Friday, 3 September 2021

Simon Says Stamp and Apple Blossom Holly Christmas card and Altenew Warm Heart Christmas card


Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge at ABC Christmas Challenges which will run from the 1st to 30th September. We had so many gorgeous entries last month so if you entered last time, I encourage you to pop over to the blog to see if you were a winner.

Our lovely host this time is Wei and she is kindly offering a prize for the winner.

We have two themes for you this month and they are 

S for Stencil


T for Two.

I came up with these cards:-

S for stencil

For this card I used a snowfall stencil from Simon Says Stamp and inked through it with white ink onto a red die-cut square card. Once the ink was dry, I sprayed it several times with Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle and although my photography was not up to showing it, the panel looks really sparkly irl.

For the holly sprigs, I smooshed some card with several shades of green ink and then die-cut them with a die from Apple Blossom. I layered them onto a second white layer, offset them slightly, shaped them a little, and glued them in the corner. The bow is from PTI and the sentiment is from SSS. I added a few Nuvo Drop berries to finish the card off.

This is my T for Two card

I embossed some navy satin white core card with a snowflake embossing folder and then sanded back the surface to show the snowflakes in white. I cut a snowbank from some card, applied double-sided adhesive tape, and then stuck on some faux snow. The penguins from Altenew are called Warm Heart, and I shaded them with some grey Copics before placing them on an oval of white card which I shaded as well. I finished off with the die-cut sentiment from PTI which I stacked three times to help it stand out.

If you need some festive inspiration, you will find lots of it from my lovely teammates over on the ABC Christmas Challenges Blog.

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cotnob said...

Two super cards Carol, I love the penguins.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Carole said...

Two really great cards carol. I love how you have made your backgrounds and your penguins are real cute . xx

Mac Mable said...

The shimmer and design of your first card looks amazing and such pretty holly too x. Adorable second card with a fabulous effect with the dry embossing and sanding. Both cards are stunners Carol x.

Sue said...

Two gorgeous cards Carol I've made some Christmas cards but I must get back on track lol hugs Sue x

Sarah said...

They are gorgeous Carol, the stencilled white over red looks fantastic and I can imagine the spray and sparkle!! Those penguins are super cute too xx

Fabiola said...

une bien jolie carte Carol, belle ambiance, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52CCT, biz

Jules said...

Hi Carol

Great ways to create your backgrounds.

The first one looks full of sparkle and to begin with I thought you had added embossing paste onto glitter card.

As for the second card .. .. I just love everything about it! Fabulous snowflake background, great snow and really lovely penguins! Brilliant!

Enjoy your weekend.

Love Jules xx

Maria said...

Two beautiful cards!! Your first one is so pretty with all the red and sweet bow! And, second one is just too precious with the adorable penguins!!

Brenda said...

Love both of these cards Carol! The first one is so cool looking and I can bet it really sparkles irl. I can see the sparkle spray, just the light isn't catching the sparkle. Love the holly die you used. Your second card is so cute, love those penguins-mama and baby. Your sky is so cool looking and I love how your snow is so "fluffy" looking, very peaceful scene indeed! Hugs, Brenda

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

These cards are just so gorgeous Carol, beautiful texture and design. I Love your holly die border and bow. Your penguins are a delight, love the snow and background snowflakes.
Faith x
PS, rereading your last post, Yep! I agree we all need resetting! I'm hoping my reset button has been pressed hard enough hahaha

My Paper Epiphany said...

Both your cards are stunning!!! I want to CASE them both! I'm so happy you joined us in the stencil challenge at 52CCT:)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are so well designed and beautiful. I love holly and that is just the perfect amount to add to the background you made. And, the penguin is a cutie for sure too!

Lindsey said...

Both your cards are beautiful! The colour red, penguins - you hit two of my favourites with these. :)

Ros Crawford said...

Both cards are amazing but the first one with the red BG amazed me... I would Never have thought to stencil white onto coloured card and the effect is beautiful! Thanks for the idea

Witchcrafted Life said...

Sweet, splendidly lovely cards. The snow - both tumbling down and on the ground - on both is exquisitely pretty and ever-so-realistic looking.

Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

Kim Heggins said...

Two absolutely beautiful Christmas those penguins!


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