Thursday, 31 December 2015

My last 2015 Christmas Card ...

Hello my lovelies I hope you had a lovely Christmas, I can’t believe its New Years Eve already! 
Before sharing my card I want to give a shout out to some awesome artists who just happen to be very nice too.  I decided to do this because these ladies have inspired me so much that I wanted to try out a different style of card.  What I have created is nowhere near as beautiful as their art but each one of them has inspired me so my huge thanks to Pamellia, Niki, Cec, Georgie C, Sara, Kelly for sharing your gorgeous creations and for answering my questions and encouraging me along the way too.  Your art is different from each other’s and I think I managed to capture a little of each of you.  This card and the one I created for my mum which is here.
I also want to thank my friend Sarn.  When I shared some of my progress of learning to draw earlier this year she became my Cheering Squad.  Your friendship, cheering and positivity has meant more than you know dear lady.  You helped me to dig myself out from a very deep and dark hole and stopped me from giving up: thank you, thank you, thank you!
I will try to share some of what I have been drawing soon with you all, let’s just say I’m no Monet or Van Gough but I can draw.  I have the card I created for my brother and Bethan to share with you today and here it is …
  
A large card for a change, 8" square approximately 20 cm 

Created for me and luckily fits these Challenges
Deep Ocean Challenge #119 Anything Goes 
 Fashionable Stamping Challenge #106 Make Your Own Background
Sweet Stamps Challenge December Anything Goes 
Winter Wonderland Challenge Christmas Bingo: Snowflakes; Glitter; Pearls


Normally I have in mind what I want to create; however, this card evolved a lot as I created it.  I wanted to create the background in purple (Bethan’s favourite colour).  So I stamped the snowflakes from one of my Sheena Douglass set of stamps onto an A4 sheet of card, added clear detail EP and heated the powder.  I used the purple from the Spectrum Noir Beautifully Grunge AquaTints, watered down a little and coloured the white card.  I really do love these beautifully rich paints I do lol!!!

Once that was done and put to one side to dry I needed to figure out what else I wanted to do, lol, because I was still not sure what I wanted or how I wanted it to look!  I ferreted through my Christmas embellishments and flower stash and retrieved die cuts, lilac/lavender flowers, twirly beaded thingy, berries and other bits and bobs.  The embossed panel is an old (Craftwork Cards) frame from my Christmas box.  I decided to colour some of the snowflake flowers with neat purple AquaTints.  I stamped, added clear EP and heat emboss the large and small poinsettia stamp onto white vellum and fussy cut them out. 

This was when I finally realised I wanted to keep the card mainly purple and white.  I had a lot of black with a pink gem in the middle Petaloo flowers that I wanted to use up but I don’t use much black so I changed their colour by painting with white gesso.  I added clear glitter to the black flowers and they have a lovely sparkle lol!  I also added a little white gesso to some of the other flowers and berries and added glitter to some of them, though not all, that’s a change for me, lol, I am heavy handed with glitter because I’m trying to use all of my loose glitter. 

I moved around all the separate elements until I came up with a layout and look that I really liked.  One of the last steps was to die cut a sentiment from card I had coloured purple.  I attached it to the frame and added Stickles to it.   Silver sequins here and there and I was finished.  One of the things I’ve really been worried about was if my family would like the shabby chic style finished cards (my mum’s one is here).  I needn’t have worried both mum, brother and Bethan loved them: I am very happy to say that they’ve no idea how much work goes into creating these fussy cards but they sure did love the Christmas cards I created this year lol!  You will be seeing more shabby style and clean and simple cards:  I love to do both and both of them really stretch me and my skills: YAY!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon and I also want to wish you all a very and prosperous 2016 New Year: love you all!!!   ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Scenic: Ornate Snowflake stamp set
Premium Art Brands: Perfect Poinsettia stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; heat gun; pot of water

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion: A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents
Crafter’s Companion: Craft UK 8” square cards and envelopes
White card snippets coloured purple; Parchment snippets

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge
Versamark IP; WOW Clear Detail EP

Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Spiral Stamens; Chrysanthemums; Stamens; Rose Leaves
Prima Wood Icons box set: flower coloured with white gesso and AT
Polkadoodles: Berry sticks
Ebay: silver sequins
Challenge prizes:  Round metal filigree embellishment; Flat Backed Pearls; Flower Shaped Flat Backed Pearls (no shop name)
Craftwork Cards: dry embossed frame #; Petaloo black flowers #; Brad #; Glitter: clear and lavender #; Stickles #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Crafter’s Companion: Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old


A Clean and Simple Card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  My lovely new pens are being tried out in one of my new mixed media pad and I’ve got to say I am in love with how they look right now, and that’s before I’ve stamped and coloured with them lol!  I have a CAS card to share with you and here is …

  
A nice flat A6 card  
I adore this flower stamp  
Lovely bit of texture
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #342/343 Anything But Christmas 
Deep Ocean Challenge #119 Anything Goes 
Sweet Stamps Challenge December Anything Goes 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #216 Anything Goes


I am definitely craving warmer and brighter days right now!  The weather in the UK is grey and damp and I can feel that in my bones, and I hate that I do!  Anyways a card I created with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and Stamplorations large Helenium stamp, I love, lurve, love this stamp!  I’m happy how this one turned out, although, predictably I couldn’t leave it completely CAS: I had to add a little of me to my card and this time I used lovely textured trim. 
I coloured the stamp by applying the AquaTints with a paintbrush to the stamp and then I stamped in position.  I planned on doing the no line colouring technique but it was all too one layer in colour so I had to go back in to add definition: it looked like a red and yellow blob before I did.  A snippet for the die cut sentiment with was coloured with the red AquaTints before I applied Stickles to it: awesome sparkle for a change lol!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon.  ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:
Stamplorations Stamps: Stamp Lab large Helenium stamp
Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Whimsy sentiment die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; heat gun

Supplies
Card Paper:
A6 card; snippet for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Embellishments:
Country View Crafts: ribbon/trim; Stickles: Frosted Lace glitter glue
Adhesive/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

For gifting ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I am using watercolour snippets to experiment to create a Northern Lights sky look, the details are below.  I didn’t get out to the post office to send any of the Christmas cards I created over the past year but I want to create some batches to gift to my family and this one is the first card from the first batch …

  
 A little A6 one but nice and flat so that's good! 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Card Mania Challenge #75 Christmas
Country View Crafts Challenge December Create a Scene
I used snippets for stamping and colouring and snippets for die cutting
Winter Wonderland Challenge Christmas Bingo: snowflakes; glitter; rhinestones
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #214 & #215 Anything Goes


Very quickly, without too much waffle, I altered a sheet of DP/PP because I didn’t like it and I did that by painting over the top with purple acrylic paint.  Once dry I tapped Versamark IP through one of my Tando stencils and added embossing powder sadly you can’t see much of that because I added the landscape over the top of it. 

The next step was creating something like the Northern Lights sky (aurora borealis) and I’ve  discovered that my RA and fibro issues means I can’t do that like I used to do by adding many layers of ink with the blending tool then drying between every coat of ink.  Sadly doing that with my ink pads or re-inkers hurts a lot.  So I experimented with the AquaTints they are so bright and very rich in colour.  I painted the sky three times to get the look I needed/wanted and my hands and fingers were very grateful for that fact lol!  I have had to use three sets of the inks because the black ink that is in the Essentials set, the dark blue in the Primary set and the Beautifully Grunge set is perfect for rich yet bright Northern Lights skies.  I added colour using the inks straight up – no mixing with water at all for the first step.  If you want to create a similar look you will need to blend the black ink with the other colours you use for the sky – but not much of it: it is a very strong black!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon  ttfn Karen x








Tools
Stamp:
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Scenic: Highlands Silhouette stamp set

Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Only Words Essentials: Happy Christmas

Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz distress tool (a present from my lovely OH); paintbrushes; heat gun; water

Supplies
Card Paper:
300gsm card for base
Watercolour paper
K & Co. designer paper

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Essentials; Perfectly Primary
Versamark IP; WOW clear detail EP
The Works Acrylic Paints: white; purple

Embellishments:
Stickles glitter glue: pink # (closest to the current colour of Thistle)
White sequins #; mini rhinestones #; clear glitter #; Mrs Grossman gold metal sticker #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Crafter’s Companion: double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 7 years old

Monday, 28 December 2015

Mum's Christmas Card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas time surrounded by many loved ones.  I also hope you have not been affected by these awful floods: if you have please accept a hug from us.  Today I am sharing the card I made for my mum and here it is …



  This was one of the stamps that I won from Brenda: and I love it!  
Thank you Brenda! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Card Mania Challenge #75 Christmas
Papertake Weekly Challenge it’s their final challenge which makes me very sad!
Pick your favourite challenge and mine is and always has been Anything Goes
I used snippets for stamping and colouring and snippets for die cutting
Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything Goes with a Stamp and a Ribbon
Winter Wonderland Challenge Christmas Bingo: Snowflakes; Animal; Ribbon


We had a nice quiet Christmas Day on our own and my mum, brother and Bethan (brother’s fiancée) came to visit on Boxing Day and I know I mentioned in a previous post that Bethan is pregnant.  She is at twenty weeks now and just starting to show.  I don’t think you would notice it if you didn’t know her well, lol, even though she is saying she is getting fat she isn’t.

Because of computer issues and other stuff I haven’t been able to blog since the 1st December, grr!  And because of that ‘other stuff’ I’ve not been able to get out of the house for a long time and I forgot to get OH to purchase postage stamps along with the online food shopping argg!  That meant that no Christmas cards were posted to family or friends.  If you normally receive a Christmas card from me but didn’t this year please accept my sincere apologies because getting out was not possible. 

The DH did not receive a Christmas card this year and my mum and brother did not get their Christmas cards until Boxing Day when they visited.  This card started out as quite a simple design because I planned to post it.  When I realised we could not get to the post office I decided to embellish and try one of my shabby chic experiments again.  This card is much busier than my normal style and I love it and so did mum: that’s the most important thing!  I used an 8” square card blank, onto which I attached the first layer of Craftwork Cards dark purple dry embossed card.  I stamped the image onto white snippets twice and coloured both with my AquaTints.  Once dry I added a lavender dry embossed card as another layer, I fussy cut the bird and foliage before attaching it to the first stamped layer.  I added a layer of heavily altered paper (acrylic paint, glossy gel, stencil, heat embossing in gold and silver).  I matted the larger stamped and coloured image onto light purple Craftwork Cards dry embossed card adding a thick border.  I positioned the ribbon down the LHS before attaching the matted panel to make sure that it looked right before gluing anything in place.  Then I took out a lot of different flowers which I distressed with acrylic paint and sparkled with glitter.  I die cut several shapes from coloured and white card snippets and attached those next.  Finally I worked out where I want the embellishments to be before gluing them in position: simples yet very fancy and I think it falls into the shabby chic label which makes me very happy!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon: I will be playing with my Spectrum Noir Aqua pens for the foreseeable future (present from my lovely OH) lol!  ttfn Karen x











Tools
Stamp:
Stamps Happen Inc: #80371 Chickadee

Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey: Half Doily Die
Crafters Companion Die’sire Only Words Essentials: Happy Christmas
Marianne: poinsettia die set
Memory Box: snowflake corner die
Sizzix: holly and berry die
Whimsy: snowflake die set

Stencil:
Tando circle mask

Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paint brushes; pot of water

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK: 8” square card
Craftwork Cards: embossed card #
Lavender coloured patterned paper #  (which I altered a lot!)
Snippets white card for stamping
Snippets white card for die cutting

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Versamark IP; Cosmic Shimmer: black EP #; Gold and silver EP #
Sakura sparkle pens: clear; gold
Gold rub on wax #
The Works: gesso; acrylic paints in gold & purple
Stickles Glitter Glue: frosty lace; purple # and pink # from my stash which are closest to the current colours of lavender and thistle

Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: chrysanthemums; sweetheart blossoms; stamens; rose leaves
Prima wood icons in a box: leaves and mushrooms
Clear glitter #; ribbon #: from a duvet cover and pillowcase set

Adhesives/Mediums:
Maimeri glossy gel; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; Tesco funky foam


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 6 years old


Thursday, 10 December 2015

CAS Christmas with Spectrum Noir #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  A quickish post and another CAS Christmas card today and here it is …
  
An A6 quick and flat 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


I always have to add a little something to my versions of CAS.  It’s not something I plan to do when starting a card that has to be CAS.  I started this card by stamping the house and the greeting onto the card then I grabbed some kitchen towel to place over the card to protect it before colouring the house.  I have to do that because I am a klutz, not something that I boast about it’s just the truth.  Once I painted the house and it dried I dry embossed around the card about 5mm in from the edge.  To my eyes it was missing something and didn’t have enough texture and as the gesso is always out these days I thought the house needed snow and after I did that I added more around the edges – as I said CAS does not come easy to me.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon.  ttfn Karen x








Tools
Stamp:
Premium Brands Snowy Cottage stamp set
Stampin’ Up Curly Cute set

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pipettes; pot of water; glue applicator (gesso); palette knife (texture paste); scoring tool; ruler

Stash
Card Paper:
300 gsm card cut and scored to create an A6 card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Essentials; Perfectly Primary
The Works: Gesso

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Not CAS with Spectrum Noir ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors I am chasing my tail right now so this is a very quick post with yet another Christmas card and here it is …

  
A lot of inkiness and nicely flat for posting!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge CHNC258 Time to Decorate
Papertake Weekly Challenge Fun fun fun in the snow!
I used snippets for stamping and colouring and snippets for die cutting
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Holly Jolly Stamping
Whimsy Stamps Challenge #88 Anything Goes Christmas


This was a snippet buster in so many ways.  The image I stamped and coloured was onto a leftover, the die cuts were all from the tiny and not so tiny pieces of white card that I protect to use just for this type of card.  I do love the snow I can create using white gesso and as much as the fact that this card is perfect for Christmas to my mind I went a little OTT with inking up the base too but I was desperate to use this stencil.  My lovely friend Helen is a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and as there was a special on certain stamps and one of them is one of the SU stamp sets I have wanted for ages so my lovely DH said get that and check and see if there’s anything else you’d love well there was a special offer on a set of stencils and I just had to put it in my basket.  It feels good to help a friend a little and I know one stamp won’t do much but I’m hoping to be able to purchase more next year.  I will be keeping my eye open though as there are at least three more sets that I err, ahem, need lol!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:
Crafter’s Companion: Mulberry Wood Across the Miles stamp set

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Crafter’s Companion sentiment die; Whimsy Snowflake dies

Stencil:
Stampin’ Up: Hearts & Stars stencil set purchased from my friend Helen

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pipettes; pot of water; ink blending tool and foam

Stash
Card:
300 gsm card; snippets white card for stamping and die cutting

Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary; Essentials; Grunge
Versafine IP: black
Adirondack IP: Denim
The Works: gesso
Sakura Sparkle pen #; Glitter #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; Washi tape (to hold stencil in place)


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 5 years old

Monday, 7 December 2015

December CAS with Spectrum Noir #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I am struggling with these days shooting past so much quicker than I need them to.  Thankfully I think there is only after five or six Christmas cards required which is one heck of a blessing.  Making them CAS style really does help me to power through them.  Here is today’s share …
  
Another A6 card nice and small for posting 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge CHNC258 Time to Decorate
 Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Purple: To Die For 
 Papertake Weekly Challenge Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #213 Anything Goes


I think this is the first year that I have managed to create one layer cards.  I’ve had to take into account the UK post costs, time, health and inclination lol!  I will be creating several special cards for close family and friends and I know we’ll pay for that but if it is for mum or my brother and Bethan the cost of posting doesn’t come into it ever.

One thing I can share with you now is that in May I am going to become an Aunt!!!  I am so happy for Luke and Bethan, so very happy for them and this new adventure and whilst they were on holiday several months ago my brother asked Bethan to marry him and she said yes, so in 2016 I will become an aunt and in 2017 they will be married and, oh yesh, I have offered to do the wedding stationery depending on what they want and if I am well enough.  It is something good to look forward to for both of us. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon and you have a wonderful weekend  ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:
Premium Brands Poinsettia stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug
Crafter’s Companion: Die’sire Happy Christmas die; Downton Abbey Half Doily die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; heat gun

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets of Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card; 300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary; Essentials; Beautifully Grunge
Sakura sparkle clear pen
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad: Victorian Velvet
Embellishments:
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles: Worn Lipstick #
Sequins #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 5 years old


Friday, 4 December 2015

A Christmas Card Experiment ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one.  Another Christmas card to share with you today and here it is …


 
An A6 card
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #173 Holiday
Creative Artiste Challenge #9 Anything Goes Mixed Media
 Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Purple: To Die For 
 Papertake Weekly Challenge Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft Challenge Anything Christmas
 the challenge has been extended a little
That’s Crafty Challenge Christmas 
Whimsy Stamps Challenge #88 Anything Goes Christmas 
 Word Art Wednesday Challenge #212 Anything Goes


I think you can understand why I said this card was an experiment.  I let loose with the embellishments and with the glitter.  I know it’s not completely shabby chic but it is almost there.  I am happy with how this one ended up and now know that I am pushing myself in the right direction to create shabby chic style.  This card will not go in the post so I didn’t have to worry about the depth and weight.  I have over the last few months used most of my oldest embellishments so I took the time to get out these wooden embellishments to adorn a card with, and this is the first one with them and creating this card was a lot of fun! 
I had a snippet of H2O coloured card which I used with LOTV postcard stamp and Distress Ink Pad (I love this stamp).  Looking around to see what other snippets or embellishments or bits and bobs that I have I found the stamped bird.  It hadn’t been coloured at that point so I tried colouring it with Spectrum Noir AquaTints but didn’t like it so I coloured it with acrylic paint didn’t like that either so I made up a mix of both and finally got the look I wanted.
I used the acrylic and AquaTints blended colour to tint the wooden embellishments and once dry I applied glue and glitter where I wanted it to sparkle.  The metal corner was a dark brown colour which I wasn’t keen on so I coloured it with the same blend as the wooden embellishments and roughly glittered that once the paint was dry.  My lovely hubby purchased the Crazy Bird Things from Country View Crafts and a set of Tim’s word dies.  They had an awesome offer on Black Friday and he told me if I found a great deal I was to get it.  So I now have the Crazy Birds Things and they arrived so quickly I was able to stamp the hat onto another snippet, which I coloured with AquaTints and I glittered the hat too before adding it as the last touch to my card: love my bird stamps I do!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon  ttfn Karen x








Tools & Supplies
Stamp:  
Tim Holtz: Crazy Birds & Crazy Bird Things stamp sets; LOTV Vintage Postcard stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafter’s Companion Downton Abbey Half Doily die; Die’Sire Happy Christmas die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paint brushes; pipettes; heat gun; pot of water
Card Paper:
Snippets Crafter’s Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card
300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary set
H2O paints #
The Works: white acrylic paint
Embellishments:
Metal corner (win prize from a challenge)
Wooden embellishments: toadstool; flowers; leaf #; metal star bead #; metal wire and bead embellishment #; blue glitter #; white sequins #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 6 years old

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

It's blog hop time at House of Cards Challenge ...


Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. 
It is the end of term at House of Cards Challenge and we are saying goodbye to some of my lovely Design Team members and some of us are staying on.  To say goodbye to the DT and to thank our DT we are celebrating with a blog hop which runs from today, 1 December, until 15 December and if you want to win some prizes make sure you do the hop as soon as possible.  Along with the blog hop we’ve a Design Team call.  If you are interested in joining the HOC Design Team then you need to visit the House of Cards Challenge for the details. 
Getting back to the blog hop you should have arrived here from Judy’s blog and next you need to go to Katy’s blog.  If you get lost or forget you just need to go back to House of Cards Challenge.  Make sure you leave me a comment too so that your name goes into the draw!
We also have an awesome photographic inspiration this month and that photo is below.  Beneath the inspiration photo is the card I created for the hop …


Such a beautiful photograph!

   
A 5" x 7" card for a change 
A final look

I am very lucky because I can also enter these Challenges
Christmas Card Challenge #52 Anything Goes
I was inspired by the #100 photo with gold and the ribbon as well as our photograph
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Sparkle & Shine Happy 6th Birthday Ladies!!
Sweet Stamps Challenge November Anything Goes


You can see the very pretty and little snowflake stamp I used. My original idea did not work for several reasons so I printed out our inspiration photograph and got my Inspired by Stamping stamp sets to think of another idea.  I must say up front this idea is much better than my original plan lol!  I wish you could see the shimmer from those pretty pink baubles.  I used my AquaTints to colour the die cut circles and I splattered a little purple on to give it some more depth, the baubles were inspired by the bauble in the photograph.  After I coloured the die cut circles I splattered several of them with red ink to match the colour on the candles and it didn’t look right with the pink so I grabbed some other die cut circles and splattered a little purple to give it much more depth.  I stamped and heat embossed each snowflake with Victorian Velvet and clear detail EP.  The texture from the snowflakes, the embossing folder, the string, sequins, bows and from the final touch of Distress glitter is just wonderful, it’s a real touchy feely card and perfect for any girly girls in the family. 
I am so happy this turned out so well and you will be seeing more cards like this lol.  Once the circles are coloured the rest of the card is pretty easy to create.  In fact you could use coloured card or PP/DP and you don’t have to stamp and heat emboss to whip up a few very quick cards. 
One thing I do recommend is that you add a little gold top to your bauble – it makes it look so much more like a bauble and not a circle attached to some paper string.  Finally creating this card is awesome snippet busting!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon.  ttfn Karen x









Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Inspired By Stamping: 3” x 4” Diamonds stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Embossing folder
Crafter’s Companion Happy Christmas die; Spellbinders Nestability Large Circles die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; heat gun
Card Paper:
A4 300gsm Card cut to create a 5” x 7” card and to dry emboss
Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents snippets for die cutting and an A5 large snippet to create a pink layer
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Tim Holtz DIP: Victorian Velvet #
WOW Clear Detail EP; Graph It: Gold Pen
Embellishments:
Distress Stickles: Worn Lipstick #; White sequins from my stash #; The Works: paper string
Pink Bows: from my dear friend Claire
Adhesives/Mediums:
Crafters Companion: Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; Tesco fun foam


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 6 years old