Saturday, 7 December 2013

Busy, busy, busy

Hello everyone and thank you for dropping in here at this hectic time of the year.

Like many of us I think I have been busy creating Christmas cards. Here is a small collection. The first two were put together with some of my freebies, you can find them HERE
All I did was add a bit of stamping, inking and some die cuts and embellishments.

The background to this one is a left over bit from a Pion design paper

The Noel die cut was a gift from my lovely friend Annie. I painted it with Rockcandy Crackle paint and then inked over with Distress stain and Treasure Gold.

The final one is very different, I was experimenting with some rusty effects using Decoart paints and Antiquities Rust Embossing powder, and then decided to turn my experiment into a card.

Hope you are all well on track with your own Christmas preparations! Have a good weekend everyone and thank you for visiting!!


Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Astrid
I am busy too with xmas cards; left it a little late this year!!!
These are all beautiful ones that you have designed.

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous cards Astrid, all of them I love the designs and I particularly love the rusting techniques. Most of mine are in the post now. Still got some local ones to write and a few addresses to get hold of. Have a great weekend.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Astrid. The heart inside the bauble looks so beautiful! All of these cards look fantastic. It is the attention to detail that really make your cards stand out!
Dot x

maria's knutselplezier said...

Fantastic Art work again dear Astrid, I really love the design, the colours the special effects you are one of a kind!!!


barbarayaya62 said...

Every detail in your works is amazing! love all!!!!!! barbarayaya

Inkypinkycraft said...

Your work is just such a thing of beauty and I admire your style and just well , look in wonderment most ofthe time ! Gorgeous pieces , as always Adtrid x hugs x

artwolf2009 said...

These Cards are so beautiful!
By the way I really love the idea with the Journal, I might try that again with your Approach.

chrissie said...

Wonderful cards Astrid and wonderful to see how you used the freebies that you gave to us a few weeks ago.

Thank you

Love Chrissie x

Adriana B said...

gorgeous cards, all of them :)

Evelyn Walter said...

Oh, very, very beautiful, Astrid! I didn´t even start to make mine :( ... Every year the same with me. I hope, this weekend I can make it. All the best to you Evelyn

Margaret Mifsud said...

Gorgeous!! Gorgeous!! Gorgeous!!! Love each and every one. Your work is just so beautiful Astrid no matter what you make. That last card really took my breath away ... stunning!!! ox

rachel said...

my word Astrid - you have been busy! These are all fabulous - I'm still busy too!!! Hugs Rachel x

Almo said...

Hi Astrid, you are a busy bee, these cards are beautiful. Just reading Brendas comment that most of hers are in the post, I wish I was that organised. Hugs Mo x

brenda said...

A really lovely collection of work and all beautifully coordinated.

Hope you have a good weekend.

B x

Redanne said...

All the cards are gorgeous Astrid, I particularly like the last one using those rusting techniques, it has such a wonderful vintage feel to it. I wish I was as organised as you! Hugs, Anne x

Paper Profusion said...

Ha ha! "All I did was add a bit of stamping, inking and some die cuts and embellishments". I think you did a lot more than that Astrid - its all beautiful artistry! Fabulous makes! Nicola x

Ros Crawford said...

What beauties ... Each one so different and unique!

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful cards Astrid and a lovely selection of cards....yes I think everyone is busy making their Christmas cards at the moment


Maryanne said...

Your cards are beautiful, Astrid! I love all of them, but the rusted-look one is fabulous! It's so unusual but still so seasonal. I hope all your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

These are all gorgeous, I especially like the rusty look on the bottom one. Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

Dorthe said...

Astrid ,I love your gorgeous cards,
using your beautiful freebies,- and wow that white sparkling die cut on the first one is Stunning with old santa.
The last one is so special, and amazing with the rust effects and beautiful embossing ,also the die cut? here is gorgeous- you are so clever in trying new things ,dear -
Beautiful all!!
Hugs, xx

sharon said...

I am afraid that cards are probably not going to happen here but I enjoy looking at yours! All so beautiful and unique! Gorgeous Astrid!

Anonymous said...

For someone to receive your card is for that someone to be made to feel very special as each card is so gorgeous in design.

Terry said...

I so love visiting your blog for such gorgeous inspiration! Astrid, all of these cards are stunning! Love the rusted effects from the paint and EP! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs!

froebelsternchen said...

such elegant and masterly cards Astrid! Fabulous!

c.szyba said...

gorgeous these cards, I love!
bye from France

Bärbel said...

Ganz wunderbare Weihnachtskarten, liebe Astrid.
Einen schönen 2. Advent und liebe Grüße,

Meggymay said...

All beautiful, love the one with the rusted details.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards Astrid ! Love them all especially your experiment that turned into a card ! Sue C x

Shirley said...

Such a busy bee Astrid but you still find time to make such gorgeous cards. Love the ones made with the freebie images.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

May said...

You have been a busy girl Astrid...Gorgeous selection of wonderful festive cards...Love how you used the freebie papers...Great inspiration... Hugs May x x x

craftytrog said...

Such wonderful details on these beautiful cards Astrid! Lucky recipients!
Alison xxx

Martina said...

Your Christmas cards are fantastic, dear Astrid. The designs are truly a feast for the eyes!
I wish you a nice second Advent, my friend.

Sandy said...

Astrid, EVERYTHING you make is always so very gorgeous. My favorite card is the one where you were experimenting with rusty effects. My gosh that is really gorgeous and so antique looking.
Thank you so much for all your freebies and I sincerely hope that you have a very merry Christmas!

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Astrid - yep busy, busy, busy, just about sums it up!! However, despite looming deadlines (like posting dates - I haven't been this far behind with Christmas for years!!) I have pottered in my room today just tidying up and surfing - feel much more in control but I don't suppose that will last!! It's also the first chance I have had to stop by to say 'Thank You' for my lovely card and pressie - such gorgeous flowers, and what are those interesting little embellies made of? I shall have to read your blog to find out what it is you have been using (the card feels like wood!!) but right now must start dinner. No rest for the wicked!! Thanks again for making my day special, it is much appreciated, Hugs, Cindy xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards, Astrid, each rich in a different way. You have me inspired to get started on mine. I'm so late this year ahhhh!

butterfly said...

Ooh - how fabulous is that last one! Brilliant rusting and paint effects. They're all lovely, obviously - the die-cuts on the first one look just great, and the crackly Noel is fabulous (just got that die in the Sizzix Mega-Sale and can't wait to play with it).
Alison xx

Nan G said...

Lovely cards. My fave is the last one....all rusty!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

You're really a busy bee. Fabulous cards with wonderful details.

Jools Robertson said...

Wow! These are beautiful, I love the final one the colour effects are amazing


Jools x

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