Thursday, 22 November 2012

Marvelous Magnolia - Non Traditional Christmas

Good Afternoon :) 
Today sees the start of a brand new challenge over at Marvelous Magnolia where this week our theme is 'Non Traditional Christmas Colours'.  We are sponsored the fabulous Live and Love Crafts, so a brilliant prize and well worth playing along! :) 
I hadn't intended to make an easel card, but as I cast aside the scraps of HOTP paper on my desk, they all seemed to fall in place and it seemed a shame to banish them to the scrap box forever! lol.  I have had this HOTP christmas paper pad for years, and there are still has so many gorgeous papers left I doubt I will ever see the end of it!  
I am back to hand-stitching as I have no idea how to wind a bobbin on on my cheapo machine. I saw one for sale on Ebay for £3 and was tempted to buy it just for the instructions.  I found it quite a time-saver so it must be worth giving it another go just to try and wind some thread on.

I used an MS snowflake punch for the outer edging, and the dies are a mix of Doo-Hickey, Cheery Lynn, Marianne and spellbinders (so almost a full house) and added cheesecloth, pearls, wooden button and ribbon from stash.  The mini-cones on the tree are again nicked from one of my many pot-pourri bowls! :)   The sentiment is Pink Petticoat and there are also a few LOTV grunge sentiment stamps scattered about this too.
I am entering this card in the below competitions:
Live & Love Crafts - Christmas
Tildas Town - Anything Goes
7 Kids Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Ribbons & Pearls
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - 2 or more patterned papers
Stamptacular Sunday - Recipe - ribbon, pearls, dies & punches
Dream Valley - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, and I will be catching up later,


Caroline said...

This is stunning I love the image which is coloured beautifully and the layout and colours are gorgeous. Caroline xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

super beautiful card and i love the embellishments Alison.

greetings karin

Chris x said...

Beautiful card,
Chris x

Julie said...

Just gorgeous Alison! I love the blue and brown together.


Nancie Quah said...

Super gorgeous card. Love the image which is coloured as always beautifully and the layout is really fabulous.
Hugs, Nancie

Sasha said...

Beautifully created, as always, Alison! :) x

Jane said...

Simply gorgeous, love everything about it. Jane x

Sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning card Alison. I love the image and your detailing is wonderful. The only trouble is I have seen loads of die I really NEED now!!

Hugs Sue

Tina Makuc said...

AMAZING card Alison!!
Your colouring.. All the details.. These wonderful papers.. The inside.. Everything's just perfect..
Thanks for playing with us at Tilda's Town this week!!
Hugs, Tina

Susan Flynn said...

Oh my Alison this is just fabulous! Lovely colouring and colours and the snowflakes you have made on the image are just perfect! Lovely dies as always!! x

mae said...

This is a fab card! Love it! Thanks for joining us at Tilda's Town this week!

Vicky said...

This is so gorgeous I love this Tilda & these colours are lush. Fabulous easel card.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Chrissy said...

Stunning Alison..I love the colours, gorgeous, and of course I love Miss Tilda..fabulous design and details..beautiful.


Anneke klerks said...

very nice card, super colours!!!
liefs anneke

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous! Love the colours, the image, the layout and all those dies!
Lorraine x

purpleprincess2007 said...

This is so gorgeous! I love the image, colours and all your fab embellies! Thanx for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Deeam Valley!
Hugs xx Cara xx DT

Penny said...

Alison, I usually see your stunning creations at Cheery Lynn! This one is definitely worthy of the "stunning" label, too! Love those beautiful, soft colors & pretty papers. Love your fab design, darling image, great coloring, and all the fantastic die cuts & embellies! I love it! :^) Thank you for sharing this gem with us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! Hope to see you again next week! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Annette said...

Every time I look at your cards it amazes me that you stitch them all by hand. HOW LONG DOES THAT TAKE YOU!!!! LOL. You're uber talented and have the patience of a saint. I would not have the patience to sit there and do all that hand stitching. It's the machine every time for me girl!!! I had to hand stitch the head back on a pig teacosy (don't ask!) last night, and it drove me nuts, and made my finger hurt where it pushed the needle through. I used to do hours of hand stitching when I was younger, Hours and hours and hours, and my stitching finger developed a tough tip that has now disappeared due to the purchase of a sewing machine plus prolonged exposure to fairy liquid in the washing up bowl. Get yourself a bobbin winder and get the machine out, I plead with you, for my sake too, because with all that spare time, you'll be able to make, and share, more lovely creations like this one.

Eileen said...

OMG you hand stitched all of this??? AMAZING CARD !!!!. Shame about the main image :) Love you colours fab die cuts and papers and beautiful colouring. (think I am visiting you to raid your pot-pourri bowls what a stash they are.
Seriously beautiful card
Eileen x

Heidi said...

Wow this is absolutely stunning!
Beautiful colours and design:)
Lovely details.
Hugs, Heidi:)

Brigitte said...

OMG Alison!!!! This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I love the blue and brown combo and those little pine cones are adorable!!!! I think I looked at your card for 10 minutes with my jaw hanging, lol!!! Bravo! Hugs, Brigitte

Suzie's Card Den said...

This is stunning, so many beautiful layers, great design Alison, just gorgeous.
Suzie xx

Crafteezee said...

Alison this is beautiful. Love the layout and all the layers and one of my fav colour combo's.
Hugs Tracy x

Teresa said...

Super colouring and a really beautiful card, Alison, thank you for joining us at Tilda's Town.
Hugs Teresa

tilly's crafts said...

stunning card Alison, love the image and your layout and details are fab
Kim x

Paula (PEP) said...

Oh I chuckled when I saw this - murmuring potpourri to myself I just ran my eye down your description & aha : you have more than one bowl! The mystery is solved & I don't lie awake worrying over your depleted lonely bowl (I didn't anyway but it sounded a good tale!)
Hope you find someone to unravel the mystery of that bobbin thingumajig.
Love the colours - white & kraft plus another - classy & definitely un tradtional.
Paula (PEP)

Donna Mosley said...

A wonderful card Alison, love the image and gorgeous details.

Donna x

pam said...

another beautiful creation Alison, would never have thought you had hand stitched this card...
love your colours & layout.

TC said...

Another stunner, I love it all. x

Fleur said...

Stunning Crimbo card Alison. Love colours and the sentiment is lovely
BIG HUGZ Fleur xXx

Christy Designs said...

This is so Gorgeous !!
Love the image you coloring.
Your layout and details are fab

Inkypinkydelights said...

This is just fabulous Alison! I love your colours and all your lovely details! I love making Easel Cards, and am quite into them at the moment! Judy x

Janice said...

Just brilliant! What a neat & pretty card. Love the colour combo & design & all those little bits & bobs on top, perfect! Jx

Dorothy Madereel said...

Hi Alison,

It's a beautiful card and I love the colours, this are my favorits to.
Have a nice weekend and with love from Holland,

Dorothy XXX

Alyce said...

wow wow!!! this is just stunning...i absolutely love all of your gorgeous layers and use of the dies. You hand stitch on your cards?? are you crazy woman?? ;) hehehehe. Really you do such a beautiful job and you can see the amount of time and attention to detail in them :)

Ann-Marie said...

Wow this is so so beautiful, love the colour scheme (I think I have the same paper pad too!!!!) and beautifully coloured image. I always love how you use all of your dies, just fab. Have a great weekend, take care Ann-Marie xxx

Vee said...

Oh Wow!! Alison this is absolutely stunning, I love all the layers and textures and the fabulous colour combo. Your hand stitching is perfect, better than my sewing
xx Vee

coops said...

so stunning alison.i love the soft colour combo and really beautiful design and image,you must have the patience of a saint hun to do all that hand stitching ;D

xx coops xx

Ivonne said...

Stunning card! Beautiful colors, gorgeous papers, dies and embellishments, amazing coloring...and the hand-stitching, O.M.G. simply amazing, I don't know how you do it hun, but it is just perfect! Hugs, Ivonne

Sue said...

Wow! this is beautiful Alison! love the cute Tilda image and the fab easel design really shows off the wonderful papers and embellishments.. love the gorgeous lacy edging and the snowflakes… it's a real stunner! :-)
hope you have a lovely weekend!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Dora said...

Wow this is stunning or marvellous :) Love the cute image of Tilda and all the fabulous dies and detail on your card. Sorry I haven't visited lately, but I've been vey busy. Wishing you a nice weekend xxx

Claire said...

Absolutely stunning card hun, love the image, gorgeous colour tones and love all the Christmassy elements too. Hope you are well sweetie? Hugs, Claire x

catherine said...

This is just absolutely stunning Alison as always and so adorable. Hope your enjoying your weekend
x catherine

Stephanie said...

gorgeous this color combo. your coloring is amazing! wonderful take on this week's challenge-all the elements go well together. Thank you for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday♥

grandmabonnie said...

Alison this is just the most exquisite card! Thanks for stopping by Stamptacular this last week, please join us for our new challenge soon!

paper fun said...

Wow! What a gorgeous card! Very beautiful.

Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


Patricia said...

This is a stunningly beautiful creation.
I love everything you have done on this card.

Patricia xx

Jessica said...

This is so beautiful! Love the colourscheme of blue and brown, and the edges around the card is lovely! So many great details! Gorgeous!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Stamptacular sunday challenge, hope to see you again soon!

Hugs Jessica

mixamatoasties said...

Stunning card Alison. Love all the little details you've added.

Susan x

Chris said...

Wow! Stunning card! Can't believe you HAND stitched it!! Fabulous colour scheme , beautiful colouring!

Kelly Neis said...

This is my first time at your blog and I love it! This card is so full of details that are refreshing. Gorgeous work and I enjoy your designs.

Claudia said...

Hi Alison, this easel-card is simply stunning. Love the colours, the colouration and all the fantastic sweet and little details.

Hugs Claudia

Pauline said...

Absolutely stunning! I love all the beautiful layers, and the sweet Tilda, gorgeous card as always!

mixamatoasties said...

Stunning card. Lovely colours.

Susan x

Colleen Holmes said...

Gorgeous, beautiful and elegant. Love the details. Thank you for joining us at 7 Kids College Fund. Hugz

Bea und Doreen said...

stunning card - love the layout and design - so amazing
Doreen xx

Sandra Mathis said...

Hi Alison,
So many lovely layers and details to look at here on this card! Love the color combo and how you placed the liquid pearls on her scarf and around the image. That large snowflake is gorgeous, and so are all your other dies! Thanks for joining LLC for our Christmas challenge - hope to see you again this month!



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