January 20, 2018

Cute fairy Christmas …

There is the cutest challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week – fairies!  I coloured my little fairy with coloured pencils..

The background was stamped using smoky slate and crumb cake ink by Stampin’ Up…

I layered the image on silver mirri board and popped it up with stampin’ dimensionals…

One of the lasting memories from my childhood, was my mum’s festive ritual of making a new dress for the fairy for the top of the Christmas tree.  Every year, the plastic ballerina doll got a new frock made from crepe paper and an elastic band, and anything else my mum had on hand, such as tinsel string or white netting.  She was such a pretty ballerina doing an arabesque but, over time, the poor thing had lost one leg!  She only had her standing leg left, so my mum made sure her dress was long enough so no-one noticed. 

I still have the doll, wrapped in tissue, in a box in the loft, together with more of my mum’s Christmas decorations that I just can’t bear to part with.  My mum made Christmas magical and, as well as the tree, she made a snow scene display the full length of her sideboard. She would arrange colourful Christmas fairy lights around the whole scene, and there was a church at one end that would light up and it had a music box that played Silent Night.  One of my party pieces when I was very little was to sing to my dad’s friends whilst the church played and they would give me silver sixpences …now that’s showing my age!!!

I hope you’ve been inspired to join in and share your lovely cards with us. The Design Team girls have created lots of lovely cards to inspire you, so pop on over to 52 Christmas card Throwdown.     

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January 13, 2018

Delightful decorations colour challenge …

Hi and welcome to my blog. The Christmas lights may be down and the decorations tidied away for another year, but we would love you to join in our current challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown as it’s never too early to start making your holiday cards!

This week is a colour challenge.  As soon as I saw these colours together I thought of a card we made at a Stampin’ Up event a few years ago.  I decided to case it, changing up the colours to fit the challenge and use different stamp sets, so chose Delightful Decorations and Four the Holidays (both retired)

I have no idea whose original idea the card was but I still really like it, even after all this time. One thing I did realise is I need to buy a new cherry cobbler ink pad as mine has gone terribly dry.  Still, I kinda liked the faded stamped image as it seemed to add to the overall distressed look. What I wasn’t so happy about was the stamped sentiment – I used whisper white ink first, but that ink pad too is very dry, so I had to over-stamp in versamark and heat emboss with white embossing power so I could see the sentiment. I was hoping it would still look OK, but to me it just looks blurred.  I decided to leave it as it was and to learn my lesson – test stamp on scrap paper first before committing to my card, or don’t leave my sentiment until last!  

I hope you’ve been inspired to come join in and share your lovely cards with us.  The Design Team girls have created lots of lovely cards to inspire you, so do drop by to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and join the fun. 

It’s great to hear from you, so feel free to leave a message.

Thanks for dropping by today

 

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