Tuesday 1 December 2015

Crafts Galore Encore - December Challenge

I can't believe it's 11 months since I joined the lovely ladies over at Crafts Galore Encore on December 1st this year. Now we are coming to the last challenge of the year, and it will sadly also be my last as a member of the CGE DT. However, with the demands of my new job, I decided I had to reduce my crafting commitments, at least until I manage to get back into a work-life balance that has some life in it. I have enjoyed being part of this wonderful team and want to thank Denyse and Isobel for taking me onboard and for all the hard work they do to keep the challenge running. Thank you also for everyone who has been playing with us this year, it has been wonderful to see your gorgeous creations. If you played along with our November challenge, don't forget to check our winners page to see if your creation was our winner or one of the DT's favourites. This month our theme is Anything Goes, so there is no excuse not to play along! Our sponsor is Beccy's Place. If you are looking for inspiration for your Christmas cards, or just for crafting in general, pop over to see what the CGE DT has created, and maybe you will also be inspired by some of Beccy's gorgeous images.

I got to play with the hilarious Christmas Goose digi. I printed him onto white card and coloured with Copics, and some sharpies to get really super vibrant colours for the Christmas lights. Looking at the Christmas lights around his neck, I immediately thought of the Christmas song Deck the halls. So I started with Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Picket Fence, Scattered Straw and Tarnished Brass and dabbed them onto a craft mat with loads of water. Then I swirled a kraft tag in the paint, and let it dry. Next, I used the STAMPlorations Holly Background stencil with Distress inks in Festive Berries, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles. Deck the halls with boughs of holly, you see. I also used an embossing folder with music as a stamp to add some music onto the tag, but it doesn't show very well. After adding the goose onto the tag, I die cut some letters for the fa la la la la. Then all that was missing was a bit of Ice Stickles on the Christmas lights and letters, and some red ribbon and the tag was finished. 

I would like to link up with the following challenges:
Daring Cardmakers - Something Stencilled (Holly Background stencil)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Die cuts or punches (die cut letters)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes
A Gem of A Challenge - Inspired by a Christmas Carol (Deck the Halls)
Hiding In My Craft Room - Any Holiday
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge Blog - Anything Goes, twist use a die cut
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Bling It Up
Fab n' Funky Challenges - Christmas
Make My Monday - Stamp With Anything but a Stamp (stamping with embossing folder)

Card: Ranger kraft tag, scraps of red and green card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card
Ink and colouring: Tim Holtz Distress Paints Picket Fence, Scattered Straw and Tarnished Brass, Distress Inks Festive Berries, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles, Copics, 80's Glam Sharpies
Stamps: Beccy's Place Christmas Goose
Other: STAMPlorations stencil Holly Background, Sizzix music embossing folder, red ribbon from my stash, Tim Holtz paper twine, Ranger Ice Stickles 


Andree said...

A fantastic tag Karola, the goose image is brilliant. I love how you created the background. I'm sorry to see you leave the team and wish you all the very best with your new job and for the future xx

Elizabeth Hart said...

What a fun holiday tag - love that silly duck. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Marina said...

Lovely fun tag.
Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Marina DT

Kathy said...

What a great tag!
Thank you for joining in with the special The Daring Cardmakers and Bubbly Funk Challenge this week

Shawna said...

This duck quacks me up!! Sorry had to do it!! This is a seriously cute tag!! You duck is less then pleased with all the lights around him.. I can sympathize. Stamping with an embossing folder is genius and so is this tag!! I love the sentiment!! awesome job!! Thank you so much for joining us MMM!! xoxo Shawna DT

Helen said...

A great tag.

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra and Happy New Year!

Helen N x