We thought we'd sneek in one last ESAD blog hop before the end of the year so whether you are starting with me or have arrived here after visiting Leonie, you are sure to find ideas for all your Christmas crafting and gift giving needs. You still have one month left to order from the Holiday Catalogue and our hop is featuring products from this catalogue.
I wanted to show some quick (but lovely) ways to whip up some cards. My motto at Christmas is to not overcomplicate or overthink things. Now if you know me you will have rolled your eyes and smirked because that is sooooo not me .... but a girl can always try!
One way to simplify things is to use products from the one suite. They are all colour coordinated so it takes the stress out of things. I have used the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper and the coordinating cardstock, glimmer paper and inks and teamed them with the Merry Christmas to All bundle.
Here are my most simple cards. A strip of DSP, a large sentiment banner and some glittery punched sprigs topped with a fun wire element. They really are quick and easy but don't necessarily look quick and easy. I do want people to feel that I spent time making their card. Well .... I did ... but maybe not as much time as they think.......
To jazz the design up a bit you can add a wider DSP piece, some copper foil edging and some die cut sentiments. Oh and some pretty ribbon for good measure. Still quick and easy but just a touch more spesh.
The Joyous Noel DSP has gorgeous copper details in the designs. They are so pretty in real life but a bit hard to capture in a pic. Here are the 2 versions of each card. I really am in love with Merry Merlot. It is such a fab colour!
I love the Sahara Sand background against the Merry Merlot piece of DSP.
And the sprig punch and glimmer paper add some elegant details. This glimmer paper is the bomb. No bits of glitter stuck in unmentionable places after using it - always a good thing!
And how about a Tranquil Tide version?
The Snowflake and Stars Wire Elements are really fun to use and really jazz up a card. Securing them is easy if you tie a bow through them and then add a glue dot behind the ribbon. Learnt that the hard way!
Make sure you check out all of the great projects that everyone has made to tempt you to add more items to your wish list by hopping around using the next arrow. Next up you are off over the ditch to New Zealand to visit Delys Cram. She always comes up with lots of amazing projects that I am in awe of!
Blog Hop Participant List:
2. Lou Kitzelman - That's me!
3. Delys Cram
10. Cheryl Algie
11. Sharon Dalton
13. Cathy Pinchbeck
14. Peta Stephen
15. Monique Fielder
16. Jo Weedon
17. Denise Buetler
18. Katrina Duffell
19. Narelle Fasulo
20. Fi Cobbin
Just beautiful Lou!ReplyDelete
beautiful cards Lou, Love the stepped up versionsReplyDelete
They all look fabulous but I do love the stepped up versions!!ReplyDelete
Lovely cards Lou, will have to CASE some of these!ReplyDelete
STUNNING cards with such simplicity as always Lou <3ReplyDelete
Lovely quick cards using that gorgeous DSP! The stepped up versions are gorgeous! Nice to see both.ReplyDelete
Fabulous cards Lou!! I really like the green ones, the DSP reminds me of wattle which gives it a lovely nice Aussie vibe xoReplyDelete
Beautiful cards, Lou. I too love the Merry Merlot. Hadn't even opened the packet until I was looking for an alternate colourway to use the Frosted Floral for my project. Now I really love it xxxReplyDelete
Gorgeous cards Lou. Simple or stepped up, the Joyous Noel DSP looks amazing.ReplyDelete
Beautiful, Lou!! Love how you have used the same overall design just changed them slightly.ReplyDelete
That's such a good idea to stick to one suite, Lou. Everything coodinates just perfectly. These are all so lovely. They look very special, even if they were quick and easy (for you!).ReplyDelete
Beautiful cards Lou. Love the variety.ReplyDelete
what lovely cards ... must really use this bundle before it's retiredReplyDelete