Thursday 11 April 2013

Getting Started Early

I make a lot of Christmas cards every year - and I'm often asked when I start. The answer is generally, 'Easter!' Since I work in a school, I've normally got a break at this time of year, and many of the other cards I need to make are are normally up to date.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought some bits from a colleague who's giving up her card-making, and among that lot was a Dovecraft Christmas paper pack. It uses a fairly limited range of colours, so I picked out some Promarkers to match, and got stuck in to some colouring. Then, once I had a decent number of images, I assembled.

Last year, I won a few stamps from Whimsy Stamps, and this is one of those. Bearing in mind that I need to post a lot of Christmas cards, I try to keep the designs fairly flat, and I'm finding I prefer fairly simple designs anyway. I edged the image with Distress Ink and I've used dies from Spellbinders and Sizzix as well as some pre-sticky lace from Tiger.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Digi Stamp 4 Joy where anything goes,
Sparkle and Sprinkle where they want a digi image,
Catch the Bug where anything goes,

Another Whimsy Stamps image, again coloured with Promarkers and edged with Distress Ink. I've added a bit of sparkle to her wings with a Sakura Stardust pen. Dies used were by Spellbinders, and the border punches are from Tonic.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CRAFT where the theme is Christmas,
Creative Moments where they want 'things with wings',
Card Mania where they want die cuts and punches,
Totally Gorjuss where 'anything goes with sparkle',

And a third Whimsy image. Dies and punches from Spellbinders and Tonic.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Forever Friends where they want die cuts/punches,
Whimsy Stamps where the theme is 'Pretty in Pink',
Lacy sunshine where anything goes,

This is a Mo Manning image that was a freebie several years ago. I've used it several times before, but it seemed perfect for this paper which is printed with the names of various Christmas carols and songs. Dies used all from Spellinders.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Bronte and Bella where they want 'Things with Wings',
In the Pink where they want 'things with wings',
Kaboodle Doodles where they want pink,

And finally, an image from Milk Coffee. I've used dies from Spellbinders and Tonic punches as before, as well as an embossing folder from the embossalicious range.

There are a few more that I've made, but they were made for specific DT requirements, so they'll appear in due course.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas where the theme is 'Girl or Guy',
I Love Promarkers where they want embossing,
Whimsical Designs where they want embossing,
Die Cuttin' Divas where they want pastels,

I may be along later to link to some challenges ...


Alyx said...

Lovely card Josephine. You've coloured the image in beautifully.

Thank you for joining us over at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge. Good luck.

KarinsArtScrap said...

Such lovely cards you have made.
Thanks for join us at Digistamps4Joy.
Hope you join us next time.

Greetings karin DT member

Cumbrianlass said...

A pretty card, thanks for entering the Lacy Sunshine Challenge

Inkypinkydelights said...

Such lovely cards Josephine. Thanks for sharing at CRAFT Challenge and good luck. Judy x GDT

mags said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing with us at Forever Friends and good luck.

Pat said...

How fabulous...I love each and every one of these little Christmas creations!!! Love the colors and embossing...and, of course, I really love the Mo Manning angel. She's precious...and your coloring is so pretty!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Mo's! And don't forget next week's Spring Blog Hop!! Hugs. Pat Frank

DaileyScrapper said...

Great cards. Thanks for joining us at Whimsical Designs.

Unknown said...

What sweet Christmas cards.

Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.

Sandra H said...

Hello and good morning, Your cards are so beautiful l just love that shape and your embellishments used are perfect for our challenge at Forever Friends "Dies/Punches good luck and hope to see you again next time DT Member Sandra H xx

Krafty Kows said...

Wow all the cards created are really lovely. Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T this week. Jeanette

Christine L said...

All gorgeous cards... and I love the one you've entered for In The Pink.. fabulous image and layout.

Thanks for sharing with us this time... hope to see you here again soon...

Christine x

Gerda said...

All cards are lovely!! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

Franz♥ said...

Omg how many lovely cards! Love all your works Josephine, your colouring is so pretty!

Thanks for joining us at Mo's Challenge blog and don't forget our Blog Hop next week, it's our first one!

Hugs, Franz.

carol said...

ooh these look super, thanks for playing along with our Christmas in April challenge at CRAFT x carol

Barbara Bruder said...

What a great array of Christmas cards. Great coloring, love the tree stamped on the tree shape.Thanks for joining us at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge this month.
Barbara SNSCC - coordin.

kenli said...

Very lovely! The image is adorable! Love your design and colors! Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challendges.

Sue Jones said...

Well done - i can't even think about Christmas yet. Thanks so much for playing along this week at whimsical Wednesdays - Good luck.

Annette said...

Wow, you've been busy. SOme gorgeous creations.
Netty's Cards
Proud to design for :
ABC Christmas Challenge,
Top Tip Tuesday,
The Stamp Basket, and
Stamp Fairy.

L.B. said...

These are great I love the tree on top with the stamp inside the tree share. Glad you could get a head start and join us at DCD

kingsharon1967 said...

Great card thank you gfor joining in the Kaboodle doodle challenge and good luck x

Unknown said...

very cute cards! Thank you for linking up with us for the linky party at


Lorraine said...

Fabulous selection of cards.

Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at I ♥ ProMarkers.
Lorraine x

Emma H said...

What a lovely set of cards - it's great to see everyone getting a head start of their Christmas cards! Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenge this week!

Unknown said...

I was totally just thinking about doing some Christmas card. I think it is good to get a head start. Great inspiration to kick start me! Thank you for joining us at Whimsical Designs this week.

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Lovely card!! Thank you for joining our DCD color challenge.

Veronica DCD

Cards By Leona said...

Woderful work. Well done for being so organised.
Leona DT Creative Moments)

flowerdisco said...

wow, that is a lot of cards...i am glad you did and that you joined us at the whimsical designs embossing challenge. all your cards are very pretty. did you use the promarkers for all of them? the coloring is so nice.
well, good luck in our your submissions. and keep up on making these pretty cards :)

Jacqueline Smith said...

Fabulous card, love the coloring job and all the details! Thanks for playing with us at Whimsy Stamps!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love the coloring on all your cards. Thanks for joining us over at Sparkle N Sprinkle.

Mila said...

Lovely cards! Really beautiful!
Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges!
Hugs, Mila

Brenda said...

Lovely cards!!! Thank you for joining us this month at Whimsy Stamps.


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