Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Last minute Christmas cards...

Hi! So how's everyone in craft-land? I've made the last of my Christmas cards now (though there a few I've yet to show you) so relief all round. I've got at least one gift I want to make though so will be making a start on that later this week.

My Christmas preparations are coming along OK. My in-laws, sis and partner and bro are all coming and the latter 3 are staying for 1 or 2 nights so I've been planning food and drink!! I now know what we're having, what I'm making and what's ordered so I feel a bit more relaxed. I did a trial run of a Bailey's Cheesecake at the weekend which was gorgeous if I do say so myself. Hubbie took it into work as I didn't think we should try and eat a whole cheesecake ourselves (!) and it went down a treat so I'll be making that. Am also going to try a Nigella Lawson Chocolate Fruit Cake which seems to have a gazillion ingredients and Mum's trifle recipe. Am not making a pudding or mince pies- M&S will see to that!!!!

Mum is feeling a bit better this week but the drain from her liver still has showed no sign of easing up so she has to go and see her surgeon again on Tuesday. He will decide whether she needs to have further surgery. Every day we have to measure what comes out of Mum's drain (yes it is as horrible as it sounds) and I hope that it will be going down but no such luck as yet. If she has to have further surgery, we are worried it will delay her chemo AGAIN!

Anyway, enough ramblings... onto cards!!! yay!

I think this is one of my favourite Christmas cards I've made this year- even though it was my last one and one of the simplest, I just love this unusual paper and, of course, this gorgeous Penny Black stamp. She is coloured with copics and I paper pieced her dress and the Christmas tree with some coordinating paper. I added lots of Stickles to match the background paper and to bling her up!

I'd like to enter this into:
One Stop Craft Challenge- Sassy Christmas
Cupcake Craft- Non traditional Christmas
Lots To Do- Glitz
Allsorts- Last minute Christmas cards

Here's her close up! How gorgeous and stunning does she look? I wish I could do my hair like that!!

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Penny Black); Paper (DCWV); Watercolour pencils; Assorted cardstock; Gold Stickles

Here's my second Penny Black girl. I just adore these stamps! I'm particularly proud of this one as I stamped her dress on Christmas ribbon! Then I used a 3-D foam pad to make the dress pop out like a prom dress. What do you think? She's coloured with watercolour pencils and glammed up with Glamour Dust.

I'd like to enter this into:
Penny Black Saturday- Holly and Ivy
Sweet Stampin- recipe
ABC Christmas- H for Holly
Stamp With Fun- Christmas!

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Penny Black); Watercolour pencils; Papers (Doodlebug, Artic Frog); Assorted cardstock; Glamour Dust; Gold Stickles; Leaf (Prima); Ribbon (The Altered Element); Flowers (?); Gem (Lakeland)

And here's her close up! Do you like her dress and gem as her belt?

One final Riley card... Riley is coloured with copics and the papers I've used are all DCWV I think.
I'd like to enter this for:
Daring Cardmakers- Snow much fun
Pink Elephant- Winter Wonderland

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Riley); Copics; Papers (DCWV); Assorted cardstock; Sentiment (Craftwork Cards); Brad (Lakeland)

And I like the Sketch Saturday sketch so much I used it for this card too!! Do you like how the paper matches his jumper?!

Crafty stash used: Image (Penny Black); Copics; Papers (DCWV, Doodlebug, Artic Frog); Assorted cardstock; Sentiment (Craftwork Cards); Embellie (freebie)

I'm not sure if I'll have time to do a post next week but I just wanted to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Christmas! Thank you all for following me, leaving comments and giving me support throughout the year, I really do appreciate it. Have fun!


ladyjanet_56 said...

Your cards are all lovely all different, lovely images, clours & detail, have a lovely Christmas & thanks for joining in at OSCC. Janet

Liz, said...

Wow Steph these are gorgeous. Love those new Penny Black ladies soo elegant. And sounds like you are really organised, well done.

Liz x

Jules said...

Hi Steph

More gorgeous creations - very varied and interesting.

Well done on trying out your recipes .. that Baileys Cheesecake sounds super yummy!! I could just eat a piece now.

I am pleased your Mum is a little better. Thank goodness she has you to help her through this awful time.

If I don't cross your path again this year (wow how strange does that sound) then I wish you a very happy and enjoyable Christmas with your family (and your Baileys cheesecake LOL!!).

Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave for me too and I hope 2011 is a much more pleasant year for you with much less stress.

Love Jules xx

Debs said...

Gorgeous cards Steph - love the DP's on the first one and the image is fab!
Thanks for taking on my Last Minute Christmas challenge at Allsorts this week.
Good luck
Debs xx

Leonie said...

Beautiful cards, love the last two the most!

Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday this week!

Leonie xx

Lynda said...

Stunning cards - love the beautiful bright colours. Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

Lynda xxx

Mummylade said...
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Mummylade said...

stunning projects! Thank you so much for entering the Allsorts challenge and good luck!

kath said...

lots of beautiful cards steph....thanks for joining in the fun at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

Zoechaos said...

Great last minute cards they are all fabulous, especailly love your PennyBlack ladies the trick with the ribbon is brillient. Thank you for sharing with us at Lots to do xx Zoe

Anonymous said...

Oh love all your cards, but the one you have made for perfect for H fir holly is just perfect and i love the stsmpinv on ribbon brilliant idea! thanks for joining in with us!! good luck! and hope you will continue to play our challenges in 2011 too!
hugs Samantha ABC Christmas Challenge :0)

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous, beautiful cards.

Céline et Nathalie said...

love your card, riley is too cute with his christmas tree. fab papers and coloring
thanks for playing at stamptacular sunday this week.

Liza said...

Fabulous work, I love the colours. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

Gemma said...

Wow, you have been busy, I just love your card with the dress out of ribbon, really great!Great take on our winter wishes challenge this week. Thanks for joining us at SSC and happy crafting! Gemma

Lindsey said...

These are beautiful! I love the one with the dress pieced with fabric! Hope all goes well with your mum and you have a fantastic time with all the visitors.....that cheesecake sounds gorgeous!
Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week x

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards - love the way you replaced the dress with ribbon!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

Squirrel x said...

Just gorgeous hun, and so festive! Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge - if you are joining in the blog hop, don't forget to leave a comment on each blog you visit to qualify. Hugs, Sxx