Christmas wishes…

Just taking the opportunity to wish you all a very special and Happy Christmas! 
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I’m afraid this isn’t a new card – it’s from a couple of years ago – but I’ve had flu and been out of action for a whole WEEK!  Eeek! That’s never happened to me  before and it seriously interfered with all my Christmas plans. 
If you didn’t receive a card from me, please accept my apologies, but the cards ran out long before the names on the list did this year.
Thanks to all of you who take the time to visit and to leave a comment – they’re all very much appreciated.
Love
Cath xxx

More green and more trees…

Do you sense a theme?  I don’t know why that’s what I’m drawn to this year, but I’m just going with it and enjoying it.  Lots of glitter on this and some flicked Crafty Notions white spray for snow.  Iced Spruce works really well for snow and background trees. The greens are Adirondack Meadow.  Words aren’t stamped well, but I still like the patchy look.  If I do this again, I’ll go off the page to make it more realistic but time’s run out for now.

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I’ve just stamped a stack of simple card fronts and will be trimming and mounting them tonight, while I’m catching up on a couple of my favourite programmes, missed while I was away for the weekend.  At least I’ve made a start and although some of them are the same, I’ve varied them slightly. I have loads more to make but I just seem to be making more mess right now and can’t find a flipping thing in my stamping room. One day I’ll learn not to leave everything until last minute – or will I?
I’m entering this into this week’s Drunken Stampers Challenge, which is Glittery Holiday.

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Just a quickie to post this card – haven’t had much time to make more, although I need loads, so will have to get going on those next week!

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Told you I had a bit of a ‘green’ thing this year, he, he.  More resist here, too, but this time it’s embossed, for a change. I love this swirl from Stamp Camp. Not much light here – grey skies, strong winds and hail, unfortunately!
I’ll be away this weekend, so see you when I come back!  Have a great weekend and hope the weather’s kind to you.

Cath x

Three challenges

Just like buses, nothing for ages then suddenly you get a few posts, lol.  I finished these over the last few days but haven’t had chance to photograph them, partly due to lack of light!
The first one is for the One Layer Wednesday challenge, which is to use nothing but a Greetings stamp on two cards, using different colours or placement. Just sneaking in by the skin of my teeth on this one, even though I had hoped to take part earlier in the week!
My first one is embossed in glitter gold EP on champagne pearlescent card.
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The second one obviously uses the same stamp, but this time it’s embossed with Pearl Gold EP on a cream 6×4 card. Hard to photograph in this grey light.

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I confess that I find these a bit too stark and will emboss lines above and below before I use them, perhaps even layering them onto other card bases – we’ll see.
My second challenge is for Less is More, which this week is to use green.  The KCUK challenge this month is to make a Christmas card in white and one other colour, so this is also for that challenge. You can’t really see it but the lines above and below the trees (Hero Arts) are dry embossed to add interest and the stripes of green card are just above.  I originally cut these thinner but had to do it again and cut them a bit thick – shame, really cos they looked better.
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The last one is another card for the white and one colour challenge.  I’ve got a bit of a green thing going on at the moment, for some reason. Most of these are Stampington stamps but the swirl that I stamped on the border (in Ranger Pearl Acrylic) is Inkadinkado and the postmarks are Simple Expressions stamps.
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Looks as if the corner was caught a bit there – oops!
I have some blog candy to offer but won’t post it with these, in case I lose track – I’ll be back with that and tomorrow I’ll be posting my first Visiting Artist Challenge project, although I’m working, so it will be later in the day.
Thanks for looking.  Cath x

Christmas Triptychs

Far from perfect, but that’s me finished with Christmas cards for this year… terrible, isn’t it? Only been doing Christmas for a couple of weeks. Dunno how you guys who do it all year round cope – aaghh! I can’t wait to put my Christmas stamps away.

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(name of recipient blanked out, lol)

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Did you know that if you heat organza ribbon, this is what happens? You need to be very careful, but it curls as it melts and looks really cool 🙂

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This one’s blue and pink, but it’s difficult to see the colours cos it was dark when I took the photo…