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Sunday, 8 September 2013

August's BtCR...

...is up and running.

For those of you who haven't a clue what I'm on about - 'BtCR' stands for "Beat the Christmas Rush". The lovely Sue (Miniowner on UKS) encourages folk to make 5 Christmas cards a month so that they don't end up in a last minute panic.

I was a bit late to the party (this is my 3rd month of taking part) but I have managed a few extra cards along the way, so I'm happy with my progress. Each BtCR month runs from the 25th of the month.

I've already posted one card this month (see previous post) but here I am with the balance...

...as you can see...
 ...I had a bit of a batch make.
The image is from the Papershelter. I have the digi stamp and this pre-coloured version that I printed out a total of eight times (I'm trying to think of something different for the other four).
 The printed images were matt and layered onto white & silver CS and I added a bit of sparkle to highlight the snow & icicles.
The ribbon down the spine of the card is silver-grey satin ribbon by American Crafts (a recent bargain find in TK Maxx. The flowers were punched from some of the silver CS, pearls added to the centres and applied using 3D foam tape.
 I also used some silver peel-offs that I came across during my 'tidying' - some stars, some snowflakes and the 'Merry Christmas'.

On Friday Suzie (Weasel) and I went to the 10th birthday party at "Sugar & Spice". Nina and Barb were merrily demoing away and 'Mummy Barb' was snapping pics of folk who adhered to the dress code of wearing a moustache - (both Suzie & I went armed with our cameras but we were having so much fun we forgot to take any pics LOL).

Marion was running make-&-take sessions giving folk the chance to play with her new creations - Vintage shades WOW embossing powers and silicone moulds.
The light isn't quite good enough to show off the pretty embossing...
...but the powders mixed beautifully with the 'melt-it' to enable me to make this little flower. So this month I have actually completed 6 Christmas cards - and it's only the 8th...LOL

I'd also like to enter the following challenges: -

CraftyHazelnut's - Layer it up (at least 3 layers)
CHNC Extra Christmas Challenge - September Anything Goes
The Glory of Christmas - Challenge 15; Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Snow & Ice
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Non-traditional colours

I need to have a think about what I'm gonna come up with for Sue for next month...........................

23 comments:

Lin said...

Gorgeous card(s). Love that image, and it's so time saving having it pre-coloured to just print out. Great design.

Thanks for sharing with us

Lin xx
Crafty Cardmakers

MiniOwner said...

Toni these are just gorgeous! The little touches of sparkle finish them off perfectly. Thank you for joining in with Beat the Christmas Rush.
Sue x

Hazel said...

Beautiful crafting, including the five gorgeous Christmas cards - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 141 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for September - I'd love to see it there too. You could also share this lovely card for The Glory of Christmas challenge 15: 'anything goes' - I'd love to see it there too, Hazel, Glory of Christmas DT. Hope to see you again soon. x

Josephine said...

These are absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for joining my 'Christmas Snow and Ice' challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowwwww, so cute, so cute, so funny,,,love these cards,,,,,,,,,,my friend, .Thanks for your comments about the first AID kit,,,,,,,I think we need another special kit,,,, hahahaha.....hugs

downrightcrafty said...

how gorgeous great design love it
Hugs Kate xx

Hazel said...

Thanks for adding for The Glory of Christmas 'anything goes' challenge - hope to see more of your Christmas loveliness soon. x

Hazel said...

Thanks for adding for The Glory of Christmas 'anything goes' challenge - hope to see more of your Christmas loveliness soon. x

Hazel said...

Thanks for adding for my CHNC challenge extra for September - hope to see you again soon. x

Stef H said...

good girl! ahead of the rush! i haven't begun xmas cards yet, i do them for my church (about 80). looks like there may not be any this year... especially with trying to move. would be nice if i could be in a new place by the holidays? yeah right! who am i kidding - LOL.

hugs :)

Nicecrane Designs said...

Woww,wowww,wowwwww love the cute card,,,,,,,Thaks for your comments,, i am sure you donpt need any First AID Kit,,,,you are really pretty my friend...

Rebecca said...

Lovely cards and well done on getting started so early. Thanks for joining us at crafty cardmakers, Rebecca x

Lynn Stevens said...

Your so on and ready for the holidays , my Beat the Christmas rush will be to do them by the 20th of December. LOL
Darling cards Toni!!
Hugs Lynn

voodoo vixen said...

They may be untraditional colours but they are gorgeous, the blues and silvers make you think of snow.

Allison said...

such a sweet card Toni
AllisonX

downrightcrafty said...

great card lovely colours and a super image
Hugs Kate xx

Mrs A. said...

These are adorable. I'm afraid I can only manage to come up with one card a month for the challenge so you are doing really well. Hugs Mrs A.

Papercraft By Carole said...

Such a great image and lovely cards. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time. Cxx

kim costello said...

Wow great Christmas cards, love the image and pretty winter colours. A brilliant idea to beat the Christmas rush might need to take part myself if I find time LOL!
Thanks for stopping by Paperbabe Stamps ~ BiG HuGs Kim :)

Sоnia said...

Very nice card(s). Thanks for joining Crafty Cardmakers' challenge.

Sharon said...

Lovely card, perfect use of pre-coloured image for batch making, thanks for playing along at Crafty Cardmakers. Good luck! Sharon x

Helen said...

Gorgeous selection of cards - love the embossed ones.

Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

Helen x

Carol said...

A beautiful Christmas creation. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Extra this month. Carol GD x