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Friday, December 6, 2013

Creating for Christmas

Creating from the heart
is the way I try to create!
It's certainly why I just love to 
purchase these adorable metal hearts
so
I always look around for these when I see
Christmas decorations starting to appear at our
wonderful local nursery and gift shop.
I do love the plumpness and smoothness of this particular shape 
as well as its shiny silver tone.


It really puts me in the right frame of mind
as I start to create some Christmas Cards for friends,
family and a few orders too.



I don't see myself as a religous type of person, however,
I am very drawn to images of the Madonna and Child
at Christmas time or any other time for that matter!


I love the images used here from these (Holy) cards






where they sit amongst a few gifted pieces like these 
 vintage watch faces, brown embroidered lace and 


rhinestone pieces which were recently given to me from
Lisa  (Tarnished and Tattered Blog) as part of a 
recent swap - more about that in a later post!








Besides using some favorite images, I included stamping
but I do love the no fuss - simplicity of these finished cards.



as well as Washi tape which I rarely use at other times.

On the cards below I used some tiny scraps of
some special vintage laces 



that will be going off to some special friends.


These last three I created as part of an order



for a local shop. I just love the combination


of the blue/grey and browns



in these ones.



 I'm linking my post to Grey Dey Thursdey
over at Petite Michelle Louise Blog where you will see
some stunning Winter greys of Christmas.

Thank you always for your lovely comments - they truly
are always appreciated!
xox Suzy


24 comments:

Wendy said...

Your cards are so very pretty Suzy...I especially like the little cherubs with the dusty blue accents...all of these are just wonderful.

sharon said...

Oooooooh Susy!! You have stolen my heart! I am in love, head over heels in love with each of these cards! I adore the the simple monotones, and the Madonna and child images. I collect these vintage images from flea markets also, you are a woman after mu own heart!! You have made my day just by seeing these!! My heart is singing! The cherubs too are exquisite with the lace, you make me want to pull out my sewing machine!! You inspire me so!

SuZeQ said...

Suzy, your cards are divine. Everybody on your list will receive not only a card, but something to treasure for a lifetime. Lucky friends!
kosec@sbcglobal.net

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Dear Suzy
I agree, as someone who isn't religious but there is a lovely serenity in those images which are appealing.
A stunning collection of cards and I am taking notes as next year I want a less frantic time as I prepare for Christmas which means less time spent on Christmas cardmkaing. At the moment all joy has left me as I sit making cards and that surely isn't good! Next year I want order and serenity so thank you for that lesson and for sharing your beauty today.
Wishes
Lynne

Kelly_Deal said...

Oh my Suzy! Your cards are stunning!

Dorthe said...

My dearest friend,
your beautiful cards are so filled with sereniti- the images of the holy mother and the child are also belonging my favorite ones,and these are totally and so special beautiful.... I am so in love with how you used them in those so wonderful cards.
Also the orders you made makes me smile and feel peaceful, dearest Suzy.
I just wanted to have a look at some blogs before going to Henning in the salon, to be together watching a bit tv, and this special look have made me once more feel blessed knowing you, my sweet friend. Thank you for this lovely post.
Hugs and xxx from Dorthe

Createology said...

Stunning cards Suzy. I adore how you have incorporated so many lovely elements of laces, stamping, washi tape, images and more all in your signature style. December Delights Dear...

May said...

Beautiful post... I adore your cards there is something so very special about each of the Gorgeous images... your cards will be treasured....Have a happy weekend...Hugs May x x x

Jayne said...

Your cards for your special friends are beautiful Suzy, they will be so delighted to receive your gifts. I too love the combination of the colours in the last three images, they work so well together. love Jaynex

kathyinozarks said...

Suzy your cards are so lovely, I always feel happy and inspired when I visit your pages
Kathy

Lululiz said...

Your beautiful soul shines through each and every one of your creations. Whether it is a card, a collage, a book, it doesn't matter, they all touch the recipients' hearts and spread love and joy. xx

Terri said...

OH Suzy! I adore your Christmas cards! Each one is a work of art! I love how you have used different elements to create such a tender scene. I am so glad you are enjoying such creative festive fun!
Hugs,
Terri

Catharina Maria said...

Suzy , I love the colors in your artwork . Graet cards !
Love from ♥RINI♥

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love the serenity of the Madonna and Child in the seventh image (if I counted correctly - it's the one below the little boy). Beautiful cards all, but that one seems special.

Judy Ferguson said...

At one time religeous art was the only art that paid. Artists were hired by the church to adorn the walls for the worshipers to be inspired. I particularly like the art of the Greek Orthodox churches. The Icons are wonderful. I am a religious person, but am not Catholic. Just like the art.

Martina2801 said...

Each one of your Christmas cards are divine, dear Suzy. The designs are truly a feast for the eyes! I've been looked at your post for a long time and I enjoyed it very much. I wish you a nice Sunday, my friend.
Hugs and smile
MARTINA oxo

Wendy AppleApricot said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards and displays dear, love the muted tones of greys, browns and whites. Wishing you a sweet week. Big hug

Regina said...

Oh my...what beautiful work. I'm so happy that Liz (LuLuLiz) posted the card you sent her so that I could discover your page. Your work soothes the soul in it's beauty.

Hugs,
Regi

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Your cards are just stunning,dear Suzy.Love them all.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs and love,
Marie

Vicki Boster said...

Suzy-- the cards are magnificent-- I love the mix of old lace and vintage Madonna--- these may be the most beautiful cards I've ever seen-- I'm in total awe.

Happy Holidays to you and your family--
Vicki

Jillayne said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! Your cards are just wonderful Suzy - I love every image you have chosen, and the way you combine with lace etc. is so very inspired, and inspiring!

Junibears said...

Oh I just adore your gorgeous religious cards! Such beautiful work! xx

Robin said...

What beauty on each and every card dear Suzy! Some very lucky people will be receiving these works of art. Have a wonderful and joyous holiday season.

Hugs,
Robin

Mom E. said...

I Love metal hearts of any kind. And your cards are just amazingly gorgeous....I need to let myself create some!
Christmas hugs to you!
Betsy

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