Thursday 1 December 2011

December Challenge - Christmas

Goodly Morning Stampers and welcome to a brand new challenge for December. Many thanks for all your wonderful entries for November, the winner of this challenge will be announced on Saturday, December 3rd. The new challenge this month is CHRISTMAS. To join in with the challenge is simple; make a piece of artwork, include the theme and some rubberstamping, pop back here to link up using the Froggy at the bottom of this post and leave us a comment to let us know you have joined in. As ever there will be candy for one randomly picked entrant - £15 worth of The Artistic Stamper stamps of your choice plus the Kling On to mount them onto. And... if you use Artistic Stamper stamps on your entry, you will be entered twice into the draw! Moving on, last month we were very lucky to have the very talented and uber creative Kaz Hall as our Guest Designer, many thanks to Kaz for her innovative & gorgeous creations! This month we are welcoming a new Guest Designer ... and this is Tracey Metcalfe and we are all really excited to see the wonderful artwork that she will bring to the team.

We do have some sad news this month... Minxy and Tina have both left the Creative Team... we will certainly miss them both very lots and wish them all the very best for the future and from all of us... a huge Thank You for all the hard work and gorgeousness they made for us.

There's much excitement at Artistic Towers this month, we have Christmas coming and with that, the 12 Tags of Christmas... and all the goodies used will be listed daily and be available on the website HERE. AND... as a thank you to all our loyal customers, each order placed will receive a pressie of one each of these fab limited edition stamps. Our team have been using them on their entries for our monthly challenge... there's a sweet little snowflake background and some cool icicles too :O))

Sioux made a festive place setting trio of a napkin, place card and menu holder simply stamped with Distress Ink using one of the free stamps.

Kat made a folded easel card using her favourite Santa stamp from the Christmas Mini Plate #1, Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress Ink and a bit of Stickles for some added Bling.

Emma made this card by using the Mabel Lucie Attwell ~ Jolly Day Out stamp and combining it with the free snowflake stamp to make a wintery scene. Some die cut Mini Snowflakes from Tim Holtz's Alterations range were added, together with a couple of the gorgeous Tattered Pine Cones and an Adage Ticket. To complete the card, the die cuts were all covered with Rock Candy Distress Stickles for an icy feel.

Made this in the tradition of Tim's Twelve tags of Christmas, and used the mini reindeer die, and the mini holly die, with added red stickles. The tag was inked in Alcohol inks, using the Snow Cap Mixative as random dots of snow :) . The white embossed snowflakes are one of the free stamps that are on offer this month with any order from The Artistic Stamper! The reindeer were covered in Tim's District Market Tissue paper and then alcohol inked in Latte and Espresso inks.


I got all inky and messy with those fab new freebie stamps, making the icicles using SnowCap Dabber and an inky background using Distress Stains and Perfect Pearls Mists. I painted the frame with Pitch Black Dabber and sanded it back to show some wood, which was then inked over with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The embellishments are made using the Sizzix Alterations Holly Branch and Tattered Pine Cone. The sentiment in the middle is cut using the Sizzix Alterations Vintage Noel, cut from cream card that I then dabbered with Silver Dabber and embossed with Silver Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and then edged with Black StaZon to make the design pop. I added some bling using Picket Fence and Rock Candy Stickles. Finally, I added the fabby little reindeer from the Christmas Adornments Idea-ology pack... I coloured him with Caramel Alcohol Ink and popped him into a Memo Pin so he could sit inside the embellishment. To see more deets on how I made this, please pop over my blog :O))

That's all from me for now... thanks for looking and a very Happy Christmas to you all!!

Hels x


Helen said...

The DT have worked really hard and these are all fab pieces! Welcome to your new DT members and good luck to the departing ones!

Maggie said...

Great DT work as always will be back with something christmassy - if I can get started on my cards etc!!!
Maggie H

Minxy said...

Its been an honor and a pleasure to have been part of the team so long, I wish the new team members well and look forward to playing along with the challenge xx DT work is as always FAB xo

Rosemary said...

What a lovely collection for inspiration. Thanks DT for all your hard work.

Love crafts forever said...

Thanks for the wonderful challenge.
Hugs Nataliya

Jacqueline said...

What a fantastic challenge this month and what a lovely free gift too :D

Thank you so much for that, and also for the inspiration all the lovely challenges bring!

Take care

Jackie x

Crafting Queen said...

Great challenge and great creations by the DT!

Maggie said...

Just added my link which is Tag 1 of 12 tags thanks for my order and speeedy delivery!! I may be back with another entry...well it is


Sarah Bennett said...

I love all of the amazingly beautiful projects here- such wonderful inspiration! I have just added my Christmas card. Thanks for sharing all this gorgeous artwork!

Girlsinthecraft said...

What wonderful inspiration ladies! I had fun with this one too.

GlitteryKatie said...

I've had such fun following Tim's Tags and have been really inspired by them!

Sarah-Jane said...

Fantastic creations from the DT.
Sarah-Jane xx

Maggie said...

Just linked my 2nd project! Fabulous inspiration