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