Friday, 17 December 2010

My first ... my last ... my everything

This year I have made quite a lot of cards using the snowy scenes theme with swirls and flowers, and today I would like to show you the last and fanciest (though still relatively easy to make) card from the production line, which is this year's card for my mum and dad. Most similar cards I have made have had a totally white background; but as this one is bigger (C5) I have added a gorgeous piece of sparkly snowflake paper I found earleir this week in a local craft shop (they only had one piece so that was lucky!!) Once more this card is actually MUCH more sparkly than the photograph suggests!!

Main image: Penny Black "Snowy Park", covered with crystal Fine Art glitter;
Sentiment: Pink Gem Designs;
Paper: frorm local craft shop - no manufacturer details on the paper!
Supplies: hellebores and cherry blossom flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts covered with stardust Stickles; small glittered roses from Hobbycraft; silver gems from my stash;
Tools: Marianne D Creatables "Flower swirl" die; Cuttlebug "snowflakes" embossing folder.

I have made this card to fit the following challenges:

Simon Says - Silver, blue & white
Dutch Dare #93 - Winter
Fussy & Fancy Friday - Show Us Some Snow

Additionally, Crafty Cardmakers #36 is asking this week to see a latest card along with one of your earliest creations. Well, this is one of my earliest cards, and is the Christmas card I made for my mum & dad back in 2006! It makes me quite nostalgic, because back then I had very little equipment, only a handful of stamps and a small amount of papers and embellishments. Peel offs ruled the day to save costs on making different sentiments for different cards, I don't think I had got my Cuttlebug, and I had not yet heard of nestabilities, Wild orchid Crafts, Lili of the Valley or many other of my current favourite stores and supplies. As you will see though I HAD heard of Penny Black already - this is the first PB stamp I ever bought and is called "Winter Snuggles!" - awww!

Just off to do some ironing now before getting ready for my works Christmas party ... so I sure hope that the weather is going to hold and things won't be looking like the picture on my first card!!

Edited: by 7pm Friday the scene outside our house was well on the way to looking pretty much EXACTLY like the pic on the top card, so no Chrimbo party night for me :-( I definitely made the right choice ... my husband had to walk home over 2 miles from our local rail station after his afternoon party in thick snow ... if I had tried it in a sparkly dress and platform shoes I don't think I'd have made it lol!!


  1. They are lovely - especially the swirls


    ps candy on my blog x

  2. Both cards are gorgeous Pauline
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  3. Two fabulous cards, and what gorgeous flowers on the latest one. Thanks for joining in the fun at Crafty Cardmakers this week (even though I've now got Barry White going round and round in my head, lol). xx

  4. I think both cards are absolutely stunning Pauline. They are so special. hugs Sharon

  5. Absolutely stunning Pauline! Have a lovely evening. xx

  6. This is stunning, thanks so much for sharing at the SFTW christmas challenge hugs Rebekah xx

  7. I love your snowy scene cards Pauline and I remember this one you made for your parents too! tehhehee! great to have a flash back!

    hugs Samantha :0)

  8. Very elegant and tasteful. Love the flourishes! Perfect in every way! It was so fun to look at and play with your snowy creation this fortnight. Best of luck to you! Don't forget to tune into our next challenge on Dec's a BIG ONE!! Corry- Fussy & Fancy DT

  9. What a beautiful cards! Love the images too, Thanks for joining us this week at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    hugs ♥

  10. Gorgeous cards Pauline :-) the fist one is stunning, your Mum n Dad will love it ! Very cute PB card too :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  11. Oh wow!
    Two fab cards! You can see that your love of white is still in your new cards hee! Love them both!
    Thanks for being brave and showing one of your first cards!
    Thanks for joining in the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this week
    Melly xxx

  12. Gorgeous cards Pauline, love the cute but the elegant one if my favourite.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

  13. Georgeus sparkly card you have made!
    Thank you for taking part in the challenge over at SFTW.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas!


  14. I love how you described your original crafting supplies and it certainly takes me back to when I had very little and, as you said, peel offs ruled the day. Your latest creation is just gorgeous and I bet your parents gave it pride of place on the mantlepiece. But I bet they gave your first card the same treatment, and even with it's lack of current supplies it's still a lovely card.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thanks for joining our First and Last Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. Hope to see you back next year.

    Lin - Lil Miss Chatterbox

  15. WOW your sparkly snow card is just STUNNING!! Gorgeous use of flowers as always. So beautiful!
    Kaz xx


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