Monday, 10 October 2011

The Sweetest Snowpeople and time to be inspired at My Partner in Crafting Crime :)

Hello there!! :)

Well, it’s the start of another week- and what a wet, windy and miserable start it’s been!!- and time for our next challenge at My Partner inCrafting Crime!! :) This time we have a fab Inspiration Photo to get your creative juices flowing:

Photo from Pinterest
There are so many ways you could go from this picture- just go and have a look at the variety created by the rest of the fab DT on the PCC blog to see what I mean!! :) You could take the house, colours, the distressed look, wood/bricks, trees,  the autumnal feeling... or so many other possibilities and I can’t wait to see all the different interpretations you come up with!! :) I kind of proved my own point with all the ideas I had for this card- I wanted to go ‘Haunted House-y’ for Hallowe’en but the image I had was a digi and I’m having an ongoing argument with my printer at the mo’ (ink keeps smearing when I try to colour :( ) so that couldn’t happen, then I thought I’d try a new home card, but it just wasn’t working out... so I wasn’t sure where to go next- until I happened across some gorgeous MME papers buried on my desk which had all the colours in the pic and a fab sketch from the Sugar Bowl... and idea number three took hold!! :) We are sponsored by the fab Bows & Berries again this time and the winner will get to chose three of their gorgeous images!! :)

Now, I must say, it didn’t really come out the way I’d imagined and I’m not altogether sure if I like it- I think that may be because the colour combo is so far out of my usual comfort-zone (I only tend to use red with black and white for a start!!lol) but that’s the fun of challenges, isn’t it- to push yourself a bit?!! :)

I just had to have this fab image from Sugar Nellie’s recent Christmas release- it makes me smile every time I see it... think it’s the snowman’s twiggy hair that does it but the whole image is just so sweet!! :) I coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers- the Flexs made it so much easier to get a paler shade on the snowmen, too :) I find it tricky to use so many colours in an image as I find it hard to get a balance of colour but I tried to think before I coloured a lot more this time and, while I don’t love it and it took a lot longer, I do think it’s worth trying it this way again!! :) I of course added plenty of Stickles and Clear Stardust to it to get a real snowy sparkle!!  Have ordered some Glamour Dust, too, as I keep seeing it used and, if it can look so good in people’s pics, it should be amazing in real life!! Hope so- and hope the postie gets a wriggle on so I can use it on my next snowy card!!lol

All the papers came from the same MME Snowed in pad- free with a mag last month and it’s utterly gorgeous!! :) - and this greeting is also cut from one of the sheets with a teeny gem and some glitter to add interest :) The snowflake were cut on my Cricut and spritzed with shimmer mist :)

This pic is just to show the Stardust pen better on the snowmen's bodies- I drew on a line of pen then quickly smudged it out with my finger for a more subtle effect :)

The List:

  • 6” Sq. cream card blank
  • Christmas Garland image from Sugar Nellie’s Home Grown range, stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa
  • ProMarkers and Flexmarkers: (there were a lot of them and I don’t remember which colours were for which areas in some cases but I’ll list the combos I do remember!!lol) Snowmen- Soft Aqua (FM), Tea Green and Powder Blue and a Copic Blender then Antique White FM all over to tone down the white a bit; Leaves- Pear Green, Moss Forest Green and Gold (in different orders/amounts for the holly and the mistletoe); Decorations and hat- Berry Red, Cardinal Red, Burgundy and Honeycomb, Tulip Yellow, Gold and Honeycomb, Cinnamon and Cocoa. I have a few others in my box but don’t know what I used them for!! :S
  • Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen around the image and more AL on all the paper edges, snowflakes and ribbon
  • My Mind’s Eye Snowed In paper pad
  • Lables One Nesties
  • Scissors to distress the papers
  • Cream Seam Binding
  • Snowflakes cut on my Cricut from the ‘When It’s Cold Outside’ cartridge
  • Perfect Pearls Pearl shimmer mist
  • Stardust and Frosted Lace Stickles, Clear Stardust and Clear Glaze Sakura pens
  • Pearls and gems

I’d like to enter this card in the following challenges: The SugarBowl - great sketch by Gayle :) ; Stamptacular Sunday – So Distressing! :) ; AGem of a Challenge – With Love at Christmas (with a heart) :) ; CES – Seeing Red (I hope there’s enough red here- it’s a lot for me!!lol- but if not then please delete me!! :) ) :) ; Little Claire’s – Christmas :) ; OSCC – Anything Goes :) ; Secret Crafter – Anything Goes as long as it Sparkles!! :) ; Winter Wonderland – Autumn Colours :)

Thanks for popping by today and for all the lovely comments on my last cards!! :) Hope the rotten weather didn’t spoil anybody’s weekends too badly!! :S Certainly ‘Monday’ kind of weather today, isn’t it!?!lol Let’s hope the sun comes back soon!! :) Will hopefully be back again soon with another couple of the cards I’ve been wanting to post but this week’s shaping up to be as hectic as last so we’ll see!! :S Please do pop over to PCC to check out all the inspirational ideas from that one photo!! :)


Winnie said...

Stunning card, love the cute image you used, thank you for taking part in our challenge this week at Stamptacular Sunday.

Hugs Winnie @ Norwayscrapper

sparklingblackrose said...

This is gorgeous Rachel-you put the rest of us to shame ;-) Miss you my partner in crafting crime ;-) Elaine-xxx-

Elizabeth Hart said...

This is one gorgeous card with the distressed papers, cute image (love it!) and the lovely snowflakes. You did a fantastic job on the coloring and the positioning of the elements!Thanks for sharing this cute card with us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Stampalicious said...

beautiful card, like what you did with the diecuts, thank you for joining our challenge at Stamptacular Sunday, hugs, martina

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous creation and love the colour choice, thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at the Winter Wonderland this week.
hugs Kate xx
PS I have some new candy if you are interested :)

Robin said...

This is a fab take on the inspiration!! Love all the pretty little glittery details!!!

coops said...

fabulous card rachel.the image is gorgeous and i love your stunning colours and sparkle ;D

xx coops xx

Lisa said...

Hi Rachel, Gorgeous card! Love this image and fab papers.

Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.

Lisa x

Feebsy said...

Aww this is super sweet I love how the picture inspired you. You've coloured the image so beautifully and the dp's are really pretty.


Céline said...

beautiful card, love the cute stamp
thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week
céline Dt member

Anonymous said...

Very pretty card! Love your sweet image. Thanks for joining us this week at Stamptacular Sunday
hugs Julie P

CraftyC said...

Gorgeous christmas card you have made.Thanks for taking part in this weeks CES Challenge!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Well, I think you did a great job with the colouring - it looks fab to me. Love your tip about smudging the glitter line too.
Thanks for joining our challenge at CES this week.
Caroline xxx

Jennifer said...

Love this stunning creation. Thanks for playing at AGOAC this time...good luck!xx Jenny xx

Kiki said...

Yes, you're right. They ARE the cutiest snowmen... And you've coloured them perfectly!

Thanks so much for playing with us in The Sugar Bowl.

Hugs, Kiki

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Rachel, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and you've used the autumn colours perfectly. Thanks for joining us at winter wonderland this week. Hugs, Denise x

Carole of Brum said...

hi Rachel, this is smashing and I'm glad you went out of your comfort zone with the red cos it does look so festive. You'll love glamour dust, it's a must-have but never spill it cos it gets everywhere for weeks afterwards!

hope you got my email and that you're doing well right now. I seem to be averaging two days up and one day in bed to pay for it, ugh! Good job for the laptop, lol.

Julie said...

Fabulous card - love the image and your colouring!! Fab embellies too. What a gorgeous inspiration picture too! Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges this week, Juliexx


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