Sunday 28 February 2016

All Wired Up for Christmas

Hi everybody.  Well it's that time again, it's the Rudolph Days Challenge which runs from the 25th until the end of each month and is run by Maureen over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo and is always Anything Goes, and will ensure a few cards are made before that time in November when panic begins to set in when you realise that there is only about a month before they need to be made, written and posted.  I noticed also that Less is More this week have asked for wire to be included on a card, and the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge have a Tic Tac Toe this month and one of the options is to use red, green and gold, so with all this in mind here is the card I ended up making.

I began by folding a piece of white card to make a 7" x 5" card and then I used a snippet of white card and an embossing folder by Sheena Douglass called Frosty Ice, which I was lucky enough to win not long before Christmas.  I had a hunt through my box of bits and managed to find some gold wire which I have had for absolutely ages and have hardly over used.  It is reasonably thin and I started to bend it to make an interesting shape, and at intervals I looped the wire a couple of times at the places where the lights would sit.  It was a bit fiddly and not something I am likely to mass produce but I got there in the end.  I took a few brads and where I had looped the wire I made a hole with a pokey tool and put the brads through to hold the wire in place.

The lights were my own design and made with some snippets of the same white card and using Distress Inks in Festive Red and Mowed Lawn I inked them using a water brush and highlighted a little with a white gel pen and then covered them with clear Wink of Stella for a little bit of glitz.

I finished with a sentiment which I die cut from gold mirri card which I backed with Stick It which I find excellent for sticking sentiments and other quite small surfaces which it is difficult to get ordinary glue on to without getting in a total mess

Thank you for dropping by today and I do really appreciate all the interest shown in my little slice of blogland.

Pat x

I am also entering the following challenges:

Casology - Distress.  I have used Distress Inks.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

So delighted to be chosen Winner of the Happy Little Stampers February Christmas Challenge.


Valerija said...

Lovely CAS card. Love embossed background and gold sentiment.
Thank you for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challnege. Good Luck.
Valerija - DT member.

scrappymo! said...

What a pretty card. I am just loving your new embossing folder. I have so many of the small size and find that any I buy now are this lovely larger size or the much easier to use these larger ones.

Your frames your wee lights perfectly. This is a brilliant idea and so creative!

Thanks for taking part in the February Rudolph Days Challenge. Good luck in the prize draw.

Esther said...

Gorgeous! I love the EF, the baubles, the wire... this is a fab card (and well done for getting ahead on next Christmas!) x

Jean said...

I love the use of the wire to connect the lights. A great embossing folder too.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Really lovely CAS RD card, love the lights.

Kath x

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Pat. Very clever use of the wire too. I love the embossing folder, one of my favourites for Christmas cards.

Visiting your blog today with my Rudolph Days DT member's hat on. Thanks for joining in with the Challenge. Good Luck!

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

I love that you designed your own light for this card and you've coloured them beautifully.
So glad you managed to use some of that wire. It's a terrific card.
Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More this week.
Sharon xx

Marie Bingaman said...

That is a very pretty card, and I love that embossing folder! :)

Loll said...

Really beautiful Pat. LOVE that embossed background ... what a beautiful folder. Hmmm ... need to add that to my wish list. :) And love the lights you've made on the gold wire. Great design! xx

Ardyth said...

Pretty, frosty texture around your lights! So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

WOW! A fun and striking take on the challenge. Love the embossed BG and perfect string of fairy lights! thanks for playing at Less is More this week. Sarah

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Very beautiful and elegant Pat, the embossing on white with the pop of colour is wonderful. Take care, Shirleyxx

Barb said...

Hi Pat, a very pretty card. What a super frosty looking embossing folder. Barbxx

Kath said...

A lovely card and a great design - a beautiful embossed background and I love the lights you've made.
Thank you for joining us at the Rudolph Day Challenge.
Kath - DT member

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

A wonderful CAS card Pat and I love the way that you've threaded the gold wire through the lights. It also has added interest with the embossing folder that you've used, I love it x

MaryH said...

Hi Pat, (Got my HLS Hat on now!) Love this fab embossing around the colorful string of lights that just fit the challenge for HLS Feb. Challenge of Tic Tac Toe. Clever girl to make such a pretty card, and have it fit in with many challenges! You rocked it! TFS & Thanks for joining at HLS Feb Christmas Challenge. Hugs.

Neets B said...

Wow, Pat, this is fabulous. I love the dimension on the lights you designed, and what a great idea to anchor the wire with the brads.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great elegant Christmas card!!


Kathyk said...

Super fun card, love the use of wire and that embossing folder's fab


gail said...

love your embossing folder and your string of lights, thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers

Gerrina said...

Those lights look so great! That showes that making such elements yourself makes a card so much more original! Gerrina

Petra Swart said...

So clever to use the gold wire for your fun string of festive lights, Pat!!! And clever to make your own little lights, too!!!
Love the dry embossing and the sentiment in gold!!!! Such a lovely Christmas card!!!!
Have a great day!!!

Linda said...

This is fab .... love the embossed background and the string of lights is such a clever idea. Thank you for playing along with the HLS Christmas Challenge. Linda xx

Bonnie said...

Very clever Christmas tree lights, Pat! Thanks for your visit to CAS Mix Up! Hope to see you in the gallery!

Chrissie said...

This is fab Pat, your string on lights looks ace with that delicate use of wire!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

MaryH said...

Congratulations!I see that you are a winner over at HLS TicTacToe! YEAH! WTGo. Hugs

Pat said...

Thank you Mary. I must admit I haven't been over to HLS for a few days and didn't realise until your comment came through and was so thrilled to have won! x