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Friday, 12 November 2010

Fred She Said Christmas Blog Hop


Good morning and welcome to the fantastic Fred She Said Christmas Blog Hop!  If you've arrived here from Tracey-Lynn's blog you've reached the next stop on the hop, if not you're going to want to call back there and check out her project and, of course, pick up a word to complete the magical sentence.  Why would you want to do that?  Well...  how about TWO prizes to win:  a $25 gift certificate to the Fred She Said store or a $25 gift certificate to CropStop.  There is some awesome eye candy on this hop too, Tracey has come up with some cracking Christmas designs, both digi and pre-coloured. 

I've decided that, this Christmas, Fred is going to be my friend for getting simple but effective cards made using the pre-coloured designs and I've come up with a couple of cards that I plan to make several times with just small variations.

 The first card uses one of the pre-coloured Christmas wreath designs, cut out and with Stickles added to the berries.  It's mounted onto a Marianne Creatables die cut shape that's been run through a Cuttlebug folder.  The sentiment is gold embossed and the DP is Basic Grey Jovial.

I had great fun with the second card.  I found a fab Digital Faux Postage tutorial over on Crafter's Digital Art Centre, thank you Pat!  Each year it's fun to see what Christmas stamps are on sale and I thought that the FSS Christmas Birds Series would make some fab stamps.  I followed the tutorial and added them to my postage grid, then I masked out the margins and sponged some Distress Ink on to make a background colour.  Each stamp is less than 2" so the pre-coloured digis were just what I needed, my colouring skills are not up to miniature designs!  They are added to some card with script embossed onto it with a Cuttlebug folder, some Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP, a big bow and a few gems.  fitting my designs to the grid took a few minutes, but I now have the design ready to print off for as many cards as I want, another quick and easy card to make.


Thank you for looking at my cards, I hope they have given you some inspiration.  Before you move on to Carol's gorgeous blog you need to collect a word from me:  the word is THE.
Enjoy the hop, and while you're here please do enter my blog candy :)

26 comments:

  1. both of your cards are Beautiful, Anne! I just found Creatables last weekend, and used them this hop too! I love the one you used....I sense a new obsession coming on!!

    LOVE the faux postage too...what an awesome idea!!!

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  2. Fantastic cards Anne, love them both. Hugs x

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  3. Beautiful cards again. Love the idea with the postage stamp. I may use that as well - particularly as I have those images.

    Big Hugs
    Valxx

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  4. Gorgeous cards Anne! I LOVE those birds!!!
    Hugs!

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  5. ack! how awesome are your 'stamps', love that Anne!
    Beautiful cards hun!!!
    hugs & blessings!

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  6. Anne, I love how you put the pretty wreath in the center of that impressive die cut. It looks stunning. The birds made as postage stamps is awesome. How cute is that. Love it. Great job with both cards.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}

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  7. I can't pick a favorite! I love the popped up wreath paired with those yummy BG papers and that faux postage idea is just wonderful. I love how that looks on your card. I'll have to check that tute out myself. They're both lovely Anne!

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  8. Wonderful card and very nicely done. Thanks for sharing your blog and your talent.

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  9. Both of your cards are so stunning!! Wonderful creations!!

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  10. These are WOW cards for sure. I luuuuuuv the postage stamp birds! Pre-colored is a definite time saver & it looks fab to boot. Big Hugs~

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  11. Fantastic cards, Anne! The wee stickles berries and the faux stamps.. awesome!

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  12. Great cards, love the bird stamps.

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  13. Your cards are beautiful! I love the embossed shape behind your wreath!

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  14. Both absolutley wonderful cards but I adore the first one

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  15. Oh wow, how absolutely gorgeous. The wreath card is beautiful and the faux stamps with the Christmas birds is exquisite. Thank you for such terrific ideas.

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  16. I love that card but both cards are gorgeous.

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  17. awww, Anne, I really like the obossed die cut and the wreath in the center. And holly cow - the second card is the greatest! I love those bird stamps!

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  18. Your cards are wonderful. I especially love the stamp card. Such wonderful works of art!

    Becky T

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  19. Both your cards are lovely and certainly give inspiration!

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  20. Beautiful creations Anne. You have inspired me to try the faux postage stamps with Tracey's beautiful digital images. Also love the die cut shape on your Christmas card. Very nice. Want to compliment you on the amount of written detail you provide for your cards. Very much appreciated by those of us who are inspired by your work.

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  21. Love your cards- I will have to check out the faux postage- love the cardinal in them....! TFS

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  22. How cute and simple and I love simple when it comes to Christmas cards. Love your cards.

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  23. Beautiful cards Ann and I love the way you used the bird images so pretty.

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