Sunday, January 05, 2020

Sparkle and Shine.

It is the 1st challenge of the year for the girls in the Christmas Card Club and Granmargaret has chosen the theme of Angels or Fairies but I am going with our fall back card of Anything goes as I feel as if I  have been doing nothing but fairies for the past month  (with my own challenge) and I only have one tiny angel stamp (which I don't like).
The Doc waffed a used tumble dryer sheet my way the other day and asked if I wanted to use it for  something in my crafting. I most certainly did as I had been meaning to have a go at the Tumble Dryer Sheet Technique for ages after having seen several videos on You Tube on how to.

So my First Card I am showing is using the said dryer sheet.

The tree stamp is a Tattered Lace by Stephanie Weightman and the sentiment is by Woodware.  Stamped using distress ink in green onto white cardstock. When dry I went over the top completely with a glue stick and then laid the dryer sheet over the top. (It is important to be a used one). Once it was nicely adhered, I trimmed it to fit the image and whilst the glue was still damp I sprinkled over with Glamour Dust.  You get this lovely diffused sparkle effect.  I added matching green ribbon and green card stock to finish the card.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge # T is for try something different.
Merry Little Christmas # H18 Anything goes.
Polkadoodles Craft challenge # Anything goes.
Fezziwigs Festive Frolics #1 Anything goes.
ABC Christmas Challenge # A and B are for Anything goes/Bingo.( Lots of layers/christmas sentiment/glitter).
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge # Anything goes/trim the tree.( My trees are growing but I have made them nice and sparkly so hope this counts.)

My  Second Card  is showing another technique I saw on You Tube where you make snow banks.
I have used the same tree stamp inked up in blue but this time a freebie sentiment from a magazine. I used glitter glue along the lines of the sow banks for a sparkly effect. Mounted onto blue cardstock. My first two christmas cards completed for 2020.

Entering into the following challenges:
Creative Knockouts #331 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar #297 Anything goes.
613 Avenue Create #229 Anything goes/optional make it shiny.
Creatalicious Challenges #178 Anything goes with optional wishes.
International Art And Soul #74 Monochromatic.
Lil Patch of Crafty Things #121 Anything goes.
Simply Create Too #156 Monochromatic.

Well I did take the Penguins to the cinema and they watched Happy Feet I.  We were asked not to come back again though, not because of the rumbustious dancing in the isles but because  every time they spotted Mumble on the screen they all cheered like mad, whistled and yelled  "That's our Cousin"!!  Honestly, I can't take them anywhere.


Valerija said...

Such lovely cards. Love the sparkle.
Valerija xx

Lia said...

Your stamping is amazing!! I like both cards very much,
Lia xx

Christine Harrop said...

Happy New Year. Two great Cards Mrs A. Love the effect with the dryer sheet. Something else on my To Try list - it's getting quite long ... lol! Christine xx

dutchess said...

Happy new year Mrs A......loving that technique with the tumble dryer sheet....two lovely cards to start off the new year xxxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Happy New Year Valerie.
That's a fabulous technique and created a gorgeous glitter effect on the surface of your card, that's one for me to try out later :)

Sandra H said...

Happy new year Mrs A wow love the use of the dryer sheet how effective does it look and equally as lovely your second card just love them both xx

Viv said...

2 lovely cards! Happy New Year! x

Chris said...

These are both gorgeous Mrs A, some great techniques with beautiful results.

Janis said...

Love the sparkle and shine on your cards. The dryer sheet gives a lovely diffuse effect and then with the sparkle over that....just magical!! How excellent to resolve to try out some new-to-you YouTube techniques on your cards this year. There are so many fabulous tutorials and techniques available...where to start??? lol... Your sparkly snow banks look beautiful.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Hazel (Didos) said...

Haaa, I can imagine a wee line of penguins in the queue for popcorn now!!! Love these cards, I had never heard of the tumble dryer technique!! Bet the card smells lovely too! Love all the sparkle, just my kind of card! Thanks for joining in with me over on Fezziwigs Festive Frolics this fortnight, Hazel xx

Margo said...

These are absolutely gorgeous !

terrie said...

Beautiful scene the soft look....good luck in your challenge.

Jackie T said...

Hi Mrs A your cards are stunning. I love them both. That must have been an amazing trip to the cinema. Take care. Hugs Jackie

EmmaT said...

Gorgeous cards, lovely effect with the tumble sheet and so good to give it a new use instead of just filling the bin.... so a technique to add to my to try list, thank you for the inspiration. Emmax

Di said...

Oh wow, how utterly fabulous this effect is - and your cards are totally amazing! Many thanks for showing such a cool idea - geddit, cool :) I bet it will work with loads of different stamps for a soft and ethereal effect. But these will be hard to equal. Ha, I don't use dryer sheets in the tumble dryer - first problem! Sigh.

So pleased you took the pengies to see Happy Feet - March of the Penguins just may have been more appropriate - seeing as they and maybe you were given your 'marching orders'! Not to worry - we can always sneak you in with a paper bag over your head - all inconspicuous-like! Snigger.

Thanks for the good laugh and also a great idea.Still no sign of nooo car arriving, am lying low anyhow as I doubt if I could move gear stick into reverse right now. Almost, but only almost, makes me think I ought to have gone for an automatic. Only alamost though!!


Di xx

Chriss America Real said...

How absolutely gorgeous!


Elizabeth said...

Two gorgeous cards. I haven't seen the technique with the dryer sheet but the effect is lovely. And I do like your sparkling snowy hills. Enjoyed the 'penguin' story - live Happy Feet. Elizabeth

cuilliesocks said...

Took the penguins to the cinema...what a hoot Valery, I have the picture in my head now and it's giving me a right good chuckle.
Anyway, Happy New Year to you and here you are with two amazing card, I love them both and couldn't make a choice if asked. Never heard of that technique, must have a look for it. love your colour choices for the cards, Kate x

rachel said...

These are beautiful Valery - really lovely ideas! Happy New Year!

Kathleen said...

Two really lovely creations, love those trees and both colour ways and plenty of lovely sparkle.
Well at least you didn't get thrown out half way through, what a waste of money that would have been, hope you bought them an ice cream.

Kath x

Liz said...

Fabulous Christmas cards, Mrs A. The Tumble Dryer Sheet technique looks intriguing - I'll have to check it out. xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I always use dryer sheet to help the release of diecuts, but haven't had yet seen this technique. Googled just now to see how you have made your card and founded some videos. Stunning! Thanks so much for sharing, I have to try, but in Italy the Dryer Sheets are more thick and don't become transparent when used, so I don't know if it's possible. Love both your sparkling scenic card, also the second one with stickles looks amazing!

Donna said...

Fabulous winter scenes, like the dimension you achieved and the sparkle!

Granmargaret said...

Lovely cards. Happy New Year

Chana Malkah said...

You did a fantastic job of creating frost on your trees! I got chilly just looking at them. Nice coloring and beautiful shine. Thanks for accepting the challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana Malkah, Owner

Joy Wilson said...

Such gorgeous cards! I love both color schemes! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
Hugs, Joy
Joyfully Stamps
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

brenda said...

Your cards looks great in both colourways and impossible to choose a favo, but do live the hints of glitter.

B x

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Valery, love both cards. have heard about the drier sheet technique, but never tried it. The snow banks and tress is beautiful. Hugs, Shaz x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Valero
Stunning card... not tried this technique...
Looks great
Hugs Sylvie xx

Jean said...

Both cards are so pretty. Lovely work thank you for sharing at 613 Avenue Create xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Mrs A,
2 very fantastic cards and there designs are so fabulously created.
They both gliter so prettily.
Love both colours too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Michelle B. said...

So creative and high five for trying out different techniques, they are both beautiful! So glad you joined us at Creative Knockouts for our Anything Goes challenge!

gwen70 said...

Two wonderful cards not tried the tumble dryer sheet before must give it a go xx

KandA said...

Two beauties, love all the sparkle and fabulous colours xx

Corry said...

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Hugs Corry

Cinderella said...

Hello ,

What a lovely creations these are I love them

Thank You for Joining us at Polkadoodle Craft Challenge
Hugs and Creativity
Cinderella (

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful monochrome card love the tree stamp and sparkly snowbanks.Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
Carol DT x
Fabulous effect with the dryer sheet and love all the sparkle
Carol x

Lynda said...

What fabulous effects you have created here. Thank you so much for sharing and joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge :) Lynda DT

Mac Mable said...

Two very pretty cards and in particular love the tumble dryer technique one. I haven't heard of this so it's now on my to do list.....Thank you x.

Cazro said...

Fabulous results. Love both of your cards. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Alphabet Challenges. We hope to see you again. Caz DT.

Helen said...

Two wonderful cards - love that first one with the tumble drier sheet.

Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge.

Helen x

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous technique and I love the beautiful diffused look you created,
Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers.

FiestyCrafter (Tina) said...

Such soft and beautiful Christmas card. The sparkle effect is beautifully done. Thanks for joining us at MLCCB
Tina dt

Chrissie said...

I just love these trees, the haziness of the image plus the fabulous shimmer make for a wonderful design!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge!

Helen said...

Me again!

Thanks for joining us at Simply Create Too as well.

Helen x

Helen said...

And it's me once again!!

Thanks for joining us at the Happy Little Stampers Challenge too.

Helen x

Melanie said...

Lovely winter cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional wishes” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

(DT Simply Create Too)

(DT Kreativtanten)