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March 20, 2021

A slimline poinsettia Christmas card

Hi and welcome to my blog, I hope you’re having a good day.

The new theme challenge this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is slimline cards. I have some slimline card bases in my crafts stash, from many moons ago, but have only limited colours left, but I rather liked this shade of pink …

For the focal image of my card, I stamped and watercoloured a poinsettia, fussy cutting it when it was dry.  I love stamping and all the different possibilities it offers – from inks, to techniques, to patterns and designs – and I love how you can achieve so many different looks with the same stamp.

I love poinsettias at Christmas, and always buy a fresh plant each year, but I have to admit that last year my plant didn’t even make it to Christmas day! Instead, its leaves curled up and drooped within days of me bringing it home, and ended up in the compost before Christmas Eve.  Now, before you start to think I’m not green fingered, the plant I bought 3 Christmases ago is still alive and well and is positively thriving!

A quick search of my paper stack and I found this blue paper with all those delicious mini snowflakes – I love the blue next to the pink – perfect! More scraps from my scraps box for the glittered snowflake and winter sprig – all that was left was a stamped sentiment, done.

I’m linking my card to the Happy Little Stampers watercolour challenge where anything goes, Inspire Create where anything goes, and also We Love Chocolate Baroque where the theme is “I love” as I do so love poinsettias!

I hope you like my card for this week and it’s given you some inspiration. Do come and join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – we’d love to see your work.

Enjoy your weekend

February 20, 2021

Winter Wonderland tag Christmas card

Hi and welcome to my blog.

I had lots of fun making my Design Team card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge this week.

My team mate, Lucinda, set the challenge to use a tag, or tags, to make a card. I first cut a piece of watercolour paper to size, then added shabby shutters distress ink to my craft mat and sprayed with water to make some interesting puddles of ink, mopped up the ink with the watercolour paper, adding more here and there to achieve the colours and patterns I was happy with.

Whilst my tag was drying, I thought about what I would use for the focal point of the card. I looked through my collection of dies and decided on the large stag from the Tim Holtz Alterations Winter Wonderland thinlits die set, and the wreath and foliage of the Sizzix Winter Garland die set, all die cut using a mixture of silver, glitter and whisper white card. I added colour to some of the white leaves using a water brush and distress ink, adding more ink to the centre of the leaves for a bit of depth and shade…

Next, browsing through my stash of designer series paper, I came across this tartan patterned paper and thought that the colours worked really well together and also went well with the stag. I added a strip of crumb cake card behind the paper for balance…

I used my crop-a-dile to attach a large We R Memory Keepers eyelet and tied a length of very vanilla thick baker’s twine, fraying the ends slightly. I added a simple greeting from the More Merry Messages by Stampin’ Up, stamped in black ink and cut into a banner shape, and a rhinestone for the centre of the flower, then popped the whole thing up on craft foam and attached to the centre of a piece of A4 whisper white card, scored and folded in half.

So, not my usual square shaped card this week – I hope you like it. 

We would love for you to join our challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and show us your beautiful creations.

Enjoy your weekend.

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