Wednesday, 22 December 2010

WOYWW - Week 81 - Seasons Greetings

to you all from all at

including our very cold  

snow snail

Yes, it's still freezing here, as elsewhere in the country and the snail mail is being delivered at a snail's pace - though bless Royal Mail for keeping at it and trying to make sure we get all our cards before the big day!

And speaking of cards guess what's on my desk today - yes, more Christmas cards. I needed some last minute cards to give/send in return for the unexpected - there's always some, is there not : (

These are 15 toppers I was working on last night. After adhering some really thin strips of paper with PVA glue - the usual tape runner was too wide unfortunately - I left these to dry overnight. I got the idea from watching a WhimsicalWendy demo on YouTube in which Wendy Naismith showed how she makes her Christmas cards in bulk. Of course, I did not have the Kraft card, the same design paper, the same edge puncher or even the same stamps but, hey ho, I thought I would improvise and give it a bash anyway. Here's two of my finished cards:

As you can see I used some green tree embossed card  as well as some buff coloured textured card from my stash (can't remember where I bought them from) for the base of the toppers. A rummage through my off-cuts produced enough paper and white card for the strips and the trees, so it proved a great way of using up those bits and bobs leftover from other projects. The greeting and the tree stamps were from the Christmas stamp set from Let's Get Crafting, Issue 26. Wendy makes her own stamps - how clever is that!!! You can see what the cards should look like at Wendy Naismith Designs.

And, guess what, they really are quick to make this way. And I found the whole exercise really enjoyable -  just at a time when I thought if I had to make another Christmas card I'd scream!

I very much doubt I will be posting again until after the big day unless some goodies, expected but delayed by 'adverse weather conditions', finally arrive so let me wish you all a very happy and joyful holiday weekend and that everything goes well for Christmas day itself - and that Santa is good to you, bringing lots of crafty goodies perhaps : )

For those of you who may be having to live without oil for your heating - I understand some people won't get their delivery until mid-February!!! - I hope you have found some way of keeping warm and that you are wrapping up well.

Seasons Greetings

Edited Note: How could I have forgotten this - for all those who have strayed on to this mad woman's blog and are wondering what she is on about please take a jog over to Julia's Stamping Ground and enjoy a blog hop through many more WOYWWers' workspaces.


Sherry Goodloe said...

Nice cards you created! And what a neat and tidy desk you've got :)

I'm #50 this week. Please stop by and take a look when you get a chance.

Merry Christmas to you and the snail *wink wink*

Twiglet said...

Brilliant last minute cards! Have a merry Christmas and a crafty and healthy New Year!

akilli melek said...

Hi Elizabeth

Might have a look at those instructions, they turned out very well. Although it will be for next year when i think i might be needing a little production line. Doing individual cards this year was all very well, but it took ages and some of them i wasnt that happy with after all. At least this way, you get to choose a design you are happy with and just replicate.

Hope you have a lovely christmas on saturday. I hope santa brings you loadsa crafty stash :-)

caroline #63

dandelion dreamer said...

I'm full of admiration for you making all those cards! Enjoy Christmas! Moira x 62

Chelle said...

Great job on the card.

lisa said...

Well done to be still making Christmas cards, Elizabeth. I've given up and have sent bought ones. I can't face anymore cards at the minute. These are gorgeous though. I love the trees.
I'm so sorry that the weather has spoilt your visit to your daughter. I hope you get to see her over the holiday period. We are really having a Winter aren't we. We escaped much snow this time but the temperatures have been so low everyone is having frozen pipes and problems with heating. The houses just don't seem to be able to cope.
I hope whatever you do you have a Wonderful Christmas and a very Happy & Healthy 2011.
Hugs Lisax

Zue said...

Hi Elizabeth.
I love your cards, they are like little mini collages....really lovely. Thank you for your comment. Have a lovely Christmas
Sue xx 15

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards Elizabeth, can't believe some folks won't get any heating oil until February! That's madness!

have a wonderful Christmas, hopefully you can stay warm!

Brenda 45

Neet said...

Merry Christmas Elizabeth and thanks for dropping by my workdesk. Love your cards, those C Trees are gorgeous.
Hope your snail is soon feeling a bit warmer when the rain we are forecast washes all the snow off him.
Not feeling happy with Royal Mail myself at the moment - it is going up again in April - 46p for 1st class!

Hazeyj said...

Your last minute cards certainly don't look last minute, they look great - I'm going to have a look at Wendy's too even though I won't be making any more Christmas cards. Might come in handy for next years! Have a wonderful Christmas Elisabeth and lets hope the weather lets up a bit. Hugs, Hazel x

coops said...

gorgeous cards elizabeth.we had more snow here in staffordshire today but not too much.
i would like to wish you and your family a wonderful christmas and all the best for 2011 :D

xx coops xx

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

You have just proved that with ingenuity and thought you do not need to buy all the things a kit says you need. Your cards are lovely, and should mean more because there is more of you in them.
Happy Christmas (PS thanks for your visit and kind comments)

Cardmaking Galore said...

Wow, are those quick cards! well done lady, keep it up

Susan said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Great Christmas cards! I think I am going to make a start on next year's Chrissy cards now! Then I might have them finished before Christmas!
Thanks for visiting. Happy WOYWW and Merry Christmas!
Susan xxox #9

Marjo said...

Cute cards, thanks for the peek and sharing.

Happy Holidays and creative crafting in the New Year.

Hugs, Marjo #5

Yenni Natalia said...

what a cute snow snail!! and beautiful quick made card :)

HeARTworks said...

Really nice cards! How wonderful that you took the time to make them and send them out! I USED to do that, now I just email and facebook my greetings! Sad :^( I know. A blessed Christmas! Patsy from

Vicki B in OP NY said...

What a wonderful accomplishment to have made so many cards! I love your snow snail, would love to see him in person ;) Keep warm and have a very Happy Christmas and a lovely crafting New Year!
Vicki #21

Minxy said...

Your christmas cards turned out great, and yes it's always handy to have some spares!
Wishing you Happy Christmas :D
Minxy #4

Nicky said...

Wow love your last minute cards and your snow snail - Have a Warm and Happy Christmas ~ Nicky 52

Anonymous said...

hi Elizabeth!

great card! thanks for stopping by my blog!

happy new year!