I spent most of yesterday ferrying DS1 to the Job Centre and back. He was in there for an hour and a half - luckily I had brought my stitching, so I got quite a lot of that done! Then I managed to take the wrong road out of Lewes and we came a very scenic route back home :-( By the time we got back I was so wiped out I didn't have energy for anything, never mind crafting!
By late afternoon I felt better and came up with these two Christmas cards, plus most of a third one. They use old card blanks, not the really ugly ones, but ones almost as bad - pastels!!! These were given to me for Christmas a few years ago, one pack of squares, one pack of large rectangles, 50 in each pack.... they are next on the list to use up :-) The papers are new, the first new papers I have bought this year - they are from Craft Creations, who have a really lovely range of Christmas papers.
The card on the left has a snowflake trail (Inkadinkado) stamped onto a nestie mat, the sentiment strip is done with the Fiskars apron lace punch. The card on the right has a Hero Arts 12" border stamped right around the card top and bottom, the centre band of paper and the peel off lines also go right around the card. The sentiment (Stampendous) is stamped onto a nestie mat.
I will be using these layouts for a lot of my Christmas cards, they are easy and effective and I have a lot of different papers and stamps to ring the changes! It will also make it easier to use up the old card blanks, as all I will have to do is pick the papers and stamps and not have to worry about coming up with a new idea :-)