Friday, January 28, 2011

Is it Christmas Already?

Hi there crafty people, and happy Friday to you all!  Today I’m thrilled to be hosting a brand new challenge on the Waltzingmouse House.  If you are a WMS fan and aren’t a member of this creative community, I invite you to check it out.  It IS your go-to source for WMS inspiration.

The new challenge I’m introducing today is a once a month challenge designed to help me us stock up on  our supply of Christmas cards long before the holiday rush is upon us.  A new challenge will be issued on the 10th of each month to motivate you to start creating those Christmas cards.  I got a late start with the January challenge, but there will be plenty of time to catch up.  (see complete list of guidelines)

All the details about the challenge and how you can win fantastic prized are posted on the Waltzingmouse Stamps Christmas Card Challenge thread.

The challenge this month is to create cards with recycling in mind.  While one card is good, more is better with regards to Christmas cards and I encourage you to make as many of the same design as you like. This month we will be making cards that use something from a Christmas card/gift tag or holiday promotion that you have received.  My two projects incorporate gift tags that were on gifts I received and have recycled them onto next year’s Christmas cards.


Store bought gift tags can be ornate and beautiful and I knew I would want to use them for something.  Do you keep pretty gift tags too?  They make wonderful card embellishments.

My first card uses images from the Big Bloom Poinsettias stamp set. I stamped the medium sized poinsettia image onto red cardstock using VersaMark ink and embossed with clear embossing power.  I attached my gift tag, added a brad to cover the “hole” and slipped a sentiment from the Compliments of the Season set that I mounted onto a die cut using the Fancy Tags Die.


My second creation is based on the same layout as my first card – why reinvent the wheel?  Besides, we all want to make short work of creating a large number of cards. 

This gift tag is a silver metallic snowflake that so closely resembles those in the Season of Love set that I had no problem deciding which set to use.

I stamped several snowflakes on the blue cardstock using blue and white ink before adhering my gift tag.  The sentiment was stamped with silver pigment ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I punched it out, placed it inside a metal frame and filled the space with Glossy Accents.  I let that dry for a full 24 hours due to the amount of Glossy Accents I used.  I then attached it to the card using a little bit more of the Glossy Accents because it works equally as well as a very strong adhesive.

So there they are…two cards for my stash next year.  Are you ready to get started on yours?  Pop on over to the Waltzingmouse House and join the fun.


Card #1

Stamps:  Big Bloom Poinsettias, Compliments of the Season (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Papers: Rocket Red, Good as Gold, White (Pure Luxury)
Inks:  VersaMark, Real Red
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Fancy Tags (Spellbinders), recycled Christmas gift tag

Card #2

Stamps: Season of Love (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Papers: Little Boy Blue, Silver Lining, White (Pure Luxury)
Inks:  Summer Sky (Memento), New Canvas (Palette), Sterling Silver Pigment Ink (ColorBox)
Accessories:  Recycled Christmas gift tag, Glossy Accents, Metal Frame (Provo Craft), 1” Circle Punch, Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Cord


~ Ali ~ said...

Wow fabulous creations!! Will pop by the forum.... now gives me an excuse to buy WM Crimbo stamps LOL mmm do i need an excuse lol have a fab day!

Ali x

SmilynStef said...

Very fun cards ... we're celebrating Christmas all year at Jingle Belles ... it's never too early to make a holiday card.

Crystal said...

Oh my word these are ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! Gorgeous work Lynn WOW!

Pauline said...

Wonderful cards Lynn, just gorgeous, and eco friendly too :-)

Kim Burmeister said...

Lynn, these are beautiful! Thanks for the motivation to start my Christmas cards. Your creations are always inspiring.

Lorraine said...

Ooh, gorgeous tags! hmm, wonder if I kept any Christmas tags, lol.

Kelly Smith said...

Great cards Lynn and great challenge! I am lucky I get to do photo cards for quite a few more years without any complaints from the family. But I still need just a few handmade ones that I like to send out in addition, so maybe I should participate in these challenges. Maybe if I remember in the morning... (it's already midnight?!)

Justine said...

You are just too awesome. I love both of these designs and I am excited about the new challenge. Making more than one of anything is always a challenge but recycling, well that is right up my alley. Thanks for the info

Julia Aston said...

This will be so fun Lynn! I posted my 'recycle' cards in the WMS gallery and also on my blog today!