Wednesday 19 August 2009

Simon Says Challenge

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Good morning and a lovely, bright and sunny one it is too !

Here we are again with another Simon Says Challenge - don't the week's just fly by ? We had an amazing response to last week's challenge of "anything but a card" and I tried to visit as many blogs as I could and all your creations were fabulous and very inspiring.

This week our challenge is Christmas in August so time to get all the glitter and sparklies back out again ! Did you know it is only about 128 days to Christmas ?!!

Heidi of Simon Says Stamp is very generously giving away a $25 shopping spree in store and we also have a guest designer who has a little surprise for you on her blog and also some of the DT are offering blog candy too - what more could you ask for ?!!

The base card is Bazzil kraft (just love this card)

The DP's are BasicGrey "Wassail" and I have inked the edges with brown distress ink.

The image is an Inkadinkado stamp but the poor chap wasn't given a name :o( but the number on it is 97347.LL. I bought this stamp to make last year's Christmas cards. I stamped the image in Versafine black ink and painted the snowman with distress inks before embossing the image with UTEE and putting it in the freezer for about 20 mins before cracking the UTEE to create a cracked glass effect. I think there is a tutorial for this on Splitcoasters if you have never done it before. After cracking the UTEE is rubbed some brown distress ink into the cracks.

The sentiment is a Melissa Frances transfer.

The post stamp image is a PaperArtsy stamp which I have stamped in Versafine vintage sepia.

The two little brads on the card are BasicGrey Wassail brads and they are actually pinning down two acetate snowflakes which I covered in Twinklets diamond dust. Unfortunately these do not show very well in the photo but are very pretty in real life !

The ribbon is from my stash.

The Poinsettia came from a Christmas garland I bought from Tesco last year and I cut the flowers off !

I hope that you can join us in our challenge this week and I look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations.

Thank you so much for your visit and for any comments you leave !


  1. Such a pretty Christmas Card love all those details and the BG papers Love that one. Gonna need more for xmas this year too :)

  2. WOW,
    thats an amazing Card.
    Love this image so much!


  3. This is just beautiful. Don't scare me with a countdown to Christmas! I'm so not ready! :P

  4. Just stunning Jo!! I love cracked glass vintagey. Love the colours too! Enjoy your day Hugs Judy xx

  5. I simply love your card! I just saw it on SSS Challenge blog and it touched my heart :)

  6. Jo this is perfect! I so love it!! The stamping is perfect and I love the way you've aged your image, brilliant!
    Hugs Tara xx

  7. Wow Jo this card is stunning!!! love it, all the details are wonderful and the sentiment and crackle effect is gorgeous!

    Yeah great to be back will catch up more later, HuGs Kim :)

  8. One of the best Christmas cards I have ever seen, Jo! Love it!

    Chris xx

  9. Beautiful card, Jo! I love it...the vintage-y snowman is so pretty!

  10. Wow I love this card!! The poinsettia is fab and I love the distressing you did on the snowman. It looks so awesome.

    Thanks so much for continuing to make our design team so remarkable!


  11. i love that fabulous postage stamp! and how cool is that UTEE cracked glass! fantastic card :D

  12. Absolutely stunning Jo,
    Love Sarita xx

  13. Great card. I just got my christmas card paper this past weekend. Guess I better make one now!!!

  14. Fantastic card Jo!I adore his details, my favourite the image!Stunning!:)

    Hugs, Tímea

  15. this is such a beautiful card! Somehow old fashion style!! Just love it!!

  16. Love your blog, and adore your cards! :)

  17. Wow.. beautiful card... so elegant and so cute!

    Sweet greetings,
    Saskia :)

  18. This is beautiful, love the vintage look it has to it, and all of your ingredients are great!! This project came together wonderfully!!

    You had mentioned, in a comment you left for me (thank you, by the way) in response to the BG challenge that you were thinking about sending the link to the SSS cancancandy to Basic Grey. I really think that is a good idea, there are so many fans and not everyday we get a chance to tell WHY we like their products so much, I think it would be a nice showcase of opinion for them.

    Take care, enjoy your weekend!!

  19. Oooooo this is just fabulous! I love that stamp! Infact it looks kinda familiar-it might be in my dra! hehe. Love your accents. Am working on my sss entry-really need to crack on with the crimbo cards. Hugs Rowena

  20. absolutel gorgeous card - love it.
    Ann xxx

  21. This is another absolutely stunning card and I so love the colours and papers you have used they work so well together.

  22. This is stunning Jo. I adore the snowman and the Melissa Frances rub on sentiment! Gorgoeus Wassail papers as well!
    Hugs, Vicky ~x~


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Thanks !

Jo x

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