Sunday, 18 November 2012

Driving Home For Christmas

Hello folks, are you all singing now as that song by Chris Rea is a favourite of mine at Christmas and is the inspiration behind my creation for the new challenge for the fortnight over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges with the theme of Home Sweet Home.
I have to admit to having been in a bit of a quandary about this challenge as I couldn't make my mind up what to do and the card came about after a visit to Morrisons earlier in the week where to my complete horror, Christmas songs were playing!Can you guess I'm not feeling Christmassy yet?!
Here's what I came up with:

I've used one of my favourite stamps from a set I bought last year by Papermania as I loved this snowy village scene. I stamped it with Archival coffee ink on thick cartridge paper and then coloured the scene with Luminance pencils.
I made a frame for the scene by stamping the bird and misteltoe (Onyx Expressions) in the bottom right corner of a larger piece of cartridge paper using Archival olive and coffee inks and coloured with a mix of Luminance and watercolour pencils. I then used my trusty Creative Memories oval cutting set to cut an aperture so the I could partially cut round the bird image to add depth to the scene.
I then stamped on the Christmas text from a much older Papermania clear stamp set using an inked baby wipe on an acrylic block left over from a crafting session a couple of months ago - I covered it with cling film at the time and it's still got tons of life in it! If you'd like to know how to do this technique, it was kindly shared by Mynnette, one of my fellow MMM DT sisters, on her Technique Tuesday Challenge which you can find here. I was also thrilled to bits to have my bargello card for the last challenge there as a featured card - thanks Mynnette!
I added the panels to a kraft card blank (8x8) and finished off with an old gold ribbon and bow.

So there you have it and I hope you like it. my fellow Fashionettes have made some gorgeous inspiration for the catwalk and as always our sponsor is the lovely Marina of Cottage Crafts so do pop over for all the details.

Have a lovely day.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Use Something More Than 6 Months Old (All My Stamps)
4 Crafty Chicks - Winter Wonderland
Craft Punked - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes


Ephemera said...

Te he Fliss have so far managed not to hear any Christmas songs, but now yes I do have one in my head LOL! Love your card, and the scene is so pretty, and the addition of the bird at the side is gorgeous. Have a great Sunday. xx

brenda said...

I'm really enjoying going round your home project this morning, everyone so far has been so different.

Yours have a beautifully winter Christmas morning feel to it and I can almost hear the church bells ringing.

Hope you have a good Sunday.

B x

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi are using a lot of baby wipes lately! lol...and the effects look fantastic. This really is a classic xmas card, gorgeous style and colours.
Dot x

Caroline said...

Fliss this is gorgeous I love the image and the colours are beautiful. Caroline xxx

Buttons said...

Oh Fliss, that was exactly the song that leapt into my head when I saw the challenge title this time! It has given a direction to a project which has been hanging over me recently so you are a star for that! Love this card and another brill technique. So much inspiration, thank you. Hugs, Buttons x

Sue C said...

Lovely card Fliss, the colours are beautiful and I love the little bird sitting on the edge of the scene. Sue C x

craftattack said...

Beautiful card! Hugs, Valerie

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fliss, that's just a beautiful Christmas card, great colors and stamping.
Have a wonderful sunday.

Karon said...

Stunning card - I love the stamped scene and the backing papers. TFS

Meggymay said...

Beautiful scene, its a wonderful card.

Hazel said...

Lovely homely scene - super card - this card is delightful and just right for the purpose - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 99 - hope to see you again soon. x

Terry said...

I have not heard any Christmas songs in the stores, but that will probably change after Thanksgiving! Fliss, that is a gorgeous scene you created with the stamps! Love the colors! Have a great Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Hi Fliss
This is so pretty and beautifully coloured.

Mrs.B said...

Hi Fliss, this is a lovely card, love the image and the way you added the bird and holly. Great background.
Avril xx

Yvonne Garner said...

I LOVE your snow village scene. Just so cozy. Beautiful card. Hope all is well. Best, Yvonne

Claire said...

Gorgeous card Fliss, love love love that stamp! Eeeek Christmas music already?? Now that is scary lol
Just off to link up to your fabby candy now
Claire xx

Sally H said...

That is gorgeous! I love the sepia feel of it and I can see why you love the stamps. Beautiful!

Fiona said...

Lovely traditional christmassy scene Fliss but far too early for 'Driving Home this Christmas'! Love the way you've positioned the bird over the aperture. I met Chris Rea a few years ago when I despatched his flight to Florence, he was charming and not at all showbizzy.

Ellie Knol said...

Beautiful christmas card!

Ellie Knol said...

LOVELY project! Beautiful stamping on fabric!

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous wintry scene.
hugs {brenda} xox

Tamie said...

Clean, simple and fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

s4rah said...

Lovely card, thanks for joining us at Craft Punked this week!

♥ Mys ♥ said...

Your card is so beautiful:)
Driving home for Christmas is my favorite christmas song too:)
*Hugs, Inger*