Hand painting Christmas …

Bless me bloggers for I have sinned ...  I didn’t show you the Christmas Cards I created and sent to my neighbours last Christmas.  [hangs head in shame]. But I’m here and able to post them now.  (Wouldn’t post them earlier in the year because it felt almost obscene to post about Christmas too soon.)

Made with a little help from a kit bought for me as a gift, from:  Folk It,  which contained all the colours of paints which I needed, (and I only already owned the one colour (white)), so I was happy to have the kit just to get everything there in one place.  If you haven’t painted before, or even if you have and need a little encouragement for whatever reason, I would thoroughly recommend their kits to you.  They don’t just come with the paints and a couple of brushes, (and a dotting tool), but they come with everything you need to make at least one project, or in the case of the cards – you would normally get around 4 or 5 really good quality cards & envelopes, a little booklet which helps you, plus it comes with a CD Rom that you simply put into your computer (in that little draw which you use to hold your coffee cup  – just joking.  I don’t do that.  At least .. not for a few months now. lol), and you watch as the delightful lady on-screen as she not only tells you what to do, but demonstrates IN REAL TIME as she teaches you – so you can watch, pause, paint, and then move on (but I’d recommend watching the CD Rom all the way through first … don’t run before you can walk, eh?)

Aw anyway .. you want to look at the piccies … so without further ado ….

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Angels, stars and snowflakes.  With the addition of an ‘angel feather’

All of the cards you see here, have that central panel with the painting on it – which is a piece of mount board, already cut to size for you.  But, you only get a certain amount in the kits which will help you to make the projects in the kit itself, however, you can purchase more of these cut to size mount boards from them directly (pack of 25 for £5.00).  I recommend their ready cut mount boards because I know how difficult mount board can be to cut.  (oh boy do I know!).  So if you can buy it ready cut then it removes the struggle.

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Another Angel card, this time with an embossed background.

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Mistletoe …  PUCKER UP PETAL and brace yourself, I’m coming for a smacker!   … Good grief!! Cor  …  you can run faster than I thought you could just by looking at you!

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Ok … you might have got away that time … but . .  here I come again  ….  [flicks the light switch and everything goes black]  ..  you’re not getting away that quick this time kiddo!

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A snowflake … on a chalky blue background.  The painted snowflake was sprinkled with very fine glitter before the paint dried, so that snowflake twinkles merrily when the light catches it.

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Another snowflake … only slightly different from the last.  I think I must have had a glass of wine too many when I took this photograph because it’s drunk and leaning!  LOL

Now I did a snowflake on black... but I should have taken more care as I slightly wandered off the straight and narrow, but I kept it anyway and was so glad that I did because at the last moment I realised I’d forgotten a card for the Postman!  So I quickly mounted the black backed snowflake onto a card and ran it past Mr. Cobs who said … “It’s fine!  Stop worrying!”  … so I tucked an ‘internationtionally accepted gift card‘  (i.e. [in this case] money) into the card and sealed it just in time before the postman arrived…..

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Can you see where I wandered off the path of good and true?  Look down in the bottom left corner as you’re looking at the card right now.  It doesn’t end in the corner.  [sigh] … But, in crafting,  just as in life …  It’s the mistakes we make which teach us the things we need to learn.  …  Because this was for the Postman, I stamped a postal franking image on the envelope. lol.

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To mix it up a bit, I turned the mount boards so that I was painting on the diamond rather than the square and this time it was a wreath.  Once the painting was dry I added a little satin bow in a deep vintage colour red.  (The berries are paint … not stickles).

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And we end where we began … on a wreath, this time a thicker, fuller wreath, mounted on a square of mirror card in deep blue, which I punch around the edges of with a little hand punch.

Better late than never  …  those were the Christmas cards I posted to my neighbours last Christmas.  What am I going to make for them this Christmas?  Well,  right now I haven’t got the foggiest notion, but as soon as I’ve decide and have made some, I’ll share them with you!.

Happy Monday all.  The start of an all new, shiny, fresh out of the box, week.  Enjoy it.  Make a memory happen today.  One that your mind reminds you to remember.  Remember *that* moment.  A moment in time is just a moment in time … unless you remember it.  And then, it becomes a very special moment.  A magical moment.  A memory.

So … when you go to bed at the end of today ... just as you lay down to go to sleep … inside your head, remember something which happened during the day which either made you smile, laugh, or even something which was just an enjoyable moment in time.  A few seconds even.  Then remember what it was that made that moment a memory for you.  What special thing was it?   Fix that memory to the wall of your brain.  Put it up there on a memory post it note and pin it there with a pin, to make sure that it doesn’t fall down.  Now look around at all the other post it notes inside your head.  All your memories or moments.  Coooo … there are a lot.  Have a look at them as you drift off into sleep.

Sending big squidges from my corner to yours where you’re sitting right now.

Have a blessed day, my friend

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19 thoughts on “Hand painting Christmas …

  1. Your cards are a pleasure. I do like the black one, very striking. Have you come across a young thing named Donna Taggart? She has a wonderful voice and sings the most heart rending song called…Jealous of the Angels. Do look her up and notice the white feathers.You will understand when you hear the song. My heart stops. I haven’t been to crafty ,but must get back into the swing of things. It is time the think Christmas isn’t it. Sleep well friend.

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    • Hello dearest Beverly.
      Aw thank you for your kind words. I really enjoyed making these cards.
      I’ve painted for many years, but I lost faith in my abilities because I developed something called task tremors – which are a kind of knock on from a neurological problem. But, with the encouragement of Mr. Cobs I’m rather enjoying myself again with paints and brushes, and these wonderful kits from Folk it have been such a blessing. I recommend them to anyone and everyone, and they’re so affordable too.

      No, I don’t think I’ve heard of Donna Taggart, but after reading what you’ve said I’m going straight away to find her before I pop off to bed.
      The white feathers … I wanted to share with you the latest one …
      I’d asked my mum to send me a feather but one which I would find inside by either the back door or front door of the house. But it had to be inside NOT outside. (I was quite specific about it)

      Our front door is a stable door (so the top and bottom open independently) and during the summer heat we tend to leave the top of the door open but the bottom locked. Two days ago, Mr. Cobs wandered down the hall to go and close the top of the door… and what did he find INSIDE the house, on the inner doormat? A pure white feather. About 3.5 to 4.5 inches long. There is no way it could have floated into the house because of the way our porch roof covers over the front door and extends out to the side. It would have had to be a very exceptional (not to mention intelligent) wind that got that feather down, bend it around, guide it in and then get it to land right in the middle of the door mat.

      I’m off to find Donna Taggart.
      Sending love to you Beverly. ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Lovely cards and it does remind us that we must get started if we want to make that deadline. I am always waiting too long, then get miffed with myself. I do enjoy the simple things that look amazing when done. 🙂 Thank you for sharing and thank you bcparkison for the name of the singer. 🙂

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    • To be honest I left it a bit too late last year, but real life had got in the way, (as it can do) and I began to pester that I’d have to go and buy cards. I think my neighbours would be properly surprised if I did that! lol.

      Thanks for visiting Soozyb. It’s really lovely to see you.
      Have a blessed rest of your day ~ Cobs. x

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  3. They are all exquisite my dear friend, and I can imagine you drinking your wine while painting away, and then oops…I fell of the page! That’s my wonderful memory for today. Hugs Kim x

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