Sunday 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas ....

... hello to anyone wandering around cyberspace today!!!  I hope you're all having a wonderful day.  This is to share with you the last of this year's Christmas cards - the ones for my family.  

To make Jonathan's card I've used the colour challenge from The Play Date Cafe - PDCC112 and the sketch was Waltzingmouse - WMSC78

I randomly stamped some snowflakes onto the card base in lime.  I used my star nesties to cut out two stars - one dark green and the other kraft.  I got the idea to layer the stars like this from my blog buddy, Pauline.    I put the kraft one through my Cuttlebug embossing some more snowflakes which I inked.  I cut out a the medium sized nested heart and added colour to it while still in the die.  Finally I added a simple, but heartfelt sentiment, and a gem.  For my darling husband today.

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Compliements of the Season, Seasons of Love - Tags
Inks:  Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Pear Tart; Distress - Festive Berries
Spellbinders:  Nested Hearts (S4-296) #2, Stars (S4-092) #5
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder; Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder and Stampin' Up! - Crumb Cake card

The next card is Ben's and again I've used a couple of challenges - for the colours I've used the current For Your Inspiration - FYI#20 photo with those amazing shades of blue, purple and white, and the sketch is from Clean & Simple - FTL171 which I've turned on around!

I made my own backing paper from a couple of my favourite Waltzingmouse stamps which I think are just perfect for teenage boys!  I attached some lovely silver ribbon over the centre to cover the join!  I layered the finished paper onto some dark blue mirri card.  Next I used Versamark to stamp the lovely Be Good Santa image and embossed it with detail silver, then I cut it out with my nesties.  I added some purple ink to the edge of the image and over the words, then I coloured Santa's hat with shades of blue and purple, adding some coarse glitter.  Finally I glittered the brim of Santa's hat and added flock for his beard.  Oh yes, the bell was coloured with a Sakura Stardust pen.  Just right for Ben!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Off Beat Backgrounds, Free Spirit - Boy, Around Christmastime
Inks:  Versamark; Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze; Distress - Seedless Preserves
Spellbinders:  Pinking Circles Sm (S4-172) #5
Accessories:  Silver embossing powder, flock, glitter, mirri card, ribbon and Sakura Stardust pen

And last, but by no means least, is the card I made for my daughter Kathryn.  For inspiration I've used the colour challenge from Colour Q - cQc116 (which are really similar to PDCC, but that's not really surprising as they are very Christmassy colours) and the current CAS-ual Fridays - CFC33 challenge.

One of the cards I made earlier this week featured gingerbread kids and Kathryn loved it.  So I decided to use the Gingerbread Girl as the feature on her card (I've just realised that I did last year too)!!  I started off by making some mats in Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler and Kraft.  To keep the colour of the Cherry Cobber, I stamped the Gingerbread girl directly onto white card, clear embossed the image and then coloured it with kraft.  Next I stamped some of the lovely Nordic Winter borders onto white card, cut them out and attached them to the kraft mat.  I added some twine between the borders.  I Finished off by mounting the Gingerbread girl onto a lime mat and attaching her to the card.  A clean and simple card for my darling daughter!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Nordic Winter, Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Kraft; Versamark; Marvy le Plume pen - Leaf Green (Glorious Green)
Spellbinders:  Labels Fourteen (S4-290) #3
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder, twine, Stampin' Up! card

That's all for today.  Enjoy the rest of the holiday period.  I'll be back with some more cards on 28th December!


Norma said...

Lovely and festive cards Deborah!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Pauline said...

Fabulous cards Deborah! I love the gingerbread girl with the Nordic pattern. Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a fantastic christmas xx

Paula (PEP) said...

Super how personal & individual you've made these. Think my favourite is Kathryn's - that border patterning just got me totally....... probably my Nordic roots showing somewhat.
Hope you're having a lovely day.
Paula (PEP)

Marta said...

Dear Deborah, beautiful cards! I wish you lovely Christmas time.

Suzanne Bier said...

All of your cards are great! Thanks for playing along with us at the colourQ this week!

Teresa Kline said...

Merry Christmas to you too...your cards are all adorable, so glad you played along with us at WM...hope your week is fantastic!

enjoy *~*

Kelly S. said...

Merry Christmas, Deborah! I love these special cards for your family...the sweet layered star, the Santa with the bit of sparkle, and the adorable gingerbread dancing on a Nordic path! Hope you had a wonderful day!

Tracey McNeely said...

All excellent cards.

Michelle said...

They're all beautiful cards, Deborah! The "Be Good" sentiment has given me a giggle. :-) I love the mix of background patterns you've used on Ben's card, very effective. Thanks for joining us at FYI!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love your bg - Thanks for joining in at FYI~

dstandard said...

Beautiful cards! Love your Santa! Thanks for playing at FYI!

Jean Martin said...

Wow! These are great Deb! Love your choice of stamps! Thanks for sharing this with us at WMSC! :)

Julia Aston said...

What lovely special cards for your family for Christmas Deborah! wonderful designs on these!

StephC said...

Beautiful cards! So glad you were able to join us at FYI again!

Hope you had a great holiday!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

FABULOUS cards--I really like that crescent Santa image! THANKS so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the PDCC:)

Jaclyn Miller said...

You've been busy! All are totally fab. Thank you so much for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays.

Anonymous said...

Sweet cards, love the gingerbread man, perfect for the kraft color :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

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