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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Polar Explorer - Tuesday 20th January 2015

Good Evening Friends,

Hoping you are all well and not feeling too cold! Thank you SO much for all your lovely comments about my clock! I have to say I really enjoyed making it and in small snippets of time when I had the chance and yes, I was very pleased with it and smile to myself whenever I walk past it on the window sill because it makes me remember a very happy childhood.

I don't generally get much time to craft on a weekend, but I did grab a couple of hours on Sunday - and I kept a promise I'd made to myself to carry on making Christmas cards! Gosh, isn't it just so much more pleasant when you aren't on a timescale to get them made? I hardly used any of my stamps or dies last Christmas and now I can use them all at my leisure. I got so into it, I made three!

So today, I am sharing this one:

For this one I cut 'hills' from pieces of copy paper to use as masks for the snow and I sponged ink across the layers to give the effect of the snow lying in folds into the distance. I used Dusty Concord distress ink and Manganese Blue Archival. I used a shimmery card, which has a nice smooth surface for the ink.

The Polar Bear is a stamp by Athena Crafts: I stamped him on to the card to place him, but then stamped him again on a spare piece of the shimmer card, heat embossed with clear powder and cut him out, adhering him with a 3D foam pad.

The 'North Pole' sign is part of a set by Marianne. I stamped and heat embossed then cut it out, slightly trimming off the bottom to look like it's in the snow.

I wanted it to look like the bear is on a journey, off to find the North Pole!

This is a tent fold card, with a snowy acetate front and concertina base. You can't see it very well in the photo, but I embossed the top and bottom panels with a snowy folder by Sheena. I then used the "Merry Christmas' die by Memory Box and the 'Frostyville' border die, also from Memory Box, on the sides.

To finish I just added a few gems and ribbon

I would like to enter this card is the following challenges:

Christmas Cards all Year Round -
January Challenge: Anything Goes

ABC Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Many thanks for stopping by, as always, I much appreciate it!

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Fabulous Christmas card!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge! We hope that you'll join us throughout the year!
    Helen x

  2. Hi Carole, this is just the polar bear and your awesome card design.xx{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

  3. Morning Carole,
    A stunning C/card. Love it. Good idea to carry on making them if you have loads to make.

  4. I really, really love how you created those hills and the polar bear is fabulous. I have those Memory Box dies, perhaps I should think about making some Christmas cards early this year too....... Great inspiration! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Brilliant card Carole, I love the beautiful background.
    The bear certainly looks like he is on a journey.

    Patricia x

  6. Holy crumdiddle Carole! This is stunning! What an amazing scene you created with such depth and realism! LOVE LOVE LOVE your use of acetate to make such a gorgeous dimension card! WOW! hugs :)

  7. Hi,

    Nice card. Thanks for joining us at CCAYR and good luck.

    DT Christmas Challenge All Year Round

  8. Hi Carole, thanks for the visit, pleased to say I have not done any crafting this week either. I started the tangles on the plane and have not touched it since so you can guess we are having a good time. Love the card, interestingly we are staying at the L'Ours Blanc hotel in France so this card is perfect. maybe when I get back I might start some Christmas cards while I am in the snowy mood. Have a great week, Angela x

  9. Hi Carole this is a gorgeous card I love the polar bear. You are good carrying on with Christmas cards. I must admit I am enjoying a break from them. This weekend we are visiting our niece to talk about wedding invites. Enjoy the rest of the week. Hugs Jackie

  10. Carole this is fantastic, your bear looks like he is moving. I loved useing the memory box die on my cards this year. Hazel x

  11. What an amazing scene! I'm glad you're getting to use those dies because that frame looks great!

  12. Wow, this is so gorgeous! Your background with those beautiful snowy hills looks amazing and the snow on the acetate is a perfect touch - I love it!