Tuesday, July 5, 2011

JustRite Christmas Treasures - quick and simple Christmas card

Hi blogging friends Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net and welcome to my new followers - it's lovely to have you!

No, your eyes are NOT deceiving you:  it really is a Christmas card.  As there are a few Christmas Challenges popping up here and there (not to mention Christmas in July sales - yippee!), I thought I should jump on board and make my first Christmas card for the year.  I went for quick and simple - and this one would be easy to mass produce.

The white cardstock embossed panel is one of the embossing folders from the Sizzix Winter Set #3 which I ran through my Cuttlebug using the same sandwich as for Cuttlebug folders.  I love this folder and it seemed to match the image perfectly with its stars - a match made in heaven!  I added the purple brads in each corner then popped the panel up on doublesided foam tape to attach it to the white cardstock base.

The main image and sentiment is from my JustRite Christmas Treasures 3-1/4" diameter set.  I love how you can mix and match the main images and the sentiments.  I stamped the image with Heliotrope pigment ink, poured on some satin pearl embossing powder and heat-set it with my heat-gun.  I inked around the circle lightly so the panel would stand out a bit from the white embossed background then popped it up on doublesided foam squares (dimensionals) to attach it to the cardstock.

The organza ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  That's it - easy peasy.  No colouring for a change!   Finished card size is 4-1/2" or 113mm.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts's weekly Christmas Challenge (CHNC) #27 - pinks and/or purples - where you can use any materials, any techniques - anything goes - as long as the end result is a Christmas card and it has pink and/or purple somewhere

Sir Stampalot July Challenge - Anything Goes

Allsorts Challenge - Week 110 - Free and Easy July (anything goes)

On a totally different note, I finally went to the Doctor last week because my left wrist and thumb has been swelling up and getting very sore.  It has been sore for quite a few months, but particularly sore when I  was doing some embroidery these past few weeks.  The doctor sent me for an X-ray and ultrasound and it showed arthritis in the thumb and wrist joint.  Nuts!  I am waaaaay to young to get arthritis (I think so anyway!) and as a classical pianist as well as all my other crafty endeavours, I am NOT happy! Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net   At least I am right-handed so I am thankful that it's not my right hand but I do use my left hand alot nonetheless.  Many years ago, I dislocated this wrist (twice!) and the doctor thinks maybe that my wrist was damaged from it.   I am having some cortisone injected into it this Thursday so my crafting will come to a standstill while I am not allowed to use my hand.  I have almost finished my DH's birthday card so I should be able to post it here on my Blog next week (well, as long as it stops raining and blowing a gale and I can photograph it!) Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net   .

So, I shall leave you a happy note.  If you love cats, this video is for you.  It is a Simon's Cat video (there are around 14 on You-Tube) and there is even a website for Simon's Cat books, mugs, calendars etc.  I have no connection with them, but I do have the first book that came out that had me in stitches.  Enjoy!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net  


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  JustRite Christmas Treasures set 3-1/4" diameter

Ink Colorbox Heliotrope pigment

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folder set - Winter Set #3 - #656586, Bow Easy, 1" or 25mm wide purple organza ribbon, foam tape, doublesided foam squares, heat-gun, satin pearl embossing powder, purple brads - Franceville Australia - from Love Mini Brads set #130004, Cardstock:  white


MARY B said...

Love it, fab colour. Mary x

brenda said...

A stunning Christmas card Jocelyn.

Thank you for sharing with us at Stampalot Challenge this month and good luck.

B x

brenda said...

Ooops, think I forgot to thank you for joining in at Allsorts as well.

B x

Hazel said...

This is a gorgeous card - I love everything about it. I think I need some of those stamps! Sorry to hear about the thumb joint - it might be worth asking about a thumb joint replacement - my husband had one done and it was very successful. Thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 27 - now that you've started on your Christmas cards I hope to see you again soon. x

Anonymous said...

this is very pretty, jocelyn! i love the CAS layout and the sheer ribbon. i have no luck with the just rite stamps, so i'm impressed with the solid image you stamped. i've had multiple surgeries because of RA and i can see having more, but with limited use of my hands and left wrist, i just have to adapt how i do things. hope you feel better soon.

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Wow gorgeous creation dear.

Debs said...

Fab Christmas card - love the lush ribbon.
Thanks for playing Free & Easy with us at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

pinky said...

Its a beautiful Christmas Card. Love the embossing. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

chris said...

its beautiful, talk about organised.
Thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot Challenge. hugs Chris xx

Sally H said...

A fabulous Christmas creation - you are good! Thanks for joining us at Sir stampalot this month and good luck!

Merry said...

That is a pretty Christmas card....love the embossing and the bow so perfect.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Very elegant. Beautiful soft purple.

Anita said...

Wow, this is gorgeous. I love all the white and that embossing is so pretty. The purple ink and ribbon look beautiful.

jimlynn said...

Gorgeous Christmas card! Love the purple. All of your creations are so pretty and I just became a follower. Thanks for the inspiration.

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