Wednesday, 6 January 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for...

It's time for not just a new ABC Christmas Challenge...but the start of a brand new alphabet! That's right...we're starting our seventh (!!!) trip through the alphabet...and we have a nice & easy theme for you:

'A is for Anything Goes!'
(Well, anything Christmas, that is!)

Our sponsor for this challenge is Sami Stamps:

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Prize - $12 Gift Certificate!

I had another play with the oil pastels that I received for Christmas...and cased this card by Kristina Werner. However, things didn't go entirely to plan...and despite carefully ensuring that all of the edges of my masking tape were firmly secured, my watercolours seeped underneath it, so that when I removed the tape once the paint had dried, instead of the crisp straight lines that Kristina had...my trees all had fluffy edges! Nevermind...I actually kind of like how they turned out, although I had to trim one of the pieces down, as the paint had leaked too much. I doodled on some decorations...adding a touch of gold using some Cosmic Shimmer pigment mixed with water. I added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous), then matted them on to gold & green.


Here are some close-ups of the two cards:



I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge.

16 comments:

Janice said...

Gorgeous Helen - love the colours and your creativity, jx

Samantha said...

Fabulous cards Helen, great C&S style and nice and flat for postage too!
great job sweetie and thanks for being an awesome Co owner and Teamie too xx
Hugs me xx

Sandra H said...

So pretty x

Zw@@n said...

Gorgeous cards, Helen. I love the edges of the trees! Lovely colours too. Luv, Wilma

chrissy xx said...

I LOve your trees Helen...
FABulous colours and such a pretty design.
Chrissyxx

Sue said...

Helen, I love these cards. You are really creative and the trees look absolutely gorgeous. The colours you have used are beautiful and the added sparkle looks fab.
Sue...xxx

Lisa S. said...

Love the trees on your fab card Helen. Lovely color scheme as well. Happy New Year!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I think the fuzzy edges on the trees makes them look great Helen, more realistic. Love the colours in the them and you shimmery decorations. A great CAS style for the theme this week.
Lorraine

Marie B. said...

These are super cute, and a great CASE of Kristina's work! I agree with Lorraine about them looking realistic too. Thanks for sharing them with us at CHNC Extra!

~Marie B -DT

Bonnie Taylor said...

I really love your CAS card. It is so pretty and elegant. Thank you for playing along with us at Craft Your Passion. We hope to see you again!
~ Bonnie DT

Mandy LaCroix said...

These are fantastic trees - leaky colors or not! If you hadn't mentioned it, I never would notice. I really love it as it is. Such great cards!
Thanks for the encouragement on my blog! Happy to be a new teamie. :)
Crafty Hugs!

craftybunny said...

Super technique and I love the fuzzy edges - more treelike in my opinion.The clean crisp designs show your artwork off beautifully.Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.Hope to see you again next week.
Lisa x

Crafty She said...

Hi Helen, gorgeous cards. x

Bad Kitty said...

Your card is very beautiful !
Thank you for joining us at Craft your passion!
Good Luck and hope to see you again.
Bad Kitty's Craftroom
>^.^<

sandra carey said...

This is Beautiful Thanks for Sharing at That Craft Place Hugs Sandra DT xx

Sandy Mork said...

I think the cards turned out beautiful - love the watercolor look! Thank you for joining us at TTCRD!