Thursday, 6 January 2011

First Christmas card of 2011

Hi again

Today's card is my first Christmas card for 2011 - yes, I know, I've started early, but having got SO behind in 2010 I thought I'd start the way I mean to go on, and make a few Christmas cards each month - bet it doesn't last, lol.

The gold backing paper was a gift absolutely ages ago, so I have no idea where it came from.  The music paper however, is a different story - my LOVELY friend Tash, kindly gave me this fabulous stamp from Whimsy as part of my Christmas present - I think it's one of those that I'm going to use LOADS!! (Thanks again, Tash).  I embossed it with WOW embossing powder - the first time I've used this stuff, and it's BRILLIANT!  Note to self:  get some more in different colours.  The little gold seal was made with a Papermania seal set that I bought in the sales LAST year, but didn't get around to using in 2010, as it was one of those things that needs a bit of practice to get the hang of, and I just didn't seem to have the time.  However, I'm really pleased with it now that I've mastered it, so expect to see it cropping up a lot on Christmas cards for this year.  Just as an aside, can anyone tell me, do I have to use the wax sticks from the set, or would any other candle wax work just as well????  The image is of course LOTV.  The flowers are die cut with Marianne Creatables poinsettia dies. The leaves are an MS punch, and the tiny gold spirally bits are wire - I bought a couple of bags (one gold, one silver) from a cheapy shop just before Christmas, just liked the look of them, but didn't realise they were actually very fine wire - thought they were a sort of tinsel, but when stretched out they're great for adding a little something extra to a card - not bad at 50p for a huge bag full!  All the white papers were distressed lightly, and then I added Stickles in gold around the edge of the gold paper to add a bit more dimension.  Oh, nearly forgot to say - the card was cut with a new Go Kreate die which once again my LOVELY hubby bought me for Christmas - I love it!!

Do let me know what you think, if you have time.


Judi x


  1. Gorgeous card Judi - I love the colour of this. I'm with you, this year I am too making some each month .... well that's my intention. Hugs, Claire x

  2. Wow Judi - well done for starting so early!! This is so beautiful - I love LOTV stamps, and your soft vintage colour scheme is perfect.
    Hugs, Sylvia xxx
    (Love your new blog layout BTW)

  3. Hi Judi,
    You can never start too early in my book. I love the gold background and the image is beautifully done. Fabulous.
    Fiona x

  4. This is superb Judi. All the elements are fab and I'm really interested in your card shape - I got my first Go Kreate dies yesterday. :)
    Can you give us more info on the ones you have used pretty please?

    Thank you
    Edna x

  5. Oh this is so cute Judi, fabulous card.

  6. gorgeous card judi.the image is beautiful and i love the fab shape.stunning colours and papers and the gold seal looks great :D

    xx coops xx

  7. Now that's what I call organised!!! The colours are gorgeous! So rich and I love the wax seal! hugs, Jane xxx

  8. It's NEVER too early to start with Christmas cards, lol!! Last year has totally taught me that!
    Love the shape of the card and your lush golden poinsettia - yum!
    Sorry I've been out of loop for so long, it's been more a hospital than a house here for almost a month!

  9. Hon this is just beautiful !!! So love the colors and love your image it is just gorgeous dear. Hugs

  10. GORGEOUS! I just can't say anymore then that cuz one word explains it!!

  11. Such a beautiful card!
    kim x

  12. This is really beautiful. I love the shape of the card, Ruth x

  13. LOL, well done Judi, I was thinking of doing the exact same thing seeing I did not make a single Christmas card in 2010! You card is gorgeous of course.
    PS: happy belated new year!

  14. Gorgeous card!! If you haven't already, you should join us at the ABC Christmas Challenge, we have Christmas challenges all year!! Great way to stay ahead with your Christmas cards...
    Also, Thanks for stopping by my blog on the Wags 'n Whiskers hop!!
    Wags 'n Whiskers

  15. This is gorgeous, the colours are beautiful and I love the shape of the card. I wish I could be as organised as you :) Hugs Shelly x

  16. Wow, what a beautiful Christmas card you have made. This image is one of my favorites and I love the shape of your card!
    Good to see it is not only me that is crazy enough to start Christmas in January:)
    Thank you for your very nice comment in my blog!
    The cute image is a Sarah Kay stamp from Stampavie.
    Hugs, Marianne:)

  17. Fabulous card Judi, love it.

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.

    Hugs ALi x

  18. Hi thankyou so sooo much for your wonderful comment on my blog it really does mean a lot. I thought I would come over & thank you & I've come across a fabby blog here your cards are stunning I absolutley love them so I am now your followers as I cant wait to see more. Take care hun.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  19. I love starting on Christmas cards early, December is such a busy month and this is a great head start!! Love your card, the colors are just breathtaking!!


  20. What a stunning card Judi, love the colour and your dies, I'd love to have a play with those lol, have fun crafting & thanks for stopping by at my blog. Teresa xx

  21. Such a gorgeous card Judi. Love the image you've used and the colours also. Hugs Michele x

  22. So stunning Judi! Love the shaped card!!!!
    Hugs, Dena

  23. This is just beautiful Judi! I love how you have composed the card layout and your wonderful color scheme!
    Hugs Jeanette xxo

  24. An absolutely beaut of a card . I love how you have kept the colour tones all in the same range
    Simply fab!!
    Kerry x

  25. Adorable card! Love the design. I think I found the best card. Thanks for the inspiration. Love your blog so much!