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Saturday 4 December 2010

Christmas at Let's Ink It Up!!

Hi there, well we've certainly been having some Christmassy weather here in the UK, lots of snow and ice. Great inspiration for our challenge this time at Let's Ink It Up as our theme is
'Christmas' with a twist, add some sparkle!! Here's my DT project, a card, gift box and necklace.

We've got not one but 2 fantastic sponsors this time, one lucky winner will receive a gorgeous box of Christmas ribbons from Crafty Ribbons!!  

Our other lucky winner will receive this beautiful 'Jewel It Kit' work $20 from Outlines Rubber Stamp company

The inspiration for my project came from making some beads with my new melt pot, I used a tutorial from Leandra French to make 'Leandra beads' using some rich blue snowflake paper and lots of mica powders, the colours don't show up too well in the pic but I love this technique, its great fun and the beads look amazing.

I made the blue background for the card using Elusive images snowflake stamps, embossed with clear EP on white card and then sprayed with loads of Cosmic shimmer spray in Midnight blue and lots of silver firework ink. The flowers are made by mopping up the inky mess on my craftmat with tissue paper and then cutting lots of circles, crumple them up to dry and layer them to make the flowers.

The beautiful words are a stamp from Joanna Sheen, stamped on parchment and embossed with silver EP. I tried to create a snowy effect by dotting with my quickie glue pen and adding Judikins prisma glitter although its hard to see in the pic it looks really pretty in real life.
The main image is a stamp from Elusive Images, coloured with promarkers and glitter added to the pattern on her dress and the halos.

The gift bag was very quick and easy. i cut the shape with my cricut  and used the same stamps and inks as for the background on the card. I added some gorgeous royal blue ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and a velco fastener to finish it off.

I've made loads of these Leandra beads and to make the necklace I just attached them to a length of chain with jump rings and then used a pendant bail to attach them to the long silvery chain. 

I'm entering my projects in the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon: Christmas tag/bag
Artistic Stamper: Christmas
ai Factory: Winter
Paperplay: Monochrome
Paper Playtime: Inspired by a Carol (O Holy Night)
Creative inspirations: Christmas Gifts
Oh Alice: The flowers are talking! (make your own flowers)
Sweet Stampin Challenge: Make your own BP

Hope you're going to join us at LIIU this time, Christmas is a perfect time to add some sparkle!! The LIIU DT are all having a break over Christmas so this challenge will finish on 19th December.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx


  1. Hi Claire

    Fantastic creation. The jewellry is amazing and so effective. Well worth a try I think - don't know when I will find the time tho!!

    Hugs Ali x

  2. Stunning Claire, I love, love, love the blue you used. Thanks for the beads link too. Hugs Suzanne xx

  3. Beautiful backing paper Claire, fabulous image too. I love how you make those beads, looks like terrific fun! Thanks for playing along with our Sweet Stampin challenge x

  4. Your card, gift box and necklace are all just fantastic!!! Love the blues! So vibrant! Beautiful!! Thank you for playing with us this week at Paper Playtime!! :)

  5. A really gorgeous Christmas project Claire. The image and colours are fab. Annette x

  6. beautiful beads, card and gift box! Thank you for playing with AiFactory this week!

  7. Amazing card !!Thanks for joining us at SMC!!

  8. such fabulous and creative makes!!!! Hugs Juls

  9. Claire would you believe I have had my pot for two years and it is still in the box. Not anymore after seeing these gorgeous beads it is coming our of hiding. Itching to see a larger image of your card ever since I saw it on the LIIU page. Didn't even realise you had such beautiful flowers on it. Everything looks so serene and peaceful.
    Hugs Shirley x x

  10. Gorgepous work Claire and thanks for the link to the bead tutorial - I got myself a Melt Pot just last week.
    Beryl xx

  11. Wooow, what an amazing set, beautiful, beautiful colours and exquisite stamping! And what I love about it is that it reflect the true meaning of Christmas...
    The Christmas do was fab, my hubby got officially introduced to my MD and my immediate boss was singing loads of praises about me! She was VERY influenced by some red coloured beverage by that time lol ;) but I still think it counts! xx

  12. Stunning work.Each piece is so beatutiful.Thanks for joining us at AiFactory Challenge :D
    Lisa x

  13. very beautiful!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

    Liz x

  15. gorgeous set! what a great idea! thanks for entering this week's winter challenge at AIF
    hope to see you again.

  16. Beautiful creations! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon:)
    Joanne xo

  17. This is beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at Paperplay this week.
    Best wishes, Sharon

  18. What a great project! Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations challenge!


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