Friday, 25 September 2009

Simon Says Stamp - It's a Stitch Up!




























Good morning everyone...... hope you are having a fantabulous weekend!!

Me? Yep, still in my PJs, lol! Well why not? I'm up and in the shower at the crack of dawn every weekday so it's nice to take the proverbial chill pill when Saturday comes. I'm looking forward to tonight with a double fest of my fave programmes to watch too...... Strictly Come Dancing featuring the FABULOUS Ricky Whittle (sitting here fanning myself.......PHEW) and of course the one and only X Factor where we find the contestants at boot camp this week......... can't wait ;o)

So onto my card....... one of my fave things to add to a card is stitching (always faux I have to admit) as I think it really gives something extra to the design. I do have a brilliant set of stitch stamps which I picked up a while back on EBay and I've used them time and again. This week's challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is stitching so I'm happy to join in as haven't had chance to enter for a while now.

I've just bought this wonderful Christmas image from Mo's Digital Pencil and I think it was such a good investment........ I LOVED colouring it in last night! You know sometimes when you're in a hurry and you don't want the colouring to take very long? Well last night I decided to take my time and I just got totally lost in the colouring stage....... had such a nice time and was pleased with the end result! When you have such an amazing image to work with I think you have to be careful not to add too much else, so I added a Christmas floral arrangement made up of Prima flowers and a blossom, chose a couple of gorgeous papers from Basic Grey's Wassail range, added a cheery sentiment (sorry but I don't know who makes this one), stamped on a zigzag stitch and included some vintage lace from my stash. The image is coloured with Polys and Koh pencils with a touch of Stickles thrown in. Finally I stuck on some mini red flat-backed pearls to look like holly berries on the door wreath...... I bought these recently at Elaine's store here and she has lots of scrummy colours!

I think this is definitely the type of Christmas card I want to make for close friends and family this year - pretty and traditional. I'll save the more funky ones for work colleagues I think. Can't believe I'm making Christmas cards already but I'm really enjoying it this year ;o)

Right then, there's a huge pile of washing calling me so I best be off to start my duties ;o(

Catch you later and enjoy your day!

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

41 comments:

Georgia said...

I LOVE your card Mum! The image is so lovely and I really like the glitter and red pearls you've used.
I love the papers too, and the flower looks brilliant! :)
Love, Georgia xxxxxxxxx

craftypagan said...

Love love love it! That wreath looks totally real! Absolutely beautiful, a perfect traditional with a touch of vintage christmas card!

Pia said...

woooow what a beautiful card, love it!!!

Dena said...

Tara, your coloring is so perfect!!! Love the snow/glitter above the door and that is a greeeaaaat poinsetta! Hugs, Dena

Caroline said...

Great card Tara! Love the image and those papers are lush just perfect. Caroline x

Sandra said...

WOW! What a beautiful card! Love it Tara!!! It is perfect.

Ruth said...

Oh I do love this! There's really nothing to beat the traditional Christmas colours! Ruth x
Go on ..get on with the washing! Ruth x

Anki said...

Wonderful - I can really get the holiday feeling with just looking at this card. Kram - Anki

Kim Piggott said...

Wow!
Tara this is just so beautiful!
Your colouring is superb and your design and detail fabulous!
Oh I do so love this image just wonderful!
So very happy that you have joined us at Simon Says Stamp!
hugs
kim x

Christine said...

Stunning Crimbo card Tara love all the embellies & the image is great..

Hugs Christine xx

Bunny-Zoe said...

Gorgeous card Tara, love the image and all the wonderful details. Hugs Nikki x

Lorraine A said...

Oh this is just fabulous ! The image is lovely,, and you coloured it perfectly ! the papers and embellies are just perfect too ! Love the faux stitching ! :-)

thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Luv
Lols x x

scrapnnMO said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS Tara! Love that image and the layered blooms! :)
♥Dawn♥

coldwaters2 said...

Awesome your creations always inspire and this is no exception is is quite stunning.

Hugs
Lorraine x

Kelly Schelske said...

What a gorgeous creation Tara! Love that image too!

Hugs, Kelly

scrappyjan said...

Tara, WHAT A BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!! Love the coloring and that image.. PJ's WHY NOT?? I HERE YOU!!!!!! lol.... I am going to do that tomorrow.. Tee hee hee......
have a FAB day, hugs, janny

Julie said...

Fab card Tara, really beautifully coloured.

Lisa said...

Hi Tara, Wow this is gorgeous! I love the image and the flower arrangement is beautiful.

Lisa x

gina g said...

Hi Tara Gorgeous card i just love the image and the floral arrangement beautiful. luv gina xx

Hope you enjoyed your day relaxing. xx

sandra_w said...

So beautiful, Tara! Cute image and great colouring!

Hugs,
san x

stardustgemsandribbon said...

Super card Tara...what a wonderful image...and beautifully coloured.
Sounds like you had a nice morning...hope you have a great Sunday.
Hugs
Carole x

Sarita said...

This is so fab Tara, love the Christmas scene and the sparkly snow. And I really love that stitch stamp...gonna have to track that one down as it must save so much time getting the sewing machine out!
Loved X Factor, especially the last contestant, but there's more to come I think..it's gonna be a really good series this year. Still got Strictly recorded as I got side tracked crafting lol!

Danni said...

Wonderful card!

Martine said...

oooooo this is gorgoues hunni, i am loving that gorgeous image by Mo,you have coloured it wonderfully, and would that be BasicGrey Wassail i spy, yummy :) :) :)


xx

Martine

Di said...

Fabulous Tara, really traditional card! i must get some of Mos images they are so brilliant! this one will last you forever. Love the faux stitching Great! i love xfactor too! but guess what! i have never watched Strictly!! always watching X fact. must give it a viewing!

Great card Tara

Hugs Di xxxxx

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Hi Tara!! WOWZER!! This is just totally gorgeous!! I love the coloring, your layout, image and all the beautiful details!! TFS!! HUGS

Rica said...

Hi you - just gorgeous and just looking at one can see you really enjoyed making this - the pleasure shine through - waffling? - I know what I mean lol. Fabulous image isn't it as are all Mo's images. Your embellies are stunning and what a fantastic choice of papers.
hugs Heather xx

Cass said...

Gorgeous card Tara.Love those papers.One of my faves.Lovely image too.
Cass xxx

Kathy said...

WOW Tara this is so pretty!! You fooled me I was thinking I wish I could stitch like that!! haha I need to get a stamp set like that!!!! Such pretty papers and this image is so pretty as well!! Love the homey feel to your card!!
Hey why not stay in PJ's ~ you should have a day to relax right??? Hope you have a great week
:)Kathy

Chris said...

Hi Tara, I very much missed you not being there yesterday, it would have been perfect if you were. Hopefully I'll make it in November and we can meet then. Your card is gorgeous and so is the image and I agree how lovely it is when you find an image that you really love colouring and get lost in it. It's the most beautiful Christmas card. Glad I'm not alone in the late morning pj's :D and hope you had a nice day today too. Hugs, Chris xxx

June said...

Fantastic card and I love mos image, I havent got that one yet but I feel a need lol huggies from me xxxxx

jenny said...

Stunning card, love the rich colours and the beautifully coloured image, reminds me of a nice cosy Christmas at home x

Jenny x

Faerielore said...

sounds like the perfect saturday, pj days are the best !!!! love this card darling, i do love traditional colours xxx

SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Fab card! I love the colors, paper, and flower combo!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!

<3,
Steph

Risa said...

What a beautiful card! I love your beautifully colored image! Simple and classy all the way!
hugs
Risa:)

Ila said...

Oh Wow!! this is just Gorgeous!!..and your coloring is Fabulous!!...Hugs, Ila

CreaRenata said...

Hello Tara,

What a wonderful stamp! Love the beautiful colours, you did a great job!

Congrats on your position in the DT!

June Houck said...

Oh, wow, what a great image. I love your added glitter and the traditional poinsettia. Lovely card :)

Sue Moone said...

Wow, beautiful card,
Sue x

debby4000 said...

Wonderful card, such gorgeous details and image.
luv
Debby

stephanne said...

Wow, this is beautiful, the image looks fantastic, I love the glitter, it looks wonderful, and the papers are lace are yummy!!