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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Enjoy the scenery!

Hello all!  I'm delighted to be a Guest over at Try It On Tuesday today for their new challenge theme Create A Scene.  I think the crafters on the Design Team there are fantastic, so it's an honour to play alongside them this time around.  It will come as very little surprise that I ended up creating a scenic tag.


And in fact this could serve as another bit of inspiration for The Colour Blue over at Country View Challenges too!






I don't work with scenes very often (unless you count all those meadow grass-y makes - I don't think of them as scenic, but maybe they are), but I do enjoy creating a sense of depth.













I've used the trick of paler colours looking further away and darker colours taking the foreground for my tree stamping.  The "distant" trees are stamped in Pumice Stone and the "nearer" ones in Ground Espresso.











And even further off, we have the snowy mountain tops.  I promise you those mountains in the background are completely accidental.  I only noticed them when I was editing the photos!





Look, here are the early stages, so you can see the random wrinkle-free distress effect.  It's the lower one of these two tags which I ended up using.

The white is courtesy of a couple of spritzes of Picket Fence Distress Spray on to the mat.











The focal image is one of the Calico Craft Parts - an absolutely charming new addition for Christmas, this Reindeer & Sleigh Scene (see, it even has "scene" in its name... I had to use it!). 











I've treated it quite simply, embossing it with Wow powder in Bark.

I can't tell you how intricate the cutting is - it's a tiny miracle!












The sky is lit up with a stamp from Tim's new Christmas Magic set.  I can't quite decide whether they're stars or snowflakes - maybe some of each - but they're stamped in Picket Fence Distress Paint in any case.







The lettering is also new from Calico.  I love this Art Deco style font.  It's called Coventry Garden, and there are lots of wintry phrases available in it.  Again, I've applied embossing powder, this time in Bright White.  Love the dimensional glossiness!






So that's my wintry little scene for you.  My thanks to Avril and the team at Try It On Tuesday for inviting me along to play, and I hope you'll Create A Scene to share with them too.










All those Craft Parts have reminded me - if you missed my aged verdigris ornaments yesterday at Calico Craft Parts, I'd love it if you had time to check those out.  And of course there were plenty of fireworks here on Friday for the new A Vintage Journey challenge too.






It's been a busy few days on the blog, and I've been away having crafty fun in Coventry - so I'll be doing my best to catch up this week, as well as trying to find time to share what we got up to on the fabulous Mixology weekend of workshops.  See you out there!!

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
John Ruskin

The scenery was beautiful, but the actors got in front of it.
Play review by Alexander Woollcott (1887 - 1943)

55 comments:

Lauren Hatwell said...

Oh I do love a bit of Christmas magic and your tag is truly magical in every sense. I can almost hear those sleigh bells jingling... Lx

Coco said...

I love scenic stamping... And I confirm that you work with scenes very often Alison haha!!!! :)
Also very beautifully! I love the colours and the atmosphere on your tag, and your Calico pieces are so detailed and lovely, absolutely gorgeous all together! Coco xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Fatastic tag Alison, good to have you with us at TIOT this time, hugs, Valerie

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow just gorgeous Alison! For someone who doesn't make a scene very often, you sure are great at it! It's wonderful to have you with us this challenge as our Guest Designer! hugs :)

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous tag Alison, it is a wonderful traditional scene. Thank you for being our guest at TioT's this time.
Yvonne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh love this beautiful blue scene Alison, just gorgeous and yes it has real depth! The craft parts look brilliant like that and are the perfect finishing touch! One stunning tag!!!

Shirley Chillman said...

A beautiful scene tag Alison plus the Reindeer and sleigh craft part is an added adorable.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

brenda said...

You have created a lovely wintry scene Alison and lots of dimension which you do so well.

B x

Heather said...

Hi Alison - I'm on catch up again!!! Now I've just got back from New York and suffering from jet-lag with my body clock out of sync!!
Your tag is beautiful, a stunning snowy background with the perfect pine trees and what a superb Santa and sleigh. I love the sentiment die!!!

hugs
Heather xx

Bee and Dee said...

This is a beautiful scenic tag, love it. Welcome as guest designer on the TIOT DT hugs Bee.

Vintagehandmade said...

Wow, Alison, what a stunning winter scene tag! I love the depth you achieved and that snowy background! Absolutely beautiful!
Hugs! Branka xxx

Monika Gulyas said...

Alison, your tag is fabulous and your background (even if it's accidental) perfectly magical!!!

chrissie said...

Such a beautiful tag Alison with a wonderful scene.

Wonderful to have you as our guest designer at Try it on Tuesday

Love Chrissie xx

Dorthe said...

This is so beautiful, dear Alison, such a wonderful background with the far away trees and the lovely starry,snowy sky . Love the lettering, and the christmas ,winter scene , so beautifully created !!
xoxo,Dorthe

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is just WONDERFUL dear Alison... such a beautiful tag - adorable!
I am delighted to see you as a guest designer this time at TIOT's - such a wonderful piece for our challenge! AMAZING!
Thank you for all your lovely comments for me on my blog!
Happy rest of your day Alison!
Always love to see your art!!!
♥♥♥
Susi

Marci said...

This is just lovely! A pleasure to look at.

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Love your winter scene Alison! Thanks for Guest Designing with us at TioT challenge.

Mrs.B said...

Love the depth you've created in this little scene with the snowy background and the sky looks so magical.
Thanks you for joining us as our Guest Designer for this challenge.
Avril xx

Chrissy said...

What a stunning scene Alison..I love the blue sky with the trees.[a wonderful stamp] and the sleigh and reindeer are gorgeous..love it.

luv CHRISSYxx

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Wonderful winter scene! Love all the little details including your stars and snowflakes :) beautiful! Xx

rachel said...

stunning tag Alison - I absolutely adore it - brilliant background and i love those trees too! Hugs rachel x

Helen said...

what a gorgeous tag - and I love that sleigh - you've created a stunning scene!

Redanne said...

You really have created a wonderful scene, with the gorgeous colours in the background and of course, the delightful sleigh scene - need to investigate those now.... Anne xx

Amanda said...

Fab scene, love the depth you've created with your fabulous stamping. Stunning tag!
Love
Amanda x

Corrie Herriman said...

I really love this blue and brown combo. You have made it into a lovely scene, it is a stunning tag !
Corrie x

Willy said...

Wow what a beautiful tag, great scene and I love the colors! Thank you for sharing!!

sirkkis said...

Thank you Alison for being our GD with your gorgeous card. I love it ♥

Lynn Price said...

Great scenic tag, Alison! Love your sky, and those mountains are for sure a happy accident! Those chipboard elements are incredible - I don't know that I've ever seen such a wonderfully detailed piece as that sled! And cannot wait to see how you work with all the cool tricks and tips that Minister Skinner comes up with! I so wish we could get him over here one of these days - well, a girl can dream! xxx Lynn

Mona Pendleton said...

So pretty Alison! Love the beautiful winter wonderland scene that you created!

Cestina said...

Lovely tag and what a fantastic theatrical putdown!
Xx

hazel said...

A wonderful tag, I love the winters scene that you've created.
xxx Hazel.

craftytrog said...

Lovely festive tag! x

A Pink said...

Stunning! I am a big fan of 'scenescapes' especially wintery scenes with trees so you have won my heart with this! Alison . Truly wonderful x

Candy C said...

Gorgeous tag, Alison. I love everything about this. Love the trees. The light to dark color scheme to show depth is perfect. Love your sleigh and "dashing through the snow" is a great touch. I, too, love that style of lettering...very versatile. Love your choice of colors, too. This is lovely.

sally said...

I've never been for a sleigh ride but I can almost feel the chill air blowing over my cheeks with this tag. Must be similar to the rush of air that you get when skiing:-)

Sally

cathylynn said...

I totally love your winter sleigh scene. So much yumminess to admire here. Thanks so much for sharing your art! As always outstanding!!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Lisa S. said...

My favorite tag ever!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Lys Scrap said...

A lovely tag, a wonderful winter scene! I love the different details and the words!

Buttons said...

A fabulous mini Wintery scene! Off to check out the Verdigris snowflake now. Jenny x

pearshapedcrafting said...

As I suspected blogger ate yesterday morning's comment - it's happening a lot! I love your starry night tag - the woods do have a wonderful depth to them! It's so good to have you as our GD at TIOT! Hugs, Chrisx

Pawsitively Creative said...

Congrats on your GDT SPT this month! What a terrific scenic tag and oh so Merry and bright! Hehe! That sleigh chippie is awesome sauce and I agree, a tiny miracle! Your stamping technique is Wowzers and does create such depth! Stunning tag!

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous and thrilling scene! I can feel the cold rush of air while riding in this sleigh!!! I LOVE this!!!

Julia Aston said...

what a gorgeous scene! love that sleigh and your wonderful woods! Julia xx

zandra said...

So, glad to have you this month and your tag is so pretty.. Just love how you did the background.
Hugz, Z

KAT said...

The background on this is outstanding!!!

JackieP Neal said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! And I love the new words from Calico!!
hugs xo

Ruth said...

A simply beautiful tag, the sleigh embossed in bark is perfect! Ruth xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Wow! Such a beautiful tag!!

Kay Wallace said...

Creating a scene is not always easy, Alison, but you have done it here with aplomb! Love it!

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Fantastic winter scene Alison, beautiful the details and colours. Love the lyrics letter ♪ xxx

Sue said...

This is a real stunner Alison, I love your scene x

Fliss said...

And yet more fabulousness - love it!
Fliss xx

Sandy said...

Fabulous tag !!!!!!
Sandy xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a lovely scene. Those snowy woods remind me of Elena Polenova's Russian fairy tale illustrations. I love the font for the dimensional sentiment. You have created a wonderful sense of depth with this. xx

Margik said...

What a fabulous tag, Alison. You've created a wonderful winter scene. The background is amazing.
Thank you for being our Guest Designer for this challenge.
Mar xx