Friday, 28 May 2010

Bah! Humbug! 20 - Silhouettes

Simple Silhouettes is our challenge for you this week at Bah! Humbug!  I have always loved silhouettes and remember having fun as a child making shadow shapes on the bedroom wall with a torch and my hands.
When I went looking for a stamp for my card this week, I was pleased to see I have accumulated several sets of Christmas silhouette stamps over the last year or so, which meant I had plenty to choose from - the only difficulty was deciding which one to use.  
Finally, I settled on this lovely image of Santa and his reindeer flying across the sky which is from a set by Debbie Moore Designs.  
The line of trees below was embossed straight onto the card front using one of the embossing folders bought as a set from Oh My Crafts several months ago.  I do believe they are now available elsewhere so are no longer exclusive.
Adding some holographic embossing powder gives a touch of sparkle to some of the trees, which unfortunately isn't really showing in this photo.
Santa and the greeting, (from the same set of stamps), were stamped with black pigment ink and then cut with Oval Nestabilities before being treated to some holographic sparkle and matted onto a Scalloped Oval cut from black card given the same treatment.  
Oh Yesssssssss ... we are sparkling good style!
The card should've been completed at this stage but I felt it needed something else ... and yes you've guessed ... MORE SPARKLE!
A leftover strip of black card was cut with scalloped edged trimmer blade and then embossed within an inch of it's life, before being folded in half and attached down the fold.   Now I'm a happy bunny!
I just realised that Winter Wonderland Challenge this week is to use images or colours of "Christmas Sweets" so will enter this Mint Humbug colour combination of black and white and will take my chances at the following challenges too ... 
PaperPlay Challenges - Up In The Air
Cute Card Thursday - No Designer Papers
Delightful Sketches and Challenges - Texture
***Pssssssssttttt ...***
Just before you disappear to see what my fellow "Bah! Humbugger! Buddies" have been up to, leave a message in the comment box relating  
a fond childhood Christmas memory 
and I will select one person to win a set of the  
YEP!  I have somehow acquired 2 sets ... whoops!  
That's just plain greedy!  
You don't need to do anything else ... no linking back ... no blog candy posts on your blog ... no jumping through hoops or doing double somersaults ... 
Just leave me a memory message 
before midnight on Sunday 30th May - UK time
and your name will go into the draw.
Good Luck!
Winner will be announced on Monday


Irene said...

Morning Max

What a fabulous, beautiful and so elegant card. Gorgeous, I LOVE LOVE everything about it.

You are so generous to offer another set of stamps.


Clarky J said...

Wow Max the first entry and I love your Mint humbugs card! Thanks for playing along with WW.
Childhood memory- so many to choose but my favourite is the Christmas my sis Amy was 6 (she has Downs syndrome). At the christmas eve service she announced to everyone Father Christmas was bringing her a dolly and a new dolls pram. Father Christmas had not heard about the pram before and was really worried! Thankfully my mum remembered my old dolly pram in the loft - dad got it out cleaned it up, duraglit on the wheels to give it a "new" shine . Mum spent all night making new sheets and blankets for it and finally flopped into bed at 4-30am only for us all to wake at 5-30am wanting to see if Santa had been! Poor mum was absolutely shattered but the magic of Christmas was definately alive in our house that morning as Amy was so proud of her brand new dolly and revamped pram. She still talks of her dolly pram now and she is 32!
You cant beat that sort of magic! and its one of the reasons I love Christmas so much xx

Ann said...

Love your card Max. Very very effective and very kind of you to give folks the chance to win your spare set.
Ann xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Really loely card, so different and just perfect for our challenge at WW. Thanks for playing and hope to see you back next Friday. Marianne x

Thistleblue said...

How very kind of you, one of my favourite memories from Christmas time is when i was around 10, I was staying with my granny on Christmas eve to keep her company and we went to Midnight mass, when we came home i was allowed to open one pressie while we had supper before bed. We didn't have any Christmas stockings, we normally used my dad's footie socks... :-) anyhow Granny decided she had the very thing to use instead and hung a pair of tights over the back of the chair (i think if we'd put it on the fireplace they'd just have caused a fire... ) It's quite amazing just how many pressies you can fit in a pair of tights! My granny is not with us anymore but thinking of that particular christmas always makes me smile!
Hope you have a lovely day and well done on your beautiful card, good luck in the challenges!

Karen said...

Really lovely Christmas card, thanks for joining us at Delightful Sketches.


Hi Max
A beautiful card,thankyou for joining us at Delightful Sketches and Challenges,
Hugs Dianne xx

Susan.... said...

Beautiful card Max ! Love the LO of the card and the sparkle too..Fab image !
What a lovely prize you have up this week !
susan x

jude said...

Max your card is stunning hun love all the glitz and bling with the glitter!
I always remember getting a satsuma in my stocking when i was a child along with maybe acouple other bits and oh so grateful.Then when my girls where born thought wed do the same ,unfortunately not the same response .My daughter said oh mum rudolp has dropped is fruit in my stocking !i better right to santa he may be wondering where it is!We tried to explain but she wasnt having any of it!funny how wee memories still make you smile and remembering such a serious and worried expression on her face!
Love n hugs & have good weekend judex

downrightcrafty said...

I just love silhouette cards and this fits perfectly with a mint humbug. Thanks for joining us this week at Winter Wonderland hope to see you back next week.

Fond child hood memory - my sister and I shared a bedroom. Xmas Eve we would be so excited that Santa was coming that we would keep each other awake. One year we were out of bed and we heard Santa(my dad - as we had already figured that bit out) getting near the door, and as my mum had made sure the toy box was empty ready for Santa's new delivery, both of us dived into the toy box (we must have made so much noise) anyway think my mum and dad knew we knew as he came in saying ho ho ho and had my mums red dressing gown on and we laughed so much (he knew we was in there) as he left the sacks at the end of the bed our new jewelery boxes all wrapped and wound up nicely started to play and another fit of laughter took hold of us.

Hugs Kate and thanks for the chance of winning good luck everyone xx

Farm Girl said...

Just Gorgeous Max!! Thanks for playing at Delightful Sketches

Lynsey said...

Hi, this is a lovely elegant Christmas card! Thanks for joining in the Winter Wonderland Challenge this week.
Hugs Lynsey x

Danielle said...

A delightful card Max! Love all the embossing! Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland!
Hugs, Danielle

Aquarius said...

I won;t ask how you come to have two sets of stamps the same!! Thanks for sharing - my memory for numerous Christmasses when I was young was receiving the Rupert Annual - I used to look forward to it every year.

Good luck everyone

KraftyKoolKat said...

Fab card Max and I love the embossing. Cathy xxxx

rosalien said...

I love the sparkle and the texture on your card, looks great. Thanks for joining DS.


Mandy said...

Beautiful card Max, love the image and the embossing.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Play
hugs Mandy xx

Annie said...

a striking card and beautiful embossing.
thanks for joining us at CCT.
hugs, annie x

Lisa Foster said...

WOW! What a beautiful elegant! Love the embossing! Thanks for playing along with us at Delightful Sketches and Challenges!

auntbeespickles said...

Hi Max, this is a beautiful card! I love the simple look but it is very elegant. Great job! Thanks for joining us over at Delightful Sketches. Good luck and I hope to see your creativity again!