Monday 29 November 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

OK Peeps! Ready for a new challenge?! Well we know how busy you all are around this time of year, so we've decided to keep this fortnight's challenge super simple. All we wanna see is a creation with a holiday/Christmas theme. That's right, if you haven't already, it's probably best you get a move on and create something for the holidays (and that includes any other religious celebrations such as Hanukkah too!) and we're hoping this challenge with give some of us, (me!) a nudge in the right direction *wink*!

Now don't restrict yourself to cards; anything goes for this challenge! Though I myself really needed to get a move on and actually make some cards before I can even begin to think of making anything else!

I like to keep things Clean and Simple (CAS) when it comes to Christmas cards. Not only is it my fave kinda style - it's fab for the mad mass production. I just change the colours every so often to keep my mind from going numb from repetition :D

So here's the first frosty li'l number:

Card Deets
{We Wish you a Merry Christmas}
Stamps: Holiday Signature Greetings, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: London Fog (Memento)/Versamark
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Spring Rain, White Shimmer Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Snowflake Die (Provocraft)/Nestabilities/Lavender Moon Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Shimmer Chalks/Bling (Zva)/'Chompy' (Corner Chomper!)

And here's one that uses a more traditional Christmas colour combo:

Card Deets
{'Tis The Season}
Stamps: Holiday Signature Greetings, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow,Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)/Versamark
Accessories: Glimmer Mist/Cuttlebug/Snowflake Die (Provocraft)/Nestabilities/Fine Linen Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Bling (Zva)/Promarker (To colour my clear bling!)/Chompy (Corner Chomper)

See what a difference simply changing the colours can make?! Now you can't tell on the pics, but there's lots of subtle shimmer going off, especially on that first card. Using PTI's Shimmer Cardstock adds that extra bit of Christmas magic IMHO, and Glimmer Mists are fab for added extra shimmer if you haven't got fancy cardstock to start with!"

Over to Caryn:

"I have gone for a clean and simple approach with this design - so I can easily mass-produce it!! The Tiny Treats: Christmas set means I can do loads of different versions of this without them all needing to be identical. I still have mountains of cards to do so anything that can reduce my workload is good in my book, lol. I adore using Kraft card at the moment and paired with one of my all-time favourite colour combos - Aqua Mist and Pure Poppy, I am pretty happy with the look. I added a teeny bit of my newest obsession, Pure Poppy baker's twine and an Aqua Mist button to add a wee bit of extra interest and to ground the focal image."

Here's Kate:

"Like Caryn I inked up my new Tiny Treats Christmas set for my sample - this has to be one of the most adorable sets ever! I used one of my favourite Christmas colour combos - red, white and kraft - a perfect match for those cute candy canes!"


Stamps: Tiny Treats Christmas/Peaceful Poinsetta
Card: Stampers Select White/Kraft/Pure Poppy/Scarlet Jewel
Ink: Memento Black/Colorbox Chalk
Other: Circle Nestabilities/Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder/Mat Stack No 1 Die/Corner Chomper/Fine Linen Buttons/Copic Markers

Over to our fabulous featured stamper, Bev!

"Christmas has arrived early in the North East of England with lots and lots AND LOTS of SNOW! After being a bit 'mojoless', the snow has certainly got me in the Christmas spirit! It's a good job as planning, as always, hasn't gone to plan when it comes to my Christmas cards! As always I still have tons to make! I needed some quick & easy cards that didn't use too much of my precious PTI supplies and this is what I came up with.

These little cuties are only 7 cm X 10.5 cm which means you can get 4 out of one sheet of card stock! I used some precious Pure Poppy felt on these 4 but when I go full pelt to cranking these out I think I will just use Pure Poppy card stock!

It's hard to see in the photo's but I used some PTI Shimmer card stock & coloured the images with Copic Spica pens to add some sparkle. Some Pure Poppy Bakers Twine and some snowflakes finished them off!

I hope I have inspired you to create some mini Christmas cards!"

Need more tempting to get crafting for Christmas? Well one randomly selected peep will win this super sweet stamp set, fly away!

Here are the deets:
* All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify (please state what is PTI as sometimes for us it's hard to tell :D)

* To enter, use our inlinkz thingy at the bottom of this post. Please leave the correct URL for your entry post and not just your generic blog address! If you're having problems then just leave a comment with a link to your post featuring the project on your blog or online gallery.

* Worldwide entries are more than welcome to share the inspiration and can be in with a chance of being a Top 3 PTI Passionista, but unfortunately prizes can only be shipped within Europe!

* Challenge closes on Monday, December 13th 2010 at 9.00am GMT

* As well as a randomly picked winner, we'll select the top three creations we like the most and feature them on the Blog. The top three PTI Passionistas will have chance to display a Top 3 Passionista Blinkie on their own blog.

We can't wait to see you get in the Christmas spirit too!
Aimes, Caryn, Kate & Bev


Imke said...

Beautiful CAS Cards and these Tiny Treats are so sweet !!

Debby said...

I'm adding my tiny treats to the show! Fab idea Aimes, my brain is so frazzled with Christmas, snow and closed schools that challenges seem to have got missed.

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

You're such an inspiration, ladies! Thanks so much for the scrumptious challenge :)

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Cathygel said...

Thank you for inspiration ... I love the challenges!

Mandy said...

Loving your creations and another fab challenge ladies.


Paul said...

I got my new PTI stamps and dies and made some quick cards but not quick enough to meet the cut off. Thought I'd share them with you anyway. Here's the link:


Kevin Williams said...

Thank you for inspiration ... I love the challenges! X