Archive for ‘Challenges’

November 20, 2021

Christmas fairy lights card

Hi and welcome.

It’s theme week this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge, and this time I chose “fairy lights” as they are one of my favourite things to decorate our home with at Christmas.  They can be called many different things around the world – twinkle lights, holiday lights, mini lights, etc – but whatever they are to you, they are sure to bring some joy and light to any festive season…

I die cut card in rainbow colours by Stampin’ Up of poppy parade, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, green galore, and tempting tuquoise, for the bulb part of the fairy lights, and silver card by Sizzix for the string and tops.

I chose to make a slimline card as the design and layout fitted much better than my usual square  cards.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up stamp set Christmas Pines, in black stazon ink, using my Misti for perfect placement.  As the base card has a slight texture, I had to stamp it 3 times to get a good image, so I was so glad I chose to use my Misti – worth its weight in gold that thing!

I decided against popping up the fairy lights so the card will be flat for posting.

Fairy lights have changed so much over the years. I loved the sets my parents had, with tiny magical covers, such as Cinderella coaches, or flowers and bells – they made the tree glow beautifully!  Nowadays, my tree is just a mass of tiny LEDs, so I just have to fill it with more toys and decorations! Yay!

I hope you’ve been inspired to join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown – we would love to see what beautiful cards you come up with.  There’s a little bit more about the history about fairy lights over on the challenge blog, so do pop by for a visit.

Enjoy your weekend

November 6, 2021

A classy Christmas …

Hi there and welcome.

We’re in November now, meaning it’s just a few short weeks to Christmas, and I’m delighted to be setting the challenges this month over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  The first challenge of the month is always a sketch …

I don’t know about you, but I like to start early with my Christmas preparations, which means a good clean out of every room in the house, including my craft room. In my tidying spree, I found these pretty papers I forgot I had, and decided that they should finally fulfil their purpose and adorn a card …

Putting the patterned papers together was easy, then it was a hard job (for me) to decide on the embellishments!  I auditioned a few different options before deciding on a die cut reindeer in real red card, teamed with small punched hearts in very vanilla.

I hand-stamped a sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas by Stampin Up on very vanilla card, and hand-cut flag ends, before popping up on some fun foam.

There’s lots of pretty glitter embedded in the papers, which gives a sparkly Christmas vibe.  I showed the card to my husband and his first word was “classy” – I was happy with that!

I hope you’ve been inspired to join us over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week – we would love to see what you come up with for this challenge.

Enjoy your weekend

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