Hello Everyone
Once the festivities are over and we start a brand New Year I say, never again will I leave it until the last few months, I must start in January and then there will be no rush but here I am, once again facing the fact that we are nearing the end of November and I am still making cards.  Thank goodness I am not making all my cards this year! However the cards I am sharing in this post are not recent makes but decided to share them as they were made as Oxford Impressions DT samples.
I’ve spoken before how I didn’t exactly embrace Christmas cardmaking mainly due to my lack of supplies.  Now, once I actually get motivated I find it is much easier as I have so many beautiful stamps to reach for.  My absolute favourites are Oxford Impressions.  If you are interested the following Christmas/Winter themes are:-
Winter Snow
Season of Giving
Christmas Wishes
St Nicholas
They can be purchased direct from Oxford Impressions and you can also source some of them from That’s Crafty.hollyoilynnemoncrieffIt doesn’t appear to be but the background is layers of different media such as Gesso, dissolved walnut ink crystals, walunt ink stain in a beautiful plum colour and Caran d’ache watersoluble crayons (Neocolor II) applied to watercolour paper with the Gesso creating a lovely resist. This is time consuming as I don’t use a heat gun for this process but find that if I work on  large panels it means I have some to hand when I want to get down to making a card.
I wanted a shabby distressed appearance and of course the texture of the watercolour paper instantly brings that when stamping and by using Distress Ink and smudging it whilst it was still wet, it brought the lovely weathered appearance I wanted, what I didn’t want to achieve was a perfectly stamped background of holly.
Various textures from different found papers and a scrap of Tissue Tape embellish the corner of the tag.detail1I do so like  a tag on card (hmmm, words I seem to have said very recently!).  The pearls add some pop to the holly.P1000121The sentiment layered onto glitter cardstock.  I am not a fan of glitter cardstock however I do like touches of it here and there, especially for creating a mat for a sentiment on Christmas cards as it adds some subtle sparkle around the edge of the sentiment.DIGITAL CAMERAThis will now  become a photo heavy post as it makes sense to share this card in the same post, it really is a variation on a theme to the first offering.holly2lynnemoncrieffoisetStarting with the same background, this time I used the Elegant Swirls Mask/Stencil set from Crafty Individuals to create the background. P1000131Oxford Impressions postal marks are such favourites of mine. It doesn’t trouble me that the cities are not relevant to the person who receives the card, I like that they bring another stamped element and interest to cards, tags or whatever it might be. P1000132So those cards are the first of my Christmas offerings for this week but no doubt I will be sharing some more Christmas themed samples before the month of November closes.
Many thanks for your visit to this post.


32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandie
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 01:41:56

    Such beautiful creations..Loving the pastel shades and the lace is just stunning…x


  2. Rosie
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 05:14:21

    Wow, this is so beautiful, Lynne


  3. craftytrog
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 05:17:38

    The tone on tone backgrounds are wonderful Lynne! These are beautiful cards. And glittered card…who’d have thought it could look so good…like glistening snow.
    Alison xxx


  4. valerie-Jael
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 07:01:36

    Another very beautiful and feminine card, love the background, too. Valerie


  5. Annie G
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 07:09:08

    Beautiful makes Lynne 🙂 love the background colours and the perfect stamps. The lace and embellishments are perfect. TFS and crafty hugs Annie x


  6. barnie
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 07:38:55

    Fantastic piece of art, love how you’ve placed the pearls.


  7. Brenda Brown
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 07:56:38

    Delightful cards Lynne, beautiful colours and designs and I love the pearl berries on the first one.
    hugs {Brenda} xOx


  8. Rita
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 08:01:08

    Beautiful card Lynne. I love the total vintage theme that you have created on this card. Like Brenda says, the pearl berries are a lovely finishing touch. Hugs Rita xxx


  9. Deborah (rustycage11)
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 09:10:10

    I aways struggle with Christmas card making, even though I only make a few and have a lot of Christmas stamps.Weird. I love the pretty pinky colours on yours.


  10. Meggymay
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 09:27:18

    Love the pink tones, gorgeous cards and designs as always.


  11. Kimberly
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 10:32:58

    What a beautiful color pallet for Christmas cards, these are lovely!
    enJOY a lovely day,


  12. paper profusion
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 10:44:30

    One word Lynne. Exquisite! Nicola x


  13. rachel fisher
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 11:27:13

    love your beautiful cards Lynne – that colour is so pretty – a gorgeous vintage feel to it and both cards are wonderful xx


  14. Marilyn J. Rock
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 11:27:34

    Beautiful Lynne! Your lace touches always make an elegant marriage with your art! xo


  15. Corrie Herriman
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 17:40:00

    Both cards are wonderful but the first one is my favourite ! Love the distressed pink background !
    Corrie x


  16. butterfly
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 18:44:51

    Fabulous holly stamp, and the pearly berries are delightful. I love the rosy glow to these too – beautiful, as ever, Lynne!
    Alison xx


  17. coco
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 20:39:20

    Wow!! I love the colours, your subtle background, and all the gorgeous details on this… And you’re right Lynne, it’s becomes a real pleasure to make Christmas cards when we have so beautiful stamps… Yours are really fab ! I have no Artistic Post stamps yet, anyway I’m not complaining as I have already many others from Crafty Ind. and others that are lovely too…! 🙂 Maybe one day I will buy some of these ones too ! :)) Hugs, happy evening Coco xx


  18. astrid51
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 22:14:56

    Stunning Lynne, all of them, so soft and pretty and those pearly touches are such a gorgeous addition. Beautiful stamps and I really love those pink and cream tones for a perfect shabby chic feel!


  19. may
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 22:58:42

    Gorgeous creation Lynne, Love the soft colours & fantastic image….simply Beautiful…. Hugs May x x x


  20. Bärbel
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 16:41:38

    Zwei wunderschöne Weihnachtskarten in zarten Farben, liebe Lynne. Mir gefällt besonders die erste Variante des Ilex-Zweiges mit den Perlen und der schönen Spitze.
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel


  21. Julie Lee
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 19:56:28

    So unusual, feminine and vintage, but with a lovely Christmas feel. Inspirational as always. I must get on with my cards; I have no excuse seeing these lovely creations! Julie Ann xx


  22. lucy edmondson
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 22:17:48

    These are so beautiful, lynne. I love the pearls on the holly,

    Lucy xx


  23. Dianne
    Nov 29, 2013 @ 01:35:34

    EEEKKKKSSSS these are soooooo gorgeoussss, shesh I can hardly type, wings flying everywhere,, those backgrounds you created are SUBLIME,, loooove your smudge tick, have to try that, looooove heavy photo post, the colors with the brown are fantastic, I would love to touch them, yes Mam you are the Queen.. Since you are my inspiration for my Christmas tags, I needed this visit, will be at my desk all weekend, can’t wait, hope you have a wonderful weekend, ((( BIG HUGS)))..


  24. michele s
    Nov 29, 2013 @ 05:37:19

    your pink cards are very classy. you made pink the perfect color for christmas! xo


  25. Kate
    Nov 29, 2013 @ 19:09:48

    So pretty! I just love the pearls on the holly leaf. Such a lovely touch.


  26. Buttons
    Nov 29, 2013 @ 19:44:58

    These really are so feminine and delicate, and it makes a change to see this shade used for Christmas. I love them. Jenny x


  27. Marjie Kemper
    Nov 29, 2013 @ 22:55:02

    So elegant and lovely… give yourself praise for doing so many and not resorting to store-bought!!


  28. baileyrosy
    Nov 30, 2013 @ 11:56:22

    Sheer elegance , beautifully elegant and sublime colours. I do fear I may be buying Christmas cards this year !



  29. Dorthe
    Nov 30, 2013 @ 15:46:27

    Oh Lynne, they are so very beautiful both, my friend. That colour is gorgeous with the brown , and I might have to go see those beautiful stamps you used. Such a lovely idea with the pearls, also, and ofcourse the laces brings softness and romance . They are wonderful christmas greetings .
    Sending hug and xx


  30. Sharon
    Dec 01, 2013 @ 00:06:41

    Just gorgeous – very classic with the holly and of course I love the PINK!!!


  31. Hettie
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 23:06:14

    These are gorgeous Lynne. Love the soft pink.


  32. CarolS
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 02:45:31

    Oh my goodness, I have really been slacking! How did I miss this post?
    These cards are gorgeous!
    Going to go see what else I missed!


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