The first is a scene that I made using inspiration from Pinterest
I embossed the base of the card with a really nice snowflake embossing folder from Die'sire (I think)... unfortunately it's a bit "munted" along one edge where I forced it through my Big Shot (causing some damage to that too, sigh) in a moment best described as, umm, tantrum! I was tired, it wasn't going through - so I made it, I'm not proud, lol... and I have to try and replace the folder! I cut the circle out of the gold foiled card with a Stitched Circle die set from Li'l Inkers that I've had for ages and hardly used, though I LOVE it. I sponged in some sky, with a masked off moon, with pigment ink. The snowbanks were cut from glittery fun foam using Stitched Hillside Border dies from Lawn Fawn... again I've hardly used them despite loving them!
The deer are Cottage Cutz, I used a snippet of gold-glittery card - it really WAS a snippet; I actually didn't have enough to do a complete deer, so Mr Deer has had a foot amputated... that's why it's tucked behind the frame :-) Pixies Snippets Playground Snippets is well covered here, as is Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Anything Christmas, Option- Upcycle or use something old... that glitter paper is ANCIENT :-)
The deer are popped up on foam dots, the hills are on different layers and the whole gold piece is up higher on more foam dots. Tuesday Throwdown has "Layer It Up" as it's challenge theme, I think this qualifies, lol. The snowflake dies were from a set of four on eBay... they were technically "for Christmas", but as I bought "a few" dies as my Christmas gift from hubby, I was able to filter out the ones I could use BEFORE Christmas - these cut beautifully and I have found that the fun foam is SO much sturdier than card, especially glittery card; this cut cleanly and you could really tug it out of the dies, be slapdash with the glue and position them more than once - try THAT with card, lol. A few flat back pearls in the centres helped break it up. Jingle Belles has "Look What Santa Brought Me" as their challenge theme, Santa was busy so I brought me with these dies - so I'm in, lol, Allsorts Challenges wants to see Something New as does Cute Card Thursday and 4 Crafty Chicks has Anything Goes with a "Use Dies or Punches" twist... in there too.
The second card is even more simple: I had the scalloped-edged card in my stash, I embossed it with a Couture Creations folder "Sugarplum Ball"... what a lovely crisp finish it gives!
The image is from the net, I used my laser printer to print on linen card and laminator to add the foil... the sentiment is from Pink Petticoat, it doesn't show in the pics but that is gold foil too. I just tied it on to the gold cord wrapped around the flap of the card. Done. Card Mania Challenges has a Monochromatic theme, this should do, and The Crazy Challenge has Winter Wonderland - I think either card will do there, and either will do in these "Anything Goes" or "Anything Christmas" challenges:
As You Like It, Catch The Bug, Little Miss Muffet, Through the Craftroom Door, Digi Choosday, Crafty Creations, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Polkadoodles, Creatalicious Challenges, Crafting With Attitude, Paper Creator Crafts, Corrosive Challenge, A Snowflakes Promise, and 12 Months of Christmas all have Anything Goes or Anything Christmas Goes themes
Like I said I'll bring something better to the table next time... or at least it won't be Christmas! Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna