Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Welcome to the last Wednesday before Christmas

Morning all,

Mid week again ..... has the Christmas madness invaded your home yet? My husband went off on Sunday and did the bulk of the shopping for the Christmas period, all we have left is the fresh fruit, veg and dairy to obtain nearer the time and I have no plans to go ANYWHERE NEAR SHOPS now until after Christmas! Unless, of course, I suddenly remember a gift I forgot to buy - hope that doesn't happen!

Saw my two oldest friends yesterday, we meet up for Christmas lunch once the teaching pal finishes for Christmas! We had a table booked at a local hostelry which, sadly, involved "trial by ring road" - which I survived! Turkey and all the trimmings followed by mulled plum and almond bakewell which was delicious. Such a shame we don't get the chance to meet up as often as we might like but, never seems to matter how long we are apart - we can just pick up where we left off, the sign of great friendships, love both of them to bits and value their friendships hugely.

Anyway, I STILL don't appear able to stop myself making Christmas cards despite last posting day being tomorrow - this one will be for my 2018 quota!

My card
And a closer view of the image panel and sparkle
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square 
  • One piece of red card cut to mat
  • White card and red card due cut using MFT's stitched rectangle dies
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle (set 385 "Christmas Crows" from 2009) image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Kaisercraft glitter gel pens in red and black used to add colour and twinkle to the image
  • Stardust stickles used to bling up the "snow"
  • Poundstretcher black glittered washi tape
  • Papermania mini crystals to add interest

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 359 - BIRDS/FEATHERS - 2nd entry
  2. AAA Cards - challenge No. 105 - SPARKLE
  3. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 159 - SEASONS GREETINGS
  4. Sweet Stampin' - December 16th challenge - LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS CARDS/CAS
  5. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 126 - SPARKLE

And, OMG! Here comes another Christmas card - just can't stop myself!!!

My card
 The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Piece of white card and patterned paper (manufacturer unknown, it's a snippet I've had for AGES) cut to fit
  • Piece of red card cut to mat
  • Snippets of white and red die cut using plain and stitched circles
  • MFT Santa and HO3 plus Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image, blended using Sansodor
  • Stardust stickles and gold sparkle glitter glues used to bling up fur, bear and buckle
  • Black glitter tape (from Poundstretcher 3 rolls for a pound!)

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Die Cuttin' Divas - challenge No. 348 - HOLIDAY
  2. Cuttlebugmania - December 12th - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS (using die cuts ... circles)
  3. Stinkinginkers - December 5th challenge - CELEBRATING HOLIDAYS
  4. TiddlyInks - challenge No. 208 - BE MERRY
  5. Merry Monday - challenge No. 270 - TIC TAC TOE (left hand column .. stamping/die cut/red)


SARN said...

Love both main images you've used on today's cards mate. The birds are COOL and the Santa is JOLLY!

Glad you enjoyed your meal out with friends and survived Trial by Ring Road!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Jane said...

Fabulous and sparkly! Love the line of birds wearing their Santa hats. Thanks for joining in with the AAA Cards Sparkle Challenge.

Pat said...

Glad you are managing to catch up with your friends Kathy. We are going out for a meal with friends tonight and Friday which will be lovely. I don't know how you manage to come up with such interesting and prettily designed cards, your mojo is definitely not diminished by the mayhem that is Christmas. I adore these fun and glittery birds and your leaping Santa is so cute, with a great background too. x

Bobby said...

Sparkling crows wishiing us all a Merry Christmas. That should surely bring a smile to someone's face, Kathy. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Addicted to CAS.

Julie said...

Lovely holiday card.
Thanks for joining us at Addicted To Stamps
Julie T

Melissa L. said...

What a cute group of birds! So fun and sweet. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards Clean and Simple Card Game #105 - Sparkle.

Lilian said...

two great cards Kathy, Love the Santa,


Georgiana said...

Great touch with the extra sparkle. Thank you for joining our “Holiday” Challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.

Stay Creative,
• Carson's Creations •
Die Cuttin’ Diva DT

Cara said...

Two fabulous cards, loving the subtle sparkle x

Sharon said...

A couple of super makes Kathy. Your festive birds in their santa hats are just fab and the offset mat really draws your eye into the image. A great make! Glad you enjoyed time with your friends - it is always lovely to have a catch-up, isn't it? Thanks so much for your second entry into Less is More this week xx

Trina P. said...

Lovely set of Christmas cards. Both brought a smile to my face. Those birds wearing the Santa hats are adorable. Wonderful way to stretch your stamps. Thank you for joining us at a Less is More.

Judy1223 said...

Wow, Kathy, two great cards (and fun envelopes!)! I saw your sparkly Santa over at Merry Monday and had to visit to say how much I love it! Have a Merry Christmas!

Kelly Lunceford said...

What a cute little Santa!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday!!!

Lady Joyful said...

Great cards. The Santa is so fun! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, GDT

Nancy Boyd said...

Awesome cards! Love the sparkle! Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin Divas for our Holiday challenge!

Cheryl S said...

Such cute cards, Kathy :) The sparkly birds are adorable! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.