Sunday, January 22, 2017

North Star.

I have been trying all day to get decent photos of the cards for this post but the lighting and my patience ran out.
It's time once again for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our next cards that we have made following the theme that Maureen has set for us namely The North Star.  Now I thought this  was goiung to stump me but when I looked through the cards that came this christmas past I found just the one  to recycle into a  new card.


The card didn't really need much altering so I simply trimmed it down and gave it my customary Acetate front treatment! The base is made from midnight blue card stock and I used a die cut by Sizzix 657905 to cut the rectangle frame which I have attached to the front of the acetate.  A gold edging down the spine  to match the gold on the stable roof and card was complete.


Then I turned my attention to my box of christmas  stamps, die cuts , stencils etc as I remembered that I had a North Star looking stamp that had come free in a Craft Stamper magazine years ago so I used  it for my next card.  Trying to photograph it was the one that gave me the most angst. I ended up remaking part of the card so the insert sentiment  you now see is covering up the original  heat embossed sentiment that just would not show up which ever way I  pointed the camera at it!! I stamped the star using versamark ink and then heat embossed with the holographic powder from Papermania. It looks really different on here against the blue cardstock from where I used it yesterday on the Rosebud. Again I have used  an acetate front but left if completely plain as all the design is on the inside of the card. I used another piece of the Xcut metal effect adhesive sheets and used the 2 negative bits of card left over from the die cut on the first card.  
I covered a strip of the blue card in versamark and dipped in the holographic embossing powder and then adhered to the spine of the card.  I was really pleased with the result. It is lovely and sparkly and matches the North Star that I finally managed to get a decent close up of below.


Whilst I was rummaging in the box for the Star stamp I found a die cut I had forgotten about and just had to make the next card with it.  Isin't he just the cutest Camel  (by Leancreatief Nr 45.2700 camel) and the set comes complete with the star too!! I made a background up using a Spellbinders Label Twenty-eight die cut from Kraft card and coloured with blue and brown ink pads to create the sky and sand.  The clouds and sand dunes are Art Impressions stamps from their water colour range. I used Marvy Leplume II pens to ink up with . Then I die cut the camel using two different sheets of Xcut Metal Effect adhesive sheets. Gold and bronze to get the shading on his body. Lastly a black adhesive dot for his eye and a gold sticker sentiment from my stash. 



Phew! Finished.

Hugs 


28 comments:

  1. gorgeous cards Valery - really lovely! Hugs rachel x

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  2. Love the way you have recycled the first image and the use of the acetate, three lovely cards.

    Kath x

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  3. A trio of beautiful cards, Valery Ann!
    The first is a great upcycle of a beautiful nativity scene.

    The second is so sparkly and shimmery. Brilliant idea to add the EP around the edges of the mat like that.

    The third is my fave. I am going to have to look for that XCut metallic paper as it looks so nice here. Your camel is a great die and looks good in the two tones of metallic paper.

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  4. These are all fabulous, you are well on your way for Christmas. I especially like you nativity that you upcycled and your use of the acetate.

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  5. Your recycling skills are second to none Valery, gorgeous cards and another fabulous set to add to your ever growing pile.
    Lorraine

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  6. Take good photos in these cloudy/rainy days is really so difficult...All your three cards are so pretty. Love the the design of the first one with the acetate panel that is your "watermark"! Great use of your leftovers in the second one, love the holographic powder of the star and the metal effect of the frame! The camel in the last one is so cute and has a great look with the bronze and gold metallic sheets!!Love it!

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  7. Great cards with the North Star theme. It is really important to reuse cards and these look beautiful.

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  8. Beautiful cards my friend, great use of scrap papers too.xx{aNNie}

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  9. Great recycling Valery.....cheeky camel!love it....know what you mean about taking photos I end up in the kitchen below a daylight strip light....xxxxxx

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  10. Great recycled card Mrs A! Love your card with the cute camel too!
    xxx Margreet

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  11. Three gorgeous cards Valery, I love the recycled one, such a lovely image. I also love the camel on the last card too.

    Sue xx

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  12. Three lovely cards,

    I did decorate the storage myself, Its napkins that I glued with mod podge,

    Lilian B

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  13. Lovely cards Mrs A and great recycling too. x

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  14. Three great cards but, oh my, that camel. That is just the best camel I've ever seen. So shiny and that face. You did a fantastic job!

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  15. Fabulous cards Valery, great job of recycling as ever. Super star stamps and designs. Love your last card, the camel is fantastic, Kate x

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  16. Great recycling Mrs A and the card is beautiful. Both of them are actually! Michelle x

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  17. As always, your imaginative recycling is impressive. I love the way you've framed #1 to create such a focus to draw the eye inward. #2 has lots of CAS glimmer & glam. #3 just made me smile at the way you've captured the star theme with that adorable pieced camel. I'm unfamiliar with the product you have used to piece him together, but it is awesome looking! TFS & Hugs. Best of luck with the finish up of the remodeling!

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  18. Hi Mrs A this is a gorgeous Christmas card. I love recycling old cards. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  19. Hi Mrs A,
    what a very wonderful array of super cards.
    They all look so very wonderful and your north stars are great.
    Love the camel one the best I think.
    great re-cycling too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  20. Fabulous cards Valery...love the camel...
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  21. A wonderful trio of cards Mrs A, perfect for the theme...do love that camel. Carol x

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  22. I always admire how you recycle your old cards, it is amazing. I have to check my old card too.
    hugs xx

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  23. Brilliant cards! Love that camel, and isn't the foil paper just great to use. That was a great buy at Coventry!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  24. HI Valery, what a great selection of cards for this challenge! Such a funky camel, he's ace! Hugs, Shaz XxX

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  25. Three really lovely cards for the challenge Mrs. A. I think that gorgeous camel really has to be my favourite. Barbxx

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  26. Great recycling and loving your cards. I know exactly what you mean about taking photos and the light etc x

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  27. Three lovely Christmas cards, Mrs A! I love the various stars!

    love Mags B x

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  28. Wonderful cards, Mrs A! I absolutely love the first one--great save!

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