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Monday 12 December 2016

CCM #179 Christmas With a Twist

It’s time for our final challenge of 2017 at Crafty Cardmakers. I cannot believe the year has gone by so quickly, but Christmas is once again nearly upon us, and as usual I am totally unprepared! Anyhow, our challenge is Christmas with a Twist, the twist being something non traditional, quirky, unusual, not necessarily thought of as Christmas.

I have used a couple of twists in my card. Firstly the colour scheme is not necessarily one used for Christmas, secondly the image is a bit out there, a Stampotique stamp by Daniel Torrente called Tangled Enthusiasm, which brings me to thirdly I went for a play on the word twist, as this quirky little fella is all ‘twisted’ up in the Christmas lights.

I stamped my image and then masked him off with Eclipse tape whilst I inked over the background with DIs. I then coloured him to tone in with the background inking with my Copics. The lights actually looked quite effective in reality, not showing up so well in a photograph sadly, but all twinkly like lights would be, because I glittered the bulbs in lots of different coloured glitters. The presents were coloured and cut out separately to give the impression of some dimension but without actually creating any……. have to fool Royal Mail somehow and not have to pay them extra to post my cards!

The sentiment was stamped from a Dylusions stamp, Christmas Words, which I stamped and then cut out to fill the top of the card more.

I am entering this into:-
Addicted to Stamps - #137 Christmas
Allsorts - #393 Christmas Lights
Country View Crafts - Dec: Christmas
Crafty Calendar - Dec: Christmas Time
Crafty Catz - #350 Christmas in Non Traditional Colours
Creative Corner - Christmas Time
Crimbo Crackers - #121 Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Kitty Bee Aloha Friday - #86 Christmas
Pattie’s Creations - #129 Anything goes related to Winter or Christmas
Pink & Main -  #16 Not so Traditional Holiday Cards
QKR Stampede - #221 Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - #86 Christmas Is Coming


  1. He is brilliant Lin, definitely non traditional, quirky and unusual. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Hugs Kimx

  2. Fabulous fun card, great image and colour choice.
    Thank you for joining our 'Christmas Lights' challenge this week at Allsorts.


  3. You managed a lot of twists in this card! That is exactly how I felt when I was doing our outdoor lights (on bushes - no climbing for me!). It is a job my hubby usually does but now his back prevents him. Thanks for joining in on the weekly QKR Stampede challenge - using non-traditional Christmas colors. Dorothy S, DT member

  4. Great creation. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.
    Cathy DT Member

  5. Beautiful background & awesome coloring! Thanks for joining our weekly challenge at QKR Stampede!

  6. Great image, fab card!
    Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts;-))m

  7. What a fun Christmas card!!! Great colouring, super text! Thank you for joining the December challenge of the Country View Challenges blog!

  8. Amazing.... this is real fun! Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps challenge!
    ;-) Alex H.

  9. Linyou really nailed this challenge with this quirky character. Great layout and colouring. Thanks for having me on your team. I have enjoyed the experience and friendship. Merry Christmas.

  10. I'm not a fan of these characters but you've done wonders with him and I Love the background! Thanks for joining us for our Christmas theme at Country View Challenges!

  11. Fabulous work Lin, I laugh everytime I see his face. It is also quite interesting in how the images are part of that marvelously coloured background.

  12. Hi - great card! Love the image & colouring. Think everyone gets tangled up with the lights!
    Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month. Hope to see you again - good luck!
    Bev (DT) x


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