Saturday, 18 December 2010

Happy Christmas!

Christmas is almost here now!  Just time to post a last minute card.  I wanted to use the sheet music for "In The Bleak Midwinter" as the card is for someone who loves this particular Carol.  However, I did find it difficult to design around it and I'm still not sure if it really works?  

I tried adding a sentiment but it seemed to ruin the whole balance and so I've kept it simple with just the main pyramage image "Girl with Muff" and the flowers. Oh and some diamond stickle to add a bit of pizzazz.

Pyramage image "Girl with Muff" and music sheet background both from Printable Heaven. Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I'm entering this for the following Challenges:
Creative Stamp Friends - Challenge 14 - Traditional Christmas Colors
Stampin' For the Weekend - Challenge 53 - Christmas

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 133 - Christmas Card

Oh well, off to get plenty of sleep and my antibiotics.  Hope to bring in the new year healthy!!!

Happy Christmas to you all!!!  

Wishing you and your families good health and a very happy and peaceful holiday!

All the best
Sue xxxx

Saturday, 11 December 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas ...

I have come down with yet another cold and chest infection. I can't believe how many I have had this winter but I know there are a lot of other people who are the same. 

Anyway, I really felt like doing a few old fashioned, Victorian style Christmas cards and was pleased to see that this week's  Wild Orchid Challenge is 'An Old Fashioned Christmas'.

I love decoupage but thought I would have a go at doing some pyramage as I haven't tried it before. I wanted some victorian style images, so went onto the Printable Heaven and found a selection of Christmas Cosy and Christmas Cute Sets which I bought and downloaded. 

Strangely I came across the "Santa Lady" image on another website and really liked it, and so was delighted when it turned up as was one of the 'Cosy Set' that I downloaded on Printable Heaven.  The main background paper is from that set also.

The other deep red pattern on tag and frame/border is from Papermania "A Christmas Carol" set which are great papers for vintage cards.

The pearlised red card and polka dot ribbon are from Handy Hippo. And finally some 'Heart Strings' Card Candy.

Challenges entered:

Friday, 3 December 2010

Travel the World - India


I have been making so many Christmas Cards, it was nice to take a break for the Sir Stampalot - December Challenge - Travel The World.  One of the many places I have always wanted to visit is India, especially the Palaces of Rajasthan. At the moment it seems a very distant dream .... but I thought I would make an exotic looking card, something which I have wanted to do for a while, since I got my Moroccan XCut Punch! The stamp is Clear Magic: "Indian Dreams" which you can buy at Handy Hippo Website. You also get the Wishes stamp along with other images and borders etc.

The gems were 2mm and 3mm (quite tiny). They are Anita's Gemstone Wheels from Crafty Devils Papercraft. I used Gem Tac glue from Crystal-Beads and also from Crystal-Beads, a Rhinestone Picker or Jewel Setter, which is a pack with two sticky ended sticks for placing gems. You can use the plain end of the other one to nudge gem or bead into place. I have to say this has been a really useful tool and I use it a lot for adding beads and stones. The Gem Tac glue is also really good for adding glitter as it is quite runny but very tacky. It was quite tricky getting the punching centred. All I can say is practice on rough paper and do corners first, then centre.

Colouring for Stamp: 
Elephant: Cool Grey 3 and Cool Grey 4
Elephant's Coat & Decorations: Magenta, Yellow, Grass

Black 5" card blank from Handy Hippo
Hot Pink paper from Milton Christmas Paper Stack from Handy Hippo
Moroccan XCut Punch from Crafty Devil's Papercraft
"Indian Dreams" Clear Magic stamp from Handy Hippo
Jewels: Anita's Gemstone Wheel 2mm and 3mm gems - yellow from Crafty Devil's Papercraft
Gem Positioner from Crystal-Beads
Beacon Gem Tac Glue from Crystal-Beads


Finally, I can't resist incorporating a little of my love of genealogy into my website:

Below is a wonderful photograph of my gt gt grandparents! The reverse side has a Christmas message, and is dated Christmas 1907 - so it was obviously a photograph used for Christmas, a bit like the Royals do nowadays LOL. The photo may be a little creased and stained but I really treasure it as an insight into my ancestors. Isn't it lovely to be able to see what they looked like and how they dressed?!!!