Sunday, 2 June 2013

CHNC Challenge - Use Your Favourite Embellishments

Happy Sunday Afternoon,

Hazel, over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #127, has asked almost the impossible this week. She has challenged us to use our favourite embellishments ... help! I have so many favourites!
I thought long and hard and finally opted for my favourite die-cut poinsettia flower and a very fine white glitter I found at my local craft shop, it's just perfect for winter scenes. Sadly, it's hard to see in the photos but you can just about see the occasional glint in this enlargement.
This super digi stamp, Nell's Cottage, can be downloaded for free on Beccy's Place blogspot. The cottage looks like the perfect country retreat, don't you think :) It's been coloured with ProMarkers - I tried to give it a well weathered look with several shades of brown and I thought the doors just had to be a cheery red.
Once again, I've reduced the digi to miniature and printed it out on white printer paper to create the insert.

Materials used:

  • white Papermania textured cardstock, trimmed to create an A6 size card 
  • stamps - Nell's Cottage from Beccy's Place printed out in black, greeting from Hot Of The Press's Magical Christmas set 
  • ProMarkers in browns, greens, greys, reds and yellows - too many to list. However, if you would like a list of the colours drop me a line and I'll be happy to provide one 
  • ink pad - Archival Jet Black 
  • snippets of red and green cardstock for the poinsettia and leaves
  • dies - Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia (the two smallest dies) and Marianne Creatables Chinese Rose for the two leaves 
  • insert - white printer paper cut to A5 and printed with Nell's cottage reduced in size 
  • embellishments - glue pen and fine white glitter; a topaz coloured rhinestone

Apart from submitting to CHNC #127 as already mentioned, I'm also going to submit this card to Hazel's challenge extra:

CHNC Challenge Extra for June - where the challenge is always anything goes as long as it's Christmas

and, of course,

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Playground #75 - where all that Di asks is that we use up some of our snippets on our projects ... here it's the poinsettia and leaves that are made from snippets.

I am happy to report that I'm feeling heaps better and Mr Mojo is back - yes! :) I'm off now to watch Barbara Gray's afternoon slot on C&C - she's going to be using alcohol inks, something I keep forgetting I have in my stash. It was the gelli plate this morning - another item I have yet to really put through it's paces. So many lovely crafting techniques to try and so little time :)

Have a lovely afternoon, what's left of it, and take care everyone.

Happy crafting,


  1. So very pretty...I have that digi saved too but my printer is a bit smudgy with my digis when I colour them:(
    Love the way you have coloured yours and I can see the glitter so looks great!

  2. Hi Elizabeth,
    What a pretty card!! Hard to think of Christmas when it is going to be 101'(F) here today, may have to come back and look at it again just to cool off. Yes, the red doors were a "must" and really set off the card.

  3. What a gorgeous Christmas card Elizabeth. Your colouring is perfect. Thank you so much for the link. Speak to you soon. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. OMG what a stunning card, so beautiful.
    I am so pleased that your mojo has returned, life is not good without it :o)
    Jackie xx

  5. Oh my yes, when enlarged, your sparkly does indeed show. This is just lovely, and your poinsettia (my favorite Christmas embellie too) looks just right with this image. Looks very 'vintage', and I'm off to check out the digi link. TFS & have a happy Sunday. Hugs

  6. Oh Elizabeth your card is beautiful and what a lovely image your glitter looks amazing and colouring too so nice that you added the image to your insert just adds that little extra touch to the finished card simply gorgeous and thank you for sharing this freebie xx

  7. Beautiful card Elizabeth.
    A very sweet image.
    Glad you're feeling better.;-)

  8. Thanks so much for the printer anti-smudging advice! I am going to try this...Jules (Always with a heart)shared her printer name and model as it doesn't smudge for her but with DH having retired early, I am in full penny pinching mode. I will get heres but not until this one gives up the ghost or I breakdown and move this one up to the RV!
    Thanks so much Elizabeth!

  9. Beautiful card Elizabeth. I love this digi and downloaded it - now if only my colouring would improve.

  10. What a gorgeous card Elizabeth. Simply beautiful.

  11. ooh this is gorgeous! I love the digi - thank you for the link. I am glad you are feeling better xx

  12. Ooh that is a lovely card Elizabeth.
    Sorry to learn you've not been feeling well. Sending get well wishes your way.

    Sarn xxx

  13. Hi Elizabeth , so lovely to hear from you !! We are OK here in Holland ; I hope you are also doing well. So busy at the moment .... with everything. Soon it will be holiday. Your Christmascard is so beautiful ! I just love that cottage ; would like to have one myself. Your colouring looks great. Wishing you the best. Love from Holland , Christa.

  14. so stunning Elizabeth.really gorgeous stamp and fab design :D

    xx coops xx

  15. Beautiful card Elizabeth. Your colouring is gorgeous :) Cathy x

  16. very lovely card, amazing what you did with it
    Greetings Caroline

  17. What a lovely image for Christmas, so inviting

    Debs x

  18. Beautiful card, Elizabeth - thanks for sharing for both of my CHNC challenges - hope to see you again soon x

  19. Stunning card Elizabeth - and you did make me giggle. picking a favourite embellishment is waaaaay to hard for some of us I agree :)

    Super stamp there too!!

    Hugs, Di xx

  20. I saw this over at the playground and had to come over to get a closer look. It's gorgeous! Thank you for the link to the digi too - I've grabbed that to play with some time. Your colouring is fabulous. I entered Hazels challenge and I think I use three embellishments - no way could I just use one! hugs Karen


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