Tuesday 25 October 2011


I've made these two cards with Karen's freebie digi images from Cuddly Buddly. I printed them off a little smaller then cut out with slim oval Nesties, used up some of my older papers and scraps of red and green card to diecut the embellishments. I've coloured with my Copics and inked the edge of the image with a pale green chalk ink, although it's not showing up in my tweaked pictures.

The size is a little smaller than the UK C6 - I have a stack of green envelopes so had to cut the base card to fit them. The style is traditional, but with a brighter red/green colour combo for a more modern feel - I hope they will be liked. On the first one I made the holly berries with my red Wacco pearl maker pen, and they ended up with points - argh! So, when the outer had dried a little (half an hour-ish) I gently pressed the points down with the tip of my pokey tool so they would be flatter, more like berries.

On this one I had to decide when to stop with the punched holly leaves and red Marianne swirls .. .. when is enough, enough!

The only Christmas challenges I could find are looking for vintage, sparkly or pastel creations, not really a fit for either of these cards. Party Time Tuesday do have an anything goes challenge though, so I'll link up with them.

I am feeling a little worn and jaded at the moment, there's so much to do and I've run out of steam. I know I have to take it easy or risk a ME relapse .. .. somehow it's the little things that bother me the most - filling in a tax return for my late Dad really got to me this morning. Mental and emotional stresses can sometimes be more devastating for my ME symptoms than physical exertion. Ah well, tomorrow is another day .. ..


  1. Do take care of yourself Annie - it is the mental & emotional side that takes its toll & it's not a little thing - we can tell ourselves it is but the reality is quite something else. Those tax things really got to us too.....
    Thinking of you. Love the embellishing with those spotted red & green papers - really effective.
    Paula (PEP)

  2. Oh Annie - these are beautiful!

    Hope you're feeling better very soon, make sure you take care sweetheart x x x

  3. Oh my Annie!! These are really stunning designs my dear!! All from freebies!! YAY!! Hope you're feeling better my friend! :)

  4. Hey there Annie! How you doin?
    Theres lots to see and smile about on your blog since my last visit and I have to say that I'm very taken with these pretty Christmas makes. Love your dotty paper and fab embellishment with the freebie images! Hugs, Lesley

  5. Really pretty cards Annie and well done for using up freebies. It's sometimes hard to know when enough is enough and I do still struggle a bit with CAS designs !! Sorry you couldn't make it to play on monday, maybe next week will work for you?

    It's strange how something apparently quite insignificant can hit so hard emotionally when you least expect it. I find it difficult at this time of year with the Halloween 'celebration' coinciding exactly with the day I lost my Mom. Take care and hang on in there Hun.

  6. So gorgeous cards Annie,I love the images and your papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  7. Beautiful traditional colours - great cards.

    Take it easy Annie.

  8. Very pretty!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Party Time Tuesdays

  9. Hi Annie these are absolutely gorgeous the embellishments and images are stunning. You take care of yourself Annie
    Lorraine x


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