Sunday, July 28, 2013

I Heard the Bells

I've been in communities around Christmas time that celebrate the Christmas season by ringing a bell or bells in various towers throughout the city. I love to hear the bells ring in song, especially when they play familiar Christmas carols. My card design was inspired by these bell towers and various Christmas/Bell challenges.
To create my bell and tower, I started by dry embossing a brick pattern onto  a piece of red cardstock. I added highlight and detail with colored pencils and markers. Next I cut a window out of the embossed cardstock and added a hand cut bell, again using a colored pencil to add detail. Around the window frame I added punched boughs and pearls.I created a roof from strips of black cardstock. I made a vertical cuts every few centimeters along the strip to create shingles. I layered the strips onto a triangle "roof" shape and created a lower roof with more strips of black cardstock. Using ink and a sponge, I created a sky background then adhered the building to it.  The final touch was to create a weather vane for the top of the tower. The hardest part was cutting those teeny, tiny N,S,E, W letters.

I'm submitting this card for several Chirstmas/Bell themed challenges:
Winter Wonderland's BELL Challenge
Jingle Belles' BELL challenge
 Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge "Anything Goes" challenge 
Merry Monday "Anything Goes: Christmas in July" 
Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Recollections, Darice Brick Embossing Folder, Crayola Colored Pencils, Martha Stewart Bough Punch, Queen & Co Pearls, Studio G Ink, MS Word, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Scotch ATG


  1. thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland a gorgeous card and great interpretation of our theme
    Hugs Kate xx

  2. Love the brick work. Wonderful card. Thanks for entering my CHNC challenge extra for July – hope to see you again soon. x

  3. I love to hear the bells too! And you've created a wonderful bell tower! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

  4. Love your fantastic bell tower ... I can almost hear it ringing from here ... always thrilled when you join us at jingle belles.

  5. now see, this is why i always read ALL of your posts carefully, because had i not done so, i might've thought this lovely card was composed of digi-graphics or lovely details cut from store-boughten xmas cards received last year. but NoOOoOOOoOooOOO!!! miss brenda doesn't roll like that! she makes EVERY LITTLE BIT from scratch!!!!! even the teenytiny hand cut weather vane letters!!!!!!!!!!!! holy wow, missus. color me impressed, as always!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

  6. What a great card to reflect our theme at Winter Wonderland ths week.
    Thanks for joining us. Hope to see you again.
    Hugs Sally xxx