Wednesday 30 May 2012

It's a cracker!

With the glorious weather we have been blessed with here in Cornwall for the past few days, I've been spending most of my waking hours in the garden - although I did venture on to the beach on Sunday afternoon to play with the grandkids, who thought it great fun to 'get gran' with the water-pistols Grandad so thoughtfully gave them!  This morning dawned slightly damp and it's been overcast off and on, so I decided to have a go at the Less Is More challenge to create something as long as it's not square or rectangular.  I am hoping that my cracker will make the grade.  And, on the ABC Christmas blog it's the letter K for Keeping it simple, so one for them too.

I've made the cracker cards before, they are so easy to do.  I've cut the base card to fit long skinny envelopes then used a Martha Stewart zig-zag punch to create the ends, scored and snipped where the ribbon is to be tied (just around the front layer but cut through both front and back of the card), then stamped a little greeting and added Marianne diecut ivy leaves and a flower created from Nellie's Choice punch and emboss poinsettias finished off with a pearl.  I inked the zig-zag edge with a matching Copic green, and if I hadn't already tied the ribbons I might have inked all the way around too .. .. must try it on the next one.

PS - I've been trying to visit the blogs of folks who have kindly left me a comment, or two, over the past week.  BUT, blogger comes up with an error message saying my request is taking too long ... and my page goes blank!  It's an absolute nightmare and not likely to improve until December/January when we get an upgraded hub in the nearby village - at least I hope that will improve things.  So, I am very sorry if I've not been able to visit your blog - the more pictures and links there are the longer it takes and the less likely I'll get to see your creations .. .. don't you just love technology - NOT!


  1. oh i love the shape and the pretty die cuts
    Perfect for Christmas
    Lisa x

  2. Oh this is so pretty a super idea to make it a non christmas cracker
    Thank you very much
    "Less is More"

  3. What a great idea to make a really different card. Love it Annie, it looks really elegant.

    I know what you mean about your internet connection. Mine is very slow too and I don't think there's any chance it will improve. Don't think our little exchange is very important to BT!

    Kat xx

  4. Annie this is beautiful!!!!
    iv'e been having a problem with blogger too!

  5. That is really sweet! I really love that design-Beautiful

  6. Hi Annie
    Hope you're ok hun, sounds like you had fun on the beach! ;D
    This is fabulous, is it a template? Perfect dies too :)

  7. Hi Annie - what a great idea to make an 'everyday cracker. So pretty.

  8. Brilliant cracker card, very elegant.

    Sharon (ABC Christmas Challenge guest designer)

  9. Lovely Annie that MS border punch is perfect for the ends. Pretty embellishment to. Not long til the Bodmin show we've lots of catching up to do!

  10. wonderful cracker you made I love the hedera
    hugs Lia

  11. This is really fab Annie.
    These would make fab Christmas table place cards too... or party ones for that matter... after all crackers don't have to be just for Christmas!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  12. Oh what adorable, gorgeous card.

  13. Love the layering of the poinsettia with those leaves & the sheer simple elegance of this whole design. Take care with the heat Annie.
    Paula (PEP)

  14. What a fabulous card, love the shape and detail and the ivy die cut is beautiful
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Hugs Sue W GDT@ABC Christmas Challenge.

  15. I've seen your cracker cards before and loved them. And I love this one too! Now I also have the right punch to make the ends so I'm definitely going to give it a go. I think I'll start my Christmas cards in July this year! Hugs, Lesley

  16. this is a very elegant card! Unusual shape. It reminds me of candy in a wrapper. Like how you used pic tuling. Beautiful flower with greenery. Like the pearl accent too. Well done.

  17. Fabulous card, love the shape too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time for our Keep it Simple Challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge!
    hugs Samantha :0)

  18. What a fabolous design. Love the cracker card and how gorgeous it looks with the flower and ivy leaves. Thanks for playing at Bettina xx

  19. Beautiful shape and the diecut flowers are so pretty. Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas.
    Carissa :)


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