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This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Tickled Pink CHRISTMAS Challenge - Embossing

Yikes, sorry I'm posting this so late!! My new job has me sooo drained and I've barely started, I don't think this ridiculous weather is helping either! HA! I haven't made a card for like days and I feel so lost - but I just haven't got the energy. I had too many errands to run today and the weather has been H-O-T - so by the time I was finished I just needed to sit and chill. Nemo fit the bill. There was an article in a paper today claiming Britain was hotter than Mumbai yesterday - CRAZY!! Roll on Autumn/Winter. HATE the heat. Anywho.. on to the actual thing you've arrived here for..

It's time for a new Christmas challenge over at Tickled Pink. The theme for the month of August is..


This could be dry or heat embossing. The options are endless as for the layers and embellishments you can emboss. I've followed the new sketch by Kellie over at Pink {INK} Sketch challenges so the layout is pretty simple.

I've included both heat and dry embossing on my card. I used a gorgeous snowflake embossing folder from Sizzix on my faveee kraft cardstock and highlighted the embossed shapes using some Frayed Burlap DI. I have also heat embossed my patterned paper using some TH embossing powder and a text stamp from Waltzing Mouse.. see the next photo for a close up.

I have gone around the outside of my card base with acrylic paint - it sorta looks snowy.. or not *rolls eyes* and added some extra doodles.

Here is a close up of the heat embossing. The Tim Holtz 'Distress Powder' - it has such a neat textured once it has been heat set and you can sand it down to give an even more distressed effect. It feels a lot more gritty than other embossing powder. I have used it only once before, and I seriously don't know why I don't use it more often.

As for embellishments I have added a couple of  die cut tickets from Whimsy Stamps alongside a gorgeous deep red rose from WOC. I have placed a strip of spotty grosgrain ribbon and added a miniture little bow with miniture tails. HA!

NOTE: This is a month long challenge. Only Ticked Pink images should be used, these include: Lil Lolita and Lil Lads, Lil Pets and Lil Pinkettes. The TPS DT are split into two when it comes to the Christmas challenges. Half of us will post cards on the 1st Tuesday of the month and the other half will post on the 3rd Tuesday of the month as a gentle reminder and with some extra inspiration for you all!! Got it? Head on over to the TPS Challenge blog now to see what the ladies have got for ya this week! ;)

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
× Make it Monday - Anything Goes
× Christmas Inspirations - Anything Goes

Cardstock: Papecuts - Deep Red; Bazzill - Kraft
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey - Wassail
Stamps/Digi: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Text it; Tickled Pink Stamps Digi - Lil' Christmas Evie; Whimsy Stamps - Holiday Ticket Sentiments
Ink: DI - Frayed Burlap; Versamark
Embellishments: The Ribbon Girl - Grosgrain Spots NATURAL/ WHITE; WOC - 25mm deep red rose
Dies: Nesties - Labels Fourteen; Whimsy Stamps - Ticket Die
Tools: Fiskars - Apron Lace border punch; Sizzix EF - Snowflakes #6
Misc: brown fineliner; Jenni Bowlin - Malted Milk acrylic paint; TH Distress EP - Antique Linen


  1. Wow! Lou, you are a genius. This looks so amazing. Love the image and all the wonderful details. All the embossing looks so effective.

    LOVE IT!!!

    Donna x

  2. Lovely card. Unhappily it doesn't fit in the current challenge at Christmas Inspirations... Anything goes finished last 31st. The current challenge is a Joy Fold Christmas Card. You still have time to make a card and join us.

  3. Oh wow...this looks amazing! I have to try this myself sometimes! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Hugs, Marit.
    ..:: xXx ::..

  4. This is such a gorgeous card Lou. I love the colours you've used and the image also. Hugs Michele x

  5. fantastic card lou.love how you have left the image uncoloured, it looks so effective and gorgeous papers and design :D
    glad i`m not the only one who prefers cooler weather, this heat just makes me wilt :D

    xx coops xx

  6. Hello Lou.Love all the different elements to this card .Love the uncoloured image and all the embossing
    Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  7. Lou, this is a real stunner! LOVE the uncolored image! I'm not brave enough to try that. Lol Your embellishments are darling - I am crazy for tickets right now! :) Fabulous papers & the paint around the edges looks amazing!

  8. This is fab sweetie, gorgeous work Hugs ♥ Pops ♥ x x x

  9. Oh I love this!Saw your card at MIM
    Hugs Heidy

  10. Beautiful card - Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Craft Your Passion Challenges!

  11. Saw this on MIM. It is stunning and so unusual,

    Colette x.

  12. Fantastic Lou! Your personal touches are perfect! Thx for linking it up to the Make It Monday party too honey!

    Mary J x

  13. I saw your card on Make it Monday and it is absolutely beautiful! I love all of the embossing, it adds just the right touch.

  14. Hello, I loved your card, tbm'm going to challenge blog!
    Simply WONDERFUL!
    Renata Tavares



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