Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas

Christmas wishes to all in 2012. I hope you have enjoyed the wonders of Christmas with your loved ones close at hand. We have had a wonderful time with family and have enjoyed some peaceful quiet that you know is good for the soul. We will be glad to welcome in the new year as 2012 was a challenging year for us. We hope your new year will be all that you need it to be.

As many of you know; I do like to share the special hand made cards sent me evey year. Below you find them in no special order...enjoy :o)

This one really impressed me...made by new recruit Steph Holm; there is nothing this lady cannot do! The inspiration for this card can be found in our holiday catalogue.

This one is from my neighbour...I love that she thinks outside the square! I felt the need to give you a hero shot first so you get the full impact.  The wreath is from our Winter Wonderland stamp set and the wood grain on the door is also a Stampin Up treasure. She has used the (old retired) tab punch to achieve the door hinges and a jumbo brad for the door knob. Ingenious idea, but there is more...

Open the door and inside you find the family decorating the tree. All of this before you get to the actual inside of the card...fantasic! Thanks Sue

What a sweet card...Toni I kow you won't believe me when I say it is fantastic, but I really love the simple elegance of this card. Sometimes we kill our cards trying to be clever with too many techniques or embellishments. Remember the old saying "less is more", well that is definately true of this card. Absolutely beautiful..Thank you my twin lol!!! x

This card was received with news of the years events since we haven't seen much of each other this year. Christmas is great for that! Robyn has used the TIEF holiday embossing frame with remnants of DSP to form the tree - great idea. I am always looking for ways to use up those scraps I just cannot bear to throw out. Thanks Robyn, I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

A surprise card from Karen is always lovely. Karen has an earthy flair to everything she does. The Cherry Cobbler tuille makes  a great accent with a difference. In case you are wondering the tree is from stamp set "Scentsational Season".

This card came all the way from Hobart and I am in love with tragic I am! The image is divine, but I couldn't begin to think where Di might have found it. This is the hero shot of the cute little ornament. Below is the full card. Thank you Di...stunning!

This card is a fabulous idea I intend to borrow. It is made by Gwen who is approaching a very good would be impolite for me to mention a number, but if I am half as switched on at her age, I will be very proud of myself! The tree consists of layered triangles. I think she has used gift wrap and added a little sparkle here and there for added impact. I would love to see this made with various Designer Series Papers from the Stampin Up Range. If I forget to post it jump on and add a comment to remind me. Great job your work as always!  

This card was one of the first I received his year, and what a lovely surprise it was. The stamp is one of my favourites, however it is not from Stampin Up! Therefore I cannnot tell you where you might find it. The paper is absolutely gorgeous too and reminiscent of exquisite Japanese papers. The ribbon has been threaded through the scallop border punch which is avaliable from Stampin Up! Very clever thought Kelli ;o)

This card was given by a lovely friend Lenore...The gold ornament embossed on red; is from Stampin Up's Delightful Decorations Set...another great card.
Above is a card made by good friend Kerrie. Notice the use of an embossing folder across two coloured cardstock pieces. This is very effective to do with the Stampin Up! Lattice embossing folder as well. Simply place the smaller piece in the desired position on top before running through the bigshot. If your bigshot is relatively new, I recommend that you consider running it through with one less tab on your platform. Use trial and error so as to avoid stretching the mechanism inside. Thanks Kerrie ;o)

This one is form Jenny Senior. Jenny has used the Stampin' Up! Tulip Border Embossing Folder to make the frame. Thanks Jen...lovely.

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