Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Red Barn in Winter

Just came upon another new challenge I hadn't seen before -  Festive Friday!  I'm sure I'm one of the last to find it!!  They have a wonderful inspiration photo for their latest challenge -  you can find scenes like this all over New England in the winter - one of the reasons I LOVE living here!
I immediately had two ideas for cards -  one involved a Classic screen door die from Poppy Stamps  I layered a red panel behind the door, punched a wreath with a Martha Stewart fern punch, (layering 3 ferns over each other) added a brad door knob and tied a bow with twine.  I originally had a full red back panel that I embossed with a wood grain embossing folder -  but it just didn't look good to me -  but when I slipped the back panel away - this pleased my eye!  The sentiment is from Alpine Christmas by Waltzingmouse.
and my 2nd idea involved the beautiful Alpine Christmas Stamp set and Alpine dies from Waltzingmouse.
I die cut two sets of alps, sponged the peaks with Weathered Wood and layered one over the other with foam dots.  I die cut the lodge, stamped it with Versamark and white embossed it. The base of the lodge is up on foam dots as well - the roof is just leaning on the alps!
This challenge is open until 1/29  -  I'm excited to get started on next years Christmas cards!

Christmas Door
Stamps:  Alpine Christmas - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Pine Feathers, Pure Poppy - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Classic Screen Door die - Poppy Stamps, fern punch - Martha Stewart, Maraschino Twine - The Twinery, Blue N Seal - Ranger, Brad - Michaels

Alpine Christmas
Stamps:  Alpine Christmas - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  white, Pure Poppy - PTI
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Weathered Wood
Accessories:  hot gun, white embossing powder,  Alpine Christmas Dies - Waltzingmouse, Enamel Dots - Michaels, foam dots.


Tracey McNeely said...

Julia your cards for Festive Friday are so perfect! I love that screen door and I am not sure i can put off buying it any longer. The red and white are so crisp together!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Ackkk love, love, love!!! Now Julia, you had better become a regular like me so we can cheer each other on!!!!
Love the "door knob" PERFECT!!

Loll Thompson said...

Two fabulous cards Julia! Great interpretation of the inspiration photo! Loll xx

Barbara Murphy said...

oh my! these are both so beautiful! i love the doorscape, an elegant cas design! the second with its perfecly inked mountain range is amazing!

~amy~ said...

oooooohhhhhhh....way to rock the goodness Julia! They are both awesome!

Bobby said...

I love your door!!! and the mountains are perfect.

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful cards Julia! Love the red doors! Sending warm sunny wishes your way :)

Joyce said...

These are really beautiful. Your first card caught my eye over in the FF gallery. My first time playing, too. Late to the party, but never mind, right? Your screen door is brilliant.

KayM said...

Oh both of your cards are so pretty!! You do amazing work! I love how you interpreted the inspiration photo and to actually live somewhere that you see scenes like that... aaaahhh... So happy you found and joined us at Festive Friday! :)

artful-notions said...

Julia, you're dangerous! You make me want that
alpine stamp set, but who could do a card as beautiful as you!!!
Both are stunners. Just love the Alpine ridge!

Meredith MacRitchie said...

They're both beautiful, and I especially LOVE the door! Thanks so much for playing with Festive Friday and I hope we see you again!

Lynn said...

Two absolutely amazing cards...sitting here trying to pick a favorite and that's not possible. I love the traditional feel of the first and the alpines with the touch of inking on the second. So glad you could play with us at Festive Friday!

Sarah Martina said...

Oh sweet Julia! Beautifully done, as always. Im totally crushing on these! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday!

Geri said...

Oh, my goodness…two gorgeous cards, Julia…so nicely done!!! Delighted you found us and were able to play along! Hope you'll stick with us!