Saturday 18 November 2023

Christmas Time

Morning everyone, a busy post as it's a new challenge at Allsorts where Lolo is our host and also the day for mid month inspiration at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations and all have a Christmas theme. Prizes this month come from Prizes from StampendousOakwood Direct and WOWVOW, Craft Stash and Penny Black.

Floral indulgence above using Two Red Robins Seasons Finishing Touches which was the current Pick of the Week at Create and Craft but sold out day one, not surprising as it's beautiful and I absolutely loved working with this collection. Above the Hellebore (Christmas Rose) arranged around a semi circle and sentiment from one of my Christmas Season sentiment sets (currently sold out due to the latest rubber shortage affecting lots of craft companies at the moment).

I also have another for Allsorts this week, again using the above collection but this time the web exclusives. Those who know me will have an idea of my sheer horror when I saw these dies, me and cute just don't go together. 

But a challenge is a challenge so I set about making the requisite number of samples and much to my surprise Steph actually showcased this one in her Morning Highlight preview show giving customers a hint of what was to come.

One of my mid month shares, this for WLS using AALL and Create Flourish, an A5 stamp set currently on offer for just £7.60 (usually £18.99) and the Robin from Robin and Nuthatch also on offer at £4.60, there are several available at these offer prices so why not treat yourself. A stencilled background using their Folium stencil, again on offer along with several others at £3, that's half price. I made up the word Robin with Garden she Wrote.

For SS, a mixture of Penny Black, AALL and Create and Lavinia stamps to create the wreath using Versafine Claire inks and the same sentiment as above.


Aquarius said...

A lovely selection of traditional Christmas cards - actually loved the gnomes and didn't think they were overly cutesy 😉😉

meg said...

The Highlight Crafts cards are gorgeous Brenda,I'm not a fan of gnomes these are fun,not surprised that your card was featured on the preview show.Beautiful stamped makes,especially taken with the robin and poinsettias

kiwimeskreations said...

An exquisite wreath you have created Brenda, love it, and your robin is also a stunning make - the other two cards are fabulous as well - great work

Sarn said...

Beautiful Christmas card collection here Brenda. Your TRR cards are superb, but I also love the A&C Robin and your pretty foliage card xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

what gorgeous and beautiful cards Brenda, love the card on top en the second one is also super cute with all those gnomes

gr karin

Pauline C said...

Beautiful collection of cards here Brenda. I particularly love the A&C robin - he looks fab with the poinsetta flower and I love that stencil too.
Hope you didn’t bankrupt yourself when you eventually checked out your Lavinia basket … I was reasonably restrained when I visited the shop but I want more already!
Pauline xx

Chris said...

A beautiful selection of festive cards Brenda, the stamped ones are my favourites, both such lovely designs- and lovely stamps! Had to smile at the thought of your shocked sensibilities when you saw the gnome die cuts but you did a brilliant job with them.

Lisa said...

Several really gorgeous cards. The layout of the first card with the opening of the wreath is brilliant and very well executed.

The little gnomes are so stinkin cute.

Nicely done on that wreath too.

Mervi said...

Gorgeous selection of cards, all so lovely;-))m

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful collection of Christmas cards the gnome card especially


Ellibelle said...

Each one is beautiful Brenda, not surprised your cute gnome card was used in the preview show, it's so fun and showcases them so nicely on that wonderful scene! I placed another Aall and Create order last week after noticing one set I had on my wishlist was sold out :( and I was afraid others were going to as well, so another order was needed!! Now if only there were more hours in a day to craft!!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Ciao Brenda, tengo le dita incrociate per Anysia, speriamo che torni il sole! Che bella attività! Sicuramente saranno bellissimi oltre che molto buoni!!
Anche oggi ci delizi con le tue opere d'arte, la prima è la mia preferita, quei fiori di elleboro sono di una bellezza straordinaria, non mi sorprende che siano già stati venduti tutti!! L'apertura a semicerchio funziona così bene per disporre la mezza ghirlanda, un design davvero d'effetto con il sentiment rotondo nella parte inferiore, devo ricordarmelo! Il problema del reperimento della gomma rossa ormai dura da qualche anno, purtroppo! Però credo che sia una soddisfazione per te aver venduto tutti i tuoi sentiments!
Mi hai fatto ridere con il tuo orrore per gli gnomi carini :D Forse non siete compatibili, ma comunque sei riuscita a farne una bella card ed è pure stata scelta come esempio!!
La terza card riflette il tuo attuale stile e mi piace molto come hai abbinato quello sfondo di foglie a stencil con il bel pettirosso grunge e le due scritte Robin che mi ricordano quelle fatte con la Dymo (devo rispolverarla...) .
L'ultima card con la ghirlanda è molto gioiosa e luminosa, riconosco un timbro di Lavinia che ho anche io, ma non avrei mai pensato di usare per Natale, sei sempre fonte di ispirazione!
Qui c'è il sole ormai da diversi giorni, ma la terra è ancora inzuppata perchè c'è molta umidità notturna, cosa strana nella mia zona esposta a sud e vicino al mare. Nell'oro ho ancora parecchie zucche e anche i pomodori, ma non so se matureranno, le ore di luce ormai sono diminuite.
Oggi è giorno di pane... Lo faccio ai 7 cereali, una bontà con qualsiasi piatto! Lo preparo tutte le settimane e lo conservo in freezer. Adoro il pane appena uscito dal forno!
Un abbraccio, buon weekend!

Vicky Hayes said...

Oh such a lovely bunch of cards again Brenda! The hellebores are stunning so not a surprise the collection sold out so quickly. I am very impressed with the gnome card - cute and I are uneasy pals too! Loving the brown and red colour palette on your third card and you know I can never resist a robin motif. And finally that wonderful wreath brought alive with the zesty lime green. Always a pleasure to come and visit here! Vicky x

Gerrina said...

All verry festive and love the vintage and classic feel of most of them! The bird one is my favorite... Hope you stay dry this it is all rain.... Hugs, Gerrina

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous selection of cards and love all the stamps especially the Robin -my favourite at the moment
Carol x

Liz said...

Wonderful collection of cards, Brenda. I especially love the last one, so eye-catching. xx

Mrs.B said...

A lovely selection of cards Brenda, You certainly rose to the challenge with the cute gnomes, it's gorgeous.
Love how you've used the robin with the poinsettia, stunning against the neutral background and I like the way you've made the festive wreath.
Avril xx

HilaryJane said...

Great cards Brenda. I am the same when it comes to cute. Just can't seem to bring myself to do it and have very few stamps that would fit the bill anyway. You did a great job with those gnomes xx

Sandra H said...

Wow that amazing christmas cards Brenda all are stunning x

Carol L said...

I am hard pressed to choose a favorite among this trio of wonderful cards, but those gnomes are really melting my heart :) NJ on each one!

Craftyfield said...

Ah... Not surprised your robin was showcase by Steph... it is a great card!
But the other cards are good too, yes even the cute ones, these challenges usually pay off as there is always a recipient that actually likes cute! x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Lovely traditional Christmas cards and you did a great job with the cute gnomes, even though they're not your favourite I love them. A fab post as always.

Gail said...

Hahaha! I laughed out loud at the 'me and cute!'
You did a great job with the gnomes!!
All the cards are spectacular!
I've been cleaning my craft area...the girl guides will be happy!
Even my desk, so now maybe I can play!
Nope, I'm not done cleaning and organizing, but made a good start!

pinky said...

Absolutely beautiful cards Brenda and well done on the cute challenge!!! It made me smile instantly picturing your face but you did an amazing job! Will we be seeing more cute???

Linby said...

All gorgeous as usual. Love the crescent flowers so pretty. My fav has to be the robin, I'm tempted to get him!

Kath said...

A fabulous selection of cards Brenda.
Kath x

coldwaters2 said...

These are super beautiful Brenda each one is such a delight to see the images and designs are perfection stupendous work
lolo x

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such a gorgeous array of cards Brenda. All very different but all gorgeous in their own right.

Conny said...

Love your Christmas cards! Amazing work, Brenda!


Sarah said...

Stunning cards Brenda and you have embraced those adorable gnomes brilliantly!! xx

Pat said...

A fabulous array of cards Brenda, each one so different, my favourite being the first one with the Christmas Rose.

Pat xx

Tina Z. said...

Wow, so many stunning ideas, I love them all. You are such an inspiration, thank you.

Greta said...

All lovely, but the first & last are my favorites!