Tuesday, 11 December 2012


Good evening! I am a bit late tonight... but then I've always been a Night Owl ... I hope you are all doing ok... and big hugs to all those of you who are unwell at the moment... I know there are some horrid bugs going around! This is a gorgeous Wee Stamp called 'Holly' and I thought I would use her for my mum's Christmas Card... my mum loves the rich traditional reds and greens.... and lots of sparkle... so hopefully this ticks all the boxes and she will love it...

I've used  Kaisercraft - Turtle Dove papers again which includes the stripey green border. The bottom paper is foil and so pretty irl.... The Rose, Holly and Red Berries are from Wild Orchid Crafts... the gold berries are recycled from old decoration. I've stickled the Wooden Snowflake and added a touch of Red Stickles to the Rose...

Finally I've added the Sentiment which is from the LOTV 'Icy Angel' Stamp.... and three red gems from stash. Oh and a red pearl on the snowflake!

 a close-up of the flowers....

I've coloured Holly with Watercolour Pens apart from skin which is Promarkers Almond and Blush. Lots of Stardust stickles on the snow and on her wings and earmuffs. I tried to capture the sparkle but as usual the camera doesn't want to show it... especially on her earmuffs!!! LOL

I would like to enter the following challenges:-

Charisma Cardz - 'Christmas' ends 12th December 2012
C.R.A.F.T. - 'Christmas' ends 12th December 2012
Cupcake Craft - 'Merry Christmas' ends 16th December 2012
Incy Wincy Designs - 'Christmas with Snowflakes' ends 16th December 2012
Bearly-Mine - 'Anything Goes' ends 17th December 2012 
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'Snowflakes' ends 17th December 2012
SweetStamps - 'Sparkle and Bling' ends 17th December 2012
Top Tip Tuesday - 'Christmas' ends 17th December 2012
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Christmas Projects' ends 19th December 2012
Dream Valley - 'Christmas' ends 4th January 2012

Well I know Christmas is truly on the way now because Santa came down our road last night with the Rotary Club... it's a big tradition here as they come every year without fail... 27 years ago when my daughter was a baby... he would come on a big Float along with all his Elves and the truck would all be decorated like a snow scene with lights and playing Carols... but each year it has dwindled down with the recession... and now poor Santa has to walk!!!!!!! and there was an Elf riding a bicycle towing a little amplifier playing carols on a tiny trailer... Aww I don't know why but it really tugs at my heartstrings! I think because it used to be so magical for my daughter when she was growing up... if I was a Millionaire... I would love to buy them a huge new truck and all the trimmings... but I suppose the best thing is that loads of people still answer the door and donate to the charity which is the main thing after all... Smile
Ah well... off to get my cocoa before bed.... Hope you are all staying warm and snug!
Will be back very soon with another card...
Lots of Love


Kathleen said...

Well just about to go to bed myself but spotted this and had to say that if I was your Mum, I would love it, just my cup of tea too.

Fantastic card. fab papers and a great image. Superb colouring.

Kath x

Sue - bearhouse said...

Hello sue such a nice way for me to end my day seeing such a beautiful card and reading your friendly post
Your card is stunning. I love the sweet image, your colouring is fabulous and the papers are so gorgeous too.
My children still enjoy seeing Santa from the Rotary club when he comes down our road (they are teenagers now!). It's such a special time.

Take care
Hugs Sue

Wishcraft said...

Aww! I love this image, she really is sweet. Beautifully coloured too hun, a lovely card :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Debs said...

Gorgeous card Sue - your Mum is sure to adore it! Amazing colouring of the sweetest image and the DP's look so rich and lucious.
We haven't had the rotary club Santa round yet - I hope he comes when Oliver is here like last year - I ran out with Oliver and got my first photo of him with Santa :o)
Have a fab day.
Take care
Debs xx

Nicole Hascoet said...

Wow Sue this is just gorgeous! I am sure your mum will love it. The colours are so rich and perfect and that image is so sweet.
Wrap yourself warm cos it's quite cold here, must be the same at your place.
Warm hugs xxx

Doreen said...

This is beautiful Sue,love the image and fabulous colours.I hope you are keeping well.xxx

Jules said...

Hi Sue

How gorgeous!!!

I love your scrummy backing papers and cute image.

I know what you mean about the Rotary Club Santa.

We got a visit last week but thankfully Santa didn't need to walk when he visited us .. .. but his decorations were a bit "down-graded".

It didn't stop the children lining up the street being super excited though .. .. I love to see the look on the little children's faces at Christmas.

Have a lovely day and stay warm.

Love Jules xx

Rose Petal said...

Hello sue. What a wonderfully classy and very beautiful creation. I just love it, and the flower is fantastic.
Hope you are keeping well, stay safe and warm.
Lots of love, Sandra xxx

Mary J said...

So beautiful, Sue! Gorgeous rich colouring!

Laine said...

Such a sweet card and image Sue. I am sure your Mum will love it. Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week and sending you Merry Christmas Greetings.

McCrafty's Cards said...

It is absolutely gorgeous Sue, I like the wee image, fabulous colouring, I like the papers and the sparkle on the rose.
Kevin xx

chrissy xx said...

JUst GOrgeous! A lovely card to switch my machine on to Sue..FABulous colours and she's such a cutie too...LOve your papers soooo rich..I'm one to try and recycle lol...I tend to look at everything in a different way now I craft! LOve your sparkle on this rose ...At least Father Christmas and his elf came! But, Yes it is a shame it's as well children don't know of times past..

NGCARDS said...

A great festive creation! Thanks for joining in at Charisma Cardz! xxx

Kelly Lloyd said...

Beautiful card Sue, that image is adorable.. Gorgeous papers too, that bottom one is really stunning

Hugs Kelly

Cat's sCrap said...

Elegant realization. Fabulous colouring on your character. Magnificent work on your flowers. Bravo !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

Hugs from France.

Vicky said...

This is absolutely gorgeous my sweetie I love the colours & the image is lush. Fabulous colouring shug.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Jac said...

Beautiful card, the colours are so rich and warm and your image is colours beautifully, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week.

Ira Huberts said...

oh Sue, she's delightful!! Your mom will be soooooooo over the moon with your gorgeous card, such a sweet image and you've coloured her to perfection! Such marvellous colours and the papers are a perfect match, truly lovely!! Big hugs, Ira xox

coops said...

so stunning sue.i love your fabulous rich colours and really gorgeous image :D

xx coops xx

Olivia said...

Such a lovely card. Perfect for the season. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.

carol said...

oh how cute and gorgeous card, thanks for playing along with us at CRAFT x carol

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Sue, fabulous papers and beautifully coloured image.

Santa came down our road last night as well, he still has a motorised sleigh but no one was collecting money this year and he was gone before you could get outside to see him - perhaps it was a bit cold for him!

Susan Flynn said...

Hello Sue your card is just stunning! The papers are really gorgeous so rich and they look like beautiful tapestries. Love the image and what splendid colouring! Hope you are keeping warm and snug !! Hugs Susan x

xxxtglxxx said...

Aww thats so sad about your local santa and his dwindling sleigh...:(

Your card is absolutely amazing hun! Stunning colouring and wow at those gorgeous, rich and luxurious colours and papers - beautiful! :)



KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so gorgeous Sue. I adore the image and your colouring and layout. These papers are really lovely. I know your Mum is going to adore it.


Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh WOW this is amazing, what a great card. Oh we had the Rotary Club at ours last year, they were great, Tom loved it, Love Hazelxo

Betka said...

What a wonderfully coloured and very beautiful creation :)
Your Mum will love it. :))
Big hugs (:Betka:)

Anonymous said...

Sue your card is beautiful and your colouring is awesome too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, Samantha :0)

sari said...

This is such an adorable and beautiful christmas card! Love the details! Thanks for joining my challenge over at Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good luck! Hugs and sunshine!

Shannon White said...

Wowie!! This is Soo Adorably Gorgeous Sue!! Love your Fabulous coloring and the rich colors you chose too! Such Beautiful dp's too! Just Love this! 8-)


Anonymous said...

wow... stunning. Love the coloring and papers and all that you have used. Love it!!! Thank you for joining us at Incy Wincy challenge.
Kaia, DT

SusanLotus said...

I really love this card! The colourcombination is gorgous.
Maybe I already commented this card but I don´t care! I do it again! ;D

Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

Laney said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sue! your colouring is amazing!thank you for joining us at BMC

Scrappy Scatty said...

What a lovely card
Thank you for joining in at Crafty Sentiments this week
Love Jan

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card, and such a beautifully coloured image. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Sentiments challenge this time.
Cathy xx

sparklingblackrose said...

Just beautiful, love it! Thank you so much for joining us at Dream Valley Challenges, hope to see you again soon! Have a fabulous New Year! Elaine DT -xxx- p.s I have new candy if you would like to pop by and enter :-) http://sparklingblackrose-craftmylife.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/new-candy.html