Wednesday, October 05, 2016

It's Started......

It's another lovely sunny day here today, it's quite warm in the sunshine, so not too bad at all bearing in mind its October now.  There are lots of trees around here, but there's a particular tree that I watch as the seasons move along.  Right now the top leaves are just changing colour - I'll take a photo and add it at the end of this post if I remember! 
The reason I chose the title of this post is that yesterday we launched the new LO over on The Sketch File Blog, and I made a couple of Christmas cards using the sketch. Unlike a lot of my crafty friends I've not really get into the Christmas card making frenzy yet - I did make one the other week, but now I have a grand total of THREE, oh gosh, get me!  
The cards I made with the sketch are pretty much the same, different colours, different shapes, but the same idea of using a couple of dies to cut a frame, to which I added the sentiment in the window.  
Papers;: Authentique
Glitter card; Best Creations 
Silver cord
Decal Sentiment
Dies: Tonic Nested Squares, Taylored Expressions Nesterd Stars
The Tiny Stars are the 'waste' from punching with a Tonic Edger punch
Sketch File October
 I used this version which is simply rotated a couple of times


For the second card I just changed the shapes and papers

Papers;: Kaisercraft
Glitter card; Best Creations 
Gold cord
Decal Sentiment
Dies: Tonic Nested Rectangles, Spellbinders Baubles
The Tiny Stars are the 'waste' from punching with a Tonic Edger punch

I try to keep my Christmas card designs fairly clean and simple, and the layers limited on the majority of the cards I make as I'll be needing to put postage stamps on them. I think The Royal Mail is really mean and stingy about their "thickness" rule - they could relax it a bit, especially at Christmas.  Hey here's a thought, maybe more people would actually use the RM if they reduced the price, or just did a reduced rate at Christmas perhaps.
I like using ribbon and gems and all the other bumpy stuff, but have to save it for just a few "fussier" Christmas cards - they'd cost a fortune to send if they all had lumps and bumps.
Anyway, I have things to make today so I must stop the waffling!
Here's that tree I mentioned earlier.  

Thank you for visiting, have a great day :)


KarinsArtScrap said...

these are simply gorgeous Kathy
Gr Karin

Shabneez said...

Two fabulous Christmas cards Kathy! Great start - keep it up ;)
Love the modern colour schemes and designs on both. Shabneez xxx

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Lovely cards today Kathy! cheers, Holley

Katie said...

October hasn't been too bad so far. Love these Christmas cards

Dianne said...

Lovely cards....simply elegant!

Jackie T said...

Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous I love them. Thank you for sharing the picture of the tree. It has been lovely and sunny here too. Take care. Hugs Jackie

What I Created Next said...

Gorgeous clean and simple layouts. Love the tree too x

Andree said...

Both are fabulous cards Kathy. The contemporary colours of the first look wonderful and the second is very elegant.
Apart from for my demos I've yet to start on my Christmas cards so you're doing better than me xx

Sylvia said...

Love the layout, two fabulous Christmas cards.

Sylv xx

Angela Dodson said...

Oh lovely cards! Love the colours you've chosen :)

Tracy Welham said...

These are wonderful festive cards Kathy. I love the vintage image on the baubles card. I agree with your thoughts on RM it was a lot easier to send handmade cards before the thickness rule came in, maybe us crafters should start a petition! I love watching the leaves change colour through the season, one of nature's wonders. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Angelnorth said...

Lovely use of the sketch Kathy, these look fab!

Unknown said...

Fabulous cards Kathy, great use of the sketch. I particularly like those baubles. Cathy x