Thursday 6 December 2018

Pastel Coloured Christmas Card

Good Morning Ladies,

Sophie has asked me to thank you all for your lovely comments and for visiting her website yesterday. she was overwhelmed by your kindness.

I had a lovely day yesterday, it started with a call from Danielle that lasted for over 3 hours, the time just flies when we chat, I honestly thought that it was going to be about 11am when we finished but it was Sue's arrival that made me realise it was way after 12pm!  Time flies when you are having fun!

I fancied something different for todays card and I can't help using this gorgeous tree stamp from the Stampin'Up! 'Snow Is Glistening' stamp set (it's gorgeous)!!  So I stamped it onto 'Mint Macaron' card using Versamark ink and adding White Embossing powder.  I heat set it and added a few crystal sparkle gems that I have added a little Mint Macaron ink to.  I cut it out with my trimmer and added foam pads to the back.  My base card is Whisper White cut at 41/8 by 51/2 inch, I mounted a piece of Soft Seafoam Dsp onto my card base, I chose the colour to go with my Pastel theme, I kind of like these soft tones together.
I stamped my sentiment (from the same stamp set) onto vellum and mounted it on the bar of striped Soft Sea Foam dsp that I have put across the bottom of my card, the camera wouldn't pick it up because of the reflection of the embossing, it says: 'Sending a Blizzard of  Wishes for a Wonderful Season'
I have to say that I would have really kicked myself if I had not bought that 'Snow Is Glistening Bundle, not just because of the stamps, the dies have the largest range of Snowflakes I have ever seen and some of them have an Inner and Outer so that you can layer them, a lot of thought has gone into this set and it won't date so I can pull it our year after year.
Snowfall Thinlits

Snow is Glistening Stamp set

After such a fun packed day yesterday I think that today is going to be rather dull by comparison!
I will be mostly in my craft room, playing with some new goodies and finishing off some Christmas cards, the only frustration with handmade cards is (for me) that they aren't standard sizes, a lot times I start with focal element and work outwards, I try to keep in mind the size I am going for but it often goes over one way or another, but thats what I have an Envelope Punch Board for!

Lilian, I do hope that you are well, I know I am a worrier! Sending you huge squishy hugs xxxx

Pat, I hope you are 'hanging in there' it must be both physically and mentally demanding for you right now, I am always at the end of the phone for you my lovely xxxx

Val I do hope that your sciatica has eased a little today, I suffer with it on both sides now and it is the worst most excruciating pain and it just hits you when you least expect it, I am yet to find anything that touches the pain and I take some very hefty pain meds.  Sending you gentle hugs sweetheart xxxx

Sending love and hugs to everyone of you,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-what a gorgeous card, I’m not normally a fan of green but I love the colour you have used.

    Busy day yesterday at work & I did the Tesco shopping yesterday as hubby was traveling back late last night so it keeps tonight free, probably for me to make Christmas cards!


  2. Morning everyone,

    Lovely pastel greens for your card Sandra. A very calming colour.

    Tuesday was a very tiring day, Fiona picked me early so that we could collect two gorgeous little wooden carts in sugared almond colours of pink and white. I said little but when we got to the seller's house they were bigger than expected and will be filled with all the little Amigurumi animals my sister crochets for my stalls.
    We then went onto Taunton where we partook of a tasty and filling full English breakfast at County stores. Then we hit the charity shops and visited a new store called Bargain Buys (trading as an off shoot of Poundstretcher) where we found many, many stocking filler gifts.

    Then onto Musgrove for my appointment. My Consultant Mr. Abdullah was very courteous and after a couple more tests decided on a course of action which will start next Echo and Angiogram first then back for the results of those. He also went through my past medical notes noting the two cancers + various operations and the checks and remedies that my doctor had already put in place, and asked me how I felt. I replied 'Well I will tell the same as I do anybody else who asks me....I am still here' to which he replied 'You have done very well to get this far considering your medical history'.
    One happy bunny now nothing to worry about before Christmas. After the test are done thee will be something else to take on board.

    Almost at the end of my Christmas card list of addressing the envelopes. I have been waiting since Monday (ordered 9.30am) for my printer paper 120gsm to arrive 'next day delivery' from Staples which finally arrived at 9.45am today which means the missing inserts can now be typed and printed then attached inside the cards. And posted!

    However you are spending your Thursday enjoy if you are able.

    Love 7 hugs
    Cheryl xxx

    1. So pleased that everything went well at the hospital. You can now enjoy Christmas. X

  3. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra lovely card today, love the colour. Sorry I didn't get in yesterday but I had to take Pam for a blood test then I came home & got on with finishing cards & forgot all about it till late. Sophie I wish her all the best, her pictures are gorgeous, she should do
    I am pleased to say my exercise class went well & I enjoyed it, it was nice being told exactly what I can & cannot do, thank you for your kind comments.
    Cheryl pleased your hospital appointment went well, you can enjoy Christmas
    Val hope your sciatica is improving, the last thing you need with Barrie
    Lilian hope all is well take care hugs on
    Pat hope your hand is
    Lynda thankyou for your lovely card.
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

    1. Hi Margaret
      I’m glad your exercises went well yesterday. My hand is still sore, but I need to take the bandages etc off again tomorrow to give it a wash and put some Vaseline on. My shin as well.

  4. Hi everyone,
    Pretty card today Sandra. I love the pretty tree you've used.Thanks for your sympathy over the sciatica. Thank goodness it's only on one side. My friend Joan in Javea suggested I lie on the floor on my back and place a hard rubbe
    ball where it hurts most and press down. It is a painful procedure but trying to get up off the floor was so difficult.ha ha. Anyway it does seem a bit easier today.

    My friend Gill who broke her arm a few weeks ago was having real problems writing her Christmas cards so I've done my good deed for the day and been to her house to write them. I picked the prettiest one of a cat to write for me. Back home now and Lynn has just made lunch so I think Im sitting down for the afternoon.
    Enjoy the rest of the day everyone.
    Let Valx

  5. Pretty card SANDRA
    So pleased to see your news was good CHERYL
    Your exercise sounded very painful VAL but glad it appears to be helping
    Finished another PHD yesterday and sent it to you The challenge was the trigger I needed
    We’re off to the cinema tonight (first time together in years) to see Bohemian Rhapsody is a huge fan and have most of the albums on vinyl and a couple of cd’s We were very fortunate to see them live at Wembley Arena - remember that venue
    As he doesn’t really like going to cinemas- feels cramped I hope he enjoys it
    Take care all xx

  6. Hi ladies,
    A very pretty card Sandra.
    Val- hope you felt better today but unfortunately from own experiance it can take some time before it goes, ouch. Like how you chosen your own Christmas card from your friend hihi hope she soon is better.
    Karen- hope you enjoyed the film and going to the cinema.
    Cheryl- glad all went well at the hospital. Take care.
    Margaret- glad you enjoyed the exercising. I'm put to shame.
    Michele- have a nice day off. Happy crafting.
    Pat- my daily hug is on it's way for you and Lilian ,you have a special one too on the way. Hope you ok.
    Post office,nearly £40 lighter and 30 minutes later I was out again for going to Dunelm and some little shopping at Lidl. Back home I started to tidy up but didn't get very far, just couldn't do it so that's my weekend sorted.
    Sleep well and hugs all around xxx