It's time for some Christmas crafting...

Featured in Quick Cards Issue 172

If you're keen to get crafting for Christmas then you'll be pleased to hear that the special Christmas edition of Quick Cards is in the shops now.  It's packed with over 100 card making ideas, as well as a fancy festive wreath, some gorgeous gift wrapping and a fantastic free gift - a pop-up box card kit.

How to make a spinning dial card...

Featured in PaperCrafter Issue 81

My Mind’s Eye ‘Cambridge Court’ paper stack or any patterned paper stack
White card
Pink and green coloured card
Decorative brad
Nesting Flower die
Circle die
Leaf die
Sticky foam pads
Clear Alphabet stamps

1. Cover the front of the card with grid design paper and a coordinating 1.5cm patterned paper border across the top.

2. Cut a rectangle of striped paper to 4 x 14.5cm, cut at an angle at one end and stick to the left side of card.

3. To make the spin dial, stamp four chosen greetings around a circle of patterned paper 5cm (2”) in diameter.  Then to strengthen the dial stick to a 5cm (2”) circle of white card.

4. Cut a large flower from pink card and attach it to the back of the spin dial with a brad then to the card front with foam pads.

5. Cut a pointer for the dial from blue paper attaching it to the card near the top of the flower with foam pads.

6. Stamp the main greeting on a strip of white card cut to 8cm x 1.5cm and stick to the card front.  Finish by adding leaves cut from green card between the flower petals.

Blooming Hydrangeas for Oasis Floral...

Back at the beginning of the summer I was gifted a selection of products from Oasis Home and Hobby to make something spectacular for my blog.

To be completely honest I'd always thought of Oasis as a supplier for florists and flower arrangers.  But they have a lot to offer us crafters too as I’m learning from my box of craft goodies and a browse on the Oasis Home & Hobby website.
So here I am with my first make, I've filled this pretty glass vase with hydrangeas made with vintage book paper.  A tutorial I found in Folded Book Art by Clare Youngs.

Supplies List

Folded Paper Art by Clare Youngs
Green Glass Gina vase
Floral Stub Wire
Green Floral Tape

The vase is looking splendid in my craft studio. I love how the green glass of the vase echoes the shades of green of the garden through the windows.

I have some other projects on the go with my Oasis Home & Hobby craft pack so watch this space.

Disclaimer:  I was gifted these products to review for free but was under no obligation to write this post. Opinions are my own.