Thursday, 12 December 2013

MilkCoffee Showcase – Red and Green Must Not Be Seen

Hello there and how are you doing? 

I am here to let you know that it is showcase day over on the MilkCoffee Blog 
And our theme this time is Red and Green Must Not Be Seen (so no red and green on your creations please). This was good for me as I prefer purples and blues and silvers for my Christmas cards rather than the traditional colours.

So how did I interpret the theme? Well…….…you know when you have a design in your head and it all looks fab and you just know it’s going to be great, and then when you begin putting it together it all goes a bit Pete Tong?  Well I’m afraid this card is a case in point. If it was part of my school report it would definitely be marked as ‘Could do better!’

I chose to use the super sweet Lisbeth and Winter Matches available here and failed to do her justice.  She is such a cutie and of course reminds me of the achingly sad story of The Little Match Girl (sniffing noisily as we speak). I coloured her with Spectrum Noirs (quite badly as it happens, poor love, but I blame bad light and migraines. Well I’ve got to blame something!)

So the idea was pretty simple really. Christmas tree with baubles! Go Jane!

To create the background (my Christmas tree) I used a branch stamp by Chloe, stamping several times down the card then heat embossed with silver sparkle WOW powder (love, love, love this stuff).

I cut Lisbeth and my sentiment out using Spellbinders ornament dies and inked the edges to give them as little dimension.  I got some free stamps with a mag the other month that match the SB ornament dies so I used some of those as well.

So I stuck them on; I stood back and …… oh. Ok, don’t panic. What can I do to rescue it?

So my ‘rescue package’ consisted of silver bows, liquid pearls and glitter domes.  However, I think the ‘rescue’ failed to save the patient!

I blame the Bee Gee’s quite frankly. What? The Bee Gees? Yes the blumin’ Bee Gees.  They have been my almost constant mojo motivator since I started this blogging adventure! (“You should be daaaaaaciiiiin’ Yeah!”)  And I don’t seem to be able to craft without them. Grrrrr!  But I turned my back on them to listen to Christmas tunes! (So my fault really!) I’m sorry Slade and Wizard, you just don’t quite cut it!  Saturday Night Fever here I come.

Any road up please pop over to the MilkCoffee challenge blog to see all the amazing creations by my fellow team mates.  They have excelled themselves (as always) with the gorgeous MilkCoffee images while I am currently sitting in the naughty corner!

See ya!

Scribbly hugs
Jane xx

Despite my reservations I would like to enter the following challenges:


  1. This is just stunning and so festive. Love sparkle and Christmas balls on the branches.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  2. Wot choo talking 'bout girl!?? It's a wonderful card Jane, I just hope Health and Safety don't find out about the matches though!! A hilarious post too...a chuckle before 8am sets you up for the day! xx

  3. Hi, Jane! This is adorable! Love the embossed pine branches and very sweet little girl in the ornament! Beautiful card!

    Now to put on my other hat. Thank you for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle this month! I hope you will submit more of your pretty cards to the challenge in the future! hugs, Donna {Creative Smiles}

  4. That is just beautiful and i love it my fav colours.

    fiona dT

  5. Lol Jane you did make me laugh about the bee gees hehe. And you really shouldn't be so hard on yourself the card looks fab all glittery and shiny like Christmas should be and your colouring of Lisbeth is great especially the glow from the matches. Great card :) hugs xx p.s. I can't see a way to contact you through your site, is there a way? If not can you please drop me a quick email through my site if possible, so I can contact you back as I have a quick question for you xx

  6. what a cute card it looks lovely. I was only saying to Lisbeth (My DT Teamie) that I don't use my embossing powders as much as I should. Thanks for playing along with TTPH, Sian (DT)

  7. Pretty card Jane! Not like you've mentioned "could do better". I liked this non traditional coloring choices :). Will take a look at the Milk coffee blog too

  8. Your card and design are adorable! Love your color choice too. So glad you shared it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge this month.

  9. Fabulous, thanks for sharing with us at Through the Purple Haze Challenges, Lynne DT, xxx

  10. Lovely card, love your colors! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Sparkle N Sprinkle this month and I hope to see you again soon!

  11. This is great Jane. I loved the little match girl story when I was a kid. Makes you more grateful. Love all the sparkle you have used, Lou x

  12. Fabulous, sums up Christmas perfectly

    Thank you for joining us at the Sarah Hurley Challenge.
    Merry Christmas to you!

    Claire x

  13. I love this card !! The way you did the background is beautiful !! Thank you so much for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges ! Happy Holidays !


  14. Very pretty! Thank you for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenges, hope to see you join us soon :-) Elaine DT-xxx-


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