Sunday, 30 November 2014

Christmas Card Club #25: Silver Bells / All I Want For Christmas

Woohoo! The countdown to Christmas has begun. I can't believe the big day is so close. Today is a special day for a couple of reasons:

1. Advent Sunday - I'm a sucker for traditions, celebrations and feast days

2. André (our oldest furbaby) is 14 years old today. He was named after the saint of the day - Santandre (St Andrew). A special shout out to my friends in Scotland.

I also received some special candy from a very special person.... more on that later.

So, we're putting up the tree after Mass today, but first we will have a special lunch for André. Peanut and Richard Parker will take the tree down... we'll put it back up ... and so on until Jan 6th. It's another time-honoured Martins tradition!

But first let me show you a card I made for the Christmas Card Club. It's my turn to choose a theme and, in keeping with my personal tradition, I managed to confuse and confound everyone with not one but two themes. So sorry ladies!

And so, I hang my head in shame and introduce my card for these themes: "Silver Bells" and / or "All I Want For Christmas". I couldn't make my mind up about anything with this card... so I mixed up my stamps and came up with this.

The background CS is a very pale silvery grey. For the little falling hearts
I used a Fiskers punch and silver mirri. The corner die is by WIld Rose
Studio with lashings of Stardust Stickles. The greeting is from Seasons Of Love by 

Waltzing Mouse Stamps, stamped with Versacolor Silver.

The bells are from Chocolate Baroque's A Child I Born, stamped with VersaColor Silver
and heat embossed with Stampendous Stardust Transparent. I coloured the
leaves with green Caran d'Ache pencils. And in keeping with the theme(s)
I tied 3 silver bells with some silver thread.

On the inside I stamped a greeting from Clearly Besotted's Most Wonderful
 and added a little silver heart.

Here's a list of the über-talented ladies from the Christmas Card Club who, despite my best efforts to thwart their well laid plans, have managed to create spectacular works of art. Swing by their blog and you'll see what I mean!

Karen P ... Maureen ... Margaret ... Carol ... Lizzie ... Hazel ... Karen B ... Sue P ... Sylvie ...
Sue J ... Zoë ... Christine ... Mary ... Lorraine ... Rita ... Rachel ... Valery ... GranMargaret ... Kate
And now for the special news I mentioned earlier. Check this out:

A very special lady (with a true heart of gold!) sent me this blog candy! I am so honoured to have found her in  blogland and to be following her delightful and wholesome crafty creations. She also has a very special name so close to my heart since ... forever. She is Snoopy of Snoopy's Homemade Fun.

That box she sent has the prettiest flowers, ribbons, stamp pads and a bunch of Copic markers!!! If that weren't enough.... she also sent a 12" cutting mat!

I am grateful beyond words... so much so, I'm still lovingly caressing and admiring the contents. Haven't used them yet... but I will. I just need a few more days basking in their glory!

THANK YOU, Snoopy. Unbeknownst to you, a life long wish has come true. When I was a child I wanted Snoopy to send me one of those letters he used to type on hid kennel. Almost 50 years later... I finally got that letter (and soooo much more) from "Snoopy". You see, along with the stuff are a couple of handwritten notes to treasure! Wishes do come true, folks. It's just a question of time... and faith! :)

Have a blessed Advent Sunday, friends. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I'll leave you with the original version of "Silver Bells" sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the movie "The Lemon Drop Kid". There are so many beautiful versions but there's something endearing about Bob Hope's rendition.

Beijinhos & abraços!


  1. I absolutely love your card Asha. The bells are great and I really love that corner die. Confusing or not, it was a great challenge - and I managed an extra card! Not bad eh? God bless. Christine xx

  2. Love the card Asha and what a beautiful box of goodies from Snoopy. Truly fab. Happy birthday to Andre xxx

  3. Beautiful card, Asha! Your bells are so pretty.

    The parcel is will have wo much fun playing with this lovely stash!

  4. What a lovely card Asha, great stamp and I love the green foliage and the addition of the bells. What an amazing blog candy win and it couldn't have happened to a nicer person, I hope you enjoy it xx

  5. Gorgeous card Asha - can see that you love the same bells that I do!! Lurved the look of your parcel and am having an imaginary delve into it!!! You certainly deserve this one! Lots of birthday wishes to Andre from all of us here.

    Big hugs to you Sue Pxxx

    PS I have absolutely adored this theme so thank you loads.

  6. What a stunning card Asha. I loved the theme you chose. Hugs Rita xx

  7. A truly gorgeous card and those silver bells are fabulous. Love the corner die cut too. Enjoy your day celebrating and maybe getting to use some of that fabulous candy box contents.

  8. Thank you so much for the challenge Asha, I loved it. Thanks to for the film clip, it was lovely to watch and hear the song, can't beat these oldies.
    Your card is fabulous, love your bells image and beautifully coloured.
    Awsome candy, enjoy ti all, hugs Kate x

  9. What a wonderful goodie bag! And this card I love! The colours, the sparkle and the CAS design and more so as you entered it into TIME OUT, fab to see you. Now, I know I ask this every uear but have you ordered the Turkey???

  10. I meant Uniko, not TIME OUT!! Been at the wine again!!

  11. Gorgeous card Asha, love your stamps and dies. What a wonderful box of goodies too...enjoy! Loved the theme and I've been singing all weekend. Carol x

  12. What a beautiful card, Asha - love those bells. And thanks for such a lovely challenge for CCC - I enjoyed having to think my way through it. And thanks for entering this for Completely Christmas. x

  13. Such a beautiful creation Asha. Love your candy it looks awesome sweetie. she is certainly a very special lady.

  14. Asha, thanks for a great challenge. I had looked at this week's theme after last challenge, so I was ok with the Silver Bells (thank goodness my procrastination works for me sometimes!). However, I had a particular PSX bell stamp in mind, which decided to hide somewhere. While searching, I found another stamp, which fit nicely I thought. So it was a fun & imaginative challenge from my perspective. I am loving this CB image, so beautifully rendered the way you have chosen to present it. Loved the greenery at the top and that corner treatment is so great with the image. A totally lovely card. TFS your super candy with us. What a generous Snoopy your friend is. You'll have such fun with all the luscious goodness packed in this box. I'll be back to check out Snoopy's blog too, as it's always so much fun to meet a new friend. Thanks again for a good challenge. TFS & Hugs

  15. Beautiful silver bells. I love the cascading hearts and the collection of bells at the top gives a lovely effect. Your candy you received will keep you going for a while. hugs Mrs A.

  16. I absolutely love your card you created. It is so beautiful and elegant! And, I am so happy your wish came true at last. I do believe you have gotten an early Christmas gift with all those goodies!

  17. Love the bells on this card - so pretty with the hearts in the background! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments!! It is always fun to find a new friend in blogland! Hugs - Laura

  18. Absolutely GORGEOUS card!! I love the bells and the little hearts in the background!! Beautiful job and what a fabulous win...just like Christmas is early for you!! LOL!! HUGS

  19. My computer went kerplunky on the weekend. Your card is so elegant. I love the grey of the bells, the touch of green and the glitter! I really do believe that dreams come true, one just needs faith and now you got a letter from Snoopy and some wonderful gifts to play with and create more. I love the Bob Hope rendition of this carol. It is so simple and sweet. he did miss his timing to get in sync with his singing at one point (Film nut in me). her voice is so pretty and, on her scarf, are my initials! You know this is one film (of many) I have not seen

  20. Stunningly elegant, Asha! Gorgeous bells and I adore the little splashes of green. Wonderful story about both Snoopys. :-D Thanks for sharing that.

  21. This is so pretty, Love the bells paired with jingle bells :)

  22. So beautiful and elegant! I love the image and the die you used is so gorgeous. What a great candy you got and so happy for you to have your wish of getting a letter from Snoopy come true. Thanks for playing along with us at CWWC, unfortunately, you have entered too many challenges to be eligible for ours. I do hope you will share your talent with us again soon. Hugs, Robin

  23. Lovely challenge and beautiful card Asha. Love the real bells too! Zx

  24. Fabulous Asha ... Plenty of Bells.... Stunning card....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  25. great add of the bells Asha and I adore the elegant Images
    really ellegant christmas card
    and you are a lucky woman to get that lovely Goodies
    yes I am happy for you too my friend
    I wish I am so lucky like you LOL
    enjoy your goodies Asha

  26. Your card is lovely all in silver and white. Love your idea of the punched silver hearts, it's actually also a great idea for making 'faux' sequins...
    You lucky girl, what an awesome gift you've received!

  27. Asha, your card is gorgeous. I am sorry but that I don't see our theme in it. We wanted to see a project with music paper. Hope to see you next time. Luv, Wilma

  28. FAB & festive :) Thanks for joining in on the Uniko Studio Challenge. Hugs Bev x

  29. Asha your card is so beautiful! I love the stamp you have used, the sparkle on the die cut, the soft shimmer of the card - LOVE IT! Thank you so much for such a fun challenge huni, I have my post finally typed and scheduled for this evening so I am catching up with everyone's creations now. So sorry I am so late, have had a nasty virus that has left me as weak as a kitten! Karen xx
    P.S. what gorgeous candy! Am a wee bit green - all those lovely pens!

  30. Asha, your card is gorgeous! I love these gray bells with hearts around. The little green touch of fir branches and the golden bells look great !!
    And wow, what chance you had !!! This candy is simply amazing. It really is Christmas before Christmas!
    I'm very happy for you!
    Have anice evening
    Rosi x

  31. I had to giggle a few times - picturing the animals working together to bring down the tree for sure! And the 'confusing' theme - yeah, that's me too. And what a fun and fabulous gift from Snoopy. Brightening someone's day is a true gift in a friend!

  32. Such a gorgeous card! Your design is beautiful and I love those bells. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Winter Wonderland!

  33. What a pretty card. I love the bells and the real hearts. Thanks a lot for joining in with my Festive 48 at My Perfect Life .

  34. Lovely card, Thanks for Playing along with us this time at ABC Christmas Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)


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