Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bah humbug!

Well, not really, I suppose. But then again, maybe ...

Christmas is always a time fraught with danger for GB and I. Oh and before you ask or roll your eyes (LOL), there are plenty of good reasons. Yet despite how much we try to avoid it, and having even in the past attempted a 'John Grisham' (skipping Christmas!) we've never fully succeeded in avoiding it altogether. I remember one year we studiously, but gratefully, declined any and all invitations to attend Christmas celebrations, only to have GB's brother turn up on our doorstep, unexpectedly, presents in hand, for lunch, just as (get this LOL) we were about to sit down to pancakes for brunch!!! We had so much fun and my BIL so enjoyed his Christmas 'with a difference' that year, it's become something of a tradition!!!

So anyways, Christmas is only, I don't know how many weeks away, and my my attention has accordingly turned to Christmas cards. Oh that we had children we could take cute photos of and print our cards at a photo kiosk!!! Oh that our friends and family didn't know about my paper crafting addiction and so didn't expect a handmade card! LOL I must confess, despite all the bah humbug-ing and whinging and whining I really do rather enjoy making our Christmas cards each year; and this year I get to bore you senseless with each of the designs. Ha ha ... the Scrooge has the last laugh! So without further ado, here's the first instalment ...

Christmas Robin
Stampin' Up! products used:
cardstock - Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke
colours - Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Soft Suede, More Mustard
stamps - Beautiful Season
other products used:
Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas Magic patterned paper; Archival Ink Jet Black; United Ribbons seam binding; Inkssentials Glossy Accents

O' Christmas Tree
Stampin' Up! products used:
cardstock - Naturals Ivory, Cherry Cobbler
colours - Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Basic Gray
stamps - En Francais, Lovely As a Tree, Many Merry Messages
other - Crochet Trim Victoria 5/8", Basic Pearl Jewels, Modern Label punch, Scallop Trim Border punch
other products used:
Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas Magic patterned paper

Bauble of Joy
Stampin' Up! products used:
cardstock - Naturals Ivory
colours - Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake
stamps - Delightful Decorations, French Foliage, French Filigree, Baroque Border standard roller
other - Ornament punch, Eyelet Border punch, Designer Frames embossing folder
other products used:
Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas Magic patterned paper; United Ribbons seam binding; VersaMark stamp pad; Artee Clear Detail embossing powder; metallic embroidery cotton

All these cards were made using the following sketch from PageMaps (check them out HERE) ...

September 2011

I'll be back with more Christmas cards to dazzle you (ha ha) in just a few days so stay tuned!  :)

PS: Liking much the gorgeous text paper in the background of my photos??? It's from Stampin' Up! (yes I know LOL!!!) and is there new "lighter-weight" patterned paper "First Edition Specialty". Now not a lot gets past me (okay yes it does LOL!) but for the princely sum of $24.95 I had no idea I was receiving 24 sheets of this scrumptious paper and that it was double-sided ... four each of the six designs. Talk about good value. I highly recommend you get your hands on some. I mean at about $1.00 a sheet for divine patterned paper ...


  1. OH Alz these cards are gorgeous. My favourite is the Christmas Robin.
    Hugs xx

  2. BORE US WITH CHRISTMAS CARDS!!!! AS IF....I love them all, all beautiful (Ali) XXX

  3. These are so beautiful Alz!
    I haven't made Christmas cards this year, there is still time I guess...but I brought a cute puppy pack and Uni starts up again for me in just 2 weeks...

    Anyway love that I have re-discovered your blog after being out of the 'blogging scene' for so long.

    Kayla :-)

  4. wow! These are beautiful Alz!! Loving the stamping up products!

  5. Beautiful but do you realise that it is only November... so don't get into christmas until after December 1st. That is why I don't make my own Chrissy cards I think :):)