Christmas is coming…

…The geese are getting fat. My bank account is aware of the presents which have already been bought (especially the ones to me, from me). And I have been making Christmas cards.

I was recently introduced to an amazing  website with incredible prices on crafting goodies. One of my bargains was a 6×6 paper pad called Christmas Cheer by Simply Creative, lovely vintage colours and imagery, including two tartans which are always favourites of mine. I do love a good vintage, wine or otherwise.

One of the papers is a creamy base with a subtle darker cream stripe. I thought it would be a good base for a stamped image. I dug out an old freebie vintage feel Merry Christmas stamp and used brown ink to keep the theme. I added a very little hint of colour.

I chose two designs from the papers which I felt complemented the sentiment and didn’t drown out the subtle background paper. One of these I cut to be the background, and one to a relatively small rectangle as an accent. I matter and layered both onto Kraft card. The sentiment was distressed, and I didn’t feel it needed matting and layering.

Once I was happy with the placement of the elements, I stuck them down and embellished. I used two poinsettias I had made a while ago using the Fleurs Flower Forming dies and mold (I got some messy points, not sure why, but I don’t mind them too much); one I used to replace a flower on the stamped image, the other disguised the corned I’d ripped when I was distressing the edges. I also used three flowers created from circles, cut into spirals and quilled, accented with leaves cut from my Scan’n’Cut. A little bit of antique gold glitter glue and I was finished.

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18 thoughts on “Christmas is coming…

    1. Isn't She Crafty Post author

      It’s a dangerous website! The p&p is steep, but the oh so low prices are amazing. I find spending less than Β£10 makes the p&p unreasonable, but after that I figure each item cost less than Β£2 which is a bargain

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  1. Crafty Rat

    Why did I look? I do not need any more paper pads, so so many things that I do not need but… I like what you did with your bargain, the layering works really well. I need to get braver with mixing and matching patterned papers…

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      1. stitchingranny

        Here you go https://hixxysoft.com/
        doesn’t sell cheap stuff but the stuff on there is cheaper than other places. I always try to get the best price possible and take into account any p&p so places like this with lower prices and free p&p are great. Have used them a couple of times and things have arrived within a couple of days.

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