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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

"Blue is the Colour..."

So in the fine tradition of using song titles in your blog headers (okay, so it's my tradition, but I like it!), I couldn't think of another one that only used blue in it, so please don't think I am a Chelsea supporter - I may just gag! I'm a Newcastle Utd supporter through and through, but they don't quite fit in with this weeks theme at I Love ProMarkers, which is Blue & White.

For me, the theme screamed 'Christmas'; you can't beat a nice crisp white against a blue background and I am really happy (for a change!) with this weeks finished card. The stamp is another Gorjuss (I bought about five different ones and this is only the second one I've used!!), and for a change I did a bit of paper piecing on the coat, then finished it off with some very tiny buttons. The snow is glitter dust which I just love to bits and the die on the side is a new(ish) die from Paper Box. The Poinsettia and tall leaf are Marianne Designs and the leaves at the bottom of the flower are from Sizzix. All of this is laid over a piece of plain blue card, covered in some printed acetate which I have had in my (12x12) stash forever but had no idea when I was going to use it.

As it is the season for the old Christmas party, I decided to join my fellow work colleagues this week for our annual sojourn. We went to the Ocean chinese restaurant (in Lincoln) and as ever the food was amazing. I did however consolidate a feeling I had long held and that was that I really DO NOT like being around belligerent, drunken women. My ex-wife used to be a bit of a nasty drunk and as I am on long-term pain medication I no longer enjoy the odd tipple when I go out as it just makes me feel ill. Being around drunks isn't usually a problem for me, as Jo and I don't really go anywhere in the evenings these days, we are very much home bodies now but on the odd occassion I do go out, I don't mind being with people who are drinking. Sunday night was totally different though as one of the girls (she shall remain nameless) was drunk when she arrived. All through the evening I seemed to be her target and while I am not one to make a big scene I really didn't appreciate the (sometimes quite hurtful) comments she was throwing about. Rest assured though, when I next see her at work and she isn't sozzled I will definately have something to say!

Anyhoo, on a lighter note, hope you are nearly ready for Christmas. Jo and I are getting there slowly (which is how we do everything these days!!) and I am getting quite excited.

Hope you like the card and I will of course see you agin real soon.

Take care,



Entered into: 4 Crafty Chicks #68 - Christmas

Christmas Card Challenges week #3 - Non-Traditional Colours

Dream Valley Challenges #22 - Christmas

Gingerloft Challenges #30 - Christmas and Winter

One Stitch At A Time #93 - Anything Goes

Opus Gluei Challenge #120 - I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

The Squirrel And The Fox Challenge #7 - Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #51 - Anything Goes For Christmas

Bugaboo Stamp's Catch The Bug Challenge - Baby, It's Cold Outside

Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Show Us Christmas

Marks Finest Papers Challenge #86 - Make A Christmas Card

Card Makin' Mamas Challenge - Christmas Inspiration

Delicious Doodles Challenge #8 - X-travagent Xmas

Glitter Geeks Challenge Week 28 - Anything Goes

Hot Shot Craft Challenge #1 - ProMarkers


  1. Hi Andy
    I love this card Andy if you need someone to send it to think of me.

  2. Lovely card Andy, the white on that really dark blue looks stunning.

    ** Kate **

  3. Gorgeous card - love the vibrant blue and the sweet image - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 51 - hope to see you again soon. x

  4. Hi Andy
    thank you for entering your lovely card into Hotshot Crafts first ever challenge. I love the variety of Die cuts you have used.
    hugs Sarah

  5. forgot to say. I think you are our first male entrant!!
    p.s. have you joined our list of followers?

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  7. It's a lovely tradition Andy! I love the deep blue of your background, it looks so rich! Thanks for joining us at Opus Gueli, maybe you can start a trend for more men to play along! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. WOW, you are right to be happy about your card, she's a beauty!!! I love the colouring and also all the embellishment!! A perfect card! Thanks for joining us this week at CCC and I hope to see you again next challenge. Merry Christmas,

  9. Hello and welcome to Opus Gluei, Andy, and thank you for participating in our challenge. This is a gorgeous card, I love the striking contrast against the deep, rich cardstock. It really makes the elements POP off the card. It sets off that central image perfectly!

    I'm so sorry about the Christmas dinner with the co-workers, and I don't understand the need to become a drunken bully at an office function. I hope she feels ashamed at her behavior and it sounds as though you handled it as well as could be expected.

    So, let's end this on a happier note - we sure hope you find your way back to Opus Gluei and spend some more time with us!

  10. super cute card! thanks for joining CCC this week.

  11. Oh My Goodness your card is STUNNING! Just beautiful and that flower is sooooo perfect. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  12. Wow, what a gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week :)

  13. Cute card, but to have a chanse to winn you need to use a Kenny K image on your projekt. But thanks for showing it to us at KKKGC. Hugs Kattiz

  14. Lovely card, love the strong blues and the cute image!
    Thanks for playing in Christmas Card Challenges this week :)

  15. What a darling card. I love the deep blues you used. Thanks for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

  16. Gorgeous shade of blue. Perfect with the white accents. Thanks for joining Speedy the Cats Friends.

  17. Hi Andy, stunning card, so crisp and your looks very professional!
    Thank you for your help in entering a challenge (via your e-mail to me) and I just thought I would pay your blog a visit and have a bit of a 'shuftie' round. I hope you and you wife have a lovely Christmas and I wish you both a peaceful new year.

  18. Thank you so much for playing at OSAAT. Good Luck!
    Hugs Nataliya

  19. Beautiful card, love the colour combo. Thanks for playing with us at the Squirrel and the Fox, blessings Hilde

  20. A gorgus card! In more ways than one. That fab blue with the stark white is very striking. Love that flower detail. Thankyou for sharing with us at Delicius Doodles' Challenges and hope to see you back next year

  21. very pretty! thanks for joining this weeks Bugaboo challenge at catch the bug!
    Merry Christmas!

  22. Fab card gorgeous colours and stunning die cut embellies :o) thank you for joining us at OSAAT for our anything goes challenge. Good luck and Merry Christmas, Hugs


  23. wow, this is a stand out creationThanks for playing in Speedys Challenge. Hoping the holidays bring you peace and joy..

  24. Gorgeous card!! Thanks for joining us at Gingerloft Challenge.

    Sherry - Dt

  25. Awesome blue!! Great card as well! Wonderful coloring!

    Thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Designs. Hope to see you again next time!

    Hugs, Sande xx

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  27. (Sorry, I made a spelling mistake and posted before I could correct it! Wot a plonker!)

    What a great card - I love blue and white, it's so crisp and clean! I hope you had a Happy New Year to make up for the evening out before Christmas. Also - Howay the lads! (Exiled Geordie in Herts here.) Didn't they do well?!

    Ahem! Back to business - thanks for joining in at Dream Valley Challenges!

    love Mags B x

  28. What a stunning card, Andy- I really love the fresh, clean look of the white on that deep blue (and I don't normally go for blue that's that blue, if you know what I mean!lol)!! Lovely image, too- GGs are great for paper-peicing!! :)
    Thanks for sharing with us at Dream Valley this time!! :)
    hugs, Rachel x

  29. Evening

    On behalf of all the 2011 Design Team I wanted to say a big thank you for playing along at Kenny K with our last theme anything goes.

    It has been a pleasure to stop by and see your creative make today and I hope that you will join us again at Kenny K for our NEW challenge and be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes

    Take Care and Happy Crafting

    Hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog
    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Craft Us Crazy ,Bearly Mine Designs and DT Coordinator Kenny K


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