Friday, 14 December 2012

60,000 views and my Christmas Cards

This week was quite momentous, as I reached 60,000 views on my blog! I am astonished that in the past 2 years I have had anything like that number of visitors, but I know its primarily down to two posts! One with a cupcake wrapper template, and one with a Union Jack template I created about the time of the Royal Wedding, which was also really popular this summer for the Olympics and Queens Jubilee. I'm hoping to add some extra templates to the cupcake wrapper page soon with printable wrappers I have designed, so hopefully it will continue to be popular.

This week I have mostly been getting sorted for Christmas, baking Christmas cakes, making cards, planning church events. I have to say that I only ever make handmade Christmas cards for immediate family and very close friends. This year I have made 11. I buy a box of cards for all my other cards and try to personalise them a bit with a verse of scripture, but that's my limit for the other 50 or so cards!

I have been so excited to use the wonderful Papertrey Ink set, Star of Wonder, which I got for Christmas last year and I have not been disappointed. The set has 3 main circular images, and I chose the manger scene for this years cards (I can save the other two for future years!). I wanted a verse of Scripture, and recently bought some Nina B Layers of Colour Christmas verses. I chose a suitable verse and stamped directly onto the kraft card base.

I stamped my circular image onto white cardstock using, then used distress inks (antique linen, tea dye and walnut stain) to add some colour to the image. I cut it using my spellbinders circles and layered onto a sun style die cut from Nellies dies - Multi frame Die Star #2, cut from bronze cardstock. I then layered this on to a labels 1 or labels 4 die cut, both stamped with a music background and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Some gorgeous brown ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons finished it off really well.

I'm entering these cards into the Addicted to Stamping Bingo
This qualifies for the middle row, Ribbon, FREE (Sponging) and Embossing.

Its also being entered into Young Crafters Unite Challenge #16 - Happy Holidays


  1. Gorgeous colours! Love this card. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM! xx

  2. This is lovely, thank you for sharing with us at Charisma Cardz and good luck.

    Caz xx CC DT

  3. Beautiful card! Really love the colors you've used and the image with that verse captures the true meaning of Christmas. Thanks so much for joining us this week at ATS&M

  4. A great Christmas make! Thanks for playing along at Charisma Cardz! xxx

  5. These are loooovely. Great take on this weeks challenge. Thank you so much for playing along with the ATS&M bingo challenge this week.
    Regards Florence x

  6. Sorry, me again. I forgot to say. Congrats on the 60,000 views on your blog.
    Florence x

  7. Thanks for joining in this week at ATS&M this week with your gorgeous creation - Jacqueline xx