Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Welcome to the half way point in the week ...

It's downhill to the weekend! ...... Morning all,

Had a lovely lunch out with friends yesterday - so nice to catch up properly (at a leisurely pace) over a nice meal - pie of the day (peppered steak) and a coffee ... though the rest managed a dessert all I managed was the coffee!

I recently made a Christmas card for a "Christmas lights" challenge, using the fab mailbox image below (originally designed for envelopes but for C5 or larger) .. this week the challenge was to feature a mail box! Shot myself in the foot, or what!? Nothing for it but to use it again but to try to make it different - I looked through my ENTIRE collection of stamps and (aside from the same mailbox but for a birthday) had nothing else even faintly resembling a mailbox. 

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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • One piece of white card (for insert) cut to fit
  • One piece of DCWV patterned paper (from their "winter" stack) cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card cut to mat
  • Snippets in white, navy and silver mirri card
  • Narrow white grosgrain ribbon
  • Double sided tape to attach ribbon to base layer and dimensional foam tape to adhere completed image panel to my base card
  • Stamplistic image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • MFT faux stitched rectangle used to die cut the image panel before matting on the blue then silver layers
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the snow and star and Anita's dimensional gloss to simulate the "glass bulbs"
Stamplistic envelope dress up "Christmas" + Precious Remembrance Shop "Sketchy Christmas"
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Hiding In My Craft Room - challenge No. 345 - ANY HOLIDAY ... yes, I chose Christmas!
  2. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - March challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 25 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - March 27th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Crafty Sentiments - March 27th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
So, this card puts me at 71% of my 2018 quota - YEE HAA! At this rate I'll be able to relax for the second half of the year ... maybe I could write them in July and it will be one less thing to have to do at the end of November ... or is that just seven shades of WRONG?!?!?!

And ... DOES it look sufficiently different from the original? You tell me .. here's the original much more CAS version, coloured using sharpie pens and way more "fussy" with dimensional foam tape, multi layers AND patterned paper!!!


Sarn said...

Yes . . . I think it's sufficiently different! GREAT festive card . . .hope you haven't got blood everywhere after shooting yourself in the foot!

And . . YES . . . it IS 7 shades of wrong to write out your Xmas cards in July . . . mainly because "things" tend to happen in between July & December . . . address changes, break-ups, deaths, marriages . . . ask me how I know! NOT that I've ever written them out THAT early, but early enough to cause unforeseen problems!

Happy Wednesday! xxx

Pat said...

Yes Kathy, definitely quite different from the original and I love the blue background paper and the way you have layered it up. Glad you had a good lunch and catch up with your friends and that pie sounds delicious. x

Liz said...

Super card, Kathy, definitely different from the last one. Love this stamp, it deserves another outing! xx

Nélida Cordón said...

Both of them beautiful, but I love the blue background of this one.
Really nice Christmas card! Thanks for sharing it at Crafty Sentiments Designs

Becca Sadler said...

Great Christmas card featuring lights wrapped around the mailbox! Too cute and card is styled with evident color coordination! Thanks for linking to the any holiday theme challenge this week at HIMCR! Becca~DT

Marina said...

71%! That's pretty good as we're only 25% through the year. This is a lovely card and yes, different to your first and it's good you're getting use out of the stamp.

Cecilia Gunnarsson said...

Fantastic !!
wonderful creation and s great design !!!
Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at
Through The Craft Room Door
this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Hugs Cicci
DT member at TTCRD
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