Thursday, 1 December 2016

Odds and Ends and new stamps for the wishlist...

One of Crafty Individuals new releases!
I have not had a creative year. Not in the inky sort of way. It hasn't been an easy year but from such things we can learn and be strengthened in our faith. Is it too late to start thinking about what a new year can bring? Of course it is, we haven't finished this year and anyway, January 1st is simply another day. It's the 1st December, which brings excitement to the house when you have a child around, (or two if you include hubby), because advent calendars get opened and Christmas is on the way! WHAT! Already? Am I the only one who still has some Christmas cards to make? Please say no!  I need, (okay want!), some of the gorgeous new Christmas themed stamps just released by Crafty Individuals which you can lust over here: If you are lucky, you can win the whole set too! How generous of Jean and Malcolm. My lovely friend Coco has made some amazing samples using these new releases, you can see them here: and be inspired by a very talented artist.

I love the way the desgn team uses their C.I. stamps and I would love to try their techniques but I lack the confidence and know how. I wonder if, when I have caught up, I might have some play time, try out techniques, search on the internet and simply have fun! Wouldn't that be great! I stick to CAS type cards because they are lightweight but a friend told me recently that she doesn't really like the CAS style much, so maybe I ought to venture out...... one inky stamp at a time...
For now I have two cards to share with you. One is a photograph which I took during the school summer holiday. By using a programme on the computer, (which sadly is no longer available) I managed to alter it to a watercolour effect and finished it off using coloured pencils and chalk. Château de la Hunaudaye is not far from us and offers a relaxing time out and stunning photo opportunities.

 My second card is rather tame, again, but it is for a friend who has just become a grandmum for the first time! I love this stamp which is stamped on  smooth silk card from Crafty Individuals.I lightly coloured with pencils and mounted on layers discovered  in my sandwich bag of bits and bobs!
  Scans aren't the best way to showcase cards but the light levels are now too low to use photography without the proper lights and reflectors.
It is very cold now, a heavy frost patterned the ground and windows this morning and after scrapping off the windscreen the white glistening frost lay like snow ready to be crunched on by our son. Little things bring much pleasure.... and very blue fingers - brrr!

There, I have managed to write a blog post, which may, or may not, be my last one of the year. After all, this is a non-blogging blog you know!
Whatever you are doing, have fun, stay well and be safe may your Christmas be blessed,  and full of joy and happy memories! Know that Jesus really is the reason for this season. Thank you for visiting!


  1. Well dear Anne what a lovely surprise indeed to have a Teacup Doodles post, love both your cards, lovely effects on both of them, I have a few CI stamps they are fun to use, haven't seen the new set but prob just as well 😊
    Thanks for sharing,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  2. Thanks Shaz, I surprised myself too!

  3. Wow Anne. Just saw your blog. Love it! you have introduced me to a new site and I will visit there too. You do wonderfully on your cards. The ones I have received are beautiful. And thank you for the internet cards too. You have far more expertise than I do in coloring and cardmaking. Love the two you posted. Blessings on you and your 2 boys. I understand that completely! Hugs!

  4. Oh Anne, what a lovely post, full of good things, news and wonderful cards!!!
    So happy to discover a Teacup Doodles post in my mailbox! :o)
    I really love your cards, they are fantastic mon amie, really impressed by the way you have managed to work on a true photography and create this beautiful colored scene from it.. wow!
    And the second one is so beautiful too, great for your friend if she has become a grandma!! :D
    Et merci beaucoup pour l'honneur de me citer, je rougis derrière mon écran... (blushing behind my screen teehee :)))
    Please pls pls, go on and create some new cards again, starting from now! You should be confident into your skills, you have REALLY a true talent my dear Anne, seriously.
    Big hugs, stay safe and warm too it's so cold at the moment!