Sugar Nellie ~ Winter Birthday

Well Christmas has come and gone in a blur. The kiddies have been spoilt to bits and loved every minute of it. We've had a glorious warm Summer day for Christmas which we spent at my brothers place with all the extended family. He has a gorgeous house overlooking the Manukau harbour in Auckland with a lovely big yard and a chicken run at the bottom of it. So the kids had great fun enjoying the Kiwi sunshine and gathering eggs from the chooks.

I've popped in today to share my last Christmas card of the season. It's a little bit late sharing, but things were manic in the lead up to Christmas. So here it is. A simple kraft paper backing for a sweet Sugar Nellie image. One I really wanted to use this year, having bought it earlier in the year. I just love this sweet penguin and his little mousy pal from the talents of Marina Fedotova. I kept it simple, because time is always at a premium in the lead up to Christmas.

I have used an embossing folder with snowflakes on the kraft backing, which was just me playing with the new folder when it arrived with my Quick Cards magazine, issue 143. I loved the effect, so wanted to use it on a card. I'm not one to throw things away, so most of my 'play and experimentation' gets used. I added a simple red glittery mesh ribbon behind the image for a bit of sparkle and interest and a snowflake corner from Memory Box for which I glittered for the lower left corner. I've coloured this sweet Sugar Nellie image with my Promarkers and glittered the fur on the hat for texture.

The sentiment is a lovely Lili of the Valley sentiment. I added a circle of glitter around the sentiment to bring balance. The sentiment I kept neutral, as this card is actually for a Winter Birthday and has been sent to Denmark to a lovely blog pal who has a birthday close to Christmas. I just love the way the glitter sparkles around the edge of the sentiment, it adds that little 'je ne sais quoi' necessary to finish the card. 

Well that's it from me for now. We've had a lovely day yesterday catching up with friends from Canada, we visited Auckland Zoo and had dinner at Wagamama before finishing the night off at ours for Pepparkakor and Coffee. We have party plans in full swing for New Years, so there's no time to slow down now! Love and hugs to you all and Happy New Year wishes, that all your passions, dreams and desires be your reality in 2016. Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Creations Challenges: #305 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Winter Wonderland
The Sugar Bowl: #131 ~ Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Creative Inspirations: #341 ~ Anything Goes (+ Sketch)
Pile It On Challenge: Anything 'Christmas/Winter' Goes
Creatalicious Challenges: #82 ~ Something Old, Something New
Passion For Promarkers: #326 ~ Mega Christmas Challenge (Third Entry)
Papertake Weekly: Last Ever Challenge - Take Your Pic ~ Flash back to Let It Snow *
Mod Squad Challenge: Anything Goes (Thanks for the Top 3 honour last challenge ladies! x)

*Dawny and the Papertake Weekly Crew ~ you will be missed! I loved your challenge and wish you all joy and success in whatever crafty adventures you set out on next. Thanks for all the great challenges xxx


Lucy Patrick said…
Oh, how cute is that image, just darling and I love the colours and design of your card Wendy! It sounds like you had a wonderful time with family over Christmas which is great to hear. Wishing you a very Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing your future creations. Lots of love, XOX Lucy
Looks like a fun Christmas from the pics above. Thisnis so cute, I love this image. With my DT hat on thanks for playing in the sugar bowl. xx
coldwaters2 said…
What a wonderful festive card Wends so adorable and cute, love that embossed Kraft card, excellent make. Have a great New Year
lorraine x
Rene said…
This is absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,
Rene :D
Chris said…
Cutest of images, lovely design- love the embossed kraft background with the mesh ribbon!
Stacey said…
Cute card! Thank you so much for joining us at The Sugar Bowl this month. Hope you stop by to play again next week.
Keep Smilin',
Stacey xxx
Sugar Bowl DT
Lasata's Crafty Hideout {My Blog}
Jacee said…
So cute, I love the adorable image!

I’m back! what with being off colour and then computer problems it’s been a bit of a pain on all counts, but things have improved and I’m back to cheer you on with your lovely creations. All my BEST WISHES for the NEW YEAR too!!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design
Blossom Cards said…
lovely cute card thanks for sharing with creatalicious Rachel dt
Jingle said…
Very cute card! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp blog,
Helen said…
Adorable! Love the embossing too!
Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
Merry Christmas!
Helen x
Donna said…
Fab,festive card Wendy and such lovely colouring! Thanks for joining in our Mega Challenge at Passion For Promarkers and good luck for when the prizes are drawn! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year! Donna ♥ x
Unknown said…
Gorgeous, love the sentiment, thank you for joining in at CCC, Claire xXx
The Crafty Den said…
Another beautiful card Wendy. I love the image and your embossed background looks gorgeous. Thanks for joining in with our Mega Christmas challenge over at PFP. Don't forget to come back on 5th Jan 2016 for our new challenge and to find out if you are one of our lucky winners. Hugs, Denise x
A great creation hun! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx
Anna-Karin said…
Such an adorable card! Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Happy New Year!
Julie said…
Gorgeous Christmas card, love the design and details! Thanks for joining in our Mega Challenge at A Passion For Promarkers, good luck! Juliexx
Shelly said…
Gorgeous card, thanks for joining us for our Mega Christmas Challenge at Passion for Promarkers! Shelly x

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