Wednesday, November 1, 2017

30 Days of Christmas at Beccy's Place

     Three posts today!  Amazing!  But there's a good reason.  I just had to get in on the Month of Holiday Cards at Beccy's Place and today is the first day.

     Each year, Beccy's Place does a full month of daily challenges to help us get our Christmas cards done.  I completely missed out on playing in it last year and have spent the last 11 months looking forward to playing this year.

     Instead of a different theme each day, this year Beccy has decided to use the alphabet and, since today is the first day, we need to use things starting with a "A."  Beccy is very liberal with her suggestions for possible "A"s so mine are:  Alcohol Markers and Altered "ribbon" (more about that below.)  However, we have to watch out because there are only 26 letters in the alphabet but a full 30 days of challenges so I know she's going to throw us a curve or two along the way.  :-D

     I colored this with ProMarkers and silver metallic paint pen, plus glittery gel ink on the faint stars behind the wise men.  The background paper is recycled from paper which wrapped a potted plant, ironed with a fairly cool iron to take out the wrinkles.

     The wide gold "ribbon" isn't ribbon at all.  It's altered gold lame fabric.  I had a strip left in my sewing box from some other project.  It was feathering and fraying on the edges so I did a double stitching line with heavy quilting thread along each edge, added "Fray-Chek" to each edge, then trimmed the fabric between the two lines of stitching, getting rid of the frayed sides.  Voila'!  Ribbon.  :-D  However, it's important to cut with very sharp scissors and to take your time cutting so that you don't accidently cut across your stitching line.

     Both the image and the forest green frame are cut with dies from Sizzix and I adhered the image piece on top of the ribbon, then found another gold ribbon (actually ribbon, this time!) and tied the bow with my bow maker.

Beccy's Place
Craft-Dee BowZ
Crafting by Designs
Crafting from the Heart
Crafty Sentiments
Creates and Makes
Creative Moments
I {heart} ProMarkers
Kraftin' Kimmie
Lemon Shortbread

     OK, the end of the third post today.  I'm going to be so busy at lunch time linking up to all the challenges!  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie


jimlynn said...

What a nifty way to turn fabric into ribbon - and it's so pretty! Love your entire care and the image is just beautiful.

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous! I love the wise men!
Linda xxx

Beccy said...

I could hardly believe that wasn't a piece of ribbon NC, you did such a great job "altering" the fabric, it looks awesome. I love the gorgeous colours you used for the image and the background paper, I call them "jewel" colours because they make me think of emeralds and sapphires and other pretty stones... perfect for the three Wise Men bearing gifts! Great job.

Sharon Noble said...

Hello, I’m loving your beautiful make the colours are stunning . Thank you for joining us at I Love Pro Markers Challenge blog this challenge. Best wishes and good luck from Sharon xxx

Crafting With Jack said...

Lovely Christmas card

Glenda Atkins said...

Wow, this is so wonderfully traditional and the colours pop right right out to you! The 'altered' ribbon is awesome!

Beatriz said...

Lovely Christmas card! Thanks for join us at Crafty Sentiments Designs this time, good luck and hope to see you next time. Hugs Beatriz DT.

Barbara Bruder said...

Such a gorgeous card. Love your fabric/ribbon idea!! Thanks so much for entering your lovely card into our 'Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow' challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month. I look forward to seeing what you create for our next challenge. Hugs, Barbara

Miapuh said...

Great card
thx for joining us over at the Creative Moments
hugs MiaPuh Dt