Monday, 21 September 2009

Countdown to World Card Making Day

The date for your papercrafting diary is October 3rd! I am very excited to have been invited by PaperCrafts magazine to take part in the World Card Making Day blog tour as one of their 25 featured blogs as we approach the day!

What does that mean? Well, it means I get to share a card created to celebrate WCMD and a coupon code that will get you a 25% discount at the PaperCrafts/CK store. It may also mean that you are new to my blog in which case - welcome!

Let's do the card first and then the coupon and some more info about World Card Making Day...

WCMD aims to give you a headstart on the busy Christmas season. I thought something warm and cosy would evoke that Christmas Eve feeling and what could be cosier than a favourite quilt?

I created my quilt squares by stamping the "Christmas is coming..." block and using the holly sprig stamp to create a random pattern to resemble quilting fabric. Sponging the edges of each square before piecing creates extra depth for your quilt and zig zag stitching completes the look - you can click through for a closer view of the pic.

Who's been eyeing up the great chipboard buttons that are around at the moment? Creating custom ones with patterned paper is fun but I stepped it up by using the same text stamp I used for the squares to create a button especially tailored to this project.

I stuck a stamped layer onto a piece of cereal packet board and cut the button with the smallest of the dies from the Classic Circles (large) Nestabilities set. I punched holes with a Crop-a-dile, sponged the edge with Distress Ink and then applied a fairly generous coat of Glossy Accents (don't forget to leave it alone until it's really dry before you do anything else and don't be tempted to speed it up with the application of heat otherwise you'll end up with a bubbly mess - ask me how I know!). A scrap of twill and a couple of vintage buttons finish it off.

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Night Before Christmas set (Rummage Bin line)

Paper:
Simply Smooth Vanilla (CHF)
Kraft
Cereal packet

Ink:
Versafine by Tsukineko (Olympia Green and Crimson Red)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Vintage Photo)

Other:
Prismacolor pencil (Crimson - for holly berries)
Classic Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinder
Crop-a-Dile
Glossy Accents
Vintage buttons
Nail art gems
Krylon leafing pen (Pale Gold)
Fiskars border punch (Scalloped Lace/Threading Water)
Sewing machine and thread
Twill ribbon
Linen thread


Techniques:
Paper patchwork
Sponging

If you'd like to go shopping at the PaperCrafts/CK store, your discount code is 7YHZ-BMHR-NPTF (I'd copy and paste that, if I were you!). The coupon will be valid from midnight (MDT) on September 21 2009 through 23:59:59 (MDT) on 12 October 2009, and is good for 25% off your cart subtotal in the scrapbooking store.

To find out more about World Card Making Day and perhaps lay down some plans to join in the fun on October 3rd, check out the WCMD web site and the others on the blog tour for cardmaking inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by, your visit is much appreciated! It's a Christmassy kind of week this week what with Kinkade/Elvis yesterday and I have more festive fun to share later. That discount code will be here for your reference, too so I hope you'll drop by again sometime!

17 comments:

Gez said...

Joanne your card is superb. Love your home-made buttons. I can just see mine with finger prints on!!!

Ruth said...

Congratulatiions on being chosen but then it's hardly a surprise with the top quality cards you make...this is one of my favs!!

Laura O'Donnell said...

this is so pretty. I never would have thought to quilt together the pieces like this. love it!

Janice said...

Beautiful card, buttons are great.

Kaz said...

Aaww Joanne, you've surpassed yourself! That card is just gorgeous and well done you for being picked as one of only 25 blogs to be featured. xx

tracy said...

joanne that card is fab:) love the quilt effect :)

Paula said...

Congrats on being chosen - they have good taste in blogs!
Love this xmas card,thoroughly amazing and those made buttons are super!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW, a huge congratulations Joanne for being 1 of the 25 chosen blogs! They knew what they were doing ... your work is phenominal and SO creative! This is a lovely creation and I LOVE the homemade button idea ... thanks!

Hazel said...

Wow! how exciting is this! Congrats for being chosen. And, as usual, your crafting is superb x

Hels said...

WoooHoooo....well done and I am so chuffed for you hun...love your card x

Jennie said...

Joanne, what a wonderful card. congrats on being chosen...

CLARE said...

Congratulations how exciting. I love your card, its so nice to see something different

Karen said...

ooo Joanne...thats wonderful news & well deserved my lovely!!! I ADORE the card you have made. Off to investigate WCMD now X

Linda Elbourne said...

I can't believe I nearly missed this ... stunning!

Traceyr said...

Great tip on the buttons Joanne. Thanks. x

:)

Lorraine said...

this is a fantastic card I love all the layers on it and that twill button is great

craftytrog said...

Wonderful card, love your stamped button! Congrats on being chosen!