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by Julie Brooks

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Christmas card for a 3-yr old girl

Hello again

Just another quick post from me to share with you the cards I made earlier this month for a commission order. The remit was "pink and girly" for a 3 year old granddaughter of a friend of my sister's. Well, I confess that children's cards isn't an area I've done much work in and so I didn't have much in the crafty stash to enable this commission to happen, but I managed to make four cards and the lady was highly delighted with all of them, said having four to choose from made it very difficult for her as they were all so lovely, and she did finally decide on one of the designs. So, here are some pictures and I hope you like ...

This little beauty is a Wild Rose Studio stamp but I don't know the name of it. I bought it a couple of years ago maybe and had never used it until now. I coloured her with Promarkers and added lots of sparkle to her wings, the star on her wand and the fluffy edging on her dress. I die cut some snowflakes and completely glittered them too. I framed the picture with some lovely pom-pom thread which is the edge of some pom-pom yarn which I bought in a ball, like you'd buy wool, the full extent of which you can see on the bottom of the card. I thought it was a great way of representing snowballs and the snow lying unevenly on the ground. I'm really not a knitter so have no idea how easy this would be to work with on knitting needles! (The base card I cut and scored from a 12 x 12 sheet of pale pink card and I layered the deep pink card onto it.) To finish I added the wording and some clear gems and also used a Sakura Glaze pen to add "moisture" to her eyes.

a close up to see the colouring and sparkly detail
This next one uses a pre-coloured image from Lili of the Valley. I love these two little girls dressed as angels, playing the tambourine and recorder - so sweet and reminds me of when I was little.

I added glitter to their headdresses as these would have been made from silver tinsel, so it was only right to cover them with glitter to make them sparkle in just the same way. I also added glitter to their wings and to the stars to make them twinkle, and I bet those two little angels are playing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"! I also added a dot of "moisture" to their eyes using a Sakura Glaze pen to make them look more life-like. The frame is from Craftwork Cards and I simply glittered some of the stars to make them stand out a bit more. These little girls are wearing pale lilac/mauve nighties and so I chose a background paper in as close a colour match as possible to tie it all together. So, not as pink, but definitely girly!

a closer look at the two little angels

Next is another pre-coloured image, again by Lili of the Valley. This puppy is so adorable, gazing longingly at the bone-shaped gift in his stocking!

I made the card blank using a deep pink pearlescent card, and then added layers of papers and card and mounted the image onto all of that. I added glitter to the furry top of the puppy's stocking and to the baubles on the tree. I cut a length of ribbon - this is one I spotted in my local craft shop several weeks prior to Christmas and thought it was perfect for Christmas cards with those lovely silver glittery stars all over it - and added this to the bottom of the card and fixed the layered image over the top edge. Then I die cut some snowflakes and covered them in glitter too. Finally I added the wording and a few clear gems.

a closer look at that adorable puppy
Finally, another image which I stamped and coloured using Promarkers. This is again from Lili of the Valley.

Pale pink card base again, with the image stamped and coloured on white card, then layered onto deep pink card. Again, I added lots of glitter for the snow, the stars and the fur on the little girl's coat, plus some dots of glitter here and there on her hair and on the baby Christmas tree to represent the snow. I used some of the pom-pom edging again to represent snowballs, added some of the fabulous starry ribbon down the left, a few punched stars (again all glittery and sparkly) and some tiny star shaped gems.

a little closer to see the detail
Well, those are the four cards I made for the commission but can you guess which one my customer chose? And which is your favourite? I'd love to hear your thoughts and always enjoy reading your kind comments.

Bye for now.

Love from me xx

Christmas cards share

Hello all

It's been a few weeks, but my goodness they have been busy ones!

So, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and no doubt you're looking forward to seeing out the dismal year which has been 2012 and welcoming in 2013 in the hope that we may at least have a "proper" summer and better success with all our vegetable growing efforts! I know I am.

To finish off for 2012 I thought I'd just share some of the Christmas cards I made in the run up to the big day. If any have already been featured I can only apologise. I will share some tonight and save the rest for tomorrow!

So, first up is a pretty easel card.

I made this one for my mother-in-law and she loved it. Since this photo was taken I added in some sparkly die-cut snowflakes on the base and a sparkly silver mesh ribbon bow top right. The papers are Dovecraft and the card blank, embossed frame, bird and sentiment are Craftwork Cards.

Next is this little beauty which we gave to my Dad.

This one has some lovely frantage detail on it. The gorgeous reindeer was originally mounted on wood so I just carefully separated the two - some tricky work with the craft knife was required but it paid off! I love the colour combination on this card and it was perfect for my Dad. The frame is a chipboard ring which we cut on our Pazzles machine and then I covered it with patterned paper, which I also used to die-cut some trees and snowflakes from. I think these papers are by Kaisercraft. The card blank is Craftwork Cards. Again, I added a personalised sentiment to this for my Dad. I'm seeing him tomorrow so will find out then whether he liked it!

The next card I really wasn't sure about when I first made it, but it grew on me, and my sister and brother-in-law, who were the lucky recipients, loved it, and my brother-in-law especially liked the fact that he could "hear Christmas" thanks to the little jingle bells on it! I know normally it's only two bells, or even one, but they are quite small so I decided to put three on there, for extra jingle!

The background paper is from a pad by Kaisercraft, and I love the pictures on it - Santa, the Three Wise Men and you can just see the reindeer pulling the sleigh to the left of the tag. I added a couple of pieces of coloured, patterned paper and then used various colours of ink around the edges of the card to help pull it all together. I stamped the various images onto the tag and again inked it around the edges in a mix of colours, then added the chevron edges on the left and right, which helped lift it away from the background. Some glitter dots, clear gems, sparkly ribbon (which I received in a bundle of lovely things from one of my blogging acquaintances as a prize for following her blog - how fab is that?) and jingly bells complete this design, which again I personalised.

Well, I think that will do for today!

I have a few more to share with you tomorrow, so until then take care.

Thanks for popping in.

Love from me xx