Saturday, 23 November 2013

PJ's in the daytime

I normally play along with the PJ Party late at night as it starts but my hubby is working away this weekend and had to be up at 5am today so we had an early night last night.  So - as I'm alone, I can still be in my PJ's at noon ;-)

There were 4 play ahead challenges plus the bedtime story sketch this month - I've managed 3 of them and will back to play the sketch later

Challenge 2 was to make a Christmas card and I couldn't resist playing with my new Alpine Christmas set.

This set is soooo much fun to play with!  I stamped the village twice (masking off the church on the second with a scrap of tape) using momento luxe ink.  I have to say I have been searching for a decent white ink for a long time and Wedding Dress from this range is STUNNING!  I used it for the hill in the background too and used a cotton bud to dot some snow around to ground the village.  The trees were stamped in olive grove and the sentiment in black.  Simples.

Challenge 3 is a doozy - make a Tag - but Claire is judging this round so you have to make a tag she will like - yikes!  I went old school with Festive Foliage.

I started with a kraft tag and stamped the mini pinstripe background across it in pearlescent ivy.  I added my holly sprig in bamboo leaves over the stripes and masked it off so I could stamp the pine leaves behind in the same ivy colour as the background.  Pinecones (adirondack ginger) and berries (SU real red) finished off the stamping.  To add some texture, rather than stamping the mistletoe directly to the card, I used some of my favourite material - cloud clay - and stamped it in the ivy colour (ink stops the stamp sticking to the clay) before letting it dry overnight.  Once dry I cut it out with scissors and painted on a wash of ink and shimmer.  I used liquid pearls and glossy accents to give dimension to the berries and a bow before sticking it to the tag.  I cut a larger tag from DP and tied the two together with some green twine.  I finished with a sentiment from the opera tags Christmas set stamped over the holly.   Hope you like it Claire ;-)

Challenge 4 was actually the one I tackled first - I did it as soon as I got my alpine set as the darling little chalet was screaming decoration to me!

I stamped it 4 times on copic card so the corners touched at the base and then coloured it in and very carefully cut out all the teen-tiny little windows!

I cut it out and and used the up and under method around the eaves - so for two facing each other I cut a slit up and for the other two I cut a slit down from the top of the roof - so once folded you can get it to hold together to make a little decoration without the need for any glue.  Pretty, but really, it doesn't come into it's own until the lights go out.....

Sorry for the dodgy photo - it's very hard to photograph - but you can now see the point of cutting out all the tiny windows - this makes THE most perfect tea light holder.  [BATTERY TEA LIGHTS ONLY PLEASE - don't burn the house down with flames and paper!]  I wish I could show you it properly but hopefully you get the idea - I plan on using them to decorate my Christmas table :-D

See you all later with my bedtime story sketch.


  1. GIRL did you get your order in quick!! These are sooo fabulous! I can't even believe how sweet that little lighted cottage is, the perfect image for it!! Your snowy white Alpine village almost makes me want to try skiing again, lol! Love the dimension you achieved by stamping the village and bigger cottage that way. And blowing kisssses to that mistletoe tag!

  2. OMG I am still staring at those windows all cut out LOL!

  3. Where's my prize ribbon? That chalet needs a ribbon! All those windows, (sigh), the coloring, and the assembly, oh my. Love. Wonderful tag and card, but that chalet...

  4. Oh boy! You won the 3D challenge - this is absolutely STUNNING! I think the colouring is gorgeous and cutting out all the little windows - you are a star. I wish I could see it in real life. BTW love the card (Alpine village gorgeous) and the tag is so sweet! Great work my friend xx

  5. All so beautiful! The house luminary is incredible!!

  6. Stunning chalet. I am in awe of your patience with those windows but definitely worth it the effect is magical.

  7. Hi Tara

    Your card with the snowy mountains and the little houses with the snowy roofs looks great and the tag is also pretty.

    But the illuminated little chalet is just stunning! What a lot of work to cut out all those tiny windows so that the light shines through them when the tea light is illuminated. I can't get enough of looking at this gorgeous little chalet. In the region where I live there are many chalets like this, with wooden balconies and many little windows and at night they look just like your chalet. All the work you had is definitely worth it.

    Kind regards

  8. That chalet is must have the patience of a saint cutting out all those windows but it is so effective!

  9. Love, Love your wonderful Alpine Chalet box!! super coloring on it - your Alpine village card is just adorable and love all the lovely stampings on your tag!

  10. I love that 3-d chalet! How in the world did you come up with that one? You are so creative and every one is so well done.

  11. SQUEAL!!!! I cannot believe you cut out all those wee windows!!!! that is amazing!! I was drooling all over your village card and admiring the white ink and lovely tag when you just threw it out there as if it was something ordinary, I LOVE it Tara, soooo going to CASE it!

  12. Wow - lotsa detail work here, Tara. Love that Alpine card - so different. And it reminds me of ski trips...


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