Saturday, December 3, 2016

HIMCR Challenge #278 Christmas Colors

Hi everyone I'm excited to be posting my first project for the Hiding In My Craft Room challenge. This week the challenge is Christmas Colors. Details can be found here:

The challenge is being sponsored by Robyn's Fetish a digital stamp company. There are also digital papers available to purchase on their site. The winner will receive three images of their choice. Check out the site after you finish reading this post.😉Robyns Fetish Just make sure you have a cup of something to drink because you may just get lost looking at all the fabulous images and papers.

Enough yakking as I know you are wanting to see what I did with Carl The Snowman, First off  is as an ornament on the tree.

I digitally colored him in PhotoShop then printed multiple images on my card stock. After all no use printing just one per sheet. One thing I would do different is to cut the individual images out and then laminate and cut again. I thought I could save time but it took me longer trying to cut through all the layers.  Of course like a dummy I didn't think of cutting them out with one of my cutting machines. Because the wind blows really bad where I live I punched the hole and then used garden wire to fasten to the tree. The hole is large enough so if I decide next year to decorate indoors with all the Carls I can instead use ribbon. By laminating your images you can use them year after year.

Next is a banner which is also laminated.

Cut all the Carl's with my cutting machine. Sure saved my poor hands. Also use my Cameo to cut out the letters. My markers were running out near the end while I was airbrushing my pennants which I had also cut out with my machine. Note to self make sure you have ink to refill your Spectrum Noir in the colors you constantly use.

Last but not least is a card using Carl. This card turned out better than the image in my head.

 My background was created by using Darice Snowflake embossing folder  on gesso coated card stock. I had previously swiped Stazon Teal ink over the folder and then Clear Embossing ink. The embossing ink kept the Stazon ink wet so when I put my card in the folder the ink was transferred. I then took Liquitex Iridescence Medium and brushed over the panel. If you look carefully you may be able to see the sheen.

The other piece is from Recollection Frosty Cabin paper. I won't tell you how many years I've had it in my stash.

 I printed a smaller size of Carl for the card. That is beauty of using digital stamps. Then I took a Purple Liquid Pearl and with a toothpick added it to the center of the flower on the mittens. Guess I should have used the white but I still like how nice the center turned out. For the string I used Karen Foster Scrapper Floss. My embroidery thread was too flimsy. I cut a slit in the mittens and careful poked a hole up at the top. Threaded the floss through the slits and holes and then taped in the back the ends. I love the little bit of texture it gives. I think dental floss would probably work but not sure.

I decided to use the scallop die to cut instead of cutting out Carl. My only other set of Spellbinder dies my oval set has mysteriously disappeared . Perhaps it is time to clean the "playroom".

So there you have it my projects for my first design team post.  For the month of December I will be on the design team of Shopping Our Stash Weekly challenges as a guest designer. I can't tell you what projects I'm working on so you will have to come back and check them out. The first project for them will go live on Tuesday. It is going to be a busy month crafting for sure.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will come again. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. Congratulations on your first post with your new DT. I love your two projects. Never thought of laminating an ornament--what a great idea. You're getting clever in Photoshop.

  2. Congrats on your DT spot over at HIMCR! The snowman is adorable!!I love the super cute ornament and banner!! Adorable card too! New follower.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting with Creative M


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