Thursday, January 03, 2019

Happy New Year

So.... here we are in another New Year!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year - who can believe it's 2019 already?!  This is one of those "zero" years for me... I turn the Big 6Zero in April ... so "already" really does have extra significance for me this time around!
I thought I'd share the last of my 2017 Christmas cards as I did get a few Christmas cards made this year (woops, last year, in 2018!) and those, added to the "unblogged" projects I made through the year add up nearly 60 projects still to share from my drafts -so time to get 2017 out of the equation :-)
They are mostly foiled cards as they were definitely "Flavour of the Month" for December 17.  
The first uses yet another as yet unused digital image I can't even remember getting, never mind where from, foiled with gold Deco Foil (I know, hard to see in the pic, the small pic is for foil-showing purposes, lol) The sentiment is computer generated and foiled using the laminator the same way as the image.  I love this paper, it's from Wild Rose Studio "Annabelle's Christmas" pad, it is quite lightweight but as long as you use a nice sharp blade it's nice to use.  I used MFT Stitched Circle dies to cut the image panel and mat and Paper Roses Scalloped Squares to cut the large red mat... I actually cut it as a frame, leaving a white border around the patterned paper... I used the centre cut out part as a red mat on another card.
The second card uses the same image, but this time I foiled the bauble in red and the string in gold, I foiled the sentiment in the red Deco Foil too.  No patterned paper on this one, just kraft card and gold foil matting.

Third one for the day is the simplest of all... though really quite effective in real life.  Another lovely digital image - whose pedigree I cannot recall - Foiled in green Deco Foil with red gems in various sizes representing baubles, I didn't even add a sentiment to the front of this card, only the inside.
That's it for this post... I have another post written up with the (very) last of this batch of cards... honestly... that I'll share in a day or so.   In the meantime I'd like to enter these cards in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Winter Sparkles (They're Christmas cards and sparkly gems)
Crazy 4 Challenges Tree-mendous
Christmas with the Cuties Carols or Songs (Oh Christmas Tree)
Sweet Stampin', Die Cut Divas, My Time to Craft and Simon Says ChallengeSomething New (all the images are newbies to me)
Cutie Pie Challenge Add Some Sparkle… those gems again :-)
Sasayaki Glitter Happy Holidays

That's it for today... I'll be back in a few days with those last few Chrissie cards.  I have to take my poor darling Rocky to the vet tomorrow, he has "done" his other knee now and has to have it reconstructed.  Of course it happened after hours and we had to take him to the Emergency Vet ($224 thanks very much!) and now nearly $2k for surgery!!  It was a tough decision to make whether to put him through it, he is not as happy a little dog as he was before he went blind and it is quite a tough recovery, but after discussing with the vet it has been decided that it is worth a try for him... he can't NOT have it done as the recovery to a reasonable state of movement without intervention would take too long (mainly because of the medication he is on for his Lupus) and he is pretty miserable being unable to see and barely able to move.  
The only option is to put him to sleep.  If he was not such a sloth of a dog anyway I don't think we would be going down this route, and euthanasia would be the only option, but he spends his time just layin' around and has for years... he's not "missing out" on a lot of activities so much as being spared them!
Of course, the alternative is so unpalatable for US... it is hard, we want to do the right thing by him and not keep him going for us, with scant regard for his well being but don't want to "end his suffering" if he's not suffering but just chilling.  My last little darling boy did the right thing by us and died after climbing onto my lap after going for his daily walk - heartbreaking but at least we weren't forced into that pet-owners Sophies Choice.  We'll see how it all goes
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna x


Brenda said...

Wow, I am loving the shine on these beautiful cards! Thanks so much for joining us at As You Like It Challenge. Happy New Year!

Tracey T said...

Happy New Year Donna! Love this selection of cards - impressed with the foiling, as this is something I keep trying but not quite getting to grips with. Hope the wee dog is doing better now, it's so hard to decide what is best/kindest. Here's hoping that 2019 brings you lots of love, good health and happiness xx

Arlene said...

Fantastic new images and the cards are beautiful. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

Helen said...

A great collection of cards.

Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge

Helen x

Maritza Rios said...

Wonderful card! Thanks you for joining with us at Good luck with your entry
Maritza DT

Norma Pechir-Holland said...

First of all, I'm so sorry for your little one, I lost my fur baby after a 3 week in the hospital and a big bill. but you will know how to do. And your cards are adorable, simple and elegant. Thank you for playing with us at Polkadoodles challenge blog. Good luck with your entry.

Shona Hamill said...

Fantastic work. Thanks for sharing with the Cutie Pies. Shona xx

Annemi said...

Wonderful christmascard and congrats to your 60th birthday in advance (or was it 20....???? lol) 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.
Annemi {My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Joy Wilson said...

I am so sorry to hear about your little dog! I'm so sad for your, but it does seem you are making the best decision for him.
I do however love your cards and the bauble is gorgeous. I am so glad you shared your card with us today! Good luck with your entry and come back to see us soon!
Hugs, Joy

Angela B said...

Thank you so much for entering the challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to seeing you again in the next challenge.
Hugs & Craftiness,
AngelaThrough The Craft Room Door DT
Taste Of Craftiness {My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Marie said...

A lovely looking card with smashing design and colours. Lovely! Thanks for joining us over at Creatalicious Challenges this time around.
Love n hugs
Marie, CC-teamie

The Red Mullet Band said...

Lovely card!!! Happy New Year!!!
Thanks for joining us at Corrosive challenge blog.
Ana Isabel DT Coordinator

MagsB said...

Such beautiful cards, Donna, so shiny!

I'm sorry to hear about your 'Sophie's Choice' over Rocky, I hope everything went well for him.

Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft!

love Mags B x

Sarah said...

Beautiful set of cards and I love the foil! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!

Rebecca Gillard said...

A lovely card. Thank you for sharing at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper. Rebecca x

cohenna said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Die Cut Divas Challenge this time and good luck :)

Melanie said...

Lovely Christmas cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional something new” 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)

(DT Simply Create Too)

(DT Aud Sentiments Challenge)