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


Mitten Joy

Winter is here already.  I never thought that in November I would be ecstatic that it may warm to 40 degrees in a couple of days.  However unlike recent "balmy" years I am having no problem getting in the mood for Christmas related tasks so there is an upside.  The stamp used on my card today is perfect for Christmas cards but also winter thank you and birthday cards as well. I am entering this card in the Power Poppy Peep of the Week Challenge.

 card size:  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"   A2

Stamps:   Power Poppy- Bough Wow-Wow set,  Papertrey Ink- Signature Christmas

Specialty Paper:   DoodleBug Design- Frosty Friends 6x6

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

Embellishment:   Mark Richards- Glitter Domes


A Rainbow for Christmas

I realized after I water-colored this image from Power Poppy that I had used just about every color of the rainbow.  I decided to roll with that when accessorizing the card.  However mid "roll" I decided I didn't want to use the colored dots on the card.  Too late they were already stuck down very well so we have rainbow dots like it or not.  I used the sketch # SC515 featured on this weeks Wednesday Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. 

card size:  6 1/4" x 4 1/2"   A6

Stamps:   Power Poppy- Joyful Arrangements,  Simon Says Stamp- Holiday Small Folded Banners Set (inside wording),  Essentials by Ellen- Christmas Scribbles- outside wording

Specialty Paper:   Avery Elle- The Everyday Collection 6x6

Color/Ink:   Distress Mini Ink Pads,  Versamark ink,  Stampendous Ultra Detail White Embossing Powder

Embellishments:   Doodlebug Sprinkles- Ladybug, Tangerine, Lily White, Lilac,  My Minds Eye Enamel Dots- Collectable Asst. and The Sweetest Thing Asst.


True Gifts of Christmas

I actually am going to sneak a card in today.  Yay!  I have been doing so well...even a couple of days with two posts.  Once we are closer to Thanksgiving and beyond until after the holidays I will be awol much more.  I am very happy to be getting a lot of my Christmas cards done "early" this year.  Today I am participating in a challenge for "Clean & Simple"( specifically "snowflakes") at Splitcoast Stampers.  I know...but this is as simple as I get.  Even with the water coloring this was a very quick card.  I was tempted so many times during making this card to add something...anything.  I made myself stop after the teeny tiny scallop border.  I knew I was pushing it.

card size:  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"   A2

Stamps:   My Favorite Things- Happy Heart Snowman,  Papertrey Ink- Holiday Wishes (words) and Shape Up Snowman Accessories (snowflakes)

Specialty Paper:   Pink Paislee-  Merry & Bright 6x6

Inks/Color:   Distress Mini Ink pads,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Lawn Fawn- Stitched Scallops,  Impression Obsession- Small Snowflake Set


Merry Christmas Trey

Today's card features a favorite of mine...a snowmen stamp by Alesa Baker.  She has such a whimsical way with snow people. I don't know how she conveys such personality using just a few pen strokes.  This card is lovingly made for my grandson Trey.  I used some dimensionals to add interest.

card size:  6 1/4" x 4 1/2"   A6

Stamps:   Impression Obsession- F9462 Alesa Baker Snowman,  Paper Smooches- Christmas Sampler

Specialty Paper:   Authentique- Cozy Collection 6x6

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers,  Archival Jet Black ink,  Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Embellishment:   Little B- Winter Snowflakes