Sunday, November 28, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 23

Hello to all. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a blessed day full of good food, friends, family and fun! I've been loving my 4 day weekend which is sadly coming to a close tonight. But, I thought I'd get my submission in early just in case I can manage to find any time to play along with T!m's 12 tags of Christmas later this week. I'm so excited i can hardly stand myself!

Linda's challenge this week over at Studio L3 is the Double Distress technique (details of the challenge can be found here at her blog and details of the technique can be found on page 40 of T!m's Compendium of Curiosities. I've departed from my pennants for this week.

Double distress was done with the brick & woodgrain texture fades (on the fireplace front in grungeboard & and trim pieces in paper, but my Silhouette was working OT on this challenge. I cut about 45 holly leaves for the wreath and several sets of flames, all of which were colored in one way or another with distress inks and sprayed with perfect pearl mist. The stockings were also cut on the Silhouette. The paper (as almost always) comes from Club Scrap (it's just the best quality stuff out there!!). I've used several pieces from an older kit called Old South. The fireplace and hearth are constructed from book board (which I cut on my power miter saw....felt good to use a power tool for a change!) The Peace On Earth text was just done in PSE and printed onto another piece of CS paper from Old South, and the banner is a trick I picked up from the abundantly talented and lovely Jennifer McGuire.

I'm planning to dig through my basement stash and find an 8x10 shadow box frame (which I know i have somewhere, lol) to put this in. I was thinking of making these as gifts, but this one took me so long, I'm not sure i have enough time to invest for the number of them I'd like to make. Now that I've made one though, I'm sure subsequent ones would go faster.


  1. Fantastic card! that fireplace looks really warm and cozy :)

  2. The fireplace background is incredible! Love that you added the stockings and all the elements to make a cozy scene!

  3. This is darling. Very cozy. And all the detail is fabulous.

  4. The most perfect winter scene Chrissie, I love it and all the work you've done with the fireplace is superb, I want to be there :)

  5. Oh, Chrissie, this is wonderful! What an ingenious use of those Texture Fades for the Double Distress technique!

    I'm in awe of you for cutting and arranging all those leaves to make the gorgeous wreath. I still can't seem to get my Silhouette to cut anything that small without mangling it!.

    This really would make a wonderful gift, and I bet it looks amazing in the shadow box. Great job, honey, you've really brought the holidays home with this!