Sunday, 26 August 2012

Trimming the Tree!

Good morning all and hope that you're enjoying a Bank Holiday weekend - well, here in the UK anyway! And in true British Bank Holiday style, yesterday we had heavy rain! Thankfully, things look a bit brighter today but not sure for how long. My hubby is taking an extra day's holiday on Tuesday and planning to go fishing, so that nearly always guarantees another rainy day lol!  I had a reasonably quiet day yesterday as everyone was out - and it's always nice to have the house to myself for a few hours. Lauren was out at the cinema and Jack had gone to the football match with his friend, so for once I didn't have a house full of teenagers!

And I confess that I've finally succumbed and started to make one or two Christmas cards! Oh dear! I'm not one of those who makes Christmas cards all year, and although I love Christmas and all the fuss that goes with it, I can't really get into the right frame of mind to create snowy scenes in spring and summer! But considering the recent weather, this wasn't too much of a problem this year!  And LOTV have released some gorgeous new Christmas stamps in the last few weeks, so it seemed rude not to do one or two!

This lovely little stamp is called - you've guessed it! - 'Trimming the Tree'!  I always love the little details on these stamps, and that little dog sat watching is so cute - although in our house Tilly the Dog always feels she should be able to help! 

I've coloured the stamp with promarkers and pencils, with some added glitter and with some shading in chalks around the edges. 
The lovely backing paper is from LOTV's new paper pads, and this one is Krafty Christmas.  I've inked the edges with some distress inks. 
The red & green coredinations strips were cut with Spellbinders edgeabilities. The candy stripe ribbon is from K&Co.  The buttons & fabric brad are from my stash, and the sentiment stamp is from LOTV. 

Putting up the tree has always been a nice event in our house, although the kids do complain that I'm too picky about decorating it! My daughter even came home from Uni last December to help put it up! And every year my son points out that the tree seems smaller - although we do explain it's simply that he is getting (a lot!) taller!  And I know I chatter on about them, so here is a quick pic of Lauren & Jack

- although it was taken last summer & Jack is now a few inches taller than all his sisters, much to his delight! How do teenage boys grow so fast?

Anyway, hope you like a touch of Christmas on a late summer bank holiday! 
Back soon, Kim x 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-
CraftyAnns - Christmas
Challenge up your life - Christmas in summer


  1. Hi Kim, Its Sunday morning and time for a cup of tea and a wander through Blog Land for me. Your posts never fail to deliver. Wonderful card, fabulous colouring and details and your lovely writing skills. You have a great way with words.
    The Kids look fabulous.
    Have a wonderful Sunday.

  2. Adorable card with fantastic colouring and layout. Yes it rained here as well yesterday. Today is sunny at the moment!!! Your children look as adorable as your card. Lol!!!


  3. Gorgeous Kim the image is beautifully coloured and I love the paper's. The photo is fab. Caroline xxx

  4. Beautiful card Kim (have to admit I bought this one too) Great colouring layout and design. The border goes really well with the image.
    Lovely pic of your children.... butter wouldn't melt :)
    Eileen x

  5. That's a beautiful photo Kim, I agree they grow up too fast. My eldest starts at Uni in a couple of weeks, can't believe it!

    That's a great stamp and you've coloured it so beautifully. A really lovely card.

    Jo x

  6. Oh, was für eine wundervolle Karte! Sehr schön!

    Danke für deine Teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.

    LG Dreja

  7. Gorgeous card Kim. I love the delightful image and you have coloured it so beautifully.
    That's a super photo of your children.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the day
    Hugs Sue

  8. Will you stop with the Christmas cards?! You're making me feel like I should be making some ;)

    Gorgeous card, and that image is so sweet. I haven't given in to the new releases.... yet.

    Susan xx

  9. Cute card - I really like that LOTV image. Nice picture of your son and daughter. :)

  10. Beautiful shades of red and green and a lovely creation, thank you so much for joining us this week at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  11. Eine wunderschöne Karte. Gefällt mir.

    Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.
    LG Tina

  12. Beautiful card, thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland.

    Pam x

  13. Just loving this Kim, love the muted colouring such a sweet image
    hugs and best wishes

  14. That is too cute, love your colouring. xx Flora

  15. Gorgeous Chrissy card, beautiful image and I love your fancy strip. Lovely pic of your kids too!

  16. Gorgeous red and green card hun, thanks so much for playing Winter Wonderland with us this week. Hugs Sxx

  17. What a stunnig card, your colouring is amazing, Love this card. Good for you making a start for christmas!
    Thanks for joining us over on ATCs With Attitude.
    Hugs Alison x x

  18. Wonderful card, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  19. Wowwww Kim,,,,love your coloring and the arragement,,,,on this Xmas Card it inspired me to create my own version.......Thanks for your comments at Mitra blog,,,,about the cigar box with my picts. Feel free to ask me your favorite product from all my stuff , email me to

  20. Lovely card.
    Thanks for joining us at the stempelsonnenchallenge.
    Hugs stine


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Kim x