Wednesday, 6 March 2019

ABC Christmas Challenge - E, F & G are for?

We have another fun ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Carol is the host, and we have three wonderful themes this month:

'E is for Embellishments'
'F is for Fabric'
'G is for Glitz'

Carol has donated these two awesome Hunkydory card kits as prizes for two lucky winners:

I know that I probably could have combined all three of the themes on one card, but I couldn't resist making a separate card for each that's three more Christmas cards for the box!

I tend not to embellish my cards too much (especially Christmas ones that I may ending up paying to post!), but I found some simple little adhesive gemstones that I used on my first card. The image is 'Xmouse Ornament' by Penny Black, which I coloured using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut it out and added the gemstones to his snowflake. I made a simple background by embossing a piece of white card using my Tim Holtz/Sizzix 'Snowfall' embossing folder, adding a Lili of the Valley sentiment along the bottom. I popped the little mouse on top using some 3D foam pads.

Challenges for this card:
I'm also not one for using fabric on my cards...despite having quite the collection of ribbon, lace and other trims! I picked a snippet of cream coloured lace, and found a vintage-looking Lili of the Valley image (from a really old sheet of pre-coloured die cut images), and some vintage-looking papers (from the 'Mistletoe' pad by Craftwork Cards...picked up as a total bargain in a charity shop recently) to go with it. I inked around the edge of the image using 'Old Paper' Distress Ink, to take the edge off the whiteness of it and make it blend in better with the papers, then distressed all of the edges and added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.

Challenges for this card:
The 'G for Glitz' theme is right up my street! I have a fairly sizable collection of the embossing glitters by WOW...and love how sparkly they are, and can make a really simple stamped image look really pretty (and impressive!). I sued a new stamp on this's called 'Connor's Crown Jewels' by Indiglo Blu and I found it in the 'Bargain Bin' of a lovely 'Aladdin's Cave' of a craft shop a couple of weeks ago. There are two elements combined in the stamp...some beautiful hanging baubles and a snowy border, so I decided to try to use two different embossing glitters. I stamped the image on to a piece of black card using Versamark Ink, then carefully poured 'Sparkling Snow' embossing powder on to the snowy border part of the image, removed the excess, then covered the middle portion of the stamp with 'Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing glitter. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley.

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...

What a fabulous trio of cards, Helen and I love how each one is so different! The last one, in particular, is a true wow card and I bet it really sparkles irl.
Carol x

Mandy said...

Gorgeous cards Helen! The gold embossing looks so elegant.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Linby said...

All your work is fab but the little mouse for the Allsorts challenge is beautifully coloured and fussy cut, great layout too.
Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts.
Lynn x

Elaine Stark said...

A great selection of cards. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

Katy McGloin said...

Oh wow... all of these cards are terrific. But the one for our challenge is especially wonderful. I love the fabric/lace details with the faux stitching!! Thank you so much for sharing your sweet card with the Sisterhood of Crafters. Hope to see you in our gallery often!!!

Dorte said...

Lovely trio of cards, Helen. You have made a great job for the E F and G challenge.
Hugs Dorte

Kathleen said...

Three really lovely creations, a super CAS card with the little mouse and lovely EF.
Thank you for joining our 'Seasons" challenge at Allsorts.

Kath x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Helen :-) all 3 are absolutely fabulous! :-)

Missing you all already ;-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Lols x x x

brenda said...

A delightful CAS creation, thanks so much for joining in with our 'Seasons' theme at Allsorts challenge. Loving the gold and black Christmas card as well.

B x

Darlene said...

WOW what fabulous cards! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘RED’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters
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Anne said...

You have been busy, lovely selection of cards.
Thanks for joining in with the AYLI layers challenge.

Anne x

pst said...

Great cards, I love the gemstones on the snowflake in the CAS card. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty Friends, we hope to see you back again.

Lindsey said...

Funny, Christmas cards are the ones I'm most likely to embellish! The gems are perfect here on this sweet card. I have quite the collection of ribbons, too, but rarely use them. Your line of ribbon fits perfectly on this card! And we are definitely in agreement about glitz on cards! This image is beautiful with the gold!

Carla's Cards said...

Lovely work, thanks for sharing with crafting from the Heart!

Fiona said...

Gorgeous cards - I adore that little mouse one - the vintage one for our challenge is also very cute - thanks for playing with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenge this month

Debbie said...

Wow you have been busy, you'll have a nice collection of cards come Christmas time. Your middle card fits wonderfully in with our vintage challenge at Sparkles. Beautiful image and pieces of fabric used on your card. Love abit of texture. Good luck. Hugs Debs DT xx

ValByDesign, Valerie said...

SUCH adorable cards!!! Thank you for joining us on the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog!

Sue - said...

Wonderful set of cards. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

BrendaB said...

Wow! Love all these cards - the golden ornaments are beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Merry Little Christmas Challenges

Leslie said...

Thanks for sharing your awesome Christmas project with us in the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog's March "Anything Christmas Goes" challenge and we hope to see you again next month!
Leslie, MLC DT
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