Let’s all sing ‘Around the Christmas Tree’ … (for the Avon lady!)

Before I begin – apologies for the lack of posts over the past few weeks.  I’ve been quite poorly – and still not quite fully well – but feeling improved,  I’m now so far behind with my Christmas crafting that I don’t think everything’s going to be done!  But I’ve been into my craft room a couple of times and began crafting the Christmas cards which I wanted to make a little more special – like this lovely vintage style card which I made for my Avon lady.

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It all began with this beautiful little girl who’s carrying her very own Christmas Tree.   She’s a royalty free image courtesy of the Graphics Fairy (LOVE Graphics Fairy big time!).  The photo above is not true to colour – but I didn’t notice this until just now.  There seems to be a pink stripe across the middle of the card.  It wasn’t there when I printed the image out so it must be light playing with the camera.

The base is a little 6″ x 6″ Kraft card, which was covered front and inside with papers.  The music sheet on the front of the card is again the G.Fairy,  I resized it for what I needed.

The metal, fancy swirls corner (bottom right) piece was originally silver, but I wanted it to look old,  so enamelled it in a bronze/gold, and added a little verdigris powder in a couple of places, just to make it look like it was beginning to corrode in parts and add to the ‘aged’ look.

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The snowflake is ‘rusty’ metal and I’ve had a handful of them in my ‘metal embellishments’ drawer for so long that I can’t remember where I got them from, but I dragged a tiny bit of Stickles along some of the ‘arms’ of the snowflake, in order to give it that magical twinkle.

I added paper roses, lace and some bakers twine, then finished it off with a little string of Christmas lightswhich I bought a good length of about five years ago and put in a safe place in my craft room….  I’ve just this month found them again!  tsk tsk.

Finally, I added glitter around the roses and the matting & layering of the picture – just to add a little twinkle.

I made a matching box for this card, but forgot to take a photograph, and the card has already been given to my Avon lady.  She’s a lovely gal … and so dedicated and patient.  I barely buy anything from her – (the older I’ve got the more sensitive my skin has become and I can’t wear Avon cosmetics) – I tend to buy things like the gorgeous fabric and air fresheners and stuff like that.  But, bless her heart, she comes and delivers a brochure when they’re due, in sun, rain, wind, or snow (all of which can be experienced in one day here in the UK) and so I felt she deserved a card which I’d spent a little more time on.

Have to admit …  this card looks prettier in real life than it does on the photographs.  It has a sort of personality which comes over as warm, friendly and kind of romantic.  Shame the photographs don’t show it as well as they could.  I shall put that down to my rubbish camera work. 

Well that’s this card done and dusted!  If I’ve missed mentioning anything, or you want to know a particular thing just ask away in a comment, and I’ll answer any questions in a reply.

It’s great to be back posting.  I’ve missed everyone and missed sharing stuff with you.  I’m now hoping that I continue to get better so that I can get some serious crafting done!

Sending love . . .  and hoping that you aren’t getting snowed in under masses of Christmas wrapping paper and tape!

Cobs siggy sml

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16 thoughts on “Let’s all sing ‘Around the Christmas Tree’ … (for the Avon lady!)

  1. It’s good to see you back Cobs – I’m glad you are feeling better, and hope that that continues. I’ve missed your posts! (That’s not the reason I want you to be better obviously)

    This card is gorgeous – can I ask what type of paper/printer you use to print your pictures?

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    • Hi Emma. It’s great to see you. I was thinking yesterday that I needed to get over to your blog and see what you’re up to … so expect a visit from me in the next day or two, so that I can catch up!

      The paper I used for the printing of the music sheet and the little girl is something that I love for this type of stuff: It’s 140gsm magazine print quality paper … now I know that the instant I say ‘magazine quality’, people normally think of that horrid shiny stuff which some craft magazines give you as freebie papers in the centre of their mags and which is useless because it’s such poor quality. This paper that I use is nothing like that. It’s a beautiful, smooth paper with just enough weight to carry whatever you print on it, and stay firm, and, more importantly, to hold the ink where it’s supposed to be, and not bleed the images into each other.

      The latest one I’ve used (which is the one in the photographs here) is by Tattered Lace – and TL have helpfully given a link to their stockists of this paper: http://www.tatteredlace.co.uk/stockists/

      The printer:
      I have two printers. One I bought to replace the one I had because the original was a bit bulky and big – however, I went back to the bulky and big for my crafting because it gives me far better prints of my images – it’s an Epson Stylus Photo R300 Ink Jet Printer. It’s quite an old one now (and I think that this particular model has been replaced with a newer ‘improved’ model. But you can still pick these up (
      sometimes on Freecycle) as people replace their old and bulky with a new slimline model. (Just like I did. Fortunately I didn’t give my Epson away until I’d test run the new baby and discovered that it wasn’t for me). Have a look on your areas Freecycle Ems, I bet my sweet bippy that one will come up every now and again, and if you ask nicely enough you’ll get one.
      Sending love and wishing you a truly lovely Christmas ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Very pretty! I love the music sheet in the back. It really sends the outdoor Christmas vibe of Caroling and finding trees.

    Our Christmas tree looks like the girl’s tree, straight out of the woods. We have an artificial tree and it’s up, but we haven’t decorated it in the least. It’s just a tree. But we’re sort of liking it with it’s bare boughs, so it probably will never see any lights or decorations.

    I hope you feel better soon. Its terrible being too tired to craft.

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    • Hello LemonD.
      I’m thrilled you like the card. Thank you for saying so.

      I bet your Christmas tree looks perfect for you and yours. I think sometimes we can really over-decorate a tree and they end up looking almost comical – so your fabulous ‘just the tree’ look is such a wonderful idea!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, and for your good wishes. Bless you.
      Wishing you in return, a warm, loving, peaceful, contented Christmas.
      With love ~ Cobs. x

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  3. A beautiful card Cobs, and I think even the photos show all the lovely warmth and care that has gone into it.
    So glad yo are feeling a bit better, I’ve missed you too! Have the most wonderful Christmas! Waving hi from sunny Australia…

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    • GASP – … [eyes out on stalks and mouth frozen into an ‘O’ shape.]

      ASTRID!!! Ohhhh Astrid! 🙂 I’ve been thinking about you, wondering if you had a good journey all the way half way round the world to the land of Oz (or Aus).

      I hope you’re having a wonderful time and getting tons of hugs with those little ones.

      Thank you so much for leaving me a comment. It’s thrilled me down to my boots and back up again. I love you to pieces for it. Bless your heart.
      Sending love and Christmas hugs all the way to you, from a chilly Great Britain.
      Have a fabulous time, my crafty friend. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  4. Cobs, I’m so happy to see a post from you- I was actually starting to worry. So sorry you have been feeling poorly- I hope you continue to feel better.

    As to the card- my first thought was, “I wish I was her Avon lady!” I love the vintage feel. Absolutely lovely.

    Hugs and continue to get well wishes, Michelle

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    • Hello Michelle, – thank you for leaving me a comment – I love you for it, thank you also for your good wishes. Bless you. You can be my Avon Lady any time you like. We could swap crafty tips instead of talking about Avon products! 😀

      Thrilled that you like the card, thank you! I wish I hadn’t have been so poorly over these past few weeks (months), as I’d had an idea for my blog which I so wanted to post, but it’s too near Christmas to do it now, so I’ll save it till next year, and get the idea all set out in photographs and onto my blog early enough for everyone to do the project if they want to.

      Sending love, and … if you’re my Avon Lady next year, I’ll make you a card! 😉 ~ Cobs. x

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      • You know, I’m a bit shy with leaving comments and YOU helped me come out of my shell. The first time you left a comment about one of my cards, it was like getting a present and I realized I wanted to do the same thing for others!

        I’ll look forward to what you have in store for next year. It’s always so fun to see what you are up to.

        Much love, Michelle

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        • I wish I could give you a great big hug, for you’ve given me one of the nicest (early) Christmas gifts with your words. Thank you Michelle. I shall remember your comment for ever, because it’s so incredibly special to me and means more to me than you could imagine. Thank you, my amazing, dear crafting friend.

          Have a wonderful Christmas. I hope that love, peace, joy and, most of all, contentment, settle upon your home and heart at Christmas, and that you find these things hiding, waiting for you to find them, throughout the coming year.
          sending you my love ~ Cobs. x x x

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  5. Oh Cobs, I suspected you were poorly but I didn’t like to ask incase it was annoying.
    I hope youve made a full recovery. You seem to have bounced back wonderfully.
    I made you a wee card as promised but it is still sitting in my ‘to post’ pile. Never mind.

    I wish you a wonderful cobbly Christmas.
    Xx

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    • Hello Sharon. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
      Thank you for your comment. It’s one step forward and another back at the moment, but I’m hoping that very soon there will be only steps forward, with regard to my health.

      How wonderful that you’ve made a card! I’m thrilled to pieces for you, and will now look out for you putting pictures and a post all about it, on your blog. Maybe this will be the start of a new category on your blog, and you will perhaps continue to craft and post about it. Fabulous!!

      Wishing you a wonderful Christmas time. May you have love, peace, joy and contentment, settle upon your home. ~ Cobs. x

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  6. Wishing you a very speedy recovery, I too have been poorly, hoping we both feel better in time for christmas xxx

    Lovely card and I;m sure your Avon lady will love it, she is very lucky indeed!.

    Sending healing vibes your way

    Sarah xx

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    • You’ve been poorly too? Aw – we’ve been keeping each other company then!
      Thank you for your comment Sarah, and bless you for taking the time to leave it for me.
      I too hope you are well by Christmas and that the day passes without even so much as a sneeze or a headache.
      Sending love and fluffy, warm healing vibes to you, along with a prayer for health and happiness (and asking for a possible substantial Lottery win for you).
      Have a wonderful, peace filled time, my friend. All my love ~ Cobs. xxx

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