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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Holly Fairy and Poinsettia Fairy

A very good friend of mine, Debbie, introduced me to Sweet Pea Stamps about 5 years ago.  I fell in love with many of their images and bought a lot of them in rubber stamps.  My favourites though were "Holly Fairy" and "Poinsettia Fairy" and have used these rubber stamps year after year and this year I have done the same.  I have problems with my eye muscles and struggle to colour these small images and have to use a handheld magnifier but have just ordered a large handsfree magnifier which will hopefully enable me to colour the many (too many!!) Sweet Pea Stamps rubber stamps that I have.

Sweet Pea Stamps also then sold digital stamps so I acquired more and more images.  Sadly due to Lynette's health Sweet Pea Stamps has had to close at the end of November.

Some of my favourite images at Sweet Pea Stamps were by Ching-Chou Kuik.  She was a wonderful array of stunning images available in her Etsy Store.  To my delight she has a special offer for her customers:
in that you can purchase Holly Fairy, Cherish Christmas, Poinsettia Fairy and Merry Season all for an amazing £8.20 in her Etsy Store at the moment for ALL four images.  Obviously being digital stamps you can re-size to whatever size you want.

For my cards I have used my Sweet Pea Stamps rubber stamps and therefore as the images are quite small I have made 5x5 inch cards.  For the backing of both cards I have used a red and green Pan Pastel, blended together with the Blender Pan Pastel and added the Coarse White Medium Pan Pastel over the top.  For the above image I have then used a harlequin stencil and used the green Pan Pastel through it to add some detail.  For the card below I have used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil to add some texture to the card with a red Pan Pastel.
For the "Poinsettia Fairy" card I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, highlighted the centre of the poinsettias with a gold Stickles glitter glue and added my Sparkle Gold Graph'it pen to her wings.  I have used a poinsettia embossing folder and some white card and then brushed over with the red Pan Pastel.  I have used a poinsettia die to make the 3 dimensional poinsettia and added a card candi to the centre.  The card has been finished off with a stamped sentiment and some ribbon.
For the "Holly Fairy" card I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and added Glossy Accents to the holly berries.  I have used a swirly embossing folder with some white card and then brushed over the embossing with the green Pan Pastel used for the background.  I have used a Marianne Designs holly die and a Sissix holly die and cut both out from green card.  For the Sissix die-cut I have added red Card Candi for the berries.  For the Marianne Designs holly die-cut I have coloured some white Papermania Glitterations with a red Promarker for the berries.  This card has been finished off with some ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

As You Like It - Favourite masculine or feminine and why (I have to say I prefer feminine cards as you can add a small amount of embellishments or you can really go to town!!)
Cute Card Thursday - Festive colours
Winter Wonderland - Holly and/or ivy (the second card I have used holly)
Polkadoodles - Traditional Christmas (I have used red, green and some gold)
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Shimmer and shine with ribbon or trim (Both cards I have used my Gold Sparkle Graph'it pen but the top card I have also used gold Stickles glitter glue)
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes Christmas
The Corrosive Challenge - Merry Christmas
Love to Create - Anything mixed media/creative goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything goes with a stamp and ribbon
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with an optional twist of bags, boxes or tags
Come and Get It - Anything goes Christmas
Robyn's Fetish - Christmas cards
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Pile it On - Anything Christmas/winter
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Christmas challenge
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Let's celebrate
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas card
Creative Card Crew - Holiday season
Fan-tastic Tuesday - Anything goes with a twist on the day of Christmas
Sparkles Christmas - Die-cuts for Christmas (poinsettia die-cuts on the first card and two different holly die-cuts on the second card)
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Card and Scrap - Anything goes
Eureka Stamps - Christmas is coming
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
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Dee's Craft Room said...

Two gorgeous cards, fab images and great layouts. Thank you for sharing your Christmas project with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Cynthia said...

Lovely coloring of the images, Kym. Thanks for joining Eureka Stamps this week.

Cindy said...

Gorgeous! Love the digi's. Thank you for joining the challenge of Creative Craft Cottage. Hugs, Cindy

Bente Årstad said...

Kult kort og flott fargelagt,
takk for at du er med på utfordringen hos Card and scrap, Bente:)

Jennifer Bradley said...

Beautiful cards Kym, fabulous colouring and very pretty designs. Thank you so much for joining our challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Frineds and we do hope you will join us again soon. Jennifer DT member x

Patricia Alvarez said...

Beautiful cards. Great design. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion, good luck!!! Patricia.

Patricia Alvarez said...

Me again. Very beautiful, both of them. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week. Good luck!!! Patricia.

Jan Ltc said...

Love this Kym! xx Jan

ann van dijk said...

This is gorgeous. Thank you for joining the challenge of Creative Craft Cottage.
Have a nice day.
Greetings Anneke

Melanie Smith said...

Beautiful work and perfect for our Polkadoodles "Traditional Christmas" Challenge. Thank you for joining us. http://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/ DT Melanie

laurigami said...

So gorgeous cards , thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs

Sandra H said...

This is just the cutest card ever and just perfect for our challenge over at
Sparkles Christmas Challenge " Die cuts for Christmas” good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

Joan said...

Lovely cards with beautiful colours

Thank you for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


Karen Letchworth said...

This is SO pretty, Kym. Your unique style is always such a treat to see. Thanks so much for sharing in our Shimmer & Sparkle challenge. We love seeing your fabulous projects, and hope that you will join us again real soon.
Blessings to you,
Really Reasonable Ribbon

Jennifer Bradley said...

Fabulous card beautiful image and love the design. Thank you for joining our challenge at Creatvie Craft Cottage and good luck in. The draw. Jennifer DT member x

Sheryl said...

I love the stencilled background on this lovely card. The image is beautifully coloured. Great to have you drop by at 613 Avenue Create this week. Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

Bonnie Garby said...

Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

Mary said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely card on this months Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

Eileen said...

Another beautiful card. This is such a fabulous image, and love what you have done with it here. Once again thanks for joining in with this week's 'Holly and/or Ivy' challenge at Winter Wonderland his week and good luck,
Eileen x

Graciela Noemi Cedres said...

beautiful, thanks for play with us at card and scrap. DT Graciela

Creaine said...

wow I love this!! Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage. Good luck.
Groetjes van Ine (DT)

Ameera Craft said...

Lovely card Kym! Lovely colouring on your images. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge. Mary DT member x

Sandra van Blaricum said...

Fabulous cards Kym!! Love your coloring!!
Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

Cards and Creativity {My Blog}

Bad Kitty said...

Your card is very beautiful !
Thank you for joining us at Eureka stamps blog chalenge!
Good Luck and hope to see you again.
Bad Kitty's Craftroom

Michelle said...

So pretty this card. Lovely colouring.
Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
xxx Michelle (DT)

Mojca said...

Waw this looks really gorgeous and sweet. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It Challenge. hugs! Mojca

Leslie said...

What a beautiful project with so many wonderful details! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us in the Really Reasonable Ribbon's "Shimmer & Sparkle" challenge this time!
Leslie, RRR DT
Love To Scrap!
Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT
Really Reasonable Ribbon DT

Melanie Smith said...

Beautiful project and it fits perfectly for our Polkadoodles ( http://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/ ) Traditional Christmas Challenge. Thank you for participating with us. Melanie (DT)

ccheney said...

Very pretty cards! Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage

Anjie said...

Fab make. Thanks for joining us in our Traditional Christmas challenge at Polkadoodles
Anjie (DT)

Line said...

What a beautiful card. ♥
Thank you for joining us at Card and Scrap.

Be sure to check out our DT Call as well.

Hugs Line.

cohenna said...

Beautiful card! Thank you so much for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage :)

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Gorgeous creation Kym! Love the coloring on the image and fabulous layout.

Thanks so much for joining our Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. We hope to see you again for the next challenge. Good luck in the challenge. Happy Holidays. Hugs, Gloria DT


Suze said...

Two gorgeous cards with superb colouring. Thank you for joining in the challenge at CHNC Extra for December.

Julie said...

Fabulous card - such a lovely image and and a beautifully designed card! Thanks for joining in our Mega Challenge at A Passion For Promarkers, good luck! Juliexx

The Crafty Den said...

Beautiful cards Kym. I love the gorgeous images and your papers are really pretty. Thanks for joining in with our Mega Christmas challenge over at PFP. Don't forget to come back on 5th Jan 2016 for our new challenge and to find out if you are one of our lucky winners. Hugs, Denise x

Donna said...

Fab,festive card Kym and such lovely colouring! Thanks for joining in our Mega Challenge at Passion For Promarkers and good luck for when the prizes are drawn! Donna ♥ x

Shelly said...

Gorgeous card, thanks for joining us for our Mega Christmas Challenge at Passion for Promarkers! Shelly x