Wednesday, 22 January 2014


It's B for Bare Essentials at the ABC Christmas Challenge this fortnight.  I had actually read it as bear, rather than bare, and so thought it wanted a teddy image, but when I read it correctly, I realised it actually means don't overdress your card, and keep it to the bare minimum of embellishments!!  D'oh.

Luckily, I've covered both bases (by sheer chance, rather than intention!)

I've used one of my favourite LOTV images from their 2013 Christmas releases (although to be fair there were a few favourites from LOTV in 2013!).  I've teamed it with a simple 'Merry Christmas' ribbon, and frostyville border die.

I made a few of these C&S design Christmas cards last year, and quite liked the style.  It was quite quick to make and really showcased the image.  I also liked the cheat way of including a sentiment by using the pre-printed ribbon!

See my cards available to buy on eBay


Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
  • LOTV Challenge - Anything Goes
  • Sweet Stampin' - Your Style (this is pretty much my one and only C&S style. I love the simplicity of it, and the focus on the main image.  I made LOADS of these for xmas last year, and already made a springtime version since then)
Happy crafting



Sharon said...

Hi Annette, your card is absolutely stunning. I love the white against that coloured card. The die stands out beautifully. Perfect in every way and superb colouring too. Wishing you a fab day, hugs Sharon xx

Rebecca Bradshaw said...

Beautiful card, I love your colouring and that die looks gorgeous!

Christine L said...

Morning Annette... no wonder you like this style, it's really fabulous... and an innovative way to use the border but keeping in CAS.... PERFECT!

Christine x

Squirrel x said...

Another little beauty! Awwh, James, my darlin' bear, how do I love thee, let me count the ways.... stunning design hun, love the bold red with the white border. Gorgeous. Hugs xx

debby4000 said...

Fabulous card, love the cute image

Clevercrafter said...

Great card and such an adorable image coloured perfectly.

Sarah said...

New glasses?!! Gorgeous card Annette,Fabby colouring,lovely rich red and the ribbon is lovely xx

Lorraine A said...

gorgeous card Annette :-) whether by intention or not your card is brilliant ! maybe next year we should have a Bear/Bare Challenge ;-)

Lols x x x

Cindy Groh said...

Love that border and your beautifully colored image. Just perfect.

Zw@@n said...

Amazing CAS card, Annette. That border is great. And also Love that image and your colouring. Luv, Wilma

Chrissy said...

A gorgeous CAS card the sparkle and fabulous colouring..the die looks gorgeous with the pretty..


Céline said...

love love love that design Annette, really pretty card

Dot said...

Very beautiful Annette, I think it might be a 'caser' ;) (have to case it)
hugs Dorte

Carol S. said...

Hi Annette, My fave James Christmas stamp! Love the C&S style and fabulous colouring. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

This is pretty fantastic hun!!

Deanne :)

Carissa said...

Love your card! Such pretty colouring and a great way to showcase that die too.
Hugs, Carissa

Kim said...

Love, love this. It is simple and striking all at once. Glad you joined us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Sandra said...

Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin'

Larissa said...

Very pretty card! Love the elegant design and the cute image.


Erica said...

Such a sweet card, Netty. Gorgeous colours and I love the pearly snowflakes!

Thanks for joining our Lili of the Valley 'Anything Goes' challenge!

Good Luck!


Erica x

Daria said...

Darling card! I love all the details, and your coloring is wonderful. The image makes me smile.

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