Christmas in April

As it’s the last day of April I don’t think I’ll need this post title again!   It’s good to get started on the Christmas cards. I always leave them too late. If there’s one thing the last two years have taught me, it’s that you never know what’s round the corner and it’s always good to be a little ahead. So all-year-round Christmas challenges are a great reminder!   Here’s a Kraft card with a jolly Scandinavian jumper from Washi tape.

christmas scandi jumper

This is entered for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #245 Use Kraft Cardstock

and Scraps of Life April Rudolph Days Challenge – Anything Goes Christmas Card

And the haiku:

Whichever season,
Let’s think of celebrating
Love, peace, family.

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Christmas doodle cards

A set of Zendoodled Christmas trees. Doodle and watercolour – love it! My favourite colours too, purple and turquoise.

I gave up on stamping. If only I were better at it…  one of these days I’ll learn how to do it without smudging or missing some of the image.

Doodled Christmas tree

Meanwhile, this design is entered for The Male Room Challenge #50 which includes Christmas 🙂

The tree smells of pine
Brings freshness into my room
Cosy in winter

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Poinsettia Banner

This is more of my watercoloured poinsettias and washi tape.  Entering this in the Stamplorations December CAS Card challenge (colour twist red and green)

poinsettia banner

Christmas time is near
Put on your merry faces
Spread a little cheer

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Sketch – Panel Poinsettia

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #267 for this one.

A set of Christmas washi tapes from Crelando (bought from Lidl!) have been my find this year, and I added handmade watercoloured poinsettia.

poinsettia panel

Here’s the sketch

Red is the colour:
my favourite autumn leaves
foreshadow Christmas

Christmas Presents

I’ve been wanting to revisit this old Stampin’ Up stamp for this Christmas, so the new sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #201 got me reaching for it straightaway.

Christmas presents

So entering:

Sorry the haiku turned out a bit sad. I expect I’m not the only one feeling it this year though. It’s been a funny old year!  The card is jolly enough I hope!

This year I want none.
Presents cannot compensate:
a day without Mum.

Christmas Primaries

I wanted to try a naive doodling theme for Christmas, and this is the first one I liked. I wanted it to be a single layer, but it didn’t look quite right, so there’s a bit of matting going on to frame it a little more.

christmas primaries

This one is entered for Less Is More #305 Primary Colours

Paint in primaries
takes me back to my childhood
painting white school walls

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Christmas Candles

I’ve been wanting to try a simple candle card for a while, too, and along came CAS-ology’s Candle challenge (Week 226)

Mostly watercolour again, including the candles, with just the sentiment added.  It’s a design that could also be used for birthdays… but I need Christmas cards!

christmas candle

The year hastens to
its close: quiet or shouty?
Glad to end this year!

Entered in CAS-ology’s challenge:

 

Christmas sparkle

I’ve had the idea for this card for a while and couldn’t get it to work, but the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays caused me to look at it again.  A watercoloured background has been punched into snowflakes on hexagons, with the addition of gems and the roughly cut glitter paper. Intended to have a rustic look but still CAS.

christmas sparkle

Entered in CAS-ual Fridays (even though there’s no stamping on it…)

Some believe to be
perfect is to deny God.
Nature’s errors are beauty.