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!!

40 comments:

  1. 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.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  2. 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

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  3. 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

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

    Greetings
    Maria

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

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  6. 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

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

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  8. 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

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  9. gorgeous cards, all of them :)

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  10. 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

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  11. 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

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

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  13. 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

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  14. A really lovely collection of work and all beautifully coordinated.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    B x

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  15. 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

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  16. 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

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

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

    Anne

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  19. 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!

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

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  21. 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
    Dorthe

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  22. 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!

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  23. 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.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  24. 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!

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  25. such elegant and masterly cards Astrid! Fabulous!

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  26. gorgeous these cards, I love!
    bye from France

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

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  28. All beautiful, love the one with the rusted details.
    Yvonne

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

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  30. 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

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  31. 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

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

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  33. 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.

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  34. 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!
    sandy

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  35. 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

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  36. 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!

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  37. 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

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

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

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

    Hugs

    Jools x

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