Thursday, 21 October 2010

Quick and easy Christmas

Hello everyone.

Is it cold your way ? We had frost the last two nights and it suddenly feels like winters close. I guess as November is only ten days away it is almost winter, I just like to hand on to the idea that we might still get some decent Autumnal days and all those gorgeous colours that seems to be evading us around here.

A really quick couple of shares. The first card above following a really great sketch, one I will definitely use fact I made it up in two colourways, but can't share the other for a bit yet. The DP is Cosmo Cricket, nicely roughed up round the edges and a main image using Penny Black 3768K Christmas Montage, inked with TH inks and Marvy pens and spritzed with water before stamping and gems added to embellish. This card is for the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Sketch (loved it)
Charisma Cards - Vintage
Delightful Challenges - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Crafty Creations - Red, brown and green (the DP is brown, although it does not show too well in the picture)

My second card uses a stamp I've had ages but probably only used once or twice. It's Art Impression G273 stamped with stayzon sepia and coloured with Aquamarkers. The DP is My Minds Eye, some lace and punched and glittered snowflakes. really easy peasy and quick. This card is for the following challenges:

Scrapbook Sisters - Pets galore
For Fun - Red, brown and cream
Pear Tree Designs - Free for all
Tuesday Throwndown - Anything goes


martina's kaartjes said...

What lovely cards !!! they are typicall christmascolors ! great
greetings, martina

craftymum said...

2 gorgeous cards Brenda.
I have just finished a marathon 31 cards for the NEC. Will you be there?
Hugs sarah x

marilise said...

I love both of them bravooooooo !!!
hugs Marilise

Anonymous said...

Hiya Brenda,I like both cards xx jo xx

Marianne said...

Beautiful cards, both of them!! Nice stamp with the pets!

Jacee said...

Two fabulous cards Brenda, really love the first one, it's gorgeous, something a little different.
Hugs Jacee

Helen said...

Gorgeous card, love the red background paper on the 2nd one.

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, I really love the first one, it is sooo elegant but the second one is so cute xx

Lisa Jane said...

Two fabulous cards Brenda - although my card today is Pink , i do love the Traditional colours best
Lisa ;)

lisa said...

It certainly has turned chilly hasn't it. The woolly jumpers are well and truly out of the wardrobe now. Still I like the blue skies that have come with it so not too many grumbles yet!!
These two cards are both gorgeous and that white Dahlia is amazing. What a size. I love them but always struggle to get lovely flowers. They seeem to get eaten!!
Hugs Lisax

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, I do so love the first card that image is gorgeous and your second has such a cute image on to. A stunning pair for sure. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Zoechaos said...

Yes it has been cold this week quite bleak apart from the big bright sun LOL Certainly time to start thinking festive just got to get the bonfires out the way LOL

Great cards expecially taken with the first one but the festive 4 legged family is adorable. xx Zoe

Rymyrinsessa said...

Love these, too! <3<3

craftyb said...

2 gorgeous cards - both so different but both fab! Love the layers and vintagy feel to the first one! Great to have you on board with us at Crafty Creations! bx

Silli said...

Hi Brenda, I hope, all is well...;-) your cards are so very pretty... both cards are beautiful!

chris said...

Hi Brenda, your cards are both yummy , I too have been doing simple today at ssa, though these look alot more difficult than mine and are very gorgeous.
had hope you might pop in, maybe next time. hugs chris xx

Nina Macaulay said...

Wow quick and easy they may be but they are still very beautiful!
I just LOVE the DP you used on the first card, right up my street :OD
I will have to note it to my shopping list :O)

Have a good weekend.

Hugs Nina x

pinky said...

Love them both. The first one sounds great, quick and easy, for you maybe lol. Love the pets in the second.

Unknown said...

Your cards are gorgeous!

Allison said...

adorable cards
Thanks for playing along at Charisma this week

Unknown said...

Really pretty and festive cards.

Thanks for joining us over at PTD, and good luck!

Lou x

Linda W said...

Hi Brenda, lovely festive cards. I really like the first one - classy. The image is really cute on the second one -haven't seen it before. Take care, Linda x

Beryl said...

Two fab cards Brenda - really love the PM montage stamp.
Beryl xx

Kat said...

Both gorgeous cards Brenda. I've made a card with the Cute Card Thursday sketch too but it's my TG DT card for Saturday. I love your images and DPs you have a real knack with colour.

Kat xx

Fliss said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda and I do think your first one looks vintage even if you're not sure.
Hope you're getting on all right with your new Mac too.

Jules said...

Hi Brenda

Two lovely cards .. .. the first is my favourite.

Good luck with all those challenges.

Love Jules xx

Elizabeth said...

Both lovely cards but I like the old-fashionedness (is there such a word?)of the first. Elizabeth

cheryl said...

oh wow hun 2 more cards,to delight us all,both so beautifully colured and super papers and detail hugs cherylx

Anonymous said...

awesome christmas cards Brenda, really fabulous!

Cec said...

Fabulous cards. Thanks for sharing the first one with us at Delightful Challenges. That is a great sketch.

Tracy said...

Hi Brenda,
I adore the first card and that image is fabulous, I love the colours.
I love the fun image of the second, my dogs and cats don't sit together like that.
Wonderful creations.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Merry said...

Wonderful colours Brenda...very Christmassy and terrific layouts.

Sadilla said...

Hey dear!
Yes it is cod even here in the warm Sardinia, I can only imagine how cold can be there! =))
The card are vey beautiful! I love the christmas flowers! =)

debby4000 said...

Oh Brenda these are gorgeous.

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful cards Brenda! LOVE your doggy stamp!

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

2 super christmas cards, I wouldn't say easy just very lovely, love the design of the first and the animal one very cute and fun. janex

Gini said...

Beautiful card Brenda!
I noticed you're a new Mac girl from your last post.
I don't know why you are having such trouble and it is such a shame as they are brilliant computers. I got mine (my first mac) 2 weeks ago.
My microsoft died and I went out to PC World and got an imac. Within an hour of buying it I was online again, that includes driving home from the shop time.
It took me literally 5 minutes to get it out of the box plug in the power cable, ethernet cable and turned it on. Registered myself and went straight on the internet. What is John Lewis doing?? I'm sorry you are having such woes :-(

Lisa said...

I really love both your cards! The doggie one is perfect for the challenge over at For Fun. Thanks so much for joining us this week!

Caroljenks said...

Brenda these are GORGEOUS but that Penny Black one is awesome! I'd love to see how you did the inking for that gorgeous stamp!

We have an 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday at the moment and these would be fab to see - and there's 4 prizes on offer ;)

Beautiful cards, I feel all Christmasy now - must get mine started!

Carol x

Sarah said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Brenda xxx

Loz said...

these are great! I love that you type of winter coming... we're still waiting patiently for Spring to set in! Seems the cooler days still want to hang around! ♥

Julie said...

Oh Brenda,such great cards,I love all those pets lined up,really cute.Thanks for joining this weeek's challenge at Scrapbook Sisters. Have a great weekend,Julie.x

Clare Lloyd said...

Thanks for joining our 'free for all' @ PTD this week. Good Luck. x

craftimamma said...

Both these cards are gorgeous Brenda. Love the cute image on the 2nd one but the 1st one is my favourite. Beautiful vintage look to it and lovely panels.

Lesley Xx

Anonymous said...

Stunning cards, Brenda. I’m so glad you joined the For Fun Challenge this week.
Amelia x

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Brenda, what a gorgeous vintage creation. Thanks for joining us at charisma cardz challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Pauline said...

I so love vintage! This is breathtaking. Thank you for joining us at For Fun this week... I hope you'll join us again! (I didn't know what was happening when I arrived...we share the same blogskin - 'cept I use the 3 column one!)

CraftinGranny said...

Very elegant and adorable cards! Thanks so much for joining us at For Fun this week. "Hugs" Carol

Vee said...

This is a beautiful Vintage creation. Thank you for playing with Charisma this week.
xx Vee

Kay Carley said...

Love these two cards but particularly like the first one! VERY stylish and VERY Christmassy looking! xx

Juls said...

these are just fabulous!!! I love the first one! Hugs Juls

Sally said...

Great vintage card, thanks for joining us at Charisma.
Sally. x

Mel said...

ooow, ahhh, these are beautiful Brenda. I love them. Mel xxx

Claire Phillips said...

Thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations in our colour challenge! Great to see your lovely work over at Crafty Creations - beautiful card Brenda! Cheers Claire x

Kym Weber said...

Beautiful cards! Love the color combinations! Fabulous job! Thanks so much for playing along with us at For Fun Challenges! Hope you’ll be joining us for the next challenge!