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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

A Merry Little Christmas

In a complete departure for me I proudly present (fanfare please.....) my 1st Christmas card of 2011 Ta-Dah !!

One of my intentions for this year is to make Christmas cards throughout the year, thus preventing the last minute panic I normally experience. There are now lots of challenges that encourage you to make Crimble cards so I really have no excuse do I?

I had coloured this image in on the run up to Christmas but not had time to make them into cards. Having re-organised my craft room so that Christmas stuff is readily accessible this makes the job significantly easier. Hooray for not having to stand precariously on my chair to get to the top of my Ikea bookcases. That's one trip to A & E that has hopefully been avoided. Mind you I nearly fell backwards down the stairs last night but that's a different story !

The layout of the card was made using Card Patterns sketch #97 which I thought would be perfect for this lovely image by Nina May at Paper Cupcakes. which was a freebie on the There's Magic in the Air blog.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers with glitter added to the snowman and the star. I used a Sakura clear glitter pen to highlight the buttons and mitten cuffs, cut out the image and edge with a Promarker.

The backing paper is DCWV from an old Christmas pad, yay for me using up that old stash :) I have added squares of card which have been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, rounded the corners off and inked round the edges. I have added liberal amounts of stickles for a bit of twinkle. The 'ribbon' border is by Brenda Pinnick and last but not least I have added a gorgeous Craftime snowflake.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :-


Juls said...

gorgeous!! he is so cute, and I love all the embossing! Hugs Juls

Jane said... must take you more time to enter challenges than to make your thinks you've beaten your previous record...Well Done!! As for your gorgeous card...well I love organised...have a fab day xxx

jackid said...

Fab card and I intend to do the same with my crimbo cards this year instead of leaving it all to Dec love the layout too
Jacki xx

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Beautiful card

Thanks for joining us on Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge :)

Hugs Jane x

Karen said...
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Doreen said...

A fabulous card.Thanks for sharing with us at

StephC said...

Beautiful card! The image, and papers, and colors are simply fabulous together. Well done!

Posh Cat Crafts said...

A wonderful wintery card. The colours are so vibrant. Like the way you have used two different colours for the squares.
Thanks for joining us at Creative Belli this week.

Terry Oulboub said...

Mandy, what a lovely card; I do so love the snowman image and the cute snowflake. I love the squares you embossed and corner punched - nicely done! Thanks for joining us at Tellen's Place! :~)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful fun card! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Jack said...

WOW am I impressed. I said this last year and ended up actually buying some Christmas cards cos I hadn't made many (the shame of it, lol). Well done you. Great card. xx

Rose Petal said...

Hi Mandy. Such a sweet card. Love the colours and your design with the squares and round corners. Thank you for joining us at Tellens Place and good luck. Happy crafting.
With love, Sandra xxx

racinggrandma61 said...

Adorable. Love the colors. Great job. TY for joining us at Stamp n Doodle challenges and be sure to come back and join us again.

Laralee DT

Anonymous said...

Really sweet image! I love the blue colors on this!! thanks for joining with us at Stamp Something!!HUGs

Jodie Mackrell said...

great card! love the layout and colors! thank you for joining this weeks Bugaboo challenge at Catch the bug!

Susan's crafty chaos said...

This is fab, and well done you for getting ahead of things for this year's Christmas! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Tellen's Place :D

Karen said...

Lovely Mandy, love the backing paper too, and the image is cute! Thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.

Anonymous said...

fab embossing, love the colours and layout! Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas challenge, and Top Tip Tuesday too!

hope you continue to play throughout the year too! hugs Samantha :0)

Dawn said...

Great card! Well done on getting started so promptly!!!
Thanks for playing along at Digi's With Attitude! this week! Hope you'll join us again!
Dawn xxx

Brandi said...

Love your card and your idea to get started on your Christmas cards early! :) Thanks for joining us at Fairy Knoll! Smiles ~ Brandi

Ann said...

wow what a cheerful happy card - I love the bright colour scheme. It's just so cute.
Thank you for joining our first challenge of the New Year at Bah! Humbug! Hope we'll see you again soon.
Good Luck in the draw.
Ann xxx
Bah! Humbug! DT

Nickys-kleine-Bastelecke said...

You have a really nice map there conjured I am inspired.

Thank you for your participation with creative Stamp friends-creative stamps Friends.
LG Nicole

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, how organised are you?!! You are so right though because Christmas catches us out every year! Gorgeous card Mandy. Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly this week and good luck in all those challenges!!

Jane said...

A lovely card well done on starting on your Christmas cards thanks for playing at Tellens Place
Luv Jane xxx

~amy~ said...

Wow....look at all those challenges you were able to your Christmas card:) I started to make them too...I will NOT be stressed again with the whole Xmas card your take on the Card Patterns sketch!

Elaine Stark said...

Keep up the good work, this is a lovely card, I love the embossing. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday, hope to see you next week. Elaine

Shaela said...

very cute! love all the blue. :) thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges this week. :)

Joy said...

cute cute, thanks for playing with bugaboo!

Kreatives von Andrea said...

Great card and a fantastic paper.

Thank you for your participation at Creative stamp Friends.

A nice greeting Andrea from germany

Mona said...

Really wonderful your snowy christmas cards.
Thanks for joining us at Stamp with fun.
Hugs Mona

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

Congrats with your first Christmas card of the year. It's fab.
Thankyou for sharing it at Tellen's Place this week and hope to see you back next time

WeirdCat said...

Cute card, great colours, thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week
Ruth x

Max said...

So pleased you included our challenge for your 1st xmas card of 2011. It's a cracker using gorgeous embossing and beautiful background paper. Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug! and good luck in the prize draw.

Max's Craft Creations
Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

Virgo5 said...

Beautiful snowman card!
Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

bastelkueken said...

Wow your snowman is very sweet and sugar.

Thank you for your participation with creative Stamp friends-creative stamps Friends

Nice greetings from Anja

Claire said...

Beautiful card!Thanks for joining us at Fairy Knoll and hope to see you again soon
Claire xx

Beth Norman said...

Very, very cute card. I love the squares over the DP. Thank you for playing in our Creative Belli Challenge. Good luck.



dragonllew said...

Great card & well done on making a start on this years christmas cards thanks for joining us at Digi's With Attitude!
Jenny x

Thebug415 said...

Very cute. I love the embossing on this. Oh, and I think your idea of making cards all year is BRILLIANT! I may have to do that Thanks for playing with us at the Creative Belli Challenge

Christina said...

What a cute snowman! The embossed snowflakes and patterned paper are such a great backdrop. Thanks for joining us at the Curtain Call!

Tazza said...

I just love this card ! Thanks for joining us at Digi's with Attitude!

Curlybear said...

Wow very pretty card and I love the embossed squares,
thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter: 116: Tons Of Texture,
Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.

Maggie's Crafts said...

Great card!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday @ Please come back on Tuesday for another brilliant tip! :)



Helen said...

Cute card!
Thanks for joining us at the SCSC & ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

My name is Wynneth said...

Great start to your 2011 christmas stock ! Thanks for joining us on I ♥ Promarkers this week.

E.T said...

awww so adorable!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Outstanding! I adore this - and it's perfect for the Baby It's Cold Outside challenge! Thanks so much for playing with us at ABC Toys & Crafts!