Thursday, 24 December 2009

A Very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years

Hello to any kind visitors who find the time to drop by over this busy time of year. I have some lovely handmade cards I've received in the last couple of days which I want to post but haven't yet had time to take photos of but I will as soon as I can.

In the meantime, I just wanted to send all of you my very warmest wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I hope you all have a lovely time over the next week or so doing whatever you love best and I also hope that the New Year brings everyone good health and happiness (with a good measure of crafting pleasure thrown in, Lol).

If anyone has to travel (like we do tomorrow) take care and stay safe and warm.

My love and hugs to you all.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Christmas Cards (in the nick of time)

I was really beginning to think I might have to buy ALL my Christmas cards this year but I've managed to redeem myself a little. I'm finally 'getting into the Christmas groove' and I'm hoping to get a few more done before it's too late.

The first card I'm going to share is one I made for the swap we have on our Graphicus Guild Yahoo group. Janet received it this morning so I can post it on here now. I used little squares of BP from my Guild paper pack and stamped and gold embossed little Christmassy images taken from all the different Elusive Images Christmas themeplates I have. The greeting on the layered Nestie Labels is from one of the most recent monthly Guild stamps. Some of the little squares were fixed with DST and some with 3D foam and I used a thicker 3D foam to attach the greeting in the middle because I wanted different levels but I don't think this shows up in the photos very well. The two little poinsettias are sprayed with Glimmer Mists.

This first photo shows the different levels best but the colour is not too great as the light was poor.

These next two photos show the details a bit closer and the colours are truer too except that the base card is a lovely pearlescent gold.

This last photo was taken before the poinsettias were attached as I was waiting for them to dry but wanted to take the pic before the light got worse.

What do you reckon to my lovely snowman? He's an early Christmas gift from my Mum 'cos she knows I love Christmas ornaments. The lovely cottage scene lights up with a beautiful soft glow from the inside.

This second card is my first 'easel' card and I used a Santa image and co-ordinating paper from a pack I bought over 2 years ago. There are quite a lot of different images with Santas and children in the pack and after I bought it I hadn't a clue what to do with them (does anyone else do that?). Anyway, I finally came up with something partly inspired by some cards Helen Chilton made last year using the same paper pack. I also used my gorgeous Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight stamps which I bought from Graphicus at the Open Day a couple of weeks ago.

Well, it's a bit late but I think I've finally broken through the block I had over Christmas cards and I've got all the stuff prepared to make about a dozen similar to the one above. Hope I can get them done over the next few days!

I've finally managed to download all our holiday photos today too but they need a lot of editing so they'll have to wait a little while before I bore you with a few of them, Lol!

I hope you are all better prepared for Christmas than I am but that's what comes of going away in November. I know, I know, I should have done it all before we went!

Thanks for still visiting.

Lesley Xx