Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Sketch & Sparkle for my 100th post

Wow! Here I am already at 100 posts ... that has really crept up on me! I was so busy watching my hit counter so I could give a way my 5,000 hits candy, I almost overlooked this milestone. I'm already looking forward to the next 100 posts as I'm well addicted to blogging by now LOL!

Anyway .. onto this evening's card (which I made yesterday evening, but of course had no light to photograph it by). My starting point as so often was a sketch, which immediately put me in mind of making a Christmas card (though of course most things make me think about Christmas cards right now !!) I also started thinking about multi-challenge possibilities, and believe I have managed to tie this one in to 5, as follows:

1. Friday Sketchers #27 - I really had fun with this fab sketch.

2. BasicGrey #10 is glitter: well, my Christmas cards do have a natural tendency to be glittery, and this card certainly delivers on that score. My large diecut snowflake and small centre snowflake are both cut from glitter card; I have decorated the snowflake with a Doodlebug sugar coated brad and glitter yarn fibres; I have used white sparkly lace from Hobbycraft, and put a few Stickle highlights on the snowballs. The BasicGrey element is the base paper which is from the "Dasher" collection.

3. This week's High Hopes Challenge#7 is Sparklemania - which I hope I've already explained above!!

4. Whilst visiting my new fellow DT member Domi's blog I discovered a new challenge called Everybody-Art, where this week's theme is brown and blue. I have done my best to reflect this in the 2 papers and the way I have watercoloured the image.

5. Last but not least, I found that this week's Cuttlebug Challenge #7 is to emboss a diecut. I think this card technically fulfils that challenge rather than the real spirit of it, as I have cut and embossed the large snowflake using the new Cuttlebug cut'n'emboss combo. I must admit I'm a little disappointed with the embossing aspect of this duo, as the embossing lines don't match up terribly well with the diecut outline, but nonetheless it does give the snowflake a bit of dimension.

Image: Sugar Nellie snowman gifted by Cathy, watercoloured with Marvey brushstroke pens
Papers: Basic Grey "Dasher" (base layer) and other paper unnamed from split stack at local craft shop
Brads: sparkly Doodlebug "sugar coated, and Dovecraft snowflake
Lace: Hobbycraft
Sparkly fibres : Cardology
Pearl gems: Create & Craft


  1. Wow what a gorgeous card!!! The snowman is just so cute and coloured so perfectly. Love also the big snowflake and the great ribbon. Thanks for joining in the EAC-Challenge :)

  2. A fabulous card. Thank you for joining us in the BG challenge this week.

    Jo x

  3. Hi Pauline,
    Your snowflake looks wonderful, and cute snowman too :)
    Thanks for joining us for the Cuttlebug challenge this week, hope to see you back again!

    Carol x

  4. Hi Pauline,
    your card is so gorgeous, love the used papers and the big snowflake and your coloring is brilliant.

    Thanks for joining in the Everybody-Art-Challenge.


  5. Lovley card,great snowmen,and the big snowflake is beautiful.
    Thanks for joining in the everybody-art-challenge.
    Hugs Agnes

  6. Wow, 5 in 1!! Awesome work Pauline, LOVE this. The lace is beautiful and the snowman looks ever so posh in his blue and brown (great colour combi me thinks!!) A most fantabulous card chicken xxxx

  7. cute card, thanks for joining us this week

  8. Oh Pauline, this is so a sweet Card. I like the cute Snowman, and the Papers are so beautiful!


  9. your card is so beautiful, absolutelly perfect!

  10. what an awesome card - thanks for playing-
    hugs mamapia

  11. Fabulous card Pauline, I love the SN snowman..wonderful colouring and the snowflake is just perfect.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Carole :-)
    Pauline...can you please select the Open ID in your blogger settings? No one can leave a comment with Worpress otherwise.

  12. Lovely card Pauline. i love the colour combination and the snowflake is scrummy.
    Cathy xx

  13. Wow!! this is so Gorgeous!! I love your coloring, layout and all the Fabulous sparkle!!..Hugs, Ila

  14. Beautiful coloring and a very pretty card.

    Congrats on your 100th post.


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Pauline x