Friday, 5 December 2014

A compendium of fun

Hello everyone and thanks so much for dropping in here.

I am cutting it very fine, but I was determined to play again in the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge. Time has flown so fast, it's challenge 16 already, and after actually winning challenge 9 and getting Tim's amazing parcel, I have just not managed to play again, so it was high time to do so.
Days are busy right now, so all I have managed to make was a humble Christmas card, but I had great fun doing so. Of course all the rules are on the COC 3 blog, so I won't repeat them here, but the technique for this one can be found on page 50 of a Compendium of Curiosities. The generous sponsor for a random winner this time is the other wonderful Linda from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I followed Tim's instructions pretty much exactly using clear embossing powder and his lovely Holiday Knits layering stencil and then inked with various blue Distress Inks, - Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans plus a little bit of Chipped Sapphire.
I had great fun with the snowflake. I cut the Stacked snowflakes, but then put them one by one the embossing  folder of the Layered Snowflake die. If you center them carefully it works great and I am really happy with the result. The centre is just a little rusted metal snowflake.

I have tried really hard to keep my cards flat this year and not to add to many embellishments, but with this one I could not help myself, I just had to add a little Christmassy flower cluster.

Many people have asked me about the edge of my card base and how I did it. Well the truth is, I bought a pack of cards with this edge on it in Hobby Crafts. (The UK equivalent of Michaels).

The inside of the card was done in a similar colour ways:
The sentiment here is from Stampendous, seems to be my favourite this year, I have used it over and over again.

Anyway, that's it. I am obviously linking to the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 16

Hope you are on track with your own festive preparations. I have about 5 more cards to do, but the main bulk has been sent, yay....

Have a good weekend and thank you so much for visiting!!

30 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

What a gorgeous card! Hugs, Valerie

Julia S-W said...

Really lovely card Astrid. I love that stencil. I'm trying to make mine flat this year too but it's so tempting to add just one more layer!
Have a good weekend, Julia xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is so beautiful Astrid! Wonderful card!
Outside and inside!
A treasure!
Happy weekend Astrid!

chrissies said...

Nothing humble about this card with the wonderful colour choices and special 'Astrid' additions to it.

Have a great day

Love Chrissie x

Redanne said...

I think your card is much more than humble - it is absolutely stunning! I love that snowflake and the inside of your card is just wonderful! Hugs, Anne x

Maryann Laursen said...

HUMBLE???? This card is anything BUT humble Astrid, it´s outstanding and very very beautiful. I absolutely LOVE what you´ve done to this one here, sooooooooooo stunning work as usual hun.

Dagmar said...

Traumhaft schön- die Stencil steht auch noch ganz oben auf meiner Wunschliste :-) Ganz liebe Grüße, Dagmar

Stamps and Paper said...

Stuning card Astrid beautiful colours and textures

Anne

Jan Hill said...

Love the card, it's beautiful x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous card Astrid, I just love that blue, so striking with the big gold snowflakes! I can see why that stamp is your favourite, it's fabulous! big hugs :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card again, I love the sentiment as well. Your snowflakes are always so beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend, Shirleyxx

Sue C said...

Beautiful card Astrid, another lucky recipient! Sue C x

Nicole Wright said...

As always soooo pretty! You are amazing with all your papers and goodies.

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Yay, Astrid is back! Gorgeous card, as always. Beautiful detail and the technique is achieved to perfection. Thanks so much for entering this on CC3C. This is such a busy time, we really appreciate that you've taken time to enter!

Anita Houston said...

Just gorgeous Astrid! LOVE the stencil you used and the snowflake! Thanks so much for playing along with us on the Layered Stencil Embossing challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

fairyrocks said...

Stunning card work, just perfect. If that is a humble card, I want to be on your list this year!! Keep smiling and creating

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous card-love your colour choice! That stencil and your gorgeous snowlake make a wonderful card! Chrisx

Candy C said...

Hi Astrid! I am so happy to see your lovely work here at the CC3C challenge! That die cut card edge you found at your craft store is gorgeous! What a wonderful compliment it is to your beautifully done card. Your stenciled layers using Tim's Holiday Knit stencil are so pretty. That embossed snowflake is exquisite! Love it! Thanks for sharing your always lovely art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

Meggymay said...

A beautiful card Astrid, love the layered poinsettia.
Yvonne

Juliz Design Post said...

Gorgeous snowflake in another beautifully designed card.
Julie x

massofhair said...

Beautiful colours as always, am a huge fan of your colour palettes Astrid! Your card is mesmerising, you get lost in the layers and textures. There will be a lot of happy faces when your cards arrive :-) xxx

Marisa Job said...

What a beautiful card!! Your work is amazing!!

Marva Plummer-Bruno said...

This is gorgeous Astrid! you do such beautiful work!!!

artwolf2009 said...

what adorable Cards, love the 2nd one best - great Card and not so bulky so easily shippable.
Have a great 2nd Advent

Ros Crawford said...

Congrats on your win Astrid!! So well deserved ... This is another stunning card ... the details are wonderful!

Dorthe said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful, with the layered and embossed snowflake dear Astrid, and the flower such a lovely add.
It will be so loved where it is send.

Hugs from Dorthe

Klaudia/Kszp said...

Fabulous card, Astrid :)

butterfly said...

I'm loving those ornate edgings on the card flap (Hobby Crafts eh? clever!) and the snowflake is exquisite. I love the subtle soft gold shimmer against the deep blue, and the little flower embellishment is so sweet.
Alison xx

barbarayaya62 said...

Stunning!!!! Love the colors, the stencil, all in this work!!!! Wonderful! Barbarayaya

Yvonne said...

This is absolutely stunningly beautiful! Love using Blue for Christmas themes!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at CC3C!!! Happy happy holidays!!!

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