Colorful Christmas Card & Mark Twain Digital Stamps

Christmas at Harrods

I have just watch this absolutely vibrant and colorful Christmas Card at Jane `s blog from my Dt, , ansd I loved it , so i am sharing with you directly from her blog:

It's such a wet, dreary Saturday that I thought I would cheer everyone up by sharing my photos from my recent Harrods trip. My regular readers will know that every year my Mum and I make our annual trip to Harrods in London to see the Christmas displays and decorations.
Harrods is my favourite shop in the world!

Even from the outside it is the most impressive building.

And inside is just another world. Over the last few years millions of pounds have been spent restoring the interior. The work is nearly complete and there is a feeling of luxury everywhere.This is just one of the escalators

As always the Christmas department never disappoints.

We enjoyed seeing all the different themes and yes I came away with a new decoration for my tree. This year I was really taken by these sweet angels. My dear Mum bought me one.

Harrods still has a wonderful Santa's grotto and I am hoping in a few years time I will be taking my grandbaby there to meet Father's all so exciting that I will be able to go back to seeing Christmas through a young child's eyes.

I had some studio time today decided to do some Design team GD work for Ignacio. I thought my card needed to be a "vintage"Christmas card so I used one of my Nicecrane designs . Do pop over to the blog there are always lovely projects on show by our Design Team and often freebies too. This image is from the Happy Christmas sheet by Bowley which is available here. This is such a gorgeous sheet and I have plans for using other images from it. Here is my vintage childhood Christmas card

Now enjoy the incredible  Christmas Card by Jane

Just look at this gorgeous image

  I had fun adding one of my hand made "word" trees to which I added lots of Cheery Lynn die cut snowflakes and stickles glitter. The fab snowman is a Sizzix fellow. The card base was made using my Go Create frilly die which I bought from the Hobby House with my challenge winnings voucher in the autumn. The snowflake borders are Joy Craft and the sentiment is also Cheery Lynn. I added some distress inks to the papers and the sentiment to give them a vintage feel. The snow under the snowflake is an ancient tub of snowtex I found in my studio and it is still in perfect condition.

As you can see I am not making this for a boy or a girl as I have used pink and blue!

And here is the cute sheet used by Jane

Happy Christmas by Bowley CS - Click Image to Close


Twine for Alphabet Challenge (Mark Twain)

My friend Avril sent me this funny and cute card working with my "rtrtrtrerey" so here is it. Its time for another letter in the Alphabet and this time it's 'T' and Team B's turn and Mari has chosen 'Twine'
I decided to make my own twine from 2 bits of frayed burlap, I died one piece with Aged Mahogany and then when dry, twisted them together, now what to do with them.

A short while ago the lovely Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs very kindly gave me some Mark Twain images to 'play with', and when I saw this sentiment (Peerless Designs) at the weekend, I knew how I was going to use it. My image is coloured with Distress Markers and inks. The corrugated cardboard gave a lovely surprise when I started to rip it and found it was double core, so apart from a light distressing with some Tumbled ~Glass DI, that was it.

I would be lovely to see you join us, and if you need any inspiration for using Twine, them  please pop over to the main blog, as my very clever teamies have some lovely creations to show.

Watch some previous works:

So,,,,,if you like this famous author here is some digis for you:


Mark Twain 1 DS - Click Image to Close

Mark Twain 2 DS - Click Image to Close

Mark Twain 3 DS - Click Image to Close

Thanks a million to Jane and Avril,,,,,,woww,woww,wowww

Hasui Kawase Woodblock, Vintage Christmas & Happy Santa

Do you love Asian & Japanese Style?
A Japanese Vision about Christmas

Directly from Jenny`s blog "Merry Christmas everyone! I know, it's way too early. Having said that so many people are already fully immersed in making their cards and gifts ready for the oncoming festive season so maybe it's not totally out of place."

This greeting could also be considered totally wrong if you bear in mind my choice of focal images - Zojoji Temple, a Buddhist temple in Toyko, Japan! However, with the colours used and my love of all things Japanese I forged ahead with this unconventional selection.

These beautiful images were actually freebies from the incredibly generous Ignacio Molina of Nicecrane Designs!! You can find them HERE alongside more wonderful samples from some of the Design Team.

If like me you are a fan of all things Oriental you will find a very reasonably priced selection of images at the Nicecrane Designs store HERE. As well as sheets of ATC's there are envelopes, b&w digital images to colour and beautiful prints which are easily resized.

Did you notice the background layers directly under each image? That's something else I'm really excited about. As you will be aware my Wendy Vecchi stencils and paste are a source of great enjoyment and experimentation. It occurred to me that the flower in the 'From The Garden' stencil looks just like a chrysanthemum.

The Japanese are so enamoured with this bloom that it has the status of royalty and it is used on the Emperor's official seal and crest. They even have a National Chrysanthemum Day, the Festival of Happiness! There, you've possibly learned something new today.

Before applying the translucent paste through this portion of the stencil I mixed it with a little Distress Paint to add colour. Unlike the white paste this means you get a 'true' colour, and when dry it acts as a perfect resist to any inks or stains. On the first card I applied Tarnished Brass Distress Stain over the top to give a very dramatic and regal effect. The second card is slightly more subtle - red on red - with the addition of Watering Can Archival Ink flowers as a contrast.

The first card also makes use of some 'Brayered Stains' card, embossing and of course lots of layering. Matting each layer adds a more professional framed finish. For the second card I employed the very popular 'chalkboard' look with this Hero Arts background stamp called 'Chinese Thank You'. OK, so that bit is a little politically incorrect but it looks good, especially when layered onto some Maja Design blue card which has been distressed with Antique Linen and Spun Sugar.

Both cards were completed with some festive sprigs, a quick and effective way of adding those festive finishing touches without them detracting from the main images.

Now take a look to my new "Stunning H. Kawase" Sheet:


Lynne was working with one of my adorable Xmas Pack,,,,,,,,"Ignacio from the fabulous Nicecrane Designs is so generous. A few weeks ago I was asked to pick an image sheet so I could have some fun and I could not help but select Vintage Women’s Christmas, it will come as no surprise why I wanted to play with this. As you can see, it is available as a Saver Pack, consisting of three collage sheets"


I wonder how you are progressing with your Christmas preparations, I am failing dismally, even worse than this time last year which I would have said was impossible. So much so that I have taken the step and bought Christmas cards, now please, do not shun me, it had to be done! This is the first time since I started making cards so it feels like a huge step backwards for me but it was a matter of, something has to give. Saying that, I still intend on sending a handmade card to family members and others on my list which means that every now and then I will be sharing a card or any other projects I manage to make.For this post it is my first card made using Vintage Women’s Christmas, with more to follow shortly, once I photograph them!
8″x8″ scallop edged card.

You can see that I have been playing with the gorgeous Crafty IndividualsElegant Swirls mask/stencil set! Using with texture paste which I then painted over with gold,copper and bronze paint, an act not to be repeated as it was too time consuming! Once dry I then adhered vintage mica flakes (available from That’s Crafty) which are a favourite of mine at the moment.I was so drawn to this image that I had to use it first. Coating the edges with glass glitter for a frosty look and as you can see, lots of layering.

I still had to incorporate stamping onto this card with beautiful stamps from various Oxford Impressions winter/Christmas stamp sets. Noel is tucked behind a frame altered for that frosty appearance, as though Jack Frost himself has made an appearance overnight, layering everything in a sparkly coating of frost.

Layering a metal frame with a circle cut from a vintage doily and a teeny bow tied from a scrap of seam .

Tucked beneath…..a stamped label, again from Oxford Impressions.This piece reminds me of a star or .snowflake, it was cut from another vintage doily

Thank you to Ignacio for his generosity in allowing me to have the pleasure to create with this beautiful image and the others which will follow soon. If Nicecrane Designs is a new name to you then why not visit Ignacio’s Blog and discover his wonderful DT and also where he generously shares free images for you to use in your artwork. To visit his on-line store see the link at the top of this post.

Happy Santa New Funny Christmas Sheet

I am now showing you the cute and adorable card and box  by Carole, working my latest new Christmas Sheet called "Happy Santa ": I am having a relatively 'free' weekend gave me the chance to catch up on my design team projects, so today a break from Halloween and autumn cards for this Christmas card and gift box made using both pre-coloured and digital stamps from Nicecrane Designs. Click on my link to be taken to an emporium of wonderful vintage digital designs..honestly there is so much choice -just take a look!

To make the card I began with some Adorable Scoreable card, I used a digital stamp, which I coloured with Promarkers and simply matted and layered on green and gold card, which I then tied with red ribbon and added a button and bakers twine. To finish I didn't want to add glitter anywhere, but I added a little flowersoft to make the 'fur' cuff on Santa's cloak. The image is large, bold and colourful, so I wanted it to remain the focus and refrained from adding any other embellishments to detract from it.

I created the box from a plastic milk carton template, which I bought from Stamps Away at Alexandra Palace in April. Interestingly, I was watching Ali Reeve on Create and Craft on Friday and they were selling these templates. She demonstrated embossing the template through the Grand Calibur (or other embossing machines) to mark the crease folds - and yes it works!

Again, I used Adorable Scoreable card to make the box, but this time, just to show you the pre-coloured images, I used them instead. These photos show the front and back of the box.

These are the images on the pre-coloured sheet - you get the same images with the digital stamps, except of course they are in black and white !
Enjoy these new Christmas Sheets:

Happy Santa CS - Click Image to Close

But if you wish to color by yourself then......

Happy Santa DSL - Click Image to Close

Thanks again to the Team for these stunning creations and specilly to Lynne.

Inspirational Christmas Cards & Peter Rabbit Christmas Balls

I must tell you Tracy is on the DT,,,so I asked her to work with my "Vintage Merry Christmas" to create this colorful and all over so cute card,,,,,,,love her personal style,,,,,and I am sure yoy also enjoy watching her stunning creations. Thanks tracy.

This week is my turn to host and I would like to see 'Christmas Cheer' Here is what I did, I used a Nicecrane Image from here,and decided to get my dies out, really enjoyed making this one, right up my street, I just love these vintage images.

Brenda,,,,,also in my DT was working also with this adorable sheet and she did these two stunning Christmas Cards,,,,I am always surprised with her stunning cretivity and all over the way she used the color combo and die cuts.....Enjoy watching them.

Just popping in with a couple of shares of cards I have created using new Vintage Christmas releases from Nicecrane Designs.

Stunning Easel Card by Brenda

And here is my sweet sheet:

Vintage Merry Christmas CS - Click Image to Close


Winter Birthday

...Can be difficult to find cards for as everything is geared-up for Christmas.

Now I am showing the amazing work by Tony, with one of my latest releases called "Four Seasons" Ignacio over at Nicecrane Designs has some lovely new images that will make it easy to make cards for Winter birthdays or Christmas (if you prefer).This little Miss is from the new Four Seasons collection here...

...the colours in the artwork are beautiful.
I have tried to keep the embellishments to the same colours...

...and the whole card has been created in shades of browns/creams/white.
I die-cut the printed image using Spelbinders scalloped ovals...

...and matt & layered the image onto some cream CS and a paper doily.
The embellishments are a selection of silk & ribbon blooms from my stash...

...And you might just notice a molded rose (one of the items I made with the Thermomorph that I reviewed).
The perfect card for a Winter birthday but if you want, you can add a seasonal sentiment and use it as a Christmas card. There are lots of new images available over at the Nicecrane Design site and if you'd like some inspiration as to how to use them - hop over to the Nicecrane blog and see what the DT have been making.

Four Seasons CS - Click Image to Close


Create unique Peter Rabbit Christmas Balls

Now you can place in your Christmas Tree,,,,,STUNNING AND UNIQUE PETER RABBIT CHRISTMAS BALLS ( Pyramid Style), You can choose between use one/two different P.Rabbit characters on each side,,,so You get the most sweet and unique Customized Christmas Balls,,,, I asked to Vicky showcase a one for you and here is her gorgeus work......YOU CAN`T MISS THESE CUTE BALLS.

Peter Rabbit Christmas Ball (Pyramid) by Vicky

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