Hope you are having a good weekend and that it is not too cold where you are.
We are really getting into the Christmas spirit here, the light are up on the outside of the house and the tree is in the first stages of being dressed. You can't move for wrapping paper and prezzies, I'm beginning to know how Santa must feel :)
The card I am sharing today was made at the request of a friend at work. She wanted a card for her parents with a Black Santa on it, not something that you can easily find in the shops. It also had to be big with plenty of bling since her Mum is nearly blind and would therefore need to 'feel' it.
She didn't mind whether the card was comical or traditional just so long as it was large so this wonderful Molly Blooms stamp Boxing Day Santa immediately sprang to mind. I have coloured him using Distress inks and then cut him out with a circular Grand Nestie.
The wood grain background is a piece of card stock which has been stamped and gold embossed down one side using X9449G Christmas Text Background and then cut out using another of my Grand Nesties.
The main panel of background paper is Magnolia paper Blue Christmas Holly with a fine handstitched border drawn onto it.
The flowers are a combination of ready made and die cuts with the lovely Heart Swirl Branch Doohickey and Marianne Creatable Pine Tree Branch. The pine branches have been glittered by embossing them with sticky embossing powder and then pouring fine glitter over them.
A Time to Share is from a Woodware clear stamp set FRCL105 Traditional Christmas Greetings and 25th December is from Lili of the Valley.
The whole thing was assembled using an 8 inch square card which I picked up in Peterboro when I was up there last month. I knew they would come in handy especially as they come complete with envelopes. I did suggest to my friend that she might need to post it in a padded envelope just to be on the safe side.
I am waiting to hear what her parents thought of it but she was absolutely thrilled. She has already given me details of the birthday card that she wants for her Dad in February.
I am entering the card into the following challenges Crazy 4 Challenges - Its Santa So Artful - Tis the Season picture inspiration Creative Craft Challenges - Stitching Faux or real Sassy Cheryls Challenge - Santa
It's no good I must get on with writing my Christmas cards now, I can't put it off any longer.
It really is the bit I hate doing, maybe I should get a stamp made up with all of our names on it to cut down on the hand cramps lol.
Total for 2012 - 141 cards Total for 2013 - 131 cards Total for 2014 - 154 cards Cards carried into 2015 - 51 cards Cards carried into 2016 - 122 Total made in 2016 - 123 Carried forward into 2107 - 81 cards Total cards made in 2017 Jan - 3 cards Feb - 7 cards Mar - 0 cards Apr - 5 cards May - 7 cards Total made in 2017 - 22 cards
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Saturday 23rd September 2017 at Davina - Backgrounds for Boys and Girls using Oxide Inks (See blog post 18th September 2017)
Saturday 30th September 2017 at Davina - Alcohol Inks and Acetate
Saturday 7th October 2017 at Davina- Create a Picture Frame using Inky backgrounds and Stamps Tuesday 10th October 2017 - Jane Gill on Hochanda with some of my samples Saturday 14th October 2017 at Davina - Christmas Cards using Pearlex Saturday 21st October 2017 at Davina - Solid stamps, White Ink and Crayons
Saturday 28th October 2017 at Davina - Follow a Sketch
Saturday 4th November 2017 at Davina - Watercolour Stamping and Sparkle Pens
Saturday 11th November 2017 at Davina - Let's play with Dies
Saturday 18th November 2017 at Davina - Groovi Playtime
I am a self confessed 'Stampaholic' living with my family in Surrey.
I am known as the 'Granny in the Attic' and have five Grandchildren
Megan(17), Reece(14), the twins Saskia and Ciaran(9), and Emma (1)
I work full time in a BP Simply Foods petrol station and then craft in
my spare time.
I have written two books. The first on Teabag Folding and the second on
Rubber Stamping, both for Search Press.
I have written numerous articles in the past for magazines including Craft Stamper, Quick Cards Made Easy and Cardmaking and Papercraft.
I teach classes in Purley and have
demonstrated at many of the major Stamp Shows.
I am on the Design Team for Woodware and Hobby Art, and have also designed for Imagination Stamps, Stamp Addicts and Clarity. Several of my cards have featured on each of their TV shows.
I am lucky enough to make some of the samples for Woodware who are now part of Creative Expressions
I love joining in with the challenge blogs and have been part of the DT at
Crafty Cardmakers for several years.