Sparkles Monthly Christmas Challenge ~ Inspired By A Christmas Carol

Morning All and welcome to another fun challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenges.  It’s April 1st, the year is flying by and that’s no joke, lol!  Our winner and Top 3 for March have already been posted, hopefully you were lucky, if not, you have another opportunity at a great prize this month.  Plus, you’ll have another Christmas card made for the box too and the way this year has been moving along you’ll be needing them next week, lol!

We have another fantastic prize again from Marianne Designs, a die and a lovely Christmas stamp.

And on to my card.  I used a new to me, super cute LOTV stamp called Angel Gabriel, and boy was I ever transported back to my childhood and the school Christmas play!  Only we didn’t suspend our Angel Gabriel from the rafters with a rope, which is a good thing as my sister was usually the Angel!

As usual I coloured up my image with Prisma pencils, and as usual I really struggled with the colouring of hair!  Never get it right, lol.  I also dabbed around the Stickles, Waterfall and Yellow for Angel Gabriel and the blue stars, Frosted Lace for the lamb and the floor, Fruit Punch for the Shepherd and Crystal for the edging of the die cut.  The Angel’s wings were glittered with loose Martha Stewart glitter.  The image was die cut with a Spellbinders Labels Two and matted on to red card and popped up with foam dots.

The papers are all digital, the large pretty snowflake piece is from The Shabby Princess and the music score (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, which I thought appropriate!) is from Mad About Cards, they were both spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mists and edged with Distress inks.  I also added a Memory Box Frostyville die cut but embossed it with TH Holographic EP first, to balance that on the bottom I put a strip of lace.  The snowflakes are also from Memory Box, from the Precious Snowflakes die but I cut the bows off, and added gold gems to the centers.  The tinsel ribbon trim is from Papermania and I found it at the back of the ribbon off cut box!  I thought it was perfect and reflected the sweet little tots with the tinsel on their heads!  Oh how I remember how itchy that tinsel was!!

My sentiment is by StudioG and was in the $1 bin at Michael’s years ago.  I was going to generate “While Shepherd’s Watched” on the computer but I came across this one and thought it was very pertinent.  It’s stamped in Memento Rhubarb Stalk and edged with Distress Ink.  My final touch was a few red Pearls in the corners.

Please make sure you stop by the main Sparkles Christmas blog for the superb inspiration from my teamies.

Card Recipe:

  • Card: Blank from pale blue card from the UK ~ The Paper Company
  • DP: Shabby Princess Digital ~ Mad About Card digital
  • Stamps: LOTV Angel Gabriel ~ StudioG Sentiment
  • Ink: ColorBox Wicked Black ~ Versamark ~ Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick & Broken China ~ Memento Rhubarb Stalk
  • Embellies: Tim Holtz Holographic EP ~ Papermania Tinsel Ribbon Trim ~ Lace from the UK ~ Perfect Pearls Mists in Opal ~ Stickles Crystal, Frosted Lace, Fruit Punch, Waterfall & Yellow ~ Red and Gold Pearls from Michaels ~ Prisma Pencils
  • Tools: Cuttlebug ~ Heat Gun ~ Spellbinders Labels Two ~ Memory Box Precious Snowflakes & Frostyville Border dies



Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Completely Christmas Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Fab & Funky Challenge ~ Christmas

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (Stamping card,  red card and bits used for the snowflakes)

Crimbo Crackers ~ Anything Goes Christmas

Alphabet Challenge ~ D For Diecuts

Christmas Stampin All Year Long ~ Ribbon & Diecuts

 Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

V’s Sweet Ideas ~ Technique Challenge (My technique is colouring with Prisma pencils)

Christmas Card Challenges ~ Favourite Colouring Medium (Prisma Pencils)

23 thoughts on “Sparkles Monthly Christmas Challenge ~ Inspired By A Christmas Carol

  1. Utterly gorgeous Brenda! This is one of my all time favourite LOTV stamps – too cute for words, see those dingly dangly socks :)

    Great colouring as always, you really do rock those pencils! And yes, the tinsel is a great touch. Sigh, I was always a shepherd wearing a teatowel on my head :(



  2. Adorable Design, Thank you for sharing with us over at Completely Christmas, we do hope you will join us again next week for another fun challenge…Good Luck…
    Suzy B ~Owner~Completely Christmas

  3. Just love these LOTV images, and I think your pencil coloring is wonderful. Lots of shading & highlights on these cute little angels. Love the digi papers, and the pretty lace trims. Can’t beat that MB border – it’s always a winner. The tinsel was just a perfect trim for these little sweeties. Great card. TFS & Hugs

  4. What a beauty! Love it. Beautiful colored! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  5. Gorgeous card, the background papers are stunning. Fabulous main image. Thanks for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenge. Caz

  6. This is beautiful!! I love that paper and that adorable image!! Love the sparkle you added to the the snowflake border and the tinsel halo. Thanks for playing with CSAYL and CHNCC2.

  7. A fab image and just right for the wonderful O Holy Night song. One of my favourites.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Completely Christmas Challenge this week and hope to see you again soon.

  8. Thank you so much for entering our Completely Christmas challenge 5 and CHNC challenge extra for April, as well as my Patterned Paper April challenge, with your lovely card – we hope we’ll see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  9. Thank you for popping in to April CHNC Challenge Extra to share your card with us. Hope to see you back again soon. Hugs, Anne (April Guest Designer)

  10. Love it! A really cute stamp and I love the glitter you’ve added.

    Thanks for joining me at Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra.

    Helen N x

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