Sunday, 29 March 2015

Christmas Card Club - Feature A Creature or even a Critter!

Once again it is time for our fortnightly challenge at the Christmas Card Challenge. We are a group of ladies who make a Christmas card each fortnight, taking turns to choice the theme. It was my turn this fortnight and my choice is Feature A Creature or even a Critter! If you wish to check out the cards from the other members, I have the hyperlinks to their blogs on my right sidebar.

I picked this Penny Black Caroling Trio stamp for my Creatures. I have always loved this image and decided to spark it up a smidge and use some brighter colours for this card. I had a snippet of musical note organza ribbon and thought it suited the carolling mice quite nicely.

I chose that brilliant teal card for the mat as I happened to have that snippet in my bits box, already edged punched and all. What luck!

Once I had the image matted and mounted on the background DP design, I added a couple of dollar store lime green felt snowflakes from my stash.  These came on a sheet of bright aqua and bright green snowflakes in various sizes. I think they were great value for money and enjoyed using their bright shot of colour.

Card base - 5 1/2 inch square textured card base and envelope from my stash
Card - snippet of teal card for image mat
DP - he black typewritten DP is Authentique Collection Joyous, and the red and white is Best Creations, Merry Christmas
Punch - Martha Stewart
Snowflakes - dollar store assortment from my stash
Bling - aqua pearls from my stash
Ribbon - snippet of musical note organza ribbon from my stash
Stamp - Penny Black Caroling Trio... colored with copics

I am entering this card in the following challenges

1. Christmas Card Club - Feature a Creature
2. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - must cover front of card base with patterned paper
3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes as long as it is Christmas
4. Pixies Crafty Workshop - Must use snippets

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

March Rudolph Days

It is the 25th of the month and you know what that means...Time for the February Rudolph Days Challenge. Here is a quick recap of the Rudolph Days Rules.

1. Rudolph Days will start monthly on the 25th and will close on the last day of that month.
2. The theme is always Anything Goes, as long as it is Christmas.
3. One entry per person and you just need to enter one Christmas card. (You can have more than one card on your post, but your post will still only count as one entry)
4. You may combine your entry with other challenges (maximum of 10 in total).
5. The winner will be selected by random draw and announced on the first day of the following month.
6.  Prizes will be shipped anywhere in the world.

Last month's winner, Sally Miller of Krazy Jayne blog is a guest designer this month. Sally has made this gorgeous gold embossed, and very, very pretty bird card. So very shimmering and full of sparkle. I love the way she has echoed that gorgeous gold with the diecut mat!

We have a second guest designer this month. Tanya of Little Art Cottage blog. Tanya was the lucky winner of the January Rudolph Days challenge. I love the soft and pretty colours of her adorable snowman image! That snow is so realistic...feels like Christmas already!

Here is my March Rudolph Days card. It is simple in design but I really enjoyed making it. In keeping with my aim of making some slimmer cards this year, this one will definitely fit through the regular postage slot.

I stamped the Hero Arts Winter Scene image onto a snippet of white card and then chalked the sky around it. I thought it seemed sort of flat so I went over that chalk with some glimmery chalks that are about 10 or more years old. They are made  by Yatsutomo and the intensity of the colour can be changed by how much water you use  There is a lovely shimmer to the sky now.
Placed that matted image onto some glitter card and then mounted that finished topper onto a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square card.

Suddenly, I remembered that when we were moving,  I missed a Snow Covered Trees theme at my Christmas Card Club. So I pulled out my Zig glue pen and fine white Stampendous Glitter added some snow to the trees and a few snow drifts for good measure! Makes me feel a little better that I caught up a bit with this card. Here is a little close up of that snow...I am happy with this card as it seems more arty than my usual style.

I am entering my scene card in the following challenges:

1. Christmas Card Club - Snow covered trees (a very overdue card, I must say...sorry ladies)
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
3. Darnell's NBUS Challenge #4 - my scenic stamp is my NBUS item

4. Merry Monday Challenge - #151 Tree
The March Rudolph Days Challenge prize is this Dazzling Snowflake die. Good luck in the draw!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Planters and Blooms

On the first Wednesday of each month, I go to a local card making group at my local scrapbook store. We take turns designing a card and bringing the supplies for all of us to make it.

April is my turn to bring the card kits and here is what I have planned.  You all know how I am trying to whittle away at my flower stash, so I guess it is no surprise that cards kits for a group of ladies would contain flowers!

I am using a never before used Sizzix Conservatory Window die. I am not using it as a window though...I am using it as a balcony planter full of blooms! I cut out 9 of these planters out of my snippets of heavy weight Bazzil.

I ran a snippet of grey heavy weight Bazzil through a Darice wood grain EF to create the look of a wooden wall. I glued the die to that and pop dotted the bottom Planter Box forward a bit. I got a little carried away with the Martha Stewart leafy branch punch for the greenery and totally covered up the planter Sorry about that but you can use your imagination!

The branches were punched from a sort of ugly pastel green lighter weight card. It looked too light  so I  inked them randomly with Ingvilde Bolme Prima chalk inks in Moss Lawn Green and also in Olive Vine green. Here is a close up to show the shading...

The wee flowers are from my never ending stash and I doubled them up for extra petal depth and held the layers together with a teensy brad. So 10 flowers in total on this card.  Yay...10 times 8 ladies, plus my 10 flowers on this card, and that is 90 flowers used! I will only add the 10 that I actually used on this card to the flower ticker at the top of my blog header, but it feels good to actually get 90 flowers out of the jars!

I wanted to fit my Elizabeth Bell Hello sentiment onto the back of the planter frame but it seemed to get lost in the background. There was not a place on the planter back large enough to mount it, so I cut a Spellbinders circle die in the same white card and sliced off the bottom third of the circle. I glued that over the too small existing half circle design.  Finally had a half circle large enough to showcase my sentiment.

Hopefully the ladies like this card. None of these ladies blog, so I am safe to post my card here early!!!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets