Saturday, 17 December 2011

Sweet Stampin - Glitter, Sparkle or Bling!

Oooh, how exciting is it the week before Christmas? :)  We are off out to Glasgow today (my favourite city after my birthplace Nottingham! lol :)  and it is truly beautiful.  We are only going for a mooch around and to feel xmassy, you dont get the excitement of lights, shoppers and madness when you live so remote. :)

Anyway, onto my card.  Today sees the start of a new 2 week challenge over at Sweet Stampin where this week our theme is 'Glitter, Sparkle or Bling', and we are sponsored by the lovely Di's Digis .

For my card I hand-stitched Bo Bunny papers, used Spellbinder and Marianne dies, card candi and my favourite MS doily punch.  The gorgeous image is 'Poinsetta' from Crafts and Me and I just  enlarged it, and cropped it to focus on just the top part of the image.  Thats why I love digis - its like having multiple stamps! :)

Now, I dont get on very well with glitter, and it doesnt like me either.  I have ruined many a card when adding the final touches with glitter......... but I found my box of Glitter Art Medallion glitter and its such a fine transparent glitter it was easy to use.  There are 3 shades on her wings, and it looks much better IRL. 

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Crafts and Me - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Gorgeous Sketch! :)
Stamptacular Sunday - Christmas Glitz
ABC Christmas Challenge - Yippee its xmas
Passion for Promarkers - Mega Xmas Challenge - entry no 3
Papertake Weekly - Fave Xmas colour - I like the traditional colours :)

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today, I will be catching up tomorrow with all my comments :) Good luck to everyone entering the challenges and please checkout the rest of the fabulous Sweet Stampin DT's beautiful work!


Craftdee said...

Gorgeous card, Alison. I love all the little details. I love vintage style, I'm just bad at it :-) It's nice to "meet" someone who loves digis like I do, and for the same reason - flexibility! Donna

Anna said...

Absolutly gorgeous card. The details and colouring is beutiful. Love what you´ve done to the image. Hope you will have a great day in glasgow :)

Tracey T said...

Stunning, Alison. I love the traditional Christmas colours and the image is beautiful. Have a great day in Glasgow! xx

Sara said...

Oh another super gorgeous fairy!!! The background paper is really stunning, love the colors and the beautiful bling on her wings!!! Again...gorgeous =)
Have a nice day at Glasgow!

Vicky said...

So beautiful the image and your gorgeous colouring too hun :o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Jill said...

wow a beautiful card thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Bettina L. said...

Woohoo this is amazing. Just love the rich colours and the glittery wings and dress look spectacular. Love how you've composed those flowers together with those pearls to give the perfect framing for the image. Thanks for playing at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back sunday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

Paula (PEP) said...

I have to agree with you that the quality of glitter does make a difference. I love your shading of her skin & her hair plus the colouring of her sleeve; utterly effective using just that part of the image as the focal point too. I do like your white pearls & white stitching accents too - the traditional colours really do leave me with a greater Seasonal sense. Hope you have a lovely time in Glasgow.
Take care midst the melee of shoppers.
Paula (PEP)

Teresa said...

Hi Alison, What a beauty this is - such fabulous colouring, love the way you've highlighted her sleeve...and your glittery bits look amazing:) Hope you have a lovely time in Glasgow, Hugs, Teresa x

Deb said...

this is so beautiful Alison, the image is just amazing, not seen that one before, so festive! have a fabulous day in Glasgow!
have a fabulous weekend, Debxx

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie wow is this beautiful & of course I lurve the image the girls over at Crafts & Me Challenges will love this hun. I love the colours on this hun.....I love everything on this!!!!!!!!!

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow alison what a stunning card, you image is gorgeous.
wonderful design and colors.

greetings karin

Janneke said...

What a wonderful card ;o)
Thank you for playing with us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge blog this week!

Janneke XO

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Alison :-) the image is beautiful and the colours and sparkle are fab :-)

Hope you had a lovely time in Glasgow :-)

thanks for joining us on the PTW, ABC Christmas and Simon Says Stamp Challenges :-)
Lols x x x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Alison, I like the image, fab colouring, the gorgeous papers and the poinsettia's. I hope you enjoyed your day out.
Kevin xx

Abi said...

Ooh gorgoeous job with the glitter Alison! I too was struck with the colouring, particularly the sleeve, it really looks fabulous. Hope Glasgow was lovely xx

Sue said...

WoW!! this is SO stunning Alison - it's a work of art!! So beautiful !! Love the image and your colouring is awesome!! Those wings look gorgeous and sparkly. Love the papers and the borders, ribbon, charm, flowers - everything is Perfect!!!! :-)))
Hope you have a wonderful time in Glasgow - will be nice and Christmassy!!!
Hugs Sue xx

CraftyC said...

Oh Alison, this is gorgeous and I love the sparkle. Hope you had a fab day shopping. Thanks for joining us in the Dream Valley Christmas Challenge!

Theresa said...

Hi Alison, another absolute beauty. Love the image and your coloring, as always is simply amazing. The wings are gorgeous.

Enjoy your "mooch around" (not sure what that is), but have a great time getting in the holiday spirit. Enjoy your time in the city.


Sarah said...

Hi Alison, was just catching up on your blog. Gorgeous picture of the snow - if freezing cold! Looks like the view out of our door this time last year, tho without the power cut!

Wonderful cards as well, loved your blue and white card. This one is just gorgeous too, but then so are all of your creations!

I lived near Glasgow some time ago and used to love going into 'town' for a mooch too!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


coops said...

oh wow, i love this alison.really stunning traditional colours and the image is so beautiful.gorgeous details and sparkle too :D

xx coops xx

D K Crafts said...

Hi Alison. This is absolutely stunning. Such a fab image and love the traditional colours. Love the glitter ribbon too. Hope you had a great day in Glasgow. Donna

Mephisto said...

Lovely card.
Thanks for joining as at SimonSaysStamp!


Olga said...

wow, so gorgeous, that image is awesome and your coloring is so perfect!!!!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, the image is just stunning and the glittery wings look fab, love the poinsettias too, beautiful design
Lindsay xx

Heidi said...

It¨s stunning Alison!
Beautiful colours and design:)
Gorgeous image and your colouring is fantastic.
Hugs, Heidi:)

Pop's Cards said...

HI sweetie this is gorgeous what a cute image, gorgeous colours too hugs pops x

Michele Spera said...

Love the image and colors you used:-)Thank you for joining us at CCT

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Alison, your card is so gorgeous, love the image and amazing colouring. Beautiful papers and details, very cute lil' charm.

Donna x

dragonllew said...

Great card love all the details you've added thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge
Jenny x

Nina said...

A really beautiful card!! Love the paper and the fab motiv. Wonderful details to.

Thanks for joining our "Christmas Glitz" challenge at Stamptacular Sunday last week :)
Hugs, Nina.

Gemma said...

Absolutely stunning card...beautiful colours & great image...
hugs and xxx

Pauline said...

Gorgeous card Alison, I can always tell a card is yours, you have such an elegant style. I love this image, and your colouring, the poisettias are the perfect touch and the red stickles in her hair is just gorgeous! A stunning creation.

Karen said...

WOW What a great Christmas Card, thanks so much for sharing it with us at Crafts and me this week:-)

Debs said...

fabulous card Alison :0)..thanks for sharing with us at PFP..hugs Debs x

Pink Dandelion said...

Smashing card, love the hand stitching and the glitter. Hope you enjoyed your mooch around Glasgow. Debs xx

Debbie said...

This is absolutely stunning Alison. I love the gorgeous image. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Debbie x

Digi Darla said...

This one looks great! So pretty image! love it...
Please visit my challenge blog and join our new Silver Christmas and Bakers at


MagsB said...

wowee, she is gorgeous! Very elegant! I hope you had fun in Glasgow! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley Challenges.

love Mags B x

Natali said...

Beautiful card. Gorgeous!!! Everything like usual just amazing: image, colouring, all details. Great!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Andie's Space said...

This is fabulous. What a gorgeous image. Thanks for joining us for our Mega Christmas Challenge at Passion For Promarkers.
Andie xx

Rachel x said...

Oh, Alison, this is just stunning- so unusual and really beautiful, love the image and papers!! :)
I have bee to your blog quite a few times recently from challenges where your cards caught my eye but not able to follow due to Blogger issues... have put that right now!! :)
Thanks for sharing with us at Dream Valley this time!! :)
hugs, Rachel x

Anonymous said...

I keep it simple: IT'S PERFECT!!!
Wish you a great day, sweetie :)
Even more hugs, concider yourselves well hugged today...LOL..:D
Lilli xx

SusanLotus said...

Awesome card! And the colouring is great!´
Happy creativity to you Alison!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Very pretty and BEAUTIFULLY coloured xxx


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