Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Christmas in the Valley!

Hello, and welcome!

Well, this afternoon, if you'd looked through my window into the garden, you'd have thought it was a December evening!  The sky was totally covered in the most humungous black cloud.....there was clashing of thunderbirds.....flashes of lightening rods....and then hailstones as big as mushrooms that fell for about 5 minutes, and then the heaviest rainstorm we've had for a loooong time....and this is still summer......hahaaaa!
Definitely feels as if Autumn is close, and I'm excited by that.......just love Autumn!

And, what else do I love?  Any guesses?
Has to do with a gorgeous chubby man.........nope, not the Hubster.......the other one.........wears a red suit and a white beard........errr........oh, yeah, could be the Hubster......hahaaaaa!

Well, assuming you actually do know what I'm on about, (and that means you've been hangin' around me for tooooo long), you'll understand by the title of this post that I've made a Christmas card......woohoo......and used a lovely, warm 'n' fuzzy image from the wonderful Lili of the Valley ........

Again, not very good piccies, but I'm blamin' that thunderstorm...hahaaa!
A white card base with chocolate brown card and a piece of yummy Bo Bunny paper on top.......the top of the brown card was cut with a Martha Stewart border punch.........I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches....makes life sooo much easier.....hahaa.........

The lovely Cheery Lynn holly die is one of my new toys.....I added those sweet red flat-backed pearlies......

I cut two strips of this pretty lace, and coloured one strip with a brown Promarker, then layered them together.........the little sentiment is from a Hot Off the Press stack, layered onto a teeny bit of brown card.......

Can't see it too well in this pic,  but I hand-stitched around the image and added a bit of sparkle with a Sakura clear sparkle pen......well, it is Christmas...haa......

Can't remember where this sentiment is from (probably a freebie)......did a bit of chalkin' on it, added red sparkle to the stars, and popped it onto a little red die cut doily, then slipped some brown foliage behind......

A little side-ways view.......I think I like how it turned out....what d'you think?

Anne-Marie x

Challenges:  Stitching/Real or Faux (mine is real!)


  1. Another Christmas card?! oh have a feeling that I am way way behind ;o) Lots of gorgeous details = feast for eyes

  2. Baarrrr humbug Christmas no way it's still summer I tell you lol you're right about the weather though
    summer is my fav month not that we've had one this year Autumn to me means colds days and freezing nights AND AND Christmas will be biting my arse any time soon lol well at least I have brought my 1st xmas prezzie (sharp intake of breathe I hear )
    have a great evening
    Jacki xx

  3. Very pretty! I'm jealous of the Cheery Lynn die! So cute.

  4. This is gorgeous!!! I love the brown even though I'm such a red/green Christmas girl! That image is adorable and all your embellies are wonderful!!!

  5. This is gorgeous Anne-Marie. Such a lovely image and the colours and detailing you have added are all wonderful and coordinate perfectly.
    thank you for your lovely comments on my recent cards and for becoming my newest follower, I really appreciate it.

    Hugs Sue

  6. I would say you are very happy with this card, it is fab. Love the green and brown colour combo and the sentiment is great too. All beautifully put together as always.
    Agree about the weather, had to bring Tiny (dog) to bed with us last night lots of thunder and lightening about and he does not do thunder - nope not at all. Bark, bark bark for half the night. sigh.

  7. This is gorgeous,lovely image and

  8. This is beautiful Anne-Marie, I love all the details :)
    I hope you are well & having a good week.

  9. This card is definitely giving me a warm and fuzzy feeling - it's gorgeous!
    On the topic of the weather...
    It was sunny in the Lune Valley around lunch time and Met Office Weather were forecasting 20% chance of rain, so we hung the washing out and drove into Bowland a little for a short walk. On parking the car, the heavens opened, and the thunder and lightning you mention began. We waited for a quarter of an hour, scoffing our midway chocolate in the process, and then drove home to find that the rain had reached our village and our washing was absolutely dripping wet! Oh well!

  10. Beautiful shades of red and green and a lovely creation, thank you so much for joining us this week at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  11. Wow, think everyone already covered all my thoughts!

  12. A fabulous card, stunning colours and such brilliant details. Your LOTV image is gorgeous, so lovely colouring.

    Heather xx
    Simon Says Stamp challenge

  13. This is adorable. I love your colouring and the layout is awesome. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Card Crew and good luck.


  14. Well, Blogspot quit being a bugger and allowed me entry to the blogs I follow, so I am here first off. I so, so, so (did I mention so?) like that card. Your little LOTV image is coloured to perfection, but what really caught my eye were the die cuts you’ve added – and in the homespun colour of brown – brilliant!

  15. Nice card! I like the image and coloring and all of your design details. :)

  16. Gorgeous card. Your colouring is superb

    Thanks for joining us for our Christmas challenge at The Creative Card Crew


  17. This is a gorgeous Christmas Anne-Marie and your new 'Holly Corner' die looks fabulous!xx

  18. Wow, gorgeous card. I love all the detail.
    Thanks for joining our Christmas challenge over at Aud Sentiments.
    Hugs TC xox

  19. The warm colors on here are wonderful! Never thought about using brown and green...duh! The image is so sweet and beautifully colored and the whole card is fantastic.
    Sounds like your weather is perfect for staying inside and making more lovely cards!

  20. Such a lovely Christmas card! Thanks so much for joining us at the creative card crew for our challenge. Good Luck!
    I have blog candy available through Sept if you are interested!

  21. This is just the sweetest! I love those carolers and the red holly berries are adorable. Thanks for playing along with this week' sketch!

  22. Gorgeous card, I love that sweet LOTV image and the CL holly die is lovely.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx

  23. This is an absolutely wonderful card. So full of pretty details and such a cute image. I'd like to invite you to check out the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge if you like to make Christmas cards. We'd love to have you join us sometime :o)

  24. What a stunning card! Your coloration is fantastic! Like a ilustration of a childs book! I love it! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! xx Bianca

  25. You have made a lovely card here. Thank you for taking part in the Aud Sentiments Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (Aud Sentiments Design Team Member) xxx