Saturday, 22 October 2011

Christmas Alphabet - F for Fairies

Hi Everyone,

Another cold and windy day to start this weekend. Fortunately, I don't have to go anywhere today so staying safe and cosy in the craft space. Trying to get as much done as possible today because we are off out to visit friends in Kirkcudbrightshire tomorrow.

And today's card is all about the Christmas fairy ... well there are two of them here. As this card is clearly only suitable for a very girly girl I thought it would be nice to put a charm on it that could be kept ... even if the card does get tossed after Christmas :)

It doesn't show up well in the photograph but perhaps you can just about see that I've been paper piecing again ... this time I made the fairy's dress from DP from the same paper pack as used on the card. She's also blinged and sparkled as surely befits a Christmas fairy.

There's three different papers gone into the making of the background, two character ones trimmed to create the borders, top and bottom, and the dotty one as the base.

I had fun with the ribbon, pleating it down onto the very tacky red tape and finishing it off with two bows, a pink tipped hellebore and turquoise cherry blossom ... OTT girliness!


The inside and back are decorated with some of the leftover trimmings ... can't let them go to waste :)
Materials used:
  • Cardstock: Ready-made 5.5" square cream card base; scraps of Docrafts Papermania textured card in deep pink and light turquoise for matting; smooth white card, 3"x2.25", for stamped image
  • DP: Docrafts Papermania Festive Frolics 6x6 paper pad
  • Stamped Image: Christmas Fairy from set free with Let's Get Crafting, Issue 26; Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; Promarkers - Blush, Ivory, Vanilla, Sandstone, Tea Green, Blender; Crystal & Yellow Stickles; White Opal Liquid Pearls; corner punch
  • Embellishments: The Ribbon Girl Fairy charm; Wild Orchid Crafts flowers; Dovecraft printed Christmas ribbon (pink); Charlotte Ribbon by Anna Griffin (turquoise)
I'm not really much into pink but, as some of the papers had pink in them, I just went with the flow ... it's a bit too sugar almonds perhaps, and definitely not traditional Christmas colours ... but, much to my surprise, I think this colour combo works quite well. 
Right, off to tackle the next letter in the alphabet ... hope to be back soon :)


Alison Horne said...

Hi Elizabeth, love the Christmas alphabet idea, What a sweet fairy, her dress is like a little chandelier, lovely work, love the reindeer and ebossed holly cards too.xx

Jackie said...

A gorgeous card inside and out, I love the ruched ribbon feature :o)
Jackie xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

aw Elizabeth his card is so lovely there is not way it going to get tossed adore the colours too love Shaz in Oz.x

coops said...

gorgeous card elizabeth.your soft colours are beautiful and i love the image :D

xx coops xx

Angie said...

Love your cards ...what a fun way to design your cards ...E for embossing is STUNNING. xx

akilli melek said...

hi elizabeth, love the card. just getting a moment to blog hop now but I will hopefully be able to pop back to catch up on all that i have missed.
also wanted to say thanks for your support over the last couple of months xxx

Live Laugh Love said...

Hey I tried following you but some maintence with the site, but would love for you to follow me than I can follow you when it's not being "crazy" lol thanks so much :) have a great day!!!


Christa said...

Hi Elizabeth , thank you for your kind words on my blog. Here in Holland it is a bit busy too.... 3 DT's takes a lot of time and energy. But I do like it very much. Last week we have heard my dad ( 72 ) has cancer on his kidney ; he has to be operated. So the near future will be insecure and a bit frightning.... I am so glad with my is my therapy !! I will keep in touch. Love from Holland , Christa.

Mina said...

fabulous card Elizabeth and your charm is perfect for the design
Mina xxx

Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth

How sweet is this?

Such a cute fairy that has been paper-pieced and coloured in so delicately .. .. and with just the right amount of sparkle!!

I love what you have done with your ribbon too!!

Love Jules xx

Dolly Daydreams said...

A lovely, pretty and sweet card , great colouring and paper piecing am not even going there looks for too tricky for me and what with the bloggers blindness and all....