Warm and Cozy

It has been so cold during the past few days; we even had a sprinkling of snow here in Oxfordshire.  It would seem that winter has certainly arrived!  With this in mind, this week’s challenge theme at  Tilda and Friends is ‘Cozy and Warm’.  We’d like you to use characters who are wrapped up warm against the winter chills on your ATCs.  For my card I used one of recently released Winter Magnolia stamps.  Tilda is dressed in a her winter coat, snuggly boots and gloves.  I coloured with Promarkers as usual (will I ever go back to my beloved Prisma pencils?!).  The background paper is from the Basic Grey ‘Wassail’ designer pad.  I used a Sizzix photo corner die to cut out the red corner, and the sentiment is partly taken from an Elzybells stamp. The snowflake brad is from my stash.  Do come and join our challenge to make some cute and cozy ATCs this week! 

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Magnolia Vs. Stampavie

It’s been a while since I entered any Magnolia challenges and, as I’ve been playing with my new Winter Club Kit, I thought I would have a go at this week’s challenge at Magnolia Vs. Stampavie, which is to include texture on your card.  I coloured my image with Promarkers as usual, and decorated the white backing card with the snowflakes included in the kit.  I stamped and embossed the scrolls from a Heidi Grace stamp on the sides of the white card, then added some texture by using a Cuttlebug-embossed panel of blue pearl card behind my matted images.  I attached the greeting, by Cuddly Buddly, to a layered snowflake that I added for extra dimension, and placed some extra punched snowflakes at the top of the matted image as extra embellishment.

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Deck the Halls…

The theme this week at Tilda and Friends is ‘decorations’.  So, when do you ‘deck your halls’, put up your tree and the Christmas lights, and get into a festive mood?  I have to say that for us it’s always later than we would like, as this time of the year is so hectic.  I used a Penny Black fir stamp on my ATC, with the pretty Magnolia baubles from the recent Winter club kit, and a Heidi Grace scroll stamp to embellish the side of the ATC.  I dotted the card liberally with Stickles crystal glitter glue, to add a touch of festive glitz, although this doesn’t show up well in the photo.  The sentiment was made on the computer.

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Why don’t you join us in our ATC challenge this week, and get yourself into the spirit of the season?

Blue Christmas

Here is another Christmas card in non-tradional shades of blue.  I chose an Elisabeth Bell stamp, available from Funky Kits, for my focal point.  I matted and layered the coloured image, and placed it on the card so that it would look like the reflection in a bauble (that was the idea anyway!).  The backing paper is again by Dovecraft. I have added a panel of white cardstock, embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder, and lightly stippled with a brush and blue chalk ink, to the card.  The snowflake embellishment is made up of a die-cut, made with a Cuttlebug die, and two fabric snowflakes from my stash.  I glittered the central brad so that it would also look frosted.

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Elzybells Challenge #6

The sixth challenge on the Elzybells blog is ‘Paper Piecing’.  This technique is explained in detail by Elisabeth on the blog. For my card I used the Cheery & Bright stamp.  I stamped the image onto smooth white card, and coloured it with Promarkers. Then I stamped the image again onto my selected DP, cut out the dress, and attached this to the coloured image.  I cut the image into a circle with my Nestabilies, edged it with pale blue chalk ink, and then used some Christmas peg stamps around the edge to give it some definition.  I completed the circle by dotting some glitter glue around on the edge design, and mounted it on a red Bazzill scalloped circle, also cut with Nestabilities.  The background paper is from Basic Grey’s Wassail range; this is mounted onto red Bazzill card, and then onto the white card.  I matted and layered the sentiment, which is also by Elzybells, and added it to the bottom of the card with a Prima poinsettia flower and leaf to finish.

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And the Winners are…

What fabulous entries you all sent in for the Elzybells Christmas card competition! We all thought that the cards were amazing, and it was so difficult to chose the winners, but the lucky card makers are:

First Prize: Kay Hall
Second Prize: Sarah Mee
Third prize: Sally-Ann Hancock

There were two cards that scored highly in the ‘honourable mentions’, and Elizabeth has decided to award these a third prize too.  These cards are by Ana Wohlfhart and Sally-Ann Hancock. Way to go girls!

Congratulations to all the winners! Do go along to the blog, and see the wonderful winning entries.

Sparkle and Shine

With Christmas only six weeks away, many of us are starting the season of Sparkle and Shine now.  Appropriately, the theme this week at Tilda and Friends is ‘Bling’.  I used the gorgeous Tilda with Thistle on my ATC.  After I had coloured her with my Promarkers, I added lots of sparkle to her party dress and flower with a glue pen and some crystal glitter.  The sparkly background paper and glittery stars are from my stash.  I printed the word ‘Shine’ on the computer, cut it out, edged it with a purple ink pad before putting some glitter around it, and then added it to the ATC. 

We would really love to see your sparkly ATCs this week; I bet they will be spectacular with all the bling! 

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