Christmas draws near

It is almost Christmas! In fact half of the December days that lead up to Christmas are almost over.  I think I best get those last Christmas presents bought soon! Anyway, it is time for another Christmas card, a non-blue one!

The image I chose is a wintery one called Winter Sofia by Mi Ran. I love her stuff. It is the same image as I used a few weeks back as well. Definitely one of my favourites! I coloured it in with copics and added white frantage for a snow effect. I also used some liquid pearls in the top left of the bottom patterned paper as another snow effect.

I have used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and painted the edges white. In addition I used a Papermania doily, some cheesecloth, papers I’ve had forever, Tim Holtz distress ink and some ribbon I bought at Range.

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This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Art by Mi Ran (fb group) – Christmas or Winter Celebrations

Snowmen love

So I signed up for a Christmas Card Swap in the Kit and Clowder facebook group. You make a card for someone random and you get sent one. How exciting! I thought long and hard about what to make and decided on something reasonably neutral colour wise, but keeping with how I tend to make my cards. This is because I have absolutely no idea what the person might like. I decided to go with a winter theme! It seems rather perfect, actually, as it is currently snowing. The first proper snowfall of the year. I sent it off to Isle of Wight on Friday afternoon and believe it or not, it arrived yesterday. Only the Monday after! That is almost faster than sending things domestically, heh.

I made a card using my new Noor Design dies. I I have used the following Noor! design products: Ice Crystal no.1, Ice Crystal no. 3, Ice Crystal border and border die 0357. For the image I coloured in my most recent Lili of the Valley stamp, called Cold Hands Warm Heart. The two snowmen holding hands are so cute! I used copics for this. I felt I had to colour something in as it was a part of Kit and Clowder which really is all about teaching how to colour! (Excellent classes btw, do try them if you haven’t!) The ribbons, pine cone and flowers are by Wild Orchid Design.

The colours I used are: B0000, B000, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, R91, R93, R95, R99, W1, W2, W3, C1, C3, Y17, YR15, YR07, E44

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Pearl – Mi Ran challenge GDT

Oh wow. I got chosen as a guest designer for a challenge at Mi Ran’s challenges! What a complete surprise! I am so pleased! This is what I have made for their challenge number 20. The theme is Anything Goes, so colour up one of her wonderful images and play along. Maybe it will be your turn as a guest designer next time!!

I have, obviously, used a Mi Ran image for the card, Pearl, big eyed girl, and I have coloured it in with copics. The papers are Maja Design and Papermania. Most of the pearls, the flowers, the lace and the ribbon are all by Wild Orchid Crafts. I have used Martha Stewart punchers as well as a Magnolia die. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley.

The copics I used were:

Face: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20
Hair: E42, E43, E44, E47, R20,
Eyes: YG93, YG97,
Pearls: V12, V15, V17,
Dress: B91, B93, B95, B97,
Rose: Y04, Y08, Y17, YR07

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Colourful party

Before I made this card I was told it should be colourful and give a party feeling. So I had to use this pre-coloured image by Lili of the Vally. I think it’s a fun one! I used a colourful background with shiny silver text as well as a lot of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts which I added glitter to. I also added glitter to the letters in the name and used lots of varied colours on rhinestones.

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Wedding frogs

One of my friends got married in August and she absolutely loves greens and blues. The colour scheme for the wedding was white, obviously, and a dark teal shade. Her best-friend asked if I could make a card with a box for her to give away. It was to keep with the colour scheme, and if possible include a bride and groom FROG! WTF??!! Oh well, I had to give it a go… I also made a matching card and box from myself, and another matching card from a co-worker, as I thought it would be cool to have it as a set. I will post up the others in a few days!

I knew the exact shade of teal as I’d help pick some stuff, so all I had to do was match it up. She was borrowing my Martha Stewart puncher to make butterflies, so obviously I had to add a lot of butterflies to the card. I bought a pre-coloured digital image and printed it. I’ll update with where I bought it as soon as I get home from my holiday as I cannot remember here and now.. I used ribbon from a local shop. The lace and flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, as are the big pearls. The butterfly border has been made with a Tim Holtz die, and I have them all the dark green shadow and various colours for the wings and added rows of small pearls to create the body.

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I used a pre-made box bought at Panduro and decorated it with the same colours, flowers, butterflies and pearls and wrote the name of the bride and groom.

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Here is another photo of the card and box together.

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I will link up various bits when I get home towards the end of the week.