Christmas with Mom Tribute

I have many supplies from my Mother’s estate. One day recently, I began thinking that it would nice to create Christmas cards using her supplies. I found a couple of ideas that I like and have supplies for.

Ornament card with Window

This ornament set is easy to use. It is mounted on wood blocks. I could remove them from the wood, but I find wood easy to use, most of the time. I keep the tool handy to I can re-stamp if needed. The idea I found used a tree to create the foliage for the ornaments to hang in. I tried the tree, but then decided to use my pine set. I am finding that the older sets work well with newer items available. The pine is from a set called pinecones2stamp from The Stamps of Life. I can’t remember the name of the ornament set, but it is retired SU, from 2011. I added a lot of sparkle with the Crafter’s Companion Sparkle pen. Oh, the ornament set has a punch that matches the ornament perfectly. It made it quite easy to make the window. I used glue dots to fasten the ornament in the window.

Lovely as a Tree

I think this was Mom’s favorite stamp set as she used it a lot. The idea I found used Wisteria Wonder ink and paper, which I have both, however, I could not get the ink to blend with the brush. I used Lovely Lavendar ink from Gina K for the blending in the oval. The tree in front is stamped with Elegant Eggplant. It stamped beautifully. The greeting is stamped with the same ink. To create this, I made a mask using GKD Masking paper, cutting an oval with a die. The masking paper is the exact same size as the card front. I did use the Wisteria Wonder paper. The purple tones seemed to work together well.

For the blending, I used the blender brushes, similar to makeup brushes. They work like a charm for blending the inks. Mom used sponges for everything, like the video I saw. I added a lot of sparkle with the sparkle pen.

This has been fun pulling out stamps from Mom’s Christmas sets. She created a lot of Christmas cards, often giving them to many families at her church. I may give a few more a try if I have time, or I may start sooner next year. Thanks for sharing my memory lane with me.

Penguins Wobble but they Don't Fall Down

Remember the Weebles commercial? I think the not falling down applies to any critter one can make wobble.

Birthday Wobble Penguin

Hang on because here comes another.

Penguins wobbling in the Snow

The technique this week on Split Coast Stampers is to use a wobbler on your card. I have had wobblers sitting in my work area for about a month and just needed a bit of time to create with them. These penguins came from The Stamps of Life. Both sets arrived in my house during November. I stamped and colored all of them, but never managed to make a card. I need 3 cards to send immediately, so penguins to the rescue!

The second card has glittery snow, as the MISTI challenge for December is to add snow to your card. It took me a while to think of something, but finally remembered about creating snow by making a simple cut in paper. After adding the snow, I remembered that I have glitter. I used the quicky glue pen to add the glitter to. I love these penguins. I hope to have time to create a few more cards with these fun critters.

Red, Green, and Gold

This card will be entered in the CAS Colours & Sketch Challenge.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2019/12/challenge-350-colors-and-birthday.html

The colors used are Shaded Spruce for the leaves, Cherry Cobbler for the flower and cardbase, and gold for the greeting and layer. The stamp set used is Merry and Bright by Gina K Designs. I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. I rarely think of layers for a CAS card, but this one has a lot of white, so I think it will work for CAS.

Traditional Christmas

I am entering the following card in the Retro Rubber Challenge.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2019/12/challenge-125-merry-christmas.html

I used the stamp set from Gina K Designs, called Merry and Bright; it was released in 2017. The colors used are Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobler, White, and Gold. I followed the colors for this week’s color challenge at Split Coast Stampers, CC768. The flower and leaves are fussy cut. I used GKD/Thermoweb Rectangle dies for cutting the sentiment. I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I like this card. Once I made up my mind on the shape for the sentiment, it was easy. I could see making more if I need to.

Non-traditional Christmas

I created a card in silver and navy for the Mod Squad non-traditional challenge. The card was posted from Split Coast Stampers, but decided to share it here.

Joyful Christmas

I used an older set from Stampin Up called Joyful Christmas. I stamped the poinsettia two times on In the Navy cardstock, and embossed it with Ranger Silver embossing powder. I fussy cut the poinsettia out and layered it. I used a Darice embossing folder and partially embossed it. I added a silver strip of paper between the embossing and the sentiment. The white paper is GKD Artists Choice. It was heavy enough that the paper didn’t rip after being embossed, like the thinner paper did.

I like these colors. This is one of my favorite sets for Christmas, and I have a lot to choose from.

You’re So Tweet!

My card is for the As You See It Challenge. It is a color challenge of Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green, and Pineapple Punch all SU colors.

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2019/11/challenge-214-pure-colour.html

The colors reminded me of a tropical place, so I used the Toucan Do It set by Catherine Pooler Designs with these cute tropical birds. I stamped my images on Gina K Designs Artist’s Choice cardstock with Versamark Black Onyx ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Each image was colored with the SU markers that matched the challenge color list and I added Tombow orange colored markers for the beaks and flowers. The gems are from The Paper Studio and a Crafter’s Companion Sparkle pen was used to add a bit of sparkle to the leaves and flowers.

I enjoyed this challenge using product that I owned.

My Christmas Card Style

I am generally drawn to clean and simple or several layers in traditional colors. For this week’s Double D Challenge, I created a traditional layered card. I am often drawn to pine needles and cones, berries, and a bit of sparkle is always nice.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2019/11/what-is-your-christmas-style.html

The stamp set used is The Stamps of Life pinecones2stamp along with matching dies. I used colors from this week’s color challenge at Split Coast Stampers, Early Expresso, Mossy Meadow, and Real Red, all SU colors. While pulling cardstock out, I totally forgot it should be Real Red, which is a bright red like the berries and the ribbon, but pulled out Cherry Cobbler a bit of a darker red. As everything was quite glued down and dry, I decided to let it go and leave well enough alone.

The idea for this card came from the postcard that comes with the set when a club member. I love these postcards and pull them our for inspiration. This time, I basically CASED a card on the postcard. I am sure I used different colors, placed more pine or less pine needles, etc., but basically it is a pretty close match. I am thankful for the designers who create beautiful work to share with all of us for inspiration and to create their idea.

Woodland Fun

I saw a video that sparked my interest by TX Stampin Sharon. She used a set that I did not own, but could possibly create with items I do own. Here is her blog post: https://txstampin.com/2019/11/3-snow-front-cards-youll-love-to-make-all-winter-long.html

JOY Christmas
Peace on Earth Christmas

Her card has a tree on the focal image with a snowman. I didn’t have a snowman that was small enough for the size of tree, so I began looking at trees and items that fit under the tree. I stamped the fir tree first, then looked for a greeting that worked with the tree. The fir tree came from SU Thoughtful Branches and the greeting from The Stamps of Life, penguins2stamp. The stars came from a Lawn Fawn die. I centered the fir tree and added threads behind it for a bit of glittery feeling.

Then onto card two, the one with the deer. I decided to change the size of the focal image and use the tree from GKD Framescapes Winter Trees. Then I added the deer, a few birds way up high, a bit of grass and several stars. I used a die to cut a piece of scrap for the greeting, then placed it behind the focal image like she did in her card.

This was a fun process to go through. I had so many stamp sets out trying to find images that would work well together. I do often mix several sets.

Stenciled Christmas

I have been creating quite a few cards these last few days and stenciling made it into my mix. I used stencils gifted from Bonnie for these cards. They are a joy to create with! I followed the design ideas by Gina K Designs in a recent video, using the colors she used to blend into the stenciled areas.

The stamped greeting are from The Stamps of Life, Christmasgreetigs2stamp. The rhinestones are Paper Studios by Hobby Lobby.

Stenciled Christmas One
Stenciled Christmas Two
Stenciled Christmas Three

The images were stenciled on Artist’s Choice paper by Gina K Designs. The black layer is Stampin’Up. The cardbase is My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth.