Friday, 24 January 2014

Winter Blues

Afternoon Everyone,

The mammoth stamp sort out is finally done and the desk is at last clear enough to let me make a couple of cards for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #160. Hazel has asked for shades of blue this week giving me the perfect excuse to get out loads of snippets of blue card to make these two cards.
Card #1: has an embossed panel that's been lightly sponged with blue ink and a header of trailing stars.
I chose card in a variety of blue shades and finishes - mirror, pearlescent, and matte - from which to cut the stars. Some were given an extra twinkle by covering them in glitter glue.
Inside and back: decorated with trails of the smaller stars.

Card #2: of course I cut way too many stars so had to use them up on this very simple design.
Inside and back: more trailing stars inside and the last large glittered star on the back.

Materials used:
  • paper from the In The Meadow, free from simply Cards & Papercraft magazine 2013
  • card - snippets of shades of blue; a scrap of white card for embossing
  • inks - Ranger DI Tumbled Glass, Memento Dew Drop Danube Blue
  • glitter glue - Stickles Baby Blue and Crystal
  • Tools: embossing folder - Quickutz Phrases; dies - from Docrafts X-Cut Star set; die cutting machine; punch - Woodware tiny star

Usually Hazel has to remind me of her extra challenge, Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January, where anything goes as long as it's Christmas, but not today!!!

I'm also entering both cards into Di's challenge at Pixie's Snippets Playground. I'd like to say that all my blue snippets were used up in these cards but it would be a lie ... there's still a little heap to get through yet! However, nothing but snippets and OGooS went into the making of the cards :)

Edit Note: Sue, a DT member, has very kindly suggested I enter these over at Stampin with the Dragon - the challenge is Winter Blues ... how appropriate is that.

It may be temporary, but I've now got the luxury of a neat desk. My entire stamp collection is put away in a neat and ordered fashion, AND dies, embossing folders and templates, paper and card all filed away too! And, better still, it is all easily accessible. So there's absolutely nothing to stop me tackling my crafting to-do list ... and absolutely no excuses any more either.  Now, as long as my mojo doesn't go walkabout I should be just fine :)

In the meantime, I'm off to watch Pointless and then think about dinner.

Happy crafting,


Sue said...

This is gorgeous Elizabeth why not join in our Stamping Dragon challenge?? thats for creations with blue in too :) huggles Sue xxxxx

Hazel said...

Brilliant shades of blue and love all those stars - way to go with all those snippets - thanks for sharing for both CHNC challenges - hope to see more of your festive crafting soon. x

Sandra H said...

Elizabeth your cards are gorgeous and what a lovely embossed folder on your 1st card and distressing gorgeous colour too and your 2nd card equally as lovely xx

Jean said...

I love your starry cards,and the pretty blues.
Jean x

Marie-Louise said...

Really beautiful Elizabeth.

Heather said...

Wow! First congrats to you for getting organized AND getting your desk clean. And these cards are the perfect way to use up some of those scraps lying around. The one with the embossed background is my favorite. The light inking really makes it pop! Thanks for playing with CHNC2

MaryH said...

Well, Elizabeth, you have done an outstanding creation on both these lovely blue cards. Super design with your different blues & textures on the stars - great layout too. I read about your sort-out, clean-up, clean desk & I need to do that as well. Probably won't! But it's inspirational to read that someone else achieved that Crafty Nirvana. Enjoy it. Hope you are all settled into your new home and loving it. TFS & Hugs

Jackie said...

Two stunning cards Elizabeth, both so simple but oh so beautiful :o)
Jackie xx

Di said...

Sigh, I do so love white and blues on Christmas cards. these are lovely Elizabeth!

Well done on the sort out - wahoo! I have s cheme to sort out my 6" apaper pads, probably already mentioned that anyhow - but as for the stamps - that's an ongoing task :(

Hugs, Di xx

Susan (rainy) said...

Love the star clusters that even carry to the inside of the card. Beautiful creations!

coops said...

so gorgeous elizabeth.i love the stars and fab blue colours ;D

xx coops xx

Tina said...

what a lovely creation. Thanks for joining us over at Stamping with the Dragon. Hugs Tina (DT) xx