Friday, 20 December 2013

DIGITALLY SWEET - challenge #67

This week at Digitally Sweet was quite a challenging one. I've had two poorly daughters who seem to have caught ever germ they could get their little mitts on over the past few weeks. So, unfortunately this weeks challenge was a last minute creation. But, I am still rather pleased with it.

This weeks challenge is sponsored by Template Dreams... 

and we also had an inspiration photo to work from.

As I am not fully confident going 100% digital, I prefer to 'stick to what I know' and go 50/50. I chose a personal photograph to work with and played about with the colours and size before printing on to photography paper. 
Here is my creation....

I used a photo of my eldest daughter and Papa (my Dad) putting the fairy on the Christmas tree which was taken last year.

This is my favourite Christmas moment. It's a family tradition in which me and my sister used to take it in turns every year putting the last decoration on the top of the tree. Now, my daughters have seemed to take over the job!! 

I wanted to use colour on the background and embellishments to keep the focus on the photograph being black & white. 
I cut a piece of watercolour card to 7" X 7" and inked it with a few different Christmasy colours. I stamped a border edge down one side and inked the opposite corner and bottom edge with clear embossing ink. Then heat embossed it using sparkly powder.

I arranged the photograph at an angle in the center. I tided a wide piece of lime green ribbon in a double knot and did the same with a thin piece of red ribbon and added them to the opposite corners. 

I die cut the numbers 2 & 5 and inked them using red ink, then embossed December using my Dymo and arranged in the top corner and in the opposite corner, used silk holly leaves and black berries. 

I thought I might use this as a calender page as I always buy a personal one of the kiddies for the grandparents but this year thought I might do a handmade one. So this is my December. 

To create this...
* watercolour card
* personal photo
* border stamp
* Distress inks - Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint
* Other inks - clear, True Red 
* snowflake sparkle embossing powder
* ribbon
* die cut numbers
* Dymo
* silk leaves, berries

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Please leave a comment if you wish - I do read them all and they inspire me to create.
Lis xxx 


  1. Hi Lisa! I love this .. the vintage feel, the old photo and the memories. So pretty. So glad to have you decide to stay on with us at DSC! Welcome to the team!

  2. That looks so cute! We do love the vintage look with the picture in black and white and the Dymo embossing tape and how well you combined it with the vivid green of the ribbon. Congratulations and Merry Christmas! ^CP

  3. I love the vintage look! Happy to have you at DSC!