Sunday, 12 November 2017

Christmas Card Club - Shimmer and Sparkle

This fortnight, Lorraine at Rainy's Craft Room chose the theme of Shimmer And Sparkle for our Christmas Card Challenge. I knew right away which NBus item I would use. I had just purchased a set of crystal owls and thought they would be perfect for Christmas cards.

If you would like to check out the other entries, the hyperlinks to the other members blogs are on my right sidebar. It is worth taking a peak as there are some very talented ladies there and they make fabulous cards!

Card 1. The DP for this card is all from my stash...Doodlebug, Here Comes Santa Claus, 6x6 paper pad.  The NBUS owl, as well as the pearl and diamond bling, are from Forever In Time.

I used a second  NBUS item here...a Nouvo clear crystal glaze paint pen. It is very much like clear Wink of Stella, but the effect is much more pronounced. I used it on the white branch as well as on the aqua embossed snowflake panel.really like the effect and have added some of the other coloured Nouvo pens to my Christmas list! I keep a running list of small items that are perfect for stocking gifts. DH likes the ease of buying everything at the craft store!

I am entering this card over at Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets. My snippets are the aqua embossed panel, the pink and red circular mats, the white branch, and the Xmas tree DP.

Card 2.  My NBUS item on this card is the Forever  In Time, Crystal Swirls that I used in the left hand corners. If anyone knows a foolproof way to get delicate swirly bling off the acrylic paper and onto the card without stretching and distorting it, let me know. After fighting with those swirls several times and even breaking a third swirl, I thought perhaps I should have lifted it off with transfer tape on the good side, and then peeled that tape off once the bling was attached. Let me know if you have tried that or any other good method.

The grey and white snowflake background DP is from my snippets file, and the border band is First Edition. I added two Impression Obsession I love that die! They are the miniature snowflakes and fit card sizes quite well. A wee diamond in the centre of each one tied in the sparkle theme. The border branch is Memory Box and was given a good coating of Nouvo crystal paint pen. The black circle is Spellbinders, and the red stitched circle is Lawn Fawn.

Card 3. My NBUS on this card is the Simple Stories Claus and Co, DP.
The word Joy and the stars are part of the DP and I went over them with three coats of Nouvo clear glimmer pen. I added clear diamonds to the stars on the red DP and the vintage silver border is glitter tape from the dollar store. I added a thin layer of Nouvo pen over the red and grey mats as I thought they looked a bit plain and I needed to make the card shine for the Shimmer and Sparkle theme..

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

October Rudolph Days Challenge Winner

Wow! We have over 300 trick or treaters at our house this evening.   Most were under 12 years of age and the costumes of the kids (as well as many of the parents) were fantastic. There were some teenagers and they were all so well mannered and polite and bursting with exhuberance. It was great to see them having fun and laughing and giggling.

Sadly, there were several groups of young girls around 8 or 9 years old, who were quite cheeky and disrespectful. One girl grabbed the candy bowl and told me she liked to choose her own and then passed it to her 5 or 6 friends.  Another group who looked around 9 years old told me they liked two chocolate bars. I told them I was only giving out one each and they repeated that they would rather have two... Oh my! Needless to mention, their parents were not accompanying them...which is strange in my neighbourhood. Most children are well escorted by parents here...right up to about 12 years old.

On the other hand, I had some of the sweetest toddlers. One tried to give me a chocolate bar. She tried about 5 different times. Another came up to the door, rang the doorbell and told me her age! Several 18 month to two years old kiddies, tried to come into the house....the parents were so embarrassed. I was laughing and leading them back out and they wanted to kiss me goodbye!

Well...back to Rudolph Days. We had 61 entries... that made me so happy! I enjoyed viewing each and every card or Christmas project, and leaving you comments and praise. .

Once again I used Random org to choose the winner
Here is a photo of the winning number, #26 Steffi H.

Steffi,, would you please email me at and let me know which whether you want the stamp or the die.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Christmas Card Club - Sentiment as the focal point

Sylvie at Gibmiss blog chose the theme of The Sentiment As The Focal Point, for this fortnight's  Christmas Card challenge. If anyone is interested in joining our challenge group, drop me an email.  You can view the other club members cards if you follow the hyperlinks on my right sidebar.

My Recollections 290140 sentiment stamp is my NBUS item today. I have had this stamp for quite a while and have been looking forward to trying it out. I was not disappointed. I stamped with Tsukineko Brilliance white ink and heat set it with my heat gun.

I painted over the holly leaves with some Yasutomo colours. They are little pots of shimmery colours that you just whirl a damp paintbrush through and then colour with it. I do not know what oher name they are called... A few red teensy diamonds for the holly berries and outer corners and sentiment image was done!

I matted with a snippet of red Echo Park, This and That DP and then matted again with a green snippet of My Minds Eye, 12 Days of Christmas   DP.

I wish I had matted the black sentiment rectangle with a piece of green card so it would stand out more against the red DP,  but chose instead to keep the layers down for postage weight. Wish I had followed my first instinct!.