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Wednesday 25 May 2011

Our first challenge at Christmas Challenges {with sketches}

Woo hoo!!! How exciting, its time for our very first challenge over at Christmas Challenges {with sketches}, we have some amazing sketches lined up for you and the team have also got some unbelievable prizes from our sponsors too! For our very first challenge we have a very generous sponsor....All that Scraps so make sure you join in for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate!!! Now thats what I call an amazing prize :-)

For our first challenge,we have a gorgeous sketch from Janneke, who is the founder of Christmas Challenges {with sketches} and she has certainly come up with a brilliant sketch for our debut challenge.

Here's my card using Janneke's beautiful sketch. I've used a text bp and a stripe bp from Artylicious Season's Greetings cd rom. I've also made two snowflake bps, the one on the left of the pic was made by stamping Tim Holtz snowflake stamps on to white card and embossing with clear EP as a resist. I then sprayed with lots of Cosmic Shimmer spray in Midnight blue. The background on the right was made by stamping the same stamps on dark blue card with versamark and dusting with pearl cosmic shimmer powder. 

I've edged all the bps with a little glamour dust for some extra sparkle. The snowflakes and icicles are die cuts made with marianne creatable dies, liberally coated with more crystal glamour dust. The main image is ching chou kuik's Winterberry from Sweet Pea Stamps, she is a real beauty isn't she? I've coloured her with promarkers and added a little silver embossing to the trim on her dress. I use a quicke glue pen to apply the embossing powder as its much finer than my versamark pen. I also embossed the snowflakes and berries on the image with clear sparkle EP and then painted in the background with distress ink in Tumbled Glass. You can see the detail a little better in this pic

To finish off I've added some wide blue and silver ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, some pale blue gems and some clear dew drops. The sentiment is a stamp from Paper Pretties.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Christmas Stamping all Year long: Christmas and vintage
Clear it out: colouring mediums
Crafty Purple Frog: Monochromatic
Going Grey with Scrap Creations: Use at least 3 different bps
Passion for Promarkers: all the 2s (2 hand made bps, 2 printed bps
Phindy's Place: Christmas in May
Stamp Man challenge: Bingo (my line is blue/ribbon/sparkle and bling)

I do hope you're going to play along with our first challenge, you don't want to miss out on our fab prize and of course if you start your Christmas cards now you'll be way ahead by December too.
Pop over to my new teamies blogs if you get a minute, they have created the most gorgeous selection of cards to inspire you
Claire xx


  1. Amazing card Claire, love the image you used, and your coloring is great!

    Janneke XO

  2. Beautiful card Claire and a gorgeous stamp, coloured to perfection
    Beryl x

  3. Ooohhh... Claire... this is so so stunning! I totally love your card! Those colors and techniques... you totally rock girl! I'm so happy that the first challenge is up. Have a great day!

  4. Wow, the colors are so bright and lively. I think it was worth all the work to make the designs on the papers.

    Hugs, Linda

  5. Lovely card like the icebleu colours.

    love annemarie en merit

  6. such a cute card, thanks for joining us at Clear It Out

  7. Love all that blue. Beautiful coloring! Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out.

  8. This is absolutely astonishing. You have made a real beauty, Claire.

    Klemmer fra Norge!

  9. Wonderful card!
    Love the colors, details and the image is gorgeous!
    Thanks for playing with us at PfP,
    hugs from Maya

  10. I live your card, Claire. The colors are real beautiful.

  11. stunning card claire.the image is fabulous and i love your gorgeous colours and details.
    thanks for joining us this week at PFP :D

    xx coops xx

  12. Wowzers Claire ~ this is absolutely gorgeous! :) Smiles ~ Brandi

  13. Awww this is just beautiful, I love the shades of blue, and such beautiful coloring too. So glad you joined in on this weeks challenge over at Phindy's Place.
    Lynda =)

  14. Stunning card-beautiful sketch! Love it!
    Thank you for joining us this week for the Phindy's Place challenge!

  15. Hi Claire!
    Really a beautiful card. The image is very cute and your colouring is fab! Thanks for joining in our challenge at pfp:)

  16. stunning and magical! Love it! HUgs Juls

  17. Oooh Claire this is just gorgeous. I love the blues together and all the layers you have created.
    Hope all is well and that you are getting back to normal.
    Thanks for sharing your fabulous creation with the team at The Stamp Man.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  18. Beautiful card, love your coloring. Thanks for playing at ScrapCreations. hugs, Frances.

  19. your card is very nice!!


  20. Beautiful Winter Wonderland Christmas card creation Claire. Love the blue and that cool icicle border!

  21. LOVE your card!!!! Thanks so much for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations. YOu rocked the challenge!

  22. stunning Claire :0)..thanks for joining us at PFP and good luck!!..hugs Debs x

  23. Hi Claire, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and colours you've used. Thanks for joining us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x


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