Sunday, December 23, 2012

Seasons Greetings !

Seasons Greetings Everyone !   I would like to thank all my loyal followers & visitors for all your inspiration, visits and kind comments this year.    Without all of you, blogging would not be so rewarding.   I also wish you a very happy, healthy & creative 2013!      

I have a few more cards that I wanted to post for Christmas and will join into the following challenges with the first one:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Christmas
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - #82 Traditional Colours 
Out of Hat Creations - Use Birthstone Colours  I used Feb-Amethyst, May-Emerald, July-Ruby

The first card below was a lot of fun to create using flower stamps from Outlines Stamps (who sadly closed earlier this year).

The background was created using Impression Obsession's Cover a Card- CC039 Lg. Paisley and Fruitcake Kaleidacolor ink.  I used a brayer to ink up the stamp along with IO's Mega Mount.

I embossed Outlines Striped Petals (Medium D658 & Small D659) with silver on green & red cardstock.  I highlighted them with Micacolor Interference Paints.     I added micro beads to the flower centres and added a pearl flourish that was in my stash along with holograph Starform border stickers.

I also have a couple of cards that I created with a pretty ornament stamp by Impression Obsession and  Penny Black backgrounds.   I borrowed this stamp from a friend during a crafty day & enjoyed colouring it so much that I ended up buying one of my own (yes I'm a stamp addict!)

Stamps used on above card:   Impression Obsession - D8295 Ornaments & Penny Black -  (Background) Harmony 40-170 & Christmas Story 40-164.   I used also used Spellbinder Dies.

The background (Harmony) was stamped with Brilliance Pearlescent Purple ink.   The dark green cardstock was stamped with the letter (Christmas story) stamp.  The ornaments were embossed with a gold powder that has a bit of glitter.  I painted them with Stargazer Micacolors.   The card is layered as shown, I added some holograph Starform border stickers.

And here is my 2nd card with the same image below.

Stamps used on above card:  Impression Obsession - D8295 Ornaments & Penny Black - (Background- Letters) Christmas Story 40-164 & Christmas Flourish (Merry Christmas) 3900H.   Again I used Spellbinder Dies.   The background (Letter) stamp was stamped with Wheat Versamark Chalk Ink.   The Ornaments were coloured with Vintage Micacolor paints.  

Thanks for your visit & enjoy the season with family & friends.


maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow, wow, wow, shirley what an amazing group of card, every card is a piece of art on his own!!!I really really, love them!!!


Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a stunning collection Shirley, I love the IO baubles, I've not seen these before (now on my wish list). As always your colours are beautiful.

Christmas Greetings to you and Hubby, and have a wonderful New Year. I'm looking forward to seeing what you will be bring to us in 2013.

Sue x

Claire said...

Gorgeous cards Shirley, all equally beautiful. Wishing you and your family a happy and peaceful Christmas and I'm looking forward to more of your inspiration next year
Claire xx

Felicie said...

Wow Your cards are so beautiful Shirley.I love them all a lot.
Christmas Greetings to you and your family.

Janny's Cards Creations said...

Beautiful cards, the cards are wonderful, Wishing you beautiful Christmas days and a good crative 2013. Janny

chrissie said...

Very beautiful cards Shirley and nice that you shared them with us at Out of a Hat.

Have a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2013

Love Chrissie xxxx

Unknown said...

Hi Shirley your cards are just adorable. I have had a scroll down and would love to comment on everyone individually but at the moment just don't have the time as I am home for Christmas and have to share the computer with 7 ... yuk.

Everyone of your pieces is of such high quality and the stamping is amazing.

Have a very merry Christmas and will be visiting more in 2013.

Hugs Shirley x x

Unknown said...

Me again just to say that I forgot to change to my google account and this has shown on my granddaughter's. I am sure she would love your work as well.

Hugs Shirley (

craftimamma said...

What a fabulous collection of cards Shirley! Every one is stunning and I really must get my act together next year as I've hardly made any :-(.

I wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas and I hope the new year brings you all the best life has to offer. Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday.

Lesley Xx

Janet said...

Hi Shirley,
Stunning cards,love the colours you have used.
Thanks for joining us at Out of a Hat
Janet x

Sharon said...

Hi Shirley: Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas and Stamping Happy New Year!
aka celticrafter

Paula (PEP) said...

Thanks for that bit of info about Outlines Stamps - I was going to look out for those as they're the ones used in my tangling books but that would be a waste of time; you've saved me wasting hours.
These are all delightful but it is the last one that had me gasping with delight over the subdued vintage colours mixed with the beautiful gold & brown.
Have a lovely Christmas & Peaceful 2013.
Paula (PEP)

Cole Meyer said...

Gorgeous, everyone of them. Merry Christmas!

Donna Ellis said...

Oh MY, Shirley! I am constantly amazed at what your imagination does with art supplies and color! Your Outlines images look fabulous (I have some of their stamps, too, and will miss the company). The sticker "edges" look very "posh", don't they? LOL - so elegant and finished. The IO cards are gorgeous, of course. As always. Especially love the 3rd card, pretty, soft colors and shading and lovely gold EP. I need to PIN that one so I can copy it at a later time next year LOL - Lovely! Shirley, Merry Christmas!

friemelchen said...

so fantastic beautiful cards,
I wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year 2013.

lg Uli

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Awesome creations as ever and always! I hope you had a wonderful christmas time.
Wish you a happy, healthy and creative New Year,
hugs Anja

Karin said...

Beautiful creations! I hope you had a merry christmas, i wish you a wonderful, healthy and creative 2013! Greetings Karin

Bonnie said...

The flowers and ornaments are gorgeous! Both very elegant cards!

Darnell said...

You've been getting in lots of wonderful crafty time, Shirley, and I see you've been making more art for your gallery! These will look so stunning hanging on the walls. You are so blessed with talent!!

Thank you for your New Year Wishes! I send them back to you with a big hug! It's been a joy getting to know you!!

Steph said...

What a fab set of cards. Gorgeous embossing and inkyness! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything Goes this week, hope to see you again soon! x

Marn said...

Gorgeous cards! All of them! All masterpieces of creativity! Really nicely done! Warm greetings, Marlene :)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards, Shirley! I love the colours in the background of your first card, but each card has lovely elements. Beautiful work! Tracy:)

linda said...

thanks for popping by! i enjoyed browsing through your blog of beautiful creations. these are all gorgeous, but i have to say i LOVE the last one - the colours, design, images and your colouring.