Friday, 21 December 2012

Bathing Robins

Evening everyone

Well not a lot of time this week to update my blog or to enter challenges either but I think I can just manage a few minutes to share hubby's Christmas card with you.  Now it's very difficult to make a card secretly when the recipient keeps hanging over your shoulder to see what you are working on so this was done very quickly in CraftArtist and printed when his back was turned, and then put together equally quickly when he went out to deliver some Christmas cards.  I gave it to him today so am now safe to show it!

The image is from my "Best of LaPashe" cd which I resized in CraftArtist, and the red border around is is a background from my "Just Inklined" cd also by LaPashe.  I used the background paper to make a frame for the image, and also to frame a second background paper from "Just Inklined" for the base of the easel card. 

I decoupaged the top of the bird bath and robins, and then added Flowersoft and a touch of glitter.  I made the sentiment "stopper" in CraftArtist and finished off with some die cut snowflakes.

Although this card was made in a very hurried way, I was pleased with the finished result.

Thank you for dropping in.

Catherine x

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Is it a card or is it a box?

Morning everyone

Well I haven't had very much time to post to my blog or to do much crafting this last week - but on the plus side I did manage to get my Christmas tree up!  So now I can relax - just a little bit because I still have plenty to do in preparation for Christmas - and thought I would start by sharing a couple of Christmas cards I made.

These cards are a little bit different from a standard card because they are based on a box with a drawer.  The card bit is an easel card attached to the top of the box.

Here's the first one:

I made both cards with Centura Pearl card from Crafters Companion and for this first card I used an image and papers from my "The Snowman" cd, also from Crafters Companion.  A couple of die cut snowflakes added the finishing touches.

Here is the second card

For this card I used images from my "The Greatest Story Ever Told" cd from Katy Sue, and papers from my Jane Nestorenko cd "Adorables" from Crafters Companion.

And of course the drawers on the cards had to be filled with something nice

Turkish Delight in one and those chocolates that the Ambassador has at his dinner parties in the other!

Thank you for dropping by.

Catherine x

Thursday, 13 December 2012

"Never Again" by LaPashe

Evening everyone

Well 34 years ago this evening I was sitting up in my hospital bed writing out my Christmas cards.  I had saved them specially so that I could add the name of the newest addition to our family onto them.  Today my son is 34 year old and I thought I would share his birthday card with you all.

All the elements I used for this card are from my Best of LaPash 2012 cd, although from two separate sections, and I took them into CraftArtist to resize them.  I made a mathing insert in CraftArtist too.

Here is the front of the card:

And with the Bar doors open:

I flipped the bar doors in CraftArtist so that when they opened they looked like the back of the doors, and added the beer keg as a separate embellishment, also in CraftArtist.  I then attached this panel to the front of a card blank and made a matching insert:

I know my son liked his card - he said the image reminded him of someone!

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Catherine x

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Shaped Christmas Card

Afternoon everyone

Well it has been nine days since I posted anything in here - I have been busy trying to get my own Christmas cards organised so no time for blogging or entering challenges while that was going on.  And I am pleased to report I now only have three cards left to do.

I decided I wanted to make a shaped card for someone and after a bit of trawling through my craft cds my hubbie spotted this one from my Joann Sheen Christmas triple cd set.

I took the image into CraftArtist to resize it and then decided to add a sticker effect to it.  After a bit of manipulating and technical stuff like that I was able to print off my card base and then cut out the shape across the top.  Some shaped card templates only have the shape on the front of the card but I wanted mine to be shaped front and back so cut through two layers of my folded card base.   Then I printed off the actual topper itself, cut it out and stuck it onto the shaped card base using foam tape. I added some polar white flower soft to Santa's hat and cuff, a tiny bit of glitter to his beard and 'tache, some yellow stickles to the candles on the tree and a few drops of Christmas red stickles to the holly berries at the base of the card.  And to finish it off I made the sentiment in CraftArtis and stuck it to the card using foam tape.

As Santa is carrying a Christmas tree and the challenge this week at The CD Sunday Challenge Blog  is Oh!  Christmas Tree, I think I will enter this card.

Thank you for calling in to my blog.

Catherine x