Sunday, 22 December 2013

Bah Humbug

I was thrilled to bits when I got an email from Chris at Country View Crafts Challenges telling me that I'd made the top three in the October challenge and was even more thrilled when I was asked to be a Guest Designer for December.

When I found that the theme for the December challenge is Bah Humbug it took me back to my teacher at junior school sitting the class down and reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to us - it became one of my favourite books.

I decided that my project should have something to do with Scrooge on it - I searched the Internet and found an image of Scrooge being visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present [my favourite ghost] and have used it on my Christmas canvas.


Red paint.
Martha Stewart snowflake punch.
Corrugated card.
Shabby white Frantage embossing enamel.
Christmas papers.
Scrooge image of the Internet.
Gecko Galz snowmen and music images.
The Artistic Stamper Santa stamp.
Distress Inks.
Sizzix tattered pine cones die.
Sizzix holly branch die.
Spellbinders die.
Wooden snowflakes.
Ice Stickles.
Ribbon, lace and beads.

I adhered some strips of punched snowflakes to the sides of the canvas and then painted the canvas red, I wiped some of the paint of the snowflakes before the paint dried.
I coloured the back of some patterned paper with distress ink so that when I distressed the edges the white background wouldn't show.
I edged a square of corrugated card with some Frantage embossing enamel, adhered  the distressed papers and added the ribbon and lace, then I adhered it to the canvas.
The Santa image was stamped and coloured with distress ink, I die cut the Santa image and snowmen images and edged them with distress ink then adhered them to the canvas.
I made the pine cones and adhered them to the canvas with the holly and beads.
I painted some wooden snowflakes white and added some stickles. I used a lot of stickles on the canvas so it's very glittery - the photo doesn't show it very well.

Here is a side view of the canvas.


  1. A fabulous festive canvas Hazel with gorgeous colours, embellishments and images. Thanks for sharing this with us at CVC.
    Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful 2014.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. Hazel congrats on being a Top 3 winner and a guest designer. This creation is just gorgeous and I love your relation to it. Its got a wonderful vintage flair too.
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  3. Well done on making top 3 and also on being guest designer.

    This is just magical and I don't think Christmas is every complete without watching one version of Christmas Carol

    Love Chrissie x

  4. congratulations Hazel :) a fab canvas
    Von ♥
    Merry Christmas

  5. This is so lush Hazel, Happy Christmas xx

  6. hahahah - when I saw the title wasn't sure what to expect ! great piece.
    MerryChristmas (no humbug here)

  7. Hey well done Hazel, love your canvas for the DT spot, congrats again

    Sam xxx

  8. Congratulations on being guest designer. Your canvas is beautiful.

    Julie x

  9. Hazel, that's a stunning Christmas canvas. No wonder you're on the DT. Have a lovely Christmas!

  10. Hazel
    Due to internet issues a couple of months ago it resulted in me unable to access my e-mail account therefore lost e-mail addresses I stored there - including your e-mail. Sorry this isn't a private message but I had to say Thank You for that gorgeous card you sent me way - love the image and the icicles along the spine of the card - thank you so much.
    Congratulations! Wonderful news and what a stunning sample you created, wonderfully nostalgic.
    Festive Wishes

  11. Such a beautiful piece of art, i love all the details!
    Have a Merry and Bright Xmas!

  12. A fab Bah Humbug project, the Scrooge image is perfect!
    Wishing you all a very happy Christmas,
    hope Lizzie arrived safe,
    see you next year!
    Alison xxx

  13. This is gorgeous, Hazel! I am not surprised CVC picked you; your work is always a joy,

    Lucy x