Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Touch of Christmas

...I have had, a rather productive weekend.... made a few cards, did some digi scrapbooking and all with a little touch of Christmas.

I created this card for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge #72. The theme for this challenge is SHABBY CHIC and the new vintage Reminisce papers from the Creative Memories range was perfect for this challenge.
I used the Santa's Little Helper stamp from Magnolia's Merry Little Christmas 2010 Collection - she is so cute!!

Copics used:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 - cheeks R20
Hair: E35, E33, E31
Clothes and Stockings - R29, R37, R46, W1, W3

I used some Polar White Flower Soft to trim the hat and some White Gel pen to add highlights to the dress and stockings... along with a little "swipe" of my Blender pen ;)

The patterned paper is from the Reminisce Christmas Additions from Creative Memories. The "Dec 25" sticker is also from this pack. The flowers are from the Reminisce Paper Flower pack and I also added a white paper flower, I coloured with my R37. I grouped them together and adhered the arrangement to a Martha Stewart lace tag then added a red button to the centre - my first Christmas card for the season - done!

It is so hard to believe that this time last year we were organising ourselves for the family trip to Europe. One of my favourite photos from this trip was of the huge Christmas Tree in the Grand Place in Brussels and when I saw this new kit from Angel Hartline Designs - called Shabby Holiday Mini Kit...I knew, it would be the ideal digital package to compliment this photo. It is such an elegant collection of gorgeous vintage elements and lovely blue and green colours.

Doesn't the blue work well with the lights on the Christmas Tree? - they were simply magical. If you want to purchase this kit you will find it over a www.fortheluvofart.com

I also tried my hand at the challenge from www.madformarkerschallenges.blogspot.com. The current challenge is to create a 'Christmas Card using Non-Traditional Colours'

...of course I had to use pink LOL! I actually chose Pink and Blue, these colours were inspired by this paper I found from Kaisercraft's Christmas Spirit range - I think it was called "Merry"? It has a little snowflake print in soft shades of blue and a splash of raspberry pink. My image is also from Magnolia's Merry Little Christmas Collection and is called "Tilda wants a Hug"

Copics used:
Skin & Cheeks - E50, E51, E53, R20
Hair - E37, E35, E33
Dress and Stockings - BG01, RV06, RV09 - higlighted with white gel pen.
Holly - RV09, YG67

I also used my cool gray's C3 & C7 to add shadows around my image, it was the first time I had tried this technique...and I think I have a lot to learn!!

To finish this card I added some pen stitching using a pink pigma pen, ribbon, button and embroidery thread, a snowflake punch, rhinestones and a pearl pin coloured in with
BG05 - the Happy Holidays sentiment is a Stampin'Up image. I added it to some cut out shapes and adhered to my card with some foam adhesive.....certainly not your traditional Christmas card but fun all the same.


jannes hobbykrok said...

Wow! You make so many beautiful things! I love the LO,and the stunning cards!

Michelle said...


Wow, you have been busy!!

All fabulous creations.

Thanks for joining us at M4M.

Michelle :-)

Unknown said...

WOW you have been busy, all your crafty work is fabby!! I love your papers you used on your Shabby Chic card!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us this week at MDUC

Melissa Barnicoat said...

Great work. I really like those colours. Thanks for joining us at M4M

Debbie Dolphin said...

oh gorgeous and so shabby chic. Thanks for joining us at MDUC this week
love Debbie xxx

Annette Bowes said...

Wonderful selection of creations Christine, you have been a busy bee! Love all your pretty embellishments. Thank you for joining us in our Copic Colouring non traditional Christmas Creation Challenge over at Mad for Markers, have a Merry Christmas, take careX:)

Debbie Pamment said...

Oh these are just gorgeous - LOVE the layouts and your sweet details! I've seen some gorgeous digital kits - I really MUST try some out after seeing your page!
Thanx for joining us at MDUC this week.

Tara Godfrey said...

Gorgeous cards and layout, Chris! I really love your shabby chic card Tilda is adorable and your colouring is stunning!
Thanks so much for joining us at MDUC!
Hugs,t and the MDUC dt!

Caroline said...

WOW Gorgeous xx

Card Crazy said...

Wonderful cards and LO. Love the flower on first Tilda card. Really pops the card.
Sue S.

Barb Hardeman said...

Wow, you have been busy! What beautiful creations you have made in your studio! Your card are delightful, and your scrapbook layout is gorgeous.

Pat said...

Hi Chris...love all the little creations you've come up with!! You've been busy!! And I have to commend you on your photography...such a beautiful setting for your gorgeous cards!! Pat Frank

LINDA W. said...

Great cards and I love your layout

Sandy said...

Love your cards!

Candy said...

Hi Chris,
Your cards are fantastic!! Love them both.
Tilda is coloured beautifully. Love your papers and designs as well :o)
Hugs, Candy

Rene said...

Oh wow what pretty cards and a great layout! Just beautiful!
Rene :D

Emma said...

I love the colors you have chosen Chris! Tilda looks Gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us over at Mad For Markers!

Unknown said...

Your projects are fantastic! Love your choice of non-traditional Christmas colours. Thanks for sharing your talent at Mad for Markers.
Alicia xx