Category Archives: Christmas

Holidays Full of Unexpected Surprises

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  • Stamps – Darcie’s Heart & Home “Unexpected Surprises”
  • Patterned papers – Carta Bella “Merry Ornaments, Merry Alphabet, and Merry Borders
  • Die – Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Ironwork Motifs”
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Zig Clean Color Markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’m still catching up on posting some holiday cards. This one was made with a background of paper strips using the Bargello technique. The colors are a little unorthodox, which was kind of fun for a change. I colored the image with Zig markers. Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

 


Late to the party… Christmas Card!

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  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp – “Holiday Frames”
  • Gelli plate print
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park “Home for the Holidays: Ornaments”
  • Silver Metallic cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling “Emerald City”
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts tinsel trim (green)

I ran out of time before Christmas to post here, so I have to catch up and show a few more Christmas cards! This is one that I made with a gelli plate print as a backdrop for this die-cut set. I layered some papers and added some pretty tinsel trim. Viola! Thanks for stopping by.

 

 


Season’s Greetings featuring Gelli print

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  • Dies –
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities – Resplendent Rectangles
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Season’s Greetings
    • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations – Holiday Greens
  • Patterned paper – KaiserCraft – Christmas Carol 6-1/2″ paper pad
  • Metallic paper (red) – Paper Accents
  • Gelli Plate print

It was kind of difficult to capture this ornament accurately with all of the reflection on the red metallic die-cut. This die-cut really shines and sparkles! The background is a gelli plate print I made previously, mainly with red paint and stencils. I accented the frame with holly from the Sizzix die set. The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Make it Sparkle, but I hope a little shine will also fit the bill! Thanks for visiting and Happy Holidays!

 


Magical Ornaments

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  • Dies
    • Tonic – Acorn Swirl
    • Little B – Labels
  • Vintage Photos
  • Ranger Distress Collage Medium – Crazing
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology
    • Alpha cards
    • Mirrored stars
    • Tinsel Twine – Autumn
    • Tissue Tape
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts tinsel trim (green)
  • Cork Tape
  • Metal adhesive dots – Mark Richards and Colorbox
  • Metallic cardstock – Paper Accents (silver and red)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

I created three ornaments for three magician friends who have been mentors for Trenton since January 2009 (nearly 8 years), since he was 10 years old. He was the charter member of Salem’s Society of Young Magicians and performing magic effects has been a large part of young life. Now that he is 18, as the bylaws of the Society of Young Magicians state, he must move up to the Society of American Magicians (the adult group). So this weekend, Trenton attended his last meeting and performed in his last show with the group. As a thank you, our family gave Glen, Tom and John (the mentors) each a gift basket and each included a personalized ornament shown above.

magic-detailornamentI took a vintage image of a magician and collaged it with some die-cuts and other ephemera. I applied collage medium that gave the image an antiqued quality, including a crazing (crackle) effect. Then I added some walnut stain Distress Ink to the edges of the image and to the crazed texture to show it off a bit more. I created a different composition for each ornament that included an Alpha card (playing off the tricks they all do with cards) that is an initial of either their first or last name, and other embellishments for visual interest. It was a fun project to do and hopefully provided them with a small memento that will make them think of Trenton when they decorate their trees.

I am including this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Christmas Gifts.”

Thanks for stopping by.

 


Christmas Tree – Holiday Wishes

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  • Stamps – Hero Arts CL887 “Color Layering Christmas Tree”
  • Dies –
    • Hero Arts DI095 “Stylish Stars Fancy Dies”
    • Spellbinders JutRite Custom Dies “Nested Oval Medallion Labels
  • Border Punch – EK Success “Zig Zag Chain”
  • Patterned paper – Reminisce “Christmas Joy”
  • Metallic gold papers – Printworks Elegan Paper Sampler
  • Folded card – Hero Arts PS570 “Foliage Mixed Folded Cards”
  • Bling – Mark Richards Metal Nailheads – Cranberry 3mm
  • Inks –
    • Hero Arts “Lime to Forever Green Ombre” ink pad,
    • Memories “Unicorn” white pigment ink die ink pad
    • Tsukineko “Delicata Golden Glitz” pigment ink pad

I made this card over a period of time, continuing to play with the “ingredients” until I felt I got it right! I layered the tree with three different ink colors. I was inspired by the current Seasons Greetings sketch at the Fusion Card Challenge site for the card design. My secret Santa just received it so I now feel like I can post it! Have a very Merry Christmas!


Joyful, Merry and Bright Owl

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  • Patterned paper – Carta Bella “Simple Gifts” (both sides)
  • Stamps – I’m pretty sure are Hero Arts sentiment stamps (I borrowed them!)
  • Bling – Clear and red rhinestones
  • Cardstock – WorldWin

This is a very simple card, made from patterned paper and the paper is the star. I focused on the owl image on the paper and stamped the sentiments around the owl, then added a border from the reverse side of the paper. I finished it up with some bling and that is it! I created this during some time spent doing demonstrations in our local paper arts store, Runaway Art and Craft Studio. Thanks for visiting.


Holiday Fox Card

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  • Stamps and Dies – Lawn Fawn “Joy to the Woods”
  • Patterned paper – Carta Bella “Merry Alphabet”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities – Large Standard Circles
  • Red cardstock
  • Navy speckled cardstock
  • Copic Markers

I colored the stamped trees, fox, star and ornaments with Copic markers and created a Wintry little scene in the circular opening. The navy cardstock has specks that look a little like distant stars or SNOW as a backdrop for the large die-cut star. This is an entry for the Paper Players Challenge #274 “Let it Snow.” Thanks for stopping by.