Wednesday 20 July 2011

#75 'Twas The Night Before Christmas......

Theme at I ♥ Promarkers - Christmas in July
This week's sponsor - Crafts4You  (3 sets of sentiments of winner's own choice)

If your conscience is pricking that you haven't made any Christmas cards so far this year, here is the perfect opportunity to make a start & possibly win a prize into the bargain. Grab those Promarkers ladies & gents & join in with us our challenge this week!

I chose to use this lovely mouse & candle image from the talented Elizabeth Dulemba and used not one but two sentiments from our sponsor this week - the linear one echoing the title of the poem our illustrious mouse is reading, the other just reinforcing the date of celebration. Mind you, as my son was only too quick to point out, surely I should have used the 24th rather than the 25th given the title of said poem! LOL.

I have used papers from Barely Mine, inking around some of the edges with Distress Inks & then distressing the edges before sewing into position. The one with the golden 'Merry Christmas' message in the design I also added a couple of gold borders to, as cutting it down to size lost the golden border it had originally & I wanted to match it in. The main cardstock for the base is rather glitzy & 'posh' in itself with a kind of dual tone sparkle to it and the base mat has also this fabulous sparkling sheen to it but my photographic skills sadly can't do them justice. I also inked the Fleur de Lis shape behind the circular sentiment & touched the edges with gold to match the gilded paper.

This time around, for the insert I went down the more traditional route adding a sentiment etc. to folded paper. I did however, add a lightened version of the image itself, placing it behind the extract of the poem (just the first 2 verses) & I can add the 'to' & 'from' by hand on the opposite side at a later date when I know who I am sending it to. LOL.

Hope you all like it!

Tine :)

Simply Create - Christmas time
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Christmas in July
Jellypark - Christmas in July
Crafty Pad - Christmas in July
Paper Sundaes - Christmas in July
Creative Inspirations - Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas in July/optional theme, 'faith'
Crafty Emma - Christmas
Rainbow Lady's - a stitch in time
Stamptacular Sunday - animal antics
Deep Ocean - ribbon
Allsorts - free 'n' easy July.


  1. This is stunning Christine, love the image and the colours and your fab layout. Love the inside of your card as well really finishes off the card and make it extra special :) xx

  2. Gorgeous card! So glad you joined us for this weeks CCC!

  3. Superb card I love it. Thanks for stitching with me this week and for making a Christmas card too
    Love Cynthia x

  4. OK, so how did you do the "lightened" version of the digi? I'm intrigued and I really love that idea!!
    Your candle looks way real, love the dripping wax and I love that sentiment scrolly frame too.Is that a nestie?

  5. what an adorable card! and finished off so nicely inside as well. I never seem to have the energy to do that once I finish up the outside. ;)

    thank you so much for playing along in our first challenge at Jellypark Friends! we hope you join us again!

  6. This is a beautiful Christmas card & I love the vintage feel :)
    Thanks for joining us for Jellypark Friends first challenge.

  7. Oh Tine this is adorable!
    I just love your colouring and the image is so cute. Beautiful corners!
    Thanks for playing along at Allsorts this week and good luck!
    Big hugs, Jill

  8. I really should decorate the inside of my cards - yours is wonderful! Thank you for joining in at Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge – hope you can join us again for the next challenge! Jellypark Challenges

  9. Super cute and GORGEOUS card inside and out. Beautiful coloring and details. Love the color combination!
    Thank you for playing with us at Deep Ocean Challenge Blog. Have a great week.
    LIM :)

  10. Beautiful Christmas card, love the image and design. The inside is amazing. Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week.
    Suzi x

  11. A gorgeous card, I love this poem it's one of our traditons at Christmas. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  12. Love this card and love Dulemba's images. Your work is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Jellypark.

  13. oh wow this is one stunning card,and gorgeous detail bless you for playing at creative inspirations,this week love hugs cheryl xxxx

  14. This is such a beautiful and stunning card! Lovely stamp with is colored so beautiful. Love this sentiment. And your inside is beautiful also.
    Thanks you so much for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge this week.
    Hugs Marianne

  15. Great coloring and I love the papers and embellishments you used. Thanks for joining in this week at Paper Sundaes!

  16. Your card is stunning! The Night Before Christmas was always one of my favorites to read my kids when they were little. And you've done an incredible job of showcasing that cute little image. Thanks for joining us at Digistamps4Joy Christmas in July Challenge ~ Charlene DS4J DT

  17. Tine: Love your card--both inside and out--you inspire me to work harder on the inside of my cards. your card is wonderful!


  18. This is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for joining us at Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge!

    Lisa x

  19. gorgeous card! the image is fantastic

    thanks for being free n easy with us this week at Allsorts


    Amanda xx

  20. Thank you for taking part in CHRISTMAS IN JULY challenge at The Crafty Pad!

    Your creation is beautiful!:)

    So happy you've joined us!


  21. Hi Christine! I love that image, and how you made a real feature out of the sentiment circle, it looks fab! Thanks for playing in THE CRAFTY PAD challenge and good luck in our prize draw! Hugs n love, Ali x

  22. Beautiful card.. I love the mouse! Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges!

  23. Wooaaw, this is utterly gorgeus! Simply love EVERYTHING!!

    Thank you for joining our Animal Antics challenge at Stamptacular Sunday :)
    Hugs, Nina.

  24. Love this card! The image is so incredibly cute. So in the mood for christmas, good to see other crafter's also getting ahead with their Christmas Cards!

  25. what a fab card
    thank you for joining us this week at DS4J
    Love Jan

  26. Wow! Great card! I enjoyed your choice of colors.