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Friday 9 December 2011

For someone special.....

Hi there, today's card is for my hubby at Christmas, I always end up making his card at the very last minute so this year i was determined to get his card made in good time. I really struggle with cards for the menfolk in the family and had racked my brains for ages but finally took inspiration from new stamps. You can't beat the smell of lovely new rubber to get the creative juices flowing lol.

 I wanted to recreate a romantic winter scene with a couple arriving at a grand party on a frosty night (not that we'll be going to any grand parties unless my lottery numbers come up lol). 

The background is made using a swirly stamp from Stampers Anonymous stamped in black in to coated cardstock and inked lightly around the edges. I stamped the main image (from Joanna Sheen's Vintage car stamp set) and the castle (from Clarity Stamps) on some silk coated cardstock and masked both with eclipse masking tape. I brayered the sky using memento tuxedo black and stamped in the forest and inked in the snowy hills, road and a little shadow under the car with tuxedo black ink and a make up sponge. The car is coloured with promarkers

I then added lots and lots of Judikins glitter to give a real frosty sparkle. It doesn't show up too well in the first pic but you can see it a little better in this one

To finish off I've added some 'snow' with a white gel pen, added some white organza ribbon and a computer generated sentiment matted on a spellbinders die cut

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Bling it on: Its Christmas
Crafts and me: Winter snow/snowflakes
Crafty Calendar: Cold and frosty
Joanna Sheen Challenge: Christmas wishes
Let's ink it up: Christmas projects
Make my Monday: Seasonal glitter
Oldie but Goodie: Christmas no red or green (my Clarity tree stamps are my old stamps)
Passion for promarkers: Celebrations mega Christmas challenge
Sparkles Forum: the one you love at Christmas 
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: snow something

thanks for popping by
Claire xx


  1. OMG what a stunning card Claire, your hubby will love it, I know I do. Thanks for joining us at LIIU, good luck with the challenge. Hugs Suzanne

  2. You certainly created a lovely romantic glittery scene... delightful. thank you for joining us at MMM
    Suzi B x

  3. Wow! This is just stunning, Claire! ... and that glitter...!!! I love it!, Bo, xx

  4. Just stunning Claire
    Trish xx

  5. This is a gorgeous card Claire I'm sure your hubby will love it
    Thank you for joining in at SFC this time

    Jackie x

  6. This is just stunning Claire, I love the monochromatic look and the sparkle and shimmer on the card gives it a special touch. Thanks for playing along with An Oldie But A Goodie this fortnight. Hugs, Claire x

  7. Absolutely beautiful Claire
    Beryl x

  8. Oh wow Claire I love how you create these scenes, can I come over for some lessons. Bet he loves it!
    Hugs Tracy x

  9. What a gorgeous card Claire! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

  10. Claire: This is fantastic! What a pretty scene you have created. So romantic to think of a couple arriving to a fancy dance on a sparkly, snowy winter night.
    Your hubby will love it!

  11. Hi Claire, what an absolutely stunning card! It is just beautiful, love the scene you have created and the sparkle is wonderful. Thanks for joining in with us this week at Sweet Stampin. Sarah

  12. That is a real beauty - isn't it strange how just the right tilt of the card will enable the camera to catch any glitter/sparkle. Love the little scene you created.
    Paula (PEP)
    PS - I'm also last moment for my husband! This year I'm taking one of the cards he's already seen but I know he & I both like particularly.

  13. This is absolutely stunning!

  14. Claire, this is really fabulous! I love the look of the fancy place and the romantic couple. So beautiful.

  15. OH MY WORD. THIS is absolutely stunning!!! LOVE the black and white--such a wonderful winter scene!!! Thanks for joining us this week at MMM! :)

  16. Love the monochromatic colors and your bling...gorgeous!!! Thanks for playing along at SSCB!!! ;)

  17. Well pick me up off the floor!!! This is incredible Claire. So much love for one man...lucky him, lucky you!
    Dot x

  18. Fabulous card!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles for our "One you love at Christmas" challenge

    Hope you will join us again, good luck x

  19. WOW - absolutely stunning, thank you for joining us this week at Make My Monday - Jacqueline xx

  20. Just gorgeous Claire, a stunning piece of work.
    Irene x

  21. Wow - what a stunning card! Love the mono look and the sparkle you have added makes a magical scene. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

  22. Wow, such an outstanding card, great winter feeling. Love all the details.

  23. Wow, this is amazingly breathtaking! Love every inch, but those trees are gorgeous! Your hubby will be so thrilled! Have a great weekend!

  24. What a truly gorgeous piece of work Claire! Vx

  25. Claire, what a gorgeous card you have made here. Congratulations on winning the Polka Doodles CD on the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - I'd like to have won it but couldn't as I'm on the DT!!!!! Best wishes, Kym xxx

  26. It's so romantic Claire. Well done. I know what you mean about the smell of a stamp.LOL Thanks so much for sharing your card for your OH with us at MMM, during our glitter week. Lovely to see you joining us. Caz

  27. Absolutely Gorgeous Claire!! Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU!!
    Hazel xx

  28. Wow Claire! What an absolute stunner of a card. The colours and stamping are awesome and lucky hubby to receive such a beautiful creation.
    So lovely to see you over at Make My Monday and really hope to see you again.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  29. OMGosh! this is amazing!! Wow i'm speechless I love it!
    Thanks for joining us at Oldie But A Goodie this time and good luck with the challenge
    Hugs Laurie x

  30. Stunning entry, thanks for joining Oldie But A Goodie challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  31. WOW What a breath takingly beautiful card, absolutely stunning design
    Lindsay xx

  32. WOW a stunning card Claire, I love the monochrome look. I've not seen the vintage car set, think I'll have to go and take a look.

    Sue x

  33. Wow, this card is amazing, I love your brayering, you are really good at it.

    I actually popped by to say that I am delighted that you won the blog hop and thanks for your kind words about my tree decorations (I am still not sure about them but I do not think I shall have to worry about them for long as the family keep eating them!) and I was treated to seeing this magnificent card, wow!

    Happy Christmas to you and yours.


  34. Aww, this is lovely. Thanks for joining us at LIIU.
    Tracy x

  35. Wow that is beautiful Claire - thanks for joining the Joanna Sheen Monthly Challenge.

    Wendy -x-

  36. Claire, your card is sheer genius! I am awe-struck! Congrats on your win St MMM. Well deserved! Best, Yvonne

  37. Oh my this is just gorjuss, thanks for joining us at Bling It On this month.
    Shell xx

  38. This is awesome!!
    Love the black and white, and i love the sparkle!!
    It is over the top gorgeous ♥
    Thank you for joining us at PfP,
    hugs from Maya

  39. this is just adorable!! I LOVE the silhouette couple! Hugs Juls

  40. super card!!
    Thanks for joining us at Bling It On this time would love to see you next time too


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