Tuesday 20 January 2015

Holly Jolly Challenge - Lots of Sparkle

Have you started your Christmas cards yet? Why are you giving me that look, like I'm crazy? Let me tell you, nothing like starting now and making a card or two a week. And while you make them, why not share them with us over at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge. If you joined our first challenge, we do love looking at your fabulous creations. If you didn't, hop on the bandwagon for our second challenge of the year, which is all about Lots of Sparkle. You can find lots of inspiration from the awesome DT. And as usual, there are also a great prizes from our fabulous sponsors. This time our sponsors are The Stamping Boutique, Sami Stamps  and Oddball Art who are all giving three digis to one winner each. In addition, the DT will pick three favourite creations who will receive a badge to proudly display on your blog.

For my card I chose the super cute Holly Owl digi from Sami Stamps. I decided to do something slightly different this time and paper pieced the owl instead of colouring him. 
I started by printing the image onto white paper and creating the background. First I stamped the snowflakes using Versamark and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. Then I coloured the background using Tim Holtz distress inks Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord. 

I tried my best to try and show the holographic embossing around the
edges of the card, although it was quite hard to photograph.
Next, I printed the owl onto brown and green DSP and fussy cut the pieces and assembled the owl, holly and branch from the pieces. I cut the eyes out from white paper and coloured the eyes using Copics. I stamped the sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed in white. 

Then for the "Lots of Sparkle" bit. I inked the edges of the card using Versamark and embossed using Holographic embossing powder. I also added red rhinestones to the holly. Last, I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflake dies to cut out snowflakes from white cardstock, and added stickles for even more sparkle. I matted the card onto brown cardstock and adhered to a blue card. I printed a sentiment for the inside and embossed some snowflakes and inked around the edges. 

I'm entering the card in the following challenges:
House of Cards - Glitter and/or colours and/or inspiration photo
Completely Christmas - Anything Goes with twist: Make it Cute
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - A Christmas Critter with a Splash of Glitter
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Use loose glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking
Sami Stamps Challenge - Add a touch of glitter

Inspiration photo over at House of Cards
Cardstock: Coloured 240 gsm kraft card Navy and Chocolate, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card
Stamp: Holly Owl digi from Sami Stamps, Lawn Fawn Critters from the Arctic, Dovecraft Clear Stamps S'Noel
Inks: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz distress inks Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord, Copics B00, B04
Papers: Dovecraft Merry Magic 8x8 Designer Paper Pack
Other: Ranger ultra fine clear embossing powder, Papermania Holographica and Seafoam White embossing powders, Papermania adhesive rhinestones, Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflake dies, Ranger Ice Stickles Blueberry ice


Mynn xx said...

This is totally darling!!! LOVE that sweet owl and I adore all the sparkle and shine! Thanks so much for joining us at House of Cards--I always love seeing your creations there! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Unknown said...

Adorable Card! I love the sparkle you added to the background!

I have displayed your card on the Sami Stamps Facebook page

and Sami Stamps blog

Sami Stamps is also currently having a challenge, Sami Stamps Challenge #21: "Add a Touch of Glitter." Your card qualifies perfectly if you would like to enter!

Unknown said...

How cute and sparkly! Such a fun Christmas card, and I'm in agreement on getting started early with Christmas cards...I much prefer doing them that way rather than being rushed at the last minute! Thanks for playing along with House of Cards. I hope to see you back next month!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi there
Love the cute owl and all the sparkle.
Thanks for joining in at House of Cards challenge.
Best wishes.

May said...

such a lovely card - I just love all those winter blues! Thank you for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

Unknown said...

Such a cute owl, love it! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards.
Lorry :o) xx

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

So cute card. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion. Hope to see you again next week. Helena x

Donna said...

Beautiful card, that owl is cute and like that holographic edging! Thanks for the tutorial of how you made your card and for joining us at House of Cards!

Anet's Crafting said...

Gorgeous Christmas card. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round. We would love to see you again. Anet DTx

Helen said...

Beautiful card - love the background you've created.

Thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart.

Helen x

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for entering our Completely Christmas challenge and CCAYR January challenge with your lovely creation - we hope we'll see you again soon, Hazel, DTs and thanks also for sharing this for CHNC challenge extra for January - we hope we'll see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

Helen said...

Super cute. Thank you so much for joining us at Sparkles Christmas Challenges for our first challenge of 2015. Good luck and hope to see you again soon.

Hugs Helen P (DT) x

Anne Temple said...

This is such a cute Christmas card. Love the owl and the glittery night sky. So glad you shared it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

CraftYourPassion said...

This is a fantastic card.Just love how you've built everything up.
Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion and hope to see you again next week.
Lisa x

Jo said...

Adorable......I've started on this years Christmas cards too, it's never too early!
Thanks for joining us over at Sparkles Christmas this time & good luck!
hugs Jo x

Sandra H said...

Oh this is just the cutest card ever what a lovely image and just perfect for our challenge over at “ Sparkles Christmas Challenge "Christmas critter with a splash of glitter “ good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

Rocky said...

Thank you so much for joining us at HOC. I love the owl, he's so cute and goes so well with all that glitter.

Renate said...

Wauw, wat een leuke uil! Heel grappig! Bedankt voor je deelname bij CHCC Extra.

Groetjes, Renate

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card! Love all of the sparkle and shimmer on your holiday card! Thank you for joining our Glitter/Photo Inspiration Challenge at the House of Cards.
Ruza ~ HOC-Designer
Ruza's Craft Corner

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card! Truly love how you created the background for the adorable owl!
Thank you for joining our Add a Touch of Glitter Challenge at Sami Stamps.
If you are on FB I hope you come on over and join our FB Group … https://www.facebook.com/groups/618426274947087/
Ruza ~ SS-Designer
Ruza's Craft Corner

Unknown said...

These owl stamps are so funny and cute, aren't they? I really love how you created this night scene. Thank you for joining our 'glitter' challenge at Sami Stamps and good luck in the draw!
Anna xxx
Sami Stamps DT