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Monday, 30 September 2019

White Christmas polar bear in a bauble

Hello crafting friends!

It's important to look on the bright side of life isn't it, so I'm going to start this post with saying that the miserable weather here has been SO good for my Christmas card stash! There's snow in today's card although things haven't got quite that chilly in real life yet! Come and see:


Several people have given me gifts of dies and although I was going to hold out until Christmas for a die cutting machine, I crumbled the other weekend and bought a Big Shot Foldaway. It deserves a post all of its own I think so, for now, I'll just say I really, REALLY enjoyed cutting this bauble aperture using a bauble die and a circle die from nesting sets - thanks Gill!


The scene inside the bauble was started by stamping the bear from Stampin' Up's White Christmas (retired) in Smoky Slate ink on a separate piece of white card stock. I coloured in the sky with a couple of pale blue alcohol markers, using a colour lifter to add the suggestion of snow. The trees from Waterfront were added and I added snow to those with a white gel pen. The scene was glued to the back of the bauble aperture.


To finish the card, I used the bauble die again on Smoky Slate card stock, then trimmed it to add a topper to my bauble. A bakers twine bow and a stamped sentiment were added before the card panel was attached to a Soft Sky card base.

The sketch I used for this card is the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.


I shall also link up to CrazyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge where Anything Christmas Goes, with optional For Someone Special theme.

You can enter up to two projects at Sweet Stampin' Christmas, where Anything Christmas Goes, with optional Christmas Decoration theme. This is my second entry there :)

AND IN OTHER NEWS
It's been a hectic weekend here with both my daughter and my eldest son visiting to make sure I was bearing up after my youngest had gone off to university! (They are sweet but, considering he spent most of his time at work or out socialising, I had plenty of time to get used to not seeing him much!) It was so good to see them both but, as always, I realise that we were so busy enjoying ourselves that we forgot to take photos. Note to self: memories are twice as sweet when you can relive them through photos afterwards!

Thanks for joining me today. Judging from all the inspiring challenges that have come out over the weekend, I shall be back VERY soon! How are you getting on with your Christmas card stash? Do let me know in the comments below - I always love hearing what you've been up to :)

Hugs,

22 comments:

  1. Love a decorated bauble Vicky and yours is no exception! Christmas card stash is coming along nicely, although I must confess I started some mass production during the women’s Wimbledon tennis final and whilst I got lots of diecutting done, I am yet to stick them all together! Must prioritise this - I cant mail out a box of bits! Hurrah for your Big Shot acquisition- I love mine!

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    1. I'm so impressed that you can watch TV and die-cut at the same time! I'm sure there are some recipients that would be delighted with a box of bits but I do see your point. At least that's the fun bit!

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  2. This is so sweet, Vicky! As for my Christmas card stash, dare I say, I think it's finished! xoxo

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    1. Are you SUPER WOMAN Em?!!! VERY impressive!

      PS Sorry about the shouting ;)

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    2. No need for sorry... but I'm just me! Groovi parchment cards take so much longer than stamped and I still have a bunch of gifts to finish, so I'll be a while yet! :)

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    3. Our work is never done! Have fun :)

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  3. Super festive bauble. Happy die cutting!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  4. Fabulous ornament scene! Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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    1. So many options with that sketch Jacquie! Loved it :)

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  5. Hello Vicky: This card is so beautiful created with this super sweet set by SU, which I have and I love it.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me that sweet comment on my butterfly card.
    And by the way, that picture on my blog is me, at the start of the 112 mile bike segment at the 2006 Wisconsin IronMan Triathlon, I've done 3 of these races, loads of fun.
    Anywho, thank you again for stopping by, hope it's not the last time.
    I'm subscribing to follow you, love your cards.
    XO
    Maria.

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    1. I love it too - such a cute bear!
      I was so impressed by your banner. I'm glad you mentioned it was you at the start of the race as you look pretty fresh! I have a neighbour who does Iron Man and I know how demanding it is.
      Thanks for coming to visit - you are very welcome here. I shall pop back over and visit you again soon xx

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  6. Such a cute scene and an awesome card!!!!

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  7. This is such a fantastic card! I just love that bauble cut out and that snowy scene you've created is beautiful! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

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    1. Very exciting for me to be able to cut out a bauble shape! Thank you for the amazing inspiration Jen :)

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  8. Sweet holiday scene....perfect for an ornament! Glad you joined us at FMS!

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    1. Thanks Linda! I do love a sketch challenge :)

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  9. Beautiful Bauble, love the snowy scene, and the twine bow that looks so good to the side (it's the little things :) ), enjoy your new toy! Xxx

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    1. Thanks Lesley! She's not a toy - she's my new BFF! xxx

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  10. Very nice card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge

    Hugs
    Claudia
    DT Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge

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    http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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