Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas with a Twist...Inkspirational Challenge #70~Designer's Choice, Stempelküche-Challenge #7: Strukturpaste, TIME OUT Challenge #19, Uniko Studio Challenge #16, CAS(E) this Sketch #101

Hello!  Weekend! Yayyy!!!

We have a lovely surprise for you today with Inkspirational Challenge #70! Our challenge was chosen by our DT member Kim  and she, and our DT member Sandie  have put up a prize for the randomly drawn entry that has used the optional twist, which is: Christmas card/project/tag with no red or green.


Today, we're joined by the fabulously talented Janet, who has designed an incredibly stunning Christmas card featuring the optional twist.  The DT also has a set of cards to spark your inspiration:


I got a wee bit carried away (as always) with the optional twist and with dabbling with some very new to me techniques.

My first card is totally inspired by Jennifer McGuire. Recipe:  texture paste, distress inks (only three..*whew*), perfect pearls for shimmer, embossed sentiment.  Seriously, if I can do this, so can YOU! Get this stencil and emboss/ink away. The ones I 'practiced' with in traditional colours...oh my!  I'll share those soon.



I also appear to have a 'circle' thing going on...here's two.  Recipe: embossed stars, sponged background (more blue in real life..), a sweet image, simple sentiment, a snowflake cut from glitter paper and no red or green. Sweet!



Now for the important info: Prize details:...



£10 Gift Card Uniko Studios
Bo Bunny die cuts
Bo Bunny rub-ons
Bo Bunny dimensional stickers

A TCW(The Crafters Workshop) stencil

3 different ribbons

The winner will be randomly drawn from all entries that make a Christmas card with the twist of no red or green. We will be choosing  a top pick/s from this challenge and inviting one entrant to join us as a Guest Designer.  See you in the gallery with your Christmas themed cards, with the optional twist of no red or green! 

I'm sharing my Holly card over at:




My penguin and snowman are off to:



Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!





44 comments:

sandie said...

What a great technique, the paste gives a great texture. Love the stitched does and wow you might need to sit down being so early at Time Out....we love you joining us late or early and happy dance for joining Uniko xx

Kim M said...

What absolutely amazing cards! Love the embossing paste one. Going to have to try this technique. Your penguin and snowman cards are adorable! Great design! :-)

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning, I love your creations, I want to have a play with paste but it scares me pmsl, hugs Pops x x x

~amy~ said...

SUPER fun cards...love your first one!

Anita in France said...

Two complete cutie pies, Carol ... so adorable! Your texture paste, distress inked leaves and berries ... wow, so fabulous ... does that mean you and DI's are on speaking terms again?!! Always delighted to have you play along with us at Time Out (in a chilled out, early fashion!)! Hugs, Anita :)

Susanne Vargas said...

The first one is gorgeous in its glittery glory! And the other two are so adorable!
Have a great weekend!

Lee-Anne said...

Wow...seriously gorgeous design with the texture paste, Carol!!! Adorable circle designs too :)

Marisa said...

Well done with the inks and paste! Fabulous card and there is that glorious font again. Adore the next two with the negative circle and stitching. Lovely trio today Ms. C :)

KayM said...

OH gosh!!! These are all fantastic!! The top one with the embossing paste is stunning! I'm not even going to say I'm not going to use that stuff, because this is really making me want too! The other two cards are darling!!! Oh I love the little snowman and penguin and the circle cut outs are super!! I've been kind of on a circle roll lately doing just what you've done here! ((Hugs and happy weekend!))

Monika Reeck said...

Great used the STRUKTUR PASTE sehr gut (so good) deine Karte (your card) und hoffentlich du gewinnst die Challenge (and hope you win the challenge) its a bit german I have learn LOL...I must speak german at day and at night I must writing in English to commented my friends all around the world through Blogland...I call my mom so seldom in Indonesia also I still speak little Indonesia with my sons :)

now about your card..great using the idea from Jennifer MC Guire lovely color combo Miss C and I was commenting on Sandie post (LOL ) so late I am also at behind...and I see you there miss C...yeah happy to see you also at Sandie Blog...and other card is cute cute...

hugs and i will go to bed...(23:31 now)
Monika

Brenda said...

Wow Carol, your first card is stunning!!! I love the colors you used, sometimes it is nice to break away from traditional colors although I do love traditional, I am loving this too. We will just call you Miss Jennifer 2!! I gotta get me this stencil, I love it when JMG used it and I love it when you used it! Your other two cards are just as fabulous my friend!! I love that cute penguin and the snowman. I think it is safe to say that you knocked this challenge out the ball park!!! Now to pin these cards!! Hugs, Brenda

Tracey McNeely said...

Carol your first card is so amazing with the embossing paste, so delish! Love the soft blue. Now the next two are just too too fun! The penguin and the snowman are so cute and now I think you have enabled me!! Pinning all three of your cards! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my, Carol...your first card is absolutely, positively, GORGEOUS!!! I remember Jennifer's tutorial, and I have to say you nailed it! And the colors...be still, my heart!!! Your penguin and snowman cards are so cute! I love the circle aperture and how you stamped the snowflakes, and the non-traditional color combos are really pretty! Hope you're having a fun weekend!!!

Marina said...

The texture paste gives it a really lively look - I must try colouring texture paste, it looks great. Those circle aperture cards are really cute!

sandie said...

you know I love this card and am so pleased you did sign up for Uniko x

Darnell J Knauss said...

Three spectacular cards, Carol! I love them all equally, even if I am a bit partial to the aqua colored texture ... oh, and adorable penguins ... oh, and super cute snow people!! Hugs, Darnell

Beverley said...

A trio of fabulous cards, I keep saying I must buy and try embossing paste and you continue to inspire me to do so! Thanks so much for joining in on the Uniko Studio challenge. Hugs Bev x

Geri said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! Carol...these cards are seriously amazing....again! The first card is beyond gorgeous - the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls is stunning! Card two and three put "cute" right off the map! You're amazing Carol!

Taunya Butler said...

I am so impressed - your first card is truly lovely and I love the traditional Christmassy feel it has!! As for your two circle cards without red or green - SO well done! I love the snowman and the penguin and the background you did for behind them both is exquisite and very wintery feeling!! So much inspiration for me and hope I can keep moving in the right direction - things seem to be going a little better!! Thanks for being YOU!!!

Lesley Croghan said...

Adorable cards, love those sweet critters! Thank you for joining us at Case this Sketch!

Greta said...

Such beauties, Carol--love them all, but the first one is amazing!

Nonni said...

So, so, so beautiful cards Carol! I love the cutesy style of the two two last cards and the way you used embossing paste in the first. Stunning work! Thank you for taking TIME OUT and joining our challenge!

SonjaK said...

Beautiful cards! I love the effect you achieved with the texture paste. Thank you for sharing your card at the Stempelküche-Challenge.

Gillian R said...

Beautiful cards and love the effect of the first one. Thank you so much for joining in with the Uniko Challenge this month

Angela said...

I always love seeing your circle creations and they and the textural holly are just fantastic, C!

Leigh Penner said...

Okay, I have to say that your first card is stunning! Absolutely fabulous!
And the cards you made for the CTS sketch are so adorable! I love them!

Julia Altermann said...

So, here am I, going "Ohhhhhhhhhh!" when I saw your first card. I mean, could it be ANY. MORE. GORGEOUS? To answer my own question: I think not! You rocked that stencil, C! And that technique! I haven't dared this, afraid that I won't get my paste to stay separate properly, but you just did it perfectly! And of course your brilliant crafty mind decided to ink the leaves up in this shimmery blue whereas my close-minded brain would have only gone for green. Brilliant! (I know, I said it before, but it doesn't hurt to repeat it). And just when I thought that was my treat for the day, I discover that you did two more cards?! Such cuuuuuuuuuuties! The penguin made me think of a launching rocket, to be honest, but that's just my sci-fi brain playing tricks on me. I love the snowman, but most of all the subtly sponged backgrounds. Terrific! Thanks so much for making my day by sharing these wonderful cards, C! And thanks for playing at the Colour Me challenge and at the Stempelküche challenge!

Shauna said...

3 cards! You have been busy. I like the design on the first card with that fantastic sentiment. I have to say that I am partial to the snowman card though. Love how you created the negative space with the circle. Great collection here!
- Shauna

Beate Rauer said...

wow, what a stunning use of embossingpaste. I LOVE your card! Thanks for joining us at Stempelküche-challenge and good luck!
Hugs,Beate

Dana said...

Fabulous cards!! The last two are so darn cute and i love how you did not use red/green!! The first card.... like wow!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the background with the texture paste and ink!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Carol...love love love your cards! And that sweet little penguin is so adorable, what is not to love here. Your first card is so elegant and I love that Merry Christmas sentiment, so so beautiful and just perfect with your gorgeous background. And I can not forget you sweet little snowman too, just too cute.

Julia said...
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Julia said...

wow, what great cards you made, I'm totally overwhelmed! What a cool stunning technique - really have to try it and get out my perfect pearls! Thanks for joining us at the Stempelküche-Challenge!

Kim S said...

The stenciled card is truly lovely! And the swirled sentiment works perfectly with the look of the stencilled image. You can't go wrong with those cute Christmas images. I love the soft, snowy backgrounds.

Annette Allen said...

oh my your cards are just full of cuteness.. fabulous designing.. thanks for inspiring me..

Gerrina said...

Beautiful technique! Great texture on the first card! Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join us. The circkle cards are fun!

Deepti said...

These are amazing from embossed card to adorable snowman card... Complete awesomeness :)

Hello From Texas said...

Such beautiful and fun cards. I really love the coloring you did on the texture paste. I saw that technique when Jennifer posted it but have been too afraid to give it a try. Yours turned out simply gorgeous with the blue and gold.
The other two cards are wonderfully CAS and fun. You certainly make it all look so fabulous and easy.
TFS
Carole

Cindy Lovell said...

All 3 of them...awesome,Carol!!! The first one is amazing with the paste and the colors are so pretty!!
And i love your circle design on the other two and of course this cute Set you have used!! :)
HUGS

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Great idea card. I really like the 3D effect. Colors also beautiful.
hugs,
Bozena

Bonnie said...

Beautiful holly! Love the colors! And you circles with the adorable little critters are awesome! I can see why you have a circle thing going.

Sian Ridley said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards! I'm so goals, you have so many done already - I'm so far behind! ;)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Beautiful cards! Hazel x

Alice Wertz said...

too cute! such adorable cards! thanks so much for joining us at CAS(E) This Sketch!