Saturday, 15 December 2012

It's beginning to look a LOT like Christmas.....

Hello, and welcome!

I am so very glad that you could pop in to see me, and I am so very sorry that (once again!) I am late with my post for the challenge over at 

What can I say?  Too many mince pies to bake, too many pressies to shop for, then wrap.....too many Christmas socials to attend.....and too many flippin' December birthdays!

I'm sure you are all in full-on Christmas-WILL-be-fun mode....and if not, why not?

I used to think that my life was extremely busy when I had 5 children at home, but nobody ever mentioned how hectic life would become when I was a grandma to 17 (nearly 18), and Christmas was almost upon me.....but I love every minute of it!
The busyness becomes craziness when you also have 9 family birthdays in December.....I'm only responsible for one of 'em (daughter #3 on the 17th)....the others are sons-in-law and grandkiddles, a brother and a nephew!
Speaking of my brother and nephew......John and Andrew (father and son) had a joint party, last night, and it was lovely to have the extended family all together....doesn't happen too often!

Anyway.....onto the business........

Our challenge theme for you this week is to be uncluttered, uncomplicated, but bold and fresh.... we want you to create using the colour trio of


No, it doesn't have to be a Christmas theme... this is a colour challenge... so get the red, white and green on!

We are excited to welcome back our sponsor for this week, Robyn's Fetish!
One randomly drawn winner will receive their choice of five (5) digital images from  Robyn's Fetish ...and there is so much to choose from!

Well, you know had to be a Christmas card.........

 Very festive, don't ya think?  I love this jolly Santa with his pretty ickle tree.  I used a white card base and layered green and red papers with more white, and a lovely piece of white with shiny red dots.........all the papers are from my scrap mountain.....I cut 3 trees with my Marianne's die and used 3 different embossing folders to give them some texture.....d'you see the teeny star on the top of the centre tree?
I cut a lovely background for Santa, and coloured him up with a mixture of Promarkers and Spectrum Noir, then added some sparkly Mod Podge (I say that a lot, don't I?...ha)....

The cute sentiment label is from Craftwork Cards........

I cut a circle from that lovely dotty paper and used my Woodware punch to cut a couple of leaves, then placed a tiny bunch of berries in the centre.......

A strip of green and white dotty ribbon finishes off my Red White and Green card.......and now, it's over to you!

Come and play, and take a look at what our Design Team has been doing......some lovely inspiration, there!

Anne-Marie x

Challenges:  Anything goes with seasonal sentiment


  1. Saw this lovely on the CCC blog and have been waiting patiently (NOT) for you to quit partying and post your blog so I could tell you just how great I think this little card is! Wonderful details. One of my favorites, I do believe!

  2. This is gorgeous Anne-Marie. I love the jolly Santa, your colouring is fabulous and the layout with those embossed trees is wonderful.
    Hugs Sue

  3. Gorgeous card Anne-Marie - love the Jolly Santa and fab dotty papers.
    Thanks for playing along with my challenge at Allsorts this week
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  4. Gorgeous card Anne-Marie. Love the frame and the cute santa.

  5. Great card. Love the traditional colours and the jolly Santa!Thanks for joining us at Sweet stampin' this week

  6. gorgeous creation just love the interpretation of the tree, thank you for playing along at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs and Xmas Wishes
    Kate xx

  7. We also have loads of family birthdays around Christmas, so I understand the busyness of the season, nevermind CHristmas itself! Your card is lovely - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 103 - hope to see you again soon x

  8. A gorgeous card, great colours and a fab

  9. Gorgeous card, Anne-Marie! Love how you did the trees!

  10. Love this, Anne-Marie. It always amazes me how much detail you manage to fit into a little card!

  11. Hiya :)
    17.5 grandchildren? I would be in my element...having 2 (girls) is a slow start but i'm hopeful!! lol

    i totally love your cards, the detail is amazing, you are very talented!!

    Debs xx

  12. I need to lie down after reading how busy you are... My goodness I only have one Grandson and he keeps me busy enough!! Glad to hear you enjoyed the family get together!!! Gorgeous card, Love that Santa he is cute!!! Hugs May x x x

  13. This is so pretty!! Red, white, and green.... how could you not make a Christmas card!! This is really pretty! I love the embossed trees!

  14. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

  15. Absolutely beautiful creation. Great JOB!
    Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts.
    -Sony LC-DT

  16. Just love that Santa image Anne-Marie and the traditional colours. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts for our challenge this week x

  17. Fab card.

    Thanks for joining with us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

    Merry Christmas.

    Susan x

  18. Wonderful card! Thanks for sharing it with us for the Little Miss Muffet Christmas challenge!

  19. Thanks for sharing this fab Christmas card! Laura (Joanna Sheen DT)

  20. I love all of the layers on this wonderful card and Santa never looked better!
    After reading about all of your December preparations, I'm going to stop complaining about my month!!