Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Jingle bells, jingle bells.....

My dear bloggy friends!

We are here - 3 days before Christmas - I bet you have all decorated your trees, sent off your cards and wrapped up your presents! Well I am almost there....I have made all my cards and sent them off and I have decorated my tree but I haven't wrapped up my presents....I am doing that this afternoon! First time ever I have so much work done before Christmas eve!!! Does that mean I am more organised??? No not really - well it did help that I was at home for almost 3 months and did most of my cards during that time! Also my daughter was a big help with the tree decorating !
Anyway our weekly meetings most go on and here is my desk of this week.......nothing much going on, one of my last cards on display! A peek on the right...



A peek on the left.....


 The card up close and personal - I love this Inkadinkado stamp - sooo cute!


A last word about making cards - I did make a lot this year and some were complicated some  had a very modern tone, some were vintage, grungy even - some I like more then the others! I think that although I have never been to any cardmaking course or workshop I have learned a lot - thanks to so many ladies who put tutorials on their blogs ( for free) and give us all a chance to learn! Here is an example of a card I made recently and like very much! The background is one of the new Hero Arts stamps, what I really like about this card are the trees -  they are made with washi tape - just love the simplicity of the design! So cool!






 And with this card I wish you all peace, love and happiness! I thank every one of you WOYWW-ERS that have visited my blog this year and commented on my blog - when I started I never thought anybody would be interested - now I have 72 followers - amazing!
Have a very merry Christmas! 
Lots of hugs to all of you,
Cardarian

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WOYWW, very late but it is Christmas time so who isn't busy????

Hello my dear bloggy friends!

I am sorry for being soooooo late but I am just so busy making cards and decorations and surfing the internet for recipes and also still going to physio - I am all taped up again - I will be going back to work on Monday so they are trying to do anything that would make me feel comfortable at work! Eh well I won't be comfy but at least I will earn some dosh ! 
Anyway getting to the point I have quite a few photos to show so enjoy the snoop......first up my really messy desk...everything is on there I can't move!.....




and now a few things I have made lately......I bought some vintage postcards from Freubel Art and  also found some free ones on the internet and made some vintage cards....here are a few....





 Here are a few of my cards that are not vintage.....wreath....




One with buttons and felt....


Hero arts cars and houses background......


And Artemio trees 2 different ways - my first ever use of snowtex!



and last but not least my altered cd - Christmas decoration..... I am really proud of this one......


the ribbon has angels on all the way to heaven...... sorry the picture is a bit bad - my camera just died ( well the battery did!)


So that is it for today - I still have loads of cards to make - I think in January I will close the doors of my craftroom and not go in for a while! Why does this always happen to me??? Every year I make a resolution that I will not make cards the last week and well it isn't the last week but it sure will be in a few days and I am still at it!! Huh!!!!
Have a lovely snoop around the worlds crafty desks and enjoy the Christmas holiday spirit! (he, he I didn't mean eggnog!!!)
Lots and lots of hugs to all of you,
Cardarian

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

WOYWW, cards. cards and more cards!

Hello lovely bloggers!

I hope you are all well and happy, all in the spirit of the coming holidays, happily checking off the many "lists" ( Julia ?!!!? :-) ) you have put together these days for shopping, cards or whatever jobs you have to do!
Well I also have my lists and am very slowly checking them off! I just can't get into the fifth gear this year for some reason! Cards seem to be the only thing I have been able to do! Still crafting is what these Wednesday gatherings are all about so I invite you all into my little craft room for a quick snoop, so that you can see what I have been up to these days! I am still off work, my main task these days is to start walking better and without crutches which I am doing every day - I go for a long walk every day - I struggle but I go as it is good for me!
Now lets get down to business....
My desk this morning is in preparation of making a vintage card - I have colorwashed a piece of cardstock which will be the background for my card, die cut some snowflakes, found some lace, mesh, bells, printed out some cute vintage postcards and prepared my stamps and some vintage paper I took out of an old 1850 magazine our library threw out during the process of moving ( he, he see that is the advantage of being a librarian) and I am now using it for my cards....the text is in gothic writing so very apt for Christmas cards!


Swing to the right - stamps I have chosen for the card are from Viva Decor - quite nice flourishes and vintage stuff! Also you can see all the mists I have used...


Swing to the left - a mixture of everything.....I honestly think I will never ever have a tidy desk!


So there that is my desk - now I would like to show you a few of my Christmas cards - I never make them in batches - each card I make is an original - of course that means I use way too much time for cards but I just can't help it...
I love this LOTV stamp such  cute bears.....

This is a Penny Black stamp I love....


Here are some of my vintage makes - I am entering them into our Slovene challenge CRAFTALNICA where they want vintage or shabby chic - wether this is shabby chic I don't know - I never really understood what that means.... these 2 cards are made with a technique I saw in one of the last craft stampers - the main picture is black and white and then you just add colorful embellishments....The stamps are both from La Blanche - I bought them in our Memories shop......







and the last one I am showing is a very playful card - stockings full of toys and candy! The stamp is from Inkadinkado...I spent ages coloring and glittering this card - a bit of white gel pen too,,,,


here is some detail....


I have more but this will be it for today......
Have a lovely day....
Thank you to everyone who takes time and visits my blog, I haven't been commenting much lately but as my knee is getting better I can spend more time sitting so I will also be commenting!
Lots of hugs to all of you
Cardarian