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.
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:
This is just a good way to live life. I am trying to be more like this through my walk in life.
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.
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
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.
Can you believe that there is less than a month until Christmas? I know I certainly can’t. I am so behind with my Christmas card making. It has been quite interrupted with my health and other family stuff but I am making some inroads. And here is another one to add to my pile 😀
One of the main reasons that I really like this card is because it is making use of my Christmas stash. It is quite large … sales are a stash maker I tell you 😉
I have used the Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge to start this card which was to use a Gingerbread image – I had this paper in my stash which I really couldn’t find the right card to use it on. Then I went looking for a sketch to use and I found this one
I really don’t know what I would do without sketch. I find them a great starting place for making a card. I hope you like my take on it. By combing these two challenges together I think I have come up with a simple but sweet creation. (puns intended!)
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. I would love to leave you with this thought before you leave:
When I am not sitting and crafting a lot of the time you can find me with my nose stuck in a book. I love being transported to another place and time … even if its only for a small amount of time.
Today I am bringing you a card that was inspired by two different challenges.
I loved the sketch over at Sketch Saturday but I put my own spin on it which you’ll see in a minute,
and I also loved the colour combination used by the Color Throwdown Challenge
I thought I haven’t really used teal with red and green for a Christmas card so this is what set this card creation in motion.
And this is the end result of everything above being put together
As you can see with the sketch I extended the bottom part because I didn’t have any square cardstock in my possession. (I hope that changing the sketch like this was OK, if not I understand my card being removed from the challenge) The reason I don’t have any spare cardboard for bases is because I have cut up my A4 cardstock into pre-prepared card bases to help with my crafting time – but I am going to buy a pack of square card bases so that I can have some on hand for these challenges.
But I was lucky to have some teal patterned Christmas paper in my stash. It’s actually been sitting in there for about 3 Christmases now so I’m glad to be using it. I bought it because I loved the pattern on the paper but when I got it home I realized it didn’t suit anything else that I already owned.
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And now I would like to leave you with a thought before you leave:
This has several meanings for me at the moment. I can see the steps that I have been taking are bringing me closer to my goal. I also realize that I have a long journey in front of me still but I am progressing.