Saturday, December 30, 2017

Simple Tidings

Firstly I hope you had a lovely Christmas, we did and as all the "duty" things are now out of the way I can relax a bit - may even have time to use some of the new goodies I got from the man in the red suit :-)
I have a "Twofer" today; for those non-Australians that is "Two for the Price of One"... both are really simple cards and I didn't think they (one in particular) merited their own post so, "Twofer" it is!!
Firstly I have one I made for Christmas this year; I bought a laser printer recently (and had a laminator) to get into the foil embossing "thang" that's going around, and BOY have I got into it :-)  This is the one of 19 I made using the technique somewhere on it this year!
Of course, I have now discovered that foiling is even harder to capture in a photo than glitter!
I used background paper that has foil strips on it; it was originally a 12" piece bought years ago.. I've slowly whittled it down and now have a very small snippet left, off this snippet, so I'm entering Pixies Snippets Playground challenge to use Snippets
I have a few pics here, not to show details; just to try and capture the shiny goodness of this foil
The sentiment is a freebie I got from the generous Paulette at Create with TLC, I added a shadow using Word - sometimes that just adds a shadow around the "outside" of the whole image, sometimes (like in this case) it adds it to each word.  Printed it using my laser printer then obviously then ran it through the laminator with Gold Deco Foil.  Ribbon from stash.
The second card is one I made for Christmas 2015 (I didn't make any last year) and was a bit embarrassed to "blog", it's so straightforward - I would like to say the biggest problem with this card was the photography - it looks so much better in real life.  I used Versa Linen card, edged with Gold ink.
I can't remember the source of the embossing folder, could be Sizzix, the snowflake border is a die from Memory box, as is the Candles (named, unsurprisingly "Memory Box Candles"), I inked those up after cutting too.  "Joy" is either a Sizzix or Memory Box die, I think Sizzix, cut from gold card
The sentiment on the inside is from the now-defunct Tickled Pink Stamps, the frame is from the same set: I love this stamp set, use it soooo much :-)
So that's it!  I am entering one or other of these cards in the following challenges, you pick which one :-)) Well, Cutie Pie Challenge  has "Stars and/or Snowflakes" as their theme, so that would be the second card with the embossing folder snowflakes (as well as the snowflake border) and Pile It On has "Non-Traditional Christmas Colours" as their theme so the first one with it's pink/peach/coral colour is the one for there... with the same card being for Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge (as it's the only one using patterned paper!),but all these other challenges apply to either card:
Sweet Stampin' Last Minute/ CAS Christmas
So that's all for today, I am going to go and get dressed now... it's 2pm and I'm still in my PJs, as is hubby; which is something we NEVER do, in fact I think this is a first - really enjoyed it tbh :-)  We have to go out in a while, we're having a few friends over to bring in the New Year and really should get the ingredients together for the promised "Pizza night".  The weather is great, not too hot but warm enough for a midnight swim if you feel like it (though as we've got older we all are less prepared to mess up our hair/makeup than we were when we were younger, lol.  One couple that are coming we've known for 25 years, we don't care with them and they us, lol, but some of the others haven't seen us at our "glorious best", so we may not want to dispel the myth, haha.
If I don't get back, enjoy your New Year Celebrations and I'll see you in 2018.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna


Di said...

I love these cards Donna - and that foiling sounds like great fun! Your snippets card entry looks perfect for a chap on his own (IMHO) as the bold stripes offset the pretty ribbon perfectly. Enjoy your New Year celebrations - we'll be firmly indoors with a cosy fire lit!


Di xx

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Beautiful cards
Thank you for all the much appreciated comments you have left for me in the last year.
Wishing you and your family Happy New Year.
Ginny x
My Blog As I do Rodos

Bev said...

such a classy creation. Thank you for joining in with the fun over at Polkadoodles

PaperDaisies said...

Such a lovely set of cards. I love your detailing. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over Creatalicious. Hugs Nina

Megan J said...

Hi Donna, two wonderful Christmas cards, must say I will have to look into the laser printer and laminator to foil cards, love the first card and the second looks great with the colours you chose. Thank you for the inspiration with the LOTV Koala stamp, I just had to go get one to try it out for OS family for Christmas 2018.... Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Crafty 2018... Megan

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering all of my Craftyhazelnut's challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

Susan Renshaw said...

Fab cards!
It is so difficult to photograph shiny images!
Thanks for sharing with 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!


DT for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!
Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

Judy McKay said...

Beautiful Christmas cards. Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles this week. Judy DT Polkadoodles

Karen Knott said...

Great card :)
Thank you for joining us at MTTC, good luck !
Kaz DT

Helen said...

They're both great cards - love the touches of gold.

Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Made by Helen{My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Joi at RR said...

Absolutely STUNNING. What LOVELY creativity. Happy New Year. Thanks bunches for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Sure hope you will remember us for our next challenge too! Xj.
TTCRD DT: Joi@RR{My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Mandy said...

Gorgeous cards Donna! They are so elegant and striking.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Victoria Rowson said...

Gorgeous cards!! They are so beautiful and elegant! Thank you so much for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button Challenge Blog!

Elizabeth Hart said...

The gold foiling really shows up so great and shines. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Warrell Creations said...

Beautiful job! I love the sentiment font!
Marciava ~ Pile It On! Challenge Blog Design Team

Irene said...

Thank you for sharing your nice project at Creat and Inspire.
Crafty hugs, Irene (Made In Borgo)

LOU said...

Beautiful cards Donna. Love all the gold!
Thanks so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Hope to see you again soon.
Lou DT xo

Melanie said...

Lovely cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional monochrome Christmas” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…