Friday, 13 July 2012

Christmas in July

Hello, and welcome!

You know, I never really thought of myself as much of a just seems to be easier to look on the bright side, most of the time......but maybe I'm really just naive, rather than an optimist........I'm ramblin', aren't I?.....sorry......just really thought that yesterday was a turning point for this dreadful non-summer we are having.....sigh.......
It really was a lovely day.......sun was pleasantly warm (have I ever mentioned I can't stand HEAT?...haa), washing was on the line.......a gentle breeze wafted the scent of my summer stocks and roses through the doors and windows....and I had a chance to straighten up the front garden, because it stayed dry........oh, that blessed word!

I have to be very careful about gardening, these days......legacy of having no lymph nodes in one arm, and the smallest cut or scrape can give me major problems.....but Jonathan and Tanys helped do the donkey work, and I soon had a clean and trimmed summer garden......yaaaaay!  I even managed to do some planting.......beautiful white margaritas, and some new lavender bushes.......gorgeous!  I had 40 begonias waiting to be put in pots, too.....planned to pot 'em up today........but no........torrential downpours, yet again....all flippin' day!!  Grrrrrrrrr!!!!

Good job I don't mind crafting at any time....haaaaa!

Another new challenge at the wonderful
and this week we are celebrating....woohoo!.....


Oh, I love it, heehee........

We have not one, but two fabulous sponsors this week......
who are offering one random winner the selection of images that our Design Team members are using this fab is that?

You may know Kathryne from the Whimsy Stamp Store and she is very generously offering another randomly drawn winner 4 images of their choice.........fantastic!

Here's my offering, using Happileigh's FILL THE HOLIDAYS WITH LOVE  image and sentiment (the Christmas tree), and Kathryne's JOYFUL GINGERBREAD ........

Does anybody recognise that background paper?  I have a few small scraps of it left, and can't remember where I got it from....but I like it, lol......
I thought I'd have a change and use reds and browns to colour the image....Promarkers, of course......and just a touch of green on those pretty parcels....cute.
The label is a Nestie, and is chalked.....

Isn't this image sweet?  I love the ikkle buttons......

And here are the two teeny guys and their teeny girlie friend, togged up with their ricrac and heart sweeeeet!   I cut the three banners from more scraps, and inked......

I just fell in love with this comes with the Christmas tree...yaaay!....and a pretty holly button finishes it off, nicely.

Do yourself a favour and take a sken at what the Design Team have done with their chosen images.......we all managed to come up with some little belters, this week!
Oh, I'm soooo humble...haaahaaa!

Anne-Marie x



  1. Hi Anne-Marie! I love your card! It's so Christmas-y and cute and pretty! Love your coloring and the way you put the images together to make a lovely creation! It sounds like you had fun with this and the finished result makes me smile! xx Kathy

  2. Gorgeous card - love that image, Anne-Marie!


    PS - no, not grandma!! Not for many years yet - I hope!!!

  3. This is gorgeous,a fabulous image and great

  4. Hello humble one! Gorgeous little tree of hearts with some beautiful paper. I don't recognise it though, I'm afraid. I'm planning a major crack on with Christmas cards this week so will try to enter your challenge! :) Happy weekend!

  5. gardening? i couldn't garden even if wanted to the ground is so dry here. WE NEED RAIN!~ A BIG HUMONGOUS RAIN!!!

    i did NOT know IKEA will help you design a room. i have to play the lottery to get the $$$$ to redecorate! yeah, like that's gonna happen. LOL.

    hugs :P

  6. I stopped by earlier, but this little card was not posted. I so LUV this image and the way you have coloured it up. The background DP is perfect. Everything looks so Christmasy. Super, wonderful design (and those little gingerbread people are wonderful; they are the perfect touch at the end of each little strip.

  7. Christmas - yeah!!! Lovin' this card and the fab images, cute little gingerbread people. Thanks for stopping by - my shoulder feels a bit better this morning after a sleep in!!!
    It's raining again here at the moment, brrr!!!

  8. You can send some rain our way! We need it!!
    Adorable card!! At first I thought the brown in the tree was chocolate then I looked closer and saw the cute buttons!!

  9. Hi Anne-Marie,
    I love the colours you picked for your card and these gingerbread embellishments look good enough to eat!!!
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs Trish xx

  10. AM, love the card. Send rain this way and I will send heat and humidity yours. Promise.

  11. Adorable Christmas card!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant this week!!

  12. Wonderful christmascard. Thanks for joining The Crazy Challenge.
    Hugs Berit

  13. Beaut card, love the christmas ginger bread people and the hearts. Just gorgeous.

    Weather the same here, wet summer, washed out gardens, strawberries that cann't ripen without the sun, but it is perfect for crafting!

  14. This is gorgeous thanx for joining us at Crafty sentiments, and good luck..

    Caz CS DT

  15. Great card!!! Lovin the little gingerbread men at the end of your tags Thanks for joining us over at LRW!

  16. Gorgeous Creation. Great JOB!~
    Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts this month.
    Good Luck!~
    -Sony -- LC-DT

  17. Aww...this is such a sweet card! Love those gingerbread people! I don't recognize the paper but I love it!
    I have decided I am packing up some of our overabundant sunshine and shipping it to you. Of course, you have to take the 100+ temps and humidity with it!! Hee! Hee!

  18. I truly love your style, Anne-Marie..well done!

  19. What a cute image! Thank you for joining us at The Poodles Parlour this time!

    DT Member
    Celestial Things