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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Christmas Candlelight and Sparkling Trees By Florence

Morning everyone

I hope your week is going well.

Although it seems quite strange thinking about Christmas in August, the silly season will be upon us in a blink of an eye.  I am determined this year to get ahead and make one or two cards each week.

Who is organised and making Christmas cards now or who leaves them until the last minute?
Mmm....  I wonder!
I would love to hear from you.

Today I would like to share with you two cards made using
Christmas Candlelight and Sparkling Trees.

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To make this card

Using a piece of Cut-n-Dry and Distress Ink color a piece of white card stock.
Stamp the candle images using black ink.
Stamp the lace boarder using blue ink.
Using a paint brush and water remove some of the ink from parts of the candle images ie the glow of the light and the candles.
Color the images.
Take a mask or stencil and using a sponge and Distress Ink create patterns just on areas of the background.
Stamp the Yuletide sentiment.
Attach the stamped piece to a white blank card.

My second card today is a simple CAS card.

The deer stamp is fabulous.
There are so many possibilities with it and it mixes and matches so well with the other stamps.

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To make this card

Trim to size a piece of coated card stock.
Using pieces of paper or post-it notes mask off the top and bottom of the card stock leaving a 4 cm strip across the top part of the card.
Using a piece of Cut-n-Dry apply some light blue Distress Ink to the whole unmasked area.
Using Distress Ink and a mask/stencil, create the pattern on the boarder.
Move the stencil/mask slightly and apply more ink.
Repeat until you are happy with the pattern.
Remove the paper masks from the card stock.
Stamp the snow flakes and the deers using Archival Ink.
Add some gems to the centers of the snowflakes.
On a separate piece of white card stock, stamp the sentiment, trim the piece to size and edge it with a gold pen.
Make up the card as seen.

That's all from me today.
Thank you for looking

Florence x


  1. Hi Florence, I'm one of those annoying people that loves Christmas, I make my cards throughout the year, when the urge takes me lol.
    Your cards are both lovely, such pretty frosty colours, I like how the colours you've chosen and the use of the stencil has turned traditional design's into quite a contemporary ones, very clever, Zoe xx

  2. These are both beautiful cards Florence and I love the blue with a bit of pink which gives that purple tinge, and the lace border and candles together with that touch of honeycomb stencilling in the background work so well to give a modern feel to the finished card. I like the clean lines of the second card and the panel with the stencilling and snowflakes complements the three deer on the bottom half perfectly. I make a few Christmas cards for challenges throughout the year but the rest tend to be rather last minute I'm afraid, although I always mean to start earlier it never seems to happen. x

  3. Your cards are lovely, I especially like the second one. I make Christmas cards throughout the year - usually for a challenge if I've not got another 'occasion' to make for, that way I've got a few more 'special' ones already done. If I'm doing multiples then I try to have them done by November. I've still got some left over from last year though so wont need to do too many this time.

    I shall be demonstrating single-layer (easy posting) cards to two stamping clubs next month so I know I'll have loads of samples to share with them and therefore loads of cards ready to go :)

  4. Hi Zoe, Pat and Jo, It sounds like you are organised with the cards. What a great idea to make them for challenges!! Wish I had thought of that. I am like Pat a little last minute but we wont tell anyone hey Pat :) Keep it a secret!
    Have fun demonstrating at the stamping clubs Jo.
    Thank you ladies for you lovely comments. Great to hear from you.
    Hugs Flo xx

  5. Hi Florence, your cards are both lovely! Very pretty frosty colours and I love that little reindeer too!

    I'm afraid since I gave up DT memberships I have been very last minute with my cards for the past 2 years and ended up with store bought for none crafty friends and family. I hated it so must try harder this year, lol!

    Lesley Xx

    1. Hi Lesley, I did smile when you mentioned about the store bought cards. I admire your honesty :) We wont tell anyone!! he he! There is a guilt factor involved in sending shop bought cards I find especially when a recipient says "Oh, I was expecting a home made card!! Lovely to hear from you.
      Flo xx

  6. two beautiful makes Florence - I adore that border on the second one! I am part of a year round christmas card making club so make them year around - it really helps!!! Hugs rachel x

    1. Hi Rachel, Now that is a good idea to be part of a CC card making club or even if a few crafting friends got together each month and made a few. Certainly would help and probably put a little bit more enjoyment into it without having the feeling of being rushed.
      Lovely to hear from you, Flo x

  7. Lovely cards Florence - gorgeous fresh colours - just beautiful.

    1. Thank you Anne. Lovely to hear from you.
      Flo x

  8. I am totally not in the X-mas-mood with the fine summerweather, but your rendeercard looks so fresh and playfull!

  9. Hi Gerrina, It is hard to get into the mood for Christmas this time of year. Maybe we need to have some Christmas music on whilst we craft!! Lovely to hear from you.
    Hugs Flo xx


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