Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Penny Black Bountiful Berries Christmas card and Clearly Besotted Joy to the World Christmas card



Hello everyone and welcome to the April challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges.


Our host this time is the lovely Lynda from Loopyloo cards
and she has a great prize for the next winner of the challenge.


Our themes this time are 

H for Houses
and 
I for Icicles

and for my house card, I went with a birdhouse



I can't seem to get enough of this great Bountiful Berries die from Penny Black and for this card, I coloured the branch and berries then added some snowy sparkle to the branch with glitter and glazed the berries with glossy accents. The birdhouse and birds are from My Favourite Things and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.

The next card actually stumped me for a while. I went through all my supplies and couldn't find a single icicle on anything. I almost decided to go with snowflakes when I had an idea of how to make some icicles.




I laid out a line of Nuvo Crystal Glaze onto a non-stick sheet, lifted the sheet until the glaze ran down a little, and then covered the glaze with glitter and left it to dry overnight. Not perfect but good enough for a first try.



For the rest of the card, I stencilled falling snow onto some white card with versamark ink and embossed it with white powder. Then I inked the sky before adding a sparkle snow mound that I made with double-sided adhesive and glitter. The cute little tree is from Clearly Besotted and I embossed it with some green sparkle E/P.
I die cut a square from the centre of the image, backed it with a blue mat and raised it on fun foam before adding it back. 

The team have some lovely creations to inspire you over on the blog and if decide to join us, you can link up your entry over there too.

I'd like to play along at








Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs
Carol x




 

 

25 comments:

cotnob said...

Two super Christmas cards Carol, your icicles look fabulous - a great idea.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

MagsB said...

Two gorgeous Christmas cards, Carol! The icicles on the scenic card are lovely, and the CAS layout with the berries is so pretty! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft Christmas!

love Mags B x

Daffodil Cards said...

Gorgeous cards Carol, love the berries and the little bid house and your icicles are just lovely.
Faith x

Michelle B. said...

Your cards are so beautiful and you've used the Bountiful Berries die so perfectly! I love the sparkly scene you created on the second card, what a great way to create icicles! So glad you joined us at Christmas with the Cuties!

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous idea with the 'birdhouse' and what a beautiful first card. Such a creative idea with the icicles on your second pretty and glittery card x.

Heather said...

I really like BOTH cards, and I think they could both be for our tree challenge! Love your frosted touches on both as well! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

Wendy L said...

Love your tweety card, thank you for joining us at MAWTT, xxx

Helen said...

Wonderful cards Carol - your icicles look fab!
Helen x

PS - thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge too!

Ros Crawford said...

Terrific cards and your home made icicles couldn't be more perfect! Go you1

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Both creations are just gorgeous, but I do love the second one a bit more...your made snow edgy bit thingy, is fabulous
Stay Safe
Hugs Shell xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Both the cards you made are fantastic. The season's tweetings is so cute and well designed with the bird house and branch. And, I love the scene you made with all that sparkly snow. The sentiment is perfect with it.

Dorte said...

Beautiful cards for the H and I challenge, Carol. Hope you have a great week.
Dorte xx

Lindsey said...

Wonderful cards, Carol! Your first one is perfection, with the single branch and tiny sweet birdhouse. And excuse me, but your icicles are terrific!

Lynda said...

Great couple of cards Carol. The bird house hanging from the berry branch is gorgeous - and the way you did the icicles is inspired. xx

Carole said...

Clever you, thinking how to do icicles!..and thinking about Christmas too! Fabulous cards...really like the berries and I can see how they are a favourite of yours. Hope all is well with you. xx

Brenda said...

Your first card is so stinking cute Carol! I love that berry branch, but it is the little bird house that steals the show. lol Love your cloud background too. Such a fabulous card! You got so clever with your second card Carol, I don't own anything icicle stamps or dies either, but how clever of you to use Nuvo Crystal Glaze to make your own icicles! That was just genius! Love how this card turned out too. Your background is just lovely, love the snow hill and love, love, love that little tree. I think you knocked this right out the park! Hugs, Brenda

Stacey said...

What pretty cards. Thanks for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland.
DT Stacey
www.butterflycreations.blog

Fiona said...

Both your cards are adorable - a clever idea for the icicles too - I love that little bird house also - thanks for sharing with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Fiona, DT

Tammy L said...

What a beautiful Christmas card. I love the soft background with your bird and house. Really well done. Thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and hope to see you again soon.
Tammy DT

aussie aNNie said...

Great cards and both designed fabulously. xx

Maria said...

Very beautiful Christmas cards!! Wonderful sweet bird house and lovely berries for your first card! Very creative with the icicles on your second card, so pretty!

Witchcrafted Life said...

My word, these are lovely! I am more than a little bit smitten with the inclusion of a crisp blue sky, bedecked with fluffy white clouds, used in the context of a holiday season greeting. That's not something we see all the time, but which works so well to convey an even greater sense of upbeat cheer to one's recipient(s).

Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

Darnell said...

I always said you were more than just a pretty face, Carol! Making homemade icicles is a brilliant idea and looks fabulous on your schparkly joyful design! And that sweet birdhouse made me go, "Awww," right out loud! It's a darling card and I love the glossy berries! I hope you are all keeping well! Hugs, Darnell

Zw@@n said...

Beautiful card, Carol. The one with the little house is my favorite. xx Wilma

crafty said...

Lovely cards. Thank you for sharing it with us at Dragonfly Dreams.
Mary

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