Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Deck the Halls with Sparkle and Bling


Over the past week or so since I came back from my hols, I have started to become uncomfortably aware that October is upon us already, and I have made very little progress with my Christmas card makes. It's normally around now that I start thinking about how I can devise an aesthetically pleasing but easy to create card that is relative quick to make in bulk (bearing in mind that my average time to make a card is 2.5 - 3 hours!) ... AND .... if it is reasonably flat so that I can post it with a normal stamp ... result!!

This daunting annual task is becoming somewhat easier with the advent of so many yummy cutting dies, especially from Marianne D. Last year I was very pleased with a quick make I made in batch using one of the Christmas tree dies (see here) ... and this year I have been tempted by the new bauble dies.Originally I just bought the baubles, but found when it came to putting them on a card I was a bit flummoxed as to how best to "anchor" them. I have now resolved this dilemma by investing in a "fir branch" die, and here's the simple result of my playtime.


I felt that the fir branch really benefitted from being cut out in glitter card to give it a bit of texture and depth; and I created a frame by drawing round a deckle-edged nestie using a sparkly pen. The picture isn't the best, but as I said at the beginning, alas October is upon us!

Image: sentiment by Pink Gem Designs;
Supplies: gems from my stash;
Tools: Marianne D Creatables LR0184 (Baubles) and LR0181 (Fir Branch).


Challenges:
Simon Says - Sparkle & Bling
Anything Goes #51 - Dies / Punches
Fab 'n' Funky #93 - Die Cuts / Punches
Sparkles Christmas #9 - Christmas Songs ("Deck the Halls")
Bling It On (October) - No Patterned Papers

Thanks for looking :-)

7 comments:

  1. A stunning creation, thank you so much for joining us at Anything Goes
    Hugs
    Tamara

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  2. oh this is just gorgeous just love the image and detail on this bless you for playing at anything goes,this week hugs cherylxxx

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  3. I just adore this Pauline! Simple, very cleverly done, and elegant! Love it! Di xx

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  4. Just gorgeous.

    Thanks for joining us at SFCC.

    Huggies Angel

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  5. Beautiful card!! I think it is perfect for your Christmas card! I love the sparkle and intricate details in the ornaments. There will be a lot of oohs and ahhs when they open it up.
    Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
    xoxo, Christine

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous card! You did a fabby job!
    Josee'
    Jamcrafts4u.blogspot.com

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  7. Very striking card, simple and elegant. Thanks for joining us at Bling It On... xx

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Thanks for looking, and for taking the time to leave a comment - I really appreciate it.
Pauline x