Sunday, 20 November 2011

Dreaming of a White Christmas ~ FSC

How excited was I to be invited to join the lovely ladies of the Fashionable Stamping Challenge as a new member of their design team. They are a extremely talented & welcoming bunch and I'm so looking forward to working with them. Please do head along to their blog for some very inspirational projects from the design team. The challenge runs for two weeks and the winning entry will receive this gorgeous enchanted christmas santa stamp set from Marina at Cottage Crafts.

The current challenge is I'm  Dreaming of a White Christmas, but for those of you like me who struggle a bit with white cards, it could be traditional christmas colours, infact as long as it's christmas themed and includes stamping its up to you.

I chose to make a traditional vintage style card and used my new lifestyle die (so much better value than spellbinders as you get 16 dies in this pack as opposed to the measly 5 or 6 usual spellbinder ones) to make an easel style card.

I used Melissa Frances 'Deck the Halls' paper which I toned down as I felt it was a little bright with TH picket fence distress stain and edged with vintage photo distress ink. The santa stamp is from Kreativ Hobby who ship worldwide and the script stamp is from a set of Alpha stamps which I gold embossed. The sentiment stamp is Joy from Curious by design.

I've sneaked in another couple of cards as I'm really enjoying making them at the moment, just as well seeing as I have plenty more to make LOL.

Another easel card using my new lifestyle die LOL. Other dies used are Cheery Lynn french pastry and Memory box poinsettia wreath. The central stamp is from Stempelglade vintage christmas and stamped with archival ink on glossy card and tinted with zig photomarkers (which I seriously need more off)

The final card I only managed to finish last night and also fits the theme I'm dreaming of a white christmas.
I made the background paper using distress stains in blue jeans, milled lavender and picket fence. Various christmas sentiments stamped in bleach and chipped sapphire.
The stamped image is from Artistic Outpost Sleigh ride and added some lace and bling to finish.

Hope you have a great Sunday, shame no more Downton but I been drawn into I'm a Celebrity Again, so guess what I'll be watching later.

Happy Crafting XX


Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, Paula - you've created wonderful Christmas cards, I especially love the last one, fantastic background, great image and elements.

Anonymous said...

It is an honour to be on the same DT as you.
The vintage Santa is such a perfect image and the way you toned down the papers further adds to the vintage feel on your card.
A stunning collection of cards you have created.

Netty said...

Congratulations on being on the Design Team, they are so lucky to have you.
Loving all these wonderful cards, x

Anonymous said...

Hi Paula. Beautiful, beautiful cards Paula. TFS Lifestyle dies. Will check those out. Congrats on your new Design Team position.
Regards Florence xx

Brenda Brown said...

Hi Paula, I am so pleased you have joined us at FSC. I love your blog and your work. These cards are stunning and I just love the colours, techniques and finished pieces you make.
Enjoy your Sunday.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Terry said...

Welcome again, Paula! It is such a pleasure to have you on board and what a grand entrance you have made! All of these Christmas cards a gorgeous with so many elegant details! Love them all! Had no idea that those were not Spellbinder dies, but will check them out!

Yvonne Garner said...

Congrats and Welcome, again, Paula! We are so excited to have you join us at FSC. Your cards are magical. I am poised to invest in some dies and am most interested in your mention of Lifestyle Dies. Wondering if they are available in the states? Will need to check it out! Have a wonderful day. Best, Yvonne

Marjorie's Owl said...

Beautiful cards Paula, the lifestyle dies are great value aren't they, I have a few of them.
Hoping to be up and crafting soon myself, but in the meantime I'm consoling myself with looking at your lovely creations.
Susan xxx

Meggymay said...

They are all gorgeous Christmas cards Paula, beautiful stapms, will be looking at those dies as well.
Yvonne x

Ana Márquez said...

They're wonderful Christmas cards! Congratulations! :-)

Joan said...

lovely to see you on the design team. Your cards are just beautiful. Now you have me wondering about the dies , I have never heard of them, do tell more !

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Such beautiful cards. I love the red one! and well done with your DT position.

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning cards Paula and congrats on being a member of the team at FSC! So very well deserved, they are lucky to have you!Must check out those dies, never heard of them before....

Joanna King (aka Asia K) said...

Woooow, Paula, what a stunning debiut at FSC!!! Welcome to the team and I am so happy you agreed to join our happy bunch ;) Love all your cards but the one with the Stempelglede just stole my heart! Love the tined image :)

Joanna xx

creativchen said...

Dear Paula, I Just arrived at you blog. I love your art and creative mind! I'll be watching this blog closely, thank you for giving us so much of your time and mind. You make so wonderful and lovely works!
Many warm Hugs from Marina from Germany
I invited you gently to visit my creative Website:

Fliss said...

Wow! These are all absolutely beautiful Paula. They're such a lovely shape and the stamped images and embellishing are gorgeous.
So glad to have you on the team.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and I love all three of these beautiful cards
hugs June x

Judith Tetley said...

Your work is nothing short of "stunning" Paula. I love the blue card; is the sweet tag on it with the holes around it and the lacy bottom a die?
Kind Regards

Shirl said...

Wow Paula what fabulous creations you have made for FSC they are all brilliant. Love all the different colour combinations you have used.

We are all so pleased you are with us.

Hugs Shirley x x

Sue said...

What beautiful cards Paula, they are all stunning. I love the vibrancy of your red one. Well done on your DT debut, it's very well deserved x

Sue said...

Woohoo you've got 100 followers now lol x