Monday, 17 September 2012

The silliness of Supermarkets

I HATE supermarkets with a passion, so much so that it's normally OH who does the shopping. It's a rare occasion when I actually do a trolley dash but I force myself to push the wire thing with the wheels that never go in the direction you want them to when I need all the bitty stuff us women like to take on holiday with them - you know the stuff I mean - all those 'I'll buy it and take it just in case' things....... my bathroom cupboard already has several items of the 'buy it and take it just in case' items and still I buy more......
so - it was on one of the rare recent 'avoid the people who insist on having conversations in the middle of aisles' outings that I saw................... CHRISTMAS CRACKERS/WRAPPING PAPER/SHORTBREAD IN TARTAN AND RIBBON FESTOONED TINS etc etc

Come on - give me a break - I haven't even had my SUMMER yet...... why do supermarkets do it? Does anyone actually buy Christmas stuff now? If you do, can you remember where you've put it at Christmas when you actually need it? I've heard about avoiding the Christmas rush but THIS IS RIDICULOUS - it's only SEPTEMBER!
I was so inspired by the baubles and tinsel I made this christmas card - actually it had nothing to do with being inspired by the silliness of the supermarket and more to do with Maureen sending me two of these latest stamps from Wild Rose Studio.....

I adore, adore, adore the Annabelle and her big hat collection - every single one of them... I resisted buying them all (have a couple of spas to pay for over the next two weeks - LOL) but dipped into the piggy bank and bought two - and of course one simply has to have the matching papers dahling!

I coloured with promarkers, distressed round the edges and added a bit of glitter. Some of that white stuff that froths up when heated onto the post box and a white gel pen to highlight.

Stitched the backing papers which were both matted onto dark green card.
The tiny Christmas envelopes were in a pack I have had when I ventured into the world of flowersoft about 10 years ago -  (I couldn't bear to touch it actually, but kept the bits I'd bought that went with it!), I just cut them out individually and put them onto the bottom of the card.

The flowers were from my stash, and the gorgeous deep green leaves were a present from Alessandra. The red pearl and the crystal gem drops also from stash and I finished it all off with a dark green satin bow.

Ruby's Rainbow - Pearls/Flowers/Glitter
Fashionista - Anything Goes Christmas
Jingle Bells - Going Postal
Stampin 4 the Weekend - Start Christmas Early ( as the supermarkets do....LOL)
Craft Your Passion - Bling/Ribbon/Distress
Corrosive Challenges - Animal Companions

Thanks for visiting - hope you like the first Christmas Card of 2012 - am off to put all the 'things I bought just in case' into the suitcase!  x


Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Viv, wow, you have just made my day with the Christmas issue. I cant bide it now either, it is driving me nuts and has been for months. You are right Viv, it is only September, for goodness sake.
Anyway my love, your card is delightful. Such a sweet image too.
Lots of love, Sandra xxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Hi Viv, at least seeing the Christmas stuff inspired a gorgeous card, I like the image, the papers and the big bow.
Kevin xx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Viv
Gorgeous xmas cards your cards are always stunning...... I have a stack of xmas cards made ... You should join our little club we make one every two weeks ... Would be lovely to have you on board... You will give us all some inspiration....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Thrifty Finn said...

Just lovely! Thanks for joining Craft Your Passion this week!

Fleur said...

This is really pretty, I love her cute little dog
HUGZ Fleur xXx

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Viv., the image is adorable. I'm with you on the shops gearing up for the festivities, 'far too early'.
Yvonne x

An Occasional Genius said...

Oh yes, right with you on the whole Christmas in shops issue!! We've had advent calendars in our local shop for a few weeks!! Tins of chocolate, mince pies etc all popping up too! Completely bonkers!

Ah well, good job you made a gorgeous card!! I love those little envelopes, they work perfectly.

Hugs x

P.S. It'll be Easter Eggs soon you know!

Netty said...

Lovely Christmas card Viv and am so with you on Supermarket shopping with all the aforementioned pitfalls..... xx

debby4000 said...

Oh what a fabulous card, love it.

Jackie said...

What a gorgeous card, love that big green bow. I can assure you (as a supermarket worker) that yes, peeps ARE buying the mince pies, the Christmas cards and the big tins of Roses, Heroes etc. and even toys to put away :o)]
Jackie xx

Basslady said...

a work of art with awesome details!
love it!

thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

coops said...

gorgeous card viv.stunning traditional colours and i love the sweet image :D

xx coops xx

Carol Willis said...

Oh, I did enjoy your rant about supermarkets, I feel exactly the same way and make my husband do the shopping. Love, love, love your card Viv. Gorgeous image (on my birthday list) and beautiful matching papers.
Caz x

Patricia said...

Just found your Blog, have to say your introduction had me hooked....!!
Mind you your cards have also got me that way as well.
I am not a stamper, I have been tempted by these stamps although not got round to using them.

Your card is stunning I really, really like everything about it.


georgina said...

Love this Viv,my o/h also shops but i have to go with him,GROAN,not the same as crafty shopping is it?Hope you're well,luv Georgina x

Teresa said...

I love making the cards for Christmas all year round Viv but as for the shopping I prefer leaving that till December, feels more like Christmas then, gets me in the festive mood.
Your card is gorgeous, I love the papers very pretty and the image is lovely too. Take care, hugs Teresa xx

pinky said...

Well it is only 14 weeks till the end of the world....I mean Christmas lol. Love your gorgeous card and how cute are those wee envelopes.

Sherry said...

Fabulous start on your Christmas cards Viv - so pretty and the large green bow is the pefect accent.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday too xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Viv your post really made me smile and I agree about supermarkets and before long we will see Easter Eggs...anyway back to your card it gorgeous such a sweet image and lovely backing paper...


Jules said...

Hi Viv

I love your first Christmas card of 2012!!

That holly background paper is super scrummy!!!

I started Christmas makes yesterday .. .. my stock was well depleted of them at the Festival .. .. so people are getting organised. It will just be me that won't be ready (as always) LOL!!!

I hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

lauren bergold said...

what a sweet and adorable holiday card, and i love that gorgeous mailbox stamp! thank you for "going postal" with us at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

Shelby said...

Girl I'm with you on the hatred of supermarkets! I always think what a complete waste of money cause all these kids are going to do is eat this stuff!!!
Beautiful card and I love the use of the traditional Christmas colors and those flowers work beautifully


Viv said...

Gorgeous card again Viv, loving the reds and greens and such a pretty image too.I agree with you about shopping and people standing in the way in isles argghhh!and Xmas stuff in the shops now....well I am still waiting for summer to arrive yet !!!:) Viv xx

nnalorac said...

Hi Viv, what a gorgeous card, love the design, the big bow and those envelopes are just too cute. Thanks for playing along over at Fashionista this month and good luck. Carolxx

shaz earl said...

A great card!

Thank you for joining in the fun at Ruby's Rainbows this time
I think you mean pearls, flowers, ribbon

Shaz x

Lee said...

I am the same honest.Thank god Glyn does ALL the supermarket stuff,we do have 2 brilliant mini supermarkets in St.Agnes,it's a pleasure to shop there,I know everyone too lol.

Your card is Beautiful though so you did get some inspiration anyway lol.Hugs xx

SmilynStef said...

What a pretty card ... love all of the tiny little letters ... so glad you had some postal fun with us at jingle belles.

Eva Gro said...

Beautiful christmas card! I love theese annabelle stamps myself:-) and wouldn`t have started on christmas card myself if it wasn`t for the DT I`m in:-)

Thank you for entering our challenge over at Fashionista Challenge Blog
Good luck in the draw! – Hope to see you again next time!

Eva`s Scraproom
DT Member at Fashionista Challenge Blog

Linda Palmer said...

What a darling image and beautiful card. Love your beautiful coloring. Thanks for joining us at the Corrosive Challenge Blog.

Ally said...

wow what a story!!! and I'm annoyed too by all the xmas stuff in September it's just horrible to see it when summer is just over. I want a decent fall first with colourful woods and the sound of the leaves on the ground and mist in the mornings and seeing how the nature prepares for winter. Xmas stuff in supermarkets take away all the fun in enjoying the above mentioned things I so love!
But nevertheless it has inspired you to make such a wonderful card with a sweet image and I just love your envelop(p)es (two p's??? don't know...)...
xoxo, alessandra

Cathy Dineen said...

Your card is so pretty! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion Challenges! :)