Monday, September 14, 2009

Feeling Merry...

I hope I haven't given Anice a complex moaning about having to make Christmas craft things this early :)
September is obviously Christmas craft time as I have three lots of Christmas craft commissions to work through. I think part of my struggle is that for me Christmas is firmly a religious festival and one that I try and simplify as much as possible which is a little bit counter cultural. Also it starts me thinking about work and speeds my life away. However I am jsut going to have to put my sparkly Rudloph pants on and get into the Christmas spirit and then go back to my head in the sand attitude later on.
(You may have gathered this is probably not the place to comment that your Christmas shopping is already done)
(And I do not begrudge you if you have or if you love, love, love Christmas. You enjoy)
(And I do love, love, love Christmas when I get to it. Just not the 3 months before)

Anyway I single out Anice because it is her projects that are done, can be revealed and you can already buy. And they have actually done a lot to turn me into Mrs Claus. They are just fab. There are two new Funky Hand word book downloads. I can't decide which I like the best!

I thought that my fave would definately be 'Tis the Season. I love those traditional colours and when you add a little distress ink there is such a lovely shabby feel. I do think that the spotty paper is one of my favourite ones ever!I couldn't photograph this very well (ok I could have set my mini studio out properly but I was just too lazy) so you miss out some of the lovely sparkle around the letters. If you click on the close up you just might be able to see all the pricking and faux stitching with gel pen. My glitter gold pen went into overdrive on the patterns too.
This card shows off that scrummy paper. I dusted off a Quickutz die and also used a couple of nestabilities and a freebie stamp from a Creatvity mag. Rudoph's nose is a Prima bling.

But actually I think my favourite is Blue Christmas which is wierd as blue is my least fave colour.These patterns go together so beautifully. I used a sizzix die and a nestie AND a Martha punch on this one. Several gallons of glitter dust too. And some fibres that I have had for YEARS

close up to hopefully get more of the sparkle!

I used another frosted card blank as wellI think the frosted ones work better with just two layers while you can have three with the clear cards. The glitter letters are Docrafts.

Right I am now ready to jingle all the way today! I have got one more "here's something I made earlier" as I am trying to do a Salt catch up. The last challenge was Guidance. I used a photo from the Weymouth holiday with a frame round it. I think I need to do a little more work with frames!
The papers are a mix of Basic Grey and Fancy Pants on black bazzil with a bazill loop and doodlebug letters. The tag is Making Memories. The black swirl thing and chipboard heart I have had for years (again! and probably came via a much missed Self Addressed kit). The sticker is Jenni Bowlin. I wanted to convey the idea that the word of God is a reliable and constant form of guidance. If only I would look to see it!
OK lets get busy with the tinsel...


Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning stuff Lythan! :)


Lynda said...

They're all gorgeous - beautiful projects and your lighthuse page is fabulous.

Love Lynda xxx

Allison said...

gorgeous work Lythan

Unknown said...

Even if you are not in Christmas spirit, your projects are stunning. I hope I will ever be able to make such a bunch of good stuff when I am NOT in the mood or if I am in the mood, to be honoust.

Hazel said...

Luscious crafting, Lythan x

Traceyr said...

Great books. The blue and white star book is stunning.

Did you go up to the top of the lighthouse? I did about 7 years ago. Brilliant layout.


Kathy said...

I can't come up with anything better than
about this fabby batch of goodies