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by Julie Brooks

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Monday, 31 December 2012

Christmas cards - part 2

Hello everyone

Well, this is my last post for 2012. What a year! It's certainly been eventful, some of it good, some of it not so good, and some of it sad, distressing, upsetting and hurtful. But, that's life - full of ups and downs and challenges.

So I'm now looking forward to waving goodbye to this year and welcoming in 2013 with the hope that it will be better, happier and see some of my and my family's personal hopes and dreams come true. My son hates the end of the year. He struggles to see it in a positive way and to him it represents death. He is 11 years old and this is only one aspect of his Asperger's, which constantly challenges us and tests us almost to breaking point frequently. But I love him more than words can say and would not change him or be without him. The flip side is that he has a wicked sense of humour and a unique perspective on everything which can be so spot on at times that he blows me away. I will re-commence home schooling with him in the New Year and boy does he have alot of work to do in the next few months, which did not impress him in the slightest when I broke it to him earlier today!!!

Anyway, onto the reason for tonight's post - the rest of those Christmas cards which I promised to share with you.

I am blessed to have five nieces and one nephew, with ages ranging from almost 9yrs through to almost 18yrs, and I love them all to bits. So, for the younger ones (ages almost 9yrs through to 12yrs) I chose a snowman theme and used some Frosty images which I purchased from Craftwork Cards more than a year ago. I coloured each picture myself using Promarkers and gave each one an embossed snowflake frame. Each picture is different, although they all feature a snowman, and each has a different background paper, which were also from the Frosty range. Glitter and clear gems and sentiments finished each card. I'm really sorry, but the colours have come out quite badly - my photo processing software has let me down so that's now at the top of my "must investigate" list for 2013!

The next three cards were all for my older nieces, ages ranging from 15yrs to almost 18yrs. Again, I used the same overall theme for all three (Christmas tree), but just varied them a little. You will see that two are in Kraft cardstock with the focus on reds and greens and one is in white cardstock with the focus on blues. This white one was for the youngest of the three girls who loves the colour blue, and when she attended one of my floral wreath making workshops earlier this year she chose this same colour scheme, so I thought I'd tie her Christmas card in with that. Needless to say she was thrilled! Again I must apologise for the poor picture quality in the first two photos.

After taking this photo I re-did this card with more personal wording
And finally, the cards I made for my brother and sister-in-law and for my sister-in-law. I used a new die in my ever-growing collection - the tatty poinsettia by Tim Holtz. I love this die. The colour and pattern possibilities are endless and it doesn't have to be a poinsettia, it could be any big blousy flower and I have big plans for it for 2013! I chose to cut mine from some paper which had sheet music printed on it in a very pale colour, thinking the music would show through the inking. Then I inked the layers using Shabby Shutters and Festive Berries and discovered that the music had disappeared! Well, I wasn't very impressed with that I can tell you, but I have a clear music score stamp in my stash, so I added this over the top using Frayed Burlap, and it worked beautifully. I gently scored down the centres to give more shape and assembled the layers. The last part of the make was to choose the background paper and the frame and a bit of sparkly ribbon, get these in position on the card blank (one square and one fanciful) and then fix the poinsettia in place. Finished with sentiments, glitter and clear gems (gems added after the photos were taken).

Well, that about covers it for this year.

Thank you again to everyone who follows my blog - please leave me a comment on my posts, even if only to say "hi". I love to hear from you all.

So, it only remains for me to wish you all a very happy new year for 2013 and I will see you all again very soon.

Take care.

Love from me xx