Let’s try that again….

So much for my plans of posting up a Christmas card a day in December…..
For those of you who haven’t heard my sad news, my beautiful niece Jacqui, passed away suddenly on the morning of the 3rd of December.  Jacqui was only a couple of years younger than me, we grew up together, were like sisters but perhaps even closer because we weren’t sisters and didn’t live together.  We have shared so much over the years, supported each other through the hard times and shared the laughter.  I am finding it incredibly hard to believe she is no longer with us.  However, one thing I do know, is that Jacqui would want us to go on enjoying life, living with a smile, having fun and heaps of laughter, and to make sure Christmas is a happy occasion for us all, even in the circumstances.
Here is a photo of the two of us together.


So, I am back with more Christmas cards! 🙂 Just one for now, and another a little later.

Again I am featuring those gorgeous baubles from the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits dies, along with some cute Santa paper from the Home For Christmas DSP.  The photo is not the greatest, but I am sure you can see it well enough.  I have kept this card fairly simple, those baubles don’t need a lot of extras to make a special card.
I am going to enter this card into the current SUO Challenge (Stampin’ Up! Only) – Cards for Children.  I am sure this one would be lovely for a child, with the cute Santa paper, although who doesn’t love Santa 🙂
Happy stamping!
Chris

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The Male Room wishes you a Merry Christmas

Today we have a Christmas challenge at The Male Room, and a special message to wish all of you a Merry Christmas.


I have two cards that I made up for this challenge, both using some of the music print from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Papers, along with some of those gorgeous baubles from the Delicate Ornament Thinlits dies.  I love this combination for masculine cards, the gold and black together are quite striking.
I do hope you will share you Christmas projects with us at The Male Room, and look forward to a whole new year of challenges in 2016.
Merry Christmas,
Chris

A Month of Christmas Cards

That is my plan, to post up a Christmas card each day of December – whether or not the silly season takes over, is yet to be seen, however I will give it my best shot, to give you some inspiration for your own Christmas cards.
And since today is the first day of December, here is my first Christmas card for you! 🙂

 

I have made a few in this style, so you might see a couple of these (is that cheating?). It is basically a one layer card, apart from the bauble.  I have embossed the card front with the Boughs and Berries textured embossing folder, then cut a plain bauble out of the gorgeous Red Foil, then one of more elaborate baubles to go over the top in the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Both baubles are from the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits dies.    The Merry Christmas sentiment comes from a retired stamp set called More Merry Messages, however you could use one of your own favourites.  You could also stamp it directly on to the card front if you are game (or like using stamp positioners), for this one though, I chose to use a separate flag the layer above the embossing.
Stay tuned for more Christmas inspiration.
Happy stamping!
Chris

In the Pink!

This fortnight at Crafty Boots Challenges, we are going Pink!  So think girly, although of course we would love to see something masculine in pink if you want 🙂
My card for this challenge is definitely girly though….

I had some new goodies arrive today, and I had to have a play.  I have used some of the gorgeous Timeless Elegance Designer Series Papers.  The papers are black and cream, but I have coloured over it with a pink marker so that it looks like black on pink.  I have combined with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and matching butterfly dies, and the sentiment comes from the retired Blooming With Kindness stamp set.
It’s not a great photo as we had a very dull and overcast day today – lots of rain and thunderstorms though, which is always good for the garden.  However, despite the shadowy image, I hope you can see all the different pinks.
Come and join in with us at Crafty Boots, and show us your pink projects!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Heartfelt Sympathy

I have a few new goodies to play with and share with you today, including a beautiful new stamp set called Heartfelt Sympathy.
My card uses the sketch from the current Just Add Ink challenge.

I have also used some very pretty new Designer Series Papers, the Pretty Petals Stack.  The stamp has been coloured using markers, then cut out using a circle framelit.
I am also entering my card in the Use Your Stuff current challenge.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Punch Art Kitty

I had a little bit of fun this afternoon, making this cute kitty and designing a card for him to go on.

PunchArtKitty

We do love our four legged friends in this family, we have four beautiful cats (who live inside) and two rabbits (who live outside).  I had a little helper while I was making this card today, so if you see any black hairs they will be our little black cat’s contribution.  She does so love helping me craft, usually sitting on me or whatever I am making at the time and purring very loudly!
I didn’t think the kitty on my card would look as good all black though, so I did this one in similar colours to one of our other gorgeous cats, Biff.  Here is a photo, do you think it looks like him? 🙂


Anyway, the background papers are from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack, and I have used some of the Ovals Collection Framelits to create a frame for kitty to sit inside.  For kitty I have used the following punches:  1 3/4inch Circle Punch for the body, Flower Medallion Punch for the ears, Bow Builder Punch, trimmed with paper snips for the tail, Owl Builder Punch for the eyes and nose, and a retired punch (can’t remember the name of it, sorry) for those cute little paws.  And then just used a Black Marker to add some detail.
The words come from You Little Furball stamp set.

I am entering this card in the current Send A Smile 4 Kids Animal Cards Challenge.

Happy stamping
Chris

Black and White Challenge

Our challenge at Crafty Boots for the next fortnight, is to make Black and White projects.
My card features the gorgeous Butterflies Thinlits dies from Stampin’ Up!

Such a beautiful butterfly, it is one of my favourite dies, and makes it so easy to make a lovely card quickly and easily.
Make sure you share your Black and White projects with us at Crafty Boots Challenges.
Happy stamping!
Chris