine as the focus of the card.

Nativity card with First Edition dies

In the second hour, I started with a card made using the Helz Cuppleditch Wonderland collection. I used the Star Craft a Card die as a background and used the Build a Scene Cracker dies for the front panel. I made the card blank itself by piecing together pieces of white card and attaching them with double sided tape.  I layered up papers from the Wonderland collection and finished it with an image and sentiment from the decoupage pad, plus I added some gems in the areas on the card that were screaming to have a bit of bling!

Helz Cuppleditch Wonderland card with First Edition Dies

I wanted to show how some of the dies are great for crafting all year round, not just at Christmas, so I made this stag card which would be the perfect card for a male recipient. Again I used the Time to Sparkle papers which are Christmas themed, but work equally well for any occasion with the fold foiling and gorgeous patterned papers. I stamped the sentiment a bit wonky in my haste but that was nothing compared to the blunder on the next card!

Handmade stag card

I did feel stupid when I realised I had made this card upside down! Ha ha!  Not to worry, worse things happen at sea! I love how the paper and the die cut shapes from the garlands set work together here. The Merry Christmas sentiment papers are from the First Edition Merry Little Christmas paper pad and have a fabric texture. I popped some pearl effects onto the mistletoe garland to make them look like the berries and I cut the wreath twice to enable me to add the bow in a contrasting colour. I finished it off with some Simply Creative gold star gems.

Christmas wreath card

If you want to catch the show repeats, the morning show is here: http://www.createandcraft.com/gb/shows/trimcraft-members-deals-2670316?channel=CC 

And the evening show is here: http://www.createandcraft.com/gb/shows/trimcraft-members-deals-2671854?channel=CC

Please do pop back tomorrow for a really exciting post and a reveal of a new exquisite Dovecraft collection that I will be sharing on Create & Craft on Sunday afternoon. I am soooooo excited!!!!!!

 

 

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