Saturday, 25 October 2014

Christmas cards - inspired by Anneke

Finally, I've been inspired into action with this year's Christmas cards - at last!! - by the lovely cards shared this week at Paperartsy by Anneke de Clerk - over two days she produced some absolute beauties!

I loved the idea of stamping with a stencil, but didn't have one with enough negative space that worked well, so used the stencil the normal way, to make my background
 I used a star stencil, and JoFY's turquoise Fresco, on Smoothy white card..
Trimmed the stencilled background into two pieces for my card blanks..
 painted some more turquoise on a piece of the white Smoothy  and stamped two of the Christmas baubles and cut out.  I don't have the JoFY stars set (why not?) but I quite like how the same idea looks with the baubles...
 used foam mounts to add the baubles to the backgrounds, on the card on the right, where there was "hanging room" I used some thin wire through the holes in the baubles (used a pokey tool to make the hole as I don't have a small enough punch)
 stamped some JoFY greetings and trimmed, edged in turquoise again, then used foam mounts to mount and hide the wires.
woops, this one's a bit crooked...

Entering the Paperartsy challenge here.... now, I should go and make some more, but I may need a little rest first!

21 comments:

sam21ski said...

Oooh well, it's a start - lol xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Ho, ho, ho to you too. Well done. Lovely cards. Xx

jojo79 said...

These are fab, two down....?to go

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Yes!! Definitely fabulous! Chris

craftytrog said...

I love these Helen, they look great! x

craftimamma said...

These are great Helen and well done on starting your Christmas cards....I really ought to but .....just can't get in the mood somehow!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Claire said...

Lovely cards Helen. At least you've made a start which is more than me! I'm loving Anneke's posts too X

Sarah Anderson said...

oooo nice cards! Two more than I've made!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Lovely cards!

Lucy x

Craftyfield said...

I don't have appropriate stencils either but you've just proved doing it this way works just as well! Both very nice cards, just keep them coming you'll have enough for Christmas in no time!

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Very lovely cards Helen! I love the background star too xx

Wanda Hentges said...

Your cards are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brenda said...

All fab Helen and rather liking the alternative colour combo for Christmas.

Another hard day yesterday, surely it will improve soon - think Mr Attitude belongs on the bench.

B x

Virginia said...

Oh I love them - fab stuff!

Sarah B said...

love 'em - gorgeous colour xx

Anneke said...

Glad I could inspire you ♥
Two beautiful cards! Blue & white with a touch of yellow....awesome!

Julie Ann Lee said...

Well done, Helen! These look great and you made a start! I keep thinking I should; but something else always comes along! With your example and Anneke's inspiration, I've no excuse now! xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Well done you for starting I failed lol. These are a great set cards Helen xx

massofhair said...

Very pretty Christmas cards Helen, the colours are fantastic:-) xxx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Gorgeous cards!

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh these are fab H..I love the colour. Did it make your teeth itch just a bit to leave one uncoloured?!!