Saturday, 28 December 2019

On the fourth day of Christmas....

I’m on my own. No radio, no tv, just the gentle hum of the washing machine and dishwasher. Soon, I have to prepare for lunch guests and that will be lovely. But now, this minute, coffee at hand, I’m basking in some quiet. So quiet that for a second, I became all reflective and wondered if you’d like to see some of the cards I made for Christmas. I had two phases of making, the one that I felt was necessary but too early and another where I was actually ‘in the mood’. I can’t now tell which cards came from which phase. That says a great deal about the consistency of my erm, style. Same old same old!
A Sizzix die (which does not cut well at all) and a little bit of stamping required. I like the simplicity and did several of these in alternating colour ways. ie red text on a white card and this white text on a red. Then the difficulty with the die made me gnash my teeth and shout HUMBUG, so I moved on. One thing I can tell you from this pic is that these were clearly made after the poinsettia card!
Wonderful Penny Black stamps. Look at that, an entirely stamped card! And the ‘old fashioned’ felt pen coloured onto solid stamp’ technique. You can rely on me. It’s in a cellophane bag because it was one of the ‘designs’ for the Card Marathon which now seems about a century ago. Despite the colour and re-colouring of the stamp that was required, I think this was my most popular card on the day.Also a Card Marathon make. Nothing but die cuts and a bit of embossing on a die cut. Fascinating fact.....the silvery grey paper was ‘hung’ by a single strip of tape across the inside top behind the ivy cut aperture. I found if it was stuck on all 4 sides that it overwhelmed the text and it couldn’t be read so well. Interesting, huh? I also tried this silver and white colour way with about five other colours of paper on the inside and had the same problem with all of them. At some stage I may get around to trying it on a green card with gold embossed text. The point of this is though, I will now look at my text dies as potential fab embossed texts!

Lastly and seriously, just to jolt you awake on this fourth day of Christmas. Creme Eggs on the counter at my Post Office on Christmas Eve. The world may continue to turn, but today, I’ve been happy to share my quiet moments. Because of course, it’s not actually quiet in my head. 


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Mm think three days after Christmas is MUCH too early for Creme eggs, which I actually do not like at all ....and now I’ve another reason why not like them!
Well I’m the proud owner of one of your cards but quite different from any of them Julia, and I like these esp the red poinsettia multi stamping one, but love mine you made me very much, it’s up there with my favourite this year!

Just to shock you’ve I’ve made six cards for 2020, current multi one is also Stamped poinsettia but quite different.
Thanks for Sharing, God bless, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

{Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Sue said...

Hi Julia, Fab cards.

so how many Creme Eggs did you buy? Sue

Kathyk said...

All totally FAB-u-LOUS

Happy New Year to you


Kathryn Frantz said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful makes! Enjoy the day!

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards, Julia, love the reindeer one, even if it's a x"*!! to die cut... Creme Eggs... not whilst there is still Christmas cake and stuff to eat! I hope you enjoyed your lunch and the peace and quiet preceding it

Robyn said...

lovely cards- thanks for using Quietfire design as ever! take those bits of quiet as you can! Happy new year!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You make the most BEAUTIFUL cards. Loved the tip on the silver paper. Now all I need is a die cutter and dies!

Kyla said...

Happy Christmas (bah to Easter eggs!!!).
Love the cards but shame the sizzix die doesnt cut too well.

Hope you had a lovely time and looking forward to hopefully catching up physically in 2020


Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Julia, hope your Christmas went well. Loving the cards. I used to have loads of problems with Sizzix dies until I got my Big Shot Foldaway. It's so disappointing when they don't cut right but it looks nice anyway. Hope your New year is a good one too. Hugs, Angela xxx

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What a fun post. Love that card with that most popular card of the day.
Getting ready to pre schedule post 552. I totally spaced off Christmas. My cousins wife just retired November had 1 doctor appt and died Sunday a fast moving cancer. So lots of family around tomorrow. HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Neet said...

Unlike Shaz in Oz I like the creme eggs but doubt I will be eating any for a while yet.
Thanks for showing your lovely cards, all of them are lovely but I am partial to the Poinsettia one wonder why?
Well, it\s new years eve, got my post ready for midnight so I will take this opportunity to wish you
A Happy, Healthy New Year.
Hugs, Neet xx