Sunday, February 7, 2016

Simple Christmas Cards


Christmas cards don't have to be a ten hour labour of love to send a heartfelt greeting. I did a few simpler cards this year that I quite liked, even if I felt guilty that they did not take hours to make.

I treated myself to a new sentiment stamp that says "Don't get your tinsel in a tangle!" and thought it was perfect for inside this angel card. The angel stamp is an oldie from my stash.

I used a diffuser plate (a rectangle with a circle cut out of it) when I ran the background through my Cuttlebug. This embossed all but the center circle, leaving it clear for a little stamping and colouring. The wings are glittery in real life.

Silver heat embossed stocking.

Here is True Confessions time. The gorgeous snowflake border on the stocking card is not mine - I bought it to give to my sister for Christmas. But I just had to try it out before I sent it to her. Consider it a test drive - did not want to send her a faulty product! So I quickly did a few cards with it - and really had to force myself to part with it. The embossing is very deep. Shh, don't tell her! Below is one with glitter glue applied:

Silver heat embossed stocking.
And here it is with Waltzingmouse Stamps trees and sentiment. I hope she enjoys the folder as much as I did! In case you are wondering, the folder is by Ultimate Crafts Feliz Navidad Collection A2-ULT157175.  Merry Christmas!

Silver heat embossed trees.





Thursday, December 24, 2015

Vintage Red Muff


Here is a card I made just by taking an assortment of items and playing around until I got a pleasing composition. It's red and turquoise again. I like the contrast of the black and white girl image (Oxford Impressions) and that red muff.


I put the glitter paper on red cardstock and then started layering ribbon, felt, some vellum and a die cut star doily. Once I knew how it was going to work, I stitched the horizontal elements together and then mounted Miss Red Muff overtop with foam tape. 



The snowflakes are a few Waltzingmouse Stamps die cuts, a plastic button and a felt snowflake freebie from an old magazine.  I like the contrast of the soft felt and the other sturdier shapes. A red heart and red thread help tie it all together.

Thanks for stopping by today!



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Vintage Ornament


I made quite a few of these cards this year, using various papers. The bow is popped up on foam tape to give it a bit of oomph, but still affordable to mail regular letter rate. 

Two more sleeps until Santa comes!

Noel Birdie


Turquoise and red - love it! I am going to be sad when these papers are all used up.  The red bird and the snowflake are felt pieces I received with a magazine a year or so ago. I gave Mr. Bird a Delicata Gold crown and stamped some music behind him.


The seam binding spool is a Pink Persimmon stamp. The rayon ribbon is Martha Stewart. Tree and berries are Memory Box dies. Noel is a Waltzingmouse stamp.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter Girl Part Two

Deja vu! Here is yesterday's card in a traditional red and green colour scheme.


This time I heated the Liquid Applique and glitter once they had dried overnight, and it puffed up the fur trim nicely, but I think I lost a bit of the sparkle in the process. Coloured with Copics again, and this time I used a star circle die from Spellbinders for the frame.


Thanks for visiting today. Another vintage Christmas card coming your way tomorrow!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Girl Part One


Welcome back to my blog! I am posting one of the retro Christmas cards I made this year with a Lisa M. Pace Antiquated Collection design from the now-defunct Pink Persimmon stamp company. I stamped with Memento ink and coloured with Copic markers.


I had fun adding some embellishments to this sweetie. Stick pins in upper left are from Making Memories. I tucked Angelina fibers around the scalloped Spellbinders circle. The fur trim on her hat is Liquid Applique that I sprinkled with Distress dry glitter while the foam was still wet. I did not heat emboss it as it seemed just right once it dried. I dotted the centers of the flowers on her hat with Stickles. A crystal button was the right vintage touch to bridge the main image to the sentiment.



I am sharing this on the Jingle Belles Rock challenge link up. Come back tomorrow to see this card in a completely different colour scheme!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Paper-Garden Holiday Card Challenge

Recently I was introduced to a Canadian paper supplier online site called Paper-Garden. They have gorgeous cardstocks and a wide range of supplies, with an emphasis on weddings, but a lot for every day cardmaking, too.  They are running a 2015 Holiday Card Challenge and I am entering this vintage card (click on photo to enlarge).



Waltzingmouse Stamps

Making Memories pins, Angelina fibers


Thanks for peeking in. You can vote for your favourite card and there is still time to play, too! There are prizes! See the Link in my sidebar at top right.