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More of the dreaded 'C' word …….

Morning!  Happy Wednesday,

Are you well?  I know the sun is shining out there, some of you are off on your summer holidays, it is June after all ……… but, some of you are thinking about the festive season.  Come on, admit it, you must be,  Kay’s Christmas shows were Sell Outs again last week.  You lot bought up your Indigo Blu stamps that quickly that the last show had to be cancelled – not enough stock left!!   Well done, I’m glad you like Kay’s new designs, they’re all fab aren’t they.

A couple of the stamps that didn’t get featured as much as some are the Dinky Grunge Christmas Greeting and the fabulous set of Holly

Don’t they work well together …….. and one of the holly leaves is just perfect for making a Holly wreath.

I stamped mine onto Kraft cardstock using Black Versafine ink and then clear embossing powder over the top.  I then cut them out and covered them using the brand new Indigo Blu FlitterGlu Glitter – the green shade from the Faded Glory set.

For the background, I wanted to keep it quite simple, with a bit of a grunge/distressed look.  So, I used the new English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic Paint – Winter Collection  (Pantry White shade) and dry brushed it onto some Kraft card ……

A bit of matting and layering, adding in some nice festive red card, and a touch of dotting with a white gel pen, makes the backdrop for my wreath.

I lightly drew a circle onto a piece of cardstock to act as a guide where to put my holly leaves.  Using foam pads, I placed the leaves, following the line of the circle, and overlapped each one slightly, to form the wreath.  I used 8 leaves on about a 4 inch (ish) circle (I drew around my double sided tape) but you could do whatever size you like.  Can you imagine a large one, done using different shades of green glitter or cardstock, and lots of layers.  Add a pretty ribbon bow and it would be a fabulous wall decoration or on a door.  It would be a lot of cutting out to do, but I think it would be worth it.  Hmmmm ……. there’s a thought.

The Grunge Greeting has been stamped and embossed and then simply mat and layered and placed in the centre

A few red gems, placed here and there for the berries finishes the card off nicely.

Here’s another quick and easy design, using the same stamps …..

The background card has been dry brushed again, the sentiment stamped and embossed using a glittery black embossing powder, and the holly leaves done in the same way as before. I’ve used all three different leaves this time, and the berries that also come on the set – very festive!

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  It’s only 181 days off Christmas Day, or there abouts!

And on that note I’ll say Cheerio for now.  Things are hotting up again in the old craft room, lots of exciting stuff going on ……… my lips are sealed though (for now!)

Don’t forget the new Forever 21 Challenge is underway.  If you really can’t bring yourself to think of Christmas right now, how about Summertime ……. blue skies, and sunny days.  There’s plenty of time to get your entries in, and as always there’s a great prize up for grabs.

Thanks for popping by.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

Happy crafting!

Linda  xx

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4 Comments on More of the dreaded 'C' word …….

  1. Wonderful! Love how you glittered the holly.


    Clare Horner | June 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm () ()
  2. Love the cards, some good ideas there and I’ve ordered the holly leaf stamp and the grunge greeting as a result 🙂

    fyrefly | June 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm () ()
  3. Fabulous stamps I had to have them so I will forgive you for too much Christmas info I didn’t need to know there are 181 days to go not when we are still waiting for summer lol;
    Great samples love that stamps can work hard and not just one occasion.


    MaggieH | July 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm () ()
  4. I really love these grunge cards without it being messy. The glitter idea is fab, it’s just a shame I didn’t get a chance to demonstrate it for you on Create and Craft. Next time Honey.xx

    KayHalliwell-sutton | July 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm () ()