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Friday, 12 November 2010

Christmas reminiscing

It's been so long between posts I have given up apologising, but need a word with myself as I have had serious withdrawal symptoms from my crafting - have been dreaming about it! Still, earlier this week I did manage to feed my addiction and created a christmas card. I managed to combine quite a few challenges ( a challenge in itself!), and it came together really quickly.
The challenges I would like to enter are:Sir Stampalot - Christmas Traditions
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Sketch
Totally Tilda - Icy Christmas Blue and Silver
Pollycraft - Doodling

Had great fun with the doodling, don't know if the picture shows it all that well but along with the black edging I also covered the pale blue card background with silver swirls.
The christmas tradition challenge set by Sir Stampalot this month has a story behind it. Secretive Tilda reminds me of a family tradition that started when I was younger and living at home. Mum would wrap all my presents and then as it got nearer to christmas she would gradually add one or two more every day to sit under the christmas tree. Dad would encourage me to feel/shake the presents to see if I could guess what they were. We had fun with this as mum didn't want the surprise to be spoilt and used to tell dad off (trying to get cross but failing miserably). Mum would play her own game and pretend to have forgotten where she had hidden some of the presents, or saying that was everything and then finding one last present from upstairs. I loved this and looked forward to it every year, nearly more so than the gifts I received.
This is only the second time I have used distress inks and painting as a medium for my images, so don't look too closely as it's not brilliant but practice makes perfect. I definately prefer this method, thanks to Fleur for showing me how easy it is and what gorgeous results can be achieved.

I used the following:
Magnolia - Secretive Tilda
White flower
Su - inks, star brad, sentiment, blue cardstock, Christmas tree from Season of Joy stamp set
Distress inks
Mirror card, snowflakes, ribbon from stash
Paper pieced Tilda's clothes from patterned paper

Thanks for stopping by
Nicola xxx


Susie Sugar said...

This is so cute and perfect for our frosty /icy challenge Nicola
Thanks for playing the Totally Tilda Challenge this time
Hugs Susie & the TT DT xx

chris said...

Hi Nicola, missed you on Tuesday,your card is scrummy, love all the doodling and the tilda is gorgeous, great papers and colouring. have a great weekend love chris xx
thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot Challenge hugs chris xx

Fleur said...

Hi Nicola, so glad to see you back on here, your colouring looks fab, loved reading about your early Christmas memories!
See you soon
Hugz Fleur xXx

Cor* said...

oh this is so super sweet & your story only adds to the perfection of the cards delivery! So glad you could join us with your chilly, ICY Christmasy Tilda creation this week! Thanks for joining the Totally Tilda challenge! Hugs---Corry & The Totally Tilda DT!!!

brenda said...

Hi Nicola

Your card is gorgeous and how lovely to read that there is a personal story behind the image, thank you for sharing.

Thanks for joining us at Stampalot Challenge this month, good luck and hope to see you again.

B x
There's a Stampalot gift voucher to be won here

Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is a beautiful card and I loved hearing about your Christmas tradition.
Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
Clare x

craftykitten said...

Lovely card, your colouring looks great to me!! Thanks for joining in our Icy Christmas (Blue & Silver) challenge at Totally Tilda this time.
Dawn and the Totally Tilda DT xx

Tracy said...

Fab Entry, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

pinky said...

Nicola its just coloured beautiful, love the icy colours. Thanks for playing along at Sir Stampalot this month.

Mel said...

Hi ya, this is a lovely card. I have only done 1 challenge so far ! Never seem to have enough time ! Melx

Nicola said...

Great card I still play that game of shaking pressies at christmas. (not to hard!!) Fab card though loving all the little touches too. Hugs Nicola xx

Cindy2 said...

I love your mix of snowflakes and the color of this card rocks. Thanks for sharing at the MSL challenge this time. C2

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