Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Cracking on with Christmas!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! I've surprised myself over the last two days! I've been really enjoying using a Master-board as a basis for creating Christmas cards - and - guess what, I think I might actually manage to complete more than six this year! I have set myself the challenge of using the same stamp for a session and seeing how many different ways I can use it! First things first, though: here is my Masterboard for today's makes.
I love 'bumping' with the Rebekkah Meier doily stencil and  creating 3D effects. I saw Leandra of PaperArtsy demo this technique back in September and I've been 'hooked' ever since! I'm also challenging myself to adapt one or two die-cuts per session.
For my today's project, I used a Tim Holtz arch with a little snowflake at the centre. The stamp I chose was a 'Lost Coast' one which I bought last year. It's not Christmassy at all, so I challenged myself even further to make it festive!
Here is my card. I stamped the 'Lost Coast' image onto tissue, using Wendy Vecchi Cobalt Archival ink and then stuck it onto the top of my arch with PaperArtsy Satin Glaze. The cut-out in the centre opens onto some vintage lace. I've been having such fun using Jo Firth Young's Mini snowflake both with ink and Snowflake paint. It is such a lovely, simple design; but you can create fabulous effects with it. I've used it on the hand-made Washi tape and on the arch.
Here is the same 'Lost Coast' stamp, but this time I've stamped it straight onto the background, using Inky Pool, Fresco Paint and then sprinkled with Clear Embossing powder and heated. The 'Winter' sentiment is torn from some of my own Washi again and it's from a Lynne Perrella set.
Finally I stamped onto to tissue again, but this time with Jet Black Archival. These cards are my 'take' on Christmas angels. I have to say, though, that in life the angels I've met have not had wings or drifted down from the sky! They have come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they have all had in common is that they have appeared when life was hard and their kindness has given me wings! Tomorrow I'm going to see how differently I can use a Tim Holtz window die-cut. Thank you for stopping by Magpieheaven today. I shall try not to get too carried away with Christmas cards and try to create some non- Christmas makes in the coming weeks too. I should like to link this post to The Artistic Stamper Challenge here, where they are having a 'Christmas is Coming' Challenge for the month of November! Have a lovely week one and all!:

15 comments:

  1. Fab creation and just wanted to say, takes one to know one Julie Ann! Xx

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  2. wow, love this! I need to get back to my Christmas cards, as I've kind of ground to a halt...

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  3. Angels do come in all guises, some people don't see them at all which is a sad fact. I agree with Hazel...

    Great to see your Christmas challenge to yourself, so far so need to see more! Lucky recipients indeed.

    Keeping mine CAS this year, only making a couple of special ones:-) xxx

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  4. Beautiful card and great your challenge, Masterboard is absolutely beautiful Julie Ann! xxx

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  5. Very nice!!!! And what fun ways to challenge yourself!!!

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  6. These cards are gorgeous, julie Ann. The master board gives them richness and depth and the. Lost coast girl is perfect for a Christmas theme,

    Lucy x

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  7. Oh Julie Ann, more Christmas magic! I love your angels! Can i suggest that you take a look at the Craft Stamper challenge too. Hugs, Chrisx

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  8. Beautiful makes and a very good idea to do a masterboard and make several cards.

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  9. oh I completely forgot about masterboards. Thanks for the reminder. It's a perfect idea for creating lots of cards.

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  10. Love the masterboard idea!! I love your snow angels Julie Ann!! xoxo

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  11. Such a gorgeous masterboard, and the cards are looking wonderful! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper.
    Alison xx

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  12. Beautiful cards Julie Ann, I love your masterboard! xxx

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  13. These are lovely Julie Ann! Beautiful colours and totally unique ideas. Brilliant Christmas Angel too. I totally agree with you about angels.....I've met a few special ones through Blogger ;-)!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  14. Hello Miss Julia Ann, well haven't you been making some BRILLIANT creations with that one stamp, its a snow flake extravaganza around here. Your master board is wow totally amazing, the bumping of the doily is gorgeous, then the bumping of those circles, oh my they look like magnified little worlds, amazing. then that stamp on top, each one looks so different, but what a wonderful series they make, all that detail, oow your are the Detail Queen, I'm always so full of inspiration when I fly over to visit, it's been a pleasure, by the way I noticed blogger had changed how my photos come up when I clicked on them, they are doing te same with yours, but its better you get to blow it up on extra large, you can see all the details perfectly, eekkss love it, :O).. Have a wonderful week Cuz, I will be having some big fun doing Christmas, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

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  15. Oh wow your masterboards for Christmas are truly awesome, and the cards using one stamp are stunning, I love how different they all are. wow. Kezzy :-) xxx

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