Saturday 22 November 2014

Getting ready for Christmas

I really find it hard to believe that December is fast approaching and there is a Christmas buzz in the air! Mind you, I think it starts too early in the shops, but I don't want to sound like Scrooge!

For my CHNC challenge 204 this week I'm asking to see any creation that shows 'getting ready for Christmas'. Please click on the challenge link to join in - I'm sure that most keen crafters are making things in readiness for Christmas, so it should be easy to enter the challenge.

I wonder how much baking you do for Christmas. Do you make or buy a Christmas pudding? Or perhaps you give it a miss. I'm not a lover of Christmas pudding (or Christmas cake, come to that) - don't really like the dried fruit - I can only eat it if it's plastered with come cointreau or brandy butter, enough to take the full flavour of the pudding away - lol! John loves Christmas pudding and as he's a diabetic I've always made ours. In recent years, because of the strain on his poor kidneys, he's had to be on a low potassium diet (as well as watching other things like sugar, salt, fat ... it can be a bit of a nightmare sometimes). Anyway, I digress. There's potassium in mixed fruit, so he rarely has any, but has a treat at Christmas (and a mince pie or two as well). So I will be getting ready for Christmas, making Christmas pudding, mince pies (can't stand those either), cookies, cakes etc.

My card depicts a mixture of a Christmas cupcake and Christmas pudding - now there's an idea ... combine the two!

I used one of the Christmas cupcakes images kindly supplied by Crafts 4 eternity, one of the sponsors of CHNC challenge 204, coloured with spectrum noir pens and mounted on to a piece of deep green velvet paper (lovely to touch, although not much around the edge). The background paper is an offcut piece of Papermania, mounted on to a piece of red mirror card. The holly berries on the paper are red foiled, although most of them look almost black here because of the difficulty of taking a photo of foiled card.

I based the card on the sketch given for Atlantic hearts 82:

This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Baffies creative 38: time for the approaching Christmas season
Sparkles Christmas 46: Christmas candy
Red carpet studio 83: Julie & Julia - inspired by food
Crafting by designs: get ready for Christmas
Digi sketch: food
Jingle belles: Christmas feast
Stamp and create  November: ribbons or bows
Digistamps4Joy 104: preparing for the holidays
Scrappers delights 36: anything goes or traditional Christmas
Delicious doodles 111: traditional Christmas
Without words November: preparing for Christmas
Oddball: any winter holiday
Hiding in my craft room 175: any holiday
3 girl jam November: Christmas/holidays
Card and scrap 86: Christmas card
Let's craft and create 99: Christmas
Creative moments 56: anything goes/make it sparkle
Clear it out: anything goes (had the papers for ages)
Treasured time 29: anything goes
Creative fingers 57: anything goes
Penny's 204: anything goes
Fitztown 62: anything goes
613 avenue create 98: anything goes
Dream valley 95: anything goes
Crafter's cafe 91: anything goes
A crafty mess 1: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Crafting by designs November: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday 144: anything Christmas
Sister act 84: anything goes


  1. Fab card love the image and great backing. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes challenge over at Penny's Paper Crafty and good luck. Jennifer (DT member)

  2. Cute card! Love the yummy image and the adorable background paper you used! Thanks for playing along with us at RCS!

  3. wawwww så super flot ♥

    10000 tak for at du deltager på Card and scraps udfordring.

    knuzzzz ♥

  4. Great take on the sketch! Who doesn't love a cupcake?!?! Thanks for joining us at DigiStamps4Joy :)
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}

  5. So sweet! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Stamp and Create! Good luck,
    Rene :D

  6. Beautiful card. Love the colours and the general design. Thank you for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create this week. Cheers,

  7. CIO challenge blog say's thanks for stopping by and playing along with us...great project and please stop by again <((><

  8. Awesome card! Thanks for playing along with AHSC!

    Brandi R.
    AHSC DT member

  9. Very sweet Hazel. Thanks for joining the Sparkles Christmas Challenge. Good Luck!

  10. Great card thanks for sharing at Scrappers Delights good luck x

  11. Such a cute card!

    Thanks for joining us at the Digi Sketch challenge and I hope we see you again soon!



  12. Yummy Card. Thanks for sharing at RCS.

  13. beautiful card!! your coloring is great :-) Thanks for linking up with the 3 Girl JAM "Holiday/Christmas with ribbon" challenge!!
    3GJ dt

  14. What a yummy design, Hazel! I love the colors you chose and that pretty designed paper! I have been known to indulge in fruit cakes when slathered with lots of butter but I much prefer pecan pie. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for sharing your creation with us at 3GirlJAM! ~Donna K

  15. oh YUM, that xmas cake looks so delicious! thanks for joining our "christmas feast" again at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

  16. This is truly stunning. Lovely design and colours - wonderful work - thank you for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty and Good Luck - Michelle x

  17. I like how you matched the digi to your background papers :) Thanks for joining us at Penny's, see you Wednesday for a new challenge :)

  18. Another fabulous card Hazel.

  19. Super, super cute! Thanks for playing at AHSC.

  20. Your Christmas cake/pudding looks lovely ... so very glad you joined our Christmas Feast at Jingle Belles.

  21. great card! Thanks for joining us at AHSC!
    Linda -DT

  22. Lovely and I really like that DP! Thanks for sharing your fabulous project and joining our challenge at Fitztown Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    FCB CT Coordinator

  23. Very pretty. I love the touches of foil! Thanks for sharing over at Red Carpet Studios!

  24. This is a great card, I love how the background paper is bold but doesn't detract from the cupcake Christmas pudding! Thanks for joining us at AHSC this week.

  25. OMGosh this is so sweet fabulous colouring,

    Thank you so much for joining us at Without Words this month, we do hope that you will try to come on over and join the fun next month too.
    Crafty hugs and Kind regards
    Bridget Without Words DT :) x

  26. Great card, Hazel - love the pudding cupcake!

    Thanks for joining us at A Crafty Mess and hope we'll see you again for the next challenge.

    Helen x

  27. This is really an awesome card. Love the image you have used. Hope you have a great Christmas.

    Thanks for joining at Delicious doodles challenges. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.

  28. Oh this is just the cutest card ever what a lovely image and just is perfect for our challenge over at “ Sparkles Christmas Challenge Christmas Candy “ good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  29. Hazel this is fabulous, thanks for joining us at without words. Joey x


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