Sunday, 8 September 2013

Peace, joy and merry thoughts

It's hard to believe we're already in September. We actually had a little rain here in Crete today, which only goes to show that the summer is almost (but not quite) over. So it's high time I get going with my Christmas cards. I've only made a few so far this year and I'm foreseeing a lot of stress if I continue at this pace...

Forturnately there are several challenge blogs out there to help me along, so here is my card:

For today's card, I have combined a couple of challenges: a sketch from the lovely Jingle Belles,

the cue 'Peace' from the Festive Friday challenge

and the colours red, green and kraft and a choice of ribbon, twine or burlap from the Merry Monday Card Club Challenge 

Materials used:
Kraft cs, Neenah Solar white cs, green ColorCore cs
PPs from an old Marianne Design Pretty Papers pad
Sentiment stamp - Be Jolly set by Technique Tuesday
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Cuttlebug embossing border from the Just My Type set
Misletoe die - C.C. Designs Cutters
Pearls - Kaisercraft
Twine - Martha Stewart

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
CHNC Extra - always Anything Christmas goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
The Glory of Christmas - 15 Alles geht/Anything Christmas goes

I'm also linking my card up at:


  1. I love the way you did the mistletoe with the pearls, the embossing and the papers! Thanks so much for bringing by to share with us at Merry Monday!

  2. Lovely card, love the way you used the pearls for the berries. Thank you for joining us at the Merry Monday Christmas Card Club Challenge!

  3. Marianne, your card is just lovely!! I especially love your pearls as the mistletoe berries :o)

  4. What a pretty card. The paper designs look like cross stitching. And, the greenery looks so much like mistletoe.
    Have a wonderful Sunday.

    1. Sorry about confusing you, Brenda, but the die I used is actually a mistletoe die LOL.

  5. Love that dotted craft ... and how you turned your holly into mistletoe ... such a great holiday design ... so glad you joined us at jingle belles.

    1. Haha, I did not actually perform any miracles here. I simply put 'holly die' in my list by mistake. The die is really a mistletoe die LOL. Sorry about the confusion.

  6. Hi Marianne!
    Your cards have been lovely!
    TFS the tip about the glossy accents pearls, and if you get this more than once...stupid computer, feel free to delete one!

  7. This one is also a very elegant design Marianne and the rounded edges all add to the eye-catching design.

    Have a good Sunday.


  8. Fabulous card and colors Marianne. Visited from MIM for a look..Loz

  9. Beautiful card - love the addition of the sprig of mistletoe. Thanks for entering this into my CHNC challenge extra for September. You could also share this lovely card for The Glory of Christmas challenge 15: 'anything goes' - I'd love to see it there too, Hazel, Glory of Christmas DT. Hope to see you again soon. x

  10. You make really lovely cards, I like it! It's so fine to the that other people have as much fun as me to create Christmas greeting cards.

    For the Glory of Christmas challenge I wish you Good Luck!

    Lots of love from Germany


  11. Great combination of these challenges! Love the 'cross stitch' look of the dp! Thanks for joining us at Festive Friday!

  12. Thanks for adding for The Glory of Christmas 'anything goes' challenge - hope to see more of your Christmas loveliness soon. x

  13. Wow, you did such a good job of bringing all the challenges together in one beautiful card! Thank you so much for joining Festive Friday!

  14. Three challenges and what a great card. Pretty.

  15. Hi Marianne,

    Wow - you have been super busy and all your cards are wonderful! Its funny, I looked at your card with the mistletoe on it and took a second look. I made a file exactly like that last year for some "Movable" mistletoe for a crafts sale. But then I remembered I had not posted that... haha.

    You are going to make me wanna create my Christmas cards here soon!

    Have a super creative rest of the week!

    :) Barb

  16. what an utterly ♥AMAZING♥ holiday card; i especially love the mistletoe... and the rounded corners... and that awesome sentiment! ok, i especially love THE WHOLE THING, actually, there is not a millimeter of this that isn't perfection! :) FABULOUS take on our JINGLE BELLES sketch! ♥

  17. Wow...what a way to combine these challenges in this one beautiful card! Really love the classic, but soft colors and the little embellished sprig is the PERFECT accent to this layout! Love it! Thanks for sharing it with us at Festive Friday!

  18. Lovely cards Marianne. My favourite colour combos for Christmas too. :)

    Edna x

  19. A beautiful Christmas creation. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Extra this month. Carol GD x

  20. Beautiful card Marianne! I love the embossing and the choice of DP. Very stylish. Great job!!

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