Monday, 14 October 2013

Holidays are coming...

Howdily doodily people!

I hope all is well with everyone and you're enjoying the start of the new week!  I am currently having a delayed weekend as we ended up working Saturday and Sunday so we've decided that we're going to have Monday and Tuesday off.  It's just as well actually because we popped out last night for a 'few drinks' to celebrate our friends' birthday and I don't know about anyone else, but it has occurred to me that I just can't do these things any more without paying for it dearly the following day!  Oh well, it was a lovely evening and like I say, no work today!  

So, what better way to spend my pyjama day than at my desk!?  It was a no brainer really!  

A few days ago I saw somewhere that it's only 70-something days until Christmas and I was like...what!?!?!?!  As of today it is 71 days until the big day - I cannot believe how quickly this year has just zoomed by!  I think time has crept on my darling mother too as she called me today in a panic as she realised that my birthday was coming up sooner than she thought!  To be perfectly honest, I'd forgotten too!  I'm half hoping that if I don't have this birthday then the biggie next year can't happen because I won't be another year older!  ;)

Luckily, I'm on a kinda Christmas roll here in my little craft space (which is handy given the number of cards I need to make, not only for myself but for other people!  Jack darling, your 30 cards are ready and waiting for you to collect!)

The idea for this card has been floating around my brain for a little while now, although not in a lucid form, if you know what I mean?!  I had the notion of what I wanted it to look like, but the details evaded me...until I saw the challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays - In Stitches.  The little light bulb in my mind 'pinged' and this card finally got it's debut!


You know how sometimes you can have a great idea for a card (well, you think it is anyway!) and then when you actually make it it's a bit of a disappointment and you look at it and think 'meh'?!  Well, this card actually turned out just how I imagined it!  Whoop whoop!  The stitching solved a big problem for me as I was wracking my brain as to how I was going to make little silhouettes of trees without having any silhouette stamps!?  I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but sometimes you just need a little nudge, right :)

Now, there's also the Festive Friday challenge going on just now which is to make a project the 'whimsical' in nature.  I have no idea if this counts as even remotely whimsical, because if I'm honest I find it difficult to pin down exactly what that means when it comes to cards?  (Call me dim, but we all have our flaws!)  So, I'm going to enter this into the challenge and wait for the inevitable comment which says, "thanks for entering, but you just don't get it do you?!" !!  I'm cool with that, just let me know ;)




I think that's just about enough jabbering for today, I'm off for another cup of peppermint tea to see if I can't fix this hangover inexplicable tiredness!  ;)

Thank you so much for stopping by ;)









Supplies
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White
Stamps: Bo Bunny - Sentiment Stamps
Ink:        VersaColor - Black; Distress Ink - Broken China
Other:    WOW! - Clear Hologram e/p; thread; rhinestones

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful card! I love that masked sponging technique. I really should try it some day. :)

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  2. Awesome card, thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. Those trees are awesome - too bad, I don't have a sewing machine! Love those hills, too!

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    1. No sewing machine - no problem! I have never owned one either, all of my stitching I do by hand! It takes a little longer because you have to measure everything and pierce the holes first, but it's totally worth it!! ;) thank you for your wonderful comment and I hope you give the hand stitching a go - I'll keep an eye out! ;)

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  4. Sian~first, your blog is awesome! What a talented, engaging, 'flair for writing' you have! From first word to last: attention captivated! Nothing even remotely "dim" here; only bright, fun and sophisticated (yes, those things pair well), and delightful! As for your card: I second the whoop whoop! LOVE the 'whimsical' inking' of the snowdrifts (there: I thus dub your card whimsical!), the tree trio, the sentiment + sequins. It triggers memories of time spent (eons ago!) on my grandparents' farm: magical..serene. Awesome card! If this is the result of 'tiredness' creating (I'm so old that missing my bedtime makes me a next-day dooze-head!): super ultra impressive! Enjoy your time off!
    c

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  5. This card is amazing! And your tree's look perfectly "whimsical" to me! :0) Hats off to you...well done!! :0)

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  6. beautiful winter scene and your stitched trees are fabulous! so clever! love it! thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  7. FANTASTIC stitching! I loved this little scene when I first saw it, but when I realized how you'd made the trees, I literally swooned! Thanks for joining us at Festive Friday!

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  8. What a clever take on the challenge! Your trees are charming and your scene is stunning!

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  9. Your card is stunning and the stitched trees are amazing! To think you said you weren't good at thinking out-of-the-box!!! I absolutely love this card!

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  10. Such a lovely scene and a genius idea to stitch the trees!!! Love the inking to make the snowy hills so realistic :0)
    Jenny x

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  11. Oh, this is SO gorgeous! I love when a card plan comes together! Your stitched trees are AWESOME, and I love the beautiful scene you created. I am so glad you joined us at Festive Friday!

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  12. Brilliant! I love that you stitched those trees--such a fabulous and creative idea. The hills are beautiful, too! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  13. I think it's whimsically PERFECT!

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  14. HUGE Congrats on your CASual Fridays Favourite Sian, super gorgeous card :)

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  15. Congrats on your Casual Fridays Favourite. I am in awe with your teeny stitched trees and the beautiful background that you created...lovely!
    How did you stitch them?

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  16. I really thought this would be the big win, Sian! It is BRILLZ!!! Congratulations on the Favorites honor from CFC! There are a ton of entries so it's a huge recognition of your artistry!! Hugs, Darnell

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  17. OMG!!!! What gorgeous inking! And your little stitched trees...fabulous!!!!
    Congrats!!!

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  18. Adding my applause and cheers to your card being selected as a Favourite on CFS! Gorgeous card and a most well-deserved win! Yayyyy....! Have an excellent Saturday!
    c

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  19. Congrats on CFC and lovely for the Festive Friday challenge!

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  20. Sian, I am so excited (but not at all surprised) that your beautiful card has been elected as a favorite at CFC! Congratulations!
    Just saw that you didn't even use a sewing machine! Now I really have to try this out!

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  21. wow, this card is so pretty, and look at all those comments!!! How popular are you hun, and rightly so, I'd love this card!!!
    Are you making any to sell? If so I'd love some of this one!!!
    Kelly xx

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  22. Oh, man, Sian...I looked this over good once before and thought I'd already commented! Trying to catch up and thought I'd better double-check...glad I did...it's such an awesome card...wouldn't want to miss the chance to say so! I love the stitching and was relieved to read it was hand done...I was thinking...how does her machine do THAT wide of a zig-zag???...duh, Geri!!! I really love what it adds to the card! SWEET!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Festive Friday with this!

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