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Christmas cards 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

We're having a white out!

Good morning all

Hoping you are all bright and breezy this morning and that the weather is being kind to you in your little corner of the world.  As for my post title - no we're not having snow here in the frozen north of England  but we do want to see your white cards at Moving Along With The Times this week, so a little snow is definitely a good thing - well on your card at least!

The theme this week is 

White Only

I decided to have a play with my dies to make this card and it turned out pretty much as I had in mind - which if you knew how I mess on with this type of card is an achievement in itself!!
It's another one of those big 8x8 inch cards - I'm on a real roll with these big Christmas cards just now.  My main problem was getting a good photograph. I got a couple of really weird ones where the words and embossing sort of reversed - strangely enough it looked ok upside down as I was manipulating it in my photo editor to try to do something with it - but I thought you might like to see it the right way up, so after much repositioning and changing of lights I finally got it!!

I have been having a little retail therapy this past week to cheer myself up and part of my shop was some new Christmas dies and together with some old favourites they were perfect for this card.  I also had a good old shop when Anna Griffin visited QVC this week, I just love her range  - I got the lovely bow dies, the Christmas card kit for quick and easy lovely cards (I'd rather buy this kit than buy cards - I just can't bear to buy Christmas cards!!) I also got some stamps and a big hole in my bank balance!! - the card kit came today and if you like vintage style its well worth it - as everything is in there down to the inserts and envelopes -and there'll be lots of embellies left over for some inspired creations!

This is what I did,,,,,,

8x8 inch card 
White card
Sparkle embellies from creative expressions
Noel die - Sue Wilson at Creative expressions
Snowflake corner die (I used 4 to make a frame) - Wild Rose Studios
Layered poinsettia dies - Spellbinders - my favourite poinsettia die by far
Leafy spruce looking thing!! -Mariannes creatables (I think its called mistletoe?)  - coated with 
Cosmic shimmer jewels - iced snow

I hope I've inspired you to make a WOW (white on white card)  I think they make very elegant special Christmas cards which are really quite easy to make once you get all the dies cut and embossed, I think I'll make a couple more while I'm on a roll! 

There are some really beautiful cards over at MAWTT - if you need some more persuasion to have a go click here!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges

Hello again

I'm back with my second post of the day - this time for 

Pennys Paper Crafty Challenges

and the theme is an easy peasy 

Anything Goes

and yes - another Christmas card from me!!

It's another 8 x 8 inch card - I've been enjoying these lately - I really like that they're so big when they're finished!!
I had to photograph this in poor light ( I was a bit last minute finishing my card) so the colours are a bit subdued - it looks a bit brownish - but its really green!!

This is the cute Sammi Boo Carolling from Lacy Sunshine available here

we are sponsored this week by 

Who are giving a fab prize of 3 digis to this weeks winner.

This is what I did....

Image - Sammi Boo Caroling from Lacy Sunshine 
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers - LOTV
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Sparkly embellie - Creative Expressions
Joy Die - by Sue Wilson  from Creative Expressions
Large die (with image) - Spellbinders
Glitter - glamour dust
pearls from my stash

I hope we see you over at Penny's this week - after all anything goes!!

Judith xx

Sorry I haven't been around much .....and It's Christmas! Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good Morning all

I'm so sorry that I haven't been around too much these past couple of weeks 
We've had such a bad time, 

My lovely daughter Alison was 3 months pregnant and a scan showed that the baby had died so they have had a really awful week with everything that that has meant, and I have been looking after my grandson for much of the time while they have been dealing with it all.

To add to that we had two funerals to go to one on Friday and the other Monday, each the parent of very good, very old friends, people we have known much of our lives.  So all in all a very sad time for us all.

I've been doing a bit of crafting when I've had the time - it has helped just to be quietly doing something, but blogging has been non existent.  I feel as if I haven't visited properly for weeks.  it seems to have been one thing after another happening lately - I'm sure things can only get better!

Anyway I'm hoping to get back to crafting and blogging and visiting you all again over the next few days and I'm making a start today with my DT card for 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

The theme this week is

(with an optional twist of tags bags and boxes)

I decided to make a big 8 x 8 inch card with this lovely image called The Nativity available here  from 

Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps

I distressed it slightly with white distress paint from TH and I quite like how it turned out.  

This is what I did...

Image - The Nativity from lil diva stamps at Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolour pencils
Papers - LOTV - Father knows best
Sentiments - MFT
Wood dove embellies ( distressed with white paint - Kars
Dies used - stitched square - frrom MFT elements 16, holly and berries - Sizzix, Memorybox frostville wreath
Glitter - Glamourdust

Head on over to Fab'n'Funky to see what my teamies have made this week - you're sure to be impressed, and call in to me later today - I have my DT card for Penny's Paper Crafty challenges to share with you 

Judith x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Anything with ribbon at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week

Hello again!

I'm here for my third and final post of the day 
this time for our challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

We have a lovely "pretty" challenge for you this week 
and the theme is 

Anything with ribbon

This is a card I made our cousins daughter who got married in June- but was never blogged  - anyone who visits regularly may remember my lovely flowery  wedding shoes!!

Our lovely sponsor and prize this week

I'm sorry but I've forgotten much of what went into this card now and I also forgot to photograph the inside - not much information really I know! It was a lovely 8x8 large card and looked really lovely in the matching box is the best I can say.

But as far as I remember  this is what I did...
Dies are spellbinders 
Lettering TH vintage market 
Embossing folder is from Crafters Companion Vintage collection
Ribbon  and Pearls - from my stash

Hope we'll see your lovely ribbons this week over at Fab'n'Funky

Judith x

We've got spots at Pennys Paper crafty challenge this week!

Hi all

Well here I am again for my last post of the day!  - with my spotty dotty card for 

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge

Why don't you join in with us 
spots are catching lol

What we need to see are 

Polka Dots
I got this cute image to use this week
called Lets Play from Crafty Sentiments 

We have two fab sponsors this week

who are offering a prize of 3 digis from their store


who are offering a prize of  5 digis from their store

This is what I did .....

Image - from Crafty Sentiments
Coloured with Copics
Papers and sentiment - LOTV 
Ribbon - Crafty ribbons
Dies - MFT blueprints 16

Hope we see you playing along this week 

Judith xx

We're going Shabby Chic at the Paper Shelter this week

Good morning all

Hope you're all well on this sunny morning - but ooo isn't it getting chilly!

My first card of the day - yes there's more to follow!
is for our challenge this week

which is 

Shabby Chic

I've used a really pretty little image for this challenge 
called Angel -available from The Paper Shelter here

I really enjoyed making this card - as you can see I threw everything at it - in true shabby chic style!

As usual we have a fabulous prize at The Paper Shelter this week

Challenge prize badge

I hope we'll see you playing along this week

This is what I did.....

Image - Angel from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics and TH distress inks
Papers and label stamps LOTV 
Sentiment - Whimsy Stamps
Flower - Prima
Dioly - hobby house
Ribbon - Vintage seam binding from crafty ribbons


Thursday, 2 October 2014

I'm guest DT at the Crafting musketeers!

Good morning all

I'm back again with a card for you today for my GDT spot at

The Crafting Musketeers

I was lucky enough to win a lovely prize in their challenge a couple of months back and they offered me a GDT spot to go with it - so of course I jumped at the chance! - thank you ladies

The prize was a lovely kit from Hobby House and I decided to use it to make my card for this challenge

The theme is 

Autumn Colours 

and this little image was just perfect for it

Everything on the card  came with the kit (including the card and envelope!) except for the three pearls and the leaves - which I punched with a Martha Stewart leaf Punch -, and there's another 5 cards, toppers and all the trimmings to make 5 more lovely cards, so quick and easy and you can add as much as you want to each card - think I might have to have more of these for quick, easy, pretty cards.  The strange thing about it is that I have those papers, string of pearls and flowers in my stash already - yet I never put them together like this before -the kit was a great inspiration indeed!

Hop over to the crafty Musketeers to see more fabulous cards using Autumn colours

Judith x