Sunday 26 April 2015

Nightmare before Play

Another lovely weekend has now passed, with lots of time spent outdoors doing allotment and garden. However I did also have time to make a Christmas card for a few challenge blogs, and also for my new challenges coming up on my facebook groups - details will follow on the first of the month.

So here is my Nightmare before Christmas themed card:
The idea behind this card is that Jack Skellington - as Sandy Claws - is entering into Christmas land, through the zipper. To create this card I used a Papermania music score base card and layered a Winter Wonderland backing paper, and a panel cut from a shop-bought Christmas card, onto this base, following the Jinglebelles sketch:
 I drew Sandy Claws onto a thick white card and coloured him with Promarkers. I then cut him out close to the outline. A 'Happy Christmas' ribbon covered the join between the two panels, and a red gingham washi tape the central join. Over the washi tape the zipper was adhered, with the cut out Sandy Claws pushing his way out through it.

The other challenges that this card is to be entered into are:
abc-christmas H for Happy Christmas
Vs sweet ideas Anything Goes
Completely Christmas 60 Use some Washi tape
Winter Wonderland Twinkly Twinkle (the ribbon and both panels are glittered)
LOC #75 Fun Frights (Jack as Sandy Claws)

Audio Book Review
Horse Play by Jo Carnegie
This story is based in a fictional village in the Cotswolds, and is apparently one of a series, but this is the first I have listened to (or read). The main plot for this story is that of ‘Nobby’ the Fox-Titts racehorse that they rescued from the Melton Mowbray Fur and Feather auction. With the new addition of Kizzy to their farm, as a stable hand, they begin to see Nobby’s true potential. That is until a terrible accident that leaves Kizzy unable to ride a horse for a minimum of 6 months, and brings a famous dressage rider into her life. As Kizzy’s relationship with the dressage rider develops, Nobby is taken under the wing of an up-and-coming jockey who has his own issues, Calypso has issues with relationships and her career and Caro’s ex-husband reappears on the scene to cause problems in the peaceful village.

This is a very fun book, however, as I have found recently occurs more often than expected in this sort of book, there is a lot of foul language used, and a lot of sex, which the author occasionally goes into quite a lot of detail with. As long as this type of language does not bother you in a book, then I would recommend giving it a read. You will want to smack some of the stuck-up stupidness out of the characters on occasion, and then want to hug them the next moment. A fun, light-hearted listen, which is well read on the disc.

Thank you for looking at my blog

Hugz Tinz


  1. oh WOW! what a cool and creative card, i was getting ready to ask where you found the cool "sandy claws" stamp but YOU DREW THAT? double wow!!! :) love the idea of the zipper, soooooo very clever... not to mention a great version of stephanie's sketch! so pleased you could join in our JINGLE BELLES fun! <3

    1. Thank you for your lovely comments - it is very much appreciated. I think they should definitely bring out some Nightmare before Christmas stamps!!

      Hugz Tin\

  2. Oh this is a very creative Christmas card. Love the details with the zipper. Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at ABC Christmas Challenge xx

  3. Thank you so much for entering our Completely Christmas challenge 60 with your lovely crafting - we hope we'll see you again soon, Hazel, DT - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for April - I'd love to see it there too. x

  4. My niece would love this card ... love the zipper ... so very glad you created with our sketch at jingle belles.

  5. Such a cool idea, love the zip! Thanks for sharing at LOC, good luck xx


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