Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Creeping Christmas

Today the Guardian of Glitter and I had to head to Punchington to help them out with a zombie infestation. The ghouls started showing up two days ago and now the village was in a complete lockdown as the undead swarm the streets. It is a miracle they were able to release the raven sending us their cry for help.

This week the theme at Wicked Wednesday is “Happy Creepy Holidays” Make an ATC that goes with this theme for a chance to win a prize from our sponsors, Delicious Doodles and Smeared Ink! For my ATC I used the Delicious Doodles “Hungreeeeee!” image and added a santa hat with the Lawn Fawn “Hat’s Off To You” set.

This ATC will creep into the following challenges:

It didn’t take the Guardian of Glitter and I long to dispatch the undead monsters from Punchington. I found it a little weird when I killed one wearing a Winter Festival hat, but hey...I guess zombies enjoy the holidays as well.

~ Guild Master Crystal

Monday, 15 December 2014

Iced Raspberry Balls

Thank you for stopping by the Guild Hall. Today the Lady Commander of Copics and I decided to do some adventuring in the Iced Raspberry Woods. We had received a quest from a gent at the local tavern, tipping us off that this particular forest was flush with rare raspberry balls...if you could make it through the throng of monsters. Raspberry balls contain juices within their tough shell, which can be used as a powerful healing agent if combined into the correct tonic. Angela and I had been questing for upwards of an hour, battling our way through the forest, when we came upon a small ice nymph. Her blue hair sparkled with ice crystals and to our surprise, she was holding onto one of the coveted raspberry balls!

This card was created for the Creative Card Crew “Anything Goes” challenge that is happening now. Play along with any project for a chance to win a prize from our sponsors, Dies R Us and A Day for Daisies!
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I started this card by colouring the A Day For Daisies image “Christmas Pixi Two” using Prismacolor pencils. I die cut and stamped the sentiment using the Lawn Fawn “Quinn’s ABCs set”. The snowflakes were die cut using the Lawn Fawn “Stitched Snowflakes” die set.

The trees on the paper are super sparkly...but I decided I needed to level up the sparkle on this card, and added some more to her scarf and boots.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment using the Lawn Fawn “Joy to the Woods” set. The baubles I stamped using the Lawn Fawn “Ornate Ornaments” set and instead of colouring them, decided to paper piece the balls, earning +40 patterned XP points.

The envelope was stamped using a CTMH set with Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks to make it match the front of the card.

This card will have a ball in the following challenges:

I took a tentative step towards the ice nymph, eyes fixed on the raspberry ball she was clutching in her small hands. She responded by hissing, showing her sharp pointed teeth.
“So, not friendly then,” the Lady Commander of Copics quipped.
“Seems not. But we didn’t come all this way to leave empty handed,” I declared, notching my bow.
We would have those balls, one way or another!

~ Guild Master Crystal

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A Lost Day

The Guild Hall seems to have slipped through a sort of time distortion, propelling us through the future. As such, the Guardian of Glitter and I seemed to have missed an entire day! This could only be the work of one of those mischievous holly fairies that show up this time of year. Nikki and I cast a locating spell to find the winged trouble maker before it could mess up the flow of time any further.

This week the theme at Wicked Wednesday is “Happy Holidays.” Make an ATC that goes with this theme for a chance to win a prize from our sponsor, A Day for Daisies!

I started this ATC by colouring the A Day for Daisies image using Prismacolor pencils. I then stamped the holly image using the Lawn Fawn “Winter Gifts” set and coloured them with Prismacolor pencils as well. The sentiment was stamped using the Bug Bites “Mistletoe” set.

The background was painted using some suuuuper shiny gold airbrushing paint. I also used my Wink of Stella pen on her wings to make em sparkly, earning me +80 bonus shiny XP points.

This ATC will “holly” up and enter the following challenges:

The locating spell worked perfectly, and we were able to capture the small fairy and place a magic suppressing Silence spell on her. Now the only question that remains is what did we miss on Wednesday?!

~ Guild Master Crystal

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Collect a Falling Star

Greetings. As the weather outside was mild, the Guardian of Glitter and I decided to take in the rare star shower that was occurring. As the night sky was bathed in a mysterious pink light, silvery, glittering stars fell from above.

This week the theme at Wicked Wednesday is “You’re a Star.” Make an ATC that goes with this theme for a chance to win a prize from our sponsor, KennyK!

I started this ATC by colouring the KennyK image using Prismacolor pencils and adding some sparkle to her hat. It’s literally impossible to photograph, but I used a Wink of Stella glitter pen on her eyes, lips and the tree and ice in the background.

The background of the ATC was made using pink Distress Inks and then flicking water onto it, earning +66 dexterity XP points. I covered up the big blobs with the image. I heat embossed the star image using the Lawn Fawn “Summertime Charm” set. The sentiment came from the Lawn Fawn “Critters Ever After” set.

This ATC will star in the following challenges:

The Guardian of Glitter and I tried to mark the falling stars’ locations on the map we brought. If we can locate them, they are worth quite a bit of coin to the right buyer. Let the star hunt begin.

~ Guild Master Crystal

Monday, 1 December 2014

Masquerade Full of Daggers

Tonight the Lady Commander of Copics and I attended a formal masquerade at the Earl of Adhesives grand villa. This annual event was held to mark the beginning of our final thirty-one days in the sun cycle. The costumes were a brilliant sight to behold, but unfortunately with the added anonymity, the chance for danger was high. As such, I had designed my gown to conceal two large daggers I wore on my thighs.   

This card was created for the Creative Card Crew “Birthday with a Sentiment” challenge that is happening now. Make a project that fits this theme for a chance to win a prize from our sponsors, Marianne Design and Delicious Doodles!
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I started this card by colouring in the Delicious Doodles “Venetian Beauty” image using Prismacolor Pencils, adding some gems as accents. I then stamped and heat embossed the “celebrate” sentiment, which is a Unity stamp. The bottom sentiment, from the My Creative Time “Wow! So Many Candles” set, was stamped onto a shape cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.
Last I decided to earn a bonus +80 sparkle XP points and used my Wink of Stella pen on the mask from some extra bling. It was however extremely difficult to photograph this glittery goodness.

The inside I stamped with a Close to My Heart sentiment. The edges were stamped using the Crafty Secrets “Glamour Girls” set.

The envelope was stamped with a couple other images from the “Glamour Girls” set.

This card will hide in the following challenges:

As it turns out, there was no need for my daggers of superb stabbing, the masquerade going off without a hitch. If only all the events we attended could be this problem free.

~ Guild Master Crystal

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Warm Wishes Are Needed

Tonight we are hunkering down at the Guild Hall as we await the massive storm headed this way. By morning, there will be about two feet of fresh snow on the ground and the temperature is expected to fall 20 degrees. The Lady Commander and I spent the night getting all the animals safely indoors, ensuring they were snuggly bundled for the abhorant weather that would be descending upon us tonight. As we finished the last of the rounds, the Lady Commander and I retreated to the kitchens for a warm beverage.

This week the theme at Wicked Wednesday is “Warm Winter Wishes.” Make an ATC that goes with this theme for a chance to win a prize from our sponsor, Time For Tea!

I started this ATC by colouring the Time For Tea image using Prismacolor pencils. I decided that she didn’t really look warm enough, so I stamped a toque using the Lawn Fawn “Making Frosty Friends” set and added that to her head for +70 bonus warmth XP. The sentiment and steam were stamped with the Lawn Fawn “Love You a Latte” set.

This ATC will warm up the following challenges:

“Warm wishes,” the Lady Commander of Copics said, raising her cup of hot tea.
“May it pass swiftly and leave little wreckage in its wake,” I replied, drinking deeply from my own mug of mulled wine. I prayed to the old gods and the new that we had prepared well enough and would lose no one to the storm.

~ Guild Master Crystal

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Paws in the Woods

Today I decided to take my direwolf on a leisurely stroll through Birch Haven Woods for some exercise as he’s been penned up after his paw injury. Birch Haven Woods is a good forest for this sort of thing, as it is devoid of any high level monsters. As my companion bounded along the snowy trail, enjoying being outside, I was hopeful that his paw had now healed. Eventually we came to a clearing in the woods where there were a few forest creatures decorating for the upcoming Winter Festival. By the looks of things, it appeared they may have pilfered a few items from someone’s Holly Festival haul.  

This card was created for The Inked Stamper Design Team and was based on this inspiration photo.
All the stamped images on this are from the Lawn Fawn “Joy to the Woods” set. I stamped everything onto watercolour paper and watercoloured them with Distress Markers and my Hydrabrush of +90 wetness. I then used the coordinating die set to cut all the images out, which greatly speeds up the process and earned me +444 bonus speed XP.

I had used some patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn “Sweater Weather” 6x6 pad, but decided the colour was a little intense, so I used a piece of vellum overtop to mute it. This created an issue, as attaching vellum can be difficult if you don’t want ugly adhesive showing (and who wants that). So the vellum is only glued down on the top and bottom - underneath the borders - the middle is floating.
I used the snow marker to add some snow to the tree branches, and really loved how it turned out. I see a lot of birch trees with snow on their branches in my card making future.

I created the inside by stamping the snow drift, foot prints, and sentiment from the “Joy to the Woods” set, leaving lots of space to write a personal message.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

As my direwolf laid down in a snow drift, resting his paw, I decided to help the adorable forest creatures with their decorating. As glistening snow began to fall, I could hear my companion softly snoring. I smiled to myself, hanging another ornament from a birch tree.  

~ Guild Master Crystal