Merry Christmas Mice

The following Christmas card will be entered in the Dies R Us Challenge.

http://diesruschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/07/dru-challenge-149-christmas-in-july.html

These merry mice are from Stampin Up heading to a Christmas tree. The tree is a Gina K Designs stamp. The colors used are SU Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, and Gorgeous Grape. The mice are colored in Crumb Cake. I used a Stitched Rectangle dies from The Stamps of Life to add a bit more to the simple design.

This is the sixth card created in Color Challenge 800 at Split Coast Stampers. Here is the post of the card: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2995909?&cat=500&ppuser=301308

Thanks for looking.

Merry Christmas Ornaments

The following card is being submitted to the Gina K Designs July Challenge.

https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2020/07/01/june-monthly-mix-challenge-2/?v=7516fd43adaa

I used the stamp sets Merry & Bright for the ornaments and Home for the Holidays for the greeting. The colors used are SU Rich Razzleberry, Seaside Spray, and GKD In the Navy. I added the gold embossing and splatter for the Christmas gold.

This card was created as part of the Split Coast Stampers Color Challenge 800 celebration. Here is the link for my card at SCS: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2996036?&cat=500&ppuser=301308

Always fun to add another Christmas card to my stash. Thanks for looking.

July Gina K Designs Challenge

I pulled out a Christmas set that I enjoy creating with, Festive Frame.

https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2020/07/01/june-monthly-mix-challenge-2/?v=7516fd43adaa

I embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder. I can’t remember the name of the cardstock, but I think it might be Charcoal Brown. I added a bit of color with a Tombow marker than added rhinestones to the center of the flowers. This is a simple card, but I know whoever received it will enjoy it.

Merry Christmas Rose

Still playing along with Virtual Stamp Night, using more Paper Smooches stamps.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/06/june-15-28-anything-goes-challenge.html

I decided to pull out a rose stamp from Paper Smooches. I decided to create a Christmas card with this beautiful rose, so I added a Christmas greeting. All of the paper is from Stampin Up. I watercolored the rose using markers and a water brush. I spritzed the card with gold when completed.

I have been enjoying stamping with Paper Smooches stamps recently. I forgot how versatile they are. More Virtual Stamp challenges to go. I have no idea how many I will accomplish, but have enjoyed the ones I have participated in.

Letter Substitution

Noel

Day 10 is all about letter substitution. I have a stamp set by Maymay Made It called Noel. It is designed for letter substitution as it comes with Christmas images to substitute for the letter O or the E. I pulled out a stamp from The Stamps of Life penguins4Christmas, and used the gift for the letter E. To decorate the gift boxes I found a piece of patterned paper that had gold foil gifts all over it and I used it for inspiration. I used a gold Sharpie marker and a gold gel pen to decorate the boxes, like the patterned paper. I added dots all over the background with the gold gel pen, then added a strip of gold foil to the bottom of the card front.

Christmas Money Holders

I saw a video by Dawn Griffith, https://dawnsstampingthoughts.net/2019/12/birthday-bonanza-envelope-gift-card-holder-video.html and got busy creating money holders with her idea.

http://modsquadchallenge.com/christmas-winter/

The paper is from Echo Park, Celebrate Christmas pack. The greeting is from The Stamps of Life, elves2stamp. I used Sizzix Scalloped circle dies and SU Stitched Shapes dies for cutting the greeting. The ribbon is from our stash.

This was exactly what I needed today, so I was excited to see her video with such a simple holder.

Charlie Brown Brings me Joy

The As You See it Challenge is to finish the sentence: _________ Brings me Joy. I chose Charlie Brown. Watching Charlie Brown videos for any holiday is a long time tradition in my family. I have been married 28 years and I can’t remember a holiday we have missed, especially Christmas.

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2019/12/challenge-215-holiday-joy.html

I have a very old Charlie Brown stamp from Stampabilities called Peanuts Gang Caroling. The woodgrain stamp is Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain. I colored the Charlie Brown characters with SU Watercolor Pencils. I stamped the images with Versafine Onyx Black and embossed with clear powder. The woodgrain is stamped with Memento Desert Sand ink.

This is a large part of our families life. I think after the VHS viewer dies, then the DVD player, we will begin purchasing streaming video.

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.

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.