Warm Wishes

We finally got our first big snow.  I spent a couple of snowy days working on sorting my seasonal stamps before putting them away for another year.  It's still December though and I have not made near enough snowman themed cards so they haven't been tucked away yet.  This cute little snow couple is bringing winter birthday wishes to someone near to my heart.  

 Card Size:  A2   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Impression Obsession- Let It Snow set,  MFT- Holiday Hugs Snowman(outside words),  WPlus9-  Strictly Sentiments #1(inside words)

Color/Ink:   Copic Markers, Copic Blender 0,  Uni Posca White Paint Pen,  Wink of Stella

Dies:   MFT- Stitched Mini Scallop Squares and Stitched Stax Square,  Lawn Fawn- Stitched Snowflakes


Let's Be Jolly

I'm all done with my Christmas cards for another year.  The presents are wrapped and ready to go.  I'm still mulling over baking this year as I usually do it all in a marathon three days before Christmas.  It's just impossible for me to have willpower around all of my seasonal favorites.  We shall see.

This little guy was so fun to color.  It's nice to get to that point at Christmas time where you can start feeling "jolly" and ready to get your "jingle on" instead of being panicked and stressed.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas time with family and friends!

card size:  A2   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Penny Black- Elf Finn,  MFT- Christmas Cuteness(A Jolly Hello),  Mama Elephant- Jingle Greetings

Specialty Paper:   Authentic Spectrum Series I

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers, Uniball Signo White gel pen,  Shimmer Spray

Dies:   MFT- Mini Stitched Scallops Squares, Circles and Rectangles,  Technique Tuesday- Little Labels

Embellishment:   Doodlebug Design Sprinkles- Lily White Glitter,  DoCrafts Papermania Adhesive Stones Transparent


Country Christmas

Those pine tree dies are back today looking a little bit folksy.  This is sort of a patched together collage look that was really quick and easy to put together.  Nearly all of the patterned papers I used came from one collection...with the exception of the snow drift.  This made matching the elements of the card a breeze.  

 card size:   A2  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Hero Arts- Family & Friends

Specialty Paper:   Authentique- Tidings,  Pink Paislee- Merry & Bright

Dies:   Avery Elle- Wonky Stitched, Poppy Stamps- Stitched Pine Trees and Stick Pine Trees,  Impression Obsession- Cardinals,  Lawn Fawn- Stitched Hillside Borders,  MFT- Blueprints #20


Oh Christmas Tree

This card came together very quickly and easily.  I used three Distress Ink pads smooshed onto acetate and spritzed with water to create a very quick watercolor background.  I love this technique because using the clear acetate allows you to place color where you like.  The first layer is the wettest. Once that is mostly dry I add color from what is left on the acetate.  Sometimes I spray more water onto the ink remaining on the acetate to get more coverage.  My favorite thing though is to use the little ink droplets that are left on the acetate after the first use...just as they are...and just kind of "stamp" them with the acetate.

I found three cardstock colors that were similar to the Distress Inks I used for the background.  Isn't this tree die set just the most adorable?  I love the clean lines and retro feel to the trees.  I just might have to make another card using these trees because they are just that fun! :)

 Card Size:  A2   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Papertrey Ink- Snowglobe Sentiments(outside),  Penny Black-Believe Set(inside)

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink- Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Pine Needles, VersaMark Ink, Hero Arts Embossing Powder White

Dies:   Poppy Stamps Stitched Pine Trees,  Poppy Stamps Stick Pine Trees,  Lawn Fawn- Stitched Hillside Borders and Rectangle Stackables,  Taylored Expressions- Banner Stacklets,  Waltzing Mouse- Stitched Scallop Layers, the crescent moon was made using a circle punch.



Oh Deer

I have been saving this very drab background I made last summer in hopes that someday I would find a use for it.  I like how it looks with the bright silver reindeer deer so I am happy to add this card to my "man cards" for Christmas.

I first stamped a word background over a matte coat card stock using VersaMark ink.  Once that was dry I brayered a gray die ink over the word background.  It was pretty subtle so I added a fine mist of Shimmer Spray.  Still not liking it I added a star stenciled background using a silver embossing paste.  Finally I threw it into my holding bin because that background was not ever going to work for a summer card. You can tell that I'm getting just a little bit desperate here as I search for inspiration to finish my Christmas cards.  ;)

 Card size:   A2  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Penny Black- Holiday Snippets(outside),  Mama Elephant- Jingle Greetings(inside)

Ink/Color:   Studio 490 Embossing Paste Silver,  Archival Jet Black

Specialty Paper:   DCWV Glitter Cardstock Stack 6x6

Dies:   Impression Obsession- Reindeer Flourish and Cardinals

Embellishments:   Docrafts Papermania Adhesive Stones- Silver


Christmas Moon

I was supposed to be cleaning my stamp studio today but I got distracted by an Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers which featured tags.  I used a piece of background I had created previously.  It was just a bit of netting stamped in Distress ink onto damp watercolor card stock.  I added various stamps, acrylic paint spatters and white embossing powder to make it look more festive.

I was really hoping that ultimately I would be able to make a "guy" Christmas card using the tag once completed.  To that end I kept the color choices fairly neutral with some metallic gold and some understated sparkle.  

   Card Size:   A6  6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Penny Black-Holiday Snippets(Believe), Kaiser Craft- Holly Jolly(inside phrase),
Hero Arts- Dot Pattern, The Moon Rose- Tiny Word Background, Uptown-Spirit

Specialty Paper:   Stardreams- Antique Gold(used with an embossing folder)

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink, Archival Jet Black & Potting Soil, PaperArtsy Fresco Paint- Snowflake,  Tsukineko- White Embossing Powder

Dies:   Sizzix- Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight,  Impression Obsession- Fir Trees

Embellishment:   DoCrafts Papermania- Adhesive Stones-Gold, Pink Paislee- Snow Village Ephemera Pack, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs Gilded Holidays


Roses in December

The Featured Stamper this week at Splitcoast Stampers is Laine Webb (Crafterlaine). She has a fabulous gallery.  Please visit here to see her wonderful cards. If I were you I would just grab a cup of cocoa or my favorite...chai tea...and just enjoy.

I created this card to show how inspiring she is to me.  I was going to add more "stuff" to it but it quickly became too busy.  I was reminded of the beautiful saying...God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December (James M. Barrie) 

I left the inside blank because I may use this as a birthday card for my daughter in January.  

Card Size:   A6  6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Kaiser Craft- Oh So Lovely,  Aurora Wings Digi- Elven Princess

Specialty Paper:   Prima- Royal Mangerie 6x6

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers,  Berol Prisma Color Pencils, Uni Posca- White Paint Pen


A Partridge For You

I had another image colored so I got it assembled into a card today.  This one had an accident but I was able to save it.  I was glittering all of the ornaments with a Wink of Stella marker when it randomly dropped a big blob of sparkly liquid.  I grabbed a paper towel and blotted but by then the ornament looked like a fuzzy mess.  I used a tiny heart with some more Wink...from a different marker :) and Ranger Glossy Accents.  This embellishment was just big enough to cover the yucky spot.

 card size:   A6   6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Penny Black Holiday Snippets(Just For You),  Flourishes-Santa I Believe set(inside),  Power Poppy digi- Partridge in a Pear Tree

Specialty Paper:   Basic Grey Juniper Berry

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

Dies:   Lawn Fawn- Rectangle Stackables,  Martha Stewart- Hearts punch


Poinsettia Pixie

I'm still slowly plunking away at my Christmas cards.  I have so much I need to be doing to prepare for the holidays.  It always comes together anyways even when I worry so much that it won't.   

I created this card for the Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge this week.  Rose Red, Honey Yellow and Garden Green were perfect for a Christmas card. 

A2   5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   WPlus9 Design- Woodland Wreaths set(Joy),  Penny Black- Believe set(inside),  Digi:   Aurora Wings- Poinsettia Sprite

Color:   Copic Markers,  UniPosca Paint Pen-white,  Berol Prisma Color Pencil-white

Dies:   Waltzing Mouse- Scalloped Stitched,  Lawn Fawn- Stitched Hillside Border

Embellishment:   DoodleBug Design- Mini Pearls Bumble Bee asst., DoCrafts Papermania- Adhesive Stones Transparent & Capsule Sunshine 


Santa Ornament

I have two Christmas trees that I swap out year to year.  I have the "spa" tree which is a flocked tree. It's calm and somewhat monochromatic in sage green, cream, and cocoa.  I have pretty silvery mercury glass ornaments, pine cones, and tatted snowflakes on that one.  I like that one because it matches my house decor.  Then I have the traditional "memory" tree.  It's full of gaudy old ornaments bought through out the years and a few remaining baubles that my kids made ages ago.  It's like reading a book about our family to see all the history on that tree.  It's well loved and as eclectic as can be.  This year it will be time for the memory tree  :)

I just love vintage/retro Christmas ornaments.  When I saw this digital stamp it sure brought back memories.  I took no time to fuss about coloring the image...no extra time at all spent shading...very simple and enjoyable to color. I added some quirky layers to enhance the retro feel of the ornament.

Card Size:   A2  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Papertrey Ink-Holiday Wishes,  Power Poppy- Glittering Glass Santa(digi)

Specialty Paper:   My Favorite Things- Fresh Squeezed Chevron

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers, UniBall Signo White Gel Pen,  Wink of Stella

Dies:   Waltzing Mouse- Scalloped Stitched layers,  Memory Box-Cross Stitched Frame Borders,  Impression Obsession-Photo Corners,  Simon Says Stamp- Thought Bubbles


We Three Trees

I have been so busy this Fall but I have scheduled myself some stamping time just for sanity sake.  I still haven't brought out my seasonal stamps but that is my goal this weekend.  I recently received this Sizzix tree die set.  I really have quite a collection of graphic tree dies as I love adding these to my Christmas cards. 

I previously made some pretty eclectic Brusho backgrounds...translation = what was I thinking when I chose some of these colors?  These were not backgrounds but more like foregrounds.  I thought- well how perfect for these die cut trees.  I then looked through some of my "vintage" wood mounts and found some lovely old images to decorate the die cuts. 

I used the same die cut set to cut the trunks out of corrugate.  I painted the trunks and little wooden stars with gold acrylic paint.  I found that the "stair step" height look of my three trees needed a balance so I included the star.  Quick and easy-peasy.

Card Size:   A2  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Stampers Anonymous-Collage,  Stampington & Co.-The Saint,  Acey Deucy-The Empress and Legatoria,  Penny Black- Holiday Snippets (outside),  Papertrey Ink- Warmest Wishes set(All is Calm) inside

Specialty Paper:   Stardreams Antique Gold

Ink/Color:   Brusho Watercolor Crystals,  Archival Jet Black,  Golden- Iridescent Gold Deep acrylic paint,  Wink of Stella

Dies:   Sizzix- Stephanie Ackerman Trees,  Memory Box- Stars of Wonder

Embellishment:   Impress- Clear Pearls


Hobnobbing Goblin

Halloween is nigh...the goblins are soon afoot.  When I first saw this Mo Manning digital image I knew I had to have "him".  Isn't he just the cutest goblin ever?  I have no idea what color goblins are.  First I used some light warm gray Copic colors on his skin. I hoped this would tone down his brightness as I would be adding some greens, yellow and lavender colors.  I gave him some big green eyes and then finished coloring his clothes and pumpkin in appropriate Halloween colors.  He is off to deliver Halloween greetings to my friend Vi.

Card size:   A6  6 1/4" x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Winnie & Walter- Moonlight(outside),  Hero Arts (inside)

Specialty Paper:   Taylored Expressions- Build-a-Scene Halloween 6x6

Color:   Copic Markers,  Berol Colored Pencils(eyes),  UniBall Signo White Gel Pen,  Wink of Stella

Embellishment:   Jolee's Boutique-Cats & Bats,  Jillibean Soup- Enamel Stars