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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Saturday's post is yet another Christmas card ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend has started well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

Today’s creation is the final of the four personal Christmas cards that mum asked me to create and here it is …

Another A5 card 
This one went in the cheaper post bracket too! 
The trees in this set are lovely! 
I promise it didn't look that crooked on the card! 
The tree in more detail
A final look

All of our Christmas cards for lovely peeps in the UK have gone but I’ve a small bag of cards that should have been posted overseas but I’ve not made it to PO so I’ll send them after Christmas.  I’ve a little tale to share with you that I hope will amuse some you.  I’ve not seen my brother for a few weeks because of the bug I had.  On Monday night my mobile rang and this is, roughly, our conversation …

Brother: ‘I wanted to see if you had made my Christmas cards’
Me: ‘No I haven’t, been too rough with bug and you didn’t ask me to’
Brother: ‘Oh, does that mean you’ve not made me any?’
Me: ‘Not made you anything’
Brother: ‘Okay, right.  Um, you’ve not created a Christmas card for Bethan or mum, or dad, or granddad?’
Me: ‘I’ve not made any Christmas cards as you didn’t ask me!’
Brother: ‘Okay I just wanted to check, I can get them if I need to, not worries.’

We were in tears with laughter within minutes of me putting the phone down.  I love my baby brother, and I have probably spoilt him, but omgee what is it with some males? lol!  It was ten days before Christmas Day and he had only just realised that he hadn’t got his Christmas cards!  Thank heavens my DH is not like that – I think I’d threaten to throttle him if he was!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges

Tools:
My Minds Eye Winter Wonderland stamp set – thank you Donna!
Papermania A5 Female Relatives stamp set
Woodware Mix & Match Christmas Sentiments stamp set
Heat gun; anti-static bag

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Snow White Accents A4 card to create base and snippets for stamping on; Crafters Companion A4 Matt Black Card for matting onto; Craftwork Cards DP/PP #
Colours: WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Platinum
Glues: Collall all purpose glue
Other: Versamark IP


# VOS + 5 years


Friday, 19 December 2014

Friday's post is my CAS style Christmas card ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week was good and you have fabulous plans for the weekend
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

Another Christmas card to share with you today and here it is …

 
Another one I created for my mum! 
The cards and the paper! 
  
I kept it simple so I can't be told off about how much it cost to post!
A final look!

Because of time running out, postage costs and having stuff or stuffs to do I kept this one fairly simple.  This is the third of the four personalised Christmas cards mum asked me to create for her.   She has also loved the fact that I have adapted my cards because of the postage costs lol!  Last year I heard nothing but moans over the fact that it had cost her so much money to post them so I was determined to make sure they didn’t this year.  I was also worried that mum wouldn’t like them because they are quite simple and basic.  Luckily she loved every single one of them too which was a real bonus for me! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges

Tools:
Papermania Home for Christmas tree stamp; Papermania A5 Male Relatives stamp set
Woodware Mix & Match Christmas Sentiments stamp set
Heat gun; anti-static bag

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Snow White Accents A4 card to create base and snippets for stamping on; Crafters Companion A4 Matt Black Card for matting onto; Craftwork Cards DP/PP #
Colours: Silver Embossing Powder #
Embellishments: ribbon from my stash #
Glues: Collall all purpose glue
Other: Versamark IP


# VOS + 5 years
  

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Thursday's post is a monochrome Christmas card ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

We finally made it out to shop yesterday and oh my now we know why we try to shop a little earlier.  So many of the shops had run out of the items we planned to buy.  Once I got home I popped onto the internet, ordered and paid the extra postage and they will be here tomorrow or Saturday.  Thank goodness for the internet and shopping on line lol!
Anyways enough of my waffling I’ve another card I created for mum to share with you today and here it is …

An A5 card 
Great to post too
I love these stylish trees
Thank goodness that using multiple fonts is in fashion.
A final look

I struggled with ideas for the four personal/private Christmas cards mum asked me to create.  Christmas mo jo did a disappearing act!  I had all my Christmas stamps, papers and embellies on my desk waiting for inspiration and I didn’t have any.  I decided to take a look at my not Christmas paper/card and when I saw this gorgeous piece of card an idea was sprung! 
I stamped and heat embossed the tree three times onto a piece of white card and used snippets to stamp and emboss the trees onto again because I wanted to decoupage them and add a little depth.  I used different stamp sets for the greeting and snippets black card to mat both panels onto.  I cut the A4 black and white damask pattern card in half and used one half on an A5 card base – simples lol!
I was under strict orders to ensure my cards went through the cheapest letter slot so that none of us had to pay more than usual postage.  I complained about how much it had cost us to post after we had sent the cards and my lovely followers told me that I could purchase a mailing ruler and they were available on EBay.  I purchased one in January and it is one of the best things I have ever purchased!  At least 95% of our Christmas cards did not require extra postage.  That ruler has saved us so much money and I’m extremely grateful to all of you for letting me know about it! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges




Tools:
My Minds Eye Winter Wonderland stamp set – thank you Donna!
Papermania Male & Female relations stamp set
Woodware Christmas sentiments stamp set
Heat gun

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafter’s Companion Centura Snow White Accent A4 card and snippets; Crafter’s Companion A4 mat card; Kanban Patterned Card
Colours: WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Platinum
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS at least 6 years


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wednesday's post is a sketchy Christmas card ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I have another Christmas card to share with you today and here it is …

 
A big card this time! 
Just the card bit! 
I love this bauble stamp - thank you Miss Pixie! 
 
I was able to use bling as mum will hand deliver this one!
A computer generated sentiment helps a lot! 
A final look!
This is the card I have made from mum to brother and his partner Bethan.  I used red and white as I know my brother in particular loves monotone colour schemes and I adapted an old sketch that was originally from Papertake Weekly – love their sketches as they encourage me to use up my DP/PP stash! 
The gorgeous Penny Black stamp was a win from the lovely Di at Pixie’s Playground Snippets Challenge, the red ombré satin ribbon is from the tote of ribbons I won from Hazel of Simply Me.  I used my laptop with Word to type the sentiment and some of my dwindling supply of the 12” x 12” Papermania paper pack.  I only use a couple of sheets of that pack each year because I love it so much and they no longer sell it L!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Bling It On: more than enough on this one! 

Tools:
Penny Black Brushed Bauble Stamp (love it very much)
Heat gun

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafters Companion Centura Snow White Accent A4 card to create the base and snippets to stamp onto; Papermania 12” x 12” Home for Christmas paper stack #
Colours: WOW Embossing Powder: Red
Embellishments: ribbon from my stash; gems from my stash
Glues: Collall all purpose glue; foam pads
Other: Versamark IP

# Approximately two or three years old and sadly no longer available!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sunday's post is Christmas Card Club, Margaret's Choice, #26 Non Traditional Colours ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend is going well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

Where did the last week go?  I was happily creating and planning my Christmas shop, the one where I have to leave the house and then it’s ten days later!  I caught a gastro bug, grr!  I feel a little better but it’s only two weeks until Christmas – arg!  
I've got to go present shopping with mum on Monday and I'm not looking forward to it.  Don’t get me wrong I love spending time with my mum but I hate Christmas shopping.  Everyone is in a rush and the disabled woman get’s knocked into and knocked onto the floor more often than is good and she gets asked why couldn't you, you know, you are disabled, couldn’t you organise yourself a bit earlier and not get in our way?  Sadly that has been said to me on more than one occasion!
Enough waffle I’m here with the final Christmas Card Club for this year.  It's the lovely Gran Margaret’s choice this time and it is Non Traditional Colours.  I went through my paper snippets and embellishments and I wanted to use the last of these reindeer.  So I changed their colour with paint so that they fit this challenge.  Here is my first non traditional colours Christmas Club creation …

 
I have loved using brown and white - not my normal colours but I think it works and it was
a great way to use up PP/DP snippets and old embellishments! 
  
These were so quick to make and finish! 
A final look at #1!
 
This time I used red and white with brown and gold and again I love it! 
 
I used a much darker brown and gold - love it!
A final look at #2
 
A little more traditional this time - with using brown and gold on the embellishment 
 
I got quite a bit of texture on this one, not sure how but it looks good!
A final look at #3!
For these Challenges:

Whilst I remember my huge thanks to all of the ladies at Christmas Card Club!  I’ve never had so many cards, tags, boxes and bags created and finished as I have this year for us and for my wonderful mum.  So thank you all very much for the fabulous challenges and your awesome friendship!  I just got to keep it up next year again lol!
I still have an obsession of creating diamond fold cards/pop up cards.  I was, unusually, very organised because I made them before I came down with the bug!  I wanted to make sure I kept up with the last challenge.  I get busy or catch a virus or both happen at the same time regularly at this time of the year so I decided to try and think forward for the final change.
I’ve a lot to do, as most of you do too, so I won’t be able to blog or visit as much as I would like lol!  However I will be back before the big event as I’ve more Christmas cards as well as some really wonderful presents to share and show (I don’t often ‘big’ myself and my creations up but I am so chuffed and DH is also very proud of me). 
Until I see you next take very good care of yourself and your loved ones, family and friends!  Keep well, warm and happy and I hope the next two weeks are very kind to you.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x




Tools:
Ruler and scoring tool; paint brushes; pot with water

Stash:
Card/Paper: 20cm square white card to create the bases; snippets of DP/PP’s *
Colours: brown and gold acrylic paints
Embellishments: wooden reindeer which were red and cream and from Tesco’s range of mini Christmas ornaments and I purchased them a long time ago #; ribbon #; peel offs #
Glues: Collall all purpose glue

# VOS + 4 years minimum

* the brown background is old Craftwork Cards paper;
  the red and white cross stitch is Papermania (2 years old minimum)

  the red and white was a ‘freebie’ on a magazine 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Saturday's post is another thank you card ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend has started well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I have another card to show you today and here it is …

An A6 landscape, again, lol! 
Loving the effects I can achieve with this stencil! 
 
He is so beautiful - I don;t think I will ever get bored of stamping and colouring him! 
Some more old stash used up!
A final look.
Because a lot of my cards are donated to local charities I don't put a sentiment on the front!

I need many thank you cards as I’ve a lot to send and I’m also trying to get some made before I need them.  I’m still creating Christmas projects but I can’t share them yet lol!
A simple and quick card as I used my Tim Holtz ‘wood grain’ stencil along with one of my newish Sheena Douglass stamps – I do love all of my new stamps very much and I am playing with a lot of them right now lol! 
I was lucky enough to win one of the vouchers from our lovely Darnell’s last NBUS challenge.  I got this stencil and a stamp set which I have used but I’m not yet prepared to share what I have made with that yet lol!  Yep I’m being a little mischievous so and so lol!  It is so nice to feel well enough to be a tad mischievous!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x










Challenges
Simon Says Stamps Work It Wednesday November: I am working on some thank you cards for after Christmas


Tools:
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy: King for a Day stamp set
Tim Holtz Woodgrain layering stencil – thank you Darnell and Mistah!
Martha Stewart border punch
Splodgeaway mat; Ranger ink blending tool and foam; paper stumps for blending the colouring

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accent for base and snippets to stamp onto/ink up; snippet textured paper #
Colours: Versafine Onyx Black IP; Tim Holtz Distress IP’s: blue china; salty ocean; vintage photo; colouring pencils; brown permanent pen #
Embellishments: buttons #; white crochet thread #; ribbon #
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; Collall dimensional photo glue


# VOS: at least five years old and no idea when or where purchased