Friday, 19 December 2014

A couple of cards and a little bit of News!

My first card is the one that I sent to Lynne this year. As it was heading to Scotland I used the Inkylicious thistle stamp, curved onto the acrylic block, to make the wreath. The stag (silhouette deer) and trees (create a scene - trees) are also from Inkylicious. These stamps are not on the website yet, but you can always ring Deby in the new year and ask for them. I will be making some less Christmassy cards with these stamps soon! Here is a close up of the snow effect acheived with a clear stardust gellyroll pen and a waterbrush.

 It has been a crazy couple of weeks for me with School Panto, parties, trips (58 children to see Santa and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions)  and Christmas fair, and I also have about 7 colleagues with birthdays in December!!! I needed a card quickly, so got out some favourite ink colours, ink dusters and some inkylicious stamps (Summer Morn) and made this.
The flowers are actually two shades of purple (memento grape jelly and Elderberry) rather than the brown they look in the photo. Even my daylight lamp doesn't seem to show the true colours.
On to my news. A couple of months ago I was contacted by the editor of Creative Stamping and Creative Card making magazines to see if I would complete some commissions for them. It fell perfectly during half term and so I said yes! My first set of cards will be featured in issue 22 of creative Stamping (on sale 16th January) and the second lot in issue 23 (on sale 27th February). I will show you a sneaky peek nearer the release date and a few of the cards I made.
Spare a thought for Santa this year. I witnessed children asking for a wand that does real magic and a real life unicorn, not to mention the real rainbow pony and a gerbil that can talk!!! Not a single child asked for anything electronic, and there were the very modest requests too, such as a snakes and ladders game, a pink teddy and some football socks. It was magical the way that Santa appeared on the roof of Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire, and every child believed (and maybe one or two adults too, lol)!!!

Right, I am off to enjoy the first evening of my two week holiday.
Thanks for looking! 


Joan said...

I love the card for Lynne, how clever to use the thistle stamp for the wreath and I'll also have to try your "snow" making method too, plus of course I will be needing the scene building stamps too . Congratulations on being commissioned by Creative Stamping too, I'll be looking out for those issues.

Lynne K said...

Wondered how you'd done the snow! The effect is fabulous, even better IRL than in the photo. Love the card, thank you! Well done with the Creative Stamping. Can't wait to see the mags! x

Mrs A. said...

Two beautiful cards. I love them both. Congratulations on your magazine commissions. Enjoy your break from the kidos. Hugs Mrs A.

Janice said...

Gorgeous cards but that top one is magnificent! Jx

Helen J said...

Congrats on your magazine commissions, I'll keep an eye out for those! Beautiful cards, I especially love the second one.
How refreshing to hear that none of the children wanted electronic toys!
Best wishes for a restful Christmas.

brenda said...

Love the treat Sally, think it's one for the wish list, was on my card from Lynne so went onto the list. And of course I love the second with the lush sky and flowers.

B x

Faith A said...

OMG a luscious Christmas card and you know I always drool over your scene cards, this certainly doesn't disappoint, It's gorgeous.

So very well deserved magazine commisions, look forward to seeing your work for them.

Happy Christmas and a successful 2015

SARN said...

These are wonderful Sally. Terrific cards. I had my duster brushes out today too!

Sounds like it's been manic and you have a well-deserved fortnight off.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

scrappymo! said...

Oh my I love that wreath and all the early dots you created. It is such a wonderful card!

The second is such a pretty scene too.

Loved the story of the children and their Christmas lists. So great to hear no electronics!

Valerie Nolan said...

Just love that Xmas card Sally beautifully crafted!! Pretty birthday card too :) Have a wonderful Christmas
Val xx

Valerie Nolan said...

Senile dementia setting in! I forgot to congratulate you on your exciting news! I love creative stamping may, fab stamps! xx

Jean said...

Two really beautiful cards Sally, the use of thistles for the wreath is a fabulous idea.
Congratulations on the magazine commissions, i shall look out for those.
Jean x

Carola Bartz said...

I love the snow effects on the first card - how beautiful! Congratulations on the commissions for the stamping magazine, that sure is quite the achievement! I look forward to your sneak peek.
Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two stunning cards Sally, I love the wreath you've made using the thistle stamp. I also love the beautiful sky you've made in the second card. Congratulations on the magazine commisions, I shall have to see if I can find a shop nearby that sells the Creative Stamping magazine. Enjoy your 2 week break and have a wonderful Christmas.

Sue xx

Elaine said...

Great cards and well done on your magazine commission. Well deserved. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog this year. Elaine

Zuzu's Blog said...

such stunning stamping and so beautifully finished. I am from Scotland so this reallt appeals to me. I found the card as I was actually looking for somewhere to buy a rubber stamp saying "scotland". your card came up on the image search. so glad to have seen it.