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Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Exciting news and a Christmas ornament

Hello, crafting friends!

I don't know how I've been able to keep this one quiet but today I can reveal some very exciting news: I have been lucky enough to be invited to join the fabulous design team at one of my favourite challenges, CAS Colours and Sketches! How brilliant is that?! I shall become a regular in the new year but am guesting there today. Let's have a look at the challenge:


The idea is to take a sketch or colour palette from 2020 and give it a seasonal twist. Just go to the challenge site and click on the archives on the top bar and you'll be able to see all the past challenges. I've chosen the sketch from February's challenge number 359 and really enjoyed creating a Christmas card with it!


The shapes immediately suggested a Christmas tree ornament to me so I pulled out my Ornamental stencil by Funky Fossil. I watercoloured a 'ground' first, then stencilled two shades of red ink into the stencil. When it was dry, I used alcohol markers to colour the rest of the bauble, adding the cap with a silver marker and the highlight with a  Posca white paint pen.


The 'Merry' part of the sentiment was die cut from red card stock using a bargain die I picked up from Hobbycraft. I added a little silver embossed Christmas tag I made using a Uniko block stamp, and allowed the 'y' to curl around it. The card was finished with a few red gems on the bauble.


Here's the sketch I used - which one will inspire you? To celebrate the milestone of 400 challenges and the last challenge of 2020, there'll be a prize for the winner this week from the wonderful Uniko!  Click here to go to the challenge site for details, have a look at the handy archives of sketches and colours past, and use the Linky tool to join in. I can't wait to see what you make!

CHALLENGES
I'm joining in with The Paper Players where they want to see our Christmas makes; I'm also linking up with Jingle Belles' last hurrah :)


AND IN OTHER NEWS
It's been pretty hectic here as it became clear that Christmas was going ahead! The tree went up at the weekend and I've been up to my ears in baubles. Eva is very excited to see all the decorations come out again and has been sniffing at everything and wagging gently. She has a decoration of her own that my daughter gave me one year - a beautiful sparkly golden retriever!


I love decorating the house at Christmas, partly because bringing out all the ornaments is like meeting up with old friends, with all the memories they bring :)

Sending hugs,

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations Vicky, a perfect partnership methinks. Your card is gorgeous and colours fabulous, I love how you have placed the die with the curling "y". Fabulous.
    Faith x

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  2. I was excited to see you listed on the new DT! Looking forward to the new year of challenges!

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  3. Congratulations, Vicky! So well deserved, and your card and your tree are beautiful xoxo

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  4. CONGRATULATIONS on your DT position. Well deserved. Totally awesome take on the sketch with this gorgeous bauble card.

    Happy festive decorating!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  5. Love the CAS layout and beautiful colours on your image and sentiment,Your golden retriever tree decoration is gorgeous

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  6. Brilliant Vicky, love it.

    Kath x

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  7. Huge congratulations Vicky, I’m not surprised they snapped you up, and your card is stunning, the bauble looks so real Xxx

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  8. Congratulations to you and love the card design.

    Hugs Diane

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  9. Congratulations, Vicky! You will be a wonderful addition to the CAS Colours & Sketches team! Your card is a perfect example of why you were chosen! I agree about putting out Christmas decorations. So many memories and definitely like meeting with old friends!

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  10. OMG..I am so excited for you being chosen as the new Design Team girl for the CAS Colour & Sketches Challenge. You will be an awesome addition. Great that you got your tree up and decorated too:-) Merry Christmas and Congratulations my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

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  11. As always a really super creation and what fabulous news,
    well done and enjoy Bx

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  12. I love this Vicky!!! The details are amazing and looking back, that sketch did scream ornament. Welcome to CC&S. So happy you're here.

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  13. Woo hoo! Huge congratulations on your design team appointment! Your card is fabulous...so clean and PERFECT! I love your sparkly golden retriever ornament. We have our share of Boxer ornaments here at the Schach house, but alas with 2 puppies in the house, there will be no tree...and definitely NO presents placed anywhere in puppy range! Thank you for sharing this awesome card with The Paper Players this week!

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  14. Adorable holiday card Vicky! Ornament is perfect for that sketch! Hugs!1 Bhavya xo

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  15. Oh, Vicky, I'm so happy to see you're a new member of the CC&S design team! Such a perfect fit and I look forward to seeing your DT creations! I love your brilliant bauble design with the stencil and Copic coloring. Thanks so much for sharing with The Paper Players this week!

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  16. Wow! I love the depth you've achieved with the stencilling and pretty details! Stunning card!

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  17. This is such a fabulous card Vicky - that bauble is coloured and shaded so well, it is so realistic! You are my CAS idol and I'm so pleased that you are joining the CASC&S team too. Thanks for playing along with my theme challenge over at The Paper Players this week with this gorgeous ornament!

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  18. Vicky, this is absolutely stunning! I love the way you added the shadow under the ornament! GREAT!!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  19. Congrats on being part of the design team ~ They are blessed that you accepted. Wonderful take on the sketch and I love the festive bauble you created. ~ Decorating is fun ~

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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