Sunday, 1 December 2019

Crafts Galore Encore: Christmas Joys


December 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 in joining the team; no previous experience is necessary.

The sponsor this month is the fabulous Gecko Galz who are offering the winner a $25 store voucher. 

 Leanne at Gecko Galz kindly gave the DT some digital images and papers to work with and here are the cards I made:

My first card used digital paper and an image from a collage sheet:

For this card, I used an image from Gecko Galz's Winter Blessings collage sheet. I teamed it with paper from the Christmas In Nature ATC Set - I made the ATC card larger so that I could use it as a paper. The striped paper is from the Steampunk paper pack.
I matted my image and papers with dark red card from my stash and attached two strips of red, polka dot, satin ribbon. For embellishments I adhered some ivory lace and made a flower and foliage cluster using dies. A few metallic gold bead gems were added along with some alpha stickers.

My next card is a simple layered card using kraft and red card for matting:

I used Gecko Galz's Reindeer Way Jewel It (enlarged) for the image, and the Christmas In Nature ATC Set - again I enlarged the ATC to make it fit the card base, using it as paper rather than an ATC. The image and papers were matted onto red and kraft card, all edges were distressed with scissors. The sentiment (also from the Christmas In Nature ATC set) was matted and, like the Reindeer image, popped on foam for some dimension. Some dark green, chunky ric-rac ribbon was added as embellishment.

My third card uses a vintage digital stamp and some digital paper:

This lovely vintage Santa stamp is from the Merry Little Christmas Stamp Set (which has 25 stamps in total). I coloured it with Copic markers, adding some white Posca pen highlights and die cut it with a distressed rectangle die. I inked the edges of the image die cut with Peeled Paint and Fired Brick Distress Oxide inks and matted the image onto a gold mat. I used paper from the Deadwood paper pack, distressed and inked the edges with Vintage Photo ink and matted it onto gold textured paper.
A strip of ivory lace was placed across the bottom portion of the card and the image was popped on top on foam tape. Die cut, gold snowflakes were placed just under the image mat and silver gems were placed in the centre of each snowflake.

Many thanks to Leanne at Gecko Galz 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:

Card 1
Crafting Happiness #25 Angels 08/12 TOP PICK
Crafty Creations #403 AG 10/12
A Bit More Time To Craft #105 AG 14/12
A Place To Start Happy Holidays 31/12 (1/8)
Love to Scrap #128 Christmas Bingo 31/12 (1/5) WINNER
B=Diecut  I=Flower  N=Ribbon   G= Gold  O=Lace
Love to Craft #41 AG 31/12 (2/5)

Card 2
Creatalicious Challenges #175 AG 14/12
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Dec AG 24/12

Card 3
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #119 AG 14/12
Christmas with the Cuties #33 Show Us Your Santa Hats
A Perfect Time To Craft #De12 AG 27/12 SPOTLIGHT WINNER
Morgans Artworld #12 AG 27/12
Classic DT Dec AG 28/12
613. Avenue Create #228 AG 31/12 (1/8) TOP ROCKER
Colouring In Scrapland Christmas 04/01

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


  1. Hi Carole all your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. You are so talented. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. WOWOW! Carole, these are each absolutely incredible with the richest colors and a brilliance in your layers that makes each one become a masterpiece! They are wonderful! hugs, de

  3. These are absolutely gorgeous! The linky at Cards Galore Encore Challenges has prematurely closed... please fix so we can enter our projects! Thanks and hugs! :)


    1. HI Leslie - so sorry about the linky. It is fixed now xx

  4. An absolutely stunning set of cards Carole. I love your designs and the gorgeous papers and images you chose xx

  5. WOW, that is all I can say for these stunning cards. The coloring is stunning as well as the attention to detail. Thanks so much for playing along in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Good luck with your entry and hope to see you again. Sladjana (DT for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends)

  6. Awww.... Such AMAZING designs!!! Love your colours choice, all the details match so well the gorgeous images and there are fabulous textures!! Wonderful cards!!

  7. Gorgeous cards! Look very beautiful! Thank you, dear Carole, for joining the challenge at Creatalicious Challenges that we are sponsoring! Good luck with your entry!

    Digital stamps and coloring books
    DigiClub - You can get as many images as you like

  8. So adorable and beautiful cards :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Creatalicious :)

  9. Beautiful cards Carole, the colours are so gorgeous and I love the images and your designs.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  10. Gorgeous cards, Carole! I love the reds and golds that thread their way through all of them.
    Hugs Monica

  11. Oh wow! Your coloring on these projects is beautiful! I love the lace you used as well! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  12. What an amazing array of Christmas cards Carole, love all your beautiful images, papers and fabulous colours, many thanks for sharing these with us at Christmas with the Cuties.

    Pat xx

  13. Stunning creations x Thank you for sharing at 613 Avenue Create x

  14. This is stunning and beautifully composed! I love how your design guides the eye so that one does not miss any of the wonderful details! What an awesome response to our challenge at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    A Place To Start Challenge
    613 Avenue Create Challenge

  15. Your Santa is beautiful! I love the oh, so Victorian look and feel! Another fabulous design shared with us here at 613 Avenue Create! Thanks for stopping by our house and dropping of this beauty!
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Challenge
    A Place To Start Challenge

  16. Oooo . . . all three of these are gorgeous!! Love the vintage images and the beautiful color combos! Thanks for playing with LTSCB.

  17. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at 2CCC. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Mia {My Blog}

  18. Wonderful projects! I love all three! So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create. Please come back again! The best of luck with your entry. Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  19. What a gorgeous selection of cards. Love the colour waves x

    hugs sally x

  20. What a gorgeous selection of cards. Love the colour waves x

    hugs sally x

  21. Wow gorgeous Xmas Cards you have created here. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

  22. Such a cute Christmas card. Enjoy the holidays and thanks for joining us at Christmas With The Cuties
    Julie T

  23. Beautiful and unique cards. I love them all! Thanks for joining the challenge at Love To Craft Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTCCB

  24. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  25. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional winter” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Simply Create Too)

    (DT Kreativtanten)


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