Sunday 27 November 2011

Advent starts here!

Firstly an apology for not updating on Friday, with us all being ill this week and a trip to Bristol for work, I just couldn't manage it. This weekend has been somewhat mixed as we were supposed to go to friends but they were too poorly so we have had a weekend at home instead.  Yesterday we joined friends at Sheffield Ski village where there is a good indoor play area including air cannons which Alex thought were wonderful.
Today we celebrated the first day of Advent at our new church and then this afternoon we headed over to Kelham island museum where Alex was fascinated by all the different machines and the WWII bombs.
He also had a great time in the small kids play area there.  The weather was just too cold to let him be outside for long with his cough hence our indoor activities this weekend.
I have been cracking on with my Christmas cards and this first one followed this weeks Less is More challenge of 'bling'.  This entire card was made with the free papers from a magazine, including the bird which was cut out of one sheet.  I then added Crystals to the centre of the stars. I am also entering this into Aud sentiments 'Any winter holiday's sentiment'.
For the next card I used a cuttlebug embossing folder and the free stamps from last month CM&PC magazine. I coloured the image with promarker pens and added a bit of holographic glitter glue to the star.  This card therefore fits with Crazy4challenges 'snow' and Stamptacular 'anything Christmas' challenges.
These next 4 cards were really simple using images from a Crafty Individuals image book layered onto gold and red card and then put onto an embossed cream card.  These fit with Speedy the cat's friends 'make it masculine'.
Finally I had a bit of fun making a tag for this weeks Simon says stamp challenge. The background was made using a Tim Holtz mask, then stamping the music in red, then replacing the mask and using teabag distress ink over the rest of the tag.  The images were cut out of a Crafty Individuals images book and then I embossed in gold round the edge before using twine instead of ribbon for a more rustic feel.  I am entering this tag into Flutterby Wednesday 'open', Meljen's 'twine or string', DCM 'moustaches/facial hair' (Santa has a beard and moustache), and sew many cards 'twine' challenges.  That is all from me for now.  Have a great week.


Pauline said...

Fabulous cards!

Karen Aicken said...

Lovely cards, but my favourite is the robin one. What a nice job you did cutting him out! TFS
Cheers, Karen

Julie said...

Wow- you have been busy! I like all of your cards but the set of 4 looks lovely! Great cards!

Mandi said...

Gosh you have been busy CAro
Love the bling on th robin one
Thanks so much
mandi LIM

Chrissie said...

Great cards Caro... it looks like you've been really busy!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Winnie and Patty said...

Love the antique Santa cards! Great job. Thanks for playing along with us at Speedy the Cat's Friend challenge this week!

Designing with Debbie said...

Beautiful cards. You are very talented. They are all amazing. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week. Hope to see you again next week.

Heather said...

Wow you've been busy Caro, so beautiful cards, your tag is wonderful, a fabulous design and great inking and fabulous details.

Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp challenge

Kathy said...

Thanks for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers "Moustachio!" challenge this week

Winnie said...

All of your cards are lovely but i love the one you made for Stamptacular Sunday challenge as that is the one i am commenting on, love the embossed part of your card the image is lovely, thank you for joining our challenge at Stamptacular Sunday this week.

Hugs Winnie DT

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Christmas cards! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week
Hugs Julie P

Anne said...

Hello Caro sorry to read that you have all been poorly and hope that you are all much better. Love your cards as always. I have been vey busy as always. Been in Leeds two weekends running as DS and his family have moved house and we have been helping especially with the children. Visited Auntie today and helped her change her bed and hoovered the bedroom for her. Take care. Anne x

Pat said...

Great images. Thanks for joining Speedy the Cats Friends

Mandy said...

Lovely photos Caro and your cards and vintage tag are all gorgeous, I love the embossing on white and the images on your tag are lovely.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp for our "Tag your it" challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Mary J said...

How wonderful! They are all so beautiful! Thx for joining us at Flutter By Wednesday!

Karen P said...

All your work is lovely Caro, but I have a soft spot for that polar bear and the embossed frame is stunning Karen x

paper fun said...

Lovely projects. I love the use of twine on the tag.

Thanks for joining us at Sew Many Challenges.


Janeen said...

Thanks for sharing with us at friends of Speedy the cat this week. Beautiful work with the santa's

Samm said...

Lots of great cards there!
Thanks for joining in with my challenge over at DCM!

Samm x