Sunday, 17 July 2011

Sorry – Christmas alert!

Boy have I had a tricky weekend – you see I’m not one of these organised people who start their Christmas cards in the summer –in fact I’m lucky if it’s still Autumn when the snow and bauble stamps come out, but my Design Team stamps arrived from Stamp Addicts last week and they are for a Christmas Themed show – so my hand was forced! I really struggled to get the festive mojo going but managed in the end and thought I’d share a couple of my efforts…
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After I finished I wondered if the little polar bear looked lonely and considered adding another, but it looked too much and I quite like the simplicity of this.  I stamped and masked Flying Santa before creating the background with Distress inks – I’ve tried brayering (is that even a word?) but just can’t get on with it, so stick with my DI.  I didn’t quite get the sky blending soft enough between the blues, but I was pleased with the ‘snow’.  This card happens to fit the following challenges -

Charisma Cardz – It’s in the Stars
Stamp Something – Christmas in July
Stamptacular Sunday – Animal Antics (polar bear and reindeer!)
Secret Crafter – Holidays (bit cheeky but it doesn’t say it has to be summer holidays!)
Sir Stampalot – Anything Goes

I also made a CAS card. Over at Less is More the theme this week is Circles so these baubles fit right in -
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The circles and bauble ‘tops’ are separate on the stamp sheet so the circles can be used on their own but here I've just done the obvious traditional thing  - stamped with kaleidercolour multi coloured ink pad (fruitcake) – 3d’d the third bauble and added some hanging thread and squiggles round the edge by hand.  There is a little stickles on the bottom of each bauble but it doesn’t really show on here. As well as Less is More I’m sharing this at  -

Allsorts – Free and Easy
Inspire Me Fridays – always anything goes

Well – as much as I’ve enjoyed playing with these gorgeous stamps, I think that’s more than enough Christmas for now and I probably won’t be doing anymore til at least November !! Hope you’ve had a good weekend (weather here’s been horrid!) and thanks for stopping by…..Esther xx

The Stamp Addicts show introducing these stamps and many others just as lovely is on Create and Craft on 22nd July @ 10:00am.

28 comments:

  1. It's waaaaay too early for me Esther! I'm usually late, lol. Love your cards though, they're gorgeous! Maria x

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  2. This is a super card Esther, I love the doodling, it looks tremendous!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

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  3. Two LOVELY Christmas cards from you - I believe I have the fab sleigh (or if not - one very similar) and you've done a fab job with it, love your LIM bauble card too

    KAthyk

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  4. gorgeous holiday themed creation thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Secret Crafter this week.
    Hugs Kate xx
    I have candy if you are interested

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  5. Hi Esther, Great Christmas cards, I agree it's early but we all have to make them and to have 2 more under your belt can't be a bad thing, they are wonderful. I hope you have a good week, Gay xxx

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  6. Beautiful cards, never too soon for Christmas cards:) Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
    Pinky

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  7. A couple of fab Christmas cards, Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

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  8. oh hun these are just brilliant love the image,and layout on the first one,and just love those baubles,hugs cherylxxxx

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  9. Two lovely Christmas cards Esther. Have a great week, Annette x

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  10. Super cards Esther, XOXO Zoe

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  11. And there was me thinking we made Christmas cards in November, Esther.

    I always have this golden rule that I just can't do Christmas until at least after my hols and this year both SA and Stampy have fored my hand.

    Two super creations here, thank you for sharing with us at Stampalot challenge this month.

    B x

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  12. Oh its never too early for Christmas! Great card x

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  13. Fabulous cards Esther, I love the baubles.
    xxx Hazel.

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  14. What lovely cards, how cute!
    thank you for playing along at Charisma Cardz this week
    Love Jan
    xx

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  15. Both your cards are lovely! Bet you will be happy you made theese in november when you will start at the rest of the christmas cards :)
    Thanks so much for playing along at Allsorts this week and good luck!
    Big hugs
    Jill

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  16. Those baubles looks FAB Esther
    Love it!
    Thank you
    Diva LIM
    "Less is More"

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  17. Fabulous LIM card, love how you have used a multi inkpad for the baubles
    Beryl x

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  18. so very special.
    Thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot Challenge.
    Hugs Chris xx

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  19. Fabulous cards, Esther! I love them both! Thanks for joining us at Sir stampalot this month and good luck!

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  20. such beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing in our stars challenge this week at Charisma! Gemma :)

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  21. Love the baubles! & love the way you have doodled the christmas lights :-) very effective.

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  22. Thanks for joining our "Holidays" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE this week :)

    Hugs Jane x

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  23. Fabulous 'holiday' card!
    Thanks for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x

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  24. WOW!! I just LOVE your card!! FAB!!!

    Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge..

    Hugs Tine

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  25. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  26. Fantastic creation
    Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot challenge this month
    and good luck!

    Hugs
    Francesca

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