24 November 2011

Feasting on berries ....... under green trees ...... and a new Christmas challenge

There is a new 'Jingle all the way to Christmas' challenge over at the Ribbon Girl blog and inspired by this weeks Penny Black Saturday Challenge 'Green + Trees' I made this cute Christmas card using this gorgeous Penny Black stamp (which I bought from Tab who has loads of stamps for sale) which I coloured with copics,  I die cut some trees with my new Marianne Christmas Tree die, then smudged some white ink on them.  I put on plenty of Stardust Stickles. 

Apologies for the awful photo (taken at night) but you can see the gorgeous Penny Black hedgehog - the holly leaves and berries were part of the image, but I cut them off and placed them on the corner of the card. I used red silky crush to tie a bow and more stickles to enhance the cute hedgehog feasting on holly berries - speaking of which, it seems every holly bush or tree around here is covered in gorgeous red berries - the birds will do well!!    I will enter this into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge before it's too late ....    Red silky crush is from here

please scroll down to see the advent calender made by my little sister Jackie

I made this tree ornament from felt cut out with a nestie.  Before the two sides were stitched together I glued on silver flat cord, tiny ric rac then stitched on flower and heart shaped sparkly buttons - I finished it off with one of our chunky felt holly leaves with bead berries
Silver flat cord, felt, ric rac and buttons are all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

This tree ornament was made with white card using a fleur de lys nestie, silver corners and loads of gems.  I finished it with green hat pins with red open weave ribbon at the top and bottom, and used flat silver cord to make a hanging loop.  The edges were covered in lots of stardust stickles.
Green hat pins and red open weave ribbon are from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

My sister Jackie doesn't have a blog, but she made this fabulous advent calender for one of her grand-daughters Faye (she'll have to make another one for her new baby grand daughter Nicole!).  Made of fabric and felt, it is her own design and it took her ages to make as every part of it has been hand drawn and hand stitched, including Santa and all of the little present bags, each has an embroidered number, a ribbon with a bell or charm and every one is attached with press studs to withstand handling over the years.  I love it and I'm sure it will last Faye for years and years!  Thanks for sharing this with us Jackie!
See you soon Mary G x


kath said...

adorable card mary...now I need to get that tree die..love the christmas decs.....thanks for joining in the Christmas Challenge fun at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

Ira said...

Your hedge hog card is gorgeous Mary, love that pretty image and your bow is simply perfection! You should see me struggle to get these right, lol! Great ornaments, too, don't you just love these spellbinders? Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, it's so appreciated. Have a lovely day, Ira

debby4000 said...

Adorable and gorgeous creations.

Lee said...

Love your Gorgeous card.
WOW,fab decs and that advent calendar is just amazing i love it.

Mandy said...

Hi Mary, such gorgeous creations including the wonderful advent calendar made by your sister.

Thank you so much for coming and joining us over at Let's Craft and Create!


Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Gorgeous card, love the hedgehog and the tree's look fab
Lindsay xx

Mau xx said...

You have been busy Mary, love the card and the tree die is a must. I so wish I could win the lottery :(
Brilliant creation Jackie, what a lot of work has gone into it xx

Diane said...
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Diane said...

Beautiful creations Mary. Thanks for joining us at LCC.

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

these are all beautiful!!! thanks for playing along with us :) x