Hark!Christmas is coming…

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**Please click on the pic for a clearer view.For some reason they always look a little blurry on the blog page¬†ūüė¶¬†¬†**


The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Add A Sentiment.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super surprise prize.Don’t forget to take at some fabulous DT inspiration while you’re there.

So I thought I’d grab the chance to get another Christmas card made.I’m determined,this year,not to¬†be finishing them and¬†sending them on the last posting ¬†date!!So this little beauty,Hark the Angel Sing by Crafty Sentiments¬†,has helped me a little way to achieving my goal ūüôā She’s been coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao Markers then fussy cut so that she’s positioned in front of the die cut wreath,with added Liquid Pearls for effect.I thought this would tie in nicely with the holly coronet on her head.This was also the thinking behind the punched border.The papers are some remnant Hot Off the Press Papers ¬†and the sentiment has been stamped directly onto the card base.Due to the many rises and changes in postal costs I try to come up with designs to minimise these charges but hopefully still present friends and family something worth displaying on their mantelshelf.

Supplies :

Image : Hark the Angel Sing by Crafty Sentiments
Sentiment : Past magazine freebie
Mediums : Copic Sketch & Ciao Markers,Tuxedo Black Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad,Sepia Archival Ink Pad,Ruby Red Liquid Pearls
Paper & Card : DP Hot Off The Press Vintage Christmas Card Kit,Green Cardstock from my stash,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools: X-Cut Guillotine,Martha Stewart Holly Leaves Edger Punch,Marianne Design Holly Garland Die Set,Big Shot,Decoupage scissors

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes
Love to Create : Anything Goes Challenge
My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes
Stamp and Create : Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity : Christmas in Summer 
Christmas Card Challenges : Embellish It
Come and Get It¬†¬†:¬†It’s All About Dies
My Perfect Life : Any Christmas Card Goes
Penny Black and More : Anything Goes
Robyn`s Fetish : Square or Rectangle Cards РYour Choice
Crafty Calendar : Anything Goes
My Time to Craft : Use Kraft
Cards Galore Encore : Anything Goes 
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra : Anything Christmas
Sparkles Forum Challenges : Christmas in July
The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes
Completely Christmas : Anything Goes
Left of Center Creative Challenges : Christmas in August
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog:¬†¬†Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland : Anything Goes for Xmas
4 Crafty Chicks : Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’¬†¬†:Kraft
Creative Moments : Anything Goes/Sketch
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Anything Goes
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge : Red and Green
Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty¬†:¬†Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp :  Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Who ‘eight’ all the mints?


At¬†Craft Your¬†Passion¬†this week the challenge is ¬†Christmas ABC (Anything But a Card).We have the fabulous¬†Whimsy Stamps¬†as our¬†sponsors too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don‚Äôt forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I decided to make an After Eight dispenser as a gift for ¬†my DS2’s teacher.For those who’ve not heard of them before they are wafer thin dark chocolates that have a gooey mint fondant centre.They were intended as after dinner mints but they’re so yummy I doubt anybody could wait that long!So back to the dispenser…I followed ¬†a tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers for a Tea Bag Dispenser Box¬†as this worked out to be perfect for these too ūüôā All the base card is kraft and the papers are a magazine freebie from last year that I never got round to using.The cute stamp is¬†Santa Emma by¬†C C¬†Designs.I bought her in a sale at least a couple of years ago and used her only once I think.She’s been coloured with Graph’It Markers.I was very lucky in a recent challenge on their blog¬†and won some fabulous goodies – i.e. some pens including a Glitter Shake in Gold ūüėÄ ¬†As I only have a fairly small collection of pens these were a very welcome addition:) It was quite an adventure creating the depth and blend I wanted to achieve but I’m quite please how she turned out.I used the Plum as the darker shade but found the Ruby (and only red I own) didn’t,as I suspected,blend too well so I hit upon the idea of using the Magenta.This gave a perfect blend but as this was too pink I went back over with the Ruby to bring the red back.I was impressed that,as unlike some other brands of pens,there was no spattering or seepage with the dark red/pink tones ūüôā The Powder worked beautifully as a highlighting colour.For the bluey/green parts a mix of Dark Cyan,Jasmine and ¬†Fresh mint were used.After colouring the buckle on her belt with regular Graph’It Markers I went over with the Glitter Shake Pen (shame I forgot to take a close up).With some experimentation it was quite rewarding that I could get the kind of results I was looking for with a limited amount of pens ūüôā

For the trims on her clothing I opted for a White Sakura Souffle Pen.Normally on cards I would apply FLuffy Stuff or Flower Soft but I wasn’t sure how well it would stand up to the handling this may get.

Here’s a view of how I decorated the top :

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And a close up of the tag I made to match.This will be attached once it’s been wrapped in cellophane :


Supplies :

Image :  Santa Emma Stamp by C C Designs
Sentiment : Past magazine Hot Off The Press freebie stamp
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Graph’It Gold Glitter Shake Pen,Sakura Souffle Pen,Jet Black Archival Ink
Paper & Card : Papermania 12 x 12 Kraft Basics,DP past freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Tools :¬†Fiskars¬†30cm Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Woodware 1″ & 1 1/2″ Circle Punches,Marianne Design Fantasy Flowers,Crafter‚Äôs Companion¬†Die‚Äôsire Scalloped Tags Decorative Dies,Big Shot
To Embellish : Ribbon,Wooden Button and Jute Twine from stash

Some challenges this is for :

4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday : Celebrations
Delightful Challenges : Celebrate
MilkCoffee Challenge : Any Christmas Creation
A & T Emerald Faeries : Christmas
Always Something Creative : Merry Christmas
Bastel-Traum : Anything but a Card
Crafts and Me Challenge & Inspiration Blog : Christmas Gift Box
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra¬†¬†:¬†Anything Goes…Christmas
Desert Island Crafters : 2.  Die Cuts, 3.  2 or More Papers, 4.  Ribbon/Twine, 7.  Flowers, 9.  Make a gift, 10. Red/Green
Die Cut Divas¬†: ¬†Let’s Celebrate
Fairies Challenge Blog : Christmas
Feeling Crafty Challenge : Christmas
Heck of a Challenge : Colorful Christmas
Crafting for all Seasons : Anything Christmas but a Card
Crafty Creations : Anything Goes
Creative Belli : Christmas
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Merry Christmas 
 Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Anything Goes
Die Cuttin’ Divas¬†:¬†Happy Holidays
Inky Chicks : Christmas
Papertake Weekly : Christmas cards/projects
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x