Christmas, New Year and Winter

Curled Holly branch

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.

It’s a fun festive palette so I decided to try out a new-to-me colouring technique using alcohol markers to colour the fabulous new Memory Box Curled Holly Branch die. I think I still prefer using my distress inks to colour die cuts but I’m definitely going to practice this technique a little more.

The sentiment is by My Favorite Things.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Wintery Village Pond

Hi everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge using Penny Black dies.

Following the sketch, I cut the Geometric Circles background die (51-644) and snipped it in half so I could create a longer background panel – I knew I could hide the gap with the other layers. Next I used a die from the Antique Frame set (51-397) to cut some navy card and adhered it on top of the background die – once again I had o cut this in half so I could extend it across the width of my card base. I then adhered a purple circle die cut on top, hiding the gap in the navy strip. I cut the village and pond from the winter village set (51-396) and adhered them to the circle. I added a star from the Christmas Wonderland set (51-562), cut from glitter card (which I also used for the pond!).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Non-traditional Ornaments

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge which has a combo of orange, peach, red and pink.

I found this a bit of a challenging combo… probably because I immediately though of creating something flowery but my initial design would have needed a green and I couldn’t get that out of my head. In the end, I pulled out some Simply Graphic ornament dies and distress inks and got to work on (yet another) non-traditional Christmas card. I wanted a bit of sparkle so used a Tim Holtz stencil to create a subtle glittery background. The sentiment is by My Favorite Things.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

AAA Cards sketch challenge

Hi there!

It’s time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using the sketch below and if you want to join with our optional twist, please use a gnome!

For the main image, I used my new Fir and Foliage No. 2 set from The Greetery. So pleased that Seven Hills Crafts is stocking this brand now! I added a bit of silvery twine and a Mama Elephant sentiment.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards using  LOTS of gnomes (or gonks as I know them as!) which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, Fran, who has some lovely cards on her blog – go check it out!!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Magical wispy trees

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today, I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge  which has a fabulous  combo of pink, lavender and aqua.

I used the fabulous new Winter’s Wispy Trees from the Stamp Market plus a die cut and sentiment by My Favorite Things.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

A die for all seasons

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge  which has a fabulous autumnal combo of orange, brown  and grey. I really liked the shade of orange in the inspiration photo and I used a blend of distress inks to get close to it!

Penny Black released ‘Making Spirits Bright’, their fabulous festive collection yesterday. There really is something for everyone in this massive collection – I am particularly delighted by all the dies. They are gorgeous! What’s more, so many of them can be used all year round. For my Color Throwdown card, I used Berry Sprig (51-719) and the branches from Nestled (51-722). The branches actually bend to the right rather than the left but I saw that Jill had used the reverse of the dies cut for a few of her cards in this release and I decided to do the same. I smoothed out the edges using a bone folder, and was very happy with the results! To complete my card, I added a sentiment from my current go-to autumnal set – Autumn is Calling (30-863).

Want to see the first card I made with Berry Sprig? Well, it’s a festive one – and here it is!

I paired this beautiful die with a sentiment from the Season to Believe set (30-868) and coloured it using a variety of watercolour paints, including my Twinkling H2Os.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.