Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It's Christmas Every Month in the WMS Forum!

Waltzingmouse DT member Lynn is hosting a monthly Christmas Card Challenge over on the WMS forum! It just started so you can get right in at the start!

On the 10th of every month, Lynn will post a new challenge - January's challenge is to recycle something on your card.

I had already thrown away my Christmas cards and we no longer exchange a lot of gifts (going for the better option of just spending time with family!) so I didn't have any cute tags to reuse. I was in a quandry - what could I recycle?!?

I did, however, save one card that my boss and his wife sent me that had three lovely angels on it. The card was handmade in Bangladesh. I saved it just because the angels were so beautiful - and when I saw it on the shelf in my craft room- I thought - a ha!! I will recycle that into 3 cards!

The angels' halos and wings are a gold textured paper and their dresses feel like a soft suede - they are just lovely - I had to curve the wings a bit as they were overlapped on the card. I chose the colors for my cards based on the colors of their outfits.

I gold embossed one of the WMS music stamps onto Scarlet Jewell paper, layered it onto gold paper and adhered it to the card. I sponged all the edges of the card with Antique Linen ink, adhered the angels over the panels with Scor tape to hold them firmly - and then stamped Peace in the corner.

Here is each one individually -

I just love how these came out! (Sorry the pics aren't the best - I took these at night - I really need to get a better picture taking system!)

I never would have made these pretty cards if it wasn't for this challenge! And now I have 3 cards made for next Christmas! whoo hoo!!

So check it out and add your 'recycle' card to the forum! There are prizes to be won! You can read about it here on the WMS blog and here on the WMS forum in the Playroom. I wonder what the challenge will be for February?!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Musical Backgrounds, Nutcracker Sweet
Paper: Vintage Cream, Scarlet Jewell - PTI, Gold - Marks Finest Papers
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: Gold embossing Powder, hot gun, blending tool & Non stick craft mat - Ranger.

21 comments:

Edna Morrisedie said...

The angels are gorgeous! And great job putting them together with the music BG and the gold accents, WOW!

Dee in N.H. said...

Those are beautiful! The angels are so pretty. The gold was the perfect touch!

Heidi said...

Julia these cards are beautiful! The gold embossing really compliments the angels.

Crystal said...

Julia wow these are beautiful, I love the embossing!

Anonymous said...

Hi : )
Buying on-line or in-store? which do you realy like? really wondering lol.. i like in-store as i hate waiting for it to come!
Ty
Olivia

*Vicki* said...

Julia, these are gorgeous!! I love the elegance of the gold embossing with the music notes and I love the angels!! TFS! HUGS

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

These are wonderful, Julia! I love the design and it's terrific you were able to recycle these great little angel images.

dpkennedy said...

These are stunning!

Debgem said...

Totally gorgeous! I love the colours - so rich and sumptious!

One4Joy said...

that's putting on your thinking cap, Julia! And quite elegant.

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Outstanding Julia. Love those angels and what beautiful focal images they make on your cards. You're well on your way with your Christmas card stash! YEAH!

jdmommy said...

These are just beautiful! Now tell me, why do we save everything?? Because we will use it!! Great job. I love the fabulous colors and all the gold!! Hugs!

Jodi said...

OH Wow!! You are on a roll with these cards!! So sweet and pretty!
Hugs
Jodi =)

Anne said...

What wonderful cards your recycled card made Julia!! And three from one -- bonus!!! So pretty with the gold highlights you added and the wonderful music print in back!! You are the master my friend!! Everything you do is awe inspring!!
Hugs,
Anne

Betty Wright said...

Beautiful, Julia! The gold embossing is very striking! And, you already have three cards completed for Christmas 2011! Awesome!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS cards, Julia!! Way to recycle!

Velta said...

How beautiful Julia! Very traditional and so very handmade! Love the gold embossing music background too :)

Wanda Cullen said...

OMGoodness!! Julia, these angel cards are absolutely gorgeous! The gold really makes them stand out and to think you made 3 cards from 1 previously sent card - the green earth lovers would be so proud - lol!

Joan Ervin said...

What a great idea to recycle old Christmas cards, Julia...your angels are soooo gorgeous and the gold embossed music paper in the background is just perfect!!!!!

Francie G. said...

Beautiful, Julia!

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