Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Countdown to Christmas!

As I'm now not working and am trying to get back into cardmaking, I have decided to try to make some Christmas cards this year ... up until about 2015 I had made all my cards for several years, but then it all kind of drifted away! 

I have signed up for an online colouring class which I'm hoping to get started on in the next week (as soon as I can stock up on stamping card!!) but in the meantime I found a few coloured images when I was rooting in my stash, so here is my first Christmas card of 2021 - the countdown begins!

As I have made only a handful of Christmas cards over the past few years I am determined to try to make use of the stash I have already - particularly stamps (who knows how long that resolution will last)?

I noticed a bit of Promarker bleed ing on the post box which i did my best to repair with some Stickles glitter glue ... it doesn't actually look nearly as bad in real life as on a blown up photo!!

Stamps: Penny Black "Royal Mail" (3766J); LotV "Circular Christmas Sentiments";
Media: Promarkers;
Papers: LotV Nitwits "Festive Trimmings";
Flowers and ribbon from my stash.

Challenges I would like to enter:

(R is for Ribbon)
Christmas Cards All Year Round (August) Something that starts with "O" or "P
(P is for Postbox and Poinsetta)
Christmas Craft Creations (July) Anything Christmas Goes

Crafty Calendar (August) Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #691 Anything Goes
Double D Challenge - Mason Jar 
(Use a mason jar or anything in the jars on mood board - I used a red poinsetta)

Jingle Belles Red and Green All Over
Passion for Markers #604 - Christmas in August
(option of interactive not taken up)
(As I said in my previous post this is a really difficult one ... but Penny  Black were the stamps that first got me into stamping and at one time were almost all I ever used. Although things may have moved on since then they'll always hold a place in my heart)

I'm off to make a friend's birthday card now so I'll be back soon.



SmilynStef said...

What a cutie ... love that perfect bow ... so very glad you shared your red & green with us at Jingle Belles.

brenda said...

It's delightful Pauline, I well remember your love of PB stamps, they were my introduction to stamping as well and I still have draws full of lovely wood mounted's.

It's so nice to see you airing yours again and with a lovely traditional feel on this one. Many thanks for joining in and sharing a 'Favourite Stamp' with us at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge. And we are all agreed now that it's such a difficult 'choose' so may well tweak the title in future.

B x

MortiCraft said...

Super Christmas card. I really like the effect of the fancy edge square dies. Thanks for playing along with Christmas Craft Creations. X

HilaryJane said...

What a lovely image and beautifully coloured and framed. The little are of bleed is really not a problem as it is only noticed because you pointed it out. It is those blessed close up photos! Thanks so much for joining us at we love Chocolate Baroque this month and good luck with your colouring course xx

lauren bergold said...

what a beautifully made card, sweet hedgie is so adorable and every element is perfectly considered! so happy you could join our red and green fun at JINGLE BELLES!

Cards By MI said...

A very cute X-mas card with lovely colours and sweet design. Thanks for joining us over at PFM this week.
Love n hugs

Sue from Oregon said...

Such a fun holiday card Pauline! I hope you enjoy your coloring classes! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge! ♥ Sue Kment

Darlene said...

Very clever ... beautiful creation! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Mason Jar’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
Please stop in for a visit!

laurie said...

This is just adorable. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations!

Kathy Krug said...

This is so cute love the sparkle you added to the stamp and the background is beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at DD Challenge Blog.

Ella's Design said...

Fab Christmas card, Pauline! Love the muted, traditional colour scheme and sweet Hedgie, coloured brilliantly...
Thanks for playing along with us at Passion for Markers this week! Lisa x

Zw@@n said...

Gorgeous card, Pauline. Cute image and your colouring is fab. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. xx Wilma

Lynda said...

Such a very sweet and cute card - I love all the elements you have put together - and the stickles certainly adds some holiday bling. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge xx Lynda/Loopyloo DT

Beverley said...

Gorgeous card, I love this penny black stamp and great layout. Thanks for joining in our August 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
Bev x

Helen said...

Gorgeous card Pauline - so lovely to see you crafting again!
Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge & Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

PS - thanks also for you recent lovely comments on my blog!

Deanne Saunders said...

Cute card!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafting day!! Stay safe and healthy!!*Sorry for being so late commenting but please know that I have checked out your project and appreciate you entering my challenge!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper