And Christ was born…

Christ in his cradle is the most known symbol we know of Christian Christmas. It still holds this peacfull feeling of a newborn child, said to be born to save the world. Although a lot of people don’t beleive in Jesus anymore, I think we should remember why we celebrate Christmas. That’s also why I chose to share this more traditional Christmas card with you today.

And Christ was born... by CrealotteI kept it simple and to a minimum of decorations. I also used only three basic colours: brown, soft green and red. The background strip is embossed to create some depth and I coloured the images with some soft coloured copics. The gold bakers twine adds a soft but nice bit of bling, to remember that this day is a celebration.

Hope you feel the peace of Christmas coming down on us in these rushing weeks before the Holidays.

Sparkling Dasher

Hi everyone,

The Holidays are just around the corner! We are trying to get ready… This is a card we made at my christmas class.  A lot of masking and sponging, but I love how this turns a white piece of cardstock into a nice background! Dasher (I love this stamp from Stampin’up!) has been embossed with silver embossing powder and I added some bling with the glitter sheet and rhinestones. It is always such a pitty that I am not a great photographer as this is really a stunning card in real life!

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My Old time Christmas favourites

Some of my friends and family asked me to gather my old (and sold or given away) Christmas card pictures so they could get a global idea of the possibilities to choose from. So, I went down memory lane and picked out some old Christmas cards, which I account to my Christmas favourites of past years. My card making has evolved since, but it is still nice to get these out again! Moreover, these might also get you some more inspiration for this year’s Christmas cards… So I decided to share them with you today.

The good old tree using a split embossing technique:Christmas favourites: The good old tree by CrealotteSnowy Shaker box Christmas card:Christmas favourites: Snowy Shaker box Christmas card by CrealotteSanta’s list Christmas card:Christmas favourites: Santa's list Christmas card by CrealotteChristmas Jingle:Christmas favourites: Christmas Jingle by CrealotteRecessed window Christmas lodge:

Christmas favourites: Recessed window Christmas lodge by CrealotteSnow globe Christmas card:

Christmas favourites: Snow globe Christmas card by CrealotteSo, I hope you liked going down memory lane with me… See you in two more days for more Christmas love…

Side step Christmas forest

Here’s a card from my stock of Christmas Fancy Folds cards which I made recently. The fold is the same as the one’s I used for my baby drawer cards. I made the side step card using night of navy for the base and a log cabin stamp from stampin up as main image. I embossed “Silent Holy Night” in Dutch on the side paneland added some pearls to give the card a snowy impression. (Indeed, I make cards in Dutch, French and English as I am trilingual and have the chance to have friends all around the world now, is’t it nice ! ;) I like it as it multiplies my sentiment stamp stash :) :) ) I also added some punched trees which I ran through my bigshot. These white pinetrees make me think of a snowy winter, perfect for Christmas! Moreover, the side step of this card, gives one the impression that the cabin is really located in the forest, don’t you think?

Side step Christmas cardI hope you will try a side step Christmas card too this year!

So, that’s all for today, I’ve got another of this year’s Christmas cards for you in a couple of days… See ya!

 

 

Jules Verne’s Christmas

As says the title of today’s post, I’ll share with you a Christmas card I made for a Jules Verne fan. Jules Verne was a French writer often called “The Father of Science Fiction”. Moreover, he is often sead to be a “prophet” of scientific progress, as many of his novels involve elements of technology that were fantastic for his day but later (and still today) became commonplace.

Jules Verne's ChristmasSo to come back to my assignment to make a Christmas card  featuring something related to the fantastic world of Jules Verne, I thought about how I pictured his descriptions when reading his work. I then searched in my stash for stamps with gears or old timer cars, baloons etc. I ended up chosing this “Baloon observation” stamp from LaBlanche. Don’t you thinkt it looks old and futuristic? The stamped image is very large, so there is not much space for decoration, but I sponged the borders of my very vanilla cardstock, added some DSP to the bottom of the card and finished of with one of my border punches. I finally added a merry Christmas sentiment mounted on dimensionals and finished everything with a little bit of faux stiching.

Jules Verne's ChristmasHope you like it!!!

 

The Spirit of Christmas

Oh yes, it has begun, … The spirit of Christmas is in my craft room since august now, as those following my facebook page already know. But here I am with two months worth of Christmas related blog posts… Some older and some newer Christmas cards will be shared with you in the coming weeks. See if you get to find out which ones are old and which ones are new… ;) .

Casper the Spirit of ChristmasThis card was ordered with the demand of making something personal: It is for a guy who believes in spirits. Although I didn’t find any idea at first, I suddenly thought of the little spook Casper (which I thought would be a nice and sweet Christmas spirit). And it came out of my fingers… I drew a Casper and Christmas hat in my svg program and cut it out with the cricut. The rest was finding the right designer series paper, stamping, punching, assembling, and ready it was… (hmm… I looked at starwars yesterday, seems yoda is inspiring my english… ;) )

Christmas spirit cardHope you like it…

An authumn card for mum

Here is a card I made while thinking of my great mum. I make a lot of cards for her but for some reason they never hit the postbox… It’s a pitty, I know, but I am working hard to change!

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I used the bleach technique on this one and I think it worked wonderfully!!! Look at the yellow color popping out of the burgundy… It makes me think of fading leaves while reflecting a warm feeling during this authumn period.

Hope you like it too. See ya!

Low flying bats for Halloween…

Happy Spooky day everyone!

I have here a little card I sent out to my friends in Canada for Halloween. It’s a pity that we do not celebrate Halloween here in Belgium. I have such great memories from when we went spooking around with our friends back when we lived over the ocean… But enough nostalgy, let’s get to business ;) . As we do not celebrate Halloween here, I will only have one card for you. I cased this one from Martha Inchley back at inch of creativity.

IMG_9256I changed some details but really not so much, as I just loved her design. I like the color of the moon against the black of the card, It pops nicely. But I think a little cat stamped on top of the houses would be nice addition (but I don’t have any this size … yet … ;) ). After a bit of searching I  finally found out which ink to use so that the stamped houses would be visible on the black card stock. Indeed most of my black inks just disappeared after drying. The only one which worked for me was the stayzon black ink. The scenery was sponged on Daffodil delight SU cardstock in black, Daffodil delight and more mustard SU ink. The rhinestones were colored with my sharpy markers and the ribbon is from Artemio I think. You did of course recognize the Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamp Set from Stampin’up! I love this stamp set, it is soooo versatile.
So, I’ll be off again, hope you liked today’s spooky card!

Be witchy tonight…

Pick a color: Royal blue!

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It has been a while since I shared one of my jewelry creations, so I decided to show you this classy set today. It is made of chunky blue goldstone beads, silver plated swirly beads, glass pearls and miracle beads. For more details go to my online store.
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Tell me how you like it…

A trip around the globe

Oh yeah, another plane card… Yep, you are right, planes are part of my life as I am living with a pilot. The easy thing with planes on greeting cards is that you can put almost whatever color combo, it will always look masculine. For this reason, I would say that stamps featuring planes are a must have in everyone’s collection! It is just fast and easy to put together a masculine card with these stamps. Do you want other tips and tricks on making masculine cards easily? Check out my post on the subject: Tips and tricks for making masculine cards. But, in the meantime, here is my card for today:

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The plane and sentiment on this card are from Stampin’up and the background is from Tim Holz. The colors are lucky limeade and island indigo, also from Stampin’up of course. Hope you like it!