Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Victorian Christmas



Morning all, it's a bright and sunny morning here in the Fens again, not over hot but nice and comfy for working.

Now I know this is not the normal me here, but sometimes I like to go a bit girly and this image from Ignacio's of Nicecrane Designs new Victorian Young Ladies sheet really appeals to me and I could instantly visualise a Christmas card using this image.

It's also a first for me to make Christmas cards so early other than those for TV and sample boards, so I think now I have started I really should keep the momentum going and I just might avoid the late November panic.

So to make my card I printed and cut her out and laid her over the Domed Window frame from Ruth's Pick of the Bunch collection which I then layered over a piece of Graphic 45 with a Christmas carol. The poinsettias are also from the same Tonic collection punch and stamp sets and the holly leaves and swirls are Cheery Lynn.


I also have another one using Ignacio's Butterfly Twinchies. I have to admit I wasn't too happy with this one, but he saw it on my Pinterest board and asked me to blog it so here it is. The main butterfly has been printed and decoupaged with three layers, they do lend themselves to this so well, then a smaller one for the base of the easel card. I used the Timmy butterfly border for the top edge and shaded with Pan Pastels, did a little stamping behind the main image and finally printed a couple more butterflies on a small print template, so altogether there are four different ones on this card all from the same image sheet.

Thanks for taking a look and as always I really appreciate your kind comments.

53 comments:

Misiówa i Spółka:-) said...

Z motylami jest przepiękna, obie śliczne. Pozdrawiam:)

Kelly Lloyd said...

Both card are gorgeous Brenda.
That vintage Christmas card is beautiful. I love that window die and those poinsettias look brilliant.
The butterfly card is as equally beautiful.
Hugs Kelly

Marianne said...

Wauw, what a great flowers on your Christmas card. I have some of Marianne Design, but the one you used are so pretty. And I love your butterfly card.
xxx Marianne

Bridie Payne said...

Lovely cards, i think your butterflies are fabulous!

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Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Both lovely cards Brenda!

I can see how you were inspired by the Victorian young lady image, if I had it, I probably would have gone for making a Christmas card as well.

I love the butterfly card, the colours you've used are lovely and I do like the butterfly border. It's lovely.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Karen Petitt said...

Stunning, as always, Brenda and the butterfly easel is my favourite of the two, gorgeous cards Karen x

Suman Pandit said...

Awesome work, love the butterflies and the girlie image!!
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Lau W said...

Oh superb Christmas card Brenda, so pretty image, and love the big flowers !
The second card is beautiful, so nice colours !
xxx

Gerrina said...

You made a good early start! The image of the girl is indeed real girly! Two total different cards, but since the weather here today is sunny and nice, I think the second one is my fav... Hugs, Gerrina

Jane said...

These are both lovely Brenda and it is never too early in my books to start making Christmas cards. I have started extra early as our grandbaby will be making an appearance in November so I know I will run out of time ;0) x

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous cards, both of them. Funnily enough I had exactly the same idea, those Victorian children look just perfect for Christmas cards. I promise I'll make mine look quite different though :) Love the butterfly one too!!

rachel said...

Two stunners Brenda. Especially love the butterflies. Gorgeous colours x

joolaa said...

interesting cards! but I like so much the first!

Crafting Queen said...

Lovely cards. Enjoy the lovely sunshine.

Sasha said...

Two beauties, Brenda. Being a flower lover I was drawn to your poinsettias, and gorgeous vintage Christmas card. But then seeing your beautiful butterflies easel card, I definitely would not be able to choose a favourite xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda both equally fabulous so I can't choose

Anne

Debbie said...

Two fantastic cards with so much dimension.Love them both.Hugs Debbie x

Donna Ellis said...

Very pretty cards, Brenda! I especially like the curve in the butterfly wings with your "tent topper" easel card. The vintage Christmas girl is darling!

sallysbitz2 said...

Two stunning cards Brenda. Love the victorian look & those butterflies look very pretty x

hugs sally x
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Sarah said...

Two more lovely creations B. Its been nice in Dorset today, a misty ride early this morning though, which had the pheasants squawking out of the hedges! x

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card s Brenda. The vintage Christmas card looks fabulous and I love the pretty poinsettias. The beautiful butterflies and layout on your second card is brilliant.
Lorraine x

ALI said...

Both fab cards, love the butterflies on the second one.

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowww,wowwwww Brenda,,,,i am falling in lovw with your Beautiful and unique Butterly Card,,,,,,LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT,,,waht a great idea t use my Butterfly twinchies so,,,,,,,,,,,These ones captivate my eyes,,,,and your Victorian Christmas is gorgeus,,,,,,.love the window,,,,,,,,and your music sheet contrasting with my adorable gir pict,,,,,,,,you are so creative my friend..

Helene E said...

really gorgeous creations

Paula (PEP) said...

Oh I'm so glad you did blog that second butterfly card - it's a real delight. The dimension & detail combined with the stamping & the texture makes this very striking. I love the way you've given character to the Christmas image too - it's the way you put things together & combine various elements that is so individual.
Paula (PEP)

Marianne said...

Love your Christmas card, Brenda.The muted green works so well with the gorgeous poinsettias and the vintage feel of the card. I have to confess I don't have nearly as many Christmas cards ready as last year, so I'd better do something about it. Hope the sunny spell will last a while longer. Over here it's hot, still over 30 degrees at midnight.
Marianne x

Sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning cards Brenda. I love the images and way you have used them. The colours and designs are wonderful
Sue xx

Sally H said...

two great cards, Brenda! I am loving those butterflies!

Beryl said...

A bit of girly 's not a bad thing now and then Brenda. Love the traditional look to the Christmas card and the contemporary embellishments. Just how long would it have taken without the modern equipment and products e are lucky enough to have.
The butterfly card is lovely too.Great design and gorgeous papers.
Beryl xx

Sharon said...

I love the vintage Christmas card Brenda and the Poinsettias are gorgeous.
The second card is just stunning. The butterflies are so special.
Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and for following me.
Hugs Sharon. x

anne2411 stempelträume said...

hallo Brenda
danke für deinen lieben Kommentar auf meinem Blog....
deine Karten sind einfach wunderschön....
your cards are very nice and beautyful.......sorry but my english is not so good...


hugs anne2411

Shylaashree said...

beautiful poinsettia's and always your butterflies looks so real. both the cards are adorable dear

Marlies said...

Two gorgeous cards Brenda!! A beautiful vintage Christmas card, the flowers are great! The butterfly card is beautiful too, well designed!! hugs, Marlies

Ulrike Ewert said...

Hallo ,
beide Karten gefallen mir sehr gut,die Weihnachtskarte ist allerdings der Knaller,ein traum,ich liebe diese nostalgischen Motive,
liebe Grüße Ulrike

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow both are beautiful but I especially love the Victorian design. So much detail and those flowers are gorgeous. Have a great day, Shirleyx

Eret said...

Ooh how gorgeous cards, Brenda. I really love the Christmas card. Poinsiettias are stunning. Really fantastic card. And so is the second card. I don't understand why you are not happy with it. It' beautiful!
Hugs,
Eret

McCrafty's Cards said...

Both cards are beautiful Brenda, I love the vintage christmas card and the beautiful butterflies on the second card.
Kevin xx

NancyD said...

Two great cards Brenda. Love those butterflys! Thanks for stopping by, it is nice to know you are doing reasonably well. NancyD

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Love the vintage Christmas card, fabulous die cuts;-))m

Inkypinkydelights said...

Hi Brenda, These are two gorgeous cards! Thanks for your kind words on my Blog today. I do appreciate it. Judy x

Frea Konings said...

Hi Brenda, lovely cards, I really like that Victorian Christmas one a lot!! Hugs Frea

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Two wonderful cards with great details. Love the poinsettias.

Michelle J M said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda. Love the way you have placed the window over the music paper and the holly and poinsettias are gorgeous. Those butterflies are beautiful and that large die is fabulous. Michelle x

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Brenda, beautiful image and die cuts. Love the layout of the card for the butterfly twinchie too.
Avril xx

scrappymo! said...

Two more gorgeous cards! The Christmas one is a gem! Love the Christmas Carrol in the window die cut...brilliant idea.
The swirly leaf die is one of my faves ever and i finally got one too!
The poinsettias are gorgeous on this card.

The second card is another beauty...I love the fold of it. I think I have finally figured out how to make some of the folded cards I see here and love...but not so sure how to mail them. Do you buy an envelope a size bigger or custom make it?

elfenkind said...

Two beautiful cards with great details Brenda.

Sidelle Menon said...

Pretty Card!!!

scrappymo! said...

Back again...thanks for your prompt response! I do now see what you mean...the little light bulb just turned on!!!
Thanks again.

Merry said...

That is such a wonderful Christmas card....I love that holly die you have used. Those butterflies are so lovely.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Gorgeous makes Brenda, I love the vintage christmas image and the butterflies on the second card are so pretty
Lindsay xx

Annmaree (Emu) said...

That butterfly looks so realistic, just gorgeous!!!

and fabby christmas card, I must get and do a lot more of those myself once I return!

Hilde Larsen said...

sweet card, I luv all the butterflies :)

Fandhmum said...

Gorgeous both of them, I think I like the Christmas one best
Rosie x

 
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