Tuesday, 1 November 2016

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Good morning my crafty buddies! I would like to warmly welcome my newest followers Carole, Helen and Liz to my madcap world - hope you enjoy my creations ladies!

Wow! Can you believe that it's the 1st of November already? That's means Christmas is next month .... eeeeek!!!!!! In the last couple of weeks, I've reached 100 followers and over 60,000 page views ... double eeeeek!!!!! Sooooo, I thought I might offer a little bit of candy to at least one of my lucky followers. Watch this space, as I'll have a dig through my stash and see what goodies I have to share ;o)

Back to this morning though, and it's new challenge time over at Feeling Sketchy.

Our new challenge is being sponsored by the lovely Jodie at Bugaboo Digital Stamps who is offering the lucky winner of this challenge a prize pack. And don't forget that even if you're not picked as our winner, everyone's a winner thanks to Jodie's generosity on Freebie Friday's and she also has regular sales and discounts on New Release Tuesday's. Please head over to Bugaboo Digital Stamps, take a peek at the wide variety of digis on offer, and why not let one or two drop into your virtual basket ;o)!

Here's the sketch we'd like you to take inspiration from, courtesy of our designer Michelle:

and here's my "take" on it:

I think this is a great sketch for making quick and easy cards, particularly if you need a card in a hurry or "batch making" Christmas cards - two squares of papers cut down, one sentiment and "ta daa", you've got a nice card! Or, of course, you can dress the sketch up to make a very special card.

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a pre-made 12.5cm square base in cream card
  • Design Papers - are both from the Nordic Christmas CD-Rom, now sadly retired :o( There are a few other items still available in the Nordic Christmas Collection ....
  • Sentiment and Image - are a cling stamp which was a cover freebie on the Christmas 2016 Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine ... perfect timing! I stamped this using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black then brought the poinsettia to life using my Spectrum Noir Markers in the listed colours before fussy cutting it out and adhering it to my card.
    • Poinsettia Bracts - DR6, DR7, Silver Gel Pen
    • Leaves - DG2, DG3, DG4
    • Swirls - Silver Gel Pen
    • Outline - IG1
I hope I've inspired you to come along and join in with this sketch but if you're in need of further inspiration, please head over to Feeling Sketchy and check out the other wonderful creations by my very talented teamies. Don't forget to then come back and share your creation with us! We'll be back with our new challenge on 15th November 2016.

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

Whatever you're up to this week, I hope you have fun!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Great card. What a great way to make PP do the work for you. Your card "works" so well with the little villages grabbing the attention.

  2. Wonderful design, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxxx

  3. Oh my goodness it's that time isn't it?! Very cool! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card with us at Sweet Stamping this week for our 'Inspired by a Book/Film/Song challenge. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stamping DT

  4. A super stylish card, many thanks for joining in our 'Let's get ready for Christmas' theme at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  5. Lovely card, Helen!! I love your quick and easy Christmas card although you could have fooled me!! Looks way more complicated than it is. I am going to borrow your idea when I need to make several cards in a hurry. Thanks for joining us at the Outlawz! I am your newest follower. You have a lovely blog!

  6. What a fun card! Love all the papers and shapes. Nicely done and thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week.

  7. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at TMCC, good luck!!! Amy DT

  8. I LOVE this. Wonderful use of patterned papers and great take on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week over at Just Us Girls!!

  9. Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 305 – you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too x

  10. Hi Mamma Mia, what an awesome take on that sketch. The papers are wonderful, I love your sentiment and your fussy cutting is wonderful.


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Helen x