Friday, September 07, 2007

Ho Ho HO no!

Actually I have bought a few Christmas card making bits and bobs already - but I am not really ready to think Christmas wise. So I have struggled with this weeks Dare!
We put together various suggestions in one recipe. Christmas + purple + paper tearing + a hole. I thought we were joking but we weren't! I think this is one of the hardest ones I have done. Funny isn't it?! However everyone else has come up with STUNNING cards and I am sure you will too if you join in!

Anyway here are my "efforts"
It is NOT a square card - so maybe that was my problem! I used papers from Pink Petticoat - the images are from there too. I've not used the site before but the designs are lovely. The baubles I printed out, outlined with Sakura Glaze and added Stickles. There is also some inking, brads and more stickles. I can't put my finger quite on what is wrong with it - maybe the papers don't quite tone together? Is it too busy? Any ideas? I probably will end up outlining everything!

I tried a second one - not much better
this card is teeny tiny, a freebie that came with the stickers used, from a magazine ages ago. Then I sued two more Pink Petticoat papers - they are lilac rather than blue but lilac is a hard colour to photograph.

Here is another card I made this week - that I am much more comfortable with!
When someone has an "0" birthday at Church we sign a big card. We suddenly realised that there was a special birthday this week so I rustled up this one. Cream square card, Basic Grey Perhaps 6x6 papers, gold brads and outlining. Stamped greeting from SA kit for August embossed in detail gold. Chipboard from a previous SA kit and that a bit of white card given the Krylon pen treatment.
The card was made with scraps from something that I have sent to Tracie and Wayne for their wedding - I will show you that tomorrow when they are wed! Many blessings on your life together!

Other news...
  • Hywel had a A for his Science GSCE. He did three papers and does more this year so we are not quite sure what this means!
  • We still don't know his French result.
  • Which is why we are going away later next year so he can get his results on the day - and so may miss the beginning of the school term...
  • there is a crop at my church - how cool is that! It is run by "the scrapbook girls" in aid of Make a Wish. If you are in the Romford area on the 15th September why not join in - you can book here
  • Carys made a lovely headstone for Spot


Kathy said...

Well, I like your cards even if you don't! Purple is a nightmare to photograph isn't it? I had to call in the expert to make my card look purple instead of blue.

I think the only thing I'd have done differently on your first one is maybe to use some wide organza ribbon instead of the stripey paper - but then, ribbon is in my comfort zone to reaxh for when things don't feel right on a card

Hazel said...

Well done, Hywel, on the A!

The dare this week looks hard, but your cards are a great response to it.

Lynne said...

Your cards are great Lythan, but I kinda struggled with this one too -I'm just not in Christmas card making mode yet ..... infact my mojo has done a runner in disgust .... :D

Sarah said...

Great cards Lythan! Like those papers.

stamp and scrape said...

All lovely, but love the 80 card most. The colours work well here.

Dawn Wheeler said...

Your cards look great i felt like that last week ,some times it just feels right,LOL Dawnxx

Deb said...

Your cards are fab but I glad I am not the only one who struggled with this one, I pushed so many things aside that at first looked okay but just didn't work. It was great to be presented with such a big challenge though, really enjoyed it!

Paula J Atkinson said...

I know how you feel about starting xmas cards but I really had fun with this & am thrilled to be the guest designer alongside you fab ladies for the next few weeks.

I love this main card with the baubles, but they are all gorgeous.

I have to admit Xmas, Weddings & babies are my "grey" areas in crafting!!

Samm said...

Your cards are fabby Lythan!! really lovely.


Kae said...

Your cards are fab :) Know what you mean though about something being not 'right'... Maybe if you'd traced he white pattern bits in the middle of your first card with a white glaze pen and added a few tiny doodles/dots.... but I guess that's just me - doodling nearly everything to death at the moment lol.

Thanks for the nice comment :)

And very well done, Hywel, on the A!!!! That's fantastic!!!


Jackie said...

Your cards are lovely, as always!
I struggled a bit with this one. I think the blazing sunshine and temp of around 23 degrees had something to do with it!!

Anna said...

These are great fun Lythan. The baubles really stand out in the photo. I agree that this week was a challenge but your cards are really inspiring.

Louly said...

I love them all but my favourite is the first, i don't think there's anything wrong with it, don't change a thing! I love the way you can see the picture on the inside through the hole on the outside.

Rika said...

Great cards Lythan!!