Monday, 11 January 2010

January Card Rush

Blimey!  January's been quite busy for cards and as you've already seen 2 of the Challenge cards for my 2010 Christmas stock,  I thought I'd show you some of the others I've made.

Today my parents celebrate their 52nd Wedding Anniversary - no mean feat by anyone's standards.  My poor dad hasn't been well for a while now and, with the added problem of the nasty weather,  was unable to get to the shops for a card for mum, so I felt quite chuffed when he phoned and asked me to make him one.
I used one of the gorgeous Kanban Art Deco ladies from a QVC kit to make a large easel card.  I think these images look so classy and seem to be quite popular at the moment at a particular well-known card shop in town, so a pretty safe bet really. 
The front panel is A4 sized and already lightly glittered so needed very little extras to make an impact, hence my only contribution was the addition of a couple of adhesive gems and some gold peeloffs.   
Rather less impressive is the card I sent from us, which was from a different Kanban kit and I must apologise for the rather blurry photo.   Should've uploaded it and checked before I sealed the envelope really, but hey ho, not to worry.
Again,  the only additions are a strip of pink ribbon, a gold peel off and some gold mirri card for matting the background card - which is beautifully foiled with musical notes.

My aunt and uncle also celebrated their Anniversary this month and I made a card for them from the same kit as above.
Despite this I'm pleased that their card has a completely different feel,  which is one of the joys of these comprehensive - and in my humble opinion - great value kits.   Although I feel it my duty to warn you that QVC are quite heavy handed with their postage charges, which has obviously got to be taken into consideration when ordering from them.  I tend to check out their Clearance section or wait for the crafty TSV's as the discounts can often compensate for the hefty postal charges.
Anyway ... again everything, including the sentiment, was part of the kit so very easy to put together with just a few foam pads to add dimension and a strip of mirri card behind the image.

Finally, this card was created using 3 Bugs in a Rug - Celebrate Words double sided paper which was part of the Fidgeon's Crafts - 'All Occasions' kit I received for Christmas from my son.
The Pink Elephant Challenge #49 asks that we make a birthday card - so I'm chuffed that I can join in again after such a long absence.

The blue panel was embossed on the Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots before mounting onto the card blank and then the patterned panel was offset to the left, after matting onto gold mirri card and adding a strip of green ribbon for decoration.  
The matching adhesive sentiment sticker was popped onto a scalloped circle, pierced with a pokey tool, before overlapping both panels.
Hopefully, my Aunt liked her birthday card when it landed.



Hi Max
Your cards are all gorgeous,
Hugs Dianne xx

Irene said...

Hello Max

Well I am totally gobsmacked by such gorgeous and stunning cards, they are all fabulous and will certainly be well received.


Ann said...

oh gosh Max you have been soooooooooo busy and what gorgeous cards. Love the dancing ones - I have a couple of those images too - soooooooo cool. oh talking of cool - heating man has been and things are now thawing at my house.
Thank goodness.
Ann xxx

Scrappy Witch said...

I agree with Ann, gorgeous cards! Thanks for joining us at TPE this week!


CindyBee said...

Gorgeous cards Max. I love them all but especially the couple dancing.


dragonflyjoy said...

Gorgeous cards Max and the one you made for your Dad to give your Mum is beautiful. You certainly have been busy. I have stamped two images of hedgies, coloured one but then something called "ironing" started screaming at me and I have just finished. First time I have ever sat down to iron. Thought it would save the pressure on my back and it did help.
Hope Jimi got home yesterday as expected.
love and hugs
Joyce xx

Susan.... said...

Hi Max,
They are all beautiful ! Hope your dad feels better soon.
susan x

PaperCrafty said...

Wonderful cards!! Thanks for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant!!


Nicky Nacky Noo said...

Hi Max

Your cards are absolutely beautiful. Your talents are wasted! You should really consider taking it a step further and branching out into a wee business. All your cards are so different and personal to each individual that you send them too and I don't think you know how good your talents are.

Love ya loads
Nicky x x x