Friday, 19 November 2010

A City Christmas

I've a couple of cards to show you today, here's the city one, country card coming up later.  This card began life as a one layer card, inspired by my blogging friend Chrissie's awesome card here.  It's just the most beautiful card I've seen for ages, however while I love tree stamps and have a whole forest of them, I wanted to do things a little differently.  So I decided to use the Hero Arts city stamp I bought a while back which hasn't yet got inky.  But you don't need to look too closely to see that this isn't a one layer card...

I masked off the card, used my duster brushes and Distress Inks, stamped the buildings.  It looked gorgeous.  Then I took off the Post-Its and saw that my gorgeous scene was upside down on my card!  I have now done one that I'm happy with but the next few had silly mistakes on them.  So I trimmed this with a little of the white  either side and gold embossed a Sheena Douglass star on it.  Hmm... looked like the stable in Bethlehem was now a skyscraper... rapidly added Santa in his sleigh:).

The DP is Artylicous from the Spirit of Christmas CD, the sentiment Craftwork Cards and the lacy MS punch was a present from my very kind friend Val.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges:
CD Sunday - lavender and lace
Wagsnwhiskers - lavender and lace
Truly Scrumptious - sketch
Stamp scrap and doodle - no flowers at all
Fussy and fancy - non-trad Christmas colours
Bah Humbug - lovely in lilac


  1. Oh Anne, Thanks for joining us at SSDS with your beautiful card.

  2. This is so elegant!!
    The city of Bethlehem in modern sense :-D

  3. Now this is very different to the usual kind of Christmas card but it really works and I love it. Thanks for joining us at CD Sunday this week.
    Jenny x
    CD Sunday DT

  4. Such a wonderful card. Thanks for joining us this week at WnW. Hugs Michele x

  5. It's gorgeous Anne, had a giggle over the stories about getting it right - is your bin as full as mine?
    The colours you chose are fabulous and your stamping perfection, love the Santa on his rounds.

    So glad you joined us at Truly Scrumptious.
    hugs Heather xx

  6. Love it Anne. Thanks for playing with us at CD Sunday. Tess x

  7. I love the tale of woes behind your card Anne. Brings a glow of 'there is someone else out there who does that'. A wonderful recovery and we wouldn't have known without the tale.
    Thank you for joining us at CD Sunday.

  8. I'd say that was a great rescue Anne!
    I love your sky, I bet you're glad you bought those brushes at the NEC!
    I also think that that sky scraper stamp is ace!
    Great card... and thanks for the mention!

  9. This is brilliant - very elegant, and love the colours.

  10. wow a very very effective card. Love it.
    I do hope you'll have chance to join in our last challenge of the year next week.
    Ann xxx
    Bah! Humbug! DT

  11. Hello Anne

    Wow what a stunning and elegant card, so different from the norm but gorgeous. The colours are fabulous and I love Santa and co in the sky.
    Thanks you so much for joining us this week at Bah!Humbug!

  12. A real beauty Anne and perfect for our challenge at CDS. Thanks for joining in. Hugs x

  13. Beautiful card Anne, good to see that someone else makes mistakes too and isn't afraid to say.
    Thanks for joining us at CD Sunday this week. xx

  14. Oh no! That must have been so frustrating! It's come out beautifully though, I love the purples and the sleigh looks fab! Thanks for joining in with the Truly Scrumptious Challenge!

    Love Beth xx

  15. How refreshing that you 'fessed up' to the hiccups you had while making your card. Makes me feel rather less inadequate LOL!
    The finished result is brilliant though and just shows that with a little thought, there is usually a rescue for happy accidents. Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

    Max's Craft Creations
    Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT


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