I have mentioned before that Christmas in Australia is a lot different to the northern hemisphere. In Australia we are looking more for cold refreshing drinks than the warm eggnog type of drinks just because we are trying to stay hydrated in the warm/hot weather.
You may be wondering how or where the idea for this card came from … well it started with a sketch of course. I love to start with a sketch and this one if from Freshly Made Sketches. This is sketch #366
Hello everyone, another card made for my Christmas stash. But some of you maybe wondering why I named this post the way that I have.
Well at the moment there are cards to be made but at the moment I don’t have my space to make them. I am in the midst of changing the location of my craft room and it’s taking so long. Not because I have more commitments than I have in the past but now I am fighting my chronic pain all the way. It’s hard because I remember when I could change things around in a couple of days. Sometimes my family would walk into our family area and find that things had changed while they were at work and school.
I am making progress and that is a good thing. But during this I needed a distraction and crafting a card for my Christmas stash was the perfect excuse. So I went onto my computer and looked at a favourite blog of mine to see what the next challenge would be. And since it is the first week of the month it is Sketch Challenge time over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog and this is the sketch
The only change that I made to the sketch this time around is the orientation and the elements are further apart than on the sketch. I only noticed this after I had stuck everything down because I didn’t have the sketch with me. That will teach me not to print the sketch and make my notes before making it … OH I want my craft space back.
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always on all my blogs I would like to leave you with this last thought
I am 2 years today since I got the news that I had lung cancer.
I was very lucky on 3 accounts.
- That this was found at all. It was while I was having a scan for something totally different that this was detected
- That it wasn’t aggressive. It was found out later that this spot was on a previous scan that I had in 2003, but it wasn’t picked up for some reason
- That surgery has advanced; we were informed that this was operable and that I didn’t have to go through a lot of the bad side effects. Before this they wouldn’t have operated and put me through courses of Chemo and Radiotherapy instead.
BUT this experience has changed both how I see things and also how my family sees things. We are grateful for the advances in medicine but also in God’s timing. Things would have been so different if it was detected back in 2003.
Have a Happy Crafty Grateful Kind of Day,
Hello Everyone. Another Christmas card made for my list. And I have gone with some clear stamps this time around.
I have made this card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge following along with their current challenge. The October Technique Challenge of Masking.
So this time around with using clear stamps I have gone down the more traditional route of using post-it notes for my mask. If you have never done this before let me give you a quick run down on how its done.
- You want to work out your placement of your images before you start stamping because you need to work out what is in front of other stamps.
- Now stamp the stamps that are the ones you want all the way in the front.
- Now stamp these images onto some post-it notes – make sure your image ends up on the sticky part of them so you can cover what you have already stamped.
- Cut out your images just inside of the stamped lines you will get a better match up if you do this.
- Cover your image with your mask
- Stamp the next layer and if needs be make a mask if there are any following layers that touch.
- Lift off your masks and reveal your scene.
I hear you asking but what if I missed something in that stamping process? You can use a pen that is safe for your colouring medium and fill in any lines if needs be.
With my scene I actually drew some trees in the background to give the rest of it some where to sit. I coloured these in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils lightly because I wanted to have the focus on the front images. The house, Gnome and signpost I coloured in with my Copic Markers. I used a sketch from Sweet Sunday #231 because I just can’t start to build a card without a sketch. As you can see I did make a minor change but I sometimes use the sketch from the past as a jumping off point for my creation.
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card creation today. And as always before you go I want to leave you with this last thought
Mind you I still can’t believe that it is only Wednesday. Well for me it’s early evening so I am closer to Saturday than I was at the beginning of today. May all of you have a great slide down into the weekend.
Have a Happy Crafty Sliding Kind of Day,
Hello Everyone. A Christmas card that is inspired by the Christmases that I know. Not a snowflake in site. Maybe I should have named this one “Santa’s Holiday”. After he has finished his delivery rounds he decides it’s time to relax somewhere that is a warmer than his home.
Today I made this card based on the challenge from the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge blog and I am also entering to be a part of their upcoming Design Team. Their October Technique Challenge is Masking
They are asking for Christmas cards that feature Masking of any kind. So this leaves things quite open for people to get creative. For my card I decided to use “Digital Masking” – so in my computer I placed the digital Aussie Santa image on top of the Aussie Outback Shack digital image – so in effect “Masking” the image. Both of these images are from Make It Crafty. This is one of my favourite things about digital images being able to combine images to make a scene.
This card also utilised a sketch for pulling the card together and it is Sketch Saturday #534 – it’s fast becoming a favourite of mine.
The card this time around use this sketch but with only minor changes. The main image ended up being 9cm X 9cm this was the only change though.
Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my card project today. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought
Oh my – I am so behind in my card making! This countdown is till the day of Christmas. But for sending cards I have only – 31 days until I need to have my cards in the post!!! :0
Have a Happy Crafty Making Kind of Day,
Hello everyone. I had so much fun making my previous card that I had to colour another one of the fun cat images that I have. When I have some down time I colour images that make me smile and then I have images ready to put onto cards. I have 2 favourite mediums that I like to colour with – Copic Markers and Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. This image I coloured with my Copic Markers.
Then over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge their theme for October is Christmas pets so I had the perfect image coloured for this challenge.
And if you been to my blog before you know that I love making cards using a sketch. So I searched my favourite sketch sites and found #536 by Sketch Saturday that I thought would suit my cute cat image.
The papers that I used are by Kasiercraft. This paper pack was called Mistletoe and the scalloped border came from this paper pack as well. The sentiment I actually made on my computer and printed it at the same time as the cat image.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought
Oh this gave me just the giggle that I needed today. But I will admit that sometimes I am that person who does pull a push door. Have a great day no matter which side of this quote you are on.
Have A Happy Crafty Opposite Kind of Day,
Another Christmas card finished and I am really happy with how it turned out. On my Christmas card list is a bunch of cat lovers and I am sure one of them will love receiving this.
This card was actually inspired by 2 challenges. The bunch over at Time Out Challenges are asking us to be Colourful for challenge #120 and then I have found a lovely sketch site over at Feeling Sketchy and this is sketch #203
The first is the image from their site the 2nd is my copy with the measurements included.
I think that I have covered the Time Out requirements for being colourful. When I saw that challenge I thought of this image, I’m not 100% sure where I got this digital image from. But I printed it out and coloured it in with my Copic markers. The papers are from my Christmas stash which is shrinking a little but I need to shrink it a lot more.
Hope you like my take on both of the challenges. Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my project. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought
Oh Snoopy my pal you don’t know the half of it and its not even the end yet! This has been a really really rough week. Hope that your week is going a whole heap better.
Have a Happy Crafty Smooth Kind of Day,