Sunday, 1 December 2019

Sparkly Snowman

The final prompt for day 30 at Beccy's Place is to Do What You Love.

I love snowmen. I always used to build them as a child when we had a good snowfall. I grew up in Leeds it is generally colder 'oop North in the UK and you usually have more snowfall in winter. There were times I was able to build snowmen much taller than me. In Birmingham it is generally warmer and we don't have much if any snow in Winter although it can get very frosty like it has been for the last few days.

I also love to re-use and recycle elements in my card. The image, papers and sentiment on this card are all from old Christmas cards. I matted onto scraps of silver mirri card, The leftover scrap of light blue card was punched with my favourite Fiskars border punch and glittery washi tape added to the centre. 

The other thing I like is adding bling so self adhesive gems were added to the foiled snowflakes on the background.

This is the last card for Beccy's month long challenge. I came to it late on 11th November and I am really proud that I was able to catch up and make a card for each day. It has helped me to enjoy crafting again after a very busy and stressful year and making Christmas cards is my favourite thing to make :)

Card Details -

Size - 7" x 5"
Image - Recycled from a Christmas Card
Punch - Fiskars Treading Water 
Embellishments - Gems, washi tape

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order): -

Snowman Winter

The prompt for Day 4 at Beccy's Place month long of holiday cards is the letter D. 
I have chosen D for digistamp.

I have used Snowman Winter from Bugaboo Digi Stamps. I spotted it on a card and loved it.  I was very fortunate to win a Bugaboo prize recently on a challenge and was able to get this image.

I have used Promakers & Flexmarkers to colour the image. I added a clear sparkle pen to the snowman and lots of Stickles glitter glue for the snow.

I used sketch 349 from CAS(E) This Sketch for the layout. The background paper and sentiment have been recycled from old Christmas cards and I added self adhesive ribbon underneath the image.

This is a very CAS card for me and I had to resist the urge to add extra snowflakes.

Card Details -

Size - A6 
Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Flexmarkers, Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter pen, 
Embellishments - stickles glitter glue, self adhesive ribbon

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order): -

Friday, 29 November 2019

Softly Falling Snowflakes

The prompt for Day 29 at Beccy's Place month long holiday challenge is the letter Z. 
I chose a Z fold card, it has to be pretty much the only choice for Z I think.

The starting point was the snowman which was recycled from a Christmas card. The back section of the card has been covered with a clear vellum with silver snowflakes printed on it.

The front is a DCWV paper with glittery snowballs. The sentiment has been recycled from a Christmas card and matted onto a scrap of silver holographic card.

The snowflake on the from was assembled from a folder that cuts the shape and embosses at the same time. The white glitter one on top was recycled. The teal snowflake is a large one that I trimmed down.

Finally I added some gems, glitter glue and buttons to embellish.

I can't believe are nearly at the end of November!

Card Details -

Size - 6" x 6"
Image - Recycled from A Christmas Card
Dies - Sizzlits Cut & Emboss Folder Snowflake 2
Embellishments - Gems, stickles glitter glue, buttons

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order): -

Stanley's Bauble

The prompt for Day 17 at Beccy's Place month long holiday challenge is the letter O. 
I chose O for ornament.

The digital image is Stanley's Bauble which is a great freebie image from Beccy's Place. I have coloured it with Promarkers, Flexmarkers and highlighted with a white gel pen.

I have created a Z fold card. The back section is covered with a small design paper, the front section is folded in half and covered with a co-ordinating paper.

The image is matted onto gold and red card cut with the Nestabilities Reverse Wonky Rectangle dies from Spellbinders. I have added gold gel pen around the outside and some red gems.

The sentiment is a cardstock sticker that is matted into gold card. Finally a red bauble sticker was added to gold card and fussy cut the bauble section only. 

Card Details -

Size - 6" x 6"
Digital Image - Stanley's Bauble from Beccy's Place
Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Flexmarkers, White & gold Gel pens
Dies - Nestabilities Reverse Wonky Rectangles from Spellbinders
Embellishments - Gems, peel off stickers

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order): -

Flying Penguin

The prompt for Day 18 at Beccy's Place month long holiday cards challenge is the letter P.
I have chosen P for Penguin.

The digital image is Flying Penguin from Birdie Brown. She used to do a monthly challenge and give away loads of free images and this is one that I had printed ages ago but not yet coloured. He has been coloured using Promarkers and Flexmarkers.

I again used sketch 1 from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. All the papers and cardstock are scraps. The spotty paper and stars have all been recycled from old Christmas cards. Quite often you get some decent size pieces of patterned paper and card that are foiled and sometimes glittered. This sketch is perfect for using some of those.

The image has been cut with Nestabilities Labels 22 from Spellbinders. I then cut the stripy paper by hand and this gave me a corner to decorate with a bit of bling.

I added star gems in gold to match the paper and added a sentiment.

We are having 2 bedroom windows replaced today. It has gone proper cold in the UK and we again woke up to -1C and a frost. I will be spending a lot of the day holed up in my craftroom with my door closed, huddling the radiator, watching Netflix and making the last of the Christmas cards I need to make to complete the month of challenges Beccy has hosted.

Card Details -

Size - 6" x 6"
Digital Image - Flying Penguin (Retired) from Birdie Brown
Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Dies - Nestabilities Labels 22 from Spelbinders
Embellishments - Gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order): -

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Holiday Baking Fun

The prompt for Day 28 at Beccy's Place month long holiday challenge is the letter Y.
I have chosen Y for yellow.

Y is something I struggled with as I have nothing with Yule and the embellishments I have that are yellow are not really Christmassy.

I as going through some stickers and found this Penny Black Stickeroo with the green background and decided to do a green and yellow colour scheme. I found a yellow check paper and added the green stripes with a Promarker to make it blend with the project better.

The way I organise my stash is by theme so all my gingerbread stuff are together. The chipboard sentiment being yellow is perfect so I distressed the edges with the same green marker.

The gingerbread border is part of a paper that was a magazine freebie and I cut the strips out from this. 

The gingerbread men are shrink plastic that have been cut using a Sizzix die and coloured with Promarkers and a gold paint marker.

I am quite pleased with how this turned out and actually used one of the stickers that I have had for at least 10 years.

Card Details :-

Size - 6" x 6"
Sticker - Penny Black Stickeroo Snowy Christmas 10-166
Die - Gingerbread Man from Sizzix
Embellishments - Shrink Plastic

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order): -  

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Patchwork Snowman

The prompt for Day 21 at Beccy's Place month long holiday challenge is to use scraps. I have been using scraps on many occasions so that really is not much of a challenge for me. 

I decided to make a patchwork background from several different patterns to do something different to anything I have done before.

I selected several scraps in blues, silver and white. Some are strips are recycled from Christmas cards, some are foiled, some are glittered. Lots of patterns and textures. The squares are 1.7cm in size and I placed several together to make a quilted frame.

This frame was then cut to size and attached to the card base. The gold background is a mesh frame added to a black base to make the colour pop. The frame has been covered with glittery washi tape. The snowman has been pieced together from recycled scraps. To this I added a glittery pom pom and an oval gem nose. The frame is mounted onto some holographic card and then 3d foam squares.

To break up the background I added some fabric snowflakes that are in a hologram foiled finish and then some gems to the the centres.

Card Details :-

Size - 6" x 6"
Embellishments - Pom pom, gems, washi tape, fabric snowflakes

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order): -