Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you!  I hope you have a wonderful time with family and loved ones. The presents are all wrapped, the food is just about squeezed into the fridge and I had  a happy time yesterday spent making fudge while listening to Christmas carols.  Today we have had a gentle family time at home which ended with the Christmas carol service and Alex dressed as a king. The service was great fun with all the kids joining in with a nativity that involved 10 Mary's, 3 Josephs, 2 donkeys, lots of Shepherds, angels and kings, 3 baby Jesus dolls, 3 wrapped presents and one snow globe...Alex decided that he wanted to give baby Jesus his snow globe!  It was a lovely family service followed by mince pies and mulled wine.  The perfect start to Christmas.
I even had time to do a little crafting which was nice. I had a 60th birthday card to make so that was the first thing I did.  I don't know the man very well so I kept the card fairly generic and it gave me an excuse to use this lovely old car stamp (Xela stamps).  I used distress inks, brads and layering to create the effect. I am entering this into Delicious Doodles 'Anything goes', stampin for the weekend 'Anything goes',  and SCSC 'Anything goes' challenges.
The next card was made to fit with Less is More 'one word only' theme; the word in my case being 'Thanks'.  I liked the design of my last LIM card so much that I decided to adapt it for a flower and add the word and three gems to it.  The stamps are Penny Black and Crafty Individuals. I am also entering this into TioT 'Anything goes', Crafty Creations 'Thank you card',  and Aud Sentiments 'Anything goes' challenges.
Finally I made a Tim Holtz inspired Tag for Christmas.  This is based on his tag number 10, but I didn't have any of the official things that he used.  My version was made by distress inking the tag in Tea dye, then stamping Stamps Away music in Vintage photo distress ink. I then used vintage photo all round the edge. I then stamped the pine branch from Just Rite stampers and heat embossed it in green.  I had been given some Tim Holtz fragments by Anne, so used those on some Crafty Individuals santa images, then added red embroidery thread to the back and joined them to the brads at the top.  The banner was made by cutting out a piece of paper by hand, gold embossing bits of it, then folding it. The letters were black peel offs which I then added gold ink to. Finally I finished it off with two pearl beads and some Christmassy looking ribbon. I was quite pleased with how this turned out considering I had very little of the official Tim Holtz things to work with.  I am entering this into Simon Says stamp & show 'A Tim Holtz inspired tag', Simon says stamp 'Bingo: Ribbon, No DP, Brads', Paperplay 'Christmas' and Speedy the cat's friends 'Anything goes'.  That is all from me for now. We are off to my in-laws for Christmas day tomorrow, so stay safe everyone, Have a wonderful time.
With love & God Bless,
Caro
x

24 comments:

Kathyk said...

Lovely project, card and photo from you

Merry Christmas

Kathyk

Jan said...

Great cards! Have a great Christmas
xx Jan

Candy C said...

Hi Caro. I love your Christmas tag. It turned out so pretty!!! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Chrissie said...

It looks like you have amalgamated last week's challenge with this one Caro... great card!
Thanks so much and have a wonderful Christmas.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Christine said...

Gorgeous cards Caro.
I hope you & your family have a wonderful Christmas & a Very Happy & Healthy New Year

downrightcrafty said...

Merry Xmas this is gorgeous thank you for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge at this special time of the year
Hugs Kate xx

Barbara Colbert said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing with Speedy! Happy holidays!

Debby said...

Very nice! The stamp of the flower is great.
Debby

Joy said...

Love this fabulous creation, great take on the Bingo challenge... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

ellen vargo said...

Hi Caro - I love the way you improvised for your Tim tag - I did a LOT of improvising this year, too. Yours turned out really nicely! Thanks for joining in with Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge! Happy New Year!

Ellen :)

Nana Donna said...

Love your Thanks card with the music notes. Thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations

Victoria said...

I absolutely love your LiM entry card. The touch of colour with the flower is beautiful next to the music. Gorgeous.

Lisa xx said...

well done and thank you for joining us at aud sentiments xx

deesdesigns said...

They are all just lovely! I want to wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and thank you for sharing your creativity with us at Aud Sentiments and our Anything Goes challenge. I hope you'll join us for our next challenge too - Good Luck!

Mrs Wonka said...

WOW you have been busy! Great cards!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and that you have a happy new year.

Mrs Wonka x

Jenni's Jems said...

Great cards and tag but love the thank you one x

Designing with Debbie said...

Beautiful creations. Your first card is a perfect vintage, masculine card. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week. Hope to see you again next week.

Seleise said...

how neat with the music and iris! very creative!

Karen said...

Hi Caro, love that LIM entry, so perfect! Karen x

Sasha said...

Beautiful creations and fabulous stamping!:)

Sally H said...

what great creations. Love your LIM card - so elegant

Hillie said...

Beautiful cards. I love the flower stamp. Happy New Year!

Curlybear said...

Wow these are all Wonderful creations, the images so elegant and coloured so beautifully its just perfect for our Anything Goes challenge

Thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge and we hope to see you next week,



Good Luck with the challenge
and a happy and healthy 2012,
Hugs Bridget :0) x
SCSC DT

Mrs.B said...

Great cards, think your LIM is very elegant.
Avril