Thursday, 28 October 2010

Feasting on Phonemes!

Or, to put it another way, eating my words! I said I wouldn't be making any Christmas cards before December. I hate the fact that Christmas is so commercialised these days, with stuff in the shops before we've even got the summer holidays over with. And starting the preparations too soon seems to be wishing time away. It goes fast enough as it is.

However, the ladies who come to my card class wanted to do some Christmas cards sooner rather than later, so I thought that since I had to make samples for them, I might as well carry on and get more done for myself  while I was at it. They asked for quick and easy, which was fine by me. I don't have much time to spend on making cards at this time of year. It's my busiest time at school, with all the Christmas concerts to prepare for. When we're back next week, after half term, we'll be starting rehearsals, with the first concert only five weeks away! Maybe next year I should start making the cards in January!

Anyway, here are some I've done so far. Plain and simple, and certainly quick and easy. I don't like doing "production line" cards, but needs must, and by using different papers I've managed to get a bit of variety. I bought the Holly Frame embossing folder by Crafts Too, which I embossed straight on to the card blank. It made adding texture very quick, and only needed a stamp in the centre to finish it off.  It's a bit hard to see in the photo, but I also used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder on some of the cards.

Stamps by Crafty Individuals, Hero Arts, Elusive Images, PSX, Inkadinkado. Other items used: Nestabilities dies, Promarkers, Dovecraft papers, various inks.

I'm sorry I haven't been getting round everyone's blogs lately. My grandsons came to stay (with parents, though plenty of babysitting was involved!). We had a great time, even though I also had to go to work as unfortunately our half term didn't coincide with theirs this year. Then I went up to stay with them for a few days. The weather was mixed, but one day was absolutely gorgeous, so we went for a walk by the loch close to where they live, and got some photos.

And one other I can't resist sharing, my elder grandson puddle jumping! The joys of being 5! (The carrier bag was to collect fallen leaves in, with which he and his mum made a mobile.)

Anyway, I will try to catch up with the blogs soon. Hope everyone is having a good week.


judith@poppy cottage said...

Well done for starting your cards Lynne! The embossing frame is very effective, I love the white surround. Swiss Dots is still my favourite, and I have lots! Lovely pictures, the loch is beautiful, Judith xx

Sally H said...

Well, you are way ahead of me now. I have made just the one! I love the holly frame. That might have to fall into my basket if I see it! Your photos are gorgeous too. Glad you had a good time with the boys. See you very soon xxx

brenda said...

Some very elegant looking cards here Lynne. Totally with you on the commercialism of Christmas, it really spoils it for me.

Great photos, Autumn yo way looks more advanced than herure, we are still quite green and those lovely reds and golds keep evading us.

See you Saturday.

B x

Lisa Jane said...

Beautiful cards Lynn - i love the mainly white embossing
Your photos are wonderful too
Hope you are well
Lisa ;)

lisa said...

I'm glad you explained that funny word, Lynne!!!
Well done for getting your Christmas cards done. I agree with you about it all starting far too early!!
Love the photos of your stay with your family, it looks beautiful.
Glad you are having a good half term.
Hugs Lisax

Jules said...

Hi Lynne

Wow .. .. lots of lovely Christmas cards all in one go. Not bad for someone who doesn't want to make them early.

I seriously need to make them all year round as I just can't make them quick enough for my customers .. .. much more demand this year and hopefully more next!!

I am being asked for packets of 6 which makes for quite a bit of repetition .. but a nice little parcel when packaged up. Good job I love Christmas.

Your family photographs look lovely too. So ultra clear and a lovely capture of special memories.

Have a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

Debbie Dolphin said...

Hi Lynne
Before i start I have to apologise for not getting around your blog for a while.!! IVE BEEN SUCH A BAD BLOGGER RECENTLY!
Ive even had a week off this week and had no time to catch up!! its certainly hectic. But it seems everyone else seems the same, so I dont feel as bad.
Love what you have done recently.
Going back for a carch up
love debbie xxx

Eileen said...

Hi Lynne ...lovely family treasures to keep and gorgeous cards too!
As you say quick and easy ...I love the embossing folders. Each card is is crisp and elegant ...classy too like us crafters!! E xx

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