I’ve used the adorable James with Presents stamp and coloured him with PMs in the same colours as proved so popular with my last LOTV bear card: Cool Greys 1, 2, 3 & 4 with Slate, Lavender and Rose Pink applied with the Blender pen and some Crystal Stickles and Sakura Clear Stardust for a bit of Christmassy sparkle!! I was so pleased that so many people said they liked the colours I’d used for that card- they’re very ‘me’ colours so I knew I loved them but that doesn’t always mean others will feel the same!! ;) – and after the way this card’s come out with the co-ordinating papers, I think I might have found the colour-scheme for most of my own Xmas cards this year!! :) The matt behind the image is just a piece of printer paper with the edges coloured with PMs. I distressed the edges, used a punch on all the corners and ran a Versamark Dazzle Frost pad around the image layer :)
I’ve been really struggling this year to find packs of Christmas Papers in colours/styles that I’ve really liked or been inspired by- at least not at prices that I/my bank balance could stand anyway!! :/ - so, over the last few weeks, at times when I’ve not been feeling well enough to actually make a card, I’ve been fiddling on my netbook in bed and designing a few of my own :) I used the same free DrawPlus programme I downloaded and used to make the sentiment Rounds and have made a few papers in several different colourways- all of which I like and know will work with the colours of PMs, etc. that I’m loving using at the moment!! They’re fairly basic designs- the two on this card are just a snowflake font and some lines arranged on the page!! ;) - and I’m sure there was probably a quicker, much more straight-forward way of doing some of it but it gave me something to do without using *too* much energy and I have to admit the self-sufficient feeling of solving my own paper problem while saving myself some money (to be spent on other crafty bits post-haste, ofc!!!) is pretty nice!! :) The edges are distressed lightly with the TH tool and Dusty Concord DI :)
The snowflake is cut from a piece from my MS Snowflake Trim Punch with more DI and a Dew Drop in the centre (fixed with Stickles as I wasn’t sure what glue to use in case it showed through so now it sparkles, too!! :) ) and a few more of my favourite tiny pearls in the corners to finish!! :) Oh, and the greeting was added by hand at the last minute with a black fineliner as, when I showed the card to my mum just before adding the pearls, etc., she asked me where I was going to put the greeting...and it was at that point I realised I’d actually used the wrong paper...I’d intended to use one with Merry Christmas where I used the snowflake one- ooops!!! Ah, well!! lol
I’d like to enter this card in the following challenges: Lili Of The Valley #66 – Untraditional Christmas :) ; CES #5 – Animal Antics :) ; One Stop Craft Challenge #99 – Snowflakes In September :) ; Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club #36 – Christmas Furry Things :) I did think about entering it into some of the CAS challenges that are running at the moment but, although it's definitely simple, I wasn't sure if it would be classed as 'Clean' with the Distress Ink...?
Thanks for reading and I hope you like my cards and the papers :) I’m going to stop rambling and go and link these up now before I run out of energy again- I wrote most of this last night but had to wait ‘til today to feel up to getting up to take the pics- the run up to Christmas is not the best time for a crafter to have even less energy than usual but it always seems to work out that way!! :S Also, apologies for being such a bad blogger at the mo' and going so long between posts/not managing to get round to see others' blogs and leave comments for all the lovely people who've left such nice comments for me recently :( I know I keep saying it but I truly hope I'll catch up soon as I love that interactive aspect of blogging so much and I really do appreciate all the comments people leave for me!! :)