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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Jazz hands for Christmas!

Hello crafting friends!

It feels a lot fresher in the heart of England today and I feel able to get going with the old Christmas cards again! Come and see:


I wanted some mitten stamps for this card and I don't have any :(  But a true crafter never lets small obstacles like that get in her way, so I just went ahead and drew some simple ones! They were coloured in with my trusty Spectrum Noir markers and I added fluffy cuffs with the aid of a glue pen and white heat embossing.


The bottom of the card base was sponged with Coastal Cabana ink and I glued two strips of shiny red paper across it, cut from some long-retired Christmas designer papers. I wanted the mittens to be attached to one of those strings that you thread through your tot's anorak sleeves so they don't get lost! A scrap of bakers twine did the job :)


The sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted set called Cityscape. I love a good-to-honest sentiment like this one, that says exactly what you mean! The card was finished with some silver sequins and rhinestones, some of which I coloured with the Spectrum Noirs. How on earth did I EVER craft without these markers?!!!

This card was inspired by a fab challenge that I've only just discovered - The Christmas Kickstart Challenge. It's a fortnightly challenge which I can see is really going to help me sort out a stash of Christmas cards! The latest challenge is to take inspiration from its blog header:


Isn't it jolly?! I have taken my inspiration from the colours, stripes, a bit of background shimmer and those brilliant jazz hands!

Are you making Christmas cards yet? I think I need to draw up a list of challenges to get me going. So far I'm joining in with the ABC Christmas Challenge, The Kickstart Challenge, Festive Friday, CAS Christmas, 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. I've also just found Jingle Belles and Crazy Hazlenut's Christmas Challenge, Do let me know in the comments if you have a favourite Christmas challenge I've missed!

Hugs,

16 comments:

  1. Great to have you play along at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge and I love your improvisation with the beautiful mittens! ugs, Jo x

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    1. Well, thanks for the fab inspiration Jo! Thanks for the 'ugs' too :D
      I honestly think life would be a poorer place without typos and autocorrect! x

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  2. A perfect take for this challenge, Vicky! Love those clever mittens!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! They didn't turn out too badly did they!

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  3. Vicky you really are so creative - those fluffy mittens are adorable! I am starting to make Christmas cards in earnest now but am not familiar with many of those challenges you’ve listed although I do regularly play along with Festive Friday; I need to check them out! Love the challenge banner on this one! Came across some great non-nonsense sentiment sets today and thought of you - check out Taylored Expressions Mini Strips. Hero Arts also have some great ones that are similar.

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    1. Have I set you off Joanne? A challenge addict like you won't be able to resist! Thanks for your recommendations - will have a look :)

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  4. Perfect little mittens, love the string to keep them together! Lovely take on the Christmas Kickstart header!

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  5. A Beautiful card and those handmade mitts are just Great. Love the colours too Vicky. Nope not done Christmas cards, well! just a couple, but thanks for the links, they just might make me get into the mood!
    Faith x

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    1. They're there for when the panic strikes you Faith! x

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  6. Gorgeous card, Vicky. I've taken a break from Christmas cards, having made around 20, to get started on some accompanying gifts. Will take stock this week to check where I'm at with both :)

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  7. Vicky I adore your card … but then I do live in the Mitten state of Michigan! xx
    =]

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    1. You're kidding! Michigan is known as The Mitten State? How cute is that?!! xx

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  8. Just as sweet as can be...and how clever to draw your own mittens!!!

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    1. Thanks LeAnne! They were very simple mittens ;)

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