Sunday, 7 January 2018

My first of 2018 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have amazing weekend plans. I know, okay, I do but it’s got to be done, lol, and here is 2018’s first Christmas card …

A 15cm square card
It has lots of lovely texture and depth but will post normally!
All the lovely details

Lots of lovely details and shimmer too

Luckily for me I can also enter these Challenges
Ally’s Angels Challenge #1 Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #202 Christmas

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge: I obviously didn’t go CAS this time but I promise to create another and be back soon

Jingle Belles Rock Challenge Look What Santa Bought Me: 
the deer stamp set
Kreativ-tanten Challenge #13 Anything Goes

I know it’s daft of me but I feel like I have to apologise, lol. So here are the reasons for creating and sharing my first 2018 Christmas card:

1. Christmas was not frantic last year (2017);
2. Christmas cards that didn’t requite a trip to the post office were sent by the second week of December last year (2017);
3. I created this earlier than I would usually so I might as well share it lol!

I have been creating my own Christmas cards for over ten years now and this was the first Christmas that I wasn’t creating Christmas cards right up to and including Christmas Eve and every year I’ve felt exhausted, tired out and stressed. Last year I started creating Christmas cards at the beginning of January but I didn’t always share them at the time.

This year I have decided to start creating them early again and I’m hoping that I will have all of our Christmas cards created, written and posted by the second week of December this year again. It’s worth it to me and to my hubby, he noticed I was a lot less stressed this Christmas lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon. I’m going to play with some more new tools next ttfn Karen xx

Stamp &/ Stencil:
Hero Arts CL985 Deer layering stamp set
Sheena Douglass 7x7” square In the Forest stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Mini die set
Sizzix My Life Handmade Christmas die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary; Landscape
Pebeo acrylics
Distress ink pads: Tea Dye; Brushed Corduroy; Rusty Hinge; Vintage Photo
Dreamweaver embossing paste: black
Ranger Perfect Pearls: red
Stickles Glitter glue: Copper
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape


cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely beautiful card Karen, and it's never too early to start making Christmas cards, I love the image and design, fabulous colours too Kate x

Cara said...

This looks fabulous and it think it would work as an any time of year card too x

lauren bergold said...

please NEVER apologize to anyone, ever, for being SMART & talented & organized!!! this is a gorgeous card and anyone who can't appreciate that (even in january, lol!) just doesn't "get it"!!! :) i'm slightly chuckling bc the first year we did JINGLE BELLES and my december was sane, i was *converted* to the xmas-all-year lifestyle and i've never looked back! so happy you've come along to play at JINGLE BELLES, we will ALWAYS be excited to see your lovely cards! ♥

SmilynStef said...

What a pretty little scene ... so glad you joined our first Jingle Belles prompt of 2018.

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for CCAYR January challenge, Hazel, DT - thank you also for entering this my CHNC challenge. x

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 367 - hope to see you again soon x

Tammy L said...

What a beautiful scene'd card! Thanks for sharing it with us at CCAYR and hope to see you again!
Tammy DT

Nathalie said...

So cute christmas scene. thank for playing with us at Fussy & Fancy challenge.
Nathalie DT

Sue - said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers

Deanne Saunders said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!! *If this comment is late I apologize! I’m having major issues lately trying to leave comments due to the stupid ROBOT silliness!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper