A Christmas Ceilidh (TSC#17 – Christmas)

The first day of the month always brings with it the first of The Stampsmith Challenges (the other date being the 15th of each month) and Val is hosting this challenge, the theme of Christmas.  As always if you head on over to the challenge site you will find all the details required for entering this challenge but I will tell you that as it is the 1st of the month you can use any stamp company in your artwork.  It is worth noting that there is a Random Prize Draw for a gift voucher to spend at The Stampsmith store. The winner of the Friends/Friendship challenge draw is the incredibly talented Gerri.
Now the thought of Christmas usually splits crafters into groups:- Group A will be groaning at the prospect of anything Christmas related in July and Group B are the super organised crafters who are always  start their Christmas cards in January. I certainly don’t start in January but this year I decided to make a start earlier than normal. So here is a great opportunity to get your Christmas projects underway and enter TSC at the same time.
This is my DT sample.
The Stampsmith’s Grace (available as a single unmounted stamp) is the focal image.
I always look forward to studying the entries for all the challenges to see the various interpretations on the same theme.  Hope to see your artwork amongst the Christmas entries. Good Luck with the Prize Draw. Lynne x

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Valerie-Jael
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 10:56:49

    Lovely card, looks so harmonious and peaceful! Valerie


  2. Jan Hennings
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 11:19:03

    Love this and what a beautiful image 🙂


  3. Marilyn J. Rock
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 11:34:03

    Oh; Lynne! Your Christmas art is so beautiful! Love the background and chosen image! I used to start my holiday projects in July and recent years have gone by the wayside. It’s always a crunch, for me, to even think about the holidays at this time but every year I say I’m going to do it. Maybe next year?

    Love your art! xxoo


  4. Alison
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 11:36:46

    A beautiful vintage Christmas card Lynne! I will have to give this challenge a go! Lol! x


  5. Nancy Maxwell James
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 11:48:49

    this is just gorgeous! I love the sweet tartan that is peeking out under the image. The holly stamp is such a lovely background to use also! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  6. Cynthia Schelzig
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 12:04:54

    What a stunning Xmas piece….love the tartan!! Me being the Xmas market girl that I am…do I ever have a load of Xmas cards….how many times can I enter?:).finally a challenge I can take part in:)


  7. Gisèle
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 12:24:21

    what a lovely x-mas piece…is that paper as the background ? it looks like fabric…and you stamped those holly leaves ? stunning background and love the tartan…I have 6 x-mas cards to make for my sister, so I may just join…
    then again, I also have 4 wedding cards to make….ummm..will have to figure this out….bye, have a super week-end…it is Canada Day here, so I have my hubby with me today….


    • lynne
      Jul 01, 2011 @ 15:50:02

      Gisele I stamped the holly onto K&co paper, tore the edges and layered onto cardbase made from gold card. Abraded the edges of the image, inked the edges and layered onto co-ordinating K&co scrap cut with scallop edged scissors and torn piece of sheet music. The ribbon down the right hand side I received from my friend Dot Arnott and I added a fabric rose. Hope that helps. Lynne x


  8. Suze Bain
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 13:02:22

    Loving the Scottish theme to your Christmas card. I have to say, I’m with Group A and don’t own any SS stamps, but you may just have enthused me to try and win some! Thanks for some great inspiration. xx


  9. Cindy Adkins
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 14:13:04

    Oh how beautiful, Lynne!! And I was so excited to see that you received such beautiful treasures from Gisele too! My husband has been out of town for 3 weeks…and will be coming home for 2 days–I’m so excited!!! Wishing you a happy weekend and a Happy Pink Saturday too.


  10. 2amscrapper
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 14:18:37

    love the mix of papers on your card! beautiful as always!


  11. dollys daydreams
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 14:40:46

    Wow Lynne what a super classy Christmas idea and the stamp is just gorgeous.Love the beautiful greens and the tartan is so luxurious on this, another class act piece of art from you, happy Christmas xx



  12. Daniella
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 15:42:57

    Lovely work Lynne!!! It looks like a Christmas canvas, not a card! It is just that awesome!


  13. Leann
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 17:30:51

    I’m a sucker for anything Christmas – but this vintage image is gorgeous!

    Thanks for stopping by!


  14. michelle
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 18:54:36

    Your card is gorgeous Lynne. I love the background you’ve made! but I am not much inspired by Christmas at this time of the year! So I am a member of the group A!!
    Michelle *Ü*


  15. dorthe
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 19:03:42

    Dear Lynne, I love your holly stamped background- it`s gorgeus, and the image of Grace so beautiful. You color your stamped image so beautiful.
    A very lovely christmas card.
    Happy week-end and hugs.


  16. Chris
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 20:31:03

    Fabulous card, Lynne. Love the background and the beautiful image. The rose is a lovely finishing touch.

    Chris x


  17. Eve
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 21:06:32

    beautiful background! luv the music notes. oh my… Christmas is less than 6 months away! 🙂


  18. Marie
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 07:38:13

    Hi Lynne,
    your christmas card is absolutely beautiful!!Love the background and the beautiful image.


  19. Ira
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 08:29:18

    Amazing Christmas card, love how you incorporated the tartan, it makes such a fab background to the beautiful image! Hugs, Ira


  20. Sharon
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 13:05:03

    This is just beautiful and perfect for Xmas in July!!!


  21. Hazel
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 14:22:36

    A lovely Christmas card Lynne – the image is lovely.
    xxx Hazel.


  22. gerri herbst
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 15:58:38

    dearesy Lynne,
    I am catching up with being away, so you will see a number of comments. Had a marvelous time in Boston! Back to everyday now except now there is my daughter. My husband and I call her the hurricane. LOL. Beautiful Christmas piece today, dont know what group I am in A or B? I pack my Christmas embellies away so probably group A. Im off to Stampsmith next! Its my lucky day! take care dearie, gerri


  23. Lynn Stevens
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 03:56:33

    Gorgeous Lynne, I guess I fall into the catorgory that groans. But I just might have to join in. Now where did I put all my Christmas stuff????
    Hugs Lynn


  24. Julia - Vintage with Laces
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 04:02:12

    Your card is beautiful, Lynn! I wish I would be in the mood to create some Christmas cards already but for me it’s always difficult to work so far ahead of a season.


  25. The Sparkly Fairy
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 16:24:00

    Your card is so beautiful. I love the colours you have used.


  26. Jack
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 10:03:40

    Oh No, not the ‘C’ word, LOL! I have been meaning to start my Christmas cards since January and now this will be the ‘kick’ I need. Fabulous card Lynne. xx


  27. Trishia Jacobs
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 17:38:28

    Lynne, I’m in that groaning group:) But I love that background of the plaid mixed with the mistletoe!!! That just grabs my eye. And the bright plaid ribbon says “Scotland”! Now, if there was just something French in there, I’d say it would be a perfect reflection of you.hehehe


  28. Penny
    Jul 09, 2011 @ 18:21:25

    A beautiful Christmas piece – I am most definitely in the Group A category – I never start thinking about Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving at the end of Nov!!


  29. Valerie H. Wilson
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 14:35:17

    Drewling… as always!
    Val 🙂


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