Sunday, 20 November 2011

Two For The Price Of One

After a whole week of not crafting due to a combo of work, not feeling well and trying to make a start on the Chrimbo shopping (don't remind me lol!), I finally managed to sit down yesterday for a really good craft session .... and it made me feel really as if I'd got my mojo back :-)

It's now getting to that time of year when panic starts to set in as I haven't made anywhere near enough Christmas cards; so when I get out a stamp, particular colours of pen and papers, I try to make two cards while I'm there. The general idea is that it doesn't take anywhere near twice as long to make two similar cards ... though yesterday's effort must have been the exception that proves that rule as it took me the best part of 4 hours to make these two! It was great fun though :-). I also made two cards so that I could enter both this fortnight's Wild Orchid Crafts challenge of brown and blue, and also a number of other Christmassy challenges that are around right now.

Both of the following cards have pretty much the same materials - the main differences are the sentiment and the fact that I have followed two different sketches.

Here's my first card.

Stamps: LotV "Shine A Light" and Christmas Sentiment Circles;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers; glamour dust on coat and snowy ground;
Papers: My Mind's Eye "Holly Jolly";
Supplies: seam binding ribbon and flower from Wild Orchid Crafts; lace from Crafts4U2Do; pearls from The Hobby House.

Lili of the Valley #121 - A Christmas Card for Someone Special
CES #62 - Snowflakes
Fab 'n' Funky #99 - Baby It's Cold Outside
Charisma #45 - Lace and Pearls
Bunny Zoe's Challenge #18 - Anything Christmas With Pearls
Deep Ocean #12 - Vintage
Sparkles #25 - Vintage Christmas
Challenge Up your Life #57 - Music (on the backing paper ;-) )
Southern Girls #32 - Embellishment Bingo
(lace, 3 patterned papers, glitter)

... and here's my second card.

All materials the same as above except my sentiment is a Whimsy ticket stamp, with a peel off greeting coloured with Promarkers.

Wild Orchid Crafts #36 - Brown and Blue

That's all for today - I'm off out to brave the shopping crowds as I guess I can't keep putting it off forever!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend whatever you're doing. I'll be back tomorrow with a very different card - a very simple one for Less Is More :-)


  1. That LotV stamp is such a cute image :) You've coloured it beautifully too! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

  2. This is one gorgeous card Pauline, perfect for our Christmas card for Someone Special theme this week.
    Thank you for joining us at Lili of the Valley.

  3. Snap Pauline - I like to try and make 'two for one' as well. Makes sense when you've got all the stuff out, especially round Christmas time. Love both cards, and I suspect I might have this stamp waiting to be inked up for the first time :) Good luck with the shopping! Di xx

  4. Hi Pauline. Your cards are so lovely! I love the background papers you chose. Then, your layering of the die cuts and the laces create such a perfect design. I also love your little pearl and flower accents! The stamped image is colored to perfection! Thanks so much for sharing your cards with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  5. Wow!! Love the bottom card the best - so soft and pretty - great colors too!

  6. Two gorgeous cards Pauline! Love the image and papers. xx

  7. These are adorable, beautiful image, fab colouring and great layouts - nothing not to like.
    Thanks for joining us at Fab 'n' Funky this week, hope to see you again soon.
    Sharon x

  8. Hi Pauline,
    Your cards are beautiful. Love those papers you used and the image is so cute.
    Hugs, Yvon

  9. Hi Pauline both cards are stunning love your soft colour combos great take on the P/gem sketch..

    thanks for sharing with us at A Gem of a chall this time.

    smiles Christine x

  10. Fab, festive Christmas card Pauline and such a pretty design! Thanks for joining in with us at CES this week :) Donna x

  11. So beautiful card,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers and the details.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  12. Two beautiful cards and a cute image. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls. xx

  13. Hi Pauline
    These are so cute, loving your choice of image. Fabulous creations.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  14. Truly gorgeous.Love the colours and details.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion. Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  15. Fabulous card

    Thanks for joining us at Sparkles hope you will join us again soon. good luck xx

  16. What a wonderful card Pauline! Love the cards and the image.
    Thanks for joining us at the Deep Ocean this forthnight!
    Cinzia xx

  17. Oh these are s pretty - gorgeous colouring
    Thanks for joining us MAWTT this week
    Lisa x

  18. What a great idea Pauline, your cards are gorgeous and I love the papers you have chosen.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at LOTV this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  19. They are both beautiful. Thanks for joining us at BunnyZoe. Hugs Tracy x

  20. What a beautiful beautiful card Pauline, love this gorgeous image and your fab colours.
    Hope you are keeping well

    Thanks for sharing it with us at MAWTT and good luck with the challenge
    Hugs Laurie x

  21. Pauline this is beautiful, your choice of embellies on this are so delicate. Joey x

  22. Really beautiful cards. Your soft colouring looks terrific and those DPs are gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining our 'snowflakes' challenge at CES this week.
    Caroline xxx

  23. Fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at CUYL. Hugs... Judith

  24. Wow such stunning cards!
    Thanks for joining in the fun with us this week over at Sketch Saturday :o)


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