Friday, 27 September 2013

Happy Holidays

Evening All

When I submitted a card to Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for September, on Wednesday this week, I thought it would be the last for this month and rather unwisely said as much. Hazel's response to that was 'I live in hope of seeing more - you still have a few days left'! 

Well, that's like throwing down the gauntlet, is is not? How could I resist? 

So, Hazel, for just one last time this month here's a card for both the CHNC Extra challenge and CHNC 143 - stamp, stamp, stamp  :)
Plenty of stamping going on here, with my favourite holly stamp. The topper was created from a piece of leftover card that had been inked up, stamped with VersaMark and brushed with mica, all for an earlier project. Here I've over-stamped it with the holly stamp and a greeting, matted it on to black card and embellished it with ribbon, sequins and gems. 
The card base has also got holly stamped all over it, top, inside and back.

Materials used: 
  • square ivory card base
  • scraps of black card and the inky/mica piece
  • Penny Black's Winter Bough Stamp and Tim Holtz Festive Berries ink pad
  • greeting from Stampendous Holiday Messages and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
  • green ribbon (a car boot find), red sequins and Anita's tiny green gems to embellish
Even though the temperatures are not too bad here, there's no escaping the fact that winter is on its way. So what makes that prospect a tad more bearable to contemplate? Well, I'll tell what it is for us ... Downton Abbey returned on Sunday, this evening sees the return of Strictly Come Dancing, and Doc Martin is making us laugh on Monday evenings. How Martin Clunes keeps such a stern look in some of his scenes is a mystery ...  out of character he never seems to stop smiling!

Unfortunately, the EM took a tumble two days ago, in the kitchen of all places ... tripped over his own feet ... and has bruised his ribs. It's stopped him in his tracks and he is having to rest up a bit ... something he finds incredibly difficult to do ... he likes to keep busy.  So the packing has been put on hold for a few days. Can't say I'm complaining ... while he has been watching endless repeats of games shows on daytime TV, I've been able to potter away for longer in the craft room :) 

Oh, and the dentist appointment ... I came out with a gold star, well a pack of TePe Interdental Brushes but at my age that's about as good as it gets. Not so good for himself, he needs to return next week for a small filling. Oh, and Di, you may skip out of the dentist knowing you won't be returning for 6 months, but it's every 4 months ... why the difference, I've no idea :(
I hope you are all well and enjoying your Friday evening too. I wish you all a great weekend.

Happy crafting,


  1. Great card - and love that holly stamp too!

  2. I knew I'd see you again, Elizabeth and with such a gorgeous card. Of course there are still 3 days before the end of the month, so there's time to make another ... lol! (I live in hope) x

  3. What a lovely card Elizabeth and I love that holly stamp. Doc Martin is the highlight of my week! as well as the return of Downtown of course LOL and I'm liking Vera as well at the moment, in fact the tv isn't bad at all lately huggles hun hope he feels better soon Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. I'm so glad you put another card in as this is lovely. I like how you have stamped the inside of the card as well. You didn't stamp EM too did you!! Hugs Mrs A.

  5. Another beautiful Christmas card, Elizabeth! I love that holly bough and it's so pretty stamped on that background!


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