Friday, 21 November 2014

CHNC Challenge 203 - Go Green

Afternoon Everyone,

After a morning of doing nothing but the dreaded housework ... oh, for a self-cleaning house! ... I now feel free to sit down and have a wee chat about this card I made for Hazel's challenge at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge it's 'Go Green'- the theme of which is to go green, that is by either using the colour or by upcycling. Normally I would jump at the chance to do a bit of recycling/upcyling but, as green is my all time favourite, it had to be the colour :) It is also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for November, because, as always for this challenge, 'Anything Goes':
To make this card I started with a 5½" square Kraft card base and what's left of my treasured Graphic45 Christmas Emporium 8"x8" paper pad. I've been eking out it over several Christmases now - I'll be desolate when the day comes that I use up the very last teensiest weensiest scrap.

I trimmed a sheet of the paper down, inked the edges with Tim Holtz's Brushed Corduroy distress ink, and then layered it up with a few of the leftover snippets, to create the background for the various toppers - most of which are cut-outs from the same paper pad. The exception is the greeting card ... it's from a Simple Stories  December Documented cut-apart sheet.
I tucked a scrap of burlap behind two of the toppers and added a paper lace border of Christmas trees across the bottom.
The finishing embellishments were made by twisting some natural twine around my fingers before gluing it down in two spots, the bottom right and top left corners of the greeting, and then sticking three green gems in graduated sizes on top.

Two snippets of paper and the scrap of burlap were used up here so I'm skipping over to Pixie's Snippet Playground. Hooray! It's a second visit from me this week :)

It's a cold and dreary day here in south-west Scotland but nowhere as cold as it must be for those of you in north-central US where the most awful snow storms have hit. I hope those of you affected are staying safe and keeping warm.

Wherever you are I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Happy Crafting,


Angie said...

Nice card Elizabeth. Wish I had more time on my hands to get craft. One day though!

cuilliesocks said...

Lovely colour theme and vintage papers, love your design, hugs Kate x

Hazel said...

You're early this week, Elizabeth - lol! Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

Liz said...

Love the Vintage feel to this beautiful card. x

scrappymo! said...

Looks great Elizabeth! I love the random loops of jute...I so want to try that technique as i love the casual placement of it on a card.
Your papers are so pretty I can see why you have been ekeing them out!

Sorry I have not been by for a visit for so long. I now have a wall of boxes in my dining room and we have moved the table up against them and have started on the back wall. We will have to sort of stack around the heat vent though!

Still working on the craft hard to condense down any further yet seems so much to move...hope it all fits in.

Love your pretty Xmas card and off now to have a wee catch up!

Carole Pollard said...

Great card love the green its a gorgeous design Love and hugs Carole x

Di said...

Lovely card Elizabeth - and I can see why you don't want that paper pad to finish! The snippet of burlap is a lovely touch too.


Di xx

Sarn said...

Absolutely lovely festive card Elizabeth.

Good idea about a self-cleaning house - I need one!

Stay warm and cosy.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sandra H said...

This is gorgeous the colour with Kraft card is stunning x

Brenda B said...

Beautiful card Elizabeth, I love green too it's also my favourite colour. Warm temps and rain here today so our snow has been washed away! Hope the people in Buffalo don't have to contend with flooding now though.


Renate said...

Mooie, stijlvolle kerstkaart. Bedankt voor je deelname bij CHCC Extra.

Groetjes, Renate