Saturday 13 August 2016

Going Nordic.

Hi all,

Did you mange to catch the Nordic Christmas shows on Hochanda earlier this week? There were only two shows, but it was lovely to see these lovely images and embossing folders being showcased once again.

We were asked to take some fresh samples for the latest shows and here is one of mine, featuring the lovely, if slightly confused looking, reindeer and the ovally reindeer embossing folder too.

My background embossing was done on very basic, cheap white card...the folders are lovely and deep so you don't have to crack out your best card to use these. However, for the image it is a different matter of course, so I opted for Sheena stamping card as I wanted a smooth paper, but I was using my Sparkles pens which are water based, so I didn't want to get any 'bobbling' on the card.

To paint my reindeers, I applied the sparkles ink to a piece of acetate, to act as a palette and then picked it up with my clear sparkles pen. This means you can get a graduated finish, rather than a block of colour, and also you can mix the different colours too. So for my reindeer i mixed some orange and brown to get a slightly richer colour. The best part about this technique is, no matter how much you spread the colour, you still get all that lovely sparkle when it dries.

It's been a while since I played with m Sparkle pens and, I have to say I really enjoyed it.....I think there may be a few more sparkly Christmas cards coming your way!

Thanks for visiting today and have a great weekend.

Sharon x



  1. Hello.… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your lovely Christmas card. Great colouring of a lovely image… the little reindeer is cute. Good luck in the draw and hope you can join us again next time.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  2. A super card, he is such a fun reindeer and your embossed background is fabulous.

  3. Fab image beautifully coloured. Great embossed background.
    Glad you joined us at CRAFT this week.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xxx

  4. I love the idea of a "slightly confused" reindeer - this made me smile, it is a gorgeous card, and the colouring looks great

    thank you for joining in with the Crafty Friends challenge...hope to see you again xx

  5. A very pretty creation and lovely colours as well, many thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  6. AWE!! This is such a cute card!! I love your image and your embossed background! HUGS :)

  7. Hi Sharon, what a lovely fun Christmas Card, great design and embossing.Thank you for sharing with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. Good Luck in the draw and we hope you will join us again next time. Jennifer DT member x

  8. Sweet image a lovely card. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  9. Beautiful Christmas card. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Winter Wonderland. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  10. Gorgeous, Love the image and the embossed background! Thanks for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


  11. Beautiful card, I love the fun image and the embossed background. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends. Good luck in the draw and we hope to see you back again soon.

  12. Your sparkly colouring is an absolute delight and the card is the embossing too!
    Big hugs, Kat xx

  13. I love this card!! The embossing is gorgeous, and your sparkly coloring is wonderful. Thanks for sharing the technique :) It was great of you to join in the fun at CRAFT this week!
    Susan - DT

  14. So cute love the sentiment. Thank you for joining us at the Polkadoodles Crafting Anything Goes Challenge Week 32 Helen DT

  15. A very cute card and image. Thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland Challenge. Marlene

  16. A very cute card and image. Thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland Challenge. Marlene

  17. Great Christmas card and love the non-traditional colours. Many thanks for joining in with the "Week 26 Anything Goes" challenge over at The Pencil Case challenges . Lou (DT)

  18. Super sweet card with a cute image. Love it. Thanks for joining our challenge over at the Winter Wonderland. On Friday we are back with a new fun challenge.
    Love n hugs

  19. Gorgeous card Sharon.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
    Lou DT xo

  20. Fab make. Thanks for joining us in our Anything Goes challenge at Polkadoodles
    Anjie (DT)

  21. Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  22. so lovely thank you for joining us at The Pencil Case xx


I love to receive your comments, so thanks so much for taking the time to visit me and tell me what you think. Happy crafting! Sharon