Wednesday, November 3, 2021

ABC Christmas Challenge: W and X

ABC Christmas Challenge is back with the November challenge - and that means we're almost out of alphabet! For this month, we have W for Whimsical and X for Xerox
I think whimsical is one of those things that... you know it when you see it. I didn't want my card to be too overly cute, so went for what I think is a whimsical image: 

I love this Charlie Brown-style tree, and it was great to have a reason to pull out this little set. I stamped the tree and sentiment in brown ink and embossed both. Heat embossing's an addiction, what can I say? :D The little tree is also very easy to colour. For the ornament, I added a drop of liquid stardust to a bit of red watercolour so it would sparkle. Sadly, it was a bleak grey day when I was photographing, so you can't really tell. I matted the watercolour panel on some brushed gold cardstock then onto a green card base. The Nuvo drops are green too, but this light... ;)

Next up is X for Xerox. We're looking for copies - whether it's of a particular stamp or die, or the card itself. Even though now would be a really good time to be making multiples of a card, I went with tripling my stamped image: 

I'm thinking this may have turned out more whimsical than my first card. :D I die cut my stitched circle three times (good old solid dies) then stamped and embossed my Christmas sweaters and coloured them with Copics - normally I would likely have mixed the colours up a bit, but I wanted to keep them exact copies. I also don't usually fussy cut my sentiments (way too much room for disaster with my scissor skills) but they just looked *right* for this card. I like that the patterned paper has a little distressing to add a bit of extra interest. And of course, many ugly Christmas sweaters have bling, so I added a gem to the centre of each snowflake. 

If you head over to the ABC blog, there's an announcement: I'm stepping down from the team after next month's post. It's been such a fun and rewarding team to be on, but I need to trim my team responsibilities a little bit. But that means an opportunity has appeared! This month and/or next, join the challenge and add DT after your name to be considered for a spot on the team! (Exactly the way I was able to join the team three years ago!) It really is a great way to build up your holiday card stash each year. While you're there, you'll see my teammates' beautiful cards and the current prize being offered. Even if you aren't interested in a team spot, I hope you'll join us! 

Supplies: (small stuff) Hero Arts green & Sizzix gold cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Unity Christmas Small Stuff stamps, Memento Luxe espresso truffle ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Lawn Fawn liquid stardust, regency green Nuvo vintage drops; (ugly sweater) Neenah white cardstock, Basic Green Evergreen patterned paper, Paper Smooches Tis the Season stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT blueprints 24 & Sugar Pea Designs cardfront element builder frame dies, Hero Arts gems

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Dotty Jo said...

Gorgeous! Jo x

Barbara Godden said...

Super cards, the CB tree is so cute and what a classic card design. The Xerox one is adorable great idea with the circles. Great inspiration for the challenges

Dorte said...

Lovely cards for the W and X challenge, Lindsey. Your little (ugly) tree made me smile and the X card is super cute.
Wishing you a fine week.
Dorte xx

JulieP said...

Whimsy and charming! Your first card reminds me of Winnie the Pooh illustrations for some reason. (Love Pooh!) The background on card 2 really pops. Excellent choices.

Inkyfingers said...

Such a lovely pair of cards, Lindsey! Love the spare, whimsical design and the ugly sweater looks gorgeous to me lol! I'm so sorry to see you go from the team - it has been great working alongside of you.
Take care
Carol x

Helen said...

Fabulous cards Lindsey - love the 'ugly' sweater cute!
Helen x

Lisa Arana said...

That charlie brown Christmas tree is my favorite. Love the sweet design. And those ugly sweaters just made me laugh. They are too cute and such a great design for the challenge.

cm said...

Huw cute is your Charlie Brown tree! And your trio of Xerox snowman sweaters? Only fabulous! You'll be missed on the team but yes, I know how full your plate is.