Thursday, 15 November 2012

Christmas is coming....

Hi Susan here....

I have a few more Christmas cards to show you that I have been working on...hope you like them.

I have tried to use a few different shapes for my cards this time, as I usually make my cards square, but couldn't resist having a change. So for this particular card I have used a 5x7 inch size which I think best suited the images and layout.
I have used a set of stamps from Chocolate Baroque for this one. I inked around the edges of the squares after trimming them with Tim Holtz distressing inks in sage green and then slightly inked the birds breasts.
The beautiful swirls are a die from Marianne Designs. 
I have used base card from Paper Mill Direct.
The flowers in this most gorgeous deep red colour are from Hobby Craft.
The magical sentiment is a stamp from Prima, I love this text stamp.
My backing paper is from my stash, it is originally from a 12x12 scrapbooking pad.

I have grouped a few cards for you to see on this post, so for my second card I have used a 4x8 inch size of card and set it up in a traditional tent style.

My backing paper was from an 8x10 scrapbooking/cardmaking pad from Papermania, it already had a fabulous design of baubles, snowflakes and the sentiment so I didn't want to cover this too much.
The flowers and berries matched my colour scheme really well, these are from Hobby Craft. I didn't want to use a solid block of colour for the flowers this time with the backing paper being really strong, these flowers matched perfectly and seemed to lighten the whole thing.
I have used an old favourite punch, for my snowflakes I have had this little punch for such a long time and use it such a lot that if it had a name on it well it isn't there now, so sorry I can't tell you who the maker is, I have used Tim Holtz distressing inks called china blue and then added some stickles and a tiny blue gem in the centre.
The beautiful china house button I bought on a trip to USA, I treasure these little china gems, I love them so much, I have tied some silk ribbon into the buttonholes.

This stamp is so adorable, it is from and I love it.
I have used chalks to colour it, then I added stickles to the dress shoes and wand, well you can't have a Christmas card without glitter can you.
The little gems falling from her wand are from my local market. I bought a little box of them, all different colours, they are a pain to work with because of their size but well worth the effort.

My next and last card for this particular post is again using this rectangular shape.

I had a lot of fun making this one, I have used several dies.
The backing paper is from a set of papers that was free on a magazine and the sad thing about this is I only have a small amount of this left over, I love the way it looks like traditional tartan fabric with stitches going through it, I have used a base Kraft card from Paper Mill Direct.
The snowman is from Tim Holtz, I used his distressing inks all around the edges using sage green and tea dye,  I stamped all over the die cut shape using tea dye distressing ink and one of my favourite text stamps.
The flowers are from Hobby Craft.
The beautiful ivy leaves are an embossing die from Marianne Designs, I have added glitter to the veins to give a bit of sparkle.
The snowflakes are a beautiful die from Memory Box, after cutting this out I glittered the whole thing using stickles.
I recently bought some small wooden embellishments and this little house was one of them, I painted it using white acrylic paints and distressed the edges with a tea dye distressing ink, then added stickles here and there.
The fence is a die from Marianne Designs I cut two of these out of Kraft card and joined them in the centre, using white acrylic paint I painted 'snow' onto the fence then added stickles to make snow glitter.

Well that's it, I hope you have enjoyed looking at my cards as much as I had making them. Funny thing about making Christmas cards, once I start I can't seem to stop, I think it has something to do with it being one of my favourite times of the year and I love to give everyone I know a card to celebrate. Now you know why I have to make so many!!

Anyway thank you so much for taking this time to look and if you would like to leave any comments I appreciate it very much.
Love and hugs
Susan xxx


  1. Oh WOW Susan. You have been busy and what fabulous creations they are too. I love them all, but the one with the tall snowman with the text is amazing.
    Hope you are ok.
    Love Sandra xxx

  2. Your creativity must be in overdrive,these are three wonderful Christmas card, love the Tim Holtz snowman, the China house button and the inking on the bird squares. Of course I love everything about each, just thought I would list what caught my eye at first glance.
    Hope you are well

  3. Hi Susan what a lovely selection of Christmas cards, I love them. the detail and design are gorgeous.

    Hugs Julie xxx

  4. Wow, all so different, but all so lovely. I wish my mojo were firing on all cylinders like your's is.

    Lin xx

  5. Hi Susan aww all your cards are beautiful but i especially like the second one because its pink (my fav colour) lol!

    Love From Rebecca xx

  6. Has always all of these card are stunning, i love that you have used chalks & added the gliter after gorjuss

    Tracey x


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