Sunday, 5 October 2008

The Secret Crafter - Saturday Challenge #1

Hey everyone, hope you are all having a good weekend despite the 'orrible weather. This morning, I decided that, as Christmas really isn't all that far away, I really need to get cracking with some Christmas cards. The only problem is, as I only started crafting in February, I don't actually have any specific Christmas stamps yet!

After faffing around online for a while, I discovered Dinky Dots Crafts. Not only do they have the most adorable designs, they also offer their images in downloadable PDF versions as well as in stamp form. I was won over instantly by their cuteness and so downloaded 'Eskimo Kisses'.

For this card, I followed this week's sketch on The Secret Crafter challenge blog. I coloured my Eskimo Kisses download with my new Promarkers (I LOVE THEM!) and layered onto Nestie circles with 3D pads. The papers are freebies from a magazine and the sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! set called Circle of Friendship.

Going back to my earlier comment, I'm hoping some of you can offer me some advice. As funds are a bit tight, I can't really afford to go out on a massive splurge for loads of different Christmas themed stamps. So I need to find a handful which are lovely, easy to work with and yet really good value for money. So.......What do you reckon? What are your fave Xmas stamps? I could really do with your help on this one girlies!

Have a good week!

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27 comments:

Julie said...

hi Stacey
Gorgeous cute card. x
Try http://www.elzybells.co.uk/showdetails.asp?id=630 for really lovely affordable stamps. Hope this helps. x

Rach said...

Hi Stacey
your card looks wonderful. I really like the design papers that you have used and the image is beautifully coloured. hugs rachxx

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Gorgeous card Stacey and such a cutie image which you have coloured so beautifully, Thank you for your comment earlier today and you made me chuckle, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Mar G said...

Hi Stacey - Love your eskimo kisses card....Well done :)
Sorry I can't offer any advice on Christmas stamps to buy, I'm sure there are loads who'll help you out though! (Good Luck)
Wee something for you on my blog - Mar x

Jenn said...

Hey there! Hope all is going well! I have LOVED all your recent creations and this Christmas card is so sweet! :D Hope you have a great weekend! :D

Aimee said...

Great card! I love the Christmas colors. Hope you have a good day!

Sheila said...

I like the Penny Black clear sets which have lots of images in for the price one great price. But of course, there's always yet another image swap?!

Sheila x

Julia said...

Hi, I've just found your blog and love your cards! I'd recommend Elzybells stamps anytime. They are cute, have many Christmas designs and are affordable when you buy them unmounted! Will be back to check out your blog again soon! x

Jane Carroll said...

fabulous card

thanks for taking part in 1st challenge on SCSC

hugs jane x

Mam Goudig said...

This is a very beautiful card
Bye
LAURENCE

Jill said...

gorgeous card Stacy, love the green and red and that cute image, thanks for joining us at SCSC this week, hope to see you again next week Hugs Jill x

Sue said...

Hi Stacey, this is gorgeous, beautiful colours and i love the image:)

thanks for taking part in our first SCSC :-)

sue
xx

Donna said...

I love your card Stacey the backing papers are fab and Wow to your kissing Eskimos, they have been coloured in beautifully. Thank you so much for joining us at SCSC this week, we hope to see you again next week :) Donna x

Sandra said...

Hi Stacey,gorgeous card,love the Dinky Dots image you have used these are so cute,pleased to hear you like your Promarkers...
Take care
Sandra x

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous card, love the couple and fab christmas colours.

All Pink girl said...

Wow Stacey ,i love this card so gorgeous and cute ,the images are one of my favs at the mo xxxxDawnxx

PaperAddictJenn said...

Why don't you do an image swap with several people? That way you could try out several Christmas stamps to see what you like and it would only cost a little postage.

Vicky said...

Hi Stacey. I have just bought quite a few christmas stamps from Elzybells and they are fab value for money! If you have a look on my blog you can see some of the cards I have made using these images. I have also just bought snowy the snowman PB stamp. I ahven't uploaded any pics of this image yet, but i think I'll get lots of use out of him!

Love your eskimo card!

Vicky x

Zoe said...

Hi Stacey, this is gorgeous! I love the image, might have to pop over to that website and take a look! I've recently downloaded the Pink Petticoat Lola Rose Occasions set for some christmas images and also when it comes to Christmas I love the Doodlebug Winter and Christmas sets!

kerry said...

This is adorable Stacey, I love it! The image is so cute & your colouring is brill!!!
Kerry xxx

Alison said...

Love what you have done with AJ & Lulu great papers and fab colouring.

Tonniece said...

Hi Stacy
Wow, this is just too sweet.
and I love how you colored it.

Liza said...

Hi Stacey
I love your card, the image is very cute. I just started card making in July and have limited funds so instead of forking out for loads of stamps, then finding out I was useless, I bought some stamped images on ebay to give them a try. I have ended up with quite a variety and I am well and truely hooked now, so I think I will have to ask santa for some actual stamps for christmas!!!
Liza x

6 wacky women said...

Pretty card. Love the colors. Have a great day!
Karen

LuLu said...

I did the same thing as Lisa said in an earlier comment. I bought quite a few different images from Ebay and then decided which ones I felt I could work with before buying the stamps.

Do you do an image swap with different people?

LuLu said...

whoops . . . forgot to add - have you tried http://www.scrapbookingmad.com. They sell individual images for all occasions or topper sets which are very reasonablely priced.

Angela K said...

adorable!!