Thursday, August 8, 2019

ABC Christmas Challenge: P, Q and R

Yikes! Day late, but here I am for the August ABC Christmas Challenge: P, Q and R. Penguins, Quarters and Reindeer! For me, that meant two favourites and one head-scratcher. 
First up, one of the favourites: P for Penguin.

I have lots of penguin stamps to choose from, but this cool dude skier called out to me. I used a die to create a mask so I could blend a mountain sky using distress inks. Before I took the mask off, I also spritzed the sky with shimmer mist. The penguin and trees are stamped, embossed, coloured with Copics and die cut. Before I added them, I stamped and embossed the sentiment at the bottom of his ski run. And sure, I could have shaded in his slalom run down the slope, but occasionally, I know when to let well enough alone. :D 

Now for the head-scratcher, Q for Quarter. I was concerned that there was some cool technique or fancy fold I had missed out on! Once I determined that we were really talking quarters aka fourths, I came up with this: 

This quartet of Santa face stamps fit perfectly in a 4x4 inch square, which I scored to show off the "quarters". Out came the Copics again to colour these jolly old elves, along with Stickles and Nuvo drops. What better sentiment than "ho ho ho"? 

Finally, another favourite, R for Reindeer: 

I decided to go more elegant than cute for this one. I tore a sheet of notepaper and die cut a post-it note for use as masks before blending my sky in distress inks. Again I sprayed and flicked shimmer mist to add sparkle to the sky. Then I added Dasher and embossed him with sterling shimmer embossing powder. The scene seemed too serene to break up with a sentiment, so I left it alone. 

With the sponged sky, I'm adding this card to the current Jingle Belles challenge, Blue Christmas. 
Not to brag or anything, but with these three cards, I now have 27 Christmas cards ready for the busy season! Why not play along this month and build up your own stash! 

Supplies: (penguin) Neenah white & Recollections red & black cardstock, MFT Chill Wishes stamps & dies, Verafine onyx black, Catherine Pooler rockin' red & tumbled glass & broken china distress inks, Wow clear embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT scenic safari & wonky stitched rectangle dies, Tsukineko sparkle shimmer mist, Tonic Nuvo morning dew crystal drops, frosted lace Stickles, foam tape; (quarters) Neenah white & American Crafts textured red cardstock, Hero Arts Santa Faces & Gourmet Rubber Stamps Holiday Cheer stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black inks, Wow clear and white embossing powder, Copc markers, Tonic Nuvo morning dew crystal drops, frosted lace Stickles; (reindeer) Neenah white cardstock, Stampin' Up Dasher stamp, Colorbox silver & shaded lilac, wilted violet, faded jeans, blueprint sketch & chipped sapphire distress inks, Brutus Monroe sterling shimmer embossing powder, Tsukineko sparkle shimmer mist

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Barbara Godden said...

All three cards are fabulous. Super cute penguins and a Quatre pf Santas and that awesome Reindeer card, the background is fantastic and love that you embossed Dasher in silver. Kudos for the 27 card stash.

Dotty Jo said...

Fabulous selection of cards! Jo x

Kim Heggins said...

Festive and fun holiday trio of your skiing penguin!

Chris Dring said...

Well worth the wait, as these are three seriously fabulous cards! All so amazing!

Inkyfingers said...

What a fun trio of cards Lindsey! Love them all but the cool penguin dude made me laugh out loud and the last one is so elegant with the beautiful coloured sky and silver reindeer. You knocked it out of the park this month.
Carol x

lauren bergold said...

oooooooh my goodness what a beautiful cards! of course i'm bound to say the last one with the handsome reindeer and gorgeous inky sky is my fave, right? so pleased to have this beauty in our "blue christmas" gallery at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

SmilynStef said...

what a gorgeous night sky ... so very glad you had a Blue Christmas with us at Jingle Belles.

Lisa Arana said...

Eeeks, that penguin is so darling!!! Love him. I also really love the elegant reindeer card. So very pretty.

Vicky Hayes said...

My goodness Lindsey, your cards are just gorgeous! Each card has amazing details (like the spritzed, shimmer sky and stitched frame of the first, the scoring and glittery hat trim of the second, and the wow background and glittery touches of the third) but each is so beautifully clean. Love them all!