For me, the holidays represent an opportunity to embrace the winter season. I also tend to be more reflective at this time of year. I wanted to create a card expressing the quietness and beauty of winter.
This card uses the same design that I used for the Sparks Challenge in October. I simply replaced the yellow birds with the red cardinal and added a glittery, soft blue background.
Supplies: Spellbinders circle dies; Stampin’ Up cardstock (red); glitter paper (Michaels); Encore ink (silver)
Today I’m sharing a card inspired by two cards – one by Kelley Eubanks and the other by Kelly Rasmussen. The two cards were featured side-by-side in the March/April 2012 Paper Crafts magazine.
As the holiday cardmaking season comes to a close, I’m reflecting on some of my favorites from this year. To begin with, I find inspiration on a regular basis from the Paper Crafts magazine! I’ve reached for the Hero Arts music background again and again. (In the card shown above, I stamped it with VersaMark ink.) I’ve already mentioned how much I like the “Warm Wishes” sentiment from the Hero Arts/Studio Calico set. And the color combination of light blue, red and kraft always makes me happy!
Supplies: Stampin’ Up embossing powder; ColorBox ink (white); VersaColor ink (bamboo)
In just a few days I’ll be transitioning from making holiday-themed cards to making more winter-themed cards. I’ve enjoyed making holiday cards this year, perhaps more than any other year! I’ve learned that I really like glitter – although I’m happy to have finally wiped up all the glitter covering my dining table on which I make my cards!
This card plays on the ’Twas the Night Before Christmas poem line that says “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” I envision a certain mouse up and about checking out the stockings!
Now it’s time to go wrap some packages and get the stocking stuffers sorted!
This is a “just because” card. I’ve been wanting to give the Paper Smooches “Hot Concoctions” stamp set a try for awhile.
Given the holiday season, I thought a peppermint stick would be a fun addition. Initially I had the top of the cup, what would be the beverage, stamped on kraft cardstock. But the kraft just wasn’t working with the other colors. The bright turquoise and red of the My Mind’s Eye “Winter Wonderland” papers make me happy!
Supplies: Neat and Tangled Home Sweet Home (candy cane); Spellbinders die
As soon as I saw the new Hero Arts stamps, I knew exactly the card I wanted to make first! I revisited the tag I’d made for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge based on Jennifer McGuire’s tag. At some point I plan to stamp the bird onto watercolor paper and color with paint. For this card, I simply stamped the image with Versafine ink on kraft cardstock and heat embossed it.
I combined the poinsettia die’s center section as a flower with the branch die.
Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock; Fiskars border punch
Today I’m sharing my take on the Day 11 Tag by Carolyn Peeler for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge. I drew inspiration from Carolyn’s soft color palette and glitter border.
For my first attempt with the tag, I created a gold tinsel glitter, but I decided that silver would look better with the light pink and blue that I had used to color the stamped skater. Unfortunately, I don’t have any dry silver glitter. I drew a border with a Versamark pen (although I think I’ve been storing it wrong, as it seemed to be dry) and heat embossed some American Crafts Zing silver glitter embossing powder. I then added a line of Ranger Silver Stickles to fill in some empty spots. I’ve added silver tinsel glitter to my wishlist! The sentiment was created on my computer.
Copics: R11 (coat); B21 (mittens); B0000 (white sections on hat and mittens); N1, N3 (skates); E00 (skin)
Supplies: Recollections ribbon (Michaels)
Today I’m sharing my take on the Day 10 Tag by Maile Belles for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge. This tag was a fun one with which to try different ink combinations.
I simplified the background by stamping with the Hero Arts “Snow Dots” background stamp. For my first take, I kept my trees and sentiment very much like Maile’s, but then I glued it together with a glue that warped the paper. 🙁 For my second take, I decided to make the trees and sentiment more symmetrical. I added some glitter paper above and below the tree section. And I topped the tree off with a star from the Lawn Fawn set.
I’ve had so much fun with these tags, I really don’t want the inspiration to end!
Supplies: glitter paper (Target); ColorBox white pigment ink; Recollections ribbon (Michaels)
I’m back sharing another tag for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge at Ellen Hutson‘s. This one was inspired by the Day Six tag by Teri Anderson. I had some fits and starts with this – I had the tag assembled and then after photographing it, I took it apart and made some adjustments. Rather than make twine trees, like Teri did, I used two different Paper Smooches stamps on patterned paper. I added a few pearls to the trees as well. I used the “Warm Wishes” sentiment from the Studio Calico/Hero Arts “Spread Joy” set. This has been one of my favorite sentiment stamps this season.
Supplies: Patterned Paper (Lawn Fawn, My Mind’s Eye, Echo Park); Glitter Paper (Colorbok)
I’m sharing another tag I made for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge over at Ellen Hutson‘s. My head has been swimming with ideas from the tags shared thus far. I went in a couple of directions before creating this tag inspired by the Day Four tag by Jennifer McGuire. I was also inspired by the Day Two tag by Claudine Hellmuth, which includes sheet music. Because I had a kraft background, I decided to color the bird blue (just the opposite of Jennifer’s tag). Even though the stamp I used for the bird isn’t specifically Christmas-y, I decided to “go with it”! And with our gray skies here in the Pacific Northwest, the blues and pinks added some much needed color to my world! Like Jennifer’s tag, I went with “Joy” as my sentiment.
Copics: E35 (branch), RV23, RV29, RV 25 (flowers); YG03 (leaves); Y17 (bird’s beak and flowers’ centers); B0000, B02 (bird)
Supplies: 5/8″ circle punch; Fiskars border punch; Twinery twine; May Arts twine
Ellen Hutson is having a 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge and I decided to play along. All of the tags have been beautiful and inspiring!
I’m sharing a tag inspired by the Day One tag by Sharon Harnist. I simplified her tag considerably!
Although I first considered paper-piecing the skating couple, an October Afternoon stamp, I colored them with Copics. I finished the tag off with a shimmery ribbon tied at the top with twine and some silver bells.
Copics: E35, E37 (man’s jacket); B95, B97 (man’s pants); YR000 (skin); R35, R46, R39 (woman’s jacket); G24, YG67 (woman’s skirt); C3, C5 (skates); Y23, E33 (woman’s hair)
Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (red); Spellbinders circle die; Michaels ribbon