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Monday, 26 November 2012

Crafty Cardmakers #80 Christmas Photo Inspiration

Our challenge this time at Crafty Cardmakers is ‘surprise’ a Christmas themed one! We have a photo inspiration challenge for you hosted by Fiona with this gorgeous picture

You can take your inspiration from any part of it, colour, content, theme, even the dog!

I chose the colour and came up with this

CCM 80 Christmas Photo Inspiration

This is my first outing with Pan Pastels. Everyone has been raving about them and I usually rush right in and buy everything in sight and then find that quite frankly I am too ham fisted to use the item and it ends up on ebay, a bargain for someone and an expensive mistake for me.This time, however, I decided to err on the side of caution. I knew we had this challenge coming up so I bought just one pastel in the pure colour range, turquoise. I loved how easily it went onto the card, as I coloured the background card with the pastel before embossing it with a Crafters Companion 8” embossing folder. After I had embossed it I went over the raised areas with the same colour (well I only had the one, lol) and it darkened up the areas that were raised.

Next I stamped with versamark onto a separate piece of car IndigoBlu’s Baroque Christmas tree and dusted over with the pastel again. It sticks to the versamark a treat and I was really pleased with the result. A set of these have now made their way onto my birthday present list!!! I loved the way it glided onto the card, both smoothly and over embossed areas and again how well it covered the versamark ink without leaving too much residue on the un-inked areas of the card. A much better result, for me that is, than using Inks as I always seem to be so heavy handed with the cut and dry foam or the blending tool, and too light with ink dusters.

The gems were from my stash as are the little diecut gift and the holographic silver card I used for matting. Sentiment was free with a Magazine stamp set.

We are sponsored by Di’s Digi Downloads with a $10 voucher and also by Crop Stop with a $15 voucher for their store. Please see the Crafty Cardmakers blog for more details.

I am entering this into the following:-

By The Cute and Girly – Nov - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Chalk-Ah-Lot – #23 Anything Goes

Hiding In My Craft Room – #73 Christmas

Ladybug Crafts – #3 Monochrome/Tonal

Little Claire’s Designs – 27 Christmas

Live & Love Crafts – #5 Christmas

Pan Pastel UK – #46 Frosty and Bright

Paper Creator’s Crafts – #1 All About Christmas

Sparkles Monthly Challenge – #38 Christmas Is Coming

The Outlawz PAM – Anything Goes

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  1. Very pretty Lin, love the effect you get with your Pan Pastel! I must admit I have never tried them but you have achieved a lovely effect with your one pastel!Susan x

  2. Gorgeous card Lin, love the tree.

    Hugs Julie x

  3. Hi Lin, the inspiration picture is beautiful as is your card. Well done on the PanPastel debut, love what you have created. Thanks for joining in at PanPastel UK.

  4. Beautiful, Lin. Amazing you could do so much with a single colour too!

  5. Lin, this is gorgeous! I hate to admit it, but I don't even know what Pan Pastels are. LOL--I'm just a little behind everyone I guess! Whatever they are, this card is just stunning! :)

  6. Wow really pretty design it's really perfect for our challenge this week.

    Good Luck

    Kerry DT Leader PanPastel UK

  7. Fabulous creation!

    Thank you for joining in the fun at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our * Christmas is coming * challenge

    Hope you will join us again & good luck in the draw
    Hugs Shaz x

  8. Oh Lin,you never cease to amaze, this is gorgeous and what a fab take on the photo!

  9. What a beautiful card!!!! Love the holographic paper and your sweet stamp! Thanks for joining us this month at BTC&G and we hope to see you again next challenge. Hugs, Brigitte

  10. Absolutely beautiful card!!!!! Thanks so much for playing with us at By The Cute & Girly’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star challenge and good luck!

    Tammy, BTC&G DT from Créations LaDiva :) xx

    I have some candy on my blog, you are more than welcome to join ☺

  11. Oooo Lin! This is so pretty, the embossing looks gorgeous!
    Fiona x

  12. Beautiful, love the colour of this Christmas card!! Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
    Cheers Jennie DTM

  13. Love your starry tree. Thank you for entering BTC&G's "Twinkle, twinkle" challenge.

  14. Beautiful card. I love the colour. Thanks for joining us at Chalk Ah Lot Cafe.

  15. Like you, I often buy things without actually ending up using them, so I understand you buying just one colour to start. Looks like you did an awesome job though, this is lovely! Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges, I hope to see you there again soon.

  16. Hi Lin,
    Lovely take on the inspiration photo and a gorgeous elegant card with bling. Thanks for entering the LLC November challenge!



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