Friday 1 November 2019

* Crafts Galore Encore: Cardinal and Holly


November brings another Anything Goes challenge at Crafts Galore Encore
We also have a DT call, so please check out the blog post here if you are interested - previous experience is not necessary.

The sponsor this month is the fabulous Beccy's Place who are offering the winner a $10 AU store voucher. 

Beccy kindly gave the DT some images to work with. She also has a host of free black and white and pre-coloured images on her blog for you to use, as well as some wonderful card fold tutorials, so why not head over and see all the fabulous stuff she has!
Beccy is also hosting the seventh annual 'Month of Holiday Cards Challenge' throughout the month of November - a jolly good way to get cracking on your Christmas cards!

Here is my project:

 It's November, so I went with making a Christmas card. I used a FREE digi stamp from Beccy's Place called Cardinal and Holly. I coloured the image with Copic markers and added some white highlights and dots. I saw Beccy's card where she had placed dots around the bird and tried it for myself. I cut the image with a Cottage Cut stitched rectangle die and matted it onto shimmery red card.
 I made the background using Paperartsy Infusions (Emerald Isle) through a stencil (Flowers Galore - That's Crafty). I love the result! I inked the edges of the background in black ink and matted it onto red card. Next I popped the matted image on foam tape onto the background, printed a sentiment, matted it and adhered it to the base. A single, large poinsettia was added as embellishment.

Many thanks to Beccy at Beccy's Place for generously sponsoring and supporting this challenge. We hope you'll pop over to the shop to see the many lovely products on sale.

Also, please pop over to Crafts Galore Encore to see the DTs wonderful designs. 

We'd love to see your creations.
Remember the challenge is always 'Anything Goes' and so you can create any type of project - it doesn't have to be a card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Aud Sentiments #239 AG 11/11
World Wide Open DT AG 12/11
Classic DT Nov AG 28/11 Highly Commended
Winter Wonderland Nov - Use Holly/Ivy 30/11
Beccy's Place 30 Days of Holiday Cards: Day 1 "A" 30/11
A-fold card
Love to Craft #40 AG 30/11 TOP PICK
12 Months of Christmas #59 AG 30/11 (2/10)

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 


  1. Hi Carole this is a stunning card. I love it. That red cardinal is magnificent. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Carole, your cardinal scene is stunning with those wonderful, vibrant hues! Breathtaking! hugs, de

  3. Such a beautiful card! Love the reds, Carole!
    Hugs Monica

  4. This is such a beautiful card.
    xxx Hazel.

  5. A gorgeous card Carole. Lovely background, poinsettia and image xx

  6. You've combined two of my favourite Christmastime subjects Carole... cardinals and poinsettias! I love the rich reds and sparkles of green glitter you added to the background. You've done an awesome job colouring the image, I like the addition of the white pen in a few areas to highlight certain features. Good on you for trying a new technique too, the dots around the bird look fabulous and add lots of lovely texture.

  7. Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Jackie DT

  8. Wow, Carole, this is STUNNING! What a beautiful Christmas card! I adore your colouring!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous Christmas Project. Nice work. Looks great.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  10. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at LTCC, good luck!!! Amy DT

  11. Such a beautiful card,Thanks for sharing with us at Aud

  12. I am back again with a DT hat on this time.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Monica DT Member for

  13. Brilliant work and what deep rich reds! xoxo

  14. Thank you for sharing your fabulous card with us at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. I really love your cardinal image. We hope to see you again at the Link Up. Christine DT

  15. Carole, I had to stop by to tell you how absolutely gorgeous this card is! And I want/need to know what kind of white pen do you use? I have a Sakura white Gelly Roll pen and Sharpie white paint markers, and neither of them yield the crisp white lines and dots like yours does. So beautiful!
    Love To Scrap 2

    1. Hi Leslie! Thanks for your lovely words. The pen I use is a white Posca Paint pen - it comes in various sizes and I use the 0.7mm bullet tipped for dashes and dots and any of the larger ones for shaking to produce paint splatters over backgrounds. They come in all colours. xx

    2. Thanks so much for that info... will have a look! :)


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