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