January so far

Good morning crafty friends.  Its lovely and bright and sunny here today though it is probably also cold outside but I have no intentions of going out to investigate.

I have been a busy little bee on the card front and so far this month I have made 67 Christmas cards and 19 birthday anniversary card.  If anyone is counting that’s 86 cards so far this year.  I have one more anniversary card to make for February and then I hope to get my March ones done.  We normally try to squeeze in two or three breaks during the cold days of winter so I am trying to get ahead before hubby starts getting wander lust.  First I want to share  week 4 challenge – emboss it.  I stamped the topper and used white embossing powder  then blended distress ink over the top of it in an Ombre effect.  However I think I needed darker colours as the white embossing does not show well.  I also used a little paint to highlight the girl and the flower.  I am not very happy with this one, but it will have to do for the time being as we have a lot on in the next week or two.

challenge Wk 4

I will not bore you to death with 67 Christmas cards but here are a few of the upcycled ones I have done so far.  I will leave you in peace to browse them.

I hope you enjoyed your little taste of Christmas in January.

Sending hugs to all who want or need them.



About stitchingranny

I am one of those people who need to have busy hands so whether its stitching or papercrafting, I am always doing something. I also love being in the garden, though hubby does most of the work there these days.
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4 Responses to January so far

  1. claire93 says:

    some really gorgeous cards there, Helen! Do you make to sell in your own shop/craft fayes? or to do make to sell for charity?


    • Helen Rowen says:

      Hi Claire,
      Apart from personal cards most I make for a charity called The Pahar Trust Nepal. They build schools and medical centres for the hill tribes in Nepal. I send direct to their chairman and his wife in the Isle of White where they have many outlets in schools and small business’s near them and at fund raising events they do. The charity is overseen by 3 ex Gurkha’s in Nepal itself so there are people on the ground to check that the money goes where it is most needed, and to see that work is carried out properly.

      I do make cards for friends and use the money from that towards my next lot of glues, ribbons etc so I can make even more cards lol. I have never made any effort to sell them myself but always happy to do so if asked. Love a challenge and this Christmas was asked by a man I know if I could make two Christmas cards with a nautical theme for his two sons. Glad to say he was thrilled with my meagre offerings.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    Helen, I love looking at your cards! there’s always a nice variety, and they make me feel as if I’ve had a warm hug from you!


  3. Helen Rowen says:

    What a lovely thing to say Kathy and I am sending you lots of warm hugs as a thankyou sweet lady xxx


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