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Christmas Catch-up

These are a few of the set of cards I made which were mostly sent to close family. As I was trying to avoid buying new crafty supplies, I decided to try the “one sheet wonder” method of making cards, and dug out some handmade paper from my stash. I randomly stamped a snowflake over the whole sheet so I could emboss it in Wow! silver embossing powder but then I discovered that Versamark didn’t work (the embossing was a dull metallic) so I had to use a Versacolor silver ink pad instead.

This first card was made using a shape I designed and cut out on my Sizzix Eclips with the rest of the greeting stamped. I’m entering this into the challenge over at CASology where the theme is “Merry”:

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This was a similar one using my Eclips again:

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And lastly, two using just words cut on my Eclips from silver mirri card with a stamped and embossed greeting:

 

Christmas Westie

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My son loves Westies, so when I saw this little cutie over at Little Claire, I knew instantly how I wanted his Christmas card to look. I kept it simple using paper piecing for both the dog & his little coat. The collar and baubles were coloured using a combination of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers (which work well on kraft cardstock) and a gold gel pen. I also “grounded” him with a little grey pen although I had to be careful to avoid it looking like a puddle!

I’m entering this into the “A special Christmas card” challenge over at Little Claire’s blog. Here’s a close-up:

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Christmas Wrap-up

A picture-heavy post to finish the year’s Christmas cards. First, the card I’m probably most proud of: the one to our son who adores West Highland Terriers but unfortunately this is the nearest he’s ever likely to get to owning one!

The Westie, coloured using cheap coloured pencils from W H Smith, is a free download from Bird’s Cards, which is an amazing collection of free resources for cardmakers. The reason I’m so proud, though, is that although I’m not an artist I in fact drew the tree by hand after watching a Youtube video!
My second card is the one for my husband, the word art having been cut on my Sizzix Eclips:
The kisses were drawn in white gel pen and the stamped “Husband” is from Little Claire. Next up is an image from Mo’s Digital Pencil, coloured in Promarkers with a sponged Memento Summer Sky background:
And last, but by no means least, the one to my father-in-law which uses Perfect Pearls on a stamped image from IndigoBlu, a chipboard word which I’ve coloured in gold & added some Anita’s Clear Gloss. The remainder of the greeting is also from the IndigoBlu set. I’m entering this one into the current “Family” challenge over at Less is More:

Christmas Catch-Up Part 3

The last of the Christmas cards; the first was to my Mum from my son using stamps from and a liberal sprinkling of Wink of Stella (again):

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Xerox Colotech Plus
Ink: Adirondack Eggplant
Stamps: Kirsty Wiseman for Personal Impressions
 
The second card is from my son to my other half, and was entirely made from digital downloads, the image being coloured with Promarkers:
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus
Santa Image: Cool Santa on Skateboard from Pink Cat Studios
Backing papers: MyGrafico
Greeting: free (not sure where from)
 
And last, but not least, this is the card I sent to our 2 nephews, neither of whom had a particularly good end to 2013 so I hope 2014 is better for them both!
Cardstock: Anna Marie Designs, Green: Bazzill sanded & recoloured with Adirondacks
Stamps: Woodware
Embossing folder free with magazine

Christmas Catch-up Part 2

This was our son’s Christmas card this year. As an avid guitarist the phrase “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” seemed most appropriate.  I was going to cut out the tree & guitar on my new Eclips but ended up doing it by hand (long story!). I got the tree from here then paper-pieced it. The guitar was stamped in Adirondack Red Pepper then glittered with my Wink of Stella clear pen & the rest was done in Craft Artist 2 Professional:

Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus
Ink: Adirondack Red Pepper
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping

Christmas Catch-up

I didn’t get chance to blog most of my Christmas cards before the big day, and as I’ve treated us (well, me!) to a new laptop in the sales & have been having trouble setting some of my crafty programs on it, I’m a little bit behind with my posting.

So, without further ado, here’s the card I made for my husband for Christmas, based on punched hearts which, although you can’t see it in the photos, I’ve added a little touch of sparkle to with my Wink of Stella clear pen:

Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus, Bazzill Basics

Kitten Christmas

My goddaughter recently became the proud owner of a cute kitten called Lulu from the Blue Cross rescue centre.  So it seemed fitting to try out the new Inkylicious kitten stamps I’d bought from the NEC back in November for the Christmas card to her family, although I decided to use them with some bauble stamps rather than the butterflies in the set. I also decided to have a try at an ombre background.

Details from card insert:
Stamps: Inkylicous & free from DoCrafts
Inks: Adirondack Sunset Orange, Versafine Onyx Black