Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Night Before Christmas

Hello everyone,

Just a quick post for me today, but first I want to welcome my blog's newest follower.  Thanks for joining me; I'm so glad to have you along!

I was inspired to play along with the challenge at Scrapbooker's Paradise, and there is still a few hours to play along :)  This week, the challenge is to CASE yourself (and try to improve on your design).  I made this card last year  (post here) and I knew at the time that I wanted to revisit it.  Well, let me tell you, my current card has cured me of that!

 Here is what I came up with this time:
Not too sure it is an improvement!  I wanted to try making it into a shaker card, but unfortunately, the snow glitter I used had a bad case of static and clung to the acetate and to the image.  A little bit of a mess and it really dulls the colouring :(  I do like the new colour, the new ornaments are pretty and I like that I used white + glitter for the stamp on the frame, so that detail pops now.  I stamped all my background papers and used tonnes of glitter.  Here is a shot showing some of the shimmer from the glitter and in the papers.  However, with the light reflecting, the colours no longer show true.


Image - House Mouse coloured with Distress inks
Baubles - I created the frame in SCAL2, all others are Stampin' Up
Stamps - Impression Obsession & Tim Holtz (backgrounds stamped with embossing ink), Stampin' Up (baubles stamped with Stormy Sky DI), Close to my Heart (flourish border on frame stamped with embossing ink)  Everything has been embossed with either opaque white or iridescent ice (or both) embossing powders
Paper - pearlescent white and shimmery Bazzill card
Other- ribbon from stash, pearls, MS border punch

This card is for the following challenges:

Scrapbooker's Paradise (Playing in Paradise) - CASE yourself
Fashionista Challenge - Blue Christmas
Hanna and Friends - Animals
One Stop Craft Challenge - monochrome
Papertake Weekly - Ribbons and pearls
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Contemporary Colours
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Recipe (I've got ribbon, pearls and a MS edge punch)
Winter Wonderland - Oh baubles

Thanks for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I love reading them and having the chance to visit you too.

Have a great weekend!




Caroline said...

Gorgeous card's. Caroline xxx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Both cards are gorgeous. I really love the bauble design and colours. Your second CASE card is wonderful, the image is adorable and the shaker design is brilliant. I love all the shimmery bits.


downrightcrafty said...

love the designs and great baubles for our challenge at the Winter Wonderland
Hugs Kate xx

Penny said...

Your card from last year was darling, and this year's card is, too! Love the blues, the paper, the design again, that adorable image, the wonderful frame for it, the fabulous ornaments & gorgeous bow! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. Hope to see you again next week! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Notes by Nina said...

Your card is very pretty Dawn, I love all the soft blue. Thank you for joining Playing in Paradise this week.

Suzie's Card Den said...

Beautiful Blue card, such a greaat design, love all those ornaments.
Thank you for entering our challenge, you might be interested to see we are having a DT call over at Fashionista Challenge Blog, would love to see you enter
Suzie xx

Angela Fehr said...

I love both cards, especially the white embossed background on the second. Beautiful!

The Little Stamper said...

Hi Dawn. Thanks for coming to follow me on my blog. I have now hopped over to see you and your cards are just stunning, so I am following you too now!

Sharon x

* Shaz * said...

A brilliant creation!

Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Challenges this time
Good luck in the draw

Shaz x

Rica said...

They are both gorgeous Dawn but I love blue and House Mice so this one stole my heart. Your design is wonderful and your details are stunning. Your little mousies are beautiful and looked adorable wrapped in the shaker.

Heather xx

Jill said...

gorgeous creations thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

These are both so stunning, I love the cute images and the layout is wonderful, love them both
Lindsay xx

Donna Ellis said...

Dawn, both cards are sweet, but I REALLY love the HM card - with the soft glow and gorgeous layers. It's magical! So pretty.

Gram's Treasures said...

These are both very pretty cards! I'm not sure which one I like better.
Joyce xx

Jessica said...

Both cards are so sweet! Love all the ornaments, and the image on the blue one is so cute! Great designs!!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Stamptacular sunday challenge, hopte to see you again soon!

Hugs Jessica

Jessi Fogan said...

I think this is a stunning CASE! I love the soft blues - and glitter always kills me when it comes to shaker cards! I find micro-beads are a bit better static-wise :)

Beate said...

to case yourself can be really challenging :) both cards are absolutely adorable. I never did a shaker card before hmm looking at yours I might give it a try it looks so cute! The hint above with micro beads is a good one, with my cats trying with any glitter could turn into a real and big mess *smile*
have a wonderful week
Bea xx

Debbie said...

Absolutely stunning.I love the softest of the card.Great shaker too.Thanks for joining in with us over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge.Good luck.Hugs Debs x

Gail said...

Absolutely beautiful cards. Outstanding. Hugs, Gail

Maya said...

Ohhh my, so much wonderful projects you have in your blog!
Thank you so much for the inspiration :)

And thank you so much for applying to the DT call over at Bildmålarna ♥

Hugs from Maya

Tracey T said...

The other comments say it all - they're both lovely! I have the same problem with shaker cards; someone suggested a tumble dryer sheet wiped over the acetate first would get rid of any static. Unfortunately it doesn't work on my tights!!! Tracey x

Desire Fourie said...

Dawn this is just beautiful. Love the colours and all the little finishing touches. Everything works so well together. Hop on over to my blog to partake in my 400 Follower Give Away - thank you so much if you have already participated.
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Gail said...

Wow, this is adorable. I mean, this is too cute to give away...I'd have to put it in a plastic sleeve and tack it on the wall in my craft room and just sit and admire it when I'm too tired to color. :) This is really really cute. I know that photos don't do a card justice, either...but if it's this cute in the photo, it's triple cuter in person. Hugs, Gail