Getting through the Xmas stash slowly......

Well I haven't been around for a few weeks as I have had the opportunity to work a few hours for six weeks and I am out of practice with the idea of working and running a household. My creative head has been resting whilst I get the basics around the house up to date and leave some for "later".......

I'm sharing a layout from a few weeks ago based on a sketch for August by Heather at Home and Scrapped. I might eventually finish scrapping my photos from Amsterdam and then I can move on to the other areas I visited in The Netherlands.
As my post says, I am working on getting rid of my Christmas stash although I think I probably have another three years of cards to do before I finish it all off. I have some really old card toppers and papers from magazines that I have to do something with so here are a few more of my cards for this Christmas.
I keep trying to alter some of the card toppers as they have words on them that I wouldn't use for my Christmas cards so that in itself can be an interesting challenge.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #23 - use blue. Well I did add just a hint of other colour with this glittery ornament sticker.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #26 - anything goes.
This is an altered handmade card that I received from a distant family member last year. I cut it down and mounted it on a burgundy card base, inked a little and added an extra mat to the merry and bright greeting.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #25 Christmas wings - use an angel or fairy etc. I had this vintage image already printed that I purchased as a vintage set a couple of years ago and I just love the image.
Just using the duplicate card topper I found.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #24 - buttons. I just happened upon this card topper when I was doing this one so figured it would work beautifully.
The lovely Karen sent me this card last year and I loved the papers and the sticker greeting so I altered it a little by trimming it down and mounting it on a dark red card then added some aqualip pen and dimensional magic to the flowers to bring them out a little. I love re-using cards that have been sent to me and forwarding the love on to others.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #12 - seasonal silver. I had this piece already embossed and I hate to cover up this lovely embossed image so always keep it simple with this embossing folder. Some kindyglitz and a border sticker make a great, simple card.
Fab's Challenge for July was to use a tree and/or dark colours. I stuck with the tree idea and did both the one above and the one below.

Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #18 - use a die-cut, found me using this great cut from the SVGblog that I purchased the file from. Just add a background and a playful pot and this makes a great card too.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #13 - a square card. Didn't quite work out the way I planned as I picked up two different markers and the blending didn't work so well but never mind it still looks okay.

The last two weekends I have run my simple, yet elegant card class using my favourite Kaisercraft clear stamps. I love pink and black or pink and brown as a colour scheme so I stuck with the simple pink/black colours and the ladies loved the stunning effect it produced with very little effort. Some plain black sating ribbon, a Fiskars border punch and some fussy cutting gave us some lovely designs.

Well the oven is beeping to tell me my banana cake is done so I best head off and retrieve it. Haven't baked a banana cake in ages with the price of bananas sky rocketing upwards but there was a bag of bruised ones in the supermarket begging me to use them so I have and the boys will be happy tomorrow.

Happy creating!


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