Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas decorations

Hello lovely people,

Only 2 sleeps to go!
I am really excited to do things a little differently this year as we are spending Christmas Day at ours with some lovely friends and our main meal will be curry :-)
We will then be catching up with our families over the weekend.

I still have some preparations to do, so today is going to be a busy one getting the last bits of food and presents...and a new shower head since the one in the bathroom rather inconveniently broke :-(

While I hit the shops (but try not to hit any shoppers getting in my way!) I shall leave you with the new Creative Inspirations challenge and this week we have the theme... 

(+/- the option of a sketch)

You can use any of the previous sketches from the sketch page or this new one;

Our sponsor this week is The Paper Shelter with a $15 gift certificate

This Christmas card was a very late make and won't get used this year so that's one in my stash for next year!
It's based on the sketch with a slight rearrangement of the layers.

Retro Christmas card

This was my first time using an image from The Paper Shelter and I love the retro feel of it.
Sorry the photo is a little grainy because of the serious lack of proper daylight!

Retro Christmas card

I cut the sentiment from one of the DP border strips and used a new swirly die to add a few flourishes.  It's an absolutely brilliant die for cutting apart and using in sections; it's so versatile :-)

Retro Christmas card

Card recipe;
DP: Home for the Holidays - Maja Design (available from Live and Love Crafts)
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Fancy edge: Martha Stewart doily edge punch
Dies: Fancy flourish - MFT Die-namics

Copic colours;
Skin: E000/00/21/11/04 & R20
Hair: E41/43/47
Dress / headband: R37/39/89
Sash / shoes: W6/8/10
Branches / tree on headband: YG93/95/97
Boxes: E41/42/43/44
Tissue paper: W00/1
Baubles: B24/26
Fairy lights: B26/R37/YG67/Y35
Ground: W00/0/1/2/3/4

In case I don't get round to any more blog posts before the big day then I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a wonderful festive season!

The DT have made some wonderful samples to inspire you so pop over to Creative Inspirations to take a look :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,


  1. Curry on Xmas day!!! Madness! Hehe
    Love this gorgeous card those papers are scrumptious and beautiful flourish dies!
    Have a wonderful Xmas!
    Lucy x

  2. What a lovely card, Kat! Your colouring is always so fabulous! Wonderful design too! Have a very Merry Christmas! :o)

  3. I love the image on this card Kat and the colouring is great. Fab colours on the backing paper and love the stitching. Hope you enjoy your curry and just want to say, thanks for all your fabulous makes and a great blog posts over the year. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. Hope you get your shower head sorted out. Hugs Jennifer xx

  4. Great start for next year's cards. Love her red dress. Have a good day. Merry Christmas x

  5. Fabulous card and you are ahead for next year! Enjoy your Christmas! xx

  6. Sooo lovely Kat, and I love those papers and your fab stitching. Have a lovely Christmas, and look forward to your creations in 2016.

  7. A beautiful card Kat, that really is a fab image. Merry Christmas xx

  8. This is gorgeous Kat, love the image and pretty papers.
    Enjoy your Christmas day curry!
    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year
    Lorraine x

  9. Hi Kat
    Have a fabulous Xmas.... Stunning card ... Love your superb colouring....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  10. Beautiful pictures, this post is great, thank you


  11. Kat, this is a beautiful card. Your colouring is truly amazing - the folds in her skirt are just sheer perfection. I love the papers you have chosen to compliment your wonderful colouring. The little flourishes and flowers are just a perfect touch - in all a wonderful card - you are sooooo clever. I hope you are enjoying a lovely Festive break and the curry was a success!

  12. Hi Kat, I hope your Christmas went well and you had a lovely time! Your card is stunning! I love the vintage feel you have given to the card it's gorgeous!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  13. Love this Kat. Gorgeous image, I too love the retro feel of it. Beautifully coloured hun. Your Christmas plans sound fabulous. Hugs, Wends x


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