Thursday, 3 October 2013

Back to the Washing....

My kitchen floor looks like a jumble sale sorting room. Little piles of different coloured things have sprung up like tiny mountains and are patiently waiting to be drowned in water and soapy suds - there are two things I dislike about holidays - packing/unpacking(that counts as one thing cos it relates to suitcases LOL) and all the washing you have to do when you come home!!!!!!
So with one pile done, second pile in I decided to do something quick to ease me back in slowly to the craftie space.
Complete with my suntan (which even if I do say so myself is spectacular...) I opted to make - - - a Christmas Card!

Done quite simply by rubbing some very old Pearlescent Ice Blue pigment ink across the reverse of a snowflakes embossing folder and running through the Cuttlebug. (I was surprised that there was still some ink left in this pad - it's YEARS old!)

Sadly the pic is not the best owing to the fact that it is very gloomy here on the moors today but at least you get an idea.

I used some paper that had a light sheen to it so where the ink is patchy in places it has allowed a lovely iridescent sheen to show through and the snowflakes look shimmering.

The vellum was a scrap found in a drawer, torn into strips. I stamped the sentiment then heat embossed with silver powder.
Finished with a snowflake charm.

Made a few of these in a silly hope that I may not be rushing about last minute as normal....... am not holding my breath though.

Challenges -
Holly Jolly - No patterned paper 
Just Insp- Metal Embellie
Xmas Cards All Year - Getting Ready
Christmas Card Challenge #44 - Anything Goes
Use your Stuff - Heat Guns
Glitter and Sparkle - Add Some Metal

Am now settled down for the rest of the day to have a good old trawl round blogland and catch up and also to do some serious crafting - haven't got anywhere else left in the house to put any more washed stuff to dry - (good excuse....)


Suze Bain said...

A beautiful card Viv, I bet it's lovely and shimmery IRL. Very envious of your tan, unfortunately I am a 'pale and interesting' type! Xx

meg said...

love your card great idea

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Hi Viv good to see you back although I think you probably don't agree with that lol!!! Fab card love the embossing
, Susan xx

Pia S said...

This is stunning - so elegant! The vellum banner with sentiment and the little charm is all this card needs with the fabulous background!

Sue said...

I hope you had a good holiday Viv. Your card is gorgeous, I love the way you have done the embossing
Sue xx

Meggymay said...

Beautiful card Viv, it looks so stylish.
Yvonne x

Hazel said...

I love the embossed greeting and charm as well as the sparkly background. Thanks for sharing your lovely Christmas card for CCAYR 'getting ready for Christmas' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for October - I'd love to see it there too. x

Kathleen said...

Really lovely card and a brilliant idea.

Kath x

McCrafty's Cards said...

beautiful Christmas card Viv I love the snowflakes.
Kevin xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Nice to see you back Viv lovely classy card


The Craft Bug said...

Lovely thanks for joining in at glitter n sparkle

Mrs A. said...

I hate that part of a holiday too. The washing seems to take forever and I always mange to end up with one item that gets left behind when sorting the piles of colours out! Great card and I like the torn vellum effect with the ebmbossed sentiment. Hugs Mrs A.

Carol Willis said...

Gorgeous card Viv,love it. Hope you had a fabulous holiday. Have a great weekend.
Caz x

debby4000 said...

Oh what a beautiful Christmas card.

Mau xx said...

Its good to have you back Viv :0)
The washing is the punishment for leaving me
Sounds like you had a great time though lapping up the sunshine xxx
Great card, I could do with some quick ones to I am thinking. Love the embossed sentiment and snowflake.
Hugs Mau xx
ps is that the N/E moors?


A beautiful card Viv - the inking technique is fab. Love the touch of silver on the gorgeous snowflake charm and the sentiment.

I agree totally with your comment about holiday "dislikes"!! Hope you had a wonderful time, in spite of all the hassle!
Hugs, Sylvia xx

annesyme said...

A gorgeous card Viv!
Anne x

Shelby said...

If you have that awesome of a tan it must've been an amazing vacation! Beautiful card and love the simplicity of it!


lindyloo said...

love the embossing and the added charm is perfect for our challenge over at glitter n sparkle x

Di said...

Super card Viv! Really pretty and the charm is a super finishing touch.

I did laugh at your comments today - cheeky girlie :))

Welcome home too.

Hugs, Di xx

coops said...

simply stunning viv.the effect of the inked embossing folder is fabulous :D

xx coops xx

Margo said...

Thanks for joining our CCC with you wonderful card!