Thursday, 10 December 2009

First Christmas Card... Done!!

Good evening!

Here's my first christmas card finished!  It's a variation on the easel card I showed on Sunday.

Rather than using a square that is the same size as the card as I did on Sunday's card, I have used the largest label 5 Nestability for the gold mirri card mount, and the next smaller size for the next mount which was some Starburst Stained card with the cling film technique that has also been Cuttlebugged with the Swiss dots folder and then sanded to show the original white card I used for the stain background.

People often ask what I do with all the background papers I make when I'm demonstrating at shows.  As you can imagine I get quite a pile together after a day at a show, so I've put alot to good use this Christmas.  I used the Poinsettia Nestability to cut from a variety of background papers including the Scrunch, which has a brilliant texture for poinsettia leaves/petals and I was happy to discover cuts really well with the nesties.

Now then what would you call them... poinsettia leaves, or petals?  Do you think it is leaves or petals that make them flowers, are they flowers?  I guess it is the green leaves that are leaves and when they become red they are petals?   Anyway, I'll move on from that thought, I'm getting myself confused...

I've tried to vary the layers with some other techniques.  I made lots of these flowers on Sunday, in fact Ian came to see what I had been doing for 5 hours and I confessed I hadn't finished a single card but I had made a nice pile of poinsettia flowers!!  After 20 years of doing this sort of thing I don't get the 'look' anymore, he just accepts that that is the way things are, he doesn't even shake his head anymore. 

These were made from the French Country starburst stain set (hence that gorgeous burgundy) but I think the green came from the Holiday Wreath set which I have also used to make the flowers in more traditional colours of red and green.

I shaped the card pieces and used 3 yellow brads to hold them all together.

The wording is raised on pads to hold the easel in place.

I have started more of these, I get bored doing the same design so I'll show the other layouts/colourways when they are finished.

I have taken some photo's today of the cards Jo made for the TV show, will show them tomorrow when I've transfered them... so do call back.

Thanks for visiting, and again for leaving all your comments.



  1. That is one BEAUTIFUL creation, Jill! Someone is going to be VERY lucky!

  2. Hi Jill. That's really lovely. If you pop over to my blog you'll find a surprise for you. Happy Christmas!

  3. Jill, this is gorgeous. That burgundy is lush and makes a fabulous poinsettia!

    Lesley Xx

  4. This is an absolute stunner Jill. As Julie said, one lucky recipient.
    Fliss x

  5. WWWWOWWW!!!JILL-that looks really stunning.The Starburst stains really look gorgeous and scrummy and rich.How many poinsettias did you make in 5 hours??
    No I dont get the look anymore either just loads of cups of tea and the occasional glass of wine!!!lol
    debbie xxxx

  6. Beautiful, Jill! You are so clever!

  7. WOW WOW WOW, Jill, these are fabulous, if you are making all your crimble cards like this one, I am not surprised it is taking you ages.
    One very lucky recipient to receive this work of art.
    Christine xx

  8. This is really gorgeous Jill x Thanks for making us so welcome today as always and just love your fabby fun idea! Janet x

  9. Thanks for all your lovely comments!

    I didn't count how many sandwiches I made up and handle turns I did Debbie, but it felt alot, I had quite a pile of different sizes and colours!! Picking out all the yellow brads took a while too:)

    I actually finished this card so I could give it to someone today, others will have a little more embellishment, I ran out of time on this one, only a little more embellishment though! And... they will all be a bit different.

    Only trouble about posting these crimbo cards now is that people who read my blog aren't going to have much of a surprise when they receive them are they!

    Thanks Janet, it was lovely to chat to you and Michelle today, I've been working more on my fun plan this evening. Once it's more sorted in my brain and all on paper, I'll start spilling the beans:)

    Ha ha!! Secrets, secrets... all will be revealed soon!

    Jill x

  10. This is so stunning and inspirational - utterly gorgeous and so original.

  11. Hi Jill

    Love your poinsetta, all those gorgeous shimmery papers. I think even the red bits on these are still leaves. I managed to keep mine from last year although it's looking a bit thin at the minute, think the change in temperature bringing it in from the greenhouse gave it a shock!!! May have to get a fresh one this weekend.
    Anyway, I digress, your card is beautiful, there will be some lucky people getting these.
    Thank you for your lovely comments.



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