Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Prancer and Dancer

I'm taking a quick break from the ongoing decoration of our kitchen. I've been painting today which feels good, it would feel better if I hadn't spent some of the time repainting a wall I'd done the wrong colour. Long story, but in brief I'd painted a kitchen wall in the bathroom colour instead of the dining room colour. I'm not saying the colours are similar or anything, but it's given my family a good laugh. No doubt it won't be the last I hear of it. 
I managed to sneak outside and plant up a couple of pots with violas for winter as well. It was a lovely day, but nippy, it seemed a shame to stay in painting. 
So I've made a card for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. 

 Now I don't have any cute bears or penguins so I've opted for Prancer and Dancer.

I broke out my brayer and inked the sky. I'd planned it to be all dark but then had the idea of the yellow light. It's quite indigo at the top.
I find that brayering either works or it doesn't and that day it was working.  I inked two skies as I was sure I would smudge the stamping. I spritzed water over to give a starry 

I stamped the reindeer and the houses and filled the houses and the trees with black. The sleigh is a die cut which I glued on then trimmed. I sewed the silver thread through the card so no danger of it falling off. 
As I didn't smudge the stamping, I was able to make two cards. I wish I'd moved one reindeer slightly lower but I like the movement on this one. 

I added some glitter and it stuck to Prancer and Dancer by mistake but that was fine with me. 

The glitter looks better in real life. 
So, unlike the last one, this card turned out pretty much as expected. All the stamps used have been from the magazines I've got into the very bad habit of buying recently. Oh, and JustRite oval dies.
I'm just running over to Pixie's Snippets Playground with this as well as I've used quite a few snippets. The yellow I've used for matting is actually an old school certificate of my daughters (no nothing important) and she left school 7 years ago! Yes, my name is Alison and I am a hoarder!

(I must just tell you - I just called to one of my (adult) boys to turn on the extractor fan in the bathroom and he said "There's a fan in the bathroom?" Turns out neither of them knew and we've been here a year and a half!)



  1. These are beautiful cards Alison. What great brayered backgrounds. The colours are lovely. Great design work too. I love the silver thread too.

    How annoying to have used the wrong paint. I once stuck a piece of wallpaper upside down. It was at the top of the stairs so it took the better part of a complete roll to replace. Barbxx

  2. Wow, what a beautiful sky you have created for the reindeer and sleigh.

  3. such a pretty card :) love the blend of colors in the sky and the glitter adds so much! lovely!!

  4. A gorgeous sky on this beautiful card.

    Sue xx

  5. This is stunning Alison! I love the gorgeous inky background and I laughed at you using the old school certificate!! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT, April x

  6. magnifique Alison, ce ciel est superbe et je ne peux qu'aimer ton sujet, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52CCT, biz

  7. Beautiful cards Alison and the brayered backgrounds are perfect. I love the yellow towards the bottom as well - it looks just like the glow from a lit up residential area.


    Di xx

  8. Beautiful! I think the blended skies are just fabulous. Love the silhouette reindeer! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week! Deborah, DT.

  9. I saw this at 52 Cards and love the background. It's really pretty and magical

  10. This is so lovely! :)
    Thanks for joining us at 52CCT :)

  11. I bet your boys know where the fridge is though! Both your cards are fab. I love the sky with the spritzed starry look. Must remember that trick. Hugs Mrs A.

  12. Tee hee .. .. my name is Jules and I too am a hoarder LOL!!

    Loving your cards very much. The backgrounds are so beautiful, and I personally think that Dancer and Prancer should have glitter on them anyway!

    Hope all is well at your end.

    Love Jules xx


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