card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

Peace On Earth

Hello Everyone,
I told you in my previous post that I had 2 cards to upload today and here is the 2nd one. So yes it is again for the CASe this Sketch #268 with Chrissy and the Color Throwdown #489 combination.

This time around though I decided to make a Christmas card because that is one of the things that came to mind when I saw the colour and picture combination.  Here in the southern hemisphere we have a very warm Christmas and strawberries feature on many a pavlova. So here is my card
Peace On Earth.jpgUnfortunately I couldn’t find a strawberry picture to add to my card but I was really happy to use this very colourful patchwork Christmas tree from OddBall Art Co on Etsy. This is one of their older digi stamps but it is still a favourite of mine because I have a lot of friends who love playing with fabric so this image is great for their Christmas card.  The tree is coloured in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and I have gone over each section with Zest-It to smooth the colouring out. The papers are a variety of papers from my large stash of Christmas stock.

Thanks again for stopping by and looking at my project. I am so glad to have another one of my Christmas cards finished. I have fallen behind with everything that has happened since Christmas last year.  And as always before you leave I wish to leave you with is thought:
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10 (Scripture doodle of encouragement)
Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled kind of Day,
My Name

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card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards · Yarn

Star Christmas

Hello Everyone,
Today I used one of my favourite ways to get my crafting on … I looked up a sketch blog to see if anything inspired me to make a card and one of them did!  This sketch comes from one of my go to sketch blogs Sketch Saturday and this is their sketch #508. I decided to make a Christmas Card because I have fallen behind with the amount of cards that I need to finish by the beginning of December.

This is what I came up with following the sketch
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And this is the sketch as posted on the blog. This time around I didn’t do anything to the sketch itself.

I was able to use up more of my “Paper From Christmases Past”.  These ones are from Kasiercraft “Twig and Berries” paper pack.  The darn cute Chester Monkey image is still available from (here) Little Miss Muffet Stamps and its Star Chester. I coloured him up with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. This time around I didn’t use my Zest-It to smooth out the image; I wanted to take advantage of the roughness of the paper to give some texture to the image.  I also used my Distress Ink to colour around the image before affixing it to the card front.

It was fun getting back behind my desk and not having my toes hurting while doing it.  So I may be able to get some more card crafting in.  But I have been doing other crafts like my Spinning.
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This is a photo of me spinning on my Ashford Joy Spinning Wheel.  This wheel is very portable as you can see I am spinning while my family and I were out for the day.  I find spinning a very calming activity to do and I get to create yarn that I can then crochet or weave with.  At present I am using some of my own homespun to crochet up a scarf.  I will share a photo of this when I complete it.

As always Thank You for stopping by and looking at my project today. And before you leave I wish to leave you with this last thought
Count Your Blessings...Little Church Mouse 2015.
I know that I am guilty of this one. Many times when I am in the midst of something (not even heartache) I forget about all the blessings that God has already bestowed upon me.  I am going to try harder to remember my blessings more than my circumstances.

I wish for you a Happy Crafty Fun kind of Day,
My Name

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

Peace On Earth

Hello Everyone,
I told you that I would be back for a 2nd post. I am sitting at my dining room table trying to get this done before my foot hates being inside the “Moon Boot” too much. So this post is going to be short and sweet.

Peace on Earth.jpg

This is one of the digital stamps from the Wreath: Boxwood and Cranberry set.  I liked this set because it is different from a lot of other Christmas stamp sets. I again used my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils to colour in the image and brushed over the image with my Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I didn’t really like the starkness of the white and this I think finished it off nicely.

Again I am entering in the Power Poppy and PageMaps Combination Challenge:
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this time I chose to use the January 2018 Square Map
I hope that you like my interpretation of the sketch. As I said in my previous post now that I have been introduced to PageMaps I will definitely be back to look at the coming designs.

Once again thanks for stopping by my blog today. Before you go of course I need to leave you with this thought:

So, so true! I hope you don't, like me, stand there pushing or pulling, when the sign, not five inches from my nose, says otherwise! Plus...you get to read all the lovely messages your Pin friends (like Pen friends!) leave you here!!Enough said! Except You are never too old for Garfield and He often makes a lot of sense …. Just saying.

Have a Happy Crafty Garfield Kind of Day,
My Name

 

 

card sketch · Christmas Time · Digital Stamps

Christmas Joy

Hello Everyone,
I am back with another Christmas Card – I just can’t seem to stop making them 🙂 Looks like I will have enough by the time I have to post them out this year.

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This card was actually made with 3 different challenges in mind.
First off we have Catch The Bug Challenge Anything Goes
Saturday WklyCh BB
and then I loved the Stella Says Sketch Challenge #601


and last but not least – AAA Cards #106 Quote

The image is Christmas Word – Joy which you can purchase here from Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  This is one of my favourite Christmas stamps. But I have coloured it in with some Copics – these markers are not new to me but I have never gotten along with them :/ 2018 though is going to be the year that either I become comfortable with them or I am going to have to sell them.  I can not have such a huge investment sitting around doing nothing if I’m not going to use them.

The paper I used behind the main image I coloured with simple children’s markers in an Adult colouring book.  I have a lot of pages that I have coloured and I have decided that instead of them sitting around gathering dust I am going to use what I can in my card making and other paper crafts.  So I get twice the enjoyment out of them – 1st when I am colouring the page and 2nd when I re-purpose them into another project. 😀

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project today.  As always before you leave I would like to leave you with this thought:

Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled kind of Day,
My Name

Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Sliced Christmas

Hello Everyone,
Tell me what do you get when you make lots of cards that are shorter than your pretty papers? Any ideas (think)
A: Lots of paper strips. I was at a loss as to what to do with all of these until I looked at the CAS(e) this Sketch challenge and found this challenge going at the moment.

So I was able to use up a lot of my strips and since I had all the supplies out I ended up making 2 cards at the same time. This is a photo of one of the creations:
simpleChristmas.jpgIt’s a simple card but I really like it. I think I am going to have to keep this sketch in mind for using up other scraps I have in my stash.  Yeah I know I should probably just throw away any scraps – but I don’t like wasting any of my beautiful papers.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation today. And as always before you leave I would like to leave you with this thought:
This is definitely my prayer for the coming year.  May the New Year be so much more loving than 2017. Best Wishes to you all.

Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled kind of Day,
My Name

 

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

2 Cards 1 Sketch

Hello Everyone,
As you can see by my being back again with another card I decided what I was going to do after my last post.  Well actually Lunch happened between these 2 posts.  I was having much fun card creating today that I didn’t feel like stopping.  I always say “Make while the body allows!” – I have a bad back which prevents me from sitting in the same chair for long periods of time (no matter the type of chair).

I am still working towards the Christmas Cards I need for 2018. I have a stack already which is nice to be in front for once. I won’t have to binge make Christmas cards come November next year ((((Happy Dance))))

So anywho – here is the latest of my creations:
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As you can see I made 2 cards using the same sketch – doing this every now and again also helps with building my pile 😀

To make these cards I started with the current sketch from
Freshly Made Sketch 318
AND I will also enter the

Christmas Cards All Year Round – December Any Holiday Cards

Both of these cards use papers and toppers from Kaisercraft Christmas Carol 6X6 paper pad.  I still have so much Christmas paper left I definitely don’t need to buy any more for awhile. I am sure that it multiplies while you aren’t around using it.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. Before you go I would like to leave you with this parting thought from my favourite hound Snoopy:

This is such a good thing to do. Learn from yesterdays lessons, Live in the present and Look forward to what tomorrow will bring.

May you all have a Happy Crafty Fun Filled kind of Day,
My Name

Christmas Time · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

New Colours of Christmas

Hello Everyone,
I am enjoying making Christmas cards but I think the main reason I am liking the process is because I am working towards Christmas 2018.  So I took the opportunity to join in with the Color Throwdown #473 combination.

And I thought I would try making a Christmas card using not so traditional colours – taking me out of my comfort zone and this is the result.
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I had this pink Christmas Tree background and thought it would go well with the challenge.  The image is from JustME Digital Designs on Etsy.  This adorable Llama can be purchased here.  I am having so much fun designing with this image – it’s becoming a firm favourite.  The image and the background had some colouring done with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. Please consider leaving a comment and even liking my creation.  But before you leave I would like to leave you with this thought:
Listen To God....
This is just a good way to live life. I am trying to be more like this through my walk in life.

May you have a Happy Crafty Fun kind of Day,
My Name

Christmas Time · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

Dog Gone Christmas

Hello everyone,
I am trying to make some cards with a bit of difference for my Christmas Cards.  I am actually starting on the 2018 batch of cards now.  I finally got enough made for this years bunch so I decided to get a head start on next year.  Because I have been reminded this year that what you plan doesn’t always work out – especially long term plans.

Any who onto the card which I’m sure is your main reason for stopping by my little blog today.
Dog Gone Christmas.jpg
Isn’t this such a cute image – well actually we are looking at the merging of 2 images from 2 different companies.  We have Cute Dog which is a freebie from All Dressed Up Images and you can get this image here.  And the presents stamps came from CC Designs but is now retired.

This card was influenced by 3 different challenges and they are

My most favourite way to start a card – with a sketch. And I love those from the talented designers at Freshly Made Sketches.
then I found

Cute Card Thursday has Festive Colors as their #508 Challenge
and then
Our newest challenge (click pic below)
All Dressed Up #76 Anything Goes BUT you must use a ADU image.

So I first combined the images plus the sentiment together and printed them off and coloured it up with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. I fussy cut around the image and matted the whole image onto a square of black paper.  I decided to go a more masculine route with this card but it could be sent to a family as well.  Using up more of my Christmas papers – these papers I am going to miss when I finish using up the pack.  And that was it.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation.  Please consider liking my post and leaving a comment.  But before you leave as always I would like to leave you with this following thought:
As I reflect on what 2017 has bought into my life.
A lot of good has come of it: going to my craft group more often, restarting this blog, surviving my cancer journey and my Son settling into his new school.
Some bad has come as well: the passing of my Mum, my cancer surgery, other health problems
So now I am looking into 2018 and what it may bring my way.

My Name

Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Peace, Love and Joy

Hello Everyone,
Another Christmas card finished but this time around a very simple understated card.  There are some people on my card list that don’t like a lot of fuss or anything.  So I tried to go simple and under stated and this is what I came up with.

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I am actually quite please with how this turned out and I definitely will not have to pay any access postage on this card.

As with most of my cards this one started out with my searching for a sketch that I would like to use and this sketch from CASe this Sketch

was just the ticket.  I could have fun with it and I can see this becoming a favourite of mine.  To make this card I used an old Sizzix Christmas Tree Large die to make a stencil and stuck it down to the paper using some painters tape.  Then I got out my Peeled Paint Distress Ink and a sponge dauber and using the cut out from making the stencil I sponged the Ink up the tree to give it a little dimension.

Once I had completed this I used a pink sparkle pen to make the tinsel and I found some iridescent circle stickers of various sizes in my stash which I used to represent the baubles.  I then used my Cuttlebug to cut from gold paper the words using the Kasiercraft Christmas Word Dies.  Once this was adhered and before I put it on the card front I sponged around the edge of the card base using the same Distress Ink I used on the tree and that completed my very simple card.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation.  And as always I would love to leave you with this thought before you go:
Unfortunately this is me at the moment.
I have so much to accomplish but I have no desire to do what I have too so I am doing what I want to do instead!  Anybody else do this?

Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled kind of Day
My Name

Christmas Time · Greeting Cards · Watercolour

Ice Cream Christmas

Hello Everyone,
This time around I bring you a Christmas card with a bit of a difference.  You see for people like myself who live in the southern hemisphere – our Christmas is definitely not full of Snow, roaring fireplaces and Cold.  We are preparing for Sunny Weather, maybe some Rain and being able to Swim and eat Ice Cream on Christmas Day.  So I decided to create a card that reflects my Southern Christmas.

IceCream Christmas.jpg

This card was created using an image I had in my stash which I stamped on watercolour paper this time around and got out my little used watercolour pencils.  After this was complete I used my Cuttlebug to cut out a circle of white paper to make the tree background and a layer of burgundy red paper using my scalloped die.  The reindeer paper is another from my stash of Christmas papers which is thankfully shrinking 🙂

Sometimes I like to make cards like this that reflect what our Christmas will involve. With picnics, swimming and going to the beach being planned for our holidays and of course seeing our family.  But of course we will not forget the real reason for this wonderful season – the Birth of our Saviour Jesus.

This card was made for the following challenges

Christmas Cards All Year Round – December = Holiday Cards

and

Shopping Our Stash Challenge – I like to Move it

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation.  And as always I would love to leave you with this thought before you go:
A Christmas Blessing
Have a Happy Crafty Fun Filled Kind of Day
My Name