Tuesday, 24 August 2010

My first Christmas cards!!

Hi. Hope you're all well. Today, believe it or not, I'm not going to moan!! Not to tempt fate but the nurse thinks Mum's infection is looking a little better today so fingers crossed..... So I've had a little time to myself in the past few days so finally have made a start on my Christmas cards!

This first card is the cutest stamp from Elzybells. I bought it in their closing down sale. I coloured with copics and paper pieced their coats. I bought some Glamour Dust for the first time and love its fine quality- now I know what all the fuss was about! The papers I've used are Basic Grey and I stitched with my sewing machine. This is only the second time I've used it because I'm so hopeless with anything "stitching" related but with this wiggly line design I'm OK so will definately try and use more often now! Letters are a Sizzix strip die. Snowflakes are a mixture of a punch and sequins.

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations- Christmas in August
Pollycraft- In Stitches
Charisma Cards- Die cuts
Winter Wonderland- Winter Wonderland
Creative Card Crew- Sparkle and Shine

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Elzybells); Copics; Paper (Basic Grey); Assorted cardstock; Lettering (Sizzix); Punch; Snowflake sequins (The Works); Sewing machine; Glamour dust; Stickles; Gems (Lakeland)

Here is a little close up of the carol singers. Don't they look cute and cold?!

This next card is made with a stamp I absolutely adored from the first moment I saw it. I got it from The Glitter Pot the first day they stocked it. I decided to do a very simple card because the image is so beautiful and doesn't need a lot of fuss. I paper pieced and decoupaged her dress. Papers are by Bo Bunny. I created a present look by adding some strips of chocolate card. The bow at the top was an ancient freebie with a craft magazine which I coloured brown with copics. Sentiment is by Craftwork Cards.

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations- Christmas in August
Papertake Weekly- 321- 3 hot fix crystals, 2 papers and 1 image

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Penny Black); Papers (Bo Bunny); Assorted cardstock; Hot fix crystals (London Bead Co); Sentiment (Craftwork Cards); Copics

And finally here is my Glitter Pot and Sarah's Cards stash that I bought the other day. Some papers including Bo Bunny, Doodlebug, Fancy Pants, Cosmo Cricket and My Mind's Eye and new Penny Black Christmas stamps. Funny how much 12x12" paper costs!!!!!

Have a fun rest of the week. I'm hoping to make some more Christmas cards! x


Jules said...

Hi Steph

So pleased that things look to be improving for your Mum .. .. let's hope the good progress continues.

Your cards are gorgeous as always.

I love them both.

The dress on your Penny Black lady looks super scrummy.

Love Jules xx

Cj said...

I love both your cards I may have to make a little trip to The Glitter Pots now!!!

Andrea, said...

Fab cards Steph, love the images you have used

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi Steph, Ah this is super, thanks so much for joining in with us on MAWTT this week. Glad to hear your Mum is on the mend, Fingers crossed the infection clears totally soon Hazelxoxo

Lisa Jane said...

Two super cards - love the images on both
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT
Lisa ;)

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Those carol singers look freezing cold but they are still fab hun, love both of your cards
Thanks for joining us this week at MAWTT
hugs Shell xx

downrightcrafty said...

Great first Christmas Card, thanks for sharing and playing along with us at Winter Wonderland this week, hope to see you back on Friday for the next challenge
Hugs Kate xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

It may be your first but it's a beauty. Love that image. Thanks for playing along at Winter Wonderland. Hope to see you back on Friday. Marianne x

Nicki (LittleTed) said...

These are lovely Steph, the paper pieced carol singers are so cute and your other card is very elegant.

Hugs, Nicki, x

Cor* said...

both cards are absolutely great. Wonderful coloring . Layout of the first card is perfect and the CAS effect of the second is super! Thanks for joining in at Creative Inspirations for our Christmas Challenge.

craftykitten said...

Hi Steph,
Two fabulous cards hun, and both so different. Thanks for joining our Christmas In August challenge at Creative Inspirations this time.
Dawn x

Sarita said...

Ahh, so you've discovered Glamour Dust!! You'll rarely make a card not using it now!
I adore the new PB girl stamp, got to get this. Love the colour's you've used.
Your new stash looks amazing,
So glad things are looking promising for your mum Steph,
Love Sarita xx

Maria Matter said...

oh love seeing the cold carolers...it's so hot here today!
Both cards are fabulous!
Thank you for joining us @ Creative Card Crew!