Monday, July 11, 2016

Snowman Bonanza.

I'm not just a wee bit late but spectacularly late.
In my defence though I was having rather a nice time
playing with my new water colouring  pencils.
(Yep I splashed out  upmarket and bought some Derwents.)
I'm very pleased with them so far.. It's the old adage
of you get what you pay for. My cheapo ones kept breaking
and the coverage abysmal.
Anyways straight onto my makes.
It was time again for the girls in the Christmas Card Club
to show out latest cards.  Lorraine set the theme of

I had a delve into my used christmas card box and came up
with two likely card fronts to use.
 This first one was originally one long thin card which I simply cut 
in half to make the two portraits. 
You can just see a slight bloom on the bottom snowman
as they are both covered in acetate (back to my old favorite)
which has been cunningly adhered to the snowmen with ds.tape 
which is hidden behind the peel off  ivy on the front.
Both popped up on 3d pads for impact.
I have used check paper free with Making Cards
Christmas edition 2015  and the holly panels 
are by Sally Denton another magazine freebie.
Sentiment and edging is more stickers from my stash.

Second one.  I wanted to make an envelope card and this
Snoman card front was ideal for the purpose.
Again  I have used acetate on the front  flaps and secured 
to the paper with ds. tape hidden behind the holly leaves stickers.
The rather snazzy paper is old wrapping paper
that I salvaged from a present. There is no make
showing, just the number GW271.
The original card was this size  4"x4"and I simply neatened
the edges up and attached to white card and backed with 
the green check paper and then punched a hole for the
ribbon loop to go through.

Green check design paper a freebie from
Making Cards November 2015.
You can see in the photo below I caught a bit of reflection
from the acetate.

Ok. So then I turned my attention to my stash 
of digis, stamps, die cuts and so forth to see
what I could come up with snowman wise. 
I found a pile of snowman digis that I had purchased
 back in February and had printed off but not got round to using..
They are by From the Heart Stamps .com
This 'Snowlady with Cardinal' caught my eye and as I had 
just purchased the watercolour pencils whilst on holiday  last week
 decided to have a spuddle.
Once coloured I trimmed down using First Editions
Nesting Stamp die FEDIE012.
Green backing paper is a mag freebie by Sally Moret.
Christmas tree paper is a digi paper by Bearly Mine
'Christmas Fun no 11'
Polka dot paper and sentiment star a mag  freebie by Sally Denton.
These are both covered with acetate which has been raised up with
 3d pads which are hidden behind the silver sticker stars.
 Another cunning ploy.
I was really pleased with the pencils so kept going
whilst I was on a winning streak!!

The next digi  is called 'Snowman Hugs'.
Pink paper is a freebie from Making Cards Christmas Edition 2015
Green paper is by Sally Denton again s freebie in a magazine. 
I adhered the image to the green paper and then covered with  a piece
of acetate cut to size and adhered with silver brads.
Raised up using 3d pads.
Sentiment is  a black sticker from my stash.

I'm only using 150gsm smooth colouring card so 
I'm pleased with the shading  just from the pencils and water to blend.

Whilst the two above were drying prior to being made into the cards
I coloured another one up. Well it was on my desk so why not!
This one is called " Snowman and Holly Chicks"

Again I have used acetate but this time it covers
the whole front of the card and is attached by the spine only
under the green trim which is in fact design paper edging.
After colouring I trimmed to size with Spellbinders
Labels Twenty Six S4-366.
I found the gold snowman stickers in my stash and thought
they looked good as they have top hats too.
Sentiment and stars are also stickers from my stash.
Backing paper is a digi  'Words Red' from the Simply Joy too
collection by Nitwits.

By now I''m so late that colouring one last one up 
really wasn't an option!

This one is called  " Peeking Snowman".
Once coloured I trimmed down using Crafts Too Square dies.
Acetate was also cut using the same size die and adhered to the front
using black/white spot brads from my stash.
Sentiment is a black glitter sticker from my stash.
Snow flake paper a freebie from Making Cards Christmas Edition 2015.
Bow paper is  a digi  from Pink Petticoat  Joyeux Noel "Gift Bows".

Six more cards to add to the Christmas stash.
Sorry I am so late with them Lorraine  but I was on 
a winning streak!!

I'm going to take these over to
Pixies Crafty Workshop #237 Use up your snippets.( Papers were all snippets).


dutchess said...

Wow Valery six fabulous cards,loving your colouring with your new pencils....and once again wonderful inventive upcyling...xxxxx

Margreet said...

Wow, I'm impressed by your snowmen series....gorgeous....great coloring with your new pencils!
xxx Margreet

Christine Harrop said...

Worth waiting for this flurry of Christmas cards ValeryAnn! Christine x

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliant cards, excellent colours and colouring.Great choice of pencils too.xx  {aNNie}

Juliz Design Post said...

You certainly have been busy making these super festive cards. I really must try to start mine earlier this year.
Hugs, Julie x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh my!!! How many cards!!You have been really very busy! Great works, all them! Fab recycling for your two acetate cards! Love expecially the envelope card, it's so happy and colourful, and has a clever design!
Great colouring with your new pencils, too, they are blended very well in your lovely cards!
You are surely the queen of acetate!!!:D

cuilliesocks said...

Wow, wow! Valery you were on a roll. Love each of these gorgeous cards, the envelope card is fabulous. Lots of wonderful images and designs.
Well done getting your Derwent pencils, I love the the way they put down colours, enjoy using them, Kate x

Sandra H said...

Wow Mra A you do make me lol your posts are always entertaining...and what a busy person you have been can't be smacked for being late as these are so adorable l just love them all ....take care x

Di said...

Great cards Mrs A - loving the colouring with your new pencils! And the snippets envelope card is really clever - some great upcycling too!


Di xx

Barb said...

Wow Mrs A you've been a busy girl. A lovely selection of snowman cards. Glad you're enjoying your new pencils. Barb. xx

Carol said...

Six super snowmen Mrs A, love em! Great colouring too, can't beat Derwent pencils. Carol x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow that was a marathon Snowman post Valery, very well done on all your fabulous makes. Once you are on a roll there is no point stopping and looks like you were having such fun colouring with your new pencils too. I love them all. A great way to increase your Christmas pile Mrs A, fab job.

Mac Mable said...

Someone's been busy x Well done on the recycling and how you add and cover up how you attach the acetate to your cards. Such a cute cuddling snowmen image x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Valery
What a wonderful... Selection of cards... All fabulous....
Love them all
Hugs Sylvie x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mrs A,
this is sure a Bonanza of snowmen.
All your wonderful array of snowmen cards are excellent.
I think my fave is the tag one and that gorgeous design, and paper used.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

rachel said...

oh my word Valery - you may have been late but my goodness - lots of wonderful cards here! Hugs rachel x

MaryH said...

OMGosh!You were not all that late, but oh you were certainly spectacular with all these beautiful cards. You amaze me at your recycle creativity. Love the looks you've achieved on the ones you've colored with the pencils (you'll already know the bird caught my eye!). The designs are fabulous, and the envelope card is so nifty...You've got a good stash of Snowies done, so be very proud of yourself! (Your pencil w/c is stunning too). TFS & hugs.

Nannieflash said...

Fabulous card love your image and your card design and bps. Thanks for joining us at CHPPC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyx

scrappymo! said...

Did not send email...I have a virus attacking my email and it is sending out to my contacts...just leave it as spam and destroy.
So sorry...

Unknown said...

what stunning christmas cards!! Just love the all!!

LesleyG said...

It's a positive snowman Avalanche! Fab cards, love the envelope idea, and it's always fashionable to be late! Xxx

Cara said...

Oh wow, theses are fabulous. I wish I knew what the collective noun for snow people was though! Cara x

Kimbo said...

Wow, it's snowing snowmen! You've been busy and sound like lots of l=fun - I love them all x

Brenda in IN said...

Oh my, these are adorable. I love that you used pencils to color. I can't seem to get the hang of them and make bright colors but you nailed it. The images are cute as can be and I love the acetate over them too.

scrappymo! said...

Fabulous Christmas cards! Well done to make six snowman cards. Your finished Xmas card box must be getting fairly full now!

These are all so cute and so many different snowman images.
Your new pencils gave a lovely soft watercoloured look and were a great purchase!