Saturday, 19 November 2011

Christmas is coming ....

.... another two cards made for this year's collection.  Before taking Mum to the airport this morning, I checked to see my two favourite challenges - Less is More and Waltzingmouse, and then I went on my way thinking about my cards.  We had a good run to the airport and Mum got off okay.  I'll speak to her this evening - it was great to have her company for the last couple of weeks.

And when I got back - I knew just what I was going to do.  Things changed a bit, but not much.  My first card is for this week's Less is More - LIM42; Chrissie and Mandi have a theme week and they would like us to use silhouettes in our card design.  I immediately thought of the wonderful cameo images from Waltzingmouse, and the cute Santa cameos too, but in the end I used a really pretty topper from Kanban featuring some carol singers.  I added some glitter to the image - which sadly you can't really see in the photo.  Finally, a simple sentiment in silver.


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Santa's coming to Town
Image: Kanban - Carol Singers
Accessories:  Blue card, glitter and embossing powder from stash

My next card is for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - WMSC74.  The sketch is really simple but that means you can really play with it!!



I've gone for a reasonably literal interpretation of the sketch.  I started off with a champagne pearl card base and I added some colour to the edge of the card - it has a really lovely shimmer in real life!  I used my lovely new Postage stamp nestie to cut the square of luxurious Kanban card.  I stamped and embossed two of the lovely Santa baubles onto plain white card.  I cut out one image with the coordinating ornament die and added colour to the bauble.  I coloured the second image with the same ink, but slightly lighter shading and then cut out the central sentiment part.  I made a lovely gold bow and attached that to the card and then added the sentiment part of the bauble.  A lovely rich looking card!


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Santa's coming to Town
Spellbinders:  Postage Stamps (S4-348) #5, 2011 Heirloom Ornaments (S4-334) #4
Inks:  Distress - Festive Berries
Accessories:  Kanban card, Gold embossing powder, ribbon and card from stash

I'm really pleased to have made cards for both these challenges today, that means I can get on with some housework tomorrow.  I'll need to do something reasonably active as it's quite cool in the house.  I'll be glad when the plumber comes on Monday!!! 

That's all for today.  I'm going to have a quick browse around Blogland and then get set up to watch Strictly Come Dancing this evening.  See you all tomorrow for the new CR84FN challenge!

39 comments:

Jeanne J said...

Deborah, I can't choose - I love them both!! I love your first card with the children. The blue makes this a real stand out. Your WMSC is really elegant. I love the ornament and all the gold! Both would be just wonderful to receive in the mail!

Pauline said...

Both gorgeous cards Deb, love that sweet topper, and your gorgeous WMS bauble, beautifully rich and elegant.

Loli said...

Hola Deb, two fantastic cards for christmas!!!!what beautiful stamps, Deb the card of childrens is so sweet and the card of bubble is really stunning, good job Deb!
A hug from Palma and take care

Sasha said...

Two really nostalgic Christmas cards, Deborah. Love the sweet carol singers, and your bauble is gorgeous!:)

Kelly S. said...

Those children lined up with their lists fit perfectly with that sentiment! So sweet. I just love the rich colors with your champagne touches on the sketch card! That ribbon is swoonworthy, Deborah!

Cath Wilson said...

Both lovely cards but I love your silhouette stamp. Gorgeous x

Suzi B said...

Lovely cards Deborah... the first one is my favourite so nostalgic.
Suzi B x

Carol said...

Two fabulous cards Deborah, love them both. Carol x

Suze Bain said...

Two super Christmas cards Deborah, second one is my favourite, gorgeous. xx

Chrissie said...

Cute LIM card Deborah!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Mandi said...

Super cite LIM card
Lvoe the other too
Thansk so much Deborah
mandi LIM

Mynnette said...

Such stunning card!!! LOVE both of theme--and those carolers are perfect for a holiday card!!! :)

Heather Jensen said...

Both are so pretty. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. :)
Hugs~

Carla said...

very pretty cards! love them both!
have a nice sunday. Love from Holland

Olga said...

Beautiful card for the WMSC this week Deborah! Very vintage look. Love it!

Marrigje said...

What a sweet LIM card you made. I like it a lot.

Monika/Buzsy said...

So pretty Deb. Love the fabulous images, especially the silhouette one. Lovely color combos. :o)

nicky said...

Really stunning couple of cards
Nicky

lena-dailyscrap said...

Dear Debgem, your card is really beautiful - I can almost hear them sing. Love your silhouettes!

Debs M said...

2 gorgeous cards and great embossing! love that bauble x

Viv's Visuals said...

OOOoooooo these are lovely! Like the Santa one but they're both great cards!

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

What classic elegant takes on the sketch - I especially LOVE the second one with the BEAUTIFUL ornament and wonderful bow!!!

Susan said...

Both cards are awesome...but I really LOVE that postage stamp card...now I'll have to have a little retail therapy and purchase it!! LOL!

Paula (PEP) said...

The second is my favourite with the way you have placed the ribbon tails behind the sentiment & all the detailed texture from the card mount & your heat embossing. The colours are striking indeed.
Paula (PEP)

Craftilicious said...

Another couple of awesome Christmas cards Deborah. The second one is my fave, but I think I'm biased by how much I'm loving WM baubles at the mo!
Tara x

Vicky Hayes said...

Both of these are beautiful but the second one is an absolute stunner! I love the postage stamp shape and the gorgeous gold sheen to it.

Sue said...

Another two great cards. Sue.x

kingstonmama said...

Two beautiful cards! Love those sweet carolers in silhouette. Your second card is just gorgeous, very elegant. :) Ann Y.

Beryl K said...

Two beautiful cards, the first one is my favourite
Beryl x

Jenny said...

Fab cards Deborah, the carol singers are so sweet :) Beautiful colours on the second card...I'm liking the postage stamp die too :)
Jenny x

Kim said...

Both of your cards are just beautiful. Love the postage die with the Santa in the center, just incredible.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Deborah, these are amazing! I love that little silhouette of the first one and that ornament over the stamp die is lovely!!

Aileen said...

Two lovely cards, very sweet. x

Cyndie said...

What a lovely pair of cards! I like the off-center arrangement of the silhouette group and the blue theme of your first card. And your second is so lush and elegant! Love that fussy-cut center panel and beautiful bow.

Dayna Sabrina said...

These cards are fabulous. I love the postage stamp image behind the ornament. The colors are so rich. Great job!

I'm Renee said...

Deb these are stunning!
I know it's not WMS...
but I love that carolers image...
SO wanting Claire to do a set of children's silhouettes like this!!
And then the 2nd one...
LOVE!!!
I just die!
That postage stamp die is the best die to ever happen to my life...
I just love it...
and love how you used it with I do believe my most favorite ornament! :)
And then the colors and ribbon...
stunning Deb!! :)

JJ Bolton {Ribbon Girls} said...

Both of your cards are super! Those silhouettes are fabulous! And the stamp diecut makes the perfect frame for Santa! Have a great weekend!

Sharron said...

Goodness, these are both so AWESOME! Love the silhouettes--such a fabulous Christmas scene! And your sketch card is SO pretty--adore the pink and that gorgeous bow!

Savitri said...

Both are great!!! Lovely work you did here! Thanks for playing with the Mischief Makers!!

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