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Festive cards

This is the first batch of festive cards I made! 🎄🎅  With few exceptions, I went for very simple cards. I used unconventionalcolors (blue, pink, brown), minimaldetails (no sentiments, few glitters), and definitely unusualpaperthemes 🤣
For a touch of originality, I thought about cards with trees entirely made of rhinestones 



For the following cards instead, I have mixed and matched the complementary parts of the trees obtained with the Sizzix DECORATIVE TREE thinlits die set








Last but not least, here you have classic festive cards with the reds and greens and some sparkle 😊




Recent posts

Halloween dance party card

I recently made this card for a Halloween contest
I chose a non-standardsize  (20 cm x 20 cm) and  many different materials (craft paper, glitter paper, twine, cardstock, inks, watercolors, alcohol markers and more) I die cut and stamped pumpkins, ghosts and bats with the Die-namics/My Favourite ThingsHalloween set. Last year, I used this same set to make an explosion box (HERE). 

For the black background, I really wanted something in stark contrast, but still within the range of classic Halloween colors! 
1) I dabbed a gauze onto a whiteinkpad and then on the paper 
2) I dripped whitewatercolor onto the paper by tapping the tip of a wet brush. 
I've printed Halloween rhymes on craft paper
I've designed and colored the dance floor with alcohol-based markers The mummies are digital stamps from Glimps Flag banner, stroboscopic light and spiderweb are all hand cut/handmade.

A quick guide to candle making 🕯️

Finally, temperature lowered and I managed to prepare a set of candles for this fall.
Candles are great for any occasion!
Halloween🎃, Xmas🎄, B-days🎂, romantic dinners🥂 or relaxing nights🌃. You can keep 'em for yourself or give them to family and friends as gifts!
If you've never made candles before, but you're eager to try, here you have 10 basic steps to follow.

This is not a comprehensive guide and does not pretend to be a candle-making course.

1) weigh the wax  Do you want to know more about waxes? Follow this LINK
2) Melt it in a double boiler (bain-marie). Stir every now and then...    ⚠ Do not boil the wax ⚠ Neverever place the container with the wax directly on the stove!
3)  At this point, you can add some color HERE, you have a post on candle dyes.

Remember: the final color of your candle depends on the wax too! For example, soy wax iswhite at room temperature and for this reason, it gives back pastel-like colors. A trick to check the final color: drip some melted wax on a…

Tea bag holder cards

I liked the idea of creating tea/tisanebag holdercards very much  🍵🍪  With the cold season approaching, hotbeverages will be aconstantpresence in my days and I'd love to receive a card like this!
You can create the pocket with specific die cuts or, as I did, with the envelopepunchboard, and close the pocket's flaps with whatever thread, twine or bow you have at home. You can line the inside of the pocket with a nice paper, and add as many decorations as possible :-)





Silly string soap

Last time I wrote about soap making, I’ve talked about ‘water discount’ (See HERE) and how reducing the amount of waterin the lye solution has solved many of the problems I’ve been facing over the last months (soda ashes, softsoapsetc).
This time I’ve used the same water discount as the last time, but I’ve stick-blended the batter a little longer to get something thick enough I could pipe on top of the soap.


Total oil weight: 800 gr
Water as % of oil weight: 28.17% Superfat: 7% Water:Lye Ratio 2:1 Essential oils: myrtle (23 gr), juniper (5 gr) and rosemary (12 gr) Soaping temperature: Oils @ 52 °C, Lye @ 50 °C Micas: Candy Pink and Plum Purple  Activated charcoal
OIL/FATS
Olive Oil (pomace) 28 %  Coconut Oil 32.5%  Palm Oil 22.5% Shea Butter 10%  Castor Oil 3.7% Sweet almond oil 3.3%

Another multi-layered square card (details)

I started experimenting with different layers and materials, lately (see also HERE). For this card, I've used card stock, craft paper, sewing threads, glitters, flower brads split pins (corners of the stamped tag) and many other things.
I like the look of more complex cards! Close up view of the heart balloons
I've glued each and any of the tartan letters you see in the background
I colored the girl stamp with the TouchFive alcohol markers (see also HERE)