Monday, 10 October 2011

Happy Kiss-mas card

Firstly, thank you all so very much for the positive comments about those embossed cards yesterday - and also for the tips and pointers about the wedding stationery. Bubbles even emailed me with some thoughts. You're all so helpful - that's what's so great about crafting and blogging :) Hetty Wainthropp had a successful trip to the wedding fayre (no hidden cameras were involved) - and this week it's 'wagons roll' on a few ideas I'd already had. Yesterday's reconnoitre (sneaked the big word in!)  did confirm some of my thoughts, which is a great relief.

On WOYWW I had the makings of today's Christmas card in a little basket, all goodies gathered together. This is the result:
It definitely works for me to pull stuff together - before even colouring an image. There seems to be less angst in the long run :)

I love this Penny Black stamp featuring two of my favourite creatures - a hedgie plus a robin, bought recently 'pre-loved' from another crafter. It's so worthwhile looking out for things, especially stamps, on the blogs you follow and of course e-Bay. Just don't dither like I sometimes do if you spot something you'd really like - else someone else will likely beat you to it!

I'll list what I used below - but this is the first time I've used one of the poinsettias I took apart and covered with Twinklets. I did show about these not so long ago, and Bev Rochester has a great tutorial on how to do them - good fun and quite therapeutic. I snipped off the green leaves layer at the back though before adding the flowers to the card - the green just clashed. And, I made two cards almost the same - just slightly changing the colouring of the hedgies scarf and the scalloped oval behind the image. Another two for the box - a few simpler ones are called for to speed things up, but I did love putting all the bits in this card together :)

I used:

- Penny Black 'Wishes for Kisses' stamp, coloured with Pro Markers, and a little dot of Opal coloured Liquid Pearls on the mistletoe berry :)

- image and backing oval cut using Nesties dies. The backing scalloped oval was cut from a Dovecraft Noel Pad

- papers on the card itself are from an Echo Park 'Seasons Greetings' paper pad, some really lovely papers in this set :)

- hard to spot but there is some dark cream broiderie-anglais ribbon, threaded with dark red seam binding, tied into a bow. I found the seam binding in a rummage box in either Hobbycraft or my local haberdashery shop - yards and yards of it for £1

- the sentiment is an Elzybells one

That's my offering on this dull and overcast Monday morning - I'm off out later to scout round HC as my first port of call for aubergine paper/card!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

My Mum's Craft Shop - All Creatures Great and Small

Scrapbook Sisters #55 - Christmas Flowers

Christmas Inspirations - Birds or flowers ( this card has both a bird and a flower - but a few other entries do too so maybe it qualifies OK)

I've just spied a new follower - Patchezzie - I can't see a blog but welcome to the Crafty Workshop! I seem to be moving towards 100 followers, and that's gonna have to be candy time to celebrate :))

Have a nice Monday!



Cath Wilson said...

It's turned out really pretty - glad to see the result of your organisation. Chezzie's blog is btw, lol.

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

oooh Di . . . what an absolutely GORGEOUS Kiss-mas card! LOVE it.

Hugs, Sarn xxx


Cute card!
Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges. Hope you will come back to play again soon.

MaggieC said...

Thanks for showing us the finished article after teasing us with all the goodies earlier. It has worked out extremely well.

Jules said...

Hi Di

This is one of my favourite Christmas stamps from Penny Black .. .. but then I say that about nearly every one!! LOL!!!

Gorgeous backing papers too!

Love Jules xx

Bernie said...

Good Morning Di, Your card is so lovely. Like everyone else I love that adorable image. I love the papers you've used and that poinsettia is beautiful. It's wet and dreary out, good day to hide out in the Closet or under a blanket with a good book. Maybe I'll do a little of both. Yum

Diane's Card Designs said...

Beautiful card Di! Such a cute image and love the colour combo and designl. Also I like that
Diane xx

Diane's Card Designs said...

Hi Di, me
Thanks for joining us at MMCS challenge this week.
Good luck!
Diane xx

Annie said...

Love how this card has all come together Di. Cute image :-)
A x

Kathleen said...

This is a fabulous card Di, love the papers and of course the cute image. I like red and green at Christmas.
I have at last come to my senses and started getting the papers and things together before colouring the image as if I colour first I find I can't find anything to match.

Kath x

lisa said...

It's lovely to see the finished card, Di and it's a beauty, that poinsetta is gorgeous.
Those white embossed trees from your last post are gorgeous too. I love white on white, it always looks so classy.
Good luck with all your wedding ideas.
Hugs Lisax

Elizabeth said...

Evening Di, the finished card is just beautiful ... love the hedgehog and robin and the papers are very nice too ... definitely worth the forward planning. Interestingly, I was watching a recording of one of C&Cs stamping programmes today and the demonstrator, Mel Heaton, was advocating doing just that. She chooses the paper first then colours the stamp to suit - said it's easier than colouring first then trying to find paper to match. Still chuckling at the thought of you in your Hetty Wainthropp mac, lurking at displays with a notebook to hand :) Elizabeth x

Anonymous said...

Lol Di, you do make me laugh! The nice legs are attached to my hubby! All the women like or notice his legs, we think it's very amusing. Sadly he's just called me from home and the slight cold he came home from England with has morphed into a bit of an up-chucking session! Yuck!

Still, nice to see the finished card from last week though!


Shelby said...

The poinsetta is beautiful and the image just perfect! Love that sentiment as well. Thanks for joining us at MMCS challenge and hope you'll join us again on Wednesday.


Sandra said...

This is lovely Di, Poinsetta's are the nicest flower of all and yours on your card is just gorgeous also the backing papers i too love this image which you have coloured beautifully and to finish it off with the red bow really Christmassy:) Sandra H

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card Di. Love the image, it's so cute. Fab flower too, and I used the same sentiment on the card I blogged today :o) Lisa x

The Crafty Elf said...

Oh Di...I love your card! Those Penny Black images are too darn cute! Your poinsettia is so pretty and that sentiment just finishes off your card nicely! Great card!!!!

cebelica said...

Sweetie, this is adorable. I love your card! Thanks for playing with us at MMCS this week! Hugs!

Jenz Bitz 'n' Bobs said...

Ahh that's such a cute card. I love Penny Black stamps.

Bubbles said...

Awww, shucks... twas nowt really :)

I loe this card - this has to be my favourite PB stamp I've ever seen... and now I want it! *lol*

Glad the scouting trip went well... now we're all waiting with bated breath to see the stunning stationary you create :)

Anonymous said...

So sweet, such a gorgeous image and beautifully coloured
Lindsay xx

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