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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, here is the first of our regular bi-monthly fiftteen minute card posts for December. We have included some last minute Christmas makes amongst our projects, just in case you are looking for some final ideas for cards and tags to make and give to your nearest and dearest. These projects will take just a few minutes of your time, especially handy at this busy time of year, when you have so many other jobs to fit into your schedule.

The Design Team have created some stunning designs, as always, so take a few minutes to relax and enjoy their creations. You can click on their names, as you scroll through the post, and visit their individual blogs, where you can see more detailed information about their projects, and also see what else they have been making.

Claire has chosen to use a very clean and simple style for her Christmas cards, and has used a bauble mask to create an outline for her first design. She has inked and stamped part of a large background stamp through the mask, adding a co-ordinating bow, and an ornate sentiment. Adding a hand drawn 'string' to the bauble at the top fixes it in place:

Her second design is created using shaped kraft card blanks and white embossing powder. She has then simply coloured the images with pencils, using a limited colour palette:

Penny has created two cards for us; the first, stamping directly on to the card using stamps from the Steampunk Butterfly and Punky Flowers stamp sets. She painted the images using Distress Inks, and then blended around the edge of the card, again using Distress Inks.

For her second card, she used white embossing powder to add the trees and sentiment. She added snow drifts and then added some glitter.

Dominike has created a series of Christmas cards for us using gelli plate backgrounds and gold embossing. These non-traditional colours look so effective and make a refreshing change from the usual reds and greens:

Rachel's design has been simply coloured with pencils. The edging has been created with one of our Christmas Edges stamps:
Anne has created a series of Christmas cards for us, and these vibrant cards are real show stoppers. She has used either plain or patterned paper for her backgrounds, using a variety of colours to add to the backgrounds so that the cards all feel very individual. She created the 6 x 6 inch cards using the Sparkling Trees stamp set. The images were stamped with Versamark and embossed with various colours of embossing powder. The backgrounds were coloured with Distress Inks, and spritzed with water or ink, and blotted with a paper towel for texture. She coloured the baubles with glitter pens and used peel off sentiments. PVA pearls and Glossy Accents on the baubles completed the cards.

For her second set of cards, she used the Christmas Tree Tangle stamp. Again she used Versamark and various colours of embossing powder.  She used Distress Ink to colour the background and used glitter pens or Distress Inks and a water brush to add some quick colouring to the trees. She added peel off sentiments and stars to finish.

Lesley has created some beautiful cards using gelli plate backgrounds. These CAS style cards look so elegant but just took moments to complete. She created the backgrounds by using a small gelli plate directly onto her card base, just like a stamp. She added the doodle bird to the background, embossing the image using clear embossing powder. She added a bit of colour to the image using the same inks as she had used for the background and a bit of pencil work. She drew a squiggly line with a fine liner and stamped the sentiment.
The following two cards were made in very much the same way:

Zoe has created a range of beautiful bookmarks for us, wouldn't these make beautiful gifts or stocking fillers? She has used a mixture of images, florals for a feminine feel:
She has used gothic images that have created a more masculine feel, adding script to the background, and vibrant splashes of colour:

Brenda has created two cards that have an air of Spring about them. For her first card, she coloured the background with Distress Inks, and stamped the sentiment from the Glorious Spring stamp set, and the snowdrops from the Springtime Edges stamp set using Archival Ink.

For her second card, she used a circle mask and created a background using Distress Inks. She stamped the snowdrop border from the Springtime Edges stamp set and a sentiment from the Words of Inspiration stamp set using Black Archival Ink. She added Glossy Accents and glitter to the flowers and used a green pencil to colour the leaves.

Finally, we have a super selection of projects from Magda. Her simple blue toned floral card makes a great thank you card and can be made in minutes.

She has created some great Christmas projects for us this month as well, some quick and easy gift tags, which can be made in a batch, perfect when you need a lot for all of those presents under the tree:
Her gold and white card is very stylish. she has used simple gold embossing, adding a toning trim to finish the card:
Another blue creation, this time a Christmas card, using white embossing and gelli plate background:
Finally a Christmas bookmark, great for all of those books that you receive on Christmas Day!
Thank you so much girls for your brilliant ideas and speedy creations.

Hopefully there will be lots in our post to inspire you and you will try out some of the projects that the girls have created. We will be back later in the month with more projects to share with you. Keep popping back for a daily dose of inspiration provided by the regular Design Team posts.

Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx


  1. Wow! What fabulous quick makes and great inspiration. I will be utilising some of these ideas as I still have quite a few cards to make. x

  2. Great compilation of adorable works, the DT ladies have created so much quick beauties, so different but all so impressive!

  3. OMG, totally amazing creations,,what creative talent from the DT, wonderful inspiration love every one of them, Kate x

  4. Lots and lots of fabulous inspiration - thanks to all :)

  5. Wonderfully amazing cards, I am going to use some of these ideas as I still have some to make. Thanks to all the talented ladies. Ann x

  6. Great inspiration again! Love these posts!


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