Monday, 10 January 2011

Winter fantasy

There are a few challenges around at the moment focusing on 'winter' (not surprising really as we are still in the grip of that season - although, thankfully, no more of the white stuff here, except a little frost in the mornings). So this card is for the following 'winter' related challenges:

Creative stamp friends 16: winter
Cutie stampers 89: a winter scene
Winter wonderland: let's go dotty
Stamp with fun 93: snow
Creative belli 108: snow
The paper variety: snowflakes

As part of my Christmas present John gave me a 'voucher' saying that I could spend £50 - so I decided to by some Caran d'ache pastels - Noecolor I and II. I experimented yesterday with a couple of the Neocolor II, which are watersoluble. I roughly coloured sky and grass on to a piece of chipboard and then used a baby wipe to blend - I think it worked quite well. And I'll be a bit more adventurous next time I use them!

As I've used a new technique (and new stash - the pastels), I'm linking for:

Quirky crafts 1: new beginnings - new pastels and new technique
Created by hand: in with the new
Rainbow lady 134: it's all new to me
Paper issues: new
Pollycraft 75: new things
Creative inspirations 50: use something new
Creative cottage 30: something new - new stash
Moving along with the times 80: ring out the old, ring in the new (the old stash is the foiled paper)
My partner in crime 17: something new
Stampin' B 92: use an old favourite and something brand spankin' new - the old favourite is the PB fantasy stamp and the new is the pastels
Crafty purple frog: new goodies
Our daily bread 43: something new, something old (as above)
Sweet stampin': try something different

I used liquid pearls white opal for the snow on the tree (which is a PB fantasy stamp) and dotted it across the grass which I then smudged with my finger to get a glistening snow coverage. The background paper with silver foiled swirls was part of a Christmas kit from QVC last year and the base card is stardream, which has a bit of a glittery look.

It was difficult to get a photo of the card because of the foiled swirly background reflecting, but you can get some idea - the actual card is a bit in between the two photos.

This is also for:

Ooh-la-la 71: bling it on
By the cute and girly for January: bling it on
The lollipop ladies 11: hey Jube - add some glitter or bling
Secret crafter Saturday 116: tons of texture
Incy wincy 76: go dotty
Papertake: anything goes
Creative card world new card challenge: anything goes
Fab n funky 54: anything goes
Craft your days away 11: anything goes
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes


  1. what a lovely card hazel :)

  2. Beautiful Card! It's just so elegant! Thank you so much for playing with us at TPV!

  3. Now that is stunning! Thanks for taking up our challenge at Creative Craft World.
    Sue x

  4. That's very pretty Hazel - you will love the crayons x

  5. Wow stunning card Hazel, love the embossed background makes the card really stand out. Thanks for joining us at Belli Challenges this week.
    Tamara Belli DT

  6. you've been busy!
    Love this card Hazel.
    inventive and inspirational
    lovely use of color.
    thanks for sharing with created byhand

  7. The colours of the card and pastels work so well together Hazel.
    Sue x

  8. Hello a very beautiful card, the design is gorgeous.

    Thank you for your participation at Creative stamp Friends.

    A nice greeting Andrea from germany

  9. Gorgeous Hazel. You must be well ahead with this years cards now lol . Thanks so much Love Cynthia x

  10. Great sparkle and shine! Thanks for playing with My Partner in Crafting Crime, Robin

  11. Wow what a fab card hazel, i haven't heard of those crayons, i off to goggle them :)


  12. Such a gorgeous card.Thanks for sharing this with us at

  13. gorgeous creation and fabulous dots and texture, thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland and the SCSC this week
    Hugs Kate xx

  14. Wow - this a fantastic and wonderful design - love it.

    Thanks for the participation at Creative Stamp Friends.

    Nice Greetings Anja

  15. Stunning card. Thank you for joining us at Rainbow Lady's challenge this week.
    Jen x

  16. Fabulous card, love your 'new technique' Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts New Beginnings Challenge this time round.


  17. A wonderful map simply perfectly.

    Thank you for your participation with creative Stamp friends-creative stamps Friends.
    LG Nicole

  18. Just adore that tree which stand out so well from the fab background. Thanks for playing along at Winter Wonderland. Hope to see you back on Friday. Marianne x

  19. What a gorgeous card, Hazel!
    Hugs Gisela

  20. Das ist eine wunderschöne Karte.
    Danke für Deine Teilnahme bei den "Kreativen Stempelfreunden"

    Liebe Grüße

  21. Wow! This is just outstanding. Wasn't it wonderful to get that voucher for Christmas? Love your card.
    Thanks for joining the Stampin B's old/new challenge this week.

  22. A gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Fab n Funky x

  23. Beautiful card

    Thanks for joining us on Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge :)

    Hugs Jane x

  24. Wow! You're getting a lot of mileage out of this pretty lil card. Thanks for linking it up at The Paper Variety! Hope to see you stop by Wednesday for the new challenge :)

  25. Beautiful!! I just love all the shimmer! Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light Challenge this week!!

  26. Such a lovely textured, unique card!! Thank you for playing @The Paper Variety! :)

  27. Stunning... Its absolutely gorgeous.

    Thankyou for sharing with us at Creative Craft World for our 'Anything Goes' Challenge.

    Oona (Choccy) x

  28. turned out wonderfully. Glad you had some play time with those pastels.

    That background metallic swirl paper is glorious.

  29. Wow, isn't this pretty. So shiny and elegant. Thank you for playing along in this week's Belli Challenge. Good luck.



  30. Gorgeous creation, so eye catching. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU, Suzanne x

  31. Wow fantastic! I love the background on this. Thanks for joining the Creative Belli challenge this week!!

  32. wow very nice!

    Thanks for joy with Cutie Stampers!

    hugs Jane

  33. Wow! Hazel, this is a very stunning card. Love it to bits. Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week with your lovely work.
    Suzi xx

  34. Love this card Hazel and the silver leaves. :)

  35. Fabulous card Hazel. Thanks for sharing it with us at MAWTT.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  36. A beautiful sparkly creation!
    Thanks for joining us again this week at the Lollipop Ladies :)

  37. What beautiful metallic elements to your card Hazel. It is a very eye catching creation.
    Thank you for joining us at OLL.

  38. Hazel, what a beautiful card!!! Thanks for taking the time to play along in this weeks Shining the Light Challenge over at ODBD! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  39. Hazel, amazing bling it on card, love your very stylish card. Thanks for joining us this month over on BTC&G. Carolxx

  40. A very nice WinterCard
    Thanks for join Cutie Stampers

  41. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at LIIU and good luck :-)
    Claire xx

  42. Fabulous. Love the design and super cute image.

    Thanks for joining us this week at the Secret Crafter. Good luck.

    Mel X

  43. wow this is stunning, love the design. Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage, Tracy x

  44. That's a great winter card! Thanks for playing at Let's Ink It Up!

  45. Gorgeous card! Thanks so much for joining in the Pollycraft Challenge this week.
    Hugs Lynsey x

  46. Wow- love this pretty card- the shimmer is so pretty. Thanks for joining us in the Belli Challenge.

  47. Ooooh, what a beautiful design...the *snow* looks awesome and I love the silver embossed paper in the background!!! Thanks for playing in the Belli challenge!!!

  48. What a beauty Hazel
    That tree looks amazing
    Thank you so much for joining us at ooh la la this week

  49. this is breathtaking, excellent - really is amazing

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs, Sarah-Louise

    Designing for Crafty Purple Frog, Bearly mine Designs, Creative Card Crew and Kenny K

  50. love the shine and texture on this card Hazel. Thanks for entering it at By The Cute And Girly, hope to see you again next month.

    ** Kate **


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