Monday, September 26, 2016

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Good morning and how are you this bright and sunny Monday morning?
It is a little colder today but I will always take clear, dry and sunny over wet and windy any day of the week.
Did you have a good weekend?

I had a shorter shift at work on Saturday under my new contract and spend most of my morning stocking up the Dine in deal, gosh that moves at a pace on a weekend.  I had big plans when I got home to get organised for the crop on Sunday but after lunch I nodded off again.  OMG what am I like, this afternoon nap thing seems to have appeared from nowhere!
I was back in the land of the living by tea time and packed my bag later in the day.
On Sunday I had to dash to work and pick up cake for my cropping ladies and then went to set up the hall.  We had a super crop.  We were in the big hall for a change as the little hall was in use for something else.  It was great, so much room and the sun was shining in too.
The hall has also had a new kitchen fitted and it is amazing, I so want to live in it.
I got a few simple boxes for Christmas made and half a dozen CAS cards.
After tea I put my feet up and enjoyed Victoria and Poldark, loving those two series, do you?
That was my weekend gone!

On to today and soon I shall be heading into work for my share of the cleaning roster, then it's off for a check up later.
Whilst I am away I thought I'd share with you the Christmas cards I was making at the weekend.
I made three on this theme, the teal one was duplicated as it is my favourite colour.  I might do a range of this card, I'm thinking red and white next.

I have used the sentiment by Waltzing Mouse stamps, the die from Spellbinders and Distress inks Peacock feathers and Twisted citron.  Finishing with 3d foam and a bit of bling.
I have used the negative of the die on top and have inked on the image below.
These cards might be touch and go as to whether I need to pay for large letter postage due to the 3D nature and gems, but I felt they really need the element to create the best effect.

I used to make all the same card for everyone at Christmas time and it is normally a last minute panic to get them made, written and posted.  The last couple of years with working I have made life a little easier and the creating of them more enjoyable by making smaller batches of the same design.
Plus I have also started a little earlier and kept the design on the CAS style.
How are you getting on with your Christmas cards?
I know a lot of you make all year and so are very organised when it comes to December.  I do wish I could be so good but it is never going to happen I'm afraid, there is always something else needs doing.
I am entering my cards into Mo's September Rudolph day challenge, thanks Jenny for the heads up.

That's all from me today, more tomorrow.  Enjoy your Monday folks and happy crafting!
I will be back later to catch up with your blogs when I have more time, after work.


Pen Sunshinepen said...

Morning Erika, great cards, love the idea of these CAS style cards. So enjoying like you Victoria which I am watching on catch up, while Poldark I have not started watching. They are something that Den does not "wish" to watch so I watch in the afternoons over a cuppa.

Sorry to have missed last week an Oldie, on a catch up at the moment :)

Have a great day xxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Erika,
2 wonderful and super design cards.
I love both colours and your wonderful designs.
Yes I do watch Poldark, and Victoria and they are my faves, and can't wait for the next episodes.
Why don't you enter your lovely cards into the Rudolf Challenge.
You will find the details on my blog.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Lau W said...

Oh so beautiful cards Erika ! love them !
My week-end was nice ! On the beach saturday, what a nice weather, september is a good month this year !
Big hugs !

Barb said...

Evening Erika. I'm just catching up with visits again after a busy few days. It sounds as if you've been very busy. Glad you enjoyed the crop and it's lovely to see some of the cards you made. They really are very pretty indeed.

I tend to do small batches of different cards and finally seem to be getting some done after a very slow start. I went to a card class on Saturday, Monday morning craft club in the village this morning and to visit a friend after her knee operation this afternoon. Hubby's cousin is coming on Friday so it's the dreaded HW for me tomorrow. We're really enjoying Victoria and Poldark and I really like the music from Victoria. Barbxx

Kathleen said...

These are gorgeous, superb CAS cards.

Kath x

KandA said...

These are gorgeous cards Erika. I love the CAS design and colours and I think it would look fabulous in red + white too. I'm never organised when it comes to christmas and always end up with a last minute rush! Thanks for joining in the fun over at Rudolph Days xx

Megan J said...

Hi Erika, love your colour choices for the poinsettias, I think they would look good in any colour... have a great week... Megan

Joan said...

Love your CAS cards, very elegant

cuilliesocks said...

Love these Erika, the colours are gorgeous and It's such a fabulous CAS design, perfect for batch cards, Kate x

scrappymo! said...

These cards are so pretty Erika. I looked up close and I think you might be OK for regular postage. Your gems are hidden in the reverse area and the fact that you used the wee diamonds might be in your favour. I am trying to only use the wee teensy diamonds for any cards that require mailing.
This year I am taking cards to all the Xmas parties and luncheons that wee attend. Many of our friends do this and although I like to receive a card in the mail and give others the same joy, it is pricey if the card is not regular mail postage!
On those ones to be hand delivered, I can go wild with the

Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

PS LOve Poldark too...Victoria is just starting here...