My photo
Hello and welcome to my blog. Here I will be showcasing all my design team work, general crafting and digital scrap booking.I hope you enjoy seeing my creations and listening to my ramblings. If you leave a comment I'll know you've been and be able to visit you in return. I read and appreciate all comments which are left - good or bad! Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Pop back soon. Carol xx

Sunday 29 May 2016

Christmas Card Club "Christmas Carol"

Good morning all. I hope you're all enjoying the bank holiday weekend, don't think Monday is actually a holiday here though.

Any way today is Christmas Card Club day and Rita has challenged us all to use a "Christmas Carol" in our projects. I remembered last night and with limited amounts of stash available this is what I came up with:

Loosely based on "The Holly and the Ivy" although I believe the ivy may be covered over. I thought I would make a distress paint background for the stamp but this didn't work very well so this is plan B! Simply stamped, die cut and matted....sometimes simple is best!

I can't for the life of me remember who the stamp is by, I won it and it was de-packeted to post...if you recognise it please let me know :) Dies are from Spellbinders and Lawn Fawn.

If you'd like to see what the other girls have made you'll find the list in my sidebar.

Much cleaning going on at the new house and things are gradually taking shape, we've agreed carpets for the rest of the house so will order them next week. My craft room isn't progressing too well, I ordered a little bookcase from Ikea to store boxes of stamps and stuff on and it arrived damaged so it will be Thursday before I get it replaced....this week has been 2 steps forward, 1 back all week! Next week can only be better :) Meanwhile the garden is blooming...a few pictures taken this last week or so.

We also have a pair of turtle doves nesting in a tree...the tree got a reprieve from the axe!

Hoping to find some time this week to pop round and see you all, meanwhile thanks for all the comments you're leaving - they're much appreciated.


  1. Super card Carol. Amazing what you can do at short notice!! Your garden is delightful. We have quite a few trees, bushes etc that need chopping back but there are so many bird nesting that it has all been put on hold. One pair of blackbirds are even nesting on top one of the wood piles. Mrs Blackbird just sits there quietly while we walk around. Although the nest is smack on the top it is very difficult to see if you don't know it's there. They have disguised it well. When we want to light a fire we have to use logs from a different stash ... lol! Good luck with all teh work You'll get there eventually. Hugs Christine xx

  2. Good Morning Carol. Love your beautiful Holly and the Ivy card. It suits the challenge perfectly. The nesting doves in tree looks lovely too. Thank you for joining in with my challenge. Hugs Rita. Xxxxx

  3. What a stunning card the monochrome really makes that stamp pop out...its just stunning....glad you are getting your craft room sorted...and the carpets sorted such a huge job! Enjoy the weekend xxxxx

  4. Simples is sometimes the only way and your card looks very elegant for it. Your garden looks beautiful. Love the wisteria. We finally got the council (after a 20 yr battle) to remove the 4 trees shading our south facing back garden which backs onto parkland. Have been busy planting up a 20ft long herbacious border where I have only been able to grow reeds and ferns in. I'm hoping fora colour ful display. Hope your bookcase turns up u damaged this time. Hugs Mrs A.

  5. Hello Carol, fabulous mono coloured card, I love your image and perfect for the challenge, amazing what you can come up with under perssure.
    Your garden is beautiful, must be lovely to walk around it and how lovely to have the doves nesting, kate x

  6. Well it looks lovely Carole. A really elegant card and I do like that stamp. Your garden is looking lovely and lucky you having a nesting pair in your tree. Barbxx

  7. A fabulous card - I agree that sometimes simple is the best. Lovely photos of your garden too - I love gardens at this time of the year, so pretty.
    Kath x

  8. Gorgeous Christmas card! Your new garden looks fabulous! I bet you are really excited about moving in now as it draws near.
    Linda xxx

  9. your card is beautiful Carol - and wow - that garden is amazing - full of colour - beautiful x

  10. Fabulous card and great pics of the garden ! Wow it lols amazing. Xx

  11. Beautiful is your card Carol and that stamp is stunning ....your garden is amazing so colourful hope your delivery arrives as specified nothing worse than something turning up broken and having to wait for the replacement take care xx

  12. That's a lovely stamp but I'm afraid I don't know who it is by. Your card is beautifully CAS in style and very striking in black and white, love it.
    Gorgeous garden pictures too.

  13. Oh wow that is one stunning card hun just love that stamp,hun and gorgoues garden photos too. I am back with a new blog old one no good on windows ten, so my new one if you care to follow is,

  14. This is a lovely Black and White card. I do not know the stamp but think it is stunning.

    Glad to hear some things are going well with the moving and reco's. Of course the wait for the rest willbe well worth it in the end.

    Your garden is beautiful! Love the flowering shrubs and trees and statuary. The nesting doves are so pretty. How lucky for you Do you hear their pretty soft calls?

  15. A fabulous Christmas card Carol, a super monochrome design.
    Your garden looks beautiful, sorry to hear that you have had a frustrating week, hopefully this week will be better.

  16. What a wonderful card Carol I love the CAS style and the mono design a super, super make
    lorraine x

  17. Beautiful crisp card Carol and I like the monotone. Sorry I'm late. Zx


Many thanks for taking the time to comment on my post. Constructive comments are always welcomed and appreciated on my creations. Carol x