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Sunday 22 December 2013

O Christmas Tree

Hi Folks
An early post for me today but as I have been up since five o'clock I thought I would make the most of my time.  My youngest daughter is currently working at Next and they are getting all their stock ready for their big sale on Boxing Day.  As they can't do this while the shop is open it means a few late nights and early mornings.  She worked till 10.00pm last night and was starting again at 6.00am this morning.  As there are no buses running here at that time I got the taxi driver job.  Think an afternoon nap may be in order today lol.

I have now finished all my christmas cards and looking forward to working on something other than christmas.  I still have a few to post starting with this one.

I used a lovely decoupage stamp from Imagination Crafts for this card.  The image was stamped onto white card and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then coloured the image using mica powders (also available from Imagination Crafts) before adding some glitter to the trees and some liquid pearls as snow. The mica looks so shimmery in real life. The image was mounted onto gold card and then onto some mulberry paper.  I have had the mulberry paper in my stash for a couple of years and love the effect it gives when torn.  Around the outside of the card I used a little stamp that is in the decoupage set.  For embellishments I added some gold gems, a bow and dazzler and a little sentiment.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing what you all think.  Off now to catch up on some commenting.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Cards Galore - Christmas
Penny Black and More - Traditional christmas colours
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas
Lexis Creations - Snow
Oldie but a Goodie - Winter (Mulberry paper 2 yrs old)
Creative Card Crew - Holly or poinsettia
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Let it snow
OSAAT - Anything goes
Dream Valley - Christmas
Love to Create - Anything goes
Eureka Stamps - Anything goes chrismas
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Papertake- Christmas
LEJ Designs - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Merry Christmas
Aud Sentiments - Christmas
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Happy holidays
Polka Doodles - Anything goes
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - Anything goes christmas
Robyns Fetish - Silver or gold
Pan Pastel - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Hobbycutz - Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes


Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Mags. Love the fluffy edges and he beautiful bow.
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Sue said...

Gorgeous card Mags, I love the image and such beautiful festive colours.
Sue xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Ooh that's an early start. Gorgeous card, love that image and gorgeous colours. Merry Christmas

brenda said...

Beautiful work as always Mags, thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at Penny Black and More.

My thanks also for your inspiration and friendship in 2013 and wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas.

B x

Basslady said...

a magnificent card!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi (GD this week on lexi's creations challenge)

Ingrid Mason said...

Oh so pretty Mags. I love the contrast between the shimmer and the mulberry paper torn to such beautiful effect. Good luck in our extended challenge. Ingrid xx ( OSAAT Team )

Jennifer Johnston said...

A beautiful card Mags, love the effect of the dark green mulberry paper, it draws your eyes into the centre where the main image is. I like this stamp, it has a modern look to it, really nice. Hugs Jennifer xx

rachel said...

a wonderful card mags - love that stamp and how you've done it looks almost like a shadow box. hope you get time for a snooze later! hugs rachel x

Jan said...

Love this. Thanks for joining us at CCC Merry Christmas xx Jan

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Mags, I love this stamp and the mulberry paper looks fabulous. I hope you managed to have a nap this afternoon.

Linda xxx

Donna Mosley said...

Beautiful card Mags, love the image and wonderful design.

Donna x

Merry said...

A wonderful card…I love that green trim you have used.

Sandra H said...

Wow your card Mags is stunning l like everything you have done and the trim really finishes the card off perfectly hope you got some shut eye earlier today that's a lot of working hours for your daugher hope she isn't too tired herself xx

Wendy said...

Beautiful card Mags.
Oh I don't miss those days, spent 20+ years working in fashion retail, Next included so know how your daughter is feeling.
...Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014.
Wendy xx

Crafting Vicky said...

oh wow this is stunning!!! just love the great frame you have created around the image!!!

Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week. Hope to see you again next week DT Crafting Vicky

paper fun said...

Very beautiful, Mags. I love the mulberry paper. I have lots of it and never think to use it.

Thanks for joining our poinsettia and holly challenge at Creative Card Crew.


~ginny said...

The layers on this are really interesting Mags! Love the mulberry and the liquid pearl snow. I'm delighted you came to play “Anything Goes” at our house! Happy Holidays ____ and see you again next year!
~ginny DT for 613 Ave Create (http://avenue613.blogspot.com/)
RubberMAD ( )http://ggetty.blogspot.com/)

Isobel said...

Great card thanks for joining us at Cards Galore and good luck x

Anjie said...

Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles.

Marie Richardson said...

Lovely card i love the colours you have chossen to use too
Thanks for joining us this week over at LEJ Designs challenge blog.
Good Luck with the challenge
Marie (DT for LEJ Designs)

Linby said...

Lovely card with a great layout, particularly the mulberry paper.

Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More this month.
Merry Christmas
Lynn x

cass said...

Very pretty, love the use of the gold, thanks for joining us at Robyns Fetish this week

Merry Christmas Cass

Josephine said...

Oh, this is absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this time, and good luck!

Helen said...

Fabulous card - love the mulberry paper!
Thanks for playing at Oldie but a Goodie!
Helen x

Ellibelle said...

A really beautiful creation! Loving the sketch and gorgeous image.
Thanks so much for playing along with us this month at Penny Black and More!
Merry Christmas!

Linda Palmer said...

Mags, I love this card and the beautiful trees. Love the colors to, so beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Unknown said...

Great card! I love the image and the shaped card. Thanks for playing at OSAAT. Hope to see you next time! Good luck!

Chana Malkah said...

Very creative, Mags and beautifully executed! Thanks for dropping this off by our house here at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana, Owner

michele said...

Lovely card Mags thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 eternity hugs x

sparkling stamper said...

Love all the detail on your card. The torn mulberry paper looks like fringe. The glitter, mica, all the sparkle, just lovely.
Thanks for sharing at AUd Sentiments!
kathy b

Bubleeing Colors said...

This is such a cute creation………….Love the design with the scene…………Thank you for sharing your card at Robyns Fetish this week….... We wish you good luck and hope to see you again. ……...Also we wish you a Crafty Newyear.

(Robyns Fetish DT)

* Shell B.* said...

Fantastic card and I love that wonderful image. Your colouring is brilliant too.
Thank you for entering our challenge at One Stitch At A Time..... good luck in the draw.
We love it if you could join us again in our future challenges.
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Shell in Alaska ~ OSAAT DT

julie_woolston said...

Beautiful card Mags, love the design the image is lovely.
Thanks for sharing at Lexis
Hugs Julie xxx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card! Love the image and your design!
Thank you for sharing your project with us at Love to Create Challenges.
Wishing Safe, Happy & Prosperous New Year!
Ruza, LTC Designer
Ruza's Craft Corner

Margaret said...

So gorgeous. I love the matting that you used for your image. Thanks for joining us or this OSAAT challenge. Good luck. Maggie - DT

Crafting Vicky said...

I'm back to say how great this card is with a different DT hat on ;o)

Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Scribbles and Scrap Challenge. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky

Crafty Humphreys said...

Hi Mags. A really beautiful card and a lovely post, worth getting up early for! Hope your daughter survived her shifts at Next - I've battled my way through a few early sale days in my time. Too chicken this year though! Thanks for joining the Artistic Inspirations Challenge, and Happy New Year. Suz xxx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Fabulous card Mags, thanks for joining us at Lexis, Susan x

Tracy said...

So beautiful Mags, love the framing!
Thank you for joining us over at Premium Craft Brand Challenge and good luck!

Alyx said...

So pretty, Mags. Love all the texture.

Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

mixamatoasties said...

That's just beautiful.

Thanks for sharing at CaSS.

Susan x