Wednesday, 7 April 2021

ABC Christmas Challenge - H & I are for?

It's the first Wednesday of a new month, so that means it's time for a new ABC Christmas ChallengeLynda is the host, and the themes are:

'H is for Houses/Home'
'I is for Icicles'

There's a fab prize on offer from Lynda for the lucky winner of this challenge:

On my 'H is for Houses/Home' card, I used dies and punches to create a wintry scene on a DL card. I used lots of snippets of white card (so glad I keep all those offcuts when making square cards!) to cut the snowy slopes...mainly using my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border dies, alhough the one at the top with the little trees is a Clearly Besotted die called 'Tree Landscape'. To add a little definition to the edges, I distressed the edges before I layered them up. The little house was cut using a Woodware punch, from a snippet of kraft card...adding an even tinier snippet of navy card behind for a coloured door. The snippet of snowy paper is from the 'Mystery Marbles' pad by Craft Sensations, and the sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.

I used lots of dies on my 'I is for Icicles' card too...repurposing one of my Die-namics 'Grassy Edges' dies to cut some 'icicles'. I cut them from white glitter card, then trimmed along the top with scissors to create a more 'organic' edge, then placed them on top of a 'wooden fence'...made by inking a snippet of kraft card with 'Gathered Twigs' Distress Inks, before embossing it using a woodgrain embossing folder from Sizzix/Doodlebug. I made a cheeky reindeer to pop over the top of the 'fence' using dies from the Tim Holtz/Sizzix 'Winter Critters' set...using lots of snippets of card...inking the edges with more 'Gathered Twigs' ink. I used a snippet of snowy sky background left over from making this card, then matted it all on to kraft card, before adding it to a card blank. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Celebrate Everyday' set by Hero Arts.

I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge.


Inkyfingers said...

A great pair of cards, Helen and a genius idea to repurpose your grass die for the icicles! Why didn't I think of that lol!!
Hope you are well
Carol x

Sarn said...

Two fabulous winter cards. xxx

lauren bergold said...

what pretty cards, each element is so right! so pleased you could join our diecutting fun at JINGLE BELLES!

Martina said...

Beautiful card, Helen. I love houses in a snowy landscape. I'm glad you shared them at CCAYR. Martina - DT

Dorte said...

Wonderful H and I cards, Helen. Hope you have a great week.
Dorte xx

Lindsey said...

I'm with Carol - genius to use a grass die, and it didn't even dawn on me that's what you did when I first saw your card! I love both of these sweet cards.

Lynda said...

Great couple of cards Helen xx

SmilynStef said...

love the both ... the skinny landscape card really gives the appearance of distance ... and what a clever way to turn that die into icicles ... so very glad you shared your *to die for* projects with us at Jingle Belles.

Sue - said...

Two delightful Christmas cards! Thank you for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

Di said...

What super Christmas cards Helen - love them both.


Di xx

LOU said...

Two awesome cards Helen. Love them both.
Thanks so much for joining us for our Merry Little Christmas Challenge for April 2021.
We hope to see you again soon,
Lou DT xo
JemLou Productions

Deanne Saunders said...

Beautiful card!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafting day!! Stay safe and healthy!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper