Christmas, New Year and Winter

Christmas Kindness

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along in the CAS Colours and Sketches sketch challenge using products kindly sent to my by Penny Black from their Christmastime 2022 release.

As soon as I saw the new products, I could not wait to play with the Stocking Stuffers die set (51-747) – a really good sized stocking and lots of fun branches. I also added a couple of branches from the Joy of Giving set (51-748) and coloured everything with distress inks. The stocking trim was the exception as I used glitter on white cardstock. It’s so sparkly in real life!

For the background panel, I masked off a section and lightly blended some distress ink across my card base before stamping an oldie and goodie background stamp (Dotted Fusion – 40-278) with versamark ink – love how this dried a purple-grey colour.

I added a sentiment from the Jolly Snippets set (30-925) to complete my card.

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Sept 2022 Get Cracking on Christmas

Hello everyone!

I haven’t felt much like crafting this past week since the sad passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. I’m glued to all the events and have been in awe watching history unfold. Although at times, I feel like I’m prying into private grief…

But today I was inspired to create with the beautiful Peaceful Woodland stamp set (30-922) that I received this week from Penny Black. I decided to play along with this week’s 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which has a colour combo challenge. The colours are blue, gold and white. I rarely use blue and gold together so was excited to see what I could come up with!

I embossed a tree from the set and then lightly sponged some Stormy Sky distress ink. I cut the image using a tag die from the Penny Black Tagged die set (51-007) and added some stickles and white pearls. I adhered the tag to my card base and stamped a sentiment from the Jolly Snippets set (30-925) – this is a brilliant sentiment set which I think I will be using a lot!!

This is doubling up as my festive card for Jenn Shurkus’s ‘Get Cracking on Christmas’. (As I was writing this post, I looked at my last Get Cracking on Christmas post – I missed August and July was part of my Christmas in July event, so I end up looking at June’s post. Weirdly, I had mentioned the Platinum Jubilee weekend in that very post! I’m glad that HM had the opportunity that weekend to have a very clear insight into how much the public appreciated her life of service.)

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Christmas Card Throwdown – Sketch

Hello everyone!

I’m honoured to be the Guest Designer for the current sketch challenge over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!

I thought the sketch would be perfect for a little die cut winter scene! So I pulled out a stencil plus some older Simon Says Stamps dies and got crafty!

To start, I created a few hills with a My Favorite Things stencil and some distress ink. I then used the Sketch Trees and Retro Deer dies – all from 2016 I think! The stars are from a Marianne Designs set and the sentiment is by Mama Elephant.

The Design Team have some amazing inspiration over on the challenge blog – you must check it out! Hope you can play along with the challenge!

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CAS Christmas Guest Designer August 2022

Hi there!

I am so delighted to be a Guest Designer for this month’s CAS Christmas Challenge.  The theme this month is ‘pine’.

For my CAS card, I used The Greetery’s Pine Botanicuts die set! I love this set so much! I adhered it to a wood slice die cut (also be the Greetery) and added a Penny Black sentiment and Sizzix bow.

The CAS Christmas DT has come up with some amazing inspiration over on the challenge blog. I hope you can play along!

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LucieG Christmas in July 2022 Challenge

Hi everyone!

Once again, I LOVED devoting a whole month to Christmas cards, although at times it was difficult to craft as I was doing a lot of house projects as well this month.

Like previous years, I generally ‘shopped my stash’ to create my cards – I did buy a few new bits, but not much at all really, which was quite odd for me as I noticed more Christmas in July releases this year.

It was still fun to create festive cards for challenges which were not focussed on Christmas-themed cards, but at times I felt stumped by the challenges and then just created a Christmas card just for the joy of it. And that was super fun!

Thanks to everyone who followed along and shared kind comments with me – I really appreciate all of you!

Have a great day!


PS I just read my wrap-up post from a year ago. I was traumatised by losing a tiny little pine cone stamp! Who would have thought that it would be missing for almost an entire year before it finally resurfaced in early June! I never gave up looking for it and then it suddenly turned up in my adhesives drawer!

Christmas in July 2022 – Bonus Day

Hello All!

Well it’s the early hours of the first day of August! I can’t believe Christmas in July is over!  I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge I set myself and I know I will be grateful to have all these cards in November when I will need them!

Anyway, as I enjoyed myself so much, I carried on with my Christmas crafting during 31 July so I’m calling this one my Bonus Christmas in July card!

I had to use a Christmas in July purchase – the Berries and Leaves stencil by Simon Says Stamp, which I paired with a stamped sentiment from an old Simons set, plus a couple of die cut holly leaves.

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