Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Inspiration by Nicole Doiron

Nicole here today for some Christmas inspiration
starting off with this set of 3 Holiday cards!
 
2Crafty Christmas Card Set

In the last two months, I have probably made over 100 Christmas cards
as I was preparing for a Christmas Craft Show that occurred a couple weeks ago.

These ones, featuring 2Crafty chipboard, were a real hit among the show's customers. 

Card 1

The first card in the set includes the "Corner Holly Vines" 
that I separated in 2 pieces and used as borders.  I colored the chipboard using markers
and then added some lighter green Smooch paint and finished with a few dabs of shiny ivory.


The sentiment comes from the very popular "Card Word Circles - Christmas" set 
and the stars are part of "ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars".


Card 2

I used a corrugated cardboard card base for each of my cards
 and added red paint, red glitter glue and shiny ivory paint over each.  
The paper layer comes from the very new Joyous collection from My Mind's Eye.


This is one of my favorite holiday new release pieces at 2Crafty... 
the "Wicker Christmas Wreath", it comes in a set of two.
After I had finished my card, I realized that I had used it upside down, 
but I think it still works.   I added red glitter glue and ruby gems.

The word "noel" is one of many from the "Christmas Mini Word Set 2"
and I added some more golden stars.


Card 3

My last card features cut up pieces of the "Christmas Decorative Ornament Borders"
I had fun coloring in the ornaments again with markers
 and added little touches of Smooch paint and gold Perfect Pearls.


The sentiment was taken from the "Merry Christmas Card Pack".

 
 
 
My 2nd share today is this very frosty and sprakly layout
celebrating both Winter and Christmas.
 
Make a Wish

This layout was inspired by the gorgeous December mood board
over at Scrap Around the World, and the December sketch from Stuck?!Sketches.

"Scrap Around the World December Moodboard"
 

Now let's take a closer look at my layout
and all the 2Crafty chipboard used,
starting with the "Make a Wish" title.
 

Below you can see the beautiful and elegant "Festive Branch",
a piece of which I cut to use on another part of my layout,
and one of the many pieces from the "Handrawn Stars" set.
I covered the chipboard with white paint, then added a little blue paint and blue
distress stain followed by more white and shimmer champagne paint.
I finished off with a red shiny sequin in the center of each snowflake.


I added a subtitle by using the words 'magic' and 'believe'
from the "Christmas Mini Word Set 2".
I decorated with more "Handdrawn Stars".


I cut up one of the dangling snowflakes from the "Festive Branch"
to add it to the flower cluster and did the same to the snowflakes 
from both the "Christmas Decorative Ornate Borders".


Aside from chipboard, I used many flowers from Petaloo 
which I dabbed with different shimmery paints...


A lovely  red crystal flourish.


The picture is of a coworker's adorable daughter named Audrée.
This layout just wouldn't be the same without this fabulous photo!



Rejoice

This layout was inspired by two awesome challenges that I participated in earlier this month:



I used very little paper on my layout, but lots of embellishments,
 including several Petaloo flowers, Prima Say It in Crystals
and, of course, many 2Crafty chipboard pieces.


The main title comes from the "Christmas Mini Word Set 1".


I cut the "Formal Flourish 1" in two and tucked a piece on either side of my flower cluster.
It was covered with a thick coat of gesso, heated up to a bubbling boil,
and then painted with Luminarte silk glazes and Smooch paint.


I also cut apart a piece of the "Christmas Decorative Ornament Borders"
and the "Corner Holy Vines" so I could use them throughout my design,
both vertically and horizontally.
You can also see one of the "Card Word Circles Christmas" below.


And one last look at the details...


Thank you for joining me this month
on some festive fun with 2Crafty!

If you like what you see, visit my blog at
 http://scrap-utopia.blogspot.com
to see more of my work.



And remember, to find a 2Crafty stockist near you, drop an email to...
salesat2crafty@optusnet.com.au

 
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9 comments:

Helen Tilbury said...

Wow these are fantastic Nicole! I do so love the way you have used all the chippies!!

Helen Tilbury said...

What a beautiful layout you created for the SATW mood board - loooove it!!

Stacey Young said...

wow Nicole, beautiful festive pieces there!! I can't believe you have made over 100 Christmas cards.....I am yet to make 1 yet...lol!!! Well done!! Beautiful use of the chippies as always :)

Margaret Mifsud said...

Oh my, these are absolutely stunning Nicole!! Your cards are gorgeous and I'm not at all surprised they were favoured by your customers. Love both of the layouts too but the last is my fave!!! Absolutely loaded with awesome chippies and totally divine!! ox

Melenia Agapides said...

100 Christmas cards??? Well done, girl! I bet they are all so beautifully put together like the projects of this post! Wonderful post, thank you for the inspiration!

Janice Nicholls said...

WOW!!! You have been a bust girl.
Your cards and layouts are Gorgeous Nicole. The Christmas chippie pieces all looks amazing! x

Ebony van der Starre said...

These are all awesome !!! I cant believe you made so many cards!

MARILYN said...

Gorgeous projects Nicole!! xx

Fiona Paltridge said...

Over 100 cards!!! you are a machine!! Love all these creations they are so amazing xx