Wednesday, 5 April 2017

ABC Christmas Challenge - April 2017...H & I are for?

We have a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today, and this month we have two themes for you to choose from....or combine!

'H is for Home'


'I is for Informal'

We have two awesome sponsors for this challenge:

Crafty Ribbons

Prize - £10 gift voucher!


Prize - this fab stamp & paper pack!

I made a card for each theme...the first features two little 'homes' punched with a Woodware punch from some watercolour paper that I'd painted in a rainbow effect using Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Lucky Clover, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire & Wilted Violet). I used a larger piece of the same paper for a wintry sky background, placing some die cut 'snow drifts' (cut using some Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside Borders' and a Clearly Besotted 'Tree Landscape' dies). The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.

I interpreted the 'I is for Informal' theme by doing some watery /loose stamping using Distress Inks. I stamped on to dampened watercolour paper, with a Christmas tree stamp called 'Before the Snow' by Penny Black...first in 'Peeled Paint', then in 'Forest Moss' over the top. I filled in the sky using a mixture of 'Stormy Sky' and 'Faded Jeans' Distress Inks. I distressed the edges a little, then added a sentiment from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.

Challenges for these cards:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge.


Melissa L. said...

Oooo, so pretty, Helen! I love your Christmas card. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers for April.

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Helen, both of them are fabulous! I love the layered snowdrifts and lovely colourful houses on the first and your watercolored scene is awesome!

Lols x x x

Inkyfingers said...

What a lovely pair of cards Helen. I really like the whimsical look of the first snowdrift card and the dreamy watercolour look on the second one is so beautiful - you got amazing depth of colour on those trees!
Carol x

Dot said...

Wonderful cards, Helen,
hugs Dorte

Lisa E said...

Your tree card is lovely Helen, they look like they're the top of a magical wood xx

beatriz blazquez arrabal said...

Great cards! Thanks for join us at Crafty Sentiments Designs this time, good luck and hope to see you next time. Hugs Beatriz

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Michelle said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

Lisbeth van den heuvel said...

stunning card love your design
thanks for playing with us at CHCC2
hugs Lisbeth

Leanne said...

Great job, love it, and so glad you shared with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.
Leanne DT/LPCF
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Helen said...

Two great cards - love that first one in particular.

Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Made by Helen{My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Jenny Colacicco said...

Wow those trees look totally real! I love this - it's like a little piece of art. Thank you for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge! Jenny x

Chris said...

Your watercolored tree scene is amazing! I could just keep looking at it! I wanted to thank you for playing along with my heARTful stamping challenge during April! I'm sorry to be just stopping now for a visit...