Monday, 1 December 2014

Nostalgic Christmas for Countryview Crafts

Hello everyone and happy December!! I don't know about you, but I for one am really looking forward to Christmas. (Probably specially because I am going to visit my grand children in Australia)...

The first of the month means a new challenge over at the  Countryview Crafts Challenge blog, and this month I got to choose the theme, and of course it had to be Christmas, so as I love vintage projects I chose the theme "A Nostalgic Christmas"
I made a tag card, by making a first and second tag and connecting the two with a lace ribbon. On the first tag I made a simple background by blending Faded Jeans and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. I then stamped some snowflakes with Coffee Archival ink.
Here are a few close ups of the first tag

 A snowflake created with two Spellbinder dies layered on top of each other, glittered with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.
 Two layered hearts, the bigger one coloured with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and then glittered in the same way. A smaller one made with a Sizzix Movers and Shapers die, old book paper onto card and some Tim Holtz letter stickers. I also added a little ticket, made with a Tim Holtz stamp from the Odds and Ends set.

A pine cone cluster, the pine cones were made using the Tim Holtz pine cone die. I added some Vintage Photo Distress Glitter to them for a bit of sparkle.
The second tag was more of a mix media creation. My DH gave me a full set of Gelatos, last year for my birthday and I have hardly used them at all, so thought I would give them a go, just for fun.
I started by covering my second tag with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and some Tissue Tape and then covered that with a thin layer of Gesso, rubbed on with my fingers for better control.
Next came the Gelatos and some back ground stamping. Love how you can just swoosh them all over your project and take them away again with a baby wipe if it gets too dark.
Also added some background stamping.

And finally a sentiment layered up with some Spellbinder dies.
And here you can see the two together, I was pleased to see how well the colours of the Gelatos matched the Distress colours on the first tag.

Thank you for visiting and hope you will play along with our challenge!


Valerie-Jael said...

A beautiful tag, looks frosty and elegant! Valerie

Annie said...

Absolutely gorgeous tag card the colours and stunning details

Huge hugs Annie x

chrissies said...

Stunning ! Wonderful ideas and thank you for sharing how you made them

Love Chrissie x

Brenda Brown said...

A delightful tag card Astrid with gorgeous images and colours. The gelatos worked a treat.
Have a great week. xx

Anneke said...

They go together very well. Love there vintage look and the beautiful color blue. Love it. Very inspiring Anneke.

Nikki Acton said...

Love them both! You always manage achieve an authentic vintage feel in your projects. Nikkixx

Carol said...

This is beautiful Astrid. Carol x

Corrie Herriman said...

Beautiful tags with lovely wintery colours !
Corrie x

Redanne said...

Your tag card is so beautiful Astrid, I love how you used the Gelatos, really must brush the dust of mine.... Anne xx

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous card tag, love the soft colours and super additions.

butterfly said...

Lovely as ever, Astrid... glad you had fun playing with the Gelatos, and turning them to fit your style perfectly, and the tissue wrap and tape background gives fabulous depth.
Alison xx

Maryann Laursen said...

These tags are absolut gorgeous, and you really made both tags to fit sooo perfectly even you used different mediums for them, and they are just soooooooooooo beautiful as usual hun.
Can I ask you a favor?? I see you´ve made the TH cones here and they looks fabulous. Would you mind to show HOW you make them look like this?? I´m one of the moderators on a Danish forum here and we´ve just had so many questions from many of the girls about this, as many tells us, they´ve bought this die, but can´t find out to make the cones, but I don´t have this die, so have no idea how it works, or how theyre put together to look like these beautiful cones here, so I hope, that you´ll maybe show us, so I can send people here to see how they´re done??? But only when you have the time sometimes, as I know, you´re busy right now getting ready to travel to AU, so no rush at all okay. Have a wonderful day and loads of fun everyone.

Sue said...

This is beautiful Astrid, I love your icy blues, and the gelato's look fab! xx

Sandy Dehon said...

You are not only talented but so mush fun Astrid! Everything you do is exciting and I do so appreciate your tutorials.
Australia is forever from here - how long will your flight last and where does your family live?
Merry Christmas Astrid!!
Sandy xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful! Love the color pallete and all the texty bits.

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