Friday 22 November 2013

Christmas - indoors

Well, Hazel over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge set us a really tricky one this week. INDOORS!! I know that my lovely pal Brenda B cracked it perfectly but others really did stretch the 'indoors' theme somewhat, it's amazing how many were based on door wreaths, sort of general designs and also being outdoors :( It took me ages to find this stamp and make this and I realised that so many Christmas themes are based outside of the house - but at least it's right within Hazel's remit:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

 - SU 'Real Red' for the backing and also the mat behind the image, hand cut to keep it narrow, as is my way

- the backing papers are from the BARGAIN of the day at the NEC,  Dovecrafts 'Back to Basics Christmas' - 72 sheets for £1. In fact, these papers would be great for a lot of other occasions too, so a real steal!

- image is the LOTV 'Make it Festive' stamp, coloured with Pro Markers

- corners die cut with Whimsy corner dies from 'Real Red'

- the Christmas tree is a Marianne die, cut from a snippet of Core'dinations card, embossed using Cuttlebug's 'Snowflake' EF and topped with a red star from another Marianne tree die - I like to mix and match:) 

- sentiment is Craftwork Cards, popped onto a punched circle of 'Real Red'

- oh, and a gold coloured few gems, one on the top of the tree in the middle of the star and one in each corner

The little kitten is sooooo like Sammy, our little Grand daughters' new kitty. Sadly their lovely cat Lucy was killed on the road a while back and broke everyone's hearts (it's a rural but quite fast road) but the final introduction of a new kitty after a few months of sadness is bringing them so much joy. 

Oh, and it's also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for November as well.

Edit: I thought you might like to see the real life Sammy too :)



  1. This is so gorgeous! Love that wonderful image and the beautiful backing papers. That is a bargain for sure!!! Good for Mrs A!!!

    I really like the card design and the dies you chose...

    Wonderful card, Di!!!

  2. This should definitely be a winner, Di! What an awesome indoor image, especially as it reminds you of Sammy!! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Sweet image Di. Love the mix of pretty Christmas papers. Great job on the "indoors" theme. Loll xx

  4. Oh that's so sweet... such a delightful card :-D

    IKE xxxxxxxxx

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  5. Hi Di . . . lovely festive indoor-themed card. Great die-cutting and embellishing and colouring.

    Sarn xxx

  6. Hee hee . . the REAL Sammy is seriously cute (and I say this as a non-cat-lover) xxx

  7. Hi Di, what a wonderful card you created. I love it. ... and for sure Sammy will be in the middle of everything this Christmas ... I wonder what happens to the tree and decoration, well no that the children don't mess it up - we've a kitten to worry ;o)

  8. I love the card Miss. It kinda reminds me of me on Christmas cake baking day (which is this weekend incidentally!) Great image and colouring and lovely papers.
    The Pussy is cute too - again I say this as a non-cat loving person!
    Sorry if I hurt your back today, but you do know I do funnies on a Friday!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous card Di, and Sammy is adorable!
    Debs x

  10. Awww! Sammy is just adorable, Di, he has gorgeous grey eyes. I adore kittens, they bring such joy to everyone :) Your card is perfect for Hazel's challenge - fabulous stamp from LOTV and those papers were definitely a bargain. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  11. Awww the real life Sammy is lovely and the card also has the awwww factor! You're right about the various interpretations of 'indoors', but you've nailed it. Thanks for taking part in both CHNC challenges x

  12. Oh this is such a cute image, beautifully coloured. Love the Christmassy bargain papers too.
    Jean x

  13. Hello there Di,

    Great card, as usual! I'm going to get my lovely owl Christmas stamp this weekend!

    Sammy is adorable! I keep telling myself when my dogs are gone I'm going to switch to a cat.


    Hi to Len.

  14. You are right! Never realised that many Christmas themes are based outside of the house, I would struggle with that challenge.
    Sammy is so sweet~ I love her round cute eyes!
    Also just got to scream.... ahhhhh.... 72 sheets of backing paper for just £1!!! I thought my two sets of Christmas stamps for £3.99 are the bargain of the year but you certainly beat me with that buy!! ^_^

  15. Fantastic card, love the colours and the lovely image, great papers and so glad the kitty isn't a black one, they frighten me to death.

    Kath x

  16. This is becoming a habbit, got my date 6th December, can't remeber if I told you, silly me.

    Kath x

  17. Di, This is gorgeous love the image and the beautiful backing papers and embellis ......Sammy is just soooo adorable xx

  18. Gorgeous card Di, the image is fab and I love every little thing about it. What a gorgeous little kitten - yep he's going to be into every little thing this Xmas and so much fun to watch too xx

  19. You've nailed the challenge with this card for sure, Di! Love the image, especially the kitten playing with the ribbons and wrapping! Speaking of cute: Sammy is a darling; a welcome addition to the family! Fabulous post; my Saturday has started with a smile, with a visit here!

  20. hi Lou, congrats on making your first Christmas card with your mum's stash, its a beauty but may I say little Sammy has stolen the show and my heart, what a cutie, happy crafting and blogging, hope Sammy doesn't get too sparkly in the process! fi x

  21. What a beautiful cat he is. Beautiful card too!
    Linby x


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