i finally knuckled down today and made my first batch of christmas cards this year (not including the parchment card i made the other day). i did 12 today, which is pretty good going, given that i’m out of practice. I started with the easier ones – using toppers i already have, recycled card etc., so it’s simply a case of putting existing elements together. As i start to run out of these i’m going to have to start making my own, using things like stamps, embossing ink etc., which increases the time necessary to create each card, but that’s okay. At this point i’m just trying to build up a good collection of cards ready to take with me to the fair (and, no, i’m NOT putting pressure on myself, mum, so stop worrying).

i spent yesterday working on a new handbag. Made with the same material and style as the tote bag i made a few weeks ago, its not quite finished – I’m doing some stitchery to go on the front of it – but when it is, i’ll post photos. I just can’t move to finishing it all off till the stitchery is done, and that i shall be doing while i watch the box tonight.

Photos of the cards are behind the cut. Note about the photos: I’m using Mum’s camera to take the photos, which has a very powerful flash – so powerful it sometimes obliterates the card (not helped by tendency for christmas card to have shiny bits to them, thus reflecting the flash. argh!). I’ve experimented today and the best way to take them seems to be from an angle. this does make the card look a bit wonky in some cases, and changes the colour in others, but can’t be helped. In addition, most of these cards have layers to them (raised layers i mean) and a few have material that is very tactile (I’ve used felt in some cases), and this doesn’t translate to photographs well either, the luxuriousness of it. but for all that.. enjoy 🙂 Behind the cut, as usual.

the red background here is thick felt

the red background here is thick felt. of all the cards i made today, this one and the one below are my favorite two.

the background here is also felt

the background here is also felt the gold card in the corners has "merry christmas" embossed into it, and the wreath stands off the card as well with some foam pads. my second favorite card from the batch today.

I know purple is an unusual colour for a christmas card, but i rather like it. Purple background is felt again.

I know purple is an unusual colour for a christmas card, but i rather like it. Purple background is felt again.

background is red felt, the pinkish square beneath the tree is parchment paper

background is red felt, the pinkish square beneath the tree is parchment paper. i made two of these.

topper came from a pack of xmas papers i got from lidl

topper came from a pack of xmas papers i got from lidl

the photo of the tree actually has a black background. this was terrible for problems with the flash. the curved corners were made with a punch.

the photo of the tree actually has a black background. this was terrible for problems with the flash. the curved corners were made with a punch.

this topper came from a pack of xmas papers i got from lidl

this topper came from a pack of xmas papers i got from lidl

this topper came from a pack of xmas papers i got from lidl

this topper came from a pack of xmas papers i got from lidl

this topper came from a pack of xmas papers from lidl

this topper came from a pack of xmas papers from lidl

the background paper here is felt again

the background paper here is felt again

background paper is red felt again

background paper is red felt again

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