Trey's Winter Owl card

I'm still in my "whirlwind" of trying to get things done for Christmas.  I finished this wintry card for my grandson today.  He loves owls so I went searching for a way to make a quickie collage style card.  I had a package of paper die cuts from BoBunny Woodland Winter Noteworthy collection that I had planned to use on some project life scrapping.  It had some nice pieces in that worked well for my concept. I think he'll love the card despite that I went a bit blingy and glittery.  It's got a spot for a gift card too :)   This card is 6 x 6".

I don't know why Blogger is being so goofy for uploading photos today. They're all there
just in a weird order which I can't seem to change. 

Stamps:   Hero Arts- Holiday Words,  Penny Black- Christmas Cheer

Specialty Paper:   Maja- Vintage Frost Basics 6 x 6

Embellishment:   Want 2 Scrap- Pearls and Rhinestones,  Doodlebug- Star Jewels

Tools:   MFT- Gift Card and Swirls dies,  Sizzix Tim Holtz Snowflake die,  Martha Stewart- Hearts punch,  Impression Obsession- Pine Tree die,  Cheery Lynn doily die


Christmas Gift Cards

I'm starting to get caught up in the whirlwind of last minute Christmas preparations.  I have a couple of gift card holder/cards to show today.  The first one is a cute coffee gift card for my granddaughter Annah who loves her Starbucks.  The coffee lid opens up to reveal the gift card.  Since I already made her a Christmas card this is a card front only which slips into a cute decorated kraft envelope.  The card front is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4

Stamps:   Art Impressions- Coffee Card Keeper,  Hero Arts- Holiday Sayings
Specialty Paper:  Crate Paper Snowy Day

The second gift card holder is for my son-in-law.  I hadn't made his Christmas card yet so I included his gift card within the card.  The gift card holder inside was made on my new Silhouette which I "gifted" myself on black Friday ;) This card is a standard A2 size.

Stamps:   Clearly Besotted- Modern Christmas,  Hero Arts- Holiday Sayings
Specialty Paper:  DCWV- Glitzy Glitter Stack 6x6
Inks:   Archival- Jet Black, Aquamarine,  Manganese Blue,  French Ultramarine,  Emerald Green,  Viridian


Sierra's Sweet Shoppe Treat Card

When I'm making Christmas cards for my grandchildren I like to add a little gift card holder inside so that it's also a present ;)  This Waltzing Mouse Sweet Shoppe jar was perfect for letting Sierra know that there just might be a "treat" inside of this card.

I used a couple kinds of glitters for this card.  What I like about these is that you really aren't overwhelmed by glitz until you move the card in the light...then you see a pop of sparkle. This card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Waltzing Mouse- Candy Jar Christmas and Candy Jar Christmas Fillers

Specialty Paper:   October Afternoon- Holiday Style 8x8,  Webster's Pages- A Christmas Story 6x6,  Pink Paislee- Cottage Farms 6x6

Embellishments:   Queen & Co- Candy Shoppe Jellies white,  My Minds Eye- Happy Days rhinestones

Tools:   My Favorite Things- Pierced Stax Circles dies,  Gift Card die,  Arrow die,  Note Paper die,  small corner rounder punch

Color:   Memento Tuxedo Black,  Archival- Jet Black, Fern Green,  Aquamarine,  Distress Ink- Tumbled Glass,  Hero Arts- Mid Tone Pale Tomato,  Pan Pastels,  Copic markers

Misc:   Viva Glitter Pen Hologram,  Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker


Be Jolly Snowman

I love "snowies" and the snow people from Serendipity are some of my favorites.  Well I actually have never met a snow man that I didn't like ;) but these are so fun to color.

I pretty much always color my stamped designs before selecting papers to go with.  I must of had that plaid piece of background paper somewhere in my head as it almost matches the snowman's scarf perfectly. This card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Serendipity- Snowman with Birdhouse,  Paper Smooches- Christmas Sampler set

Specialty Paper:   W R Memory Keepers- Yultide 6 x 6,  Graphic 45- Christmas Emporium 8x8, Basic Grey- Eskimo Kisses 6x6

Tools:   MFT Pierced Stax Ovals & Rectangles,  Martha Stewart- Pine Sprig punch,  Recollections- Snowflake punch,  EK Success- Heart and Tiny Circle punches

Color:   Memento Tuxedo Black,  Archival Jet Black,  Copic markers,  Wink of Stella brush glitter-clear,  Crystal Glitter Ritz- micro fine warm highlights


Holly Berry Birdies

This is another of my older Christmas stamps that needed some "love".  I embossed the design on matte black card stock using black pigment ink and clear emboss powder.  I did a double bleaching where I brush over all of the design with bleach...heat with a heat tool...and then just add bleach and reheat areas where I want  highlights.  I added a little red Copic marker on the berries but the rest is Prisma color pencil.

I have been fighting "gloom" to take pictures so this one is a bit washed out due to using an Ott light for a light source. I kept the card design simple as it will be mailed to a relative.

I tried to show the subtle sparkle of the glitter paper I used for a background layer.  These beautiful papers are the kind you would rather hang on to than use but I'm trying to be good and use those things that usually end up just making my paper storage look pretty ;)  This card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4".

Stamps:   Magenta- Holly Birds,  Paper Trey Ink- Tis the Season Sentiments & Confetti Garland Borders (dot heart),  Just Rite- Winter Words (xoxo),  Pink Paislee Snow Village- "Joy"

Specialty Paper:   Pink Paislee- Cottage Farms,  DCWV- Glitzy Glitter Stack 6x6

Tools:   MFT- Stax Pierced Rectangles,  EK Success heart punches,  misc. snowflake dies

Inks:   Colorbox Black Pigment ink,  Archival Jet Black


Noelle Bearing Gifts

I took a couple of days to relax after Thanksgiving and spent some time coloring.  I love Mo Manning's artistic style.  Every Christmas I make at least one card using one of her rubber stamp designs.  I almost lost this piece as I again did the absolute "no-no" of spraying this with Blair Fixative.  I recolored the important parts like her face, hair, boots etc. I left some of the spray damage so you can see when you enlarge the pics...all the tiny dots of removed color where the spray hit the Copic marker.

It has been snowy, foggy and gloomy here so I apologize for the photos being a bit drab.

When I do this much coloring I tend to leave the card more simple in embellishment.  I really liked using the Joy frame (MFT) I glued the picture behind it.  The card is 5 x 7"

Stamps:   Stamping Bella- Noelle Bearing Gifts,  Paper Trey Ink-Happiest of Holidays set

Specialty Paper:  Teresa Collins- Christmas Collage and some "unknown" pieces

Coloring:  Copic markers, Pan Pastels, Zig Wink of Stella brush glitter

Tools:   My Favorite Things- Joy Photo Frame and Framing Flourishes,  Penny Black- Script "Joy" from Love & Joy die set,  sm. corner rounder (1/2")

Embellishment:   My Minds Eye Bohemia- "Bungalow" small gems


Peace on Earth

I love these tree dies.  For some reason they remind me of the background trees in 70's Christmas cartoons.  They are so cute with their delicate branch "overlays".

This type of card is much more difficult for me to conceive than the vintage style cards but I did enjoy making this one. Finished card size is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Paper Trey Ink-  "Tis The Season Sentiments" stamp set

Specialty Paper:   S.E.I.- Berry Melody,  We R Memory Keepers-  Winter Frost

Tools:   Paper Trey Ink- In the Meadow Die Collection ( snow drifts),  Memory Box-  Fremont Pine Landscape die,  Freemont Pine outline and background dies in both large and small.  Simon Says- snowflake dies

Embellishment:   Recollections- pastel epoxy sparkle dots

Inks:   Archival Jet Black


Memories of Christmas

I've had the idea for this card in my head ever since I brought out my Christmas "stuff" to play with.  I keep all of my bits and pieces from previous years die cutting, incomplete holiday card ideas, stamped images, and left over seasonal paper scraps in a container to use as a trigger for new holiday cards.  Sometimes what I've previously done just needs that special something and now it matches up with a newer product. 

My goal with this card was to get the look of a vintage Christmas scrap book.  The featured image of the little boy was my creativity trigger.  He is from Tumblefish Studio- an image set called Winter Junque.  I started the card by gathering up some of my favorite Christmas die shapes & embellishments and cut out some other holiday images.  I used some pierced stax dies from My Favorite things to add interest to the post cards.  I had just received the "memories" die in the midst of making this card.  I used crackle paint and distress ink on it and the "dove" die.  I loved the cute falala long stamp which was also new and used it on the outside and inside. I don't know what the Paper Trey Ink curved border die is called as I write this but I have been reaching for that two piece set quite often this year. This card is 6" x 6"

Stamps:   Kelly Purkey- Tis the Season set, Paper Trey Ink- Holiday Think Big Favorites,  Tim Holtz-  Vintage Label

Specialty Paper:   October Afternoon- Holiday Style 8x8,  Graphic 45- Christmas Emporium and Christmas Past 8x8,  DCWV- Weathered Aspect 6x6  plus misc. paper scraps

Embellishments:   Basic Grey- Metal Studs (stars),  Petaloo- mini red poinsettias,  Crafty Secrets- Heartwarming Christmas Images and Journal Notes pad,  Darice Tinsel Stems

Inks:   Distress Inks- Antique Linen, Tea Dye,  Archival- Sienna, Coffee

Tools:   Sizzix/Tim Holtz- mini snowflakes, deer, "25" dies,  Impression Obsession- pine trees dies,  MFT- December Memories dies & rectangle pierced stax dies,  Martha Stewart- pine branch punch

Misc:   Picket Fence crackle paint,  Zig Wink of Stella glitter pen,  Scrapbook Adhesive- 3D foam squares


Warm Winter Wishes

I haven't paper pieced in awhile.  I found a challenge on Splitcoast last week that features paper piecing so I decided to give it a go with this sweet snowman stamp.  I stuck with one paper collection for this card which is unusual for me but I thought the colors were pretty unique.  I also used the pierced stax dies from My Favorite Things because right now they actually are "my favorite things".  I flicked some White Linen Dylusions ink spray onto the background before piecing.

I made my snow guy as frosty as possible by using Zig Wink of Stella glitter and a cooler toned glitter for his nose and hat.  I added a piece of washi tape to a patterned paper border and used a square punch to make the "fish tails".

 I used Enamel Accents on his buttons and eyes.  I had a little application "blow-out" on one eye so the eyes are bigger than they would be if stamped normally.  To me they looked even more like lumps of coal...so I will just embrace my screw up ;)

Stamps:   MFT- Trim The Branches Snowman and Seasonal Sentiments,  Paper Trey Ink- Stocking Prints set ( "Warm Winter Wishes")

Specialty Paper:   Authentique Glistening Collection 6x6

Tools:   MFT Pierced Stax squares and rectangles,  square punch,  Simon Says snowflake die

Embellishment:  Glitter Ritz microfine glitter- Cool Highlight


A Merry Little Christmas Now

Finally... I finished a Christmas card!  I have been working on bits and pieces of this and that in preparation for holiday card making.  This card was a result of seeing a tip about problems cutting with intricate dies.  I have a collection of these pretty doily dies from CheeryLynn.  I had never been able to get even one doily out of the die without ruining it.  I tried the tip of placing a piece of wax paper on the die first and then my card stock before running through the die cut machine. Voila! Yes!!! 

I can also hardly believe that this is a one layer card :)  I "splashed" some Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist on the background paper and sponged distress inks on the edges.  The sweet vintage angel is from a digital set called "Angels Christmas" created by Pink Lotty Designs.  It is available at Deviant Scrap.  She is fussy cut and double mounted by using a duplicate of the image.  The image in the center of the doily is cut from a portion of a beautiful line of scrapbook papers from a company called Pion.  They are available at Frantic Stamper.

I used the fabulous Zig Wink of Stella brush glitter on the wings and candle flame.  I altered the metal flower by removing the rhinestone center and replacing it with the more "pearly" looking half dome embellishment.  I know I got those embellishments from Hero Arts but not sure what they're called.

The card stock weight label stickers I had worked perfectly for my sentiments.  I used a "powder duster" for embossing to remove the sticky from the back of the labels.

Stamps:   Paper Trey Ink- Happiest if Holidays set

Specialty Paper:   BoBunny-Snowfall 6x6,  DCWV-Weathered Aspect 6x6,  Pion- Silent Night Church

Inks:   Archival Jet Black, Distress Inks-Old Paper, Antique Linen, Broken China

Tools:   Cheery Lynn-Nautical Wheeler Doily die,  MFT-fishtail die,  Martha Stewart-pine branch punch

Embellishment:   October Afternoon- "Watering Can" label stickers 


Halloween Skellie

I love Halloween.  I had hauled out all of my favorite Halloween goodies with the full intention of creating a ton of deliciously spooky and creepy cards.  Due to a recent tragedy in my life this was not to be.  I know as a stamper however that creating is therapy for the soul...so I returned to my stamp studio this week.  As I was getting things together to put the Halloween/Fall season away I put together some pieces that had other intentions at the time...to create a vintage, quirky "skellie" card.  It was made for my "stamping sister" Vi who is the queen of Halloween cards :)

Stamps:   Clearly Constructed- Bird & Paperie #19 spider web,  Clear Art Stamps- Jolly Halloween "Boo",  Tim Holtz Apothecary- vintage label,  Stamp-a-Mania- Haunted Halloween Set "Happy Halloween",  Tim Holtz-Mini Halloween,  Graphic 45- Halloween postal stamp

Specialty Paper:  Authentic-Enchanted,  Memory Box-Halloween Collection,  Echo Park- Apothecary Emporium and Dots & Stripes

Ink/Color:  Archival Jet Black & Venetian Orange,  Pan Pastel Black

Embellishments:   Dusty Attic- Dress Form #2 ( cut off bottom), Stanislaus Elements- yellow cats eye,  Jolie's Boutique- Bats & Cats,  Crafty Secrets- Moon,  German Scrap- black border,  Doodlebug Halloween Stars,  Tim Holtz Apothecary white rub-on spider, K&Co- Halloween Glitter die cuts,  Mark Richards- yellow gem 5mm (spider body)

Tools:   MFT- picture reel and fishtail banners dies,  Spellbinders- circle dies

Misc:  Coffee Break designs- laser cut vintage "skellie' ( available at Retro Art Cafe),  Halloween vintage inches by Debrina Pratt


Life is a Journey

I've seen a trend recurring for Multi-Step stamping.  When I brought out my Fall seasonal stamps I ran across an old favorite set from Kitchen Sink Stamps featuring multi-step trees.  What I love about this set is that whether or not you attain perfection in the placement of stamp layers it still results in a pretty image.

I'm getting ready for a mini fall trip again up to the North Shore.  The first leaves to change are the beautiful sugar maples that turn crimson red.  We drive old logging roads in back of the hills which run along Lake Superior to find the hidden valleys full of leaf color bliss.  This year it may be too early as the weather was so strange but the air will be crispy and the hiking will be fun.

Stamps:   Kitchen Sink Multi Step Trees,  Papertrey Ink- Framed Out #5 set

Specialty Paper:   Maja Design-Walking in the Forest Collection 6x6,  DCWV- Weathered Aspect Collection 6x6

Ink:   Memento- cantaloupe,  tangelo,  rhubarb stalk,  toffee crunch,  rich cocoa,  espresso truffle,  Archival Jet Black,  Pan Pastels

Embellishments:   Momenta- metal corners

Tools:   Spellbinders- circle dies,  Papertrey die from Framed Out #5 set