Festive Wreath

Hello there – I have a Christmas card to share as there is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme – as always – is anything goes Christmas or festive related:

I used a digital stamp from Graciellie Design, printed onto Make-It Colour blending card, and coloured with Copics. I went for a sketchy Copic colouring, as I find this image lends itself perfectly to this.

I die cut the image with a Sue Wilson stitched circle die set, matted a darker green layer, then sued Sue Wilson stitched squares for two more layers of matting.

The corner dies are from Tattered Lace – I have had these sets for years and years – and found them again during another ‘tidying’ session…….

The die-cut sentiment is also from Tattered Lace – part of my ‘find’ and stuck down after die-cutting with a backing of double-sided tape.

I hope you can come and join us, and get your Christmas stash well and truly started. xx

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Crimbo-Crackers Christmas and use old stash

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring (week 16)

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

A Fishing Penguin

Hello there. A new challenge has begun at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas. Here is my card for this challenge:

Whilst I was sorting my stuff out after the decorator had left, I came across a bunch of Tattered Lace magazines I have never even opened or looked at – from the first ever magazine they produced up to and including a Christmas Special which had this cute fishing penguin as a free die on the cover.

I may have put these to one side so I didn’t spoil the magazine by taking the dies off, or cutting into the papers in the middle of the magazine – but as they’ve been sitting there for years (I think this was from a 2016 Christmas Magazine) I thought I’d use them. No point hoarding – well, not for that long, anyway!

I die-cut the penguin out of a cream card stock – I didn’t want him to be too bright – and coloured his individual parts with Copics, adding some glitter to the hat brim and pom-pom. I also added a small piece of glitter card behind the swirls on his belly – but it’s not showing up very well, I’m afraid.

I was going to do some Distress Oxide blending for the background, but every Tattered Lace Magazine has some papers on the inside, so I used one of those paper scenes and cut to size, adding a stitched frame around it. I don’t use patterned papers very often – I seem to struggle putting them together and matching shapes, layers and hues – but with a scene paper like this – it seemed to work well.

The penguin is standing outside of the frame, and fishing into the bucket on the inside. The bucket is from MFT ‘Pet Perches‘ die set, and is supposed to be the bed for the pet – but I saw it as a bucket, especially when the die actually cuts into to ‘bed’ itself so I could slot the fish into it.

I hope you have time to join us for this challenge, and I look forward to seeing what you create. 🙂 🙂