Seeing as we’ve clearly broken some kind of record for snow before Halloween, I have no guilt about posting with a few Christmas projects that I’ve enjoyed making recently. I created two Christmas cards for Paper Crafts’ World Card Making Day competition, and since I wasn’t chosen as a winner, I can share them today. One uses beautiful Close to My Heart stamps to create a pretty scene.
I used a gold leafing pen to add golden accents, and to change the pewter brad to gold.
This one I LOVE. Kind of want it back since it didn’t win! But all the cards in the competition go to Operation Write Home, so it was given for a good cause. And I can always make another; that’s the great thing about stamps, don’t you think? In case you can’t tell from the photo, the red dots are french knots. There are over sixty of them and I embroidered them all one morning in between overseeing my children’s schooling. I love french knots!
When you create a card with a special feature like this, you want to keep the focus on that detail. In this case, I put the card on a red background, softened with vellum and just a hint of lace peeping through via a Spellbinders Parisian Accents die. The vellum was pierced (another nod to the stitchery theme) using the die cut as a template and attached with black brads.
This Christmas project is a fun mini banner – it measures about 2 feet across! I used the Close to My Heart paper “Pear & Partridge” to create this mini banner using only three sheets of cardstock and one sheet of pattern paper. I used my Silhouette heavily to create the die cut words and embellishments. I’ll be doing this project for a ladies’ group Christmas craft and it will be a fun night! Once I have my Christmas decorations up, I’ll take a “pretty” photo of this banner in the place of honour.
Do you recognize the stamp set? I used it on the first card in this post as well! It’s my 2012 favourite Christmas stamp set! It’s called “Merry & Bright” and it’s only $13.95.
This card was created this summer and it’s inspired by a little red sled that I bought at an antique store last year. I love it, and until today, I didn’t know where to put it in my house. It’s been leaning against a wall in a disused corner and I just knew I could show it off better. I found the perfect place for it, and I’ll show you one day soon!
Wood grain paper is very popular now and I didn’t even need a digital die cut file to create this little toboggan. I just cut strips of paper and rounded the corners, and the top steering part is a Labels 1 die from Spellbinders, trimmed to the correct size and shape. And some frosty glitter glue adds the perfect touch!
And finally, a little mini banner that has no stamping at all! Yes, sometimes that happens, even to me! Maya Road tickets that I punched at each corner and fastened with baker’s twine. I love the mini bells and need to do a dollar store run for more before Christmas. Of course, silver bells can be tinted with alcohol inks, or even Copic markers.
I’m taking December off in terms of creative classes – after teaching two a week for nearly the last three months, I’m ready for a break and time to spend focusing on a meaningful Christmas with family. And we’ll be doing lots of creating, so I’ll have more to share over the coming weeks.