Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Cards 2018 - #2

Hello dear friends, and welcome to my blog.

 So nice of you to stop by at this busy time of year.  Hope you are having a fabulous day.

I am back to share a few more of my Christmas cards with you today. 

Card 1
As I mentioned in my previous Christmas posts, the papers are all from older Kaisercraft paper pads.
The flowers are ones I found in my stash and, regardless of their original colour, I simply sprayed them all with Dylusions Cherry Pie Spray Ink.  I have not purchased anything new to make these cards as I have so much left over from previous years that needs to be used up.

Card 2
On some cards the top paper layer is torn and on others they have been cut to size.
Most of them have a little gold heat embossing in random places ..
.. and all the branches have also been gold embossed on the ends.

Card 3

  The clusters are all pretty much the same with gauze underneath the flowers and foliage.

Card 4

There are tiny pine cones and a small bunch of berries in each cluster ..
.. and all the sentiments are also edged in gold.

This is probably my last post for this year so I would like to thank each and every one of my visitors for stopping by to take a peek at my little creations this past year.  A very special thanks to those of you who left me a sweet comment.  I so appreciate you taking the time and leaving me such lovely words to read.  Thank you one and all.

Wishing you a wonderful, Blessed Christmas spent with family and loved ones and all the very best for 2019.
Stay safe and see you in the New Year!!
God Bless.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Christmas Cards for 2018 #1

Hello dear friends!!  
Thank you for stopping by, I know how busy you all must be getting ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour.  Hope all your Christmas preparations are humming along nicely.

I'm back to just quickly share a couple more of my Christmas cards.  As I stated in my last post, here, all my cards are very similar.  Same paper collections, same embellies, just different combinations and a couple of slightly different designs.

Some cards have a vertical aspect and some are horizontal.

Card 1
Most of the sentiments I've used are taken from the paper collections.  I simply trimmed them to size where necessary and then heat embossed the edges with gold.
The flower clusters are all similar with real little pine cones (found in a Homewares Store at the very beginning of the year) and little bunches of berries.
The ends of the diecut branches have also been heat embossed in gold. 

Card 2
The flowers are different but they have all been sprayed with Cherry Pie Dylusions Ink Spray. 

I know I've mentioned it previously, but I do love the traditional colours for my Christmas cards.  I also love the touches of gold.  Adds something a bit special to them, I think.

Thank you so much for your visit I truly do appreciate it.  In a few days I will share a few more of my cards.  Hope to see you then!!

Have fun with your preparations for Christmas!  Mine are well under way but I do still have quite a bit to do.   Mostly the food though and, this year, that is not going to be too complicated.  Keeping it simple but hope it will still be enjoyable for everyone.

Have a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 224

Hello everyone!!  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are having a fabulous day!

The new Challenge is live at Crafty Cardmakers.  This will be our last Challenge this year (can you believe it??)  and I am happy to say I will be staying on the Team for another year!  Yayy!!
Mary is our host for this Challenge and the Theme, of course, is Christmas.
As always, you may create anything you like as long as it fits the Theme.

This is the perfect time to start showing you the Christmas cards I have created for my family and close friends this year.
Usually, the cards I make for Christmas are quite similar  to each other and, this year, I have made them even more alike.  All of the papers and the embellishments are the same, I have simply changed the combinations slightly for each card. 
I made a decision earlier this year that I wouldn't buy any more Christmas card supplies.  This year, I would make all of them with whatever I had left in my stash from previous years.  Well, that turned out to be quite a lot.  I probably have enough left still to last me for the next couple of years at least!
The papers are all from previous Kaisercraft collections.  Some from a 6 x 6 pad and some from a 12 x 12 pad and the sentiments are also, mostly, from those pads.
I will be sharing my cards over the next few days (or weeks) and I will then explain more about the embellies used.
I hope you will pop over to the CCM blog and take a peek at what the rest of the Team have created.  Lots of inspiration there to inspire you to join in with the Challenge.

Thank you so much for your visit, I really appreciate you taking the time.  I know how busy everyone is at this time of year.

Enjoy the rest of your day!!
Take care and God Bless.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

A Special Anniversary

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.
So pleased you stopped by for a visit at this busy time of the year.

Last month our oldest son and his dear wife celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary.  Such a wonderful milestone and hubby and I are so very proud and happy for them!
This is the card I created for their special day!
The papers used are from the digital version of the Gardens in Paris Collection by Megs Garden.   They have some lovely papers available in both printed and digital versions, if you're interested, here.  I also used one of the images from their Vintage Flowers Journal cards.
For my card I just added a little stamping for some extra interest.
This flower is also available at Megs Garden.  It was white originally, I simply sprayed it with some watered down acrylic paint.  Underneath the cluster I added a piece of really pretty lace ..
.. as well as a length of thread and a mix of prills and micro beads.  The sentiment was computer generated and mounted on a piece of chipboard.
The clock was a freebie from the net (you know how much I love clocks).  Again, it was simply printed out and mounted on a piece of chipboard.
A bow made from cream seam binding completed the embellishments.

Thank you so much for your visit.  I know everyone is really busy preparing for Christmas (I have actually started on my Christmas cards!!!  Yayy!!) and I really appreciate you taking the time.

Have a wonderful week everyone!!
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #223

Hi all and welcome to my blog.   So pleased you stopped by,

It's time for another Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers!!
Angela is our lovely host and the Theme is   
 So, as always, you can make anything you like, as long as it is NOT a card this time.

I created a little tag.
  The background is from a Masterboard I created a while ago.  Found it in my stash and felt it was time to put it to good use.
I used Distress Inks to colour the background but I'm not one hundred percent sure of the colours I used so I'm not going to try to list them.  Gesso was used through the Mini Circle Explosion and the Mini Chicken Wire Reversed stencils by TCW.  The stamping was done with my fave Arty and Script Stamps by Kaisercraft.
The flowers are from Megs Garden and were coloured with sprays made from watered down acrylic paint and the butterfly was fussy cut from papers by Kaisercraft.
For extra texture I added a diecut, a piece of gauze and an offcut of lace underneath the cluster.
The quote is one I found on the net.  Simply printed it on some heavy paper, cut it apart and edged it with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
Do pop over to the CCM blog and take a peek at the fabulous creations by my Teamies.  I am certain you'll be inspired to join in with the Challenge.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #223 - Anything but a Card

Thank you so much for your visit and for any sweet comment you may care to leave.  Both are very  much appreciated. 

Have a fabulous day!
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #222

Hello my dear visitors and welcome to my crafty space.
Hope your day is going well so far.

It's time again for a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.    Judy is our lovely host and the Theme is
As always, you may create whatever you wish as long as it follows the Theme.

I have a masculine card for this Challenge.  Another quick and easy one I made a while ago which I felt was eminently suitable for this Challenge. 

 This one was made with lots of scrappy bits of papers that were left on my work desk.  I'm pretty sure they are a mix from Kaisercraft and Prima.
 I did a little machine sewing on this but, as you can see by the photos, that didn't go terribly well.  The thread kept breaking and, when I finally checked it, I found that the machine wasn't threaded or tensioned properly.  Duh!!  I was going to use another piece of dp but, went over the zig zag stitching again just to make sure it was working, and then decided that I would use it anyway.  Waste not, want not!!  LOL!!
Trimmed a couple of the paper pieces into little banners .. just because.
Cut a little banner from one of the scraps and added a sticker for the greeting.
I do love adding clocks to my masculine cards.  This one was fussy cut from a sheet of Kaisercraft dp (don't remember which collection) and then mounted on a piece of chipboard.


Pop on over to the CCM blog and take a look at the fabulous creations by my Team mates.  I'm sure you will feel inspired to play along with the Challenge.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #222 - Lots of Layers

Thank you so much for stopping by and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.