Monday, 14 January 2013

A Gauntlet in Every Colour

In an effort to keep things tidy around the Guild Hall, I decided to go through our winter armour and see if there was any we could get rid of. To my surprise, I found piles and piles of gauntlets in various colours and materials. I hailed the Lady Commander of Copics and asked her why we had such a collection of fur-lined winter gauntlets. She shrugged and said she needed a pair to match each winter cloak. If she wanted to match all her outerwear I suggested she just get mittens, which was much more cost effective than purchasing a new piece of armour each time. Rolling her eyes she said, “Mittens? How much will those increase my defense? +2 AT MOST? I need gauntlets!” And with that she stormed off, her rainbow scarf trailing behind her. I shook my head and began packing up the multi-coloured gauntlets. 

I started this card by stamping one of the images from The Greeting Farm’s “Miss Anya Scarves” set (which is brand spanking new!) onto watercolour paper. I coloured her with Distress Markers and my legendary Hydra Brush. I wasn’t super pleased with the finished colouring job; I find it easier to watercolour larger images and she is smaller than the “regular” Anyas. The background paper I used from a pack of Michaels Christmas paper that I’ve had since forever! The brads are also from my older stash, having purchased them at a craft fair in 2011. I stamped a banner from Lawn Fawn’s “Bannerific” set and then the sentiment from the BugBites “Mistletoe” set inside. I cut the snowflakes using the Winter Woodland cartridge, adhered them together and added some glitter to match the sparkly ribbon.

The inside shape was also cut from the Winter Woodland cartridge as well as the small snowflake. The inside sentiment is also from the BugBites “Mistletoe” set. Love me some puns. In fact, between this card and the other pun-filled card I made today, I gained +100 bonus punny exp points.

I decorated the envelope using some Recollections brand snowflake stamps. Overall I wasn’t super happy with this card. I wish I’d made it A2 rather than A6 because Miss Anya Scarves is so small (I didn’t realize this before I’d cut all the papers). I always default to the A6 size because I don’t have any A2 envelopes, so I end up having to make one (which uses up paper when I have a ginormous box of A6 envelopes). Oh well...hopefully the sparkles will blind people from realizing my blunder. 
**Sparkle ATTACK**
This wintery card will be blustering into the following challenges:
The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #61: Winter Wonderland
Pixie Dust Studio: Winter Challenge
Jingle Belles Challenge: Look What Santa Brought Me (Miss Anya Scarves!)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #251: Beat the Blues
Simply Create Too Challenge #28: Let It Snow
CHNC Challenge #107: Rudolph is Resting
Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday “Winter Blues” Challenge
Love To Create Challenge #48: Sparkle & Snowflakes
Creative Card Crew Challenge #27: Snow and Ice
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #1: Use Ribbon
Anyone for Anya: Snowflakes
Crafting For All Seasons Challenge #43: Something New (Miss Anya Scarves stamps is new!)
Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round January Challenge: Anything Goes Christmas
Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #5: Anything Goes
CHNC Challenge Extra: January

I sent a raven to Mikal, who owns the armour shop in the village, telling him to freeze the Lady Commander’s tab there. I’ll not have her spending the Guild Hall’s hard earned coins on any more pieces of coordinating armour. Sheesh!

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


SmilynStef said...

Love those sweet little mittens ... so glad you're starting 2013 with us at jingle belles.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super cute! Great snowflake! Thanks for joining us over at Little Scrap Pieces! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

Marjo said...

Adorable card! Thanks for sharing with us at Simply Create Too.

Higz Marjo

cotnob said...

This is a fab card, lovely winter blues.
Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

Hazel said...

Love this card - and had to smile at the gauntlets - lol! - thanks for entering this into both of my CHNC challenges - hope to see you again soon. x

lauren bergold said...

love that adorable stamp and those FAB mittens, and especially love that the inside of your card is as pretty as the outside! thanks for sharing your fab goodies and festive card with us at JINGLE BELLES! :)

mum of two said...

How fabulous! I love the sparkly ribbon. Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges this week. Hope to see you again soon :)

Purple Monkey Moments

Karen said...

adorable image love that clothes line of mitten with the sweet little birdie. Thanks so much for joining the "winter Blues" lsp challenge this week. Karen

Ruza Rebel said...

Lovely card! Awesome colors, and that DP is the perfect backdrop! Thank you for joining QKR's Challenge this week.
Ruza ~ QKR DT

Ruza Rebel said...

Crystal ... I'm so sorry that I wrote the wrong DT down when I commented earlier! Guess I shouldn't do more that one DT a night! HUGS, and Thank you for joining Love to Create Challenge this week.
Ruza ~ LTC DT

clare said...

great xmas diva card. thanks for joining us @ CCAYR. x

Jayne said...

Gorgeous card and image.Thanks for joining us at LSP.
Jayne x

mixamatoasties said...

Lovely card.

Thanks for joining with us at Love to Create this week.


Anonymous said...

As we have mitten and stay at home weather at the moment, this card looks beautiful to me. Otherwise it would also be beautiful. I thought very hard about the mittens and gauntlet problem and must say that I prefer wristwarmers and gloves. They don't give an increase in defense but don't reduce or even increase flexibility and shadow abilities.
But of course I can understand that you need the gauntlet in matching colours. I would never wear my dark blue gloves with my black hood.

Shelly said...

What a great winter card, love the image and sparkle!
Thanks so much for joining the "Winter Blues" little Scrap pieces challenge this week.

Jacki Randolph said...

Oh this is a super sweet card!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Create Challenges!

Amanda Phillips said...

I am diggin the blue hair..Nice job! Thank you for joining us over at love to create challenges.
Amanda LTCDT

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