Sunday, 6 December 2009

Christmas flowers and flourish

I was asked by a friend to make this card, using a photo that she gave me, which I scanned. As these carol singers were dressed in deep purple - and a red hat - I decided to use that colour scheme - I know that it's unusual for Christmas, but it just seemed to go with the photo.

The background is a matt satin finish foil, such a beautiful rich purple, a bit of a pity to cover it with the music vellum, but that seemed to fit the theme of the card. For the red colour, I used two of the poinsettias that I received with one of my BF secret santa packages (read about it here). The flourish with snowflakes is a chipboard piece from Tando Creative (feast your eyes on the wonderful items on their blog), which was included in the Bubbly Funk October kit. It started off as naked chipboard - I coloured it with a purple Copic, Sakura metallic silver on the outer parts of the snowflakes and Sakura white glaze pen for the inner parts of the snowflakes. I then topped it all with glossy accents (as usual, you can see from the bottom picture that I was a little impatient for the GA to dry because you can just see a cloudy bit. I added the little sparkly snowflake with the silver gem (also part of the October kit) and added a few other silver gems, including the centres of the snowflakes.

This fits a few challenges:

Pile it on 26: flowers and flourishes
365 cards day 272: 'crossing the line' - let elements hang over the edge on at least tree sides
Saturday spotlight 10: 'Christmas flowers'
Sketchy colors (Norway) 1: 'color: purple/lilac'
Allsorts 30: purple
Kaboodle 19: 'snowflakes'
Sophisticat 13: 'snowflakes and sparkle'
Design Dollies elements challenge: 'Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow - snowflakes'
Creatalicious 4:'include snowflakes and lots of sparkle'
2 red bananas: 'Christmas/winter card'
Pollycraft: 29 'Ria's wonderful Christmas time'
Creative card crew 39: 'Christmas'
Spoon full of sugar 80: 'non-traditional Christmas colours' (I know that red is traditional, but purple isn't)
All that scraps: 'anything Christmas'
Stampavie and more 72: 'Christmas'
Crafty Calendar 3: 'winter sparkle'
My time to craft 68: 'winter pals!'
Artful inkables: 'chipboard'
Creative Belli 79: 'chipboard'

Don't forget: If you go to the top of my blog you will find the post about my celebration candy - you've got to be in it to win it! I now have 100 followers, so I'll be adding something more to the blog candy.


  1. Oh Hazel,
    This is just brilliant,
    Thanks for joining us at Kaboodledoodles.
    I love seeing your work

  2. great card - thank you for joining with MTTC challenge again x

  3. Hi Hazel

    A brilliant card.

    Lots of great details.

    I love your snowflakes and backing paper.

    I know what you mean about waiting for the glossy accents to dry - mine usually ends up with a fingerprint in it and I have to start again.

    Patience is a virtue and all that!!! LOL!!! Perhaps Santa will bring me some.

    Thank you for bringing your purple along to Allsorts this week.

    Love Jules xx

  4. Love the manuscript background!
    Thank you so much for joining in with the challenge from My Time to Craft this week!

  5. These are great Hazel. Love the Poinsettias.

  6. Beautifull done hazel :) thanks for joining Pollycraft this time,
    hugs Ria

  7. Those look like quite tricky photos to work with but you've done a fab job - particularly like the chippie snowflake swirl on this one!

  8. Another great card, thanks for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

  9. oh wow hazel, love it... and yes, the purple was just a wonderful choice for the card!!!!

    Thanks for playing w/ us at Pile It on!

    -- dalis

  10. GEEZ Hazel you are powering through the challenges this week, I wish you all the luck for them and thank you for playing along with us at Sophisticats this week. Hugs Avril xxxx

  11. I love seeing how illustrators use their own set! And I love seeing such out of the ordinary ideas! Love this

  12. WOW Hazel, this is just gorgeous hun!! I love how you've made this so personal with your photo!! Beautiful flowers and design for sure!! Thanks for joining us at Saturday Spotlight!! HUGS

  13. Love it tons Hazel!!! Love the flourishes and flowers so much! Thanks for playin with us Dollies!

  14. Great card.

    Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week

  15. Beautiful1 I love all the details thanks for plying in the Belli challenge

  16. oh Hazel,this is gorgeous!!! Love the poinsettias & flourishes!
    Thanks for playing along in The Spotlight!
    Blessings, Maria


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