CTC#51 Winter Wonderland

Welcome back to the CTCbloghop where we all create projects inspired by the amazing samples in the Catalogue. It always amazes me how we all study the same pages and we can each see something different. I also find that going back to previous catalogues is a great way to find ideas. You may have arrived from Rachel's wonderful page or you may be starting here. We hope you find something to get you creating.

There are a lot of different product suites in these pages, but it wasn't hard to pick an inspiration point for me... the card on page 24 had me captivated the first time I saw it and sold me on the set. I love the Flurry of Wishes especially because the sentiments in the set are lovely and simple.
I am not normally taken with snowflakes as they simply don't say Christmas when you live on the tropic of Capricorn like I do but this set is quite lovely, and the matching punch is fabulous. I think it looks a bit Celtic in the design so maybe it appeals to my Irish heritage!

I heat embossed the largest snowflake onto The Watercolour paper using white embossing powder before doing a watercolour wash using Lost Lagoon and Soft Sky. Then I embossed the sentiment and a few snowflakes on the vellum using gold powder  - I love how luscious this looks! The panel was layered onto some kraft card and stitching helps hold the vellum piece in place. The timber Snowflake Elements are wonderful and a super quick way to dress up any card.

The inside was decorated using a strip of the  left over watercolour paper and a snowflake.

Since I always do more than one page when watercoloring (trying in vain to minimise mess!) I thought I would quickly add the second panel to a  Lost Lagoon card base for a different look. The strip of vellum was embossed using the Gently Falling embossing folder and the sentiment was cut from Crumb Cake card using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies. Again I used the timber snowflake and machine stitching to finish this card.

for this one I simply stamped with Versamark to give a watermark look on the inside.

Thanks for looking, don't forget to check out all the other samples, next on the hop is Rebecca, I wonder what she has to inspire us with today?

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  1. Lovely cards Liz, I do like the way you've finished the inside. I agree that these snowflakes have a Celtic feel.

  2. Thanks Rachel, I always do the inside as well! Part of my trademark I guess.

  3. Gorgeous cards, Elizabeth. The Kraft background really highlights your panel and luscious gold embossed elements.

    1. Thanks Judy, I am pretty partial to Kraft- and it's such a nice weight and texture.

  4. These look amazing Liz. I love how the wash gives them a soft inky feel & your little touches of sewing are superb.

  5. Thanks Tricia, Yes it's always an effort to get to the sewing machine, but it does make such an amazing difference I'm loving it again!

  6. Your cards his week are truly beautiful Liz! It is really hard to pick a favourite. I am in love with water colouring at the moment and yours is perfect. It really gives a 'handmade' feel to both your cards. Fabulous!

  7. Your background looks stunning. I need to do more watercolouring! Your gold embossing looks so shiny too.

  8. The watercoloring is wonderful the colours blend so well together and love the stitching to attach the vellum.


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