Paix, Amour, La Mort, Métal

Monday, 23 November 2015


I'm a little (really, a lot!) late with my post as I got distracted.  Which happens a lot with me!
I was supposed to post this on the 13th, but I got distracted while watching the news of the terrible attacks in Paris.  I know there are attacks in different parts of the world every day, but we pretty much got to see this one play out on our screens as well as it being a bit closer to home.
I was also particularly shocked by the attack at the concert where the Eagles of Death Metal were playing, where so many young people were killed, hurt and mentally scarred.  They are a band I am a fan of and I am someone who loves going to rock concerts, so I felt a sort of affinity with them, if you know what I mean.
I've gotten to the stage where I just don't want to watch the news any more - it's just too sad.

Moving on to a lighter note.....

We have a challenge running at the moment on the Alphabet Challenge Blog and there are still a few days left to enter!  The challenge is up to T and the theme is...

T for Tis The Season!

Here's what I made

I made an extra large christmas card for my niece and nephew using an A3 piece of card.  I gave the card an inch wide spine and trimmed the rest to make a square card and made an enclosed aperture.  I used some Magnolia Doohickeys - the houses and Santa's Sleigh which I cut 6 of and stuck 2 sets of 3 together to make it really sturdy so as I could make the sleigh 3D by using another piece of card for the base of the sleigh.

I used snow-tex all around the inside edges of the aperture to give a really lovely texture and look.

 The papers I used are First Edition, Nordic Christmas.  I used my Stampin' Up! scallop edge punch to make the edge around the aperture and finished off the corners with a bit of red card die cut with a spellbinders scallop circle die and quartered.  Lot's of pearls and diamantes finish that off.  I used an X-Cut "Merry Christmas" die that was bling'd up a bit as well as an alphabet die set for the names.

The images are also both Magnolias.  I used Copics to colour them - skin; E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair;E37,33,31,30. Clothes;R39,29,24.B95,93,91.YG97,95,93,91. Box;E27,25,23.

The inside has the same basic ingredients as the front.  For the corners of the back of the enclosed aperture I used 4 die-cut scalloped circles which I scored into quarters, then cut one of the scored lines from the edge to the centre of the circle and then overlapped two of the quarters to make a corner.  These also hide the hole that is left after making the aperture.

My sentiment insert was created by stamping the mini Magnolia stamp onto some card and then drawing a square (using a ruler) slightly askew, as if she is holding the card and then covering the square with a post-it note and stamping Magnolia snow flakes in different colours of ink around the edges.  The Sentiment stamp is also by Magnolia.

Here is a pic to show the spine of the card and how wide it has to be to accomodate the enclosed aperture.  You can also see some of the little wooden pieces that I stuck on the inside of the card and along the spine.

Obviously the card is too thick for a conventional envelope so I compromised and used a pizza box that I had received some papers in in the post and covered it with Christmas paper.  I didn't take a photo of that though.

So that's it, I hope you are able to join us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog for the last few days of the challenge!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

All Sorts Challenge Blog; At least 3 die cuts
Bunny Zoe's Crafts; Sparkle
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog; Festive Fun
A Gem of a Challenge; Inspired by a Christmas song - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs; Tic Tac Toe - Pearls/Free/Use a die
Moving Along With The Times; My Favourite Things - Brown paper packages tied up with strings
My Time to Craft; Let it snow
Papertake Weekly; Let it snow
Quirky Crafts; Anything Christmas
Whimsy Stamps; Anything goes - Holidays

Thanks for looking!


AnyOldCraft said...

This is a truly beautiful card and lovely die cuts.
Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week.
AnyOldCraft (DT)

chanya13 said...

What a lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations :)
Have a beautiful day! Agnieszka

Lynne Walker said...

beautiful so much detail to look at
thanks for joining incy wincy
Lynne DT

Wendy L said...

This is an amazing creation, so beautiful, thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week, xxx

Chi Cr said...

So cute! A real work of art!!! :)

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at MAWTT, good luck!!! Amy DT

Nikki C said...

Wow this card must have taken so long to make its just wonderful, lovely sleigh you've made thanks for joining us at Incy wincy hugs Nikki

Craftnut said...

Thanks for joining us at Allsorts Tracy X

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous card, such a fabulous design.
Thank you for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.

Spyder said...

beautiful creation, love it! Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts!!
((lyn) DT