Sunday, 15 September 2013

Oh no..... first of the Christmas cards

Yep, the time has arrived, I have decided I simply must start with my Christmas cards... But first of all, welcome, thank you for being here and a special welcome to new visitors and followers, I feel honoured you have decided to follow/visit.
All right so above is the first one. I have challenged myself to a) start in good time to avoid panic later, and b) to use up old Christmas papers, embellishments and stamps rather than get new ones. I have a ton of  papers, and never seem to use up a whole collection, so this one here is from a Kaisercraft collection from last year and all the other bits and pieces were from my old Christmas box as well.
And here is number two, using scraps from the same collection of papers.
As you can see I used a couple of Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies for this one too, Tattered Banners and Tattered Doily
So, short and sweet today, and I feel happy that at least I have started........

Thank you for visiting and have a lovely Sunday still and creative week ahead!!

42 comments:

  1. Prachtige kerstkaarten heb je hier gemaakt, Astrid, heel romantisch , ik geniet van je stijl en je prachtige kaarten!! En nu kan ik mijn commentaren in het Nederlands schrijven, gaat echt veel beter zo hoor!!!

    Groetjes en nog een fijne dag!!!

    Maria

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  2. Good Morning Astrid. What Wonderful cards. I love both cards, but my favourite is the first one. Have a lovely day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  3. Good morning and happy Sunday, Astrid :)
    Ohhh... you made two beautiful Christmas cards! Love them both!
    I guess you are right: It's simply time to start making Christmas cards! Only 3 months and a few days left *oops*
    Wishing you a wonderful, relaxed Sunday, Astrid!
    {{{hugs}}} from rainy Germany
    Sylvia

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  4. Hello Astrid
    How interesting that you are using Kaisercraft paper as I am as part of my Dt commitment. I like their Vintage themes and I love how you have designed your cards.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  5. Beautiful cards Astrid gorgeous papers and as always beautifully designed

    Anne

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  6. These are so beautiful and I love how you are using up your papers :-) FANTASTIC :-)

    IKExxxxxxxx

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  7. Love the wonderful vintage theme.....your Santa is stunning, is it one of your own ? I should really make a start too as I am always in a rush and last minute x

    Wet n windy here but good for relaxing. Hugs Annie x

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  8. Well done for making a start on the Christmas cards and also for using up some of the stash. Each year I say I won't buy more seasonal 'stuff' but it seems to accumulate somehow. These two are lovely.

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  9. How brave you are starting so early, still trying to get my head around halloween. Love both cards, beautifully vintage.
    Happy Sunday.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  10. Lovely cards and such lovely details

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  11. It's an utterly lovely make, Astrid,

    and concerning the cold weather your idea of starting your X-mas cards production is definitely a good one. Have thought about it too (and I am no X-mas card maker at all...but have a lot of lovely papers that should be used some day ;).

    Love your layering and the soft warm colours. Whoever gets this card is in for a treat!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  12. Well done on making a start Astrid. Love both of these with their vintage feel and beautiful finishing touches. Hugs, Jenny x

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  13. These are both absolutely gorgeous
    Rosie x

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  14. Both cards are so gorgeous Astrid, and I agree with you and have taken the same decision no new papers this year, as I have tons of christmaspapers, that is just waiting to be used LOL. But that´s a huge challenge for me, as I just love papers he he he

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  15. Hi Astrid, I am loving the vintage cards you have made here especially the tattered doily one, I like the use of the fibres around the flowers. Now you have made a start I am sure you will soon have all your christmas cards done and dusted in good time. Hugs Mo x

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  16. They're lovely, Astrid, and what a fine resolution to use up existing stash rather than splash out. I love the red and white of the first one, with that fab stitching around the edges...

    Off to clear out the eaves now, but wanted to do a bit of catching up with friends before Blogger gives out on me again!
    Alison xx

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  17. It is hard to think about Christmas when the temps are still tickling the 100 degree mark here.
    I love the color palette that you have chosen as well as the layers and details. Beautiful cards, Astrid!

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  18. Lovely cards!! Beautiful vintage feel and details!!

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  19. Astrid
    Such gorgeous festive creations, beautiful colours and images.
    Isn't it a nice feeling to have the preparations underway?
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  20. These are both such lovely vintage Christmas cards! Wonderful images and design! Never too early to start! Hugs!

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  21. Two beautiful vintage Christmas cards! Marlies

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  22. Hi Astrid, I love your beautiful vintage Christmas cards, the Santa is gorgeous - well done for making a start and also for using up some of the papers in your stash. Really must start mine too..... Hugs,, Anne x

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  23. Beautiful Christmas cards Astrid, love the vintage images and the doilies, look fantastic particularly the die cut. Lovely warm tones too. Tracy x

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  24. Both beautiful vintage cards Astrid, you have made a marvelous start.
    Annette x

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  25. Both cards are so beautiful, Astrid! I love them both and how I envy you for deciding to use up the stash rather than buy new. I tell myself to do that but I never can resist new things! It's hard to believe that it's Christmas card making time already!

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  26. Most wonderful to get started now...love your promptness! The cards are gorgeous!

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  27. Good for you to begin early. Two beautiful cards.
    Yvonne x

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  28. You make Christmascards as an artform! Gorgeous!
    xxx Marianne

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  29. Stunning Astrid. I do love the old vintage style.

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  30. so pretty.......tfs
    they are always so beautiful im happy to follow.
    thanks
    milissa xo

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  31. Gorgeous vintage cards Astrid, and using old papers too. You've convinced me that's the way to go this year. I have stacks left over from previous years too so I'll definitely be using them up this year. Just love what you've done here. Absolutely beautiful!! ox

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  32. My gosh they are so beautiful Astrid! You are freaking me out a bit about Christmas, but you are right by getting started! Your cards are amazing....the recipients will be so lucky!

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  33. Beautiful cards...maybe that will spur me on to make an earlier start this year...well, it could happen. I used up lots of my stash last year...so this year I'll have a good excuse to buy some new pretties.

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  34. Wouah it's very beautifull card
    Hugs

    Annick

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  35. Astrid, your work is always so beautiful. I love how you've used the images and the Tim Holtz dies. Great job. Carole

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  36. These are absolutely gorgeous Astrid with such a beautiful vintage look. I should take a leaf out of your book and get started. I did get out some papers and stamps at the weekend but haven't got very far yet. Like you I have loads of Christmas papers so am determined not to buy any at all this year or stamps either! Hmmm, I heard that one before, lol!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  37. Totally shabbilicious! Beautiful work and always great to start early - kudos to you!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  38. Such beautiful Christmas cards, it is wonderful you are trying to get ahead ... not sure if that is ever possible with me, regarding Christmas cards. Beautiful work...

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  39. Fabulous start to your Christmas cards, they are both GORGEOUS and good for you for using what you have, can't wait to see more, love the vintage look, thanks for sharing..

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  40. Zwei wunderschön gestaltete Weihnachtskarten, sie sind bezaubernd schön!

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  41. Me too Astrid I bit the bullet and made my first one last week. But you have made two gorgeous cards, love them both to biits.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  42. great card ! super shabby, good idea to start production of cards for Christmas! BArbarayaya

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