Thursday 23 November 2023

C.R.A.F.T. #699 G.D.T. - Christmas Present

Hi everyone, it’s Thursday so it's time for a new C.R.A.F.T. Challenge  and my fourth GDT card for November. This week's challenge is 

*** Christmas Present ***

This week’s fabulous sponsor for the Challenge is 

The prize is 3 images from their shop.

Here is my GDT card for this week.

When I sat down to make this card I discovered that I don’t own many stamps with images of Christmas presents and some of those I do would be beyond my current confidence level for colouring. I decided to turn to an old LotV stamp of James the Bear .. he is so adorable and always fun to colour, and this also gave me the opportunity to play with some gorgeous old designer papers which rarely see the light of day nowadays.

I stamped the image with Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers, with a little Spectrum Noir sparkle pen on the fur of James’s hat. I die cut my image using a stitched notch square die plus a matching larger die cut in lilac linen card stock and matted them, then cut a panel of pearlescent white card and dry embossed with a snowflake embossing folder. I cut a square of designer paper and matted the embossed panel and image onto it, with sparkly lilac twine wrapped round the centre. I die cut some snowflakes in white pearl and silver mirri card, attached them and added a gem to each centre. Finally I stamped the sentiment in blue using an fab sentiment set I was lucky enough to win over at Snippets Playground, and matted the finished piece onto lilac card stock and my card blank.

Stamps: LotV James Snowman; Woodware Christmas Sparkle (sentiment);
Media: Promarkers, Memento ink (black); Versafine Clair (Medieval Blue); Spectrum Noir sparkle pen (clear); Posca pen (white);
Papers: LotV - Frozen Snowflakes;
Tools: Joy! Crafts "Winter Wishes" dies (snowflakes); Whimsy Stamps "Winter’s Jewel 1" dies (snowflakes); unbranded "Stitched Notch Square" dies; Crafts Too "Snowflakes" embossing folder.

Challenges I would like to enter:

12 Months of Christmas #106  - Cosy Christmas
Allsorts #755 - Christmas Time (2nd entry)
As You Like It - Favourite Christmas Critter (and why) (3rd entry)
(I just love James the bear … he is probably my favourite ever Christmas critter as he is so cute!)
(Today’s card is pretty similar in layout to this one I made in 2014 and posted here)

Crafty Gals’ Corner #249 - Spots and/or Stripes
Creative Inspirations (November) - Contemporary Christmas Colours (3rd entry)
Double Trouble #154 - Keep Calm and Stitch On
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Make It Sparkle
Try It On Tuesday - Baby It’s Cold Outside (4th entry)
We Love Stamping (November) - Christmas Characters (3rd entry)

We hope you can join in with the challenge this week - please do pop over to the C.RA.F.T. Challenge blog to see the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team and to link up your entry.

Take care and thanks for visiting.


Sarn said...

Luscious paper, gorgeous snowflakes and a beautifully coloured LotV image - what’s not to love about this fab card? Thanks for shout out to the Snippets Playground too xxx

brenda said...

James never fails to please and what a lush colour palette Pauline, lovely to see you at Allsorts again, many thanks.

B x

Beccy said...

Absolutely beautiful, Pauline, and your colouring is fantastic! I love the pretty purples and blues you used, they coordinate so nicely with the patterned paper. The layered snowflakes are gorgeous too.

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card and image-colouring looks fine to me.Love the p.paper and sparkly snowflakes.
Carol x

Viv said...

Gorgeous colouring, fab papers and overall just lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at TIOT.

Tammy said...

The purple is so pretty, along with all the snowflakes! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Christmas Craft Creations!

coldwaters2 said...

Oh WOW Pauline I love, love, love this beautiful festive creation that image is awesome so is the design thank you for joining us at both Allsorts and We Love Stamping
lolo x

Elaine Stark said...

I love James, he is just adorable. A beautiful card. Thanks for joining Passion for Markers. Elaine

Alyson Mayo said...

Your colouring is fabulous and I love that background paper! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

Nat said...

Adorable card! You can't go wrong with a 'James' image and you have coloured him beautifully. Thanks for sharing at PFM

Ellibelle said...

Such a sweet Christmas card Pauline, gorgeous colors and LOVE the layered snowflakes. Of course adorable image too!

Fiona said...

What a gorgeous card love your adorable pair of pals and wow your colouring is wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us at CCC

Melanie Hungerford said...

Amazing card, just love the colors and your wonderful coloring! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

OH! Pauline, this is absolutely gorgeous, a wonderful image and fabulous colouring and papers, with those lovely snowflakes, a fabulous card.
Faith x

Linby said...

This is so lovely, especially like the colours you used. What a great font on the sentiment too.

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is both cute and pretty Pauline. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at We Love Stamping.

Let's Art Journal said...

Fabulous card! The little bear and snowman look so adorable surrounded by those sparkly snowflakes 😊. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday! Hugs, Jo x

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Pauline, love the untraditional Christmas colors, and the snowman image is adorable against your beautiful embossed and paper background. Love it all. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card with us at Double Trouble.

Francesca said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for playing at Christmas Craft Creations

Brenda said...

Pauline, this is such a beautiful card! Your coloring is wonderful and the background papers are just perfect! Thanks for your visits to my blog, so nice to have you as a guest designer.

The Crafty Den said...

What a beautiful card Pauline. You can't go wrong with James from LOTV and your colouring is fantastic. The digital papers are gorgeous and I love the colour scheme. Thanks for sharing with us at Passion for Markers this week. Hugs, Denise x

Sarah said...

Yay, James the bear!! (my favourite too shhhh!!) Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous bear with us at AYLI. Sarah

Paper Scissors Glitter said...

Gorgeous card Pauline, love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations Jayne DT

Linda said...

What a gorgeous card Pauline. Love that sweet image and your fabulous colouring! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations this month:)

Judy McKay said...

Stunning card. Love the design and colour combo. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner this month. Hope to see you pretty art work back here again soon. Judy DT

Lori Turner said...

Thank you so much for joining us for our "Add a Hat" challenge this month at Christmas Craft Creations! What a wonderful card xoxoxo

Lori - DT