Saturday, 14 May 2011

Less is More 15 and Jingle Belles ....

... I love it when two challenges just come together in my mind and the end result is what I imagined!!   Oh yes, you want to know what it is!! 

This week the challenge from Chrissie and Mandi for Less is More 15 - is embossing; either dry or heat, or both!!  And the challenge at Jingle Belles is to feature St Nicholas or Santa to most of us!!  I decided to have a go at both heat and dry embossing for my card.

I found the appropriate Cuttlebug folder, stamped a suitable image, added a sentiment and some sparkle - card done!!  That sounds quick, but it wasn't really.  I took a couple of attempts to get the embossed frame right!



Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Frame-It; Rubber Stampede - Santa Collage (3408F)
Cuttlebug:  Snowflakes Embossing Folder
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder, chalks and Glamour Dust (Crystal) from stash

As you can see, I embossed a frame of snowflakes into which I stamped my Santa image.  This was heat embossed with clear powder and has a fantastic shine.  I added some colour to Santa's face and eyes with chalks - subtle, but definitely there (see below).



I also added some sparkle - afterall, it's a Christmas card and you have to have sparkle on Christmas cards.  I used my glue pen on some of the embossed snowflakes and dotted around the snow on the stamped image, then sprinkled on the Glamour Dust.  In real-life the card has such a pretty sparkle.



I've been checking the LIM blog and seen some fantastic cards already - and some people are already on their second card!!  I'm sure I'll do another before the end of the week.  But probably not today.  I'll be back later this evening with one more card to share - and then I'm going to sit down and "enjoy" Eurovision.  Go Blue!!!

55 comments:

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

WOW - this is FAB Deb. Great to see someone else is making early Christmas cards!!!!

Thanks for visiting me.

Hugs, Sandra

Romaine said...

My goodness, I LOVE Santa all framed with sparkly snowflakes....so pretty!

Suzilou said...

Oh WOW this card is gorgeous, I love that stamp it works so perfectley on a white card and I love sparkle hehe.

I haven't even started thinking about this weeks challenge yet, usually takes me until about Wednesday hehe

jimlynn said...

STUNNING!!! LOVE THIS!
Lynn

Siobhan Fyffe said...

So simple but stunning.
Siobhan

Rita said...

Beautiful card, and using my favourite christmas stamp too. Hugs Rita xxx

Zoechaos said...

Fabulous Christmas card. XOXO Zoe

Suze Bain said...

Deborah, this is fab. I love that Santa image and the touch of sparkle is perfect. x

Little Snippets said...

Oh this is beautiful! the glittered snowflakes are gorgeous. Sarah x

Faith A said...

A gorgeous image embossing and card

Rosemary said...

beautiful Christmas card!! love that santa image...

Carol said...

WOW, what a fab christmas card !

Carol

Donna Mosley said...

Wowzers! Deborah, this is a stunner. Love the Santa.

Donna x

Craftilicious said...

great take on both challenges - I love that Santa face and the sparkle is the perfect finishing touch :-)

Gibmiss said...

Hi Deborah
Love this ...stunning .....Fabulous
hugs
sylvie
xxxx

Chrissie said...

Super card Deborah.... I think I may abstain form the Eurovision extravaganza, the songs have seemed somewhat second rate for the last few years.
Thanks so much
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Ros said...

Deb this card is so beautiful ... I love the stamping ... so effective

McCrafty's Cards said...

I love this card Deborah, this is one of my all time favorite stamps.
kevin xx

Jenny said...

Lovely card Deborah, I just love this image and the snowflakes make a great frame :)
Jenny x

Dori said...

What a great card, love the Santa stamp xx

Lisa V. said...

I love how everything came together for this card. I love the Santa image and of course, the embossing and glitter is perfect.

Paula said...

I an imagine the placement being somewhat tricky on this. End result is effective & worth the effort.
Paula (PEP)

Mandi said...

FAB card DEborah
I have this sanat I love him!
Im enjoying Eurovision, seem few are really good
Can see why France is the FAV
I like Iceland....after Blue of course!
thank you
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

Jo said...

Wow Deborah, this is a stunning card. I love the image and the embossing looks fab. Jo

SmilynStef said...

Love that snowflake sparkle ... it makes such a great frame for that wonderful Santa face ... love his rosy cheeks too ... so glad you joined our jingle belles fun.

Sue said...

Wow this is stunning Deborah Luv Sue x

Kathyk said...

Love this card and it's bling and love that image too

Kathyk

Karen said...

Oooooh, that Santa looks adorable - beautiful card x

Ruth M said...

Lovely card, I love the sparkle and the delicate touch of chalked colour to the Santa!

lauren bergold said...

ooooooooooooooh! now ♥THAT♥ is card that really does actually prove how less CAN indeed be more! WOW! love the simplicity and perfection of just using a stamp, an e/f, and a judicious amount of SPARKLEE stuff! fabulous!

Ang C said...

A stunning card

Lynn said...

Your Santa card is fabulous. I like the way you have framed the image with the cuttlebug folder - very clever. Thank you for visiting my blog, and yes CAS cards are very addictive. p.s. I am also a fan of Anne McCaffrey - just finished reading Dragonhaqrper, a new adventure of Pern. Hope you enjoyed Eurovision. Lynn x

mustavcoffee said...

Hi Deborah, Love this card, it's beautiful. That Santa is a real favourite, I love how your embossed and glittered:0) xxx

mustavcoffee said...

That would be, you've, sorry:0) xxx

Molecraft said...

Beautiful card, love how you've framed the image!
Helen x

nicky said...

Brillant !!!
Nicky

Lynne said...

This card is fabulous Deborah. Love the stamp.
Lynne xxx

Ciara said...

Loving those snowflakes Deborah, they're fab!

In answer to your question, I get bakers twine from the Ribbon Girl (http://www.ribbongirl.co.uk/), it's £1.50 for a 10m bundle so great value.

kelly said...

such a beautiful stamp, you've really done it justice!!
Kelly xx

Susan said...

Oh Deborah! I love that stamp!! I have that and use is every year at Christmas!! Fabulous card!

Marie B. said...

WOW, so simply beautiful! :)

Jackie said...

Superb card with my favourite Santa :o)
Jackie xx

LeAnne said...

I can see why this card has 42 comments--it is gorgeous!

Lisa A. said...

Love the santa image...and love the sparkle on the snowflakes...great Christmas card:)!!

GoonerGirl said...

Such a gorgeous card and I love the stamp.. Chris xx

June Houck said...

Classy! Love your Santa card :)

Stella said...

Less is definitely more. This is stunning. I love love love that Santa!

choupynette said...

i wanted to do something in the same line, dry-embossing-wise (I'm not too sure about these last words... sorry, english is not my first language!), But I didn't know how to emboss only on the edge...
lovely christmas card.

Aileen said...

The frame with Santa in the middle are just fab. x

Lisa said...

Wow! gorgeous - one of my faves from this week!

Maureen said...

Love this card and particularly love Santa's face stamps!! don't think I have this one - yet!!

Lorraine said...

You've framed him wonderfully!

fatmonica said...

Fabulous!What a great Santa stamp!

Gina said...

excellent card matching two great challenges.
Gina (fellow chemist!!)x

Natali said...

O Maaayyyyy... It`s sooo lovely!!!!

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