It is that time of the year - Christmas card time. Sadly I find myself making less and less cards all the time. Somehow my friends are not Christmas card senders. Rather a pity that!
But the person who this card is going to, will I know, really appreciate it!
I kept it all very flat as it needs to be mailed internationally, but it opens up and still becomes a decorative piece.
All the papers are from the Recollections 'Sugar Plum' paper pad which I picked up from my local Michaels.
On the left front of this gate fold card I stamped the heart for the sentiment with red ink and embossed is with red sparkle embossing powder. Since the little hedgehog was still debating the tree decor, I added sequin 'balls' to the tree from him.
This fun image of an imminent disaster made me smile while colouring and cutting it. So cute! I stamped the image onto a patterned paper background as well. That way I did not need to cut all the uneven lines and details around the edges. I also wrapped the tree with gold embroidery thread and added a bit of gold glitter to the star.
On the inside of the left flap I added the little mouse bringing a present to put under the tree.
I added a heart shaped paper clip to the front to keep the card nicely closed for mailing.
I could add a note to the inside of the card, or to the back panel.
Recently a Pygmy Owl flew into one of the windows on the house. We got such a fright and were horrified to see the little one lying there, quite lifeless. Hubby picked it up and brought it indoors, hoping that the warmth of his hands and the house will help the little treasure revive.
He was right! Soon the little eyes started to flicker, and we moved outside quickly in case it should fly off. As it is it only sat for a short while before leaving, but long enough for me to take some pictures and for us to marvel at the beauty of God's creation.
Those eyes were like crystal clear glass. Totally mesmerizing! What an amazing experience.
I was simply delighted to win the Pink & Main 'Nut House' Stamp and die set through a Facebook draw recently. Aren't those squirrels just the cutest? We have some pretty adorable squirrels who visit us all year long so I'm rather fond of these furry creatures.
Isn't this piece of very happy mail pure inspiration? (even the padded envelope is pink ;-) )
Here's a nice clear image of the stamp set (image linked)
I cut the little house (using the dies) twice from brown card stock and added paper pieced details and coloured pencil for shading.
The leaves I die cut from different colours of card stock adding coloured pencil and a bit of glitters (this is for a girl after all!) for added interest.
The squirrel was die cut from white card stock and also coloured with coloured pencils. I gave her a pink nose...girls understand about pink noses!
On the inside I stamped and white embossed a simple birthday greeting (using and older Provo Craft stamp) and then adhered the very top of the two house pieces together. This way the card stands up nicely for display.
I was super pleased with the quality of the stamps and dies. The images stamp beautifully crisp with nice thin lines. Do check out the Pink & Main Store and the new releases full of adorable seasonal images. The Nut House is part of a series of houses btw...what a totally cool idea.
Take a look at these new ones -images are linked- and of course with the dies, they are a breeze to 'cut'!
Since the set is not designed for spinners I had to improvise the stamp for the back. I stamped the image on copy paper, turned it over on a light table and traced the outline. Then I 'imagined' the backs of the ladies. I adhered the two sides together (sandwiching the string in between) and trimmed it and ran a black line around the edges.
The idea of the spinner card is that you wind the images around a few times and then pop the card into the envelope. When the recipient opens it up, the image spins around in the aperture. Such a cool idea!
I made a tri-fold card so that the background to the spinner is a plain white, but I still have ample room inside the card to add a little note....or maybe even a good joke! A small strip of the same dotted paper I used on the card front helps to tie it all together.
It was fun to make something different again - I do so enjoy interactive cards with bits that move or pop up and to add some interest!
I'm not happy with the splotchy centers on the punched white flowers...but guess I will have to live with them now ;-)
When I heard relatives were moving, I set the brain to work on a 'congrats on your new home' card. But then I thought I would like to make a card that can be a bit of a decoration for a week or two as well...
The answer to that is a box card and the images just had to come from my Art Impressions 'Try-Fold' stamps. They were perfect for the job. I combined two sets (images below) for my card.
The size of the box was based on what I could get out of an 11" piece of card stock, and I just took it from there.
I sprayed the entire white card base with alcohol inks to break up the stark white. I even cut out the house scene. I liked the splattered sky more than the one I had painted. It is too funny how a little run in the ink makes it look like a bit of smoke is coming out of the chimney.
Altogether I have 6 levels on the box, with 2 inserts.
Naturally it took quite a while to plan, colour, cut and put together, but I really enjoyed making it.
These cute little birds make me smile...they are having such fun!
I hope these folks are very very happy in their new home...and I look forward to visiting them and seeing it for myself! Whoooot!