Saturday, 5 November 2011

Christmas gang challenge - freebie papers

It was my turn to choose the challenge for tomorrow for the Christmas gang (there's a list of us on my sidebar - if you'd like to know more and perhaps join us, just get in touch with one of us).

I asked everyone to make a card using something recycled or something that was a freebie with a magazine or in a swap or RAK etc.

For my card I used papers by Nancy Watts from the current Making Cards magazine. The poinsettia in the middle is decoupaged. I very lightly distressed the edges of the card with brown corduroy DI to give a bit of definition.

I'm also linking this for:

Pixie cottage 94: get started - make a Christmas card
Mami doodles 37: Christmas
St Luke's November: Christmas is coming
Crafts and me 59: let the music move you
Try it on Tuesday: unusual shaped card
Crimbo crackers 1: anything goes
Polka doodles 44: shaped card

Glistening gold

These cards are for For your inspiration 17 for this photo inspiration:

and also for Party time Tuesday 40 photo inspiration:

They were all made with papers, glittered embellishments and sentiments from Anna Griffin.




These are also for:

Winter wonderland: make your cards sparkle
Pixie cottage 94: get started - make a Christmas card
Delightful: a very sparkly Christmas
Mami doodles 37: Christmas
St Luke's November: Christmas is coming
Heidi's hobbystuggu November: Christmas card with bling/sparkle
Christmas inspirations 36: bows (4th card)
Ribbon girl: jingle all the way to Christmas (particularly 4th card)
Ribbon carousel 27: anything goes (4th card)
2 sisters 64: ribbon
Shelly's terrifically thrilling Thursday: monochromatic + ribbon (4th card)
Crimbo crackers 1: anything goes
Corrosive136: with a flourish (1st and 3rd cards)
Papercraft star 69: a flourish (1st and 3rd cards)
Di's digi designs: ribbons and bows (4th card)
Freshly brewed 71: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes (plus a bit of bling)

Elephant notebook

This is one of the notebooks I altered for my sale last week. The background is a sample piece of wallpaper that I acquired ages ago. The big elephant sticker came from the 99 store (I think, not sure).

This is for:

Cards for men 22: animals (don't know whether a notebook is OK - if not, please delete my entry)
Crazy challenge 91: inspirational photo:

Cooking it up with Katie 82: anything but a card
Bows n berries 13: clean and simple
Freshly brewed 71: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes

Christmas card designs

I've been given permission to show the cards that I designed and printed for my friends' Accountancy Aid business, so I'm now showing what I did for this year and then what I did for last year.

This year I was given a drawing of their premises to work on, so this is the scan:

I digitally changed the image, taking out the security camera on the left and adding some snow to give the picture a festive look. I then used elements from My Craft Studio Magic of Christmas CD to add to the picture. The biggest problem I had was that the print out from MCS had a crop mark in the bottom right hand corner and I couldn't get rid of it, so in the end I somehow managed to save the complete image as a PDF and then converted this to the Jpg to work on further to make it ready to print. I got there in the end, but the whole card took so many tweaking episodes that I was having to call the documents by lots of different names and found it quite hard to find the latest one to work on - my computer has so many versions saved!

This is what I was working on when I showed my workspace for WOYWW 126.

So 300 cards have now been delivered to Accountancy Aid and this is what the final card looks like:

I made cards for them last year, but didn't show them on my blog, so thought I would now. This is a photo that I was given to work on - looking up the road towards the Accountancy Aid building.
I digitally removed the blue car which was near the building and put a door in its place. I also removed the bit of the car poking out on the left hand side. I softened the edges and added the holly corners and the greeting - and then printed 300. This has actually got a white background - not sure why it's showing clear on here.

I'm linking these for the following challenges:

Pixie cottage 94: get started - make a Christmas card
Mami doodles 37: Christmas
St Luke's November: Christmas is coming
Crimbo crackers 1: anything goes
Freshly brewed 71: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes

CHNC challenge 45: bright colours and/or sparkle

For challenge 45 today on my CHNC blog the topic is 'bright colours and/or sparkle' - I thought this was appropriate as today in the UK is 'bonfire night', the day that's celebrating with fireworks in memory of the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

For my card I've used a 7 x 5 card blank, matted with Anna Griffin papers - the red and white one is very glittered and sparkly. The Santa and robins are both slightly glittered with a bit of a fabric feel to them (they either came from the 99p store or Poundland - can't remember which).

I'm entering this card into these challenges:

Cute card Thursday 189: baby you're a firework - firework inspired
Winter wonderland: make your cards sparkle
The paper shelter 38: Christmas fun
Pixie cottage 94: get started - make a Christmas card
Delightful: a very sparkly Christmas
Stempelsonne 49: Father Christmas/Santa Claus
Mami doodles 37: Christmas
St Luke's November: Christmas is coming
Heidi's hobbystuggu November: Christmas card with bling/sparkle
Crimbo crackers 1: anything goes
Crafty boots: young at heart
Freshly brewed 71: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes (plus a bit of bling)