A Warm & Cozy Merry Christmas

I'm getting very close to the end of my Christmas card making.  I can tell it's time because my seasonal mojo starts getting a little ragged around the edges.  I actually went down to my stamp studio today to clear Christmas stamps and stuff.  I ended up making two cards.  I need to stop making cards and actually get my Christmas cards mailed, Christmas shopping done, plan the Christmas Day feast (Italian...yum), make the Christmas treats, wrap and make tags/gift card holders...oh em gee.  I actually did get my Christmas tree up today...and decorated(a week behind schedule) thanks to my husband giving me a much needed hand. It's crunch time.
This card is pretty straight forward.  I used mini distress pads to ink up the large wood background stamp...spritzed with water and got two "inkings"on watercolor paper. This is the second more muted inking.

card size:   5 1/2"  4 1/4"  A2

Stamps:   Stamper's Anonymous-Tim Holtz 2014 Holiday Knit 1,  My Favorite Things-Cozy Greetings

Color/Ink:   Mini Distress Ink Pads,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Simon Says Stamp- Holiday Frames

Misc.:   Crystal Glitter Ritz- Micro Fine Glitter Warm Highlight,  Swarovski Crystals- Topaz,  Sizzix- Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Knit Texture Fade (emboss folder)

World Peace

I have yet to use any of my beautiful ornament dies to make cards. That makes me an ornament die "hoarder" "collector".  I decided to make a card using an ornament die for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers because one of my favorite stores...Papyrus...is the inspiration source this week. 
I created a background on watercolor paper last night before I went to bed.  I used Brusho water colors lightly sprinkled on to a damp background and then spritzed again with water.  Brusho watercolors can do unusual things so it's always fun to see how it ended up drying. I wafted some Sheer Shimmer Spritz about a foot over the background to give it some subtle sparkle.

card size:   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"   A2

Stamps:   Papertrey Ink- Tis the Season Sentiments,  Stamper's Anonymous- Tim Holtz Mini Handwritten

Ink/Color:   Brusho water color,  Archival Jet Black ink

Dies:   Memory Box Globe & Andover Ornaments,  Memory Box- Crisp Bows,  Memory Box- Pine Sprigs,  Poppy Stamps- Christmas Baubles (inside)

Embellishment:   Simon Says Stamp- Crystal Reflections Sequins

Specialty Paper:   Simon Says Stamp- Wood-grain card stock Black 12 x 12


Twilight Snow

I found one more watercolor panel when I was cleaning up yesterdays mess that I had dotted with masking fluid so I decided to try a different color combo on a snow scene.  The middle of the scene was kind of unexpected as I was so careful to place color here and there and when... woosh... there it went when I spritzed the trees with a light mist of water. All the colors jumbled together. I know what is said about the dreaded yellow snow but I wonder what would be said about snow of a cotton candy color mixture h-m-m-m-m.

card size:  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"   A2

Stamps:   Penny Black-Prancers set (trees),  Papertrey Ink- Holiday Wishes

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  masking fluid,  Fresco- Chalk White Acrylic paint,  Archival Jet Black ink

Dies:   Simon Says Fun Flakes die asst.


Peaceful Snow

Sometimes I need to push myself out of my comfort zone and try  something new.  I need more masculine cards so I figured this would be a good time to try a winter water-color scene and the 3-D word die technique.  This was the only background that made it through the process today.  I stamped the pine trees using Distress Ink and moved the color around a bit with a damp/wet brush.  As I look at this scene I see so much "weird" and not exactly right stuff going on...but I like the mood of the scene and the sky especially.  I am glad that I tried. 
I die cut the peace word right from the water color panel.  I saved all of the little bits.  I stacked 4 plain white pieces and added the one from the water color panel last.  I backed the watercolor panel with white card stock with extra tape adhesive running under where the word die would be. I replaced the thick chunky peace word in the space. Using a pick up stick I managed to get the tiny little pieces and prod them into place.  To top it off this card is one...I repeat one layer!!!  I didn't think that was humanly possible for me.  I did it!  I will add this to the Clean & Simple  gallery at Splitcoast Stampers where the challenge is "Add a Tree(s)"

card size:   5 1/2"  x 4 1/4"    A2

Stamps:   Memory Box- Forest Pine lg. & sm.,  Papertrey Ink-  Holiday Wishes

Ink/Color:   Dr PH Martin Hydrus Watercolors,  Distress Ink pads,  Acrylic Paint- white chalk,  Masking Fluid

Dies:   Essentials By Ellen- Brushstroke Peace,  Impression Obsession- Sm.Pines trio,  Memory Box- Resting Birds


Jolly Old St. Nick

Every year for one of my Christmas cards I like to make a collage featuring a vintage Christmas theme.  My main theme this year is Santa.  I love the black and white photo of "the real Santa".  He is absolutely my favorite Santa of all time.  Doesn't he seem like the real deal?  Whoever this rather distinguished gentleman was... he is my Santa.  I also love the retro Santa as he is the "jolliest by golliest".  And as for those reindeer that fly....yep... Santa has a lot going for him.

 6" x 6"

Stamps:   Penny Black Christmas Cheer set

Specialty Paper:   Pink Paislee- Merry & Bright 6x6

Color/Ink:   Archival Jet Black,  Wink of Stella clear

Die Cuts:   Taylored Expressions- On Dancer

Embellishments:   Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Christmas Ephemera,  Recollections- Silver Metallic Pearls,  Prima- Flower Centers,  Authentique- Diction (word stickers),  Petaloo- Mini Red Poinsettias


Happy Christmas Deer

After a dose of sugar I usually like a little salt. So today I am featuring a masculine card with more muted color and a deer head to boot.  I spent the day trying to get some backgrounds using the embossing folder technique.  I normally use Distress Paint Daubers but today it was the Distress Dye Ink Pads.  I wasn't having much luck.  I did get a couple of usable backgrounds.  I used one on this card today.

card size:  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"     A2

Stamps:   Papertrey Ink- Season's Greetings

Specialty Paper:   Kaisercraft- Turtledove 6 1/2"

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink Pads,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Little B- Holiday Dies (deer head),  Sizzix Thinlits Alterations-Labels,  MFT- Rectangle Stitched Stax

Embellishments:  Authentique- Diction Stickers,  Pink Paislee- Snow Village Ephemera, 


Bright and Dotty Christmas Wishes

This is a quickie card featuring some items I have tons of in my stash.  The Splitcoast Stampers Free For All Challenge "Lots of Leftovers" gives us a chance to use some of those things we have too much of.  For me its "dots".  I have way too many of those enameled type of dots for card decoration as well as way too many "dotty" background papers.  I just couldn't resist buying even more decorative dots when I saw these cute sparkly ones.  The white ones on this card look like mini snow globes IRL :)

card size:  5 1/2  x  4 1/4   A2

Stamps:   Nellie Snellen- Sharing a Biscuit,  JustRite- Mix & Match Christmas Blessings

Specialty Paper:   BoBunny- Double Dot Designs Soft Shades

Color/Ink:   Copic Markers,  Memento Tuxedo Black ink,  Archival Jet Black ink, Wink of Stella Clear

Embellishments:  DoodleBug Sprinkles- Christmas Asst.

Dies:   My Favorite Things- Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle Stax


Snow Birds

On a wintry day in Minnesota I'm cooking cranberries, making the wild rice hotdish and prepping for the big Thanksgiving feast tomorrow.  I should have named this post "turkey birds" because all of my favorite "birdies" will be flocking by for mom's/grandma's turkey.  This is also when we traditionally begin feeding our hardy winter birds, squirrels, pheasants, and the occasional 'possum. We can't feed the birds all year round because our wall of windows in the front of our house is not bird friendly.  The birds are calmer in the winter for some reason and they don't fly into the windows (unless the hawk is around).
I'm sure that I won't be around my blog for  couple of days. I just want to say Happy Thanksgiving! enjoy!

card size:   5 1/2 "  x  4 1/4"   A2

Stamps:   Northwoods- Snowman with Birds,  Papertrey Ink- Holiday Additions

Ink/Color:   Distress Mini Ink Pads,  Archival Jet Black,  Wink of Stella Clear,  Berol Color Pencil White


Memories of the Season

I made this card for a Splitcoast Stampers challange:  Try a New Technique  "Layered Die Cuts".  I have seen a lot of cards lately using the technique of stacking multiple layers of card stock to get a thicker embellishment.  I used three layers of white card stock and then topped it off with a layer of antique gold text weight paper.  It wasn't easy.  I was surprised that it was so hard for me to glue the layers perfectly in line.  For this card that was passable because I didn't mind the double color effect but I need to work on my stacking/gluing skills.

card size:  6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"  A6

Stamps:   Stamp Francisco- Vintage Winter Girl,  Papertrey Ink- Think Big Favorites #21

Specialty Paper:   Basic Grey- Jovial 6x6,  Antique Gold Text Weight

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers,  Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Dies:   My Favorite Things- December Memories,  Spellbinder- Ovals

Embellishments:   Hero Arts- Smooth Clear Gemstones,  Memory Box- Christmas Jewels,  Pretty Pink Posh- Gold Sequin


Hey There

This card represents some practice I was working on for water-coloring.  I wanted to try a dark background and work on some color combinations.  These snow people remind me of my kids when they were young.  We always had lots of winter gear...mittens, hats and scarves...but nothing ever matched as things got lost.  Looks like these guys got the stuff that's missing  ;)

card size:   6 1/4" x 4 1/2"   A6

Stamps:   Impression Obsession- Snow Family,  Paper Smooches- Sentiment Sampler and Christmas Sampler

Ink/Color:   Distress Mini Ink Pads,  Archival Jet Black,  Wink of Stella Clear

Dies:   Kelly Purkey- Bleep Set  "&"

Tools:   Martha Stewart- Snowflake Border punch (snowflakes only),  Recollections- Snowflake punch


Let's Be Merry

I created this card for the Featured Stamper this week at Splitcoast Stampers.  The "casee" is Cheryl Rowley.  I mostly cased the colors she used on a sweet seasonal card featuring a snowman.  I like these colors together for a snow card as they are much more cheerful looking than the usual gray upon gray that is featured in a real life winter day.

card size:   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"    A2

Stamps:   Stamping Bella- Valerie With Snowball,  Paper Smooches- Christmas Sampler

Specialty Paper:   BoBunny- Candy Cane Lane 6x6

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black,  Distress Mini Ink Pads

Embellishment:   Mark Richards- Glitter Domes


Be of Good Cheer

This card features another sweet Mo Manning image in rubber from Stamping Bella.  I used a traditional color palette.  It seems like the closer it gets to Christmas the more I will accept the red and green color combo.  For this card I experimented a little more with using the white color pencil to shade.  I think it makes the coat and bow look more "velvety". I also used colorless blender on a scrap of ribbed towel to add texture to the wreath. That came out a bit more subtle than I expected.

card size:   6 1/4"   x  4 1/2"   A6

Stamps:   Stamping Bella- Hannah With Wreath,  Paper Smooches- Christmas Sampler (Merry Christmas cut apart and stacked)

Specialty Paper:   Lawn Fawn- Snow Day

Color/Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black,  Copic Markers,  Berol Prisma Color Pencil- White

Dies:   Lawn Fawn- Stitched Rectangle Stackables


Poinsettia Wishes

This card features a piece that I had water-colored.  I wasn't too happy with the end result so I set it aside.  I watched a video on You Tube where the person showed how to shade a poinsettia with Copics and then made the "veins" in the poinsettia as a final touch.  Even though I had water colored I used a Copic marker to make the veins on my poinsettia.  It seemed to help the overall look of the flower and tied together some of the rather too dark watercolor shading I had used.  I made the corner embellishment on the card by running the same kind of card stock as my background through a dotted embossing folder.  I cut off two corners of the embossed piece and adhered them down.  The die cut is rather large so I cut pieces of it and tucked around the flower as a frame.

card size:  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"    A2

Stamps:   Hero Arts- Peace Poinsettias,  Papertrey Ink- Signature Christmas

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  VersaMark ink,  Ranger Queens Gold Embossing Powder,  Delicata- Golden Glitz Pigment Ink

Dies:   Taylored Expressions- Curly Swirlies

Misc:   Sizzix Embossing Folder- Dots