Hi Hollowers,

Firstly, Happy Holidays! (Or Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, etc); what ever your reason for the season I hope you have enjoyed some time with the friends and family as well as some relaxing time to get some stamping in too!  We have been in Richmond Virginia with my adopted mum and I even got some crafty time in and I will share these with you soon.

I have been a-miss over the last few weeks while we enjoyed this little down time before everything starts up again; we should be closing on our house next week (fingers crossed) and moving in before next weekend; I will finally have a crafty space again which I promise to do a video one….yay!

I realise I never got to share all my christmas cards with you so here is the rest….

First up is a very traditional card; I loved this stamp set as soon as I saw it in the catalog but it was one I really struggled to make a card with that I was happy with….do you ever buy sets like that? In the end I came up with this and I was very pleased with it, I used a sponge with crumb cake and soft suede for the distressed look; the border is cherry cobbler and the finished card size was 6″ x 6″.

Next up is another santa themed card; I cut the santa from crumb cake, the inlay is real red and garden green, I used the inlays form the three colours to make three card I just forgot to photograph the last two (oops!); for the beard i cut a piece of glimmer cardstock to place underneath and a background mount so there was plenty of christmas sparkle!

Now we have a card I was very happy with, in the second picture you can see i inked the fir branch embossing folder to give the card a great texture.  The ornament was heat embossed using the emerald envy powder and I punched a hole and tied a bow through it so it looks like its really handing there.

ornament-close-up

I absoltuely adore this card, its probably one of my favourite, I used the Eskimo that I punched out with the gingerbread punch; I added some of the pompoms around his hood for the puffy look and mittens were from a set a few years back that I punched with the co-ordinating punch and strung them up on bakers twine.

eskimo-close-up

Finally I made this for a close friends, she has a horse yard and there is a resident mouse we can’t catch that we call Roland; so I wrote inside that Roland would be singing to her christmas morning! I coloured him using my ink pads and aqua-painters, the bow is in cherry cobbler ribbon and I used the embossing folder from the holiday catalog as a frame for him; if you zoom in on the ground area I used a drop of smokey slate reinker and I dropped in some of my wink of stella and some water, this gave me a light grey sparkle wash.

I hope you all enjoy New Years Eve and best wishes from all of us at the Hollow for 2017.