Thursday, October 08, 2015

Not only at Christmas

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.
 
I have been working on a lot of Christmas cards recently and keeping them flat for mailing.  Postage is getting expensive, especially overseas, and if the cards have a lot of layers and rhinestones the cost is the same as a small package.

I have a few to show today using Design by Ryn's Snowflake set and a lovely Impression Obsessions' sentiment - 'Not only at Christmas'. 
 



The background (above) was created using Raspberry and Coral Distress Inks.   I made a stencil from a Memory Box die and blended more ink over top.   I stamped with Designs by Ryn's Snowflake set and then added some die cuts by Memory Box.  Instead of rhinestones I added holograph stickers to the snowflake centres to keep it flat.


The next two are in the 'Shirley colours', a favorite colour combo but I do love other colours as well :)



The background (above) again is Distress Inks and I used a stencil that I made with a Memory Box die and Distress Ink.  I didn't use Ryn's snowflakes on this one, but over stamped with Penny Black's Star Poinsettia and added some gold enamel embossing.  The snowflake die cuts are by Joy Crafts.  Again I added holograph stickers to the snowflake centres.





The background (above) was created with Peacock Feathers and Citron Distress Inks.  I stamped over top with Design by Ryn's Snowflake set with the same inks and embossed Seaweed set with gold glitter powder.  The die cut is from a Memory Box - Holly Holiday Frame set.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my Canadian followers.
Shirley

27 comments:

  1. What beautiful cards Shirley and I love all the colours and a fabulous idea to make a stencil from a die. Postage can be expensive these days so a great tip with the stickers instead of gems too. x

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  2. Such gorgeous cards Shirley huggles Sue xx

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  3. They are all wonderful.. love them all... such beautiful backgrounds to them!
    Happy day Shirley!
    oxo
    Susi

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  4. All stunning cards Shirley and a great idea to keep the postage cost down. Thank you for sharing how you made them

    Love Chrissie xx

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  5. Great cards, you will be well prepared for Christmas! Hugs Valerie

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  6. I'm particularly liking that first card, Shirley...it's a lovely change in colour from the usual Christmas reds. Refreshing!

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  7. Great and beautiful postcards, yes the post is really too expensive, for us cardmakers, so we have to find solutions, in Belgium it is much more expensive when the card is a square, so mine are 10,5cm - 15cm , only 1 stamp, squares 3 stamps , I think the post should have the same rules every where!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  8. Wonderful background and text and I love all the colours. Janny

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  9. Very effective cards that look so good...great idea with great results Shirley!
    Hugs, Alie

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Shirley :) Love the depth that you get by layering your backgrounds! As I said on Pinterest - Your friends are lucky to receive these little treasures in the mail!

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  11. Three stunning cards Shirley, I love the colours on all of them the background are as always gorgeous. I know that somewhere (we're still upside down with the decorating at the moment) I have Ryn's wonderful snowflake stamps, now if only I could find them you've given me some great ideas. Hope you are keeping well.

    Sue xx

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  12. Hi teamie, like Ryn said...little treasures these cards, beautiful colors! Like gemstones....hugs Miranda xx

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  13. Three beautiful cards, love those colours. Sending purrs to Archie.

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  14. You have been a busy girl Shirl these cards are a trio of delightfulness to look at.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  15. Your cards are lovely. As always I'm intrigued by your backgrounds. I hear you about making them "mailable" esp for overseas.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving.

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  16. How pretty, Shirley! Love the "sunrise" and "midnight beauty" cards - both of them fantasy snowflakes in your usual mystical, magical way! Such lovely backgrounds and colors! We are still in the upper 80s here, but it is cooling off a bit. This morning it was only 70 when we woke up LOL huggers, de

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  17. lovely sentiment Shirley - The backgrounds are really stunning and I like the bubbles on the first card.
    sandy xx

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  18. Awesome! I've enjoyed seeing some of your Ryn creations on FB and love all of these wonderful backgrounds. Curious to know what material you are using to create the stencils from dies (purchased acetate? or stencil material? or just die cut plastic packaging? - I love the versatile use of the dies doing this technique, and you created a fabulous overlay look. You always have the most gorgeous cards. Loving your new banner as well. Off to enjoy some earlier posts I've missed. TFS & Hav a wonderful wkend. (oh yes, I loved the subtle look of the gold on #3, it glimmers just beautifully.)

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  19. Such beautiful cards, Shirley! Your flat cards are more beautiful than many with lots of layers! I especially love the first one & now I want to try using those inks together!

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  20. Stunning card and the color combinations are great!
    Enjoy your sunday!
    Groetjes Karin

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  21. They may be flat, but they are still very beautiful! Gorgeous Christmas cards. Xxx

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  22. Shirley, thanks for the info. Is this just normal stencil material or a special brand? When I've tried to die cut the 'stencil stuff' that I have, the dies don't seem to cut it well. Bought some for the silhouette cameo that I keep meaning to try, but haven't! (and it's easy to wax poetical about your lovely cards. I just run out of superlatives!) Always enjoy seeing when Ryn showcases on Facebook too. Have a great week.

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  23. Absolutly gorgeous and very elegant christmas cards! I love them all three!

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  24. Oh, again these are beautiful! I finally know how to discripe your backgrounds; I find them beautifully rich! Sorry that I wasn't here earlier; getting ready for a creative market on saterday and the weekend itself was fun and full... Now back to my books... Hope you have a fun week planned!! Hugs, Gerrina

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  25. Your creations are just stunning,. Love the colours and stamps Shirley and your creative goodies as always.xxx
    {The Journey Is The Start aNNie my personal blog}

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  26. how gorgeous. I love my Distress inks as well and love playing with them.
    Hey, I live in Ontario as well.

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  27. Wow, beautiful, amazing, gorgeous.... I can't find enough words to describe these stunning cards, such lovely colors and background ! You've done a great job ! Yes, our postage is also costly, we even have to pay double for square cards.... All the best, Enny

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