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Frosty Greetings

Following on from my previous post, I am on a bit of a snowman vibe at the moment.  I used to draw this particular little guy about 15-20 years ago, and had forgotten all about him.  I don’t know why, because he is so quick and easy to draw and enables me to get lots of cards done in a short amount of time.  Better still, he is of course white so I don’t have to do lots of colouring!  Just black for his hat, a bit of red or blue for his scarf and a tiny swipe of cool grey (Oh I do love my Copic Markers!) for some shadowing, and I’m done.  I’ve tried him with and without a carrot nose – I prefer him without – and he doesn’t even have the customary black-dotted mouth (I’ve always found them a bit creepy).

A quick stamped sentiment and a card is done and dusted in no time.  And I enjoy doing them.  He makes me smile.  I think I also like the fact that he is all mine – my design and idea (although, how hard was it to come up with a snowman?). He’s not exactly a very Australian concept though – perhaps I should try him with a bush hat (the kind with corks hanging from it) and some gum leaves sticking out of it.  Actually, that’s an idea…

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Simple Stamped Snowmen

This is a quick and easy card idea that would be fun to do with kids (or adults!) and produces some lovely, quirky little characters.  I made a whole stack of these in one evening – perfect for when you are time poor and need to make a lot of cards in one go.

There’s lots of examples of stamped snowmen on various websites, using potatoes or sponges cut to shape.  I didn’t have any potatoes (my cupboards were a bit bare this week) so I carved a little roughly-circular-ovalish shape from a leftover piece of rubber from my printing class earlier in the year. I dabbed the stamp into a moistened sponge that had white paint on it and stamped onto some mini brown card stock.  It doesn’t matter if the stamped image doesn’t come out completely perfect – it adds to the design and makes it a bit more rustic and handmade.  But you can fix it up with some more paint if you want to.  The extra details were cut out of coloured card stock and drawn on with a Pigma Micron pen (they’re my go-to for doodling and adding details to things, especially when I don’t want any bleeding of ink or smudges).

I stamped a Christmas greeting on each card to finish, and voila!  So simple and quick!  They’re really cute and you can make each snowman quite individual, just by adding different details.  Try a scarf, or some holly on his hat, or no hat at all.  I also added a bit of glitter to them to help the white shine (you can’t see it in the photo…) but you can do anything you like to make them your own.

Hope your festive season is shaping up to be happy and heart-warming 🙂

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Merry Christmas (A Snowman in a Fridge)

Merry Christmas (A Snowman in a Fridge)

Merry Christmas to you all.  I hope that your day is festive and fabulous, joyful and filled with good times, good people and lots of love.  If you’re on your own (and would rather not be), I am sending you hugs and friendship (although, as I said in my previous post, I am rubbish at hugs – I’ll try not to make this awkward for you on Christmas Day).  If you’re on your own (and are delighted to be so), I am wishing you peace and tranquillity, contentment and the freedom to enjoy your day however, and wherever, you see fit.  Christmas comes I all shapes and sizes, after all.

Just a little video link here, for you all.  Warning : it is sappy and sweet and delightful and, if you’re anything like me, it will make you blub.  Bring some tissues.  Then go hug someone and tell them you love them.

A Very Important Lesson

Have a wonderful day.  Be kind to one another x

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Warm Wishes

Warm Wishes

A very quick but kinda cute card for today.  I was trying to not be fussy (yet again) and get a card made in less than the normal FOREVER that it takes me.  Seriously, I am so darn slow! I get finicky about matching colours and shades and, well, everything.  But I like how this one turned out.  It has a nice vintage look to it and the little snowman is festive and jolly.  I used Liquid Pearls on the eyes and buttons to add some dimension and edged the papers with distress ink.  That can help to bring a card together and make everything seem to match.

So, warm wishes to you today, wherever you are 🙂

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Frosty & the Egghead

Frosty & the Egghead

Had a lovely day at Mum’s today, crafting and chatting.  Endless cups of tea, smooches with Alexander the Magnificent (our remaining beloved and very spoilt cat – he’s 16 now and looking great for his age) and lots of silliness (why is it no one understands me like my Mum?).

Mum’s been working on this little snowman for about two years.  Seriously.  She started his head ages ago and then he kept getting put away again and never finished.  She was determined to complete him today but secretly I think she will probably keep editing and adding to him over the next couple of days. I left it a bit late to take photos today, as always, so it’s not the best shot of the little guy.  He looks better in person though…

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I faffed about making cards and some pendants.  I was having a bad-back-and-neck day so I was feeling not so great which makes me, in turn, not so good at being creative.  All I want to do is curl up in a big ball of painkillers and a hundred heat packs.  But life goes on and so must the creative muse.  I hate wasting a day so even if I’m in pain (which I have been, a lot this weekend) I try to make something.

I’m having a bit of an egg/wings/crowns moment currently, hence the following offerings (again, apologies for crappy photos – they’re blurry and at a weird angle…)…

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Wasn’t at all happy with this one but it was glued on and about as good as it was going to get so I gave up…

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Was going to collage this one but I actually liked it with just the one bit of paper on it…

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My favourite item of the day!

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I don’t know how “masculine” this one actually is…

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Was a bit concerned about the “new skin” wording…then I figured that new skin and rebirth and all that kinda goes with butterflies and metamorphosis so I let it go…

Now it’s time for dinner and ironing (ugh) and possibly a very hot shower (my back, oh my aching, stupid back!) and ignoring all the boxes of crafting stuff I brought home with me and piled up on the floor.  I had a nice afternoon, let’s not spoilt it with housework and tidying up!  Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend 🙂