Thursday, December 26, 2019

Creative Card Making at A Vintage Journey - Cozy Winter

Hello friends!  I hope everyone celebrating had a blessed Christmas!
Today I have a Creative Card Making Post over at A Vintage Journey with a tutorial on just how I put these two cozy winter cards together!
The same design using different colors and a birthday sentiment!

So I hope you might have a minute to take a peek at my tutorial over at A Vintage Journey!  
Wishing everyone a Happy, Safe, Healthy and Crafty New Year as well!

I'm also linking my card to:

Theme: Winter/Christmas

Stamps:  Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You, Sentiment Suite: Birthday - The Greetery
Paper:  New Leaf, White, Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Distress Ink Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Black Soot, and Vintage Photo, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Botanicuts: Pine Bough Dies, Sentiment Suite Basics Dies - The Greetery, Noted: Scalloped Square dies - PTI, white and yellow Ochre water color paints - Kuretake, colored pencils, chunky glitter, foam dots, Tombow Glue.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The True Meaning of Christmas

Wishing everyone celebrating a joyous Christmas today.   
On Christmas Eve, my church, St. John's Episcopal in Saugus, MA,  held it's annual Christmas Pageant put on by the youth of the church - an event that always brings home the true meaning of the day.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

A Little More Christmas

My final post of things I made for Christmas this year: a treat box, Christmas cards and some tags.
These sweet little Deer Treat boxes - made with Tiny Gift Box Die and Tiny Gift Box Deer Add On die from Lawn Fawn are so adorable - you pull the tail to open the box.  Three Hershey Kisses fit inside!
Three 'royal icing' tags - using Fresh Baked #1 dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix , adding Glossy Accents ovr the colored pieces to create 'icing'!  These are so shiny and fun - you just want to pop one in your mouth! - but better to use as a tag on your gifts!
Gnomes are everywhere this year!  I made this card using the Lil Gnome die from Simon Says Stamp and  a Merry Die from PTI.  The awesome background paper is North Wind by Craft and You.
A lovely Wisemen card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wisemen die and a Peace die from PTI.  Another background using North Wind Paper Pad by Craft and You.
I used a lovely Classic Pine Stencil A and B from Altenew (presently sold out) for this pretty pine cone card.
Three snowflake tags using Christmas Cuts Die and Stamp Collections from PTI


Reindeer Treat Box
Paper:  Dark Chocolate Cocoa Bean, White, Pure Poppy, True Back, Fine Linen, Pale Peony - PTI
Accessories:  Tiny Gift Box Die, Tiny Gift Box Deer Add On Dies - Lawnfawn.

Royal Icing Tags
Paper:  white, kraft, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, True Bladk, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Pale Peony - PTI
Accessories: Fresh Baked #1 dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Glossy Accents - Ranger, twine - the Twinery, Tombow Glue, Zutter hole punch 

Merry Gnome
Stamps:  Sewing Box Christmas - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  White, Lavender Moon - PTI, DP North Wind Paper Pad - Crafts and You, North Lights Paper Pad - Michaels, Glitter Foil Paper Pad - Joann
Accessories: Lil Gnome Die - Simon Says Stamp, Wonderful Words Dies - PTI, Crimped Frame Die - The Greetery, foam dots

Three Wisemen
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, Kraft Stock Metallic - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology, North Wind Paper Pad - Craft and You
Accessories:Wisemen die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Peace - PTI, Craft Ultrabond Adhesive - ThermoWeb

Pine Cone Card
Stamps: Sentiment Suite: Christmas - The Greetery 
Paper: white, Weathervane, True Black - PTI
Ink: Jet Black, Fresh Leaf - Altenew
Accessories: Classic Pine Stencil A (pine), Classic Pine Stencil B (cones) - Altenew, Sentiment Suite Basics Dies - The Greetery, Nuvo Glimmer Paste, crystals - Prima, foam dots, sponge and applicator handle - Ranger

Snowflake Tags
Stamps: Christmas Cuts Sentiments - PTI
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Blueberry Sky - PTI, white sparkle - Joann
Ink:  Blueberry Sky - PTI
Accessories: Christmas Cuts Die Collection, Basic Tag Die - PTI, white satin ribbon, twine - the Twinery, Winter Blend Sequins - Avery Elle

Friday, December 20, 2019

A Courtly Check Christmas

Here are three fun Christmas designs I made from an Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  The inspiration was the  MacKenzie - Childs web site and I was inspired by three items in the Courtly Check section of the store.  I loved the black and white check so much I had to force myself to stop going back for more inspiration!

My first card was inspired by this Courtly Check Table Top Penguin.
The penguin dies are a no name brand, the frames are Nordic Frames by The Greetery.   The peace die is from PTI.  The little bow tie is from the Tiny Gift Box Deer Add On die set from Lawn Fawn. 

On all the cards, I made the black and white check with the Check Mate Stencil from Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous using black ink on white card stock.
My second card was inspired by the Courtly Check Large Deer.  
My deer is the Dashing Deer die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix.  The sentiment is the bottom of a Christmas Tag from Impression Obsession and the little holly is from Tiny Gift Box Deer Add On dies by Lawn Fawn.  The Nordic Frame die is from The Greetery.

My third card was inspired by the Courtly Check White Magnolia.
 The flower and leaves are Floral Fantasy 3D die set from Altenew.  The sentiment is Penned Elegance dies and stamps from PTI and the frames are Nordic Frame Dies from The Greetery.

 I have a few more Christmas card designs to share and will post them this weekend!
Penguin Card

Paper:  white, True Black - PTI, Sparkle paper - Joann, Kraft Stock Metallic Gold - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology
Ink: Hero Hues Black 
Accessories:  Check Mate Stencil - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous, Penguin Dies - Ali Express, Bow tie from Tiny Gift Box Deer Add On - Lawn Fawn, Nordic Frame dies - The Greetery, enamel dots - Altenew

Deer Card

Paper:  white, True Black, Piine Feather, Pure Poppy - PTI, Kraft Stock Metallic - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology
Ink:  Hero Hues Black
Accessories:  Check Mate Stencil - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous, Dashing Deer Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Holly from Tiny Gift Box Deer Add on - Lawn Fawn, Merry Christmas from Christmas Tags - Impression Obsession, Nordic Frame Dies - The Greetery, enamel dot - Altenew

Flower Card
Stamps: Penned Elegance: Christmas - PTI
Paper: white, True Black - PTI, Sparkle paper - Joann
Ink:  Hero Hues Black, Gold Pigment Ink - Color Box
Accessories: Check Mate Stencil - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous, Fantasy Floral Dies - Altenew, Nordic Frames Dies - The Greetery, Penned Elegance Christmas Dies - PTI, foam dots

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Sharing some Christmas!

Today I'm sharing some Christmas cards that I made this year for various challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  Supplies are listed beneath each card.

I used an older Nestability Layered poinsettia die for this first card.  I colored the pieces by smooshing them onto my craft mat where I had rubbed Salty Ocean Distress Ink spritzed with water. I layered the pieces with a single foam dot in the center of each layer.  The lovely circle die is from Penny Black.
Paper: white - PTI, watercolor paper - Canson, DP North Wind - Craft and You
Ink: Ranger Distress Salty Ocean 
Accessories:   craft mat, water mister, Layered Poinsettia Nestabilities, Circle Nestability, Stitched Square and Circle dies - Penny Black, foam dots, enamel dot - Altenew, Metallic Stickers/Holiday Talk - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology 

This fun T-Rex die is from  Cheery Lynne Designs and the beautiful  tree stamps are from Rubbernecker.  I colored them with Distress Markers, spritzed with water and stamped onto watercolor paper.
Stamps:  Three Trees - Rubbernecker
Ink:  Ranger Distress Forest Moss 
Paper:  Water color paper - Canson, White, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Bright Buttercup, Enchanted Evening - PTI, Kraft Core Cor-dinations 
Accessories: Tree Rex Die - Cheery Lynne Designs, mini sander, foam dots, Ranger Distress Markers - Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn, Misti   

The framing on this card is made by using two different dies from The Greetery -  Halfsies Diamond and Halfsies Oval.  The pretty little wren is also from The Greetery.  The wreath is PTI

Stamps: Wreaths for all Seasons - PTI, Robin and Wren - The Greetery 
Ink: Classic Kraft, Saffron Spice, Cocoa Bean, Blueberry Sky, True Black - PTI
white - PTI
Accessories:  Halfsies Dies, Robin and Wren Dies - The Greetery, Vanilla Flower Sequins - Simon Says Stamp, foam dots, Tombow Glue   

This lovely tree is Christmas Foliage from Penny Black.  I colored it with Distress Markers, spritzed wither water and stamped it onto a panel of water color paper.  I added splatter using watery acrylic paint.
Stamps:  Christmas Foliage - Penny Black 
Paper: Water color - Canson, Vintage Cream - PTI
Ink:   Ranger Distress Iced Spruce
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Markers Iced Spruce, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs, heating tool, water mister - Ranger, stamp platform - Tonic, Nougat Chalk Acrylic paint - Paper Artsy, brush, Metalic stickers/Holiday Talk - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology, Acrylic Dots - Altenew   

The fun design on this card was inspired by this mantel decoration from LTD Commodities.

The background is from  the beautiful  North Wind Paper Pad, the letters are dies from PTI and the fun snowman is from Sizzix.
Paper:  white, True Black, Orange Zest - PTI, DP North Wind Paper Pad - Craft and You 
Accessories: Block Alphabet Dies - PTI, Cool Yule Dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Metallic Stickers/Holiday Talk - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology  

I'll be back tomorrow with a few more of the Christmas cards I've made this year!  I hope you are all finding time to enjoy the season as we hustle and bustle to prepare for it!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Tag #12 - Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

My 12th and final tag for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas - what a fun 12 days this has been creating tags for different Christmas Carols! Today's carol inspiration is Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
Here is my tag:
How could I not use this Santa's Coming to Town stamp set for today's tag?!!  Unfortunately, it is from Waltzingmouse which went out of business several years ago.  I was on Claire's design team and have ALL of her stamps and I continue to use them often!  She designed this set to work with Heirloom Ornament Nestability Dies.  The smaller tag was cut using Tremendous Tags from PTI.

I'm kind of sad that there are no more tags to make for the challenge!   It's so much easier to think of a design when you have been given a theme don't you think?  Anyway, my packages will look pretty special this year with all these wonderful tags on them!

If you missed any of my tags and you'd like to see them - you can just scroll down my blog posts or click on each one below to take you directly there!

Tag #12  Santa Claus is Coming to town (this one!)

I'm also linking this tag to:

Anything Christmas

Santa, Mrs. Claus or Elves
Stamps:  Santa's Coming to Town - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Pure Poppy, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Heirloom Ornaments Nestability Die, Tremendous Tags Dies - PTI, mini brad, twine.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Tag #11 - Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas - White Christmas

Today I'm posting Tag #11 for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas.  The inspiration carol for this tag is White Christmas.
Here is my tag:
I used the In the Meadow die set and Tag Sale Quilted Die from PTI for my tag today.  I layered the die cut tree, 2 birds, 2 deer and a bunny onto the white tag.  The sentiment is a Metallic Sticker/Holiday Talk.

Just one more tag I'll be posting tomorrow to complete all 12 of Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of  Christmas - I have had a lot of fun creating to the carol theme for each tag!

I'm also linking my tag to:

I also wanted to share a photo I took the day after a soft snowfall we had last Wednesday.  I had parked behind a building that looks out on this small lake in Melrose, MA and when I came back out I looked up to see this gorgeous view of the trees with the snow, the lake half frozen and the patch of blue sky reflecting on the unfrozen section of the water.  

It looks like a black and white photo retouched with blue on the sky and lake doesn't it?!!   I'm going to print it out and make some greeting cards out of it!   

We need to remember to just 'look up' during our busy days and appreciate what is around us!

Paper:  White - PTI
Accessories:  Tag Sale Quilted Die, In The Meadow Dies - PTI, form dots, Metallic Stickers Holiday Talk - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology, ribbon from stash

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Tag #10 - Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas - Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree

Tag #10 for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas is a golden oldie carol - Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree.

Here's my tag:
I used the record die from Turntable by My Favorite Things.  I made the sentiment with my Brother Label Maker. The tag is Tag Sale Quilted Die from PTI.

Just two more tags to go - we need to link up by 12/16 and I'm just going to make it!  You'll find Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge here.

I'm also linking my tag to:

Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, DP Northern Lights Paper Pad - Recollections (Michaels)
Accessories:  Turntable die - MFT, Tag Sale Qulted Die - PTI, Brother Label Maker, Twine - the Twinery.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Tag #9 - Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas - Sleigh Ride

Today I have my 9th tag for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge - the carol inspiration is Sleigh Ride.  I was inspired by Sandy's tag of her penguin riding down a hill in a wagon!
Here's mine:
I just love the papers in the North Wind Paper Pad by Craft and You that I used here (and on yesterday's Let it Snow tag).  The tag, sentiment and child on a sled die are from PTI, the stitched edge landscape die is from Poppy Stamps.

Ellen's 12 Tags of Christmas challenges can be found on her blog here.

Stamps:  Winter Snow Globe - PTI
Paper:  White - PTI, DP North Wind Paper Pad - Craft and You.
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  In the Meadow dies, Tag Sale #4 - PTI, Stitched Landscape Die - Poppy Stamps, Circle Nestability, twine - the Twinery, foam dots.