Wednesday, 4 October 2017

ABC Christmas Challenge - October

We have a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Carol is the host, and the themes are:

U is for Unlimited'
(Anything Christmas goes)
'V is for Vibrant'
(Use bright colours)

Our sponsor for this challenge is Freckled Fawn:
Prize - $15 Gift Card!

There is also a little prize from our host Carol:

I made cards for both of the themes...trying out some new-ish snowflake stamps...from the 'Delicate Snowflakes' set by Stampendous. I made some inky backgrounds by smooshing Distress Inks on to watercolour paper...adding a couple of layers..drying in between...and then splattering with some water to add more texture. On my 'Unlimited' cards, I went for a rich purple background, using Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserves inks. I then stamped the largest snowflake from the set in Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it using 'Sparkling Gold' powder by WOW. I inked around the edges with some more Versamark Ink, and heat embossed those to match. I matted the panels on to some gold mirror card, and added them to some kraft card blanks.

The snowflakes are so sparkly in real's difficult to get them to show in a photo, but here's a better look at one:

I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges:

On my 'Vibrant' card...I used a background made using Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio inks. This time I heat embossed the snowflakes using 'Sparkling Snow' powder from WOW. I trimmed the panel down, and used it as a background for a cute little Penny Black mouse image called 'XMouse Ornament', which I coloured using watercolour pencils...adding some sparkle to his snowflake with some 'Diamond' Stickles. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge.


MagsB said...

Gorgeous cards, Helen! I love all the festive sparkle, and the PB mouse is adorable!

love Mags B x

Annette Stapylton said...

Just gorgeous. Nice work.
Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT for

Karen Knott said...

Both gorgeous cards, love the Snowflake and the mouse is so cute :)
Hugs Kaz xx

SmilynStef said...

I do love purple for Christmas ... so glad you *embossed* around the Christmas Tree with us at Jingle Belles.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Helen, I love the purple background with the silver embossing, absolutely gorgeous and the little mouse is adorable, all of them are so pretty :-)

Lols x x x

Susan Renshaw said...

Gorgeous purple background!
Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra!
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Dot said...

Wonderful cards, Helen, the Penny Black one is cute and your splatter ones fab.
Hugs Dorte

Sharon said...

Beautiful cards. I'll have to look on Youtube for videos of this smooshing technique, it sounds like fun.

lauren bergold said...

oh wow BOTH of these are amazingly fun & appealing holiday cards, not to mention a great use of embossing and yes, totally and wonderfully vibrant! thanks for joining our "Embossible Dream" at JINGLE BELLES! :)

Rae Ann said...

These cards are so pretty! Love the color choices and the metallic accents are so wonderful.

Thank you for playing along at Crafty Sentiments Designs for our Anything Goes challenge

Inspired 4 U said...

Lovely cards. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

Angela DT for

Sue said...

A cute card. Thank you for joining us at the One Crazy Stamper's challenge this month.

Melanie said...

Gorgeous cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional make your own background” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

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