Tuesday 8 January 2013


Hello lovely visitors and a belated Happy New Year to you all.   I know we are almost 2 weeks into 2013 but I'd still like to wish you all a year filled with happiness, good health and love with a bit of wealth thrown in there too.  Like many of us I'm sure, I'm still not quite back to normal after the Christmas and New Year break.  The grand daughters went back to school this week and Hubby's had a couple more days off for appointments so tomorrow will be the first 'normal routine' day of this year.  Yesterday we had to go see a man about sorting out OH's pension funds as he is due to retire in April.  Scary stuff as we've watched them reduce in value over the past few years but hopefully not as bad as we feared :0).  Now I just have to find him a hobby or he's going to drive me nuts, lol!

I haven't had chance to do much crafting since before Christmas so I apologise for staying in Christmas mode for this post by showing the very few Christmas cards I managed to make.  I am determined to do better this year!!!!!!  Anyway, this set of cards I made for my Snazzy's DT buddies.

 By necessity ('cos I left it soooooo late) I kept these simple with just a strip from one of the various border designs from the gorgeous papers in our December DT pack, a lovely Chocolate Baroque 'Merry Christmas' sentiment stamped in Versamark and embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold EP and a wooden embellishment from a freebie pack on a magazine.  I coloured each one with Treasure Gold (from PaperArtsy) and then triple embossed with clear EP.  I really loved these little embellishments.

My only other handmade Christmas card was made for the Chocolate Baroque forum swap.  If you click on the logo in my sidebar it will take you to the forum which has lots of interesting groups and information.

This was created on a 21 x 21 cm base card.  I blended Distress Inks over the base starting with the light shade which I think was Tumbled Glass then building up with Faded Jeans, a smidge of Chipped Sapphire and finally round the very edges, some Pumice Stone.  I then stamped the snowflake tree with Flitter Glu and applied silver gilding flakes.  I followed this with stamping the corners using Cobalt Archival Ink and after making sure this was thoroughly dry I stamped the free Crafter Stamper magazine Chocolate Baroque snowflake stamp using Flitter Glu randomly all over the card but avoiding the tree.  I then applied Ranger Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter to all the snowflakes.  This is just my sort of sparkle ................ very subtle!

Next I stamped the 'Winter Wonderland' and cut it out with a Spellbinders label die.  I had to cut one half then rewind, move the die along and cut the other half because I didn't have a die long enough but it worked perfectly.  The final touches were a few gems in some of the tree snowflakes and the addition of some snowflake charms over the rest.  All of the stamps used are from Chocolate Baroque.

Well, that's it for today.   I do have another card design to share soon but this was for my three special friends who I sadly had to neglect at Christmas.  I had a severe loss of mojo (probably because I left everything to the last minute) and just couldn't make a card I felt was good enough for them so I gave up until last week.  I'm happy to say, mojo restored, I came up with a design I am happy with but as they haven't received their cards yet I'll have to wait a little while longer to see what you think.

Next week will be my first turn on the Snazzy's DT Blog for 2013 and boy do we have something different to play with this month, lol!  I'll admit to being a bit stumped to start with but once I got stuck into it this week I'm having great fun.  I'm just keeping my fingers crossed I don't go and muck it up halfway through ;D!

See you again in a few days but in the meantime thanks for visiting and if you have time for a comment, thank you because I really appreciate every one.

Lesley  Xx


Margaret Iddon said...

Super cards Lesley, just shows less can be more.


Astrid Maclean said...

Lesley your first lot of cards may have been simple, but I tell you they were beautiful, well I know mine was!!
The other card is a stunner too! I agree, less certainly can be more!!

Netty said...

oooh love LIM cards. Hope you will soon be back to normal (whatever that is.....lol as am sure I don't know) Take care, hugs Annette x

Lynne K said...

Well, Lesley, mojo or not, your LIM cards are stunning in their simplicity, and the winter wonderland card is simply gorgeous. I love those winter colours, the blues and the frosty snowflakes are just beautiful. Can't wait to see what you're making now your mojo's back!

Happy new year! Hugs, Lynne xx

Gillian .... said...

Happy New Year Lesley your card was beautiful, thank you:)Love your WW card too. Hope you get back into some sort of normality soon. xx

Beryl said...

Wow. That blue card is fabulous. The shading makes it look as though the centre is domed and the stamping is gorgeous. A good idea with the die too. I wouldn't have though of that one.
Happy New Year to you too - I hope it's a good one for you and your family. Better find your hubby a hobby quick methinks too.
Beryl xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Love the CAS cards with the beautiful script Merry Christmas (I sure love the CB images!). Your card for the swap is gorgeous ! Lucky person that received it. Love the colours and combination of images. Happy 2013 ! Shirleyx

Inkypinkycraft said...

Some great makes, love the blue card..cannot wait to see what you make for snazzys! Trace x

Aquarius said...

You say those cards are simple but they are so elegant too - lovely. I'm always pleased after a holiday when the week starts again with a 'normal' day - easily confused otherwise LOL!! So looking forward to your next snazzy project.

Paula Whittaker said...

Loving all the cards, just shows you can turn your hand to any style.

Paula (PEP) said...

Your batch of Christmas cards is superbly classy & I love the elegance of them. Great that you can do both the CAS & the elaborate so successfully. I must admit I absolutely love your CB Christmas Card - the soft blues with the overstamped snowflake makes a beautifully background for that tree.
Hope this year is a much better one for you.
Paula (PEP)

Words and Pictures said...

All the cards are lovely, but oh-my-word the Winter Wonderland one is out of this world! Stunning colours, beautiful stamping - wow!
Alison x

vinny said...

all your cards are beautiful Lesley. I didn`t manage very well on the crafting front this Christmas either. Hopefully now the girls have gone back to school I will be able to squeeze some crafting back in, heres hoping anyhow Lol x Lavinia

lisa said...

Happy New Year to you too, Lesley. I really hope it brings you some lovely things. If OH is retiring perhaps you'll have to discover a new hobby to do together!!!!
Love the Christmas cards and that blue design is stunning. I love the way you've created a circle with the corners.
Thank you for being such a great blogging buddy over the last 12 months and I look forward to sharing another craft filled year.
Hugs Lisax