Monday, 19 October 2009

Love at Christmas


Sketch Saturday Challenge

Well another great sketch this week from Jo at Sketch Saturday Challenge, thanks Jo we can always be sure to find a sketch to get our mojo going from you and your talented team.

I have some sad news today I am going to step down from some of my DT posts, I am finding it really difficult to keep up with all of them, and I have found I have no time to use the new rubba I keep buying!!!!. Cardmaking is my hobby and it was becoming a chore which made me really sad, I also found it so hard to keep up with commenting and visiting everyones lovely blogs and gathering inspiration from you all. I really love belonging to a Design Team its like being a part of a family so this was a really hard decision.



Today's card for Sketch Saturday Challenge has been made with the lovely Xmas Love Birds from Whiff of Joy, they have been coloured with distress inks as usual and surprise, surprise I have resisted the temptation to add embellishments. I know!!!! shock horror, I had to lay down for half an hour after completing it J.


Recipe:
Stamps - Whiff of Joy Xmas Love Birds, Penny Black Sentiment.
Papers - Basic Grey Wassail Collection
Tools - Martha Stewart Icicle Border Punch
Extras - Lace from Tabby Crafts, rest from stash


Thanks for looking
Hugs
Jacqui xx

51 comments:

Wishcraft said...

Oh such a sweet card, it's lovely! Lisa x

Maria said...

Beautiful card! Sorry to hear you will be stepping down from some DTs but you know what's best for you. Always a pleasure to visit your blog. Have a wonderful day, Maria

Mina said...

oh no im so sorry to hear your stepping down from some of your DT posts but you know whats right for you, I love this beautiful card, those birds are beautiful and the fact that 'shovk horror' you dont need embellishments on it its perfect as it is
Mina xxx

Cathy said...

Stunning card Jacqui, I love tose birds, and the minimalist embellies look!
hugs
Cathy xx

Jo Austin said...

oh Jacqui.. I know exactly where you are coming from with this.. I took on too many DT's a while ago, and hnded them over to different people (they were my own challenge blogs).

It's gonna be sad to see you stepping down, but totally get where you are coming from.

Your card is so lovely. I don't actually think it needs much more embellishment than it has.. it is beautiful. Love the stamp too. xx

Annie said...

such a beautiful card Jacqui, and definitely less is more with the darling image and the touches of bling and lace.
hugs, annie x

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jacqui, Oh I do so love this beautiful card its so gorgeous, the image is stunning and the card and details are really lovely. Well done with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Dena said...

This is soooo pretty. Those birds are adorable! I always admire your coloring.
I know what you mean about keeping it a hobby. That is how I want to keep it too, stressing over getting things made is no fun! Enjoy you new rubba!!!
Hugs, Dena

Cheryl said...

oh babe this is so adorable,its so beautiful love it to bits I so adore your cards hun you are so super talented love cheryl x

Donna said...

Gorgeous card Jacqui, I so love the sweet image and the gorgeous papers! I'm sorry to hear you have stepped down from some DT's but can fully understand why...take care hun :) Donna x

Sanny´s-Bastel- Creationen said...

beautiful card, i like the birds on tree.
lg
sanny

Debbie said...

Beautiful card Jacqui I'm Sorry to hear you will be stepping down from some of your DTs,hugs Debbie x

Yvonne said...

Such a sweet ( or is that a tweet) card!
I think when crafting becomes a chore, it's time to re think! i know it would have been hard for you, But you need to think about you.

Nilla said...

I just visited you, and here you are again with another stunning card! Love it! Hugs Nilla

Jeanette said...

Hey my sweetie! I love this card. So soft and pretty! So glad you were able to play along at SS this week...you busy little bee! As long as you are not stepping down from any DT's that we are on together Jacqui! I would miss you too much!
I LOVE your Distress Ink tutorial Jacqui. I hope ot be able to send some time re-reading it and putting your expertise to action in my own craft room!
Hugs Jeanette

Tara said...

I'm with you completely Jacqui..... it's so hard to say 'no' when you're asked to join a team but it becomes impossible to get creative just because! Crafting should never be a chore and I so think you did the right thing...... I stepped down from one position yesterday and I'm taking a break from another!
Hope you feel happier now and I bet your mojo will be buzzing..... this is an adorable card and that image is perfectly cute!!!
Hugs Tara xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Jacqui this creation is delightful and so inspirational I love that image and that no embellishments have been used is awesome as it can be difficult. I am sorry to hear that you are stepping down from some of your DT spots but glad that we will still your stunning work.

Hugs
Lorraine x

bluepoohbear75 said...

How sweet. I love the two birds together. Great card.

joey said...

oh this is so pretty hun, I do love animals on cards at christmas, beautifully coloured and love the backing papers. Joey.xxx

NGCARDS said...

I love this card hun, your colouring is great and I just love the cuteness of this, Fab card using my sketch for this weeks PBSC aswell hun! xxx

CraftyC said...

Your card is beautiful Jacqui, very subtle. Sorry to hear you are stepping down from some of your DT's. That is exactly how I felt and am so much happier playing along at my own pace. Still not worked my way threw all the new rubber mind, but the pressure is off and crafting is now just a hobby again. Will you be staying on at LOTV?? I will email you later in the week when AOL is sorted.
Clairexx

Frazzled Crafts said...

Sorry to hear that you are stepping down from some of the DTs cos your cards are extremely inspirational. Love the two birds which is quite suffice in itself due to your fantastic colouring! Another Greaaaat Card> Liz x

Marley said...

Hi Jacqui..
Sorry to hear that you will be stepping down from some DT's.. but if thats the best for you, then its oke. You have to think about yourself.
I love this card.. the image is soooo sweet! Great colouring. xxx Marley

Danielle said...

This is a gorgeous card Jacqui - the birds are so cute! Sorry to hear you're leaving some of your DT posts but you're doing what's best for you! I always love seeing your work Jacqui so hopefully you'll have the chance to show us all your new rubbah!
Hugs, Danielle

tracie said...

Hi ya hun, oh wow another stunning card.. love these cute Love Birds and all the gorgeous details.
Sorry to hear about your DT's but you need time to yourself and crafting shouldn't be a chore..I think your doing the right thing and whats best for you hun.
Take Care
Hugs
Tracie :)x

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Oh my goodness!! I just adore this hun!! The coloring is awesome!! HUGS

Kim Piggott said...

Wow!
Fabulous card!
hugs
kim x

Anne said...

Gorgeous card Jacqui love the colours sorry your stepping down from some of your DT posts (used to wonder how you managed it all) you have to do whats right for you and look after no 1
Anne xx

Mel said...

A really beautiful card. I totally agree about keeping it as a hobby that's how I feel, make a card when I feel like making a card ~ Mel x

Kate T said...

stunning card, I dont do any DT's but still dont manage to use all my rubba stamps !
as long as we continue to see your lovely creations !

Jackie said...

stunning card as always, and I am sure that a few DT's will be very sorry to lose you, but there are only SO many hours in the day....! hugs J x

Jacqueline's Weblog said...

What a lovely card Jacqui, really beautiful!
Hugs Jacqueline

stampinfrog said...

Jacqui this card is so Gorgeous! Love the birds and the papers. Have you recovered yet from not using embellishments? Gorgeous coloring!!!
I am sure the DT that you were on will miss you. But you must do what is best for you!!!
Hugs,Connie

Terry said...

Hiya Jaqcui, first of all very sad that you have to step down for some of your DT posts but hun I really understand why, you have to keep up with everything and you are not superwoman that you can be at 20 places at the same time, so I really understand why....good for you hun, maybe you have a little bit of time for yourself. Wow really Jaqcui, such a wonder that you did not use any embellies...hihihi hope you got over it now...hihih...
Your card is as allways just wonderfull and the image is too cute hun. Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday....
Hugs Terry

Marianne said...

So sweet. Love the simplicity of this, definitely doesn't need more on it. Marianne x

Dragonlady said...

Hi Jacqui,

Beautiful card and perfect colouring.

Ali x

PatR said...

Lovely cute birdies and such a beautiful card. I know it must have been a hard decision to step down from DT teams but I'm sure you will enjoy doing your own thing.
hugs, Pat xx

Scrappymax said...

Oh this is so cute and even without embellishments it still comes up to your fantastic standard. I just love everything about it.
Max x

Bev said...

Aww, this is just so adorable sweetie. Your colouring really is so fantastic. Love the colours and details too. Good on you for taking the big decision to stand down - it's hard cos you feel you are letting people down, but you need to be good to yourself too Jacqui xxx

Anne said...

What a fantastic card as usual Jacqui. You are truly and inspiration and I'm so sorry to hear you feel it necessary to give up your DT position but crafting should be pleasurable and we cant have you giving up all together!!! Hugs xx

Danni said...

I totally understand about the DT's. Been there and done that myself. They'll understand.
Another gorgeous creation!!

Deb said...

I do understand, sometimes it is hard to say no but eventually something has to give! It is important to step back sometimes and reassess what is most important, hope you recover your love of your hobby just for the joy of it!

Your card is stunning, love this image! hugs Debx

Jodi said...

These are super cute birdies!! I love the sweet pink you used for them!
Hugs
Jodi =)

Kelly Schelske said...

Super sweet Jacqui! Love those lil birds!

Hugs, Kelly

Debbie said...

So sweet

Kreativmonster said...

I truly understand your wish to release you from the pressure you were under. Crafting is much better when it is fun and not duty. And I love bloghopping and leaving comments, too, but it takes a lot of time.
Your card is really sweet, I love it.

LOUISE said...

Fab card Jacqui, love the image, so beautifully coloured. Sorry to hear you are stepping down from some of your DT's, but I can understand how hard it is for you. Love your work! Lou x

Emma said...

Stunning card Jacqui...the image is adorable.
Sorry to hear you are stepping down from some dt's, sure its the right decision.
Hugs Emma x

Helene said...

Stunning card, I love the layout and everything. It's perfect like that

Hugs
Xxx

Cheryl said...

Just so beautiful and such a sweet image!!!
Hugs xx

Larissa said...

Awwww this is so very sweet! Love how you coloured these little love birdies! Really fab card.

Hugs,
Larissa

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