Saturday, 11 December 2010

Infrequent visits

Well, It has been nearly a week since I last posted and my visits to blogland have been sporadic to say the least. That's because I've had another week of late nights as our school panto did go ahead (despite the plummeting temperatures) a week later than it was supposed to, Commitments at Meg's school and shopping for parents/inlaws/ us. Anyway, now I've explained my absence, I'll show you what I've been up to when I have eventually got home.
 This first card is a variation on the one in my last post. I used distress inks (bundled sage, Victorian velvet and wild honey and then stamped over with a Woodware clear holly stamp in versafine black. This time I embossed with kaleidoscope embossing powder. I used stickles on the berries and added a sentiment (Paula Pascual) in a nestie circle with a punched border. I'm entering this into the Stampman challenge where the theme is Take 3 colours on a Christmas theme.

Yet another variation on the same theme I used broken china, chipped sapphire and dusty concord distress inks this time. I also used silver creative colour spray (Crafty Notions) which helped to blend the colours and give it some sparkle. I'm entering this into the Lots to do challenge, where the theme is Glitz
 The finishing touch on this one was a Marianne design flourish and a paper flower made using flower creations 3 shapeabilities (and more stickles!). I do like this colour combo!

Next is my 'simple card' for this year. I used a Marianne designs poinsettia die from Sir stampalot and a Crafts too embossing folder loaned to me by Lynne. I did use a bit of distress inks around the edge of the poinsettia, but there is no stamping  - not my usual thing at all, but okay I think! As it is so simple and quick I'm entering it into this week's Allsorts challenge where the theme is last minute Christmas, which sums me up! They are being sponsored this week by the Stampman and have great goodies on offer from Kay Carley .
I'm aiming to well and truly sort Christmas this weekend, so hopefully I can start visiting some more of your lovely blogs by next week. Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!


Jules said...

Hi Sal

I was thinking you will be up to your neck with school productions etc. I am surprised you have any time to craft alongside those!!!

Love your cards .. .. especially the holly ones .. .. the purple being my fav!! I love purple!!

Have a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

brenda said...

Hi Sally

Hold in there, not many days to go now till the end of term.

Super creations as always, hhank you for joining in the fun at Allsorts this week and good luck.

B x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful ink work and colour mix.

Zoechaos said...

Well looks like any spare time you had was put to very good use these are all gorgeous cards, my fav being the blue tones so thrilled you chose it for Lots to do thank you for sharing it with us xx Zoe

Debs said...

Oh Sally these are stunning and just perfect for the theme at Allsorts this week. Thanks for sharing them with us and good luck.
Debs xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wonderful pieces of art.

Lynne K said...

Being the lucky recipient of the 2nd card, and having just seen the first IRL, I can say that the photos certainly do not do them justice. The embossed holly and shiny background are absolutely gorgeous. Love the simple one too! xx

Rhonda said...

Gorgeous, elegant cards! Love the backgrounds. Cheers!

Dragon said...

Really elegant and deceptively simply.... Thanks for playing with the Stampman theme this time

Tracy said...

Sally your inking is fabulous, I love the colour variations. Hope you get a good rest over the festive holidays.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Sally wow this is a wonderful selection of cards you are showing here, I so love the shades of colours on the first two and that third one is just pure beauty.
Lorraine x

Kay Carley said...

Love the backgrounds you created on the first two cards Sally and the third card looks very elegant! xx

crafty creations said...

Beautiful cards so perfectly coloured

Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo challenge x Hilda

lisa said...

I think we are all the same with sparodic visits at the minute, Sal and I don't even have a good excuse!!
Hope all the productions are going well. I am going to ours tomorrow!!
Love these cards, especially the blue holly, those colours are my favourites.
Have a good week.
hugs Lisax

Jaqi said...

Stunning cards , my favourite has to be the blue and purple one , and that purple flower is gorgeous what a rich colour it is

mommabear said...

Beautiful card I love the coloues used Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo challenge xxAlison

Fleur said...

Amazing, gorgeous & elegant
Thanks for joining our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, Good Luck
Hugz Fleur xXx