Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter Collages

I have finally finished making Christmas cards at last - what didn't help was my Big Shot breaking down a couple of weeks ago - my hubby has mended it several times but this time it's beyond help - so I've been die-cutter free and really missing it.   Of course from that moment on all my ideas required die-cutting, so I've been struggling to be creative!

I've had these little winter garden scenes hanging around from last winter - they just needed some extra embellishments to finish them off, so that's been a relaxing little project in between bouts of chaos and stress (namely present wrapping and supermarket shopping!).

I'm linking up with Julia over at WOYWW.

Thank you for your support and friendship over the past year and
 I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful 2017.  


  1. Totally beautiful, I love those cool wintry colour tones, beautiful remakes, love teir shape for cards!!

    Hopefully Santa will bring you a new diecutting machine.... Have an amazing festive season, I have loved following your work this year!!

  2. Gorgeous, great colours. Hope Santa brings you a new Big Shot or similar :-)
    Wishing you a peaceful and joyful Christmas Anne x #13 (at the moment :-) )

  3. Your beautiful Christmas card arrived a couple o days ago - that's a keeper, it's gorgeous! Your tags above as wonderful as well, i love the dark blue and white, you don't see that combination that often.
    Thanks for all the fun and friendship this year, I'm so glad we got to meet :-D
    Hugs, LLJ 15 xxx

  4. These are all fantabulous. Well done on finishing your Christmas cards - finished mine too but then ordered some new stash and it just set me off again ... for 2017!!!

    Seasons Greetings and Happy WOYWW


  5. Hi Diana, I love the colour scheme. Gorgeous shade of blue on those stamens, are they? Exactly the shade of blue I wanted recently, lol, for some half pearls. I had to colour some with Alcohol inks to get what I wanted.Sending wishes for a very Happy & Peaceful Christmas from us both, Many hugs, Shaz #7 xx

  6. These are so beautiful Diana - like little magic doorways! How annoying that your Big Shot broke down! It's not like electronic, so that shouldn't happen. You know I had a big shot once and I sold it along with the few dies I had when I bought my Cameo. Now I wish I hadn't. It would be great for some quickies, not to mention embossing, which I now can not do! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! zsuzsa #20

  7. Oh bummer! I'm so so sorry, how annoying! Check out this giveaway and good luck:
    Brenda is so generous and works for Tattered Lace, hence the amazing giveaway. I just love these panels, each a work of art on its own, but combined what beauty! I was thinking yesterday that maybe I was more creative when I had less, so I hope the same for you. Christmas hugs, Autumn

  8. Those winter garden scenes are beautiful! If they were mine, I would make a triptych of them, with the third one in the middle! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas! Lindart #28

  9. For not having a die cutter your doing wonderful making cards, like how you created these
    Merry Christmas
    Hugs Nikki 6

  10. Beautiful winter scenes. I love the blue. It is such a calming colour. Sorry about your Big Shot. I think it's one of the best purchases I've made.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #25

  11. Beautiful cards.
    Have a Christmas full of hugs and laughter.
    God Bless
    Christine #29

  12. Glad you've finished - but boo to the broken big shot!! Love the latest cards, they are stunning! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas. Helen #1

  13. I think it's time for a new machine and there is no better time than Christmas. Love your cards, gorgeous. Have a fun and Merry Christmas,
    Angela xXx 14

  14. So these beautiful panels have now got those finishing touches that just make them little teenie works of art. I do so hope Santa/DH bring you a Big Shot for Xmas. Have a lovely one.
    sandra de

  15. What a gorgeous little trio - beautifully embellished. So glad you found a little creative time in between the Christmas preparations. I hope there'll be a BigShot in your stocking (though that would stretch it somewhat!), or at least somewhere in the Christmas sales afterwards...

    Wishing you and yours a peaceful and joyous festive season and 2017.
    Alison x

  16. Oh Diana, these little panels are just darling... Perfect in every way! I do love miniature things and the detail in them is fabulous, as is the colour scheme! Sorry to hear your Big Shot broke down - and at such a moment too! I don't use a lot of dies but like Zsuzsa said, it's nice to have the option for a quickie without having to set up your electronic cutting machine. I use my Cuttlebug as I haven't got a Big Shot. How clever of your hubby to have kept the Big Shot going for so long.

    Have a lovely Christmas, and happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #18

  17. I have loved visiting your blog this year - Happy Christmas to you. xx Jo

  18. Hello Diana, wow those are stunning I just love the complete look of your panels. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season Hugs ~Anne L#5

  19. What beautiful panels Diana. Perfect wintery colours and great blending together of the different elements of stamping and embellishments. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas. Elaine x

  20. Wow, Diana - I adore these little gems, as they so represent to me your incredible creativity and connectedness to your gardens. So sorry to hear about the technical difficulties.... hopefully solved soon (or already)! Thank you for your fabulous inspiration over the year - I always look forward to your posts, even though I've been a bit AWOL in commenting lately. Best wishes to you and yours for a fantastic 2017 - xxx Lynn