Nanny & Grandad.

nanny & grandad snowmannanny and grandad reindeerI have been making cards for quite a few years. When I first started to making cards every card I made was personalised and very unique. I would spend hours making one design. As my cards became more popular and I started making money I realized that I would have to change things a little. It was easy to make personalised birthday and wedding cards but when Christmas came around personlised card took up a lot of my time. I started to sell at craft fairs and I made loads of cards with out the personlised touch. My cards did sell but I have come to realised that when people are buying handmade they often what it personlised.  So I am moving back to my old ways and instead of making loads of pretty cards I have now started to give them a more personal unique touch. The stamp set which I have used to make these cards is from Stampin Up and is called ‘seasonal chums’.Has anyone else got any craft fair tips?

Happy Crafting

Ashlinn

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A Jolly Christmas to All

a jolly christmas to all

I wanted to make a quick Christmas card with the sentiment being the main focus. To make this card I used papers from my scrap box. We all have an overflowing scrap box, right!? The stamp set I used is called ‘Father Christmas’ and is from Stampin Up. My base card and coloured card is from PaperMill Direct. I used a gold gel pen to add in the stitched marks to give the card a little more detail, and used my Stampin Up Write markers to colour the holly.

Happy Crafting

Ashlinn

A Modern Santa

acetate santa card

The illustrations on this card and the colour combo is beautiful. It looks rich and festive.All the images are from a Hunkydory Collection. that I had laying in a drawer. I used dovecraft silicone glue to create depth and it stick everything brilliantly to the sheet acetate. The acetate sheet was a single A4 sheet. This card was so quick to make and it looks amazing.

 

Happy Crafting

Ashlinn

Sleepy Foxes

fox card

I love these cute little foxes. They are part of a Hunkydory Christmas Collection which I purchased a few years ago and never used! I made this card from acetate. The more I experiment with this material the more I love it! I used my sizzix machine to emboss the acetate with a star design. This card is so simple but I love it!

Happy Crafting

Ashlinn

Fairy Celebration

happy birthday fairy

I love fairies, there is something so magical about these little creatures. This stamp set is from Stampin Up and is called Fairy celebration. I decided to buy it because I thought it is a perfect set for little girls and adults too. I like to buy stamp sets that I know I can use for loads of different occasions.  I am also planning to get some cute little photo frames and make some beautiful pictures for my daughters bedroom. The purple glitter paper I have used is from PaperMill Direct. I love their paper and card is it brilliant quality and the colours are so vibrant.  To colour the fairy I used Staedtler Noris Colour pencils. These are my favorite brand of pencils. I give this card to my friends little girl for her 3rd Birthday.

Happy Crafting

Ashlinn

Lots of Love at Christmas

reindeer card

This was a fun quick little project. Noramlly I start making my Christmas Cards in July. That didnt happen this year because I was so busy making wedding stationery over the summer. I want to make a quick card just to get into the festive mood!. The cute little reindeer is from an old stampin up set called Santa’s Gifts. It is a quirky little set which I always go back to every year. I wanted to make this card a little more modern so I decided to use a deep purple base card. Although it is hard to see I have an acetate sheet over the star, this is what the sequences are sticking too. I used my sizzix machine to cut out the star shape. I cut the star out on the base card. then placed the layer of acetate on the card and finally added the colour card with the die cut shape.

The size of this card is 5×5 which is a lovely size to work with.  I have a large stack of acetate sheets which I have never used so I am going to do some experimenting to see what I can made out of them.

 

Happy Crafting

Ashlinn.

Ireland at Christmas

Desertmartin in the snowkeenaght chapel christmas cardsnow on mountain chrsitmas cardwinter down the fields

I have spent the past few years taking picture of my home area with the intention of making them into photo cards. So far I have only completed a winter set, but I should make it my goal to make a set for each season next year. All these images have been taken in different years and at different times. The past few years we haven’t had any snow. Where is live is beautiful, I live in the countryside at the bottom of Slieve Gallion Mountain. The nearest village is called Desertmartin and it is about a 10 minute drive, it has one small shop a chip shop, a chinese takeaway and a pub (what more do you need!).

I got these images professionally printed onto a good quality photo card stock. I have them listed on my Etsy shop ‘click here to view‘. If you have an Etsy shop send me the link I would love to view it!

Happy Crafting

Ashlinn

Happy 30th Birthday!

card 30th birthday30th birthday

One of my closest friends turned 30 in July. I have known her since the first day of primary school, we do not get to see each other very often (sometimes being an adult sucks!)but when we do it feels like we have never been apart. To celebrate her birthday I took her for a nice dinner and a few drinks. It was so nice to have a girly evening out! I made her this card and a bottle tab just to make the champagne that little bit more special. All the stamps I used are from a retired Stampin Up set called ‘Bloom with hope’. I used my Silhouette machine to cut the numbers onto some glitter paper and the pink circles.

 

Happy Crafting,

Ashlinn

Life doesnt have to be perfect

autumn leaves card

Autumn is my favourite season of the year. The colours are amazing and I love the cosy winter nights by the fire. This card was inspired by the season.  The leaves have been cut using my Silhouette Portrait. The name of the leaf design is ‘Hello Fall’ and it is by Echo Park. The rest of the elements of the design have been stamped. The stamp set I used has since been retired by Stampin Up.  I normally find is hard to create a ‘simple’ card but I love how this one turned out.

Happy Crafting

Ashlinn