Sunday, 21 November 2010

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 40

This week at One Stitch at a Time, the theme is 'Pick a season  or event'. So, nice and easy, isn't it? And to make it even better, we've got two sponsors this week - the fabulous Joanna Sheen who's donating a £10 voucher, and the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium who're dontaing a $10 voucher.

Not surprisingly at this time of year, I chose Christmas, and was delighted to work with two images this week. The first is from Card Mad Fairy - Tina's 1st Nativity - which is available here at the Stitchy Bear shop. In fact, I liked Tina so much, I made a choir of little angels ...
I put together a 'starry night' background in Photoshop Elements then added a choir of Tinas (uncoloured). I printed on my usual Ryman ink jet card and coloured the choir with Promarkers then added some sparkle with white glitter. I printed a separate sheet of the background for the front and cut an aperture with Spellbinders Labels 3, and framed it with the same set.  I added a larger Tina on the front, and finished the card with some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and letters which were a magazine freebie ages ago.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Bee Crafty whose theme is Christmas
Little Paper Shop who want die cuts (frame and aperture)
Ellephantastic Challenges who want Christmas or butteflies
ABC Christmas whose theme is Xmas with an option for flowers
Caardvaarks whose theme is Christmas with die cuts (aperture and frame).

As an experiment, I printed the same files again, but this time used some cream pearlescent paper I've had for a while. The colours appear much less saturated, but you do get a slight shimmer. This card was put together like the one above, except that here, I decorated the front of the card with punched stars, die-cut swirls and a verse from a Christmas carol.

I was also able to work with one of Stitchy's images - this one's called Lite Brite, and it's available at the Stitchy shop here. I've had a hankering to do this one for a while.

I added a background to the image before I printed it. I wanted to give the effect of the tree lighting a darkened space, so I used a grey gradient from pale to fairly dark. The tree itself, I coloured with Promarkers. The background paper and border strips are from Papermania, and the snowflakes were cut in my Wizard with a Cuttlebug die (which I've finally worked out how to use in my machine. It's only taken a couple of years ...) I added a little gold Glamour Dust to the snowflakes, and coloured a few sticky gems with Promarker.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Your Days Away whose theme is Christmas trees,
Sketch and Stash (new - the image and the glamour dust, old - the die)
Little Paper Shop whose theme is die cuts.

Since I'd printed off several of the trees, I decided to do another card in completely different colours.

This time, the backing papers are from Craft Creations and the snowflakes one was a magazine freebie. The embossed card is from PayPer Box from a visit to Olympia a couple of years ago. I finished the card with a little white ribbon and three clear sticky gems.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Fairy Moon (sketch),
Wild Orchid Crafts whose theme is 'Blue Christmas'
Fussy and Fancy Friday whose theme is 'Christmas, no green or red',
Totally Gorjuss whose theme is non-traditional Christmas colours.


Nannieflash said...

Wow youve been a busy girl, fabulous cards love them all especially the vibrant purple, its my fav colour. With love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Dawn said...

Wow what geat cards, geat use of our sketch this week. Love that tree image. Thanks for joining us at Fairymoon this week

ona_i_ja said...

Josephine, your cards is stunning. I love colors you used.

Sue said...

Fabulous selection of card and all beautiful:)

Thank you for joining us at sketch and stash


Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just fab hun, I just love your choir they look amazing!!
As for you trees the colours are fab!
Hugs Shell xx

Pamela said...

Beautiful card Josephine, the tree image is so unusual. Thank you for joining us at Fairymoon this week.

Pam x

laney said...

Fabulous cards Josephine!!! nice to see them in different colour ways too

Kat said...

You have been busy! Thanks for joining us at TG this week with your lovely blue card.

Kat x

Brenda Brown said...

Wow Josephine what a fabulous collection of cards, love the way you produced the glow round the lights and the choir of Tina's. Great work.
Luv {brenda} xox

Jo Davies said...

Busy lady I see.....preparing for Christmas, simply stunning hun, really pretty great colours too! Hugs JO xxx

Bev said...

wow you have been busy. love you cards. colours are fab. ty for joining us at fairymoon. good luck and hope you will join us again. xx

Kim said...

WOW you've been busy! Gorgeous cards hun! Love all of the variety within all of them! Fabulous work! Thanks for joining us at WOC!
Hugs~ Kim

Love crafts forever said...

That is so pretty, love what you did with an Angel image. Hugs, Nataliya

Juanita said...

Lovely Christmas cards. Thanks so much for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.

Rebekah said...

This is such a fabulous lot of work how busy have you been?! I absolutely love your creations with the hoards of angels just fab! Hugs Rebekah xx

coldwaters2 said...

Gosh Josephine what a wonderful selection of creations, gosh the design, images and colours look superb, great work hun.
Lorraine x

Thistleblue said...

Great christmas cards, i love all the colours and teh christmas tree image i very cute! thanks for joining us for the Ellephantastic challenge!
Elle DT

Chocolate Orange said...

Gorgeous cards as always Josephine.

Those angels look fantastic !

Choccy xx

Claire Phillips said...

Your cards are absolutely stunning - I have to say I really love the first one. What a fabulous idea and such a great mix of elements! Cheers Claire x

Jayne said...

Lovely cards Josephine, looks like you've been busy!

Delphine said...

Beautiful cards, Josephine! I love your choir, brilliant! Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck! Hugs Delphine xx

Vanja said...

Fabulous card! I love the images.
Thank you for joining us at Ellephantastic challenges. :)

hugs, Vanja

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

lovely cards, thank you for joining us at Ellephantastic.
Hugs from the Elle DT x

Chelsea said...

Great job. Thanks for joining the Fussy & Fancy girls this challenge. Drop by again soon and say hi!


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