Christmas is coming!

Hi bloggies!

I realise it is still 2 months away … but … because I am so late starting my Christmas Cards this year … I have decided that if I participate in any of the challenges over at INK4U! … I will make my creations Christmas Cards. That way I can “kill 2 birds with 1 stone”! Good plan … HUH??? 😉 So … I hope you don’t get tired of seeing them! I promise to pop a non-Christmas card in from time to time … so you don’t get too bored!!! 😀 This was a sketch challenge card.

This is such a “wow” card … but so simple to make! I “stole” my friend Kim’s idea of masking a background section … then stamping & sponging. Isn’t it soooo effective! I love it! I am not really a ‘blue girl’ … but I am LOVING this new Pool Party colour! I finally remembered to use my Crystal Effects, too … on the ornament … and it is lovely and thick and glossy! A fab finish! A couple of sparkly glimmer brads to add a little pizzazz … and all done! Well … I have procrastinated enough … off to work I go! 😀 Hugs xx


  1. How good does the Crystal Effects look? I like the new Pool Party too, we needed a soft aqua. I’m going to start Christmas cards in my hols (from 29th Oct, count down is on!). Might do what I did last year, a one or two day intensive, load up the dining room table and stamp like a crazy woman!
    Fi xox
    – Apart from INK4U! creations … I am not doing any other stamping. (No time!) So … like you … I will probably be stamping “like a crazy woman” at the last minute! Thanks for the visual … and the giggle! Hugs xx 😀 😀


  2. Paula Dobson says:

    Andrea, it is so lovely to see a Christmas card that isn’t traditional in colour. I love the masked/sponged background and use this technique myself – so easy, but so effective. Love the CE on the bauble too. Just beautiful – like you ♥
    – Yes … I have seen this techy on your blog. I think we both are fans of Kim’s work!!! Thanks for the lovely sweet comment … you are a hunny! Will pop by and visit as soon as I am able! Hugs xx


  3. Lynda says:

    Wow indeed Miss Andrea. Love the glossy ornament.Such a clever card. If it makes you feel any better…..I am WAAAYYYY behind you with Chrissy cards….cold comfort I know…but spirit lifting all the same…hee hee hee. The wee bits of gold cord add such pizzaz. GORJUS!!! ooxx
    – Thanks for all the blog love you left for me yesterday! Hope you enjoyed the Rugby final … a good result!!! 😉 I wish I could remember to use the CE a little more frequently … it is always a nice result! Hugs xx


  4. Jen W. says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous! Love that sponged strip and the crystal effects. 🙂
    – Hi Jen! So great to see you! Isn’t this one effective! Will pop by and visit asap! Hugs xx


  5. Gabbi says:

    I do love your sponging & stamping with a mask – I wouldn’t have picked it up just by looking at it, so I’m glad you mentioned it!
    Another gorgeous design! Very special!
    Thanks for sharing! -Gabbi ♥
    – This is one of my fav techniques! And … it is sooooo easy! Thanks for taking the time to comment on so many of my posts. It was lovely to read all your comments. I appreciate the time and effort! Hugs xx


  6. Melissa says:

    This looks terrific, love the left panel, and the twin ribbon you have used, well done xx
    – Thanks Melissa! This one was so Q&E … but one of my favs so far for this year! Hugs xx


  7. Jenny M says:

    Fabulous glossy bauble, great take on the sketch and I love the colour too 🙂
    Jenny x
    – Isn’t the ornament delicious! I was thrilled that for once I didn’t have any bubbles. It is smooth and glossy! 😀 Hugs xx


  8. Helen H says:

    Gorgeous! That glossy bauble looks amazing, as does your masked panel, a la Kim! 🙂
    – The masking always is a WOW factor … and yet it is so easy! I forget to use my Crystal Effects … and yet … when I do I always wonder why I don’t do that more often. Hugs xx


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