Sunday 7 April 2013

Silver and lilac Christmas

It was Sylvie's turn to choose the theme for the Christmas Card Club challenge for today and she asked us to make a card with silver and one other colour.

I started off last night with three attempts that went into the bin, by which time our central heating boiler had packed up and I was getting cold. We had to get up early this morning as an engineer is booked to come between 8 and 5 today (no sign  of him yet ... hope he will come today and be able to put the boiler right). Anyway, I thought I'd have another go today and ... after one or two aborted attempts ... finished up with this card which I'm relatively happy with (at last!).

The background silver and lilac baubles card is a Kanban one that I've had for ages (originally part of a kit). I'd been unsuccessfully trying to stamp the lovely IndigoBlue Merry Christmas, Deer stamp on to a slightly textured card and getting rubbish results ... and silver embossing powder everybody.

While looking for some smooth lilac card to match the background card I found some lilac mottled paper that I don't even remember buying - it was just right. I inked up the stamp with versamark and heat embossed with detail silver powder, mounting this on a piece of silver mirror card. The snowflakes were cut with a punch I bought yesterday from Hobbycraft to replace the one I broke a while ago - with little lilac gems in the centres of all the snowflakes.

Who would have thought that a simple card like this could take so many attempts to get right ... got there in the end!

This is also another card for my own CHNC challenge 119 - use the word 'Christmas' on the front of the card - why not click on the link and join in?

Update: I started blogging this card this morning, but then it got left - thankfully, the boiler has now been fixed.

This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Facebook Sunday's with Santa week 13: shiny sparkles
Christmas card challenge week 19: vintage (and the previous week's reindeer)
Jingle belles: jingle belles are bling-ing
Paper-crafting journey: monochromatic
Stamp dreams 10: monochrome
Playing in paradise 111: embossing
Mayzy art 14: sparkle
Totally Gorjuss 178: anything goes with sparkle
The  squirrel and the fox 41: inspired by a song: Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer
Creative stamp friends 74: stamping or punching (not sure which it is because of the translation - but the card includes both)
Lexi 87: use your punches and/or dies
Loves rubber stamps 46: anything goes
Little miss muffet 58: anything goes
One stitch at a time 158: anything goes
Robyn's fetish 154: anything goes
2 sisters 138: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday April linky: anything goes
Let's craft and create 67: anything goes
Crafty emblies: anything goes
My Grafico 148: anything goes
52 card pick-up 2.14


  1. Love lilac so I would love this regardless. But it really is gorgeous - despite your difficulties. I think we are our own worst critics and there was probably nothing wrong with the other attempts!! Christine xx

  2. Well, eventually you ended up with a lovely card so it was worth it. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT. Hazel x

  3. A fabulous result Hazel, this is gorgeous and a lovely colour combo. Carol x

  4. PS Glad you got your boiler sorted!

  5. smashing card Hazel....loveing those reindeer and that bit of bling just perfect xxxx

  6. Beautiful card Hazel, love the little reindeer and all the lovely purple accents. Just perfect.

  7. Gorgeous card Hazel, I love the shades of lilac with the silver and the deer are so cute! Karen x

  8. Hi Hazel
    Fabulous cards ... Love the lilac ... Gorgeous....
    Glad your boiler has been fixed ... In Gib our boilers only last up to two years....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  9. A stunning creation. So love the monochromatic colours.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  10. Pretty in lila and silver. You've done a great work. Thanks for joing the challenge at Stamp dreams.

  11. A very pretty card that someone will love to get, thank you for joining us at OSAAT. Jennie x

  12. A very pretty card that someone will love to get, thank you for joining us at OSAAT. Jennie x

  13. This is so elegant and gorgeous! Wonderful colours and gorgeous card!

  14. What a wondeRful combo., Hazelve and Lilac. PeRfectly regal

    xxx Asha

  15. Gorgeous
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes April Linky Party
    DIANA L.

  16. love your card thanks for sharing at lexis creations
    Rachel DT

  17. What a stunning card!
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Squirrel and The Fox, hope we'll see you again next fortnight!
    Linda xox

  18. What a fabulous card hazel. Super colours and image. Thanks for joining in with us at the PCJ challenge xx

  19. What a card Hazel! What a great result, after your the lilac & effective, so very beautiful.
    Hugs xxx

  20. Hanging in there paid off Hazel. It's an absolutely beautiful card! Thank you for Playing in Paradise with us this week.

  21. Stunning emboss. Pretty images too. Thank you for joining in at Loves Rubber stamps Challenge this week. Hope to see you next week.
    Good Luck and Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  22. Gorgeous Christmas card, love the purple! thanks for sharing with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps!
    hope to see you again soon

  23. Great card, love the embossing, fits in well with our challenge, thanks for playing with us at the Squirrel and the Fox, blessings Hilde

  24. Wonderful Christmas card Hazel, I love all the silver. Thank you for joining us for Playing in Paradise this week.

  25. Love those fancy little reindeer ... and the bling is the perfect accent ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

  26. Beautiful card.
    Thnaks for joining us at stempelträume.
    Hugs stine

  27. Such a gorgeous Christmas card. Thank you for joining us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge this week. Marlene DT

  28. what a lovely, elegant, and totally glamorous holiday card! thanks for blinging along with us at JINGLE BELLES this fortnight!!! :)

  29. What a lovely creation! Super use of that silver embossing powder against the purple! Thanks for playing at Scrapbooker's Paradise.

  30. such a pretty colour combination. the deer stamp is wonderful and the embossing is perfect. Thanks so much for joining in on my prompt over at Jingle Belles :-) !!

  31. This is gorgeous. Love the silver. Thanks for playing with us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  32. Such a wonderful creation...

    Thanks for joining us at Stempelträume.

    Nice day


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