Thursday 10 January 2013

Waltzingmouse Christmas Challenge .....

.... Good morning.  Many of you know that for the last couple of years Lynn Mercurio has organised the Waltzingmouse Christmas Challenge each month and I've always tried to play along.  It's been a wonderful way to build up your supply of Christmas cards and not have to rush at the end of the year.

The challenge is back again this year, but there are a few changes - the main one is that there will be a different host each month.  Anya Schrier is our host for January.  Not only has she provided a sketch for us to play with this month, but she has designed the new WMSCCC logo - don't you love the plaid background?

In order to make enough cards for December - I plan to make at least three cards (same design) for each challenge and as soon as I saw Anya's sketch I knew which set of dies I'd be using!!!  Here are my cards:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Yonder Star Background, Nutcracker Sweet, Woodgrain, Compliments of the Season II
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Island Indigo, Melon Mambo; Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog
Dies: Spellbinders - Reverse Wonky Rectangles (S4-307) #5; Opera Tags (WMS-DT-1)
Accessories: SU Card - Island Indigo; SU Ribbon - Melon Mambo; Promarkers - Marine, Magenta, Ice Grey 1 - 5, Satin, Blush; Cuttlebug EF - Christmas Stars, Snowflakes, Ice Crystals; White Lustre card and organza ribbon from stash

I've combined the Christmas card challenge with this week's colour challenge at Dynamic Duos - DD34 where they have the bold and sassy combination of Melon Mambo and Island Indigo.   I started by stamping the sweet Nutcracker Prince onto white card and colouring him with Promarkers - using Magenta (Melon Mambo) and Marine (Island Indigo) and shades of grey, and then fussy cutting him out!  I made the background panels by stamping Yonder Star background on the bottom of each panel in London Fog and then embossed the top of the panel - each with a different folder.  I completed the panel with some Melon Mambo grosgrain ribbon and adhered to the card with dimensional tape.  Here are photos of the individual cards - on which you can see the different embossed tops!

Using the Reverse Wonky die (matches the shape in Anya's sketch) I cut out a backing panel in Island Indigo and attached this to the card.  Next I cut out a fancy Opera Tag and while in the die, sponged on some Melon Mambo ink.  I attached the Nutcracker Prince to the tag and then added some organza ribbon and twine.  I used some dimensional tape at the top of the tag and glue at the bottom, so the tag has a bit of depth at the top.  I finished off with a simple sentiment - using the woodgrain banner and over stamping with the sentiment.  One of the things I really like about clear stamps is that they can be curved to fit!

I finished off the cards by decorating the inside.  I kept it really simple with a Melon Mambo mat and white panel onto which I stamped a simple greeting.

That's all for now - I know we've just finished Christmas, but I am so pleased that I've made a start on this year's collection.  You should have seen me last year - rushing like mad to make enough cards to send out.  That's so not happening to me this year!!!

So you want to get a head start on this year's cards - here are the general guidelines about the challenge

"Here are a few basic guidelines for the monthly Waltzingmouse Stamps Christmas Card Challenge:

A new challenge will be issued on the 10th of each month in the Playroom Forum.
Each card must contain some Waltzingmouse Stamps’ images but need not be exclusively WMS images.
• Once you have created your project, upload it to the 2013 WMSCCC gallery - and if you have a blog, we would love for you to post it there too!
• Feel free to grab the WMS Christmas Card Logo for your blog sidebar and/or your blog post if you are so inclined.
You may make as many projects as you like for each challenge. We encourage you to make batches of cards since our end goal is to have enough hand-made Christmas cards for each person on our “list”.
You may play along when and if you want – make it suit your schedule. For example, challenge cards for January may be uploaded anytime in January or in June or even September...whenever you have them completed. There is no monthly deadline."

You can click here to read Lynn's post.  Looking forward to seeing your cards.


Pauline said...

These are such fun Deb! Love the funky colours!

Stamps and Paper said...

These are great Deborah...great colours and love the quirky image


Deirdre said...

Love what you created. Fun Christmas Cards.

Cassandra said...

Love the colouring Deborah and using the Dynamic Duos colours really makes for an interesting Christmas colour scheme.

Amy White said...

Wowza! Your colouring is AMAZING Deborah!! Such a sweet collection of Christmas cards. Thanks for playing along with Dynamic Duos this week!

Jenny Engelke said...

I love that you chose to use the bright DD colors for your nutcracker. Very unexpected and cool! It came out amazing!!!! Thanks for playing at Dyanamic Duos this week!

Mona Pendleton said...

Such a pretty collection Deb! I love the way you added color to the nutcrackers! Great way to get a jump on your Christmas cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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