Hi blogging friends
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We had Christmas Day at home for the first time in the 25 years that we have been married - which was absolutely wonderful! We had my Mum, my brother plus his wife and their daughter over for lunch and it was such a lovely and relaxing day. Boxing Day we always stay at home and just relax and play with our new toys. You won't find me at the Boxing Day Sales - the last thing I want to do is drive to somewhere crowded, fight for a parking spot and go shopping - I just don't understand all the hype about it as the shops have sales throughout the year anyway! Each to his own I suppose.......
Today I am sharing the Christmas card that I made for my 11 yo DD which I couldn't share here on my blog until it had been opened on Christmas Day:
I haven't made a Shaker card for ages but as I have seen alot of them around Blog-land recently, I thought I would make one as they are really fun. I used a Large Round Shaker Card Pouch which comes in a pack of 10 by Impression Obsession. You can get many different sizes and shapes of pouches but I only have the circles: you can see their full range HERE. They are really cool because you just peel off the adhesive and stick it down - although I did actually add some Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive which is super-strong as I was a little afraid the adhesive on the pouch wasn't really strong enough. The shadow at the top part of the pouch from taking the photo out in the sun looks a little odd but if you look at the IO website, you will get a better idea of what the pouch looks like.
The main image is from the Stampin' Up set - The More the Merrier - which I bought second-hand on EBay a few months ago as it is retired. I fell in love with this image when I saw a card on Splitcoastampers made with these snowmen. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will already know that I am crazy for any stamps that have a snowman on it! It must be genetic because my DD is nuts for snowmen too!
I stamped the image onto Ranger Watercolour cardstock and coloured it with a variety of mediums: Tombow pens plus Lyra and Faber-Castell watercolour pencils using a paintbrush. I stamped a couple of snowflakes from the Stampendous set - Winter Warm above the snowmen using Soft Sky ink then chalked around the image with blue chalk for the sky. I had meant to add glitter to the snowmen's hats and scarves but only remembered about 5 seconds after I attached the pouch to the image.....oops.....sigh...... :-(
I added Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter to the ground for the snow and to the cuffs and pom-poms on the Snowmen's hats using Tombow Mono Aqua glue. You can see a bit more detail in this close-up:
I added sequins, stars, glitter and gemstones from my stash in various colours for the Shaker contents and then diecut the burgundy and blue cardstock circles and attached them over the top of the Shaker pouch using Tombow Mono Multi glue.
The designer paper, twine, tag and large brad are from My Mind's Eye - Winter Wonderland which has been a favourite of mine this Christmas season. The blue and burgundy cardstock layers on the card base were trimmed to 1/8" and 1/16" respectively using my Perfect Layers Tools. I then popped this up on thick doublesided tape on my white cardstock base.
The next card I am sharing is the amazing Christmas card that my 11 yo daughter made for me:
My daughter and I had a good laugh when we opened our cards because we both used the same image AND made a Shaker card! This was my DD's first-ever Shaker card too. Such a funny coincidence! And this is the handmade felt snowman that my daughter gave me:
SQUEE! Isn't my snowman just soooo adorable??!! My DD didn't use a pattern and designed it all herself and it stands about 15cm - 6 inches high. Oh my gosh, I ♥love♥ it so much!
And now here are some gorgeous handmade cards that we have received this Christmas season:
|From my Stampin' Up Demonstrator|
|From my beautiful friend Y who first introduced me to cardmaking|
|From my SCS friend Sabrina in Ireland|
|From my blogging friend Shaz|
|An Easel card from our dearest friend C|
Lastly, as I haven't shared photos of Ruby for a while, I thought I would post some photos of her playing around her little carpeted scratching post and tunnel:
Of course, having the sun come through the window makes you sleepy so once Ruby had a bit of play, it was time to catch up on some zzzzzzzzzs!
Thanks for visiting my blog today! Hope to see you again soon!
Stamps: Stampin' Up The More the Merrier (retired), Stampendous Winter Warm SSC262 clear set
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Stampin' Up Soft Sky dye
Dies: Lifestyle Nesting Circles and Nesting Scalloped Circles
Designer Paper: My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland (2012) 6" x 6" pad
Accessories: Big Shot, twine + tag + brad - MME Winter Wonderland set, Fray Stop, Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter, Tombow Mono Multi + Mono Aqua glue, SU Fuse Fast adhesive, X-Press it thick doublesided tape, Impression Obsession Large Round Shaker Pouch SHP02, Kaisercraft blue chalk, #2 round paintbrush, Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils, Tombow Pens, Perfect Layers Tools, assorted sequins + gems, Ranger Distress Watercolour cardstock, other cardstock - burgundy, blue, white