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Sunday 1 May 2011

A new Christmas challenge starting soon...

Hello, it might be May day but I'm getting ahead with another Christmas card, this one is for a new challenge blog starting soon. Christmas Challenges {with sketches} is a fortnightly challenge blog starting with the first challenge on June 1st.  One of my dear blogland buddies Marion and some of her friends are starting the challenge up and they are having a DT call so I thought I'd try out :-)

Of course the DT call is a sketch challenge, I love sketches and really enjoyed making this card. I've used some lovely green and cream papers from Dovecraft's Noel bp pad, all the bps have been distressed with a craft knife, gold UTEE and some rather untidy hand stitching with silky embroidery floss.

The main image is one of my favourite Christmas stamps 'Lizzie with Muff' from Whiff of Joy, she's been stamped and coloured with promarkers and a little green glitter on her dress.  I created a border with some Christmas tapestry stamps and distressed with Shabby Shutters DI. I've added some green and cream tartan ribbon some gold wired netting (actually a Christmas decoration, a huge roll for £1 from the local pound shop. I've added some paper flowers - cream gardenia petals with a gold bead cap and gold dew drops, cream and gold cherry blossoms, gold and ivory rosebuds - they are all sprayed lightly with golden dubloons Moonshadow ink but it doesn't show up too well in the pic. Here's another photo to show the detail a little more.

I made some little holly berried by wiring some garnet miyuki drop beads and added some die cut fir branches. To finish off I added some more pale gold dew drops, I just found that these look amazing if you stick them on with stickles .... loads of sparkle!!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Bah Humbug: Christmas pleats and ruffles
Christmas Stamping all year long: use your favourite stamp
Crafts 4 Eternity: anything goes
The Crazy Challenge: Use 3 different patterned papers
Our Creative Corner: Embroidery floss

 I really need to get on with my Christmas cards as I've been invited to do a Craft Fair in October. It will be the first time I've done anything like that and its a bit of a scary thought as its by invitation only and the lovely lady organising it has put me down as something rather grand like 'Specialist luxury cards' or something like that LOL.
Thanks for calling by, I hope you've had a good weekend. Its another bank holiday tomorrow so an extra day off work for me :-)
Claire xx


  1. What a beautiful card, its lovely, the attention to detail is fantastic, i love the gold trim and the flowers..
    Basques and Corsets - Lingerie - Ladies Pyjamas - White Knickers

  2. what a pretty card - love the little border you created with the tapestry stamps
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
    Lisa x

  3. I love your card Claire ;o)
    Thank you for joining us in the DT Call for Christmas Challenges {with sketches}

    Janneke X0

  4. Gorgeous card Claire - love what you have done with this sektch! Good luck with the DT call!

  5. Gorgeous card - love all the flowers. Thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 18 - hope to see you again soon. x

  6. HI Claire
    What a fabulous Christmas card, I love the image and the distressed papers, the gold utee looks amazing all the way round each piece.
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  7. Beautiful card, Claire. The Whiff of Joy images are always so pretty and you've really done a great job on the coloring.

  8. WOW that is stunning! I LOVE it!So many details.

    Thanks for joining us on The Crazy Challenge this week, hope you'll come back next week!

  9. OMG Claire they would be mad not to have you on the team - this card is just amazing - you are truly talented.
    Ann xxx
    Bah! Humbug! DT

  10. WOW Claire this is amazing, I love it. Thanks for joining in on this weeks Anything Goes Challenge on MAWTT Hazelxox

  11. WOW Claire your card is amazing I love the image and the flowers but it certainly has the wow factor to it very elegant and so is your blog. (love the backing to your blog)
    Kelly x

  12. Beautiful card Claire ... the green and gold ribbon combination looks fab together. I agree your talents would definitely be an asset to any DT. Good luck xxx Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

    Max's Craft Creations
    Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

  13. Claire, this card has definately got the Wow factor, its just fabulous. Hugs Rita xx

  14. Claire, your card is so pretty - I love the shabby,vintage look to it. That image is lovely and you have coloured it so well and my favourite part is the pretty border you have around the edge of the oval. Thanks for playing along with CSAYL this week!!

  15. Gorgeous card Claire. Love everything about it. Good luck with the DT call. Debs xx

  16. Claire the lady has described you perfectly looking at this card, its absolutely stunning. Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

  17. Wow, Claire, this card is absolutely georgeous!! Very pretty colors you used. Thank you so much for joining the DT-call at Christmas Challenges.
    Huggers, Renata.

  18. Absolutely stunning. Your coloring is amazing! I'm SO glad you played along with us at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long! Hope to see you back next week :-)

  19. What a stunning card! Everything about it is beautiful - color combination and all the detail! Love it

  20. Stunning card, love your gold edges and attention to detail.
    Thanks for playing along with TPC this week and good luck
    Anne x

  21. Fabulous card! thanks for joining us at c4e this week hugs x

  22. Your card is soo gorgeous! Thank you for playing along with us @ OCC. I hope that we see more of your work, again. and good luck on your entry for the design team.

  23. What a pretty Christmas card - it has a vintage feel to it, so nice! Good luck with the DT call!


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