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Here are the majority of the Christmas cards I made just in time to post.I really don’t know where last year went!

As you can probably tell from the background this was the first day of the heavy snow – the kids were delighted as it meant they started their holidays early.

Because I make all the cards I send to family and friends I tend to pick a theme and mix things up a bit with different papers,stamps and embellishments.

All the papers from a HOTP pad and the coloured card is left over from last years makes.So is most of the ribbon/fibres (I just needed to top up supplies a little) and all the brads,gems and buttons I used.I did however treat myself to some new stamps.They are from an eBay seller called CraziBoutStamps and she has opened an online shop too.These clear stamps are a little unusual because you have to use adhesive to stick them to your acrylic block but they are a lot firmer and give a very clear impression.I find some polymer stamps far too squishy and it can take a few attempts to get the amount of pressure just right.I chose these as I thought the simple yet elegant design wouldn’t need too much tweaking from me and so make it easier and quicker to make my cards.It doesn’t show in the photos but I added a little glitter.

TFL,

Craftybunny x

Festive Frugality

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The Willow Sketchie Challenge on Craftbubble  is set on a Saturday and for the first time ever I actually got to make a card on the same day!!I usually limp in last every week but I even managed to post my card on the forum ahead of everyone else as well!!

This sketch was created by newly recruited DT member Lauren:

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First I embossed the lines on my Eazi Score board.This eliminated the need for tedious measuring.I don’t do measuring!I love these HOTP papers that I bought last year so much I try to think of ways where I don’t give too much of them away.I managed to adapt the sketch to include just two narrow strips.

The cute bear is called Bentley and is from a set that was a free gift on the front cover of October’s Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.He’s been coloured with Promarkers.I used Nestabilities Lables One set turned 45° to create a diamond.I also cut a piece of green hammered card.Both have been edged with Metallic Gold Promarker.Next I stamped the greeting in Cottage Ivy Memento ink.I wrapped a length of wine organza ribbon around the middle.I made two holes to thread some dark green narrow satin ribbon through the topper.I then placed some foam tape on the back and stuck the it down adjusting the ribbon which was then attached to the inside of the card.Some square gems were finally added.

At this moment I noticed disaster had struck.I’d made a nasty mark on my base card.Honestly I’m a real mucky pup!

I did the only thing I could and prepared a new card – making sure my hands were clean of course.I carefully peeled off the papers,ribbons and image in one and laid them onto the fresh card.I rescued the gems on a seperate mission.Whew!I don’t know how I pulled that one off – but I did.

Everything I used to make this card was from last years Christmas supplies, the stamp was gratis and the fact I salvaged it all is a good explanation for the title of this post I think.

TFL,

Craftybunny x

Background Blues

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At the Lets Get Stamping group at Craftbubble it was Guest Designer Laurens’ turn to set the challenge this week.

Here’s her sketch:

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The twist was to use part of the stamp in your main image to create a background.

Having looked through my many stamps I decided this lovely swirly Reindeer would be the most suited.

Because it’s such a delicate design I didn’t want to swamp it in too much colour so I just shaded it a little with the same Bahama Blue Memento ink pad it was stamped in using a Koi waterbrush.I also introduced the same colour around the edges to create a frame.Tiny nail gems are added to his antlers for the right amount of sparkle.

The background paper is from a HOTP Christmas pad I bought last year.I never got round to using this one as I felt it was too pale.I created some corner patterns with the antlers but extended the ones on the left.Using a craft knife I cut around the swirls and slid the image piece,mounted on foam pads, underneath leaving the cut pieces to stand out for more interest.

I placed an organza silver ribbon across the middle so as not to obscure the scrolls and to add more shimmer to the card.Finally a sentiment was added with some more antler swirls plus a couple of square gems.

To tell the truth this card isn’t as good as I envisioned it 😦    I don’t have time to make another but it has grown on me a little since photographing it ‘tho.

Craftybunny x.