Thursday, 22 September 2016

And so the countdown begins....

Hello all and thanks for dropping in! I hope you are all well and happy! Today I am sharing my first Christmas card:
I have been so impressed with some of you who started your Christmas cards ages ago already.... and I was determined to start earlier this year than I usually do, so I am pleased that at least I have made a start.

I have loved some of the new Christmas goodies by Tim Holtz, but of course many of them are not yet available in the UK, so I decided to dig out my last year's(and earlier) Christmas things and just make a start with what I have....
The background papers are mostly from last year's paper stash, the nordic design was stamped and then clear embossed.
This little stamp is by Inkadinkadoo, the other elements are Sizzix dies and elements cut from the paper stash. Below a few close ups:
The globe, one of my all time favourite dies, this is the small thinlets version. I cut it from mirri card and then darkened it with a little brown paint.
This was also cut from mirri and coloured in the same way.
Somer little letter stickers, - the inner and outer peace we are all hoping for at Christmas time....
The finished card, mounted on a 6 x 6 card blank. I am going to try and keep my cards quite flat this year, so as to make it easier to send them through the post.

Well, that's it, one down and about 50 more to go.....
Thanks for taking the time to visit
xxx

28 comments:

  1. A stunning card to start your Christmas collection. Such rich colours and wonderful images

    Love Chrissie xx

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  2. Wow Astrid, die ist ja fantastisch! Ich bin noch nicht auf Weihnachten eingestellt aber deine Karte macht Lust schon einmal zu planen ;o)

    Liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  3. Your card is wonderful, and peace in the world would be an even more wonderful present for us all. Hugs, Valerie

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  4. Like you I'm impressed by all those organised people, but this lovely card is a super starting point.

    B x

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  5. A really fabulous Christmas card Astrid and all the layering looks amazing, so much detail too.
    Fliss xx

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  6. Good for you - making a beautiful start to your Christmas cards. Especially line the symbolism of the world die cut and the muted tones.

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  7. Such a wonderful christmascard here Astrid. You made a great start on these and good on you to get started so early. I must confess, I just can´t put myself up to make christmasstuff this early, even I know, I should, but hopefully I´ll get the mood for it soon too. Yours sure looks amazing as always hun. Have a great week-end ahead now.

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  8. Yay, well done, one in the box lol. I have plans every year to get started earlier but I never succeed, but this is a gorgeous first make, love it.
    Have a great weekend xxx

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  9. A beautiful Christmas card Astrid and I love the vintage feel xx wonderful background and layered elements xx Peace in the world would be perfect xx

    TFS Annie xx

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  10. Was für eine zauberhafte Karte, liebe Astrid.
    Ich bin auch bereits dabei und mache einige Weihnachtskarten.
    Obwohl das Wetter hier immer noch wunderschön ist, mit viel Sonnenschein und Wärme.
    Aber nächste Woche soll es leider damit vorbei sein.
    Dann können wir zufrieden mit den Weihnachtskarten weiter machen.

    Herzlichst Sophie

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  11. Gorgeous Christmas card Astrid! Love all the techniques you feature! Love the rusty looking globe and noel! So fun and festive!

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  12. Beautiful Christmas card!! Great details and background. Have a great weekend!

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  13. beautiful work Astrid - so many details - must get that knit layering stencil out - love the look! thatnks for your kind words earlier in the week. hugs rachel x

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  14. You captured the spirit of Christmas, so wonderfully, Astrid. A beautiful card. And I must say I`m impressed ,of you, sending 50 cards out for Christmas. So much work, and I can imagine, rather expensive to send, too. I used to send about 30 cards fro Christmas, but unfortunately I`m not able to do it after becoming a pensionist,-too expensive here in Denmark. xoxoxo

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  15. Way to go on that jump start! Gorgeous Christmas card...love the brown tones!

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  16. There's a lot to be said for starting early. This is a beauty!

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  17. Well done on starting early Astrid and what a gorgeous card to start with! I love the globe die and the pinecone is beautiful. I love your card, it is so beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

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  18. Beautiful! The mix of elements are so pretty. The stenciled background has me thinking of warm Christmas sweaters(jumpers).

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  19. A wonderful first Christmas card and I guess that x-mas is here earlier than we think! Good to start the producction!
    Happy new week!
    oxo Susi

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  20. A wonderful first Christmas card. I keep thinking I must make a start, thanks for the nudge.
    Avril x

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  21. Congrats on getting started! I love the coppery look you've achieved on the globe and lettering, and the rich jewel colours are a treat.
    Alison x

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  22. This is wonderful Astrid, definitely a special delivery for the recipient with that dramatic globe and Nordic background. Love it xx

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  23. Well done Astrid, they are gorgeous Christmas cards, I am still thinking that Christmas is getting closer and not thought about cards as yet.
    Yvonne xx

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  24. What a wonderful start you have made too! Especially love the use of the globe! Hugs, Chrisx

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  25. Wonderful! Astrid The nordic embossed background looks great and love the globe. I really must get started with my christmas crafting .
    hugs x

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