Thursday, 1 December 2011

It’s All Christmas-sy at Forever Friends!! :)

Hello again Bloggers!! :)

I'm back again as promised- if slightly later in the day than intended!!lol As it is now officially December- how!!??!! O_o - it is time for our next Monthly Challenge over at Forever Friends & Co. And it's an incredibly easy one for you as 'It’s All Christmas!!' is our theme and, if you're anything like me at least, then all you'll have the time to think about is getting those Christmas cards, tags and gift ideas made!!lol We are being sponsored by the lovely Di's Digi Designs for this challenge so come along and join in the fun!! :)

I went all vintage-y with this one, inspired by this lovely FF stamp and some new acquisitions from the amazing Waltzingmouse Stamps- their gorgeous Festive Foliage set to be precise!! :) - and made my own background paper by stamping on parcel paper... then I got out a host of Tim Holtz's Distress fabulousness and let myself play with DIs on the edges of everything and the absolutely indispensible Antique Linen Stickles on all the corners- in my usual 'spread it around with my fingers' style of application!! :) 

I must say that, despite spending ages fiddling with this pic in two different photo editing programs, it still looks a bit more green around the gills than it really is irl- the other pics probably show the colour better but this was the best I could do!! :S

I coloured on Kraft with my Prismas- my first attempt at colouring these lovely bears with pencils on any kind of card and it’s not great but I'm reasonably happy for a first attempt!!lol

The largest snowflake is another MS punch- which I got for just over a fiver in the sales last year!! :) - and the others are Make it Crafty Chippies which I inked with DIs, then covered with Distress Crackle Paint... I actually used White Picket Fence- thought I had some Antique Linen but apparently the day I remember putting that in my basket while shopping online was one of the rare occasions I managed to rein in my stash-addict tendencies!!lol But it didn't matter as it took on the colour from the inks anyway... so no need to buy any other colours after all!! :) I also added some Stickles to them after the paint was dry, too- that I really must get some more of!!lol

The lovely sentiment is from the WMS Compliments of the Season set- another stunning set!! :)

The List:
  • 5"x7" Kraft card blank plus another to cut up for the image
  • Image - Forever Friends wooden stamp from Docrafts, stamped in Memento and coloured with Prismacolor pencils, OMS and paper stumps
  • Cream cardstock
  • Martha Stewart PATP Cherish punches
  • Kraft parcel paper
  • Festive Foliage and Compliments of the Season stamp sets from Waltzingmouse Stamps
  • Versafine ink pads in Olympia Green and Vintage Sepia
  • Distress Inks- Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint
  • Make it Crafty Chippies snowflakes
  • Distress Crackle Paint- White Picket Fence
  • Distress Stickles- Antique Linen
  • Mink Flat-backed Pearls from Crafty Emma's
  • Natural Jute Twine from The Ribbon Girl
  • Sakura Clear Stardust pen (just a teeny bit on the hats) 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges: Cupcake Crafts - Colour on Kraft :) ; Ready Teddy Go - Anything Goes :) ; Joanna Sheen (the first ever challenge!! :) ) - Christmas :) ;  Anything Goes - Cutting Corners (if the corner punches used for my image mat are enough and second entries are okay?) :) ; Pollycraft - Christmas fun :) ; Fab 'n' Funky - Anything Goes :) ; Divas by Design - Anything Goes :) ; Sweet Stampin' - Punches and Dies :)

Please pop over to the Forever Friends & Co. blog for a look at the gorgeous cards my teammates have created- we have some fab and talented new ladies joining us on the DT for this challenge, too!! :) - and we'd love to see you joining in with your FF images... or if you don't have any at the mo' then any animal on your card will do so long as you follow the theme!! :)

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of Blogland today- hope you'll pop back soon!! :) I have plenty of things just waiting to be posted so I'll try and be back soon... but I really do need to get a wriggle on with the ol' Christmas cards so need to spend some time crafting as well as posting!!lol I had some good news this week as I've been asked by the lovely Melly to join the team at Dream Valley- I'm really looking forward to my first challenge with them in a week or so- on my birthday in fact!! :) Thanks for all your comments on my card yesterday, too- I really do appreciate them all and am doing my best to make it round to a few people at a time whenever I can manage it myself as I know it's been far too long in most cases!! :)


Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Rachel, adorable image and love the colours.
Wendy xx

Sandra said...

Hi, Absolutely fabulous creations:) Sandra H

having a {me} day said...

WOW! I love this design! Your borders look so illuminated against the kraft. Thank you for joining us at Cupcake. keeleyxx

Gemma said...

What a fab card love the colours. Thank you for joining us at Ready Teddy Go Challenge. Gemma x

Ginny said...

fab card, thanks for joining us at FnF :)

Robin said...

Love what you did with the FF set!! Really lovely card! Good luck with the new challenge blog!!

Wendy said...

Hi Rachel, It's me again to say thanks for joining us at Divas by Design and Fab'n;Funky with your gorgeous card.
Wendy xx

Donna said...

Beautiful card Rachel and such amazing colouring on kraft! Thanks for joining in with us at Cupcake this week :) Donna ♥ x

Wedgie said...

Pretty card! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

Lisa Jane said...

This is beautiful- i love the colouring on kraft
Thanks for joining us at Diva's by design this fortnight
Lisa x

coops said...

wow this is stunning rachel.the image is gorgeous and i love your colouring on the kraft card :D

xx coops xx

Joey said...

Rachel this is absolutely stunning, those snowflakes are gorgeous. thanks for joining us at pollycraft. Joey x

helloholley said...

so cute, love those bears!!! thanks for playing along at SSCB!!! ;)

mixamatoasties said...

Your colouring is fab. The bears look brilliant. I bought this stamp a couple of years ago. It is still to be used....

Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin this week.

Susan x

Trollkjerringa said...

Wow! This was really shiny! And so lovely!

Hugs from Trollkjerringa. :)

melsanford said...

Oh what a gorgeous card! Really looking forward to working with you at Dream Valley - I'm your newest follower :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

A Passion For Paper said...

Really stunning, Rachel, love the colouring on Kraft card and the fact that you made your own background too is amazing.

Many thanks for joining us at Ready-Teddy-Go challenge this month.

Warmest wishes, Julie Ann x

Paula said...

Fabulous card Rachel - Love the vintage look!!! - Thanks for sharing it with us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog!

Paula DT

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Wow, this is fabulous Rachel. The colours are gorgeous and I love the image coloured on Kraft.
Thank you for sharing with us at Ready-Teddy-Go this month.
Clare x

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is awesome Rachel.


Brodders said...

So so gorgeous. Great take on the challenge over at Cupcakes. Thanks for joining us this week and good luck x

Sandra said...

Gorgeous card Rachel. Such lovely attention to detail. Congrats on being on the 'daily talent spot' over on the Joanna Sheen challenge.
Sandra x

Kendra said...

Lovely card! Welcome to Dream Valley!

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Gorgeous card

Katina said...

This is soooo beautiful Rachel! Love the vintage look.

Emma H said...

What a sweet card! Thanks for playing along with Fab N Funky's "Anything Goes" challenge!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

So pretty, love the colours and the vintage look, stunning design
Lindsay xx

Wishcraft said...

Oh this is just gorgeous Rachel! I think your colouring on kraft looks great, and I love your inky stamped paper :o) Lisa x

Daniele said...

this is sooooo sweet love the vointage look that you have achoeved, so glad you joined us at Ready Teddy Go


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