Saturday, 19 April 2014

Kraft and Slate??

Morning folks!

Time to get all festive again with a little something for the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge

When I saw this week's theme I must admit I wasn't filled with inspiration.  Hmmm .... Kraft card with slate (grey)???  Wouldn't be my first choice for Christmas cards I must say.  But ...... having had a play, and finally finding the perfect stamp for the job (I think) I really like the results ...... in fact, the more I look at it, the more I like it!

I don't use grey cardstock that much but after this challenge it's now on my favourites list.  I think it works so well with the little wintery scene from Hero Arts,  and the touch of Kraft is a really nice contrast ..... thanks ladies at MM ..... great colour combo!

I stamped the image onto white cardstock, using Smokey Grey Versafine Ink,  and just added a touch of Crystal Glamour Dust

The sentiment on the bottom is from Tim Holtz's Deco Christmas (CMS176) and has been stamped using Versamark then embossed with Silver powder

A bit of mat and layering using the colours from the challenge theme, and of course something on the inside to match ....

and the job's done!   Another one for the Christmas card box!

I won't be making Christmas cards today ....... I've got to knuckle down and get on with all the outstanding DT stuff!  I really should have been in the old craft room yesterday but it was such a nice day it was a shame to waste it.

It's nearly 3 years since we moved to the island and would you believe yesterday was the first time that we'd been up to the top of Snaefell, the highest mountain on the Isle of Man. 
There's a well known saying on the island that on a clear day, from the top you can see the seven kingdoms ..... that's England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Isle of Man, Heaven and Mannanan - the Sea
We took the easy way up there and hopped onto one of the trams .......

There's lots to see on the way up there ......

Alex was fascinated by the paragliders, and watched as we got higher and higher

Finally we reached the top ...... it was quite hazy so we couldn't actually see the 7 Kingdoms clearly .....

There's a plaque at the summit pointing out the directions, and distances of them all ...... we're only 31 miles from the closest point ....... the Mull of Galloway in Scotland ....... not far at all.

In a few more weeks this road will be full of motorbikes travelling at top speeds for the TT Races
You can just see the Bungalow down there, which is where we started out from ....

Of course a certain little man had to get as high as he possibly could ......

Here he is stood on the obelisk that indicates the true mountain summit ..... 2036ft above sea level.

After coffee and a nice piece of chocolate cake in the summit cafe (well .... it is Easter after all!) we boarded the tram and made our way down again

As the sun was still shining we finished the day at Laxey Beach ...... finding the perfect stones for skimming across the sea ....

And we even saw the Ben sailing in towards Douglas Bay ..... what a nice day!

Oh well, things to do, people to see and all that.  Hopefully I'll get into the old craft room this afternoon and I'm not coming out until something on the list is finished ..... it could be a lonnnng day!!

Thanks for popping by ....

Have a lovely weekend ....... Cheerio until next time



  1. That's a gorgeous stamp and it the grey and kraftcard look fab together. Looks like you had a great day out, we can see the island on a clear day from here. Happy Easter, Elizabeth xxx

  2. Hi Linda
    Lovely card,and yes you are right the colours do grow on you.Happy Easter.
    Love Angela x

  3. Wow, Kraft and slate - who would have thought they would work so beautifully together, your card is fabulous! Love your photos too, you really do live in a wonderful place Linda. I think we live in a beautiful place in the Peak District but I do envy you living near the sea..... sigh. Happy Easter to you too. Anne xx

  4. Beautiful use of these colors, Linda! Striking design. Thanks for sharing the pictures too. Happy Easter! xoxo

  5. Love your card Linda. Just stunning. x

  6. I love the way you have used the colours Linda, such an elegant take on the challenge. The scene is so serene. Lovely.Thank you so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

  7. I think your card is so clean and elegant - really lovely work, great inside too! And thanks so much for the photos - looks like a really lovely day out!

  8. Beautiful card Linda, I love the winter scene you have created. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  9. Beautiful card Linda! It's so elegant and I'm so glad you made these colors work because I love it too! Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

  10. What a perfect stamp for these colors, Linda! And it makes a beautiful scene! Thanks for taking us on your tour! Loved seeing the sights! Thank you for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!


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