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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Christmas in July!

Good Morning to you all and a very happy Sunday! That of course means a brand new challenge at THE CRAFTY PAD.
Well, after the vile weather we had yesterday I think I could well have been 'fast-forwarded' 5 months and our theme this week doesn't seem so out of place!! Boy it was so cold, wet and so so dark!
Anyway, onto the challenge; this week we're having a
theme! A chance to get ahead, and make a start on those Chrissy cards! It's a fairly popular one too it seems, having done a little blog-hopping recently.
Our  sponsor this week is the lovely Joanna Sheen with a £10 gift voucher to spend in her shop.
Our fabby boss, Debbie Moore has just released some wonderful Christmas images which are available at THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS and the DT have used some of them this week. Make sure you take a look, they are FAB as always.
My card is called a DIAPER FOLD card, and I must thank KURLYGIRL for the inspiration, as I saw this fold on her blog and felt inspired!
 It started life as a 12"x12" piece of double-sided card, and was folded using the diaper fold. Sadly, the candy canes are just images of canes....try as I did, I couldn't find any candy canes on sale in the middle of July!! If I were making this again (which I'm sure I will as it's quite easy but really effective,) I would love to add real candy canes or some other little gift into the pouch, and give as little christmas gifts; great for kiddies or even teachers!
 Isn't this little chap adorable!? He is just one of the new Christmas Elf see them all, click HERE. Available as digi stamps, there are even pre-coloured versions too....which is what I used for this project. There are also loads of sentiment tickets too! My little chap has been layered up and the starburst backing mat was made in Powerpoint. I added some red gems to the points.
 here's a closer look at my candy canes, which slide down into the pouch created by the diaper fold.
And a close-up of the ticket-tag I used to match the image. I added a tiny ribbon and a gem, as well as a larger red organza bow to the card and voila!
Oh yes, even MORE great news! The Crafty Pad Designs are now offering SPECIALS every week, so it's well worth popping over regularly to see what darling images you can snag at an extra special price ;-D

As I said, there seem to be a fair few christmas challenges out there, so I am going to enter my card into the following:
Thanks so much for popping in, I really appreciate you taking the time :-D


Dawn said...

Woo Hoo, I love this! I've seen a couple of these about & this would make a fab little Stocking filler gift!Good Luck in your challenges!
Dawn xx

Gaynor said...

What a fab creation I LOVE it. Thanks for sharing with CYDA and good luck, Gaynor DT xx

Catherine said...

What a fantastic creation Ali ! I love it ! Hugs x

Doreen said...

What a fabulous creation.Thanks for sharing with us at

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

A: Your Christmas card is wonderful--I especially like the Candy Canes ARE paaper[saved me from myself & eating them]! Also love the 'diaper fold'--I'm inspired to use it too! So glad you could join us at Simply Create for our Christmad Card Challenge #48.

Simply Create Design Team Member

GiGi said...

What a super cute card! I love all the candy canes. Thanks for playing at CTO!

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous Christmas creation thank you for sharing it with us at Stampin with the Dragon
hugs Kate xxx
I have candy if you are interested

Adrian said...

Very pretty, thanks for playing @ CTO!

sallysbitz said...

This is just brilliant x

Thanks for joining us this week @ Delightful Challenges & Good Luck x

hugs sally x

Kristen said...

Great job on your card. Love all the details. Thanks for joining us at CTO.

girlia said...

Wow too cute. Love the details in this card. Thanks for playing with us at CTO

Amy said...

So sweet!! Love that fabulous elf image!! Super creative... :)

Thanks so much for sharing your talent at Celebrate The Occasion!! :)

Amy :) at
Celebrate The Occasion DTM

rosalien said...

Hihi...thi image is so funny, it made me smile. :)0 Love this Christmas Diaperfold. :) thanks for joining DC.

Hugs, Rosalien

ike said...

WOW - that's a fabulous project. Thank you for joining us at Simply Create.
Ike xx

Christine B. said...

Love all the candy canes, a great card.Hugs x chrisB

Dilsaver Designs said...

What a fun card, love all the candy canes! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO :)

Jennifer said...

Adore this...really clever! Thanks so much for playing at CES challs xx Jenny xx

NancyD said...

That is a super great project. Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

Melissa said...

Very pretty, I just love it! you did such a wonderful job on your card! Thanks so much for joining CTO!

Amazing Bats! Treasure Hunt said...

What a super cute card! I love all the candy canes. Thanks for playing at CTO!
Christmas Treasure Hunt

Scrappy Scatty said...

What a lovely creation, thank you for playing along at DS4J this fortnight
Love Jan

Betty said...

Wow stunning project, thank you for your comment on my entry for the challenge at the craft pad.
Betty x x

Dr Sonia S V said...

Such a stunning creation. So cheerful and beautiful

Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V

Shelley said...

What a fabulous fancy fold. Thanks for joining in this fortnights Craft Your Days Away Challenge. Hugs Shelley xx

Purple Crazy said...

Great card, lovely colours, thanks for sharing at DC this week xx

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous card, thank you for joining us at CYDA this time hope you will join us again, good luck xx.

Ann said...

I am so struggling to visit everyone's blogs at the moment. Just back from holiday, washing - ironing - work - eeeeeeeeeek just can't fit it all in. So glad I've got a little blog hopping time though or I would have missed this fun creation. Just gorgeous
Ann xxx
Bah! Humbug! DT

Abi said...

This is fab & that image is so lovely, he reminds me of Alice falling down the rabbit hole!! Lovely to see you playing along at Bah Humbug x

Linda said...

What a fabulous creation I just love those candy canes love Linda

Sande said...

Oh, what a fabulous creation!

Thanks for joining us on "Christmas" challenge at Simply Create! Hope to see you again.

Hugs, Sande x

Scrapaddict said...

Nice creation! Thanks for playing Simply Create and good luck!