Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Bloggers,

Yes, yes more Christmas cards. These are all cards I have made for my Family and my Friend.  As Ma and Nicky are followers of my blog I have had to schedule this post otherwise they would see their cards before I had a chance to deliver them.

So first up is a card I made for my very special Ma.  I decided to make her a card with very un- traditional colours.  This is the first one I made using the Metallic silver card, and loved it so much I have used it on a couple since :o)  So for Ma I decided to go with a Purple and Blue theme to make it very different.

The purple paper was from Allison Ellis Design and I love that it is just so different from the normal Christmassy papers we see at this time of year.

First up the cute Something for you Tilda from the Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection - 

This cute little lady has been painted using Distress Re-Inkers in Milled Lavendar, Dusty Concord and Pumice Stone.  With Diamond Stickles on the fur trim.

And now for the (almost) finished product - 

The swirl is from the Magnolia Doohickey's Leaf and Swirl set.  The snowflakes were cut using my Sullivans punch and coloured using Smooch in Pool, and then covered with Diamond Stickles.  They turned out so beautiful and bright.  I have since added some lovely light blue gems into the middle of each of the snowflakes to give that final finishing touch.

For my Sister and her family I have used the gorgeous little Reindeer Tilda from the Merry Little Christmas Collection.  I have probably said it a number of times before but this has to be one of my favourite ever Tilda's.  

Once again I have painted her using slighty unconventional colours for a Christmas card.  Her hair originally was even more orange than it is now but I have toned it down using Brushed Corduroy and by adding some shading using my Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

And the finished product - 

The third card up today I have made for my Brother and his Wife.  I have used the Snow Buddies Popcorn the Bear Stamp set.  Once again I have used liquid applique for the fur trim and the snow - the way that it has puffed up when heated is perfect giving an awesome texture to the card.  It makes Popcorn and his Mrs's hats look so warm and snuggly!

So for this card I didn't really have any papers that would quite match so I have made my own background paper using the gorgeous snowflake background stamp from the Kaszazz range. I embossed them with platinum embossing powder over a background I made by swiping Broken China Distress Ink over a plastic sheet, and spritzing it with Silver Glimmer Mist and dropping the card on top.

The final card is for my friend Nicky.  I have used 2 inked stamps for this one.  The Bildmalarna Mimosa Christmas Flower and Christmas Tree stamps.

I love both of these Stamps and how they have come together for this card.  I hope Nicky and Shannon like it also - 

Finally to finish up I have a birthday card, just for something different :o)

This card is for my Brother's wife and I love the blend of colours with Tilda, the paper, card and the Prima Flowers.

First up lets have a look at Butterfly Tilda from the Butterfly Wishes Collection.  This funky little Tilda with her Purple hair is very out there...

The die cut Butterfly in the background is produced by Cheery Lynn and is a beautiful die, I just love this!  It takes patience to pop out all the shapes, but makes a statement!

And now the finished card - 

I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful Christmas day, and hopefully the celebrations are not concluding just yet :o)

xx Milly

Friday, 23 December 2011

Monochrome Christmas

Good Afternoon Bloggers,

A post today to share with you the card I made for my friend Gary for Christmas.  

I had wanted to try and Edwin/Tilda inked in with Black Soot only for awhile, and the effect is fantastic.  I also used the Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique product to give the 'fur' effect.  This stuff is awesome, it goes on like an opaqueish white gel - and then when you use the heat gun over the top it just puffs up to give this most amazing end result. 

So this little Edwin is from the Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection and is called Sweet Christmas Edwin.

The Black Soot seemed a bit harsh on the face, so taking my Ma's advice i used Pumice Stone as it is a bit of a 'warmer' colour.

So at a recent trip to Camelot I bought a beautiful range of Christmas paper from Allison Ellis Designs in black, white and silver.  These seemed perfect for a male christmas card and to go with this Edwin.

I also used a die from the new Couture Creations ones I bought.  These are fantastic, they are very similar to the Spellbinders Nestabilities but about $13 cheaper!! 

Using a plain white square card I used a sponge to colour the edges of the card with Black Soot distress ink.  Then I cut out the metallic silver card, and the Allison Ellis Paper to mount on top.  The die cut was made using white bling textured card stock and again Black Soot sponged around the edges, and then I used some Colorbox Silver over the top which gave the lovely muted grey effect.  The flourish is a Magnolia die - this worked absolutely beautifully on the metallic silver card.

So at this stage I thought it is still looking a little plain.  So using my Sullivan's brand snowflake punch I cut five snowflakes and coloured them with the Colorbox silver ink, using the ink pad direct to the white card, and then sprayed them with Silver Glimmer Mist.  The snowflakes shown with the jewels have been covered in Glossy Accents to stop the silver coming off if people touch it, and the other two snowflakes have been covered in crackle accents.  These two with the crackle turned out really well, I was so happy with the effect!

So the finished product - 

It almost looks like a black and white photo of a normal coloured card - except for those liberal sprinklings of the metallic silver :o)

I have to say one of my favourite cards I have made this year!

Challenges I would like to enter

By the Cute and Girly - Let it Snow
Christmas Card Challenges - Non Traditional Colours
Deep Ocean Challenge - Warm Wishes

Thanks for stopping by.  If I don't make any more blogs before Christmas I hope you and your family enjoy a very happy, healthy and safe Festive Season.

xx Milly
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