Monday, 9 July 2012

Heartfelt Christmas

Gooood morning, Crafty Cronies! Here we are at the start of another week. Fingers-crossed it will be a warm one. So far it has been a strange summer. Sure, we've had sun but what's with all this wind? I'm talking strong gusts, cold and in your face. Urgh! Still, we managed to have a nice weekend...and Sunday was especially special. More on that at the end of this post.
Our main order of business is this week's MojoMonday #249 card. I'm using the colours from PlayDate Cafe #139 and some loving inspiration from CropStop#79

Gold and silver ... a difficult mix for me but therein lies the challenge. I'm not entirely convinced by the outcome, but it's another Christmas card in my stash and I'm not complaining.

All vellum, no paper here. I used pieces from Papermania's Christmas Carol Signature Collection. 
The ornament is a stamp from WMS Vintage Ornaments set. I heat embossed it with  Holographic Silver EP. It's got a very fine shimmer, not entirely obvious in the picture.  Finally, I cut it out with Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornaments die.
The sentiment is from WMS Compact Sentiments set, stamped in Brilliance Dew Drop Galaxy Gold. Gold and silver ribbons do their part to uphold the colour brief.
Foam tape to give the ornament a lift.
On the inside, I stuck to the warm tones and added some bling to perks things  up.
I'm also taking this card to The Crazy Challenge #124  and 2 Sisters Challenge for their Christmas in July party. Over at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #18 they're playing with Vellum - perfect!

Now, on to our weekend exploits:
It was Snoopi's 6th birthday yesterday. (That's Snoopi with an "i", like Toni, Randi etc.) As always, we went on a bike ride to the most westerly tip of continental Europe ... a far away place called "Cabo da Roca ... onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa" (Cape Roca ...where the land ends and the sea begins). Actually, it's not that far away for us, about 25miles / 40kms from where we live but it's a spectacular ride with breathtaking views all the way to the destination. Once there, Snoop thought it necessary to sprinkle the local vegetation while we stumbled about on the rocky terrain, fighting gale force winds. I took these pictures of Snoop-dog before we set out on our windy wingding. 

The birthday girl all geared up and ready to roll. Conan's getting impatient, but I don't care - Mama's too busy taking pictures!
My little pumpkin in her pink helmet and riding harness. A born biker chick. What a poser, eh?!
Ok, now's she's just being cheeky!
That's my cue to hop on! And off we rode into the wind....and  boy, was it windy!!!  (Next time we'll take the car!)
We stopped for coffee and cake.  She's looking straight at me, perplexed... perhaps a little peeved that I selfishly devoured her birthday cake.  

That's all from me today. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week and I'll see ya soon! 


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Granola muffin (something healthy for a change!) and


  1. Przesliczna swiateczna karteczka,kolorki bardzo delikatne!

  2. Oh my goodness, Snoopi looks so pround and elegant! She is so cute on the motorcycle. And your card is amazingly beautiful. The vellum is fabulous on the background.... :)

  3. This card is so beautiful, Asha! And Snoopi is so cute with her pink helmet!!

  4. Gorgeous Christmas card! Thanks for joining our CropStop Challenge.

  5. This card is so stylish and classy Asha. Beautifully designed. :-) Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. :-) Hugs!

  6. LOL! So glad you had such a wonderful weekend celebrating, Asha! And what a perfect Christmas creation this color combo makes! LOVE your layered, horizontal ribbons, too! Such delicious texture! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

  7. How adorable is Snoopi..happy Birthday little cute..

    Fabulous card too the non traditional Christmas cards..lovely vellum.

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

  8. This card is beautiful!!!
    Your little biker doggie is just too cute!!

  9. elegant card love the colours and layout , thanks for joining us at 2sisters this week tracy :)

  10. fab photos and what a way to spend the weekend.......very jealous!
    The card is great, you really worked those colours and all vellum! I must get some Xmas stamps in stock, seeing yours reminds me I only have a few-have a good week x

  11. Love the use of vellum on your card - thanks for joining in the challenge a csayl. Snoopi is adoreable in her bikers outfit xx

  12. As a motorbiker myself, I can tell little snoopy is very happy on her birthday - and she has a fabulous outfit! Your cards are out of this world Asha. Congratulations. I wish I could get a card like this to give my wife for Christmas this year. Any ideas?

  13. Delicious christmas card ! Love your layout.
    Thanks for joining The Crazy Challenge.
    Hugs Berit

  14. Beautiful Christmas card! Love how you embossed the ornament! Thanks for playing this week at The
    Play Date Cafe.

  15. Very pretty card, Asha. BUT your little biker doggie is cuter! Sorry but I think she steals this post. TFS, sure made my day!

  16. hello Asha, so nice, i love your card, thanks for your participation at Christmas Stampin' All Year long, hope to see you next week, biz

  17. Oh! My! These pictures are Gorgeous!! One cool chick! Fabulous outfit too..Love the 'cheeky' pose..
    I will be smiling all day lol....LOve em x
    I forgot for a minute!
    I've really called to see your card!
    What a Fabulous use of Vellum...Loving the design...Thank you soooo much for joining us at CSAYL x

  18. An absolutely GORGEOUS card! LOVE your ornament and the coloring is fabulous! Thanks for joining us at CSAYL--hope to see you again next time!!! :)

  19. Someone told me yesterday that it's only 26 weeks to Christmas so well done on getting a head start! Great use of our colours and I adore your gorgeous doggy pics too!!! Thank you so much for joining us over at The Play Date Cafe this week!

  20. Gorgeous card! I would never have guessed that it is all vellum. But it adds up to a very elegant Christmas card! Thanks for playing with CSAYL

  21. Gorgeous! i love the image and the design. Thank you for joining us at 2 Sisters this week. Good luck. Hugs, Jill x

  22. Gorgeous card and fab pictures, cute dog!
    Thanks for joining us at Christman Stampin All Year Long ;-))m

  23. very lovely card!
    Thanks for joining us at Christmas Stampin All Year Long

  24. Beautiful card, and Snoopi is adorable! Thanks for playing along over at CSAYL!

  25. First off, how cute is your dog!!!
    What a pretty card too. So detailed, I never get around to the inside of cards ;>)
    Thanks for joining us at CSAYL!!!

  26. Beautiful card! Sweet doggie!!! Thanks for participating in CSAYL's challenge! Hope to see you again!!!


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