Monday, 28 November 2016

Getting Festive

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I have one card and an almost finished project to share. Let's start with the card. I had some playtime over the weekend, when this card just made itself ...

Well last week the pieces of the jigsaw fitted together in the end. Most of the time we can't see all the pieces clearly and just have to trust that it will work out in the end. I rather like how this card turned out with an unintended trick of the eye. There is a sort of an upward sloping parallel strip which includes some of the white space. It is framed by the sentiment and the black jigsaw piece outside of the coloured strip. I only saw it after my card was finished.
I masked off a strip and sponged some Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Strawberry Slush, stamped one of the Jigsaw pieces (VIGNETTE: Puzzle Pieces by STAMPlorations) several times in Strawberry Slush, removed the masks and stamped another piece and the sentiment in black Versafine before layering on a gery base card. ....

I would like to enter my card at:
CAS Colours & Sketches - #201 Sketch 
Addicted To Stamps And More - #221 Anything Goes

The other day, I was discussing Advent Calendars with a friend, and came up with the idea of making little bags which I could peg to a piece of string. I made all of my 24 bags, they are now waiting to be filled and hung up. Here are some of my designs ...

... and here is a little video on how to fold the bags ...

I wanted it to be a quick project I could easily make whilst watching tele hence the handwritten numbers. I also used up some paper I printed off at least two years ago for some other project I never made. Finally I got used! 😃 The labels (Blossom Overture) are gold embossed. Apart from that I stamped out some Christmas Trees (Oh, Christmas Tee!), some Reindeer (Christmas Reindeer), some bells (VIGNETTE: Christmas Block), some sleighs and snowmen (both from Gone Postal). I did a lot of fuzzy cutting, colouring where needed and the simply layered it all on my folded bags, decorated with glittery stars and finished off with some Stickles. As I mentioned earlier, they are now waiting in the lounge to be filled and 'strung up'. I shall add a photo in due course.

I am entering my Advent Calendar bags at:

Time Out - Christmas with optional twist glitter or shimmer

I shall leave you with a last look at my card and the finished Advent Calendar ...

Feel free to check out my Mixed Media Tutorial over on the STAMPlorations Blog for a great gift idea. Here is a sneak pre-view ...

That's it from me for today. If you love challenges and getting inspiration, why not pop over on the STAMPlorations Blog to check out their inspiration, challenges and tutorials.

Have a lovely week!

Monika xxx

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps, stencils and dies:

VIGNETTE: Puzzle PiecesBlossom OvertureOh, Christmas Tree!Christmas Reindeer
stmp1033.jpeg StampClub-BlossomOverture-preview.jpeg stmp1025.jpeg preview-TBK-ChristmasReindeer

VIGNETTE: Christmas BlockGone Postal
stmp1073.jpeg preview-SheryRuss_GonePostal copy


  1. Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S! Your card is great! Love the one puzzle piece over the line!

  2. Love your jigsaw card, fabulous colours on the sponged strip. And your little Advent bags are such a wonderful idea, bet you'll have fun filling them. Thanks for playing along at CC&S this week.

  3. So creative and fun with the little bags as an advent calendar and the jigsaw card is fabulous with beautiful blending of the colours x

  4. Your puzzle pieces card is fabulous and your Advent bags: awesome! I'm creating Advent envelopes (using the STAMPlorations die) to create calendar countdowns for my niece and nephew. The twist this year: I'm mailing these to them every day (well, maybe two per day, based on weekends). They'll have 'happy mail' for the entire month (need to get some stamps today...). Thank you for the inspiration!

  5. Love to do jigsaw puzzles - do them online now
    so I don't have to store lots of boxes.
    the card is fun. Great idea to do the bags
    for the advent calendar - can have bigger
    thanks for sharing.

  6. the card you added to ATSM is beautiful
    oh I want your Bag Monika S
    this is super adorable post
    Love them all
    Many thanks for join with us at ATSM
    Monika R (DT Member)

  7. Fantastic!!! Wow what a great idea for advent calendars. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  8. A wonderful inspiring post, those bags are so cute and totally festive. Loving your take on the sketch, beautifully done. Thanks for joining in at CC&S again. Hugs Bev x

  9. Wowzer, what a fun project to make advent calendar bags! They are super cute! Thanks for taking TIME OUT and joining our challenge!


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