Friday, November 15, 2019

All Christmas

Need to finish another Thanksgiving card & address envelopes, but first I have 3 more Christmas projects to share with you.
First is my entry for Christmas Kickstart's Snow Challenge.  I pulled out a 2011 Hero Arts stamp called Merriest Christmas Wishes.
It's really wonderful we now have positioners, especially for rubber stamps like this with a lot of solid area.  I stamped each color (VersaMagic Night Sky & Purple Hydrangea) multiple times to get the look I wanted.  The snowy dots are part of the stamp, but I wanted them to stand out more.  That was easy to accomplish with my white gel pen.  I added Nuvo Glitter Drops to the bird for a touch of shimmer.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped on a doubled vellum strip & attached at an angle before adding the panel to a silver mat.  Ended up nice & flat for mailing, so probably will send this one overseas.

Next is my entry for Time Out & FMS.  I'm trying mostly to just buy something when I have a gift certificate.  However, Linda's poinsettia cards made it impossible for me to resist the HA Paper Layering Poinsettia die set.  Must admit, I'm glad I gave in!
I began this card by making the plaid panel using W&W Rugby Stripe stencil, Brilliance Graphite Black & Rocket Red & finger daubers.  The inks would have a smooth look using a sponge applicator, but the daubers gave me some texture, which I liked.  I just used the medium & small poinsettia layers--cutting each one twice.  Then I added the Rocket Red ink all over & the Graphite Black on the ends.  Decided a little sparkle was needed, so I used Star Dust Stickles all over the bottom layers & on the ends of the top layers.
The sentiment from HA Merriest Christmas Wishes was white embossed on a black strip.  Finished off with a black sequin for the flower center & a few black Pico Embellisher dots.  Don't think I've ever used this much black for a Christmas card, but it still looks festive to me.

My last project is another tag for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  This one was inspired by one of Lindsey's on Day 9.  I really liked the foliage at the top of the round tag.  The Lil Inker bow die is a single die that cuts all 3 pieces, so I cut it twice to get the 2 tone bow on this tag.  The bow made from the left overs was still sitting on my table & thought it'd be great with some foliage die cuts.
I used IO Pine Branches & PTI Simple Stems.  Decided to add the sentiment from W&W, but there's still room to write the recipient's name.  I'll probably attach it to the plate of pumpkin muffins I always give one of my friends.

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  If your blog address is in your profile or comment, I will visit you.



29 comments:

  1. Three fabulous projects Greta! You know love that you snuck in another of your sweet velvet bows! The layered poinsettia is lovely, but your first card wins first place tonight. Your night sky and that tiny white bird are marvelous!

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  2. Beautiful creations, Greta! I absolutely LOVE the wintery scene in the first card!!! So festive!

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  3. Pretty gist tags and equally lovely cards, the inking on the first really makes the Birch trees pop.

    B x

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  4. How I would love to sit and craft with you... These are all so pretty Greta! Thinking of you and sending hugs... Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Wonderful projects Greta! Your first card is fabulously festive, the plaid in the second is perfect with the poinsettia, and your pink tag is adorable.

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  6. all beautiful, Greta - you should enter first one at ABNH "muted tones" challenge

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  7. Beautiful set of Christmas cards, Greta! Love the poinsettia on the second one. Your tag is just so sweet!

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  8. I do love that HA cling stamp and your ink blending is superb. We used this for our family card a few years ago but your version is stunning! Your sweet bows are a delight and your step-by-step instructions so helpful.

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  9. What a lovely set of Christmas creations. Love the bow and foliage on the ornament tag!
    Susan
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

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  10. Your cards and tags are so beautiful! Very festive and wintery looking.

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  11. Three inspirational pieces Greta; so different and stunning. The inked background is superb, I think the black and tartan card is a standout and the little bow on the tag adds an elegant touch. I've finally started my cards and have a couple of orders to do, so will get to those first. TFS

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  12. Beautiful cards and tag, Greta! So happy to enable you on that HA poinsettia die - definitely a keeper and I love what you did with it!! Perfect with the touches of sparkle!!

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  13. The poinsettia is gorgeous! Love the darker edges!! Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

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  14. What stunning cards Greta. I've always loved using the Hero Arts stamp and your poinsettia card is really pretty. And you tag is really awesome too. Love the CAS look and such a pretty colour

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  15. Gorgeous creations as always, Greta! Thanks goodness for stamp positioners - we did struggle before they came on the scene. Thanks so much for playing again at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge, hugs, Jo x

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  16. Stunning set of projects Greta, each so beautiful.
    Faith x

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  17. Love that dark sky background and the plaid you made. Gorgeous colors on both cards. I can see why you wanted that poinsettia, it is lovely. That is a cute little tag too.

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  18. What a treat to find 3 lovely creations here. Love them all. That plaid and poinsettia is so scrumptions, and your tag is really really sweet. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out ahd The 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

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  19. Wonderful colours and stamping on the first card. I am a sucker for plaid so extra loving the second and what a perfect CAS tag and so very pretty x.

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  20. Another collection of fabness but my vote goes to those two cute bauble tags. Love the pink with the bow very feminine and love the festive green one too. Hugs Mrs A.

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  21. Beautiful projects for the holidays! Glad you shared one at FMS!

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  22. Gorgeous cards and tag! I especially love the colours and design of your first card:)

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  23. Your cards and tag are gorgeous! Love the sweet bird image and background on the first, the beautiful poinsettia and the pretty white and pink of the tag!

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  24. What a gorgeous card! I just love that plaid and the beautiful poinsettia! So pretty! Your tag is amazing as well! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

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  25. OMGosh! How beautiful! Your cards are just stunning and I love the tag! Beautiful work!

    Theresa

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  26. Gorgeous Christmas cards, and I'm loving your take on my tag in pink! Pretty bow and backing boughs. Thanks for joining us for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event!

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  27. I was going to say that your stunning white bird in that brilliant night sky was my favorite, even though I swoon over plaid, but then I saw your tag! GASP! Greta, that is literally delicious looking! Maybe I'm hungry, but it looks like a confection from a world-class bakery!! WOW!! Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs, Darnell

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  28. It looks great how the colours of the plaid eccho the colours of the flower! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

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  29. Greta...simply beautiful cards and I love your sweet pretty in pink tag, just beautiful and perfect for the holidays. Thank you so much for playing along with Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

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