Tuesday 20 December 2011

Starry snowflake and a tag ....

... we've been busy since my last post.  Yesterday evening Jonathan and I went to our Camera Club Christmas dinner.  It was really good fun - great to catch up with friends, particularly for Jonathan as he's not seen them since the end of October.  We had a super meal and the chairman, Chris, arranged for us all to do a quiz - one round per course.  The first round was to name all the gifts in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" - we had to put them in the correct order, and not one team got it completely right!!  The second round was on movies - he gave us a year and brief description - mostly easy, but one real toughie.  The last round was to name the No 1 records for certain years in the UK.  This time we were simply given the year.  And that was really tough.  Having said all that - our table won!  No prizes, just the fun of taking part :)

This morning, we all headed into Chester early to do some shopping for Christmas.  We got most of what we wanted, but didn't stop long as it was starting to get busy!!  Once home I finished off the shopping on the Internet - Amazon is fab!!

This afternoon we put the finishing touches to our Christmas tree.  Jonathan put it up yesterday, but jet lag caught up with him and we decided to leave the decorating until today.  Jonathan and Kathryn had a ball - our tree is has lots of lights, tinsel and baubles - it's a joy to behold!!!

 And I managed to get into my craft room and complete my card for the Waltzingmouse Christmas Card Challenge - WMSCCC07.  For this challenge Lynn wants us to use a star somewhere in the design.  This week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - WMSC78 features a star - brilliant!  This is the last challenge for the year, but runs on until 6th January.

Jeanne, my blog buddy, made a gorgeous tag for the WMSC78 challenge and she used the shape in the sketch.  I thought this was brilliant and had a go myself - thanks Jeanne.  I printed several stars in various sizes, attached them to some cardboard, cut them out and then painted them all with white acrylic paint.  I made my own backing paper by putting the stars randomly onto some white card and spritzing with silver cosmic shimmer spray.  I dried the sheet and stars, rearranged them and spritzed again this time with pink and then did it all again with purple.  I cut  a piece of the paper and mounted it onto purple satin card.  I used my nestie to cut out a purple doily which I placed behind my shimmery star.  On top of the star I attached a pink and purple snowflake.  Finally, I added a Christmas sentiment which I embossed with clear powder. 

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Around Christmastime, Compliments of the Season
Inks:  Versafine - Black Onyx; Distress - Seedless Preserve; Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo
Spellbinders:  Lotus Pendant (S4-269)
Accessories:  Cosmic Shimmer Sprays - Silver, Purple Violet, Candy Pink; White acrylic paint; Card from stash

I also made a lovely Christmas tag.  Claire has a super competition on her blog the Christmas Tag Competition with a fabulous prize.  The winner will get FOUR stamp sets of their choice and I'm keeping everything crossed :)  I've left it late to make my entry - the competition closes tonight - but better late!!  I stamped the beautifully ornate Labels 18 stamp and embossed it with silver, cut it out with the coordinating nestie and coloured it with distress inks.  I cut out another shape to make the back of the tag, again I added colour with distress inks, some lines to write my message on and some decoration.  I used the really sweet "nice list" stamp - inspiration from Claire.  I used another of the circular sentiments to decorate the front of the tag, I cut out the shape first coloured it with the distress inks and then stamped the sentiment.  Finally I ran some ribbon through the eyelets.  Simple and elegant, and I think it's for Jonathan's present!

Stamps:  Very Vintage Labels No 18, Candy Jar Christmas
Inks:  Distress - Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans; Versamark
Spellbinders;  Labels Eighteen (S4-310) #5, Eyelet Circles (S4-304) # 2
Accessories:  Papermania Turquoise Ribbons, silver embossing powder, card from stash

I'm so pleased that I managed to find time to make the card and tag.  I've completed all twelve of the Christmas Card Challenges that Lynn set for us - but next year I'm going to make the cards each month instead of rushing to do them all at the end!!

That's all for today.  It's been a long day and I'm feeling really tired.  I think this evening is going to be a lazy one - coffee and some TV.  Hopefully, I'll be back tomorrow - see you then.


Pauline said...

Fab card and tag Deborah! I left it late for the tag too, I find them so difficult! I think it's because they are so small!

Jeanne J. said...

Deborah, Beautiful card! I wish I could see it in person - I bet it's really sparkly! Love your star and that snowflake center is beautiful! You snuck some purple in there too! YEAHHHH!!! Your tag for Jonathan is really elegant with the silver embossing on the blue! Thanks for the shout out! Merry Christmas!!!!

Kelly S. said...

Oh so fabulous, Deborah! This looks like it's really made out of metal...the silver embossing is so crisp and clear! What a perfect masculine tag! Love the sparkly blue ribbon through the sweet sentiment "wreath"!

Paula (PEP) said...

I'm not surprised you're tired with all that. Your layiering on the star card gives a super effect especially with that die cut doily. The tag is quite splendid - very pretty with the silver & the way that ribbon is woven tot tie in with the "tie" (sorry about the pun - it glared at me as I typed).
All the best with the challenge.
Paula (PEP)

Charmaine Stack said...

I love the background on that card and the tag is just wonderful. Your DH will be so pleased to get it on his giftie. Merry Christmas, Deb!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Oh Deborah, these are both gorgeous! I love that shimmery background and metallic cut out for your card and that tag is sooo cute! Great job!

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Gorgeous Deb!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful projects Deb! Lovin't the beautifully embossed label and that star is stunning! Thanks for joining along with the WMSC :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely project Denorah...the tag really looks like metal


Teresa Kline said...

these are stunning...I adore the tag....I hope you have a joyful Christmas....{{{hugs}}}!

enjoy *~*

Buffy said...

Simply gorgeous Debs
Your card is on it's way
Have a lovely xmas
Buf xxx

Norma said...

Hi Deborah:) So glad you stopped by miss ya:) OMG!! the tag is gorgeous and my fingers are crossed for you too!! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!!

Kelly S. said...

Wait, how did I miss the top one? It must have been loading on my computer and the blue tag caught my eye first! Love the way you used the Around Christmastime snowflake as the center of your star...the whole design reminds me of pretty confetti flying in the air at New Year's!

Jenny said...

Hi Deborah, I've just been looking back through all your lovely cards, you certainly seem to have Christmas all wrapped up! Good to hear we are not the only ones to just be decorating the tree, ours has a red,white and silver theme!
Love your star card and tag, that's some gorgeous misting and masking on the bkgd :)
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, make sure you enjoy it as it will be all different next year!!
Jenny x

Vickie Z said...

Love the silver embossing with that label stamp...blue is gorgeous with it... New idea for me!!! Glad you had fun at your party....love to play games myself!!! I'm usually an excellent Internet shopper but, this year things got ahead of me!!!

Julia Aston said...

Love your modernistic star card Deborah and your tags are so pretty!

Savitri said...

Deborah, great stuff here! I love the tag and the glittery star on the card. Very pretty!!!

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