Sunday 8 December 2013

Sleigh Ride 2 for Crafty Individuals

Welcome to a new week and my post today is to point you in the direction of the Crafty Individuals blog where a new challenge is up for December and we would like to challenge you to make anything festive for December.

This was not such a quick card as I was expecting it to be, but that’s because I kept changing my mind on things.
The background was made with distress inks and CI 241 snowflakes stamp.
Tim’s Townscape on the edge die with  Core’dinations paper sanded down and added distress crackle paint. When dry I painted on some white acrylic paint and glitter to make it look snowy.
I stamped the image from CI  398, one of the newest CI stamps, onto tissue paper …
… and with a paintbrush I painted a line of water around the image and gently teased it out (I use a blunt knife to help me pull the fibres apart).
I reversed it when I glued it to the background, the rough edge blends in really well and you can hardly tell it is there.
I also used the pennants on the edge die to create the top border and finished off with a computer generated sentiment.

CI 398 Santa’s Sleigh Ride – Crafty Individuals
Townscape On The Edge die – Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Distress Crackle paint – Ranger
Coredinations Black Magic paper pad
Distress inks – Iced Spruce, dried marigold, chipped sapphire

Well I managed to almost get the house decorated over the weekend, three trees and three rooms nearly finished, just a few cards to write and get out and then the presents to finish and wrap, but I feel I am nearly there now.

Those of you who were so very kind to send my Granddaughter, Becca, cards this time last year when she was in hospital will know she had a really tough time when she was diagnosed with Crohns disease. But she has flourished over the year, all her weight went back on and she has coped magnificently without her bowel working. Today she has gone back into hospital to have everything re-connected and we are hoping and praying for successful surgery for her. I will let you know how things go.

Enjoy the week and your festive preparations.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Jane said...

That's a very clever card Brenda, the way santa has blended into the sky works so well.The frosty shadows on the houses look perfect. Sending love to your dear granddaughter that all goes well with her surgery...last year must have been a really tought time for your family. Well done with the Christmas preps, hugs xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovey card, great idea to print the sleigh onto tissue. Hope your granddaughter continues to make good progress. Hugs, Valerie

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Wonderful christmas card, love the combination.
Wish you a peaceful week,
big hugs Anja

Redanne said...

Your card is a real beauty Brenda, love how you added the row of houses, which look great with the snow finishes.

My heart goes out to Becca, I hope that all goes well for her, she is a very brave young lady! Hugs, Anne x

Gram's Treasures said...

Lovely card, Brenda, and that is a beautiful stamp. Wishing Becca all the best and here's hoping she's back home soon.
Joyce xx

Deborah said...

Really unusual but I really like it.

Kathyk said...

Your card is just LUSH, Brenda.

Fingers crossed your granddaughters operation will go smoothly and be a complete success too - all the best


Netty said...

Good news on Becca and hope everything goes well for her. Great use of the CI stamp, Annette x

Glennis F said...

Lovely card Brenda, and good luck for your granddaughter's op

Rita said...

Stunning cards Brenda. Sending positive vibes for Becca. Hugs Rita xxx

Amanda said...

Great card Brenda, love those roof tops.
Amanda x

Terry said...

I was just adding snow to a pine tree and decided to take a break while it dries! I so looooovvvee the village and Santa riding right over it! So dreamy! Love tissue paper for this technique! Happy Monday! Hugs!

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Brenda, this has such a beautiful background and the tissue paper santa looks fantastic! It is a great effect. All the very best wishes for your granddaughter and so glad to hear that her year went so well.
Dot x

Fliss said...

This is a stunner Brenda and love the detail and texture.
My very best wishes for a happy outcome for your granddaughter too.
Sorry to take so long to get here and hoping to be back soon.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Daniele said...

such a lovely card Brenda

Anonymous said...

Beautifully frosty and wintry feel to your card. It is such a beautiful image, I have been using it lots at the moment.
What courage Becca has shown. Keeping your family in my thoughts that all goes well for Becca.

Annie said...

Hi that stamp and the tissue has blended in beautifully to your background. Great use of the dies and a fab sentiment.

Sending you huge hugs

Annie x

Dagmar said...

Such a wonderful christmas card!

Jenny Marples said...

This is beautiful Brenda. LOVE those quirky houses with their snow covered roof tops. BTW, have you noticed the current SSS&S challenge? Just a thought.
I'm so glad to hear about Becca's continued improvement. Crossing my fingers and hoping all goes really well this time round.
Jenny x

Words and Pictures said...

How lovely to have the snowy houses all lined up for him to fly over - what a great idea... and the snowflaky inky sky is just glorious!
Alison xx

Words and Pictures said...

Oh, and so delighted to hear that Becca has had a good year... Wishing for a successful outcome in the operation, fingers firmly crossed.

craftytrog said...

A beautiful & clever card Brenda, I love how you reversed the sleigh.
My thoughts are with you & Becca, hope all goes well with her op.
Alison xxx

Sandy said...

"and may all your Christmases be white" Yes I do dream of snow in the winter. This is such a happy card Brenda - I do love the snow on the houses and Santa flying over this village really brought a big smile to my face.
Merry Christmas Brenda!

Cocofolies said...

Hi Brenda, I love your work on this card, using tissue paper to reverse the image and this lovely and snowy border of distressed houses!... Very vintage and beautiful Christmas card! Also ready the news and feel your fear about the ill of your granddaughter.. I have a nephew that has the same illness from several years now, he feels very good in that time and a a normal life and job!! Really wish you that all her exams will be ok... Have a good end of Christmas preparation and lovely end of December, HUGS Coco xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is such a beautiful card, Brenda. I so hope it has all gone well for Becca. What a tough year she has had and she sounds like she has been so brave,

Lucy x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful composition, great Christmas feeling.

Meggymay said...

A wonderful card. Hope all goes well for your granddaughter and she gets home soon.
Yvonne x

Marjie Kemper said...

Prayers for Becca and hugs to you, Brenda. Hoping for excellent news. Your flying Santa sled is so magical, and oh, the snowcapped village is terrific!!

2amscrapper said...

lovely combo of products and techniques! Thoughts and prayers for Becca that all goes well and she has a joyous Christmas.

Margreet said...

When I saw your blogpost of today I recognized the beautiful stamp....but it was not MY I scrolled back and saw that I missed this beautiful one, which is MINE now....thanks so much for sending it and it will get a prominent place (at first in the living room and finally in my craftroom)....hope my card will arrive you in time...wishing you a wonderful weekend for now!
♥♥♥ Margreet

scrappymo! said...

The way you have Santa bursting out of the sky is wonderful...This is so lovely!