Monday 25 October 2021

Christmas sparkle

Hello, I hope everyone enjoyed a good weekend and is feeling reshreshed and ready to face the week ahead. It was a quiet one here, a lovely visit from both my daughter and my son + small granddaughters but not much else going on so I thought I'd knuckle down and make a few Christmas cards while I had the chance.
It's a fairly simple design, I cut a square from a die cut rectangle of white card then embossed the remainder with a snowfall EF. 
I had previosly made some inky card panels playing with Distress inks, brushos and mica sprays in shades of blue and purple so I cut one up to make the background behind behind the die cut snowflake in the above card. I added the die cut sentiment  and a gem. Nice and quick so I used the same design to make 3 more similar cards. The black and the purple ones have glitter card behind the snowflakes which were rescued from one of the cards I received last Christmas, 4 more for my (sad little) Christmas pile.

 Now that the weather has turned colder I've dug out Marvin's basket which we put away for the summer months as he was too warm in it and preferred his memory foam mattress or the cool kitchen tiled floor depending how hot the weather was. We did buy him a gel- filled cool pad...but he ate a hole in it , it lasted less than a day. As you can see he still fits in the basket....just ...and he appreciates having it back! I'm actually amazed that it survived those early puppy days when he took great delight in ripping everything to shreds. If he grows any more he'll need a bigger one though!

He looks so innocent here...butter wouldn't melt- don't be fooled- the camera does lie!
Thanks for visiting

Challenge entries:
CCAYR S for Snowflake, sparkle.


meg said...

The colours you used in the mats and behind the snowflakes are gorgeous Chris beautiful CAS cards,Marvin does look as though butter wouldn't melt,funny how deceiving a pic can be, bet you wouldn't change him though

Sue said...

Gorgeous colours you have used to go behind your snowflakes Chris beautiful cards and Marvin looks so cosy ..elves are on their way LOL hugs Sue xxx

Pat said...

Beautiful Christmas cards Chris, love the colours and your pretty snowflakes. Marvin looks so sweet and innocent in his basket.

Pat xx

brenda said...

Marvin doesn't fool me with the innocent look, I only have to see what Rosa's gets up to on a daily basis, yesterday it was a mad session of wallpaper again in my craft room.

The style of your Christmas cards is very elegant.

B x

Elaine Stark said...

Clean simple and always very attractive. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. We have a DT call, if you are interested pop 'DT call' after your entry. Elaine

Liz said...

A lovely collection of Christmas card, Chris. I love the CAS design, great for batch making. Lovely photo of Marvin, he DOES look angelic! lol xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Chris I am really, really loving these cards the square aperture with the different colour panels and snowflakes look fantastic, the embossing is the perfect finishing touch, Gosh Marvin is growing so fast but what a beautiful boy he is
lorraine x

chrissy xx said...

A GORgeous design! I LOve your embossing folder, colours and designs Chris. Last week in October to the beginning of November seems to be the time when panic sets in for our Christmas card, we always get there in the end.
Lovely to spend time with family, we've missed so much.
What a sweetie Marvin is. Looks innocent to me.

Chrissy said...

Another butter wouldn't melt, but we all know better if we own animals..ha ha ha..and I LOVE your set of Christmas cards Chris, they are elegant and gorgeous and I love the colours and design..


Sueb said...

Hello Chris,
A beautiful set of cards, with a handsome Marvin in his basket.
Thank you for sharing your card crafting skills with us at CRAFT challenge-theme being Christmas non traditional colours. Https://
I look forward to seeing many more of your challenges.
With kind regards

Michelle B. said...

I love that embossing folder, works perfectly with your selection of beautiful cards and I love all those colors. So glad you joined us for our Snowflake Challenge at Christmas 24!

aussie aNNie said...

OMG at first sight of Marvin I thought it was Bella....yes when they are asleep they look sweet and innocent BUT.....we love them all the same...
Beautiful cards Chris and lovely embossed backgrounds, fabulous cards. xx

Vickie Y said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge.

Ratana said...

Congratulations, wonderful work, it's beautiful so much and good idea on site.
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tilly said...

that is a lovely embossing folder, so useful, 4 great cards to start a pile lol, Marvin looks so cute in his basket xx

Janette said...

HAHA Chris sweet Marvin does make me smile, he looks so cosy.
Gorgeous cards, love the simplicity of the design and they look so elegant.xx said...

Beautiful Christmas cards, very classy, and I love the snowfall embossing folder that you have used, it's really subtle but effective. The texture of the inks behind the snowflakes looks pretty too. Every time I see a picture of Marvin he seems to have grown a little more and cuter by the dozen. It's all in those puppy eyes! Michelle x

Diane said...

Beautiful snowflake cards!! Cute pup too, oh I remember those puppy years, we didn't have a rug in the house and a whole in the sofa cushion, he was/is lucky we love him!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Peace On Earth!
Diane POE DT {Nellies Nest}

Darlene said...

OMG your snowflake cards are just BEAUTIFUL!! Love your design! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth Christmas challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support on our new challenge adventure!!

Please stop in for a visit!

Fabiola said...

il scintille ce flocon Chris, très élégante création, merci de jouer avec nous chez Christmas 24, biz

pinky said...

Less is definitely more when it comes to batch making Chris, these are just gorgeous. Oh boy Marvin is sooooo big! My wee dog would be lost in that bed lol but he does look comfy!

Sylvia kaarten en zo. said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge. Greetings Sylvia Hoekman-DT.

Sheryl said...

These are just beautiful.
Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

crafty said...

Lovely set of cards. Thank you for joining in the Aud Sentiment challenge.

Billie A said...

Very pretty. Great snowflake cards. Colors are awesome. Thanks for sharing over at Aud Sentiments.