Monday, 29 December 2014

Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz

This month a new Progressive Freebie Challenge was started at The Outlawz, one of my favourite crafty hang-outs. Their first sponsor is Simply Betty Stamps, who provided December's free digi.

I started with this word that I wanted to combine somehow with the image, but I wasn't sure what I was going to do.
Next I printed the image eight times. I practiced with the hair on a few of the images, using Prisma colour pencils. Then I started on the stockings. Because I printed this detailed image out at 2 1/2 inches, toes to the tip of the star, it was very challenging to colour. I couldn't get my pencils to a fine enough point so I switched to pens on some parts of the image. I used a green pen for the cord of the lights and sapphire blue glitter glue for the lights themselves.
My original plan for the word was to use different shades of red for an ombre effect, but it didn't work out. The lighter red markers were lost on the already-red surface and the burgundy marker I used at the bottom just made it look dirty. So I scrubbed the surface with peroxide and an old toothbrush and started over. Red glitter embossing powder for most of it and a combination of clear, white and silver at the bottom for snow. Once that was done I hot-glued green cord and teardrop rhinestone to the top for hanging lights.

 I forgot to mention that I fussy-cut and decoupaged all eight layers of the image together. Then I added a thick layer of Crystal effects. All of this took some hours to dry, but it left me with a hardened little gal who became the final crowning touch to this Christmas decor piece.
I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and that you are looking forward to a safe and happy New Year.

Hugs & smiles,
Teresa

Links:
A Gem of a Challenge - anything Christmas
All Sorts Challenge Blog - Last Minute Gifts
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Come & Get It Challenges - Merry Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu (Purple Team) - Christmas, but not a card
Glitter & Sparkle - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Anything Goes/Christmas
The Glory of Christmas - anything Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra for December - anything Christmas

19 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

It's gorgeous, I can see why it took you so long - wonderful work! Hugs, Valerie

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful Christmas decoration with us this time at 613 Avenue Create.
Lorraine DT

Dr Sonia S V said...

Loved the way you made the Merry apart white...looks like snow!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

Desire Fourie said...

Teresa this is just so fun and I love how you did the word Merry and she is very sassy indeed. The little lights is so festive.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Chana said...

Beautifully executed and so creative! Thanks for sharing with us here at 613 Avenue Create!
Hugz,
Chana Malkah, Owner

Lady Anne Milnes Howard said...

I love what you have made Teresa, you are always so full of inspiration which I take so readily as I'm in short supply at present :)
Love ~ Lady Anne xxx

Vic said...

Wow! what a lovely thing to bring out year after year...its a great idea! i esp love the little "lights" you created... a gorgeous project! Thanks for sharing with us at Glitter n Sparkle this week - Vic, DT x

Penny said...

Really fun project--love the coloring, and your sparkly Merry! A lot of work, but it turned out great! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Patricia St Martin said...

Teresa, Your project turned out so nice, wonderful job making the snow look so real and I love the red with all the sparkles. You colored the very sassy, love how you did her hair and the lights turned out so nice. 8 layers is a lot of layers but it was worth it everything turned out perfectly. love your project.
Hug, Pat

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 209 The Glory of Christmas challenge 49 with your lovely crafting, Hazel , Glory of Christmas DT - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for December - I'd love to see it there too. x

Tracy said...

Fabulous gift. Thank you for joining Allsorts challenge. Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Angela Hoynes said...

Great work Teresa. xx

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 209 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for December - I'd love to see it there too. x

susiestacey said...

Lovely decoration.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Last Minute Gifts' challenge and good luck x Susan x

Bunny said...

This is a great project. I love the glittery snowy effect. Thanks for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

Susan said...

Teresa, I loved seeing detailed instructions for your cute project. You did a fantastic job with this! Thank you for telling us how you made it. Happy New Year!

Shari Trumbull said...

Hi Teresa!! Absolutely LOVE this very Merry décor piece!! It's so festive and sparkly :) I like festive & sparkly :) Thank you so much for submitting your Christmas-But Not a Card creation to our Purple Team challenge at Eclectic Ellapu!! Hope to see you again in 2015! XOXO-Shari

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love this project - very fun!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Renate said...

Leuke kerstdecoratie! Bedankt voor je deelname bij CHCC Extra.

Groetjes, Renate