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Sunday 19 January 2014

Christmas Card Club - "Cooking up a Storm"

Good morning all...finally back with a card, though I'm not too happy with it!! My mojo seems to have up and gone again...wonder if it snuck off to New Zealand hiding in a rucksack!

Gary is living his dream...he's always loved The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, long before the films were made...he's spent a lot of the last week visiting the places they were filmed. He headed out of Auckland last weekend after buying a Mazda people carrier with a bed in the back! First stop was Matamata to visit the Hobbiton village then it was onto Tongariro where he spent three nights and walked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing..eating his lunch on the top of Mount Doom. He then headed off down the Forgotten Road towards Mount Taranaki after which he wended his way to Wellington to meet up with his friend. He's now waiting to see how soon he can get a ferry over to South Island and hopefully find some work.

It's also time for our second challenge of the year over at the Christmas Card Club, it was Lizzie's turn to choose the theme this time and she's given us "Cooking up a Storm!". So anything food related goes.
I hunted high and low through all my decoupage sure there would be something suitable but there was zilch! Finally came up with a gingerbread stamp.

Gingerbread stamp was one of my first stamps many moons ago in a set from QVC, stamped with DI embossing ink and heat embossed with Peacock Sparkle and Sprinkle embossing powder, then cut with a two inch die to make a twinchie. Dies from Spellbinders. Backing paper is from Dovercraft. Sentiment, ribbon and fibres are from my stash.

Flat for posting!

And just to prove I've finished the inside!!

You'll find the rest of the girls listed on my sidebar if you'd like to pop over and see their creations.

Challenges entered:
CHNC - shades of blue
CHNC extra - anything Christmas goes
Jingle Belles - have yourself a merry little Christmas
ABC Christmas - a for anything Christmas
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Wags n Whiskers - anything goes

Carol x


  1. Love your gingerbread man Carol. The paper is lovely too. Glad your son is having a great time in NZ. Hugs Christine xx

  2. Great card, I love the simplicity of it.
    Cant get my head round people making Christmas Cards even in preparation for next one.
    Gary certainly is living the dream, good for him. You only live once, you might as well enjoy every moment
    Have a great Day

    Patricia xxx

  3. This is just gorgeous,love the embossed image .xxx

  4. It's gorgeous Carol everything about it is lovely xx

  5. Carol, we are all more critical with our own work than with other people's I bet if someone else had posted this card you would of loved it. I think its brilliant. Love Alison xx

  6. I love what you've done Carol. I do love the Gingerbread men too. I maybe will join you and see if I can make my Christmas cards throughout the year. So glad to hear that Gary is enjoying himself. Hugs Rita xxxx

  7. This is fab Carol I love the paper it all works well together. Your son sounds like he is having a fantastic time. They certainly have their heads screwed on right these days no getting married at 20 for them!! Susan x

  8. love the contrast with the background and the craft card Carol.....and gingerbread men are a winner every time!...xxxx

  9. Beautiful card, love the gingerbread man too. Thank you for sharing how Gary is getting on too. I am a big Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fan and so jealous he has had time to visit. Wishing him good luck too in finding a job too.

    Linda xxx

  10. Oh how lucky your son is I would love to go and see the where the hobbits lived LOL your card is fab Carole great for our challenge huggles Sue xxx

  11. It is stunning Carol, love the shades of blue and kraft and the sparkle is fabulous! I don't think your mo jo left you, it's just missing your son a bit. It does sound like he is having an awful lot of fun though! Enjoying hearing what he is doing and my DH loves The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books too xx

  12. aww this is lovely !!! Lol !! I never finish the insides ............. I end up doing them all in a rush in December !!! So bad ....... I really need to set a rule to finish it off !!! lol hugsxx

  13. I love your gingerbread man Carol and those papers are gorgeous - I'm pleased to see you are still finishing the insides.
    It sounds like Gary is having a fabulous time, my eldest is very envious - I'm not going to tell him any more in case he starts getting ideas!

  14. Hi Carol
    Fabulous card.... Love the papers...
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  15. Very pretty card and loved the wee glimpse of your beautiful inside too...I must remember to rtry that punching the corners idea...it looks fabulous.
    Your card has lots of wonderful sparkle and best of all fits standard postage!
    Sounds like your son is having a great time. My daughter did a long trip including Oz, New Zealand and other countries about 2 years ago. We still look at her pictures whenever we go to visit her. DH has always wanted to go there too!

  16. Carol, someone is having a fantastic trip it sounds like. What fun, to see the places of his dreams. Your card is lovely, and I really liked the dp. I don't have cooking themes either, and came close to a gingerbread man too. Loved how you embossed Mr G on the kraft square-- so cute against that background dp. Good for you on finishing the interior. I'll be waiting until next Christmas to decide on what to put inside! TFS & Hugs

  17. Oh that's a sweet gingerbread man. Love that he's a sparkly little guy!
    hugs, Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

  18. What a super card, Carol, for Lizzie's CCC challenge and also for my Patterned Paper and CHNC challenges - love all the sparkles - thanks for entering and hope to see you again soon.

  19. Beautiful embossed image, good enough to eat lol, love the sparkly card.xx

  20. This is a lovely card Carol - couldn't resist a gingerbread man meself! Beautiful colours and the ribbon is wonderful.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  21. love this gorgeous silvery sparklyness and your super-cute gingerbread twinchie is the perfect use for an older stamp! (love that the inside is equally cool!) thanks for joining our "little" bit of fun at JINGLE BELLES! :)

  22. Great gingerbread man Carol - love the embossed background and the colours you've used.

    Karen x

  23. Carol, thank you so much for the present I won with the bloghop (CWS). Especially the stamp from Bebunni is very nice!! I love it! Greetings from Hetty

  24. this is so pretty :) love all the sparkles!! So glad you joined us for our CHNC challenge extra this month

  25. Hi Carol

    That backing paper looks gorgeous alongside kraft card .. .. and well done for finishing the inside too! Mine are just stacking up inside a box waiting for their inserts. I should take a leaf out of your book and get them completely finished and bagged up so they are good to go!

    I hope all is good with you.

    Have a good day.

    Love Jules xx

  26. I know what you mean about mojo Carol so I hope yours comes back soon. Glad your son is having fun. I love your card. The main feature of food is certainly standing out with this cute little man! Keep smiling. Zx

  27. Hi Carol, glad your son made it safely to Auckland and his living his dream. We should all be so lucky. Love your card and it's sparkle!

  28. Lovely Christmas card, beautiful colour combo.
    Thank you for playing along with us at the ABC Christmas Challenge this time.
    Dorte x

  29. Love this card ,love the sparkle ,colour and design x

  30. ohhh so cute! Just love the backing paper you have used!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Wags ‘n whiskers. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky

  31. Love that sweet little gingerbread man and all the glittery sparkle ... so glad you're celebrating a Merry LITTLE Christmas with us at Jingle Belles.

  32. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card for CCAYR January anything goes challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team x

  33. Love your little gingerbread man!


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