Sunday, 2 November 2014

Christmas. Yes, I concede.

Usually I try not to acknowledge Christmas until after Bonfire Night. Pumpkins, bonfires, fireworks and tinsel just don't go together in my head. I have tried to drown out that our church choir has been rehearsing Christmas music since not long after Easter, and that the shop began selling Christmas gift wrap last week. But when it got to 11pm on Halloween night after a cosy evening of ghost TV and candles, with the crop the next day and having done not a moment of packing or planning, I found the cutest set of door wreath cards on Pinterest. That was it, I was hooked. Another one for Fiona's SIPIDI!

I'm not getting much crafting done since I started work, but yesterday was our monthly Bristol Scrappers crop, and despite having to share the hall with a team of noisy stage builders, I managed 4 of these identical cards. The door is made from a Memory Box window die, but I cut it about and discarded most of the important bits, and I think it looks a lot like a door.

I'm entering it into Less Is More's non-traditional Christmas card challenge. It's simple, but I just hope it is clean enough after I added the faint stone stamping to make the wall. I'm sure Chrissie and the team will tell me if I've made it too busy!

It is also for Simon Says Stamp's "anything" challenge, Cute Card Thursday's "razzle dazzle" (is the Ice Stickles glittery enough? It's much more glittery in real life, I promise) and Pixie's Crafty Workshop's "snippets" challenge. Seriously Di, you should have seen me taking my bits of leftover white card onto the kitchen worktop where my noise wouldn't matter so much, and bruising the back AND front of my left hand punching out all those branches. That is, until I was requested to "move over" from my approximately 1 square foot of space to make room for the stage builders to have their coffee...