Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Well I thought it was time, REALLY time that I got the last of my Christmas 2014 cards out of my draft folder... so here they are!!  Very simple they are too; they were  made on the "Last" day of pre-Christmas cardmaking, err, make that Christmas Eve, so it was a case of needs-must :-))
For the first card I used one of Bugaboo's cute Fancy Sunbonnet images.... this one is "Fancy Sunbonnet Present", you can get it at here.  I coloured with Copics and added some details with Prismacolor pencils, I also added gloss to the holly berries and glitter to the dots on the parcel.
The card itself is Kraft and the papers are from Kaisercraft, the Christmas Carol collection and, mmmm, another pad I can't remember the name of. The green matting was from my stash.  The "jingle" was cut in corrugated gold foil card with one of the Sizzix Thinlits Holiday Words set by Tim Holt - or is that "one of Tim Holtz Holiday Words set by Sizzix"...? I dunno!!  I added a gold flat back as the dot on the "i"... but I forgot to add one to the "j".... in fact I didn't even think about it until I just looked at the pic :-) 
I never do much on the inside of my Christmas cards... and when you make them on Christmas Eve at about 6pm, they REALLY don't get much; just my all time favourite Christmas sentiment (from a now unavailable Tickled Pink Stamps set) stamped in green Staz On ink and backed up with a red mat (stash again)
My second card looked much nicer in real life than it does in the pics - the other thing about finishing one of your neighbour's Christmas cards about 30 seconds before you take it and their gift over is that you don't get a lot of time to take decent pictures of it, lol.
I used Versa Linen card as the card base and for the image... which is a digi from Doodle Pantry, The Merry Deer set (which is fabulous value; outline and coloured images of several different deer, papers and sentiments - all for $2.25); having just visited the site I see that you can get matching SVG files... might just have to go back and grab those :-)
I coloured with Copics and used a Versamark pen to go over the snowflake then embossed it with Bridal Tinsel Embossing powder... it looks white in the pic, but was very glittery in reality.  The gold card I used for matting was from my stash as was the sentiment - which were from my embarrassingly large sticker (or peel offs) collection.I used another favourite stamp for the inside, my sister gave me this stamp and all I can say about it is that it's one of the three wood mounted stamps I own, I've had it for years and Fiona had it for years before that... sorry that doesn't help if you like it and want to get one of your own, lol.
Picture Inspiration, Catch the Bug Challenge

One or other of these cards fit the following challenges: 
Cutie Pie Challenge Krafty Cuties
Catch The Bug Picture (reindeer)
Pixies Snippets Playground Use Snippets (polka dot strip, matting)
That Craft Place Anything Goes
Inky Chicks Anything Goes
Simply Papercrafts Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
That's it for today.  We've had the family over today as it is Australia Day and therefore a Public Holiday.  
We celebrate by having breakfast... which we do for a lot of family events.... we used to have a Barbecue brekkie, but for the last ten years or so since we built the pizza oven it's been Breakfast Pizzas (we still have the snaggers or sausages, though now they're cooked in the pizza oven: This tradition nearly came to an end in 2013 when the swallowing of a piece of said sausage WITH FORK ATTACHED came close to costing our little Rocky dog his life, and DID involve costing us thousands of dollars and a lot of stress... if you want to read about it here's the original post... the start of the saga at least!)  But the yumminess prevailed so we still do the brekkie pizza thing at a lot of our family get togethers... especially when we have a swim after, as we did today.
Emily's ready for the pool
Nathan and his Grandad... my hubby!!
The bigger they are.... the bigger the spash!
The kids get a lot out of the pool now, they are going to be real fish, lol.  
Glass cleaning comin' up

Here's a couple of pics of them ready to swim and of MY kids doing bombies (they're big kids now, so they got to clean the glass fence of all the KERSPLASH they managed to create, lol) also one of Emily doing her "Geronimo" into the pool... they simply have no fear!

I'll be back on the weekend with a couple of DT cards, Until then Happy Crafting, Donna


Wendy L said...

Gorgeous card, thanks for joining us at MAWTT. xx

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous christmas card Donna, and your photo's looks fab...sounds like you had a great time.
Lorraine x

Melissa Bove said...

Adorable cards! Such sweet images! Wonderful coloring too!!

Super fun pics!! :)

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Di said...

Wonderful snippets cards and such a happy post Donna - great to see you in the Playground, both here and also in your back yard too! :)


Di xx

Zoe Tant said...

Thanks for joining us at MAWTT with your fab cards. Love the deer with his sparkly snowflakes. Zx

Sarn said...

Fabulous cards and lovely to see some sunshine in your pictures (it's been raining, howling a gale or three and downright miserable here in the UK for AAAAAges).

PS: I'm serving up more hooch in the Playground Tree House this evening if you want to pop by!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous. Awesome. Thank your for joining us over at Craft Your Passion Challenge. Hope to see you again. I am so following your wonderful blog.

Tammi, Craft Your Passion, DT

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at HIMCR, good luck!!! Amy DT

Lisa xx said...

this is adorable, such a sweet card!

thank you for joining in with the cuties xx

Sternenglanz said...

your card is great

thank you for joining us at the Hanna and Friends Challenge.

x Sternenglanz

Scrappy said...

Fantastic cards!! Thanks so much for joining us at Catch the Bug with Bugaboo Stamps! We look forward to seeing what you create next!

Jen Leeflang said...

Made in 2014? WOW - nevertheless, so pretty! Thanks for joining us for our photo inspiration challenge over at Bugaboo Stamps this week. Good luck in the draw, and please join us again soon!
Jen Leeflang

Wendy said...

Gorgeous cards Donna...Thanks for playing along with us at the Cutie Pie's :)
Wendy xx said...

Beautiful card! Love all the Holiday feel~ Thanks for playing with us at Craft Your Passion!
Carolyn, DT

Melanie said...

Wonderful cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "snowflakes” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Come and Get It)

(DT Crafty Friends)

Min said...

Just lovely!!
We hope you'll join us again this week for our newest challenge at The Bug Blog. Thanks for supporting Bugaboo Stamps!
Hugs & Happy Days!
Catch The Bug Blog/Bugaboo Stamps Designer

Helen said...

Great cards - thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.

Helen x

Theresa said...

both lovely. we all know about leaving it to last minute. thank you for sharing with us at TTCRD and good luck in challenge, Theresa DT xx

Wendy Fraser said...

Gorgeous cards, thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie xx