Saturday, 14 November 2009

A Flurry of Christmas - 1

I have spent some time this week making Christmas Cards.... guilt really, cos when I mentioned to a couple of people I was going to send shop bought I was told in no uncertain terms that ' You'd better not send ME a shop bought one'...............hence the mad flurry of card making that has started (am nowhere near finished... they might end up getting cards In February... it's the thought that counts...LOL)

So here's a small selection of (Blue Peter quote) -some I made earlier (this week!).

The one thing I haven't mastered with blogger is to get the pics all together on one post as they just appear all over the place! So am sorry for the higgledy piggedly placing....

Quick description of the cards ....
The Angel is stamped onto white pearlescent paper and embossed in silver -mounted on silver holographic card as is the quote which is from Elusive Images. The backing paper is a vellum musical score sheet (Silent Night), added some sparkly ribbon on left hand side.
The 'White Christmas' card was simple and quick.. using fab Graphic 45 paper (just love it!) and some glittery ribbon. The paper is so beautiful I didn't want to use it! (But there's none left cos I made a batch of these.....)
The Silver Dove was the free stamp from this month's Craft Stamper magazine.... as the embossing powder was out I used it again! Can't remember where I got the background paper from as this was just a piece I had left.. have also got a scrap of some lilac paper the same design left so need to use that up too!
The Holly card is another Elusive Images stamp, suitably distressed and Liquid pearls used for the berries. The holly sprigs at the top and bottom left of the card are from a clear stamp set (I think from Habico....?) coloured with watercolours and berries done again with liquid pearls. All mounted onto a dark green embossed holly background.

The green background on the reindeer card is from the Papermania Christmas Carol collection, matted and layered onto lighter green and dark brown card. I don't have a circle or scallop punch so these were both cut freehand (which probably accounts for them not being completely symmetrical!LOL)
The reindeer was stamped with brown Stazon and a tiny gem added for the eye and I put some pale green organza ribbon down the side.
Finally, the other Reindeer card was made using the same Papermaia papers, this time matted and layered onto maroon and white card. I used 'Silver Tinsel' embossing powder for the reindeer and edge of the scalloped circle and finished with an organza bow. The reindeer and edge is really quite sparkly and it's a nice effect I think!
Just lately I have wanted to try so many other things and have become frustrated that there hasn't been enough spare time for me to actually sit and learn new techniques, but I have to confess that I have really enjoyed doing these cards... which is just as well cos I've still got loads to make!!!!


Sherry said...

Great cards Viv. You're a better person than me - I knew there was a nagging in the back of my mind - keep putting off making Christmas cards! Better knuckle down to it I suppose - but there are so many other crafty things to do - or think about - lol.

crafty creations said...

Gorgeous cards Viv and thanks for sharing them with us on the Lotstodo Challenge

x Hilda

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Hi Viv long time no see, Stunning christmas cards, i must confess i have only made 2 and that was back in april... LOL

Take care


Pia said...

wow gorgeous card

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Awesome Christmas beautiful.

ReneeBuchananArt said...

Viv, it is great that you have people who appreciate your art... on the other hand, it also sounds like a curse! I can't even get store bought cards out on time!

Good luck and I look forward to coming back to see what you've made!

Renee :)

Unknown said...

Hi Viv, these are fab cards, you have been busy, I am feeling like you too, I usually make cards for girls in Brian's work and they keep asking is Avril making cards this year, I just have about enough of my challenge cards to use for friends and family and was actually thinking of making cards quickly using last years Kanban set that has never seen the light of day since I found Stamping and blogland..LOL. The ink I used on my Santa was the Anna Griffin, Red that came in a kit a few years ago, (and embossed it with clear embossing powder) I tried quite a few, but did not like the result, I hope that you pop over to Winterwonderland as one of the Designers has used the same stamp.....hope this helps. Hugs Avril xxxx