Monday, November 14, 2011

have yourself a merry Christmas

Woo-hoo...I'm making progress with my Christmas cards, I think. Not as fast as I want, but I'm slowly getting there. This one is using one of my favorites color combos--I have several favorites...LOL--black and white, plus one other color. The other colour is of a rich deep red, burgundy. At least it looks burgundy in real life...haha.

I made my own DP's for this card--not that I wanted to, sort of had to...LOL. I started with colouring Tilda first and after I finished, I realized that I didn't have any designer papers with the same shade of red/burgundy, but thank goodness I do have a stamp pad with the right colour.

The first paper I simply started with a white cardstock and using a sentiment rubber stamp and a Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Aged Mahogany, I stamped the entire page with the sentiments.

For the second paper, I punched out a variety of snowflakes--different sizes and shapes--using post-it notes (only using the section that has the sticky back). I then randomly placed the snowflakes on a white cardstock. Using a make-up sponge and the same Aged Mahogany stamp pad, I dabbed colours all over the paper. Then I did the same using a Black Soot stamp pad this time. Once I was satisfied with the way the colours look I removed the punched snowflakes and voila!

The houses in the background is done using a Dreamweaver brass template, white embossing paste and glitter.

This adorable image is of Something For You Tilda. She is from Magnolia's Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection 2011. Check out the Collection at Diana's on-line store Magnolia-licious. Diana has a fabulous selection of everything Magnolia (stamps--regular size and mini version, doohickey cutting dies, magazines ...) and excellent services (including discounts and store credit too)!

I've made this into an easel card. Here are full view of the card from different angles.

I am entering the following challenges with this card:

Just Magnolia hAnglar & sTanglar - Week 132 - Black/Grey, Red & White
Allsorts Challenge - Week 129 - Black and White Plus One
Totally Gorjuss - Challenge 104 - Christmas Traditions
Papertake Weekly - First Christmas
ABC DT Challenge - for November - Christmas Card
Magnolia Stamp Lover Challenge - Christmas
Simply Magnolia - Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday - Challenge #138 - Punch it!

That's all for now. Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by. Your visit is very much appreciated. Have a wonderful and productive week!!

Materials and Tools Used:

Sentiment stamps: Magenta 'Christmas...'; Studio G 'have yourself a merry Christmas'; Hero Arts 'Wishing Peace and Joy'

Dies: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-One and Fancy Tags 2; Tim Holtz Sizzlits Festive Greenery

Punches: Martha Stewart snowflake punches and corner punch; EK Success snowflakes punches

Miscellaneous: Dreamweaver brass stencil (houses); Dreamweaver white embossing paste; Jewel Glitter Ritz cool highlights micro-fine glitter; Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter; Vintage Attic Treasures pearls; ribbon from my stash

Medium: alcohol-ink based markers (Letraset Promarkers and Pantone Trias; Shin-Han Touch markers); coloured pencils to deepen the shadings.


Judi said...

What a GREAT card Norma! Love your background papers. I occasionally make my own, and usually end up loving the result, so why do I keep getting suckered into buying paper pads??


Judi x

Mich said...

This is really an adorable card !

dolcreations said... are one of the most creative people I know with all your unique ideas. Absolutely gorgeous Norma! Love this colour combo too!

Renkata said...

Hi dear Norma,
what a gorgeous card.
Beautiful scene.

Danielle said...

Good morning Norma, How spectacular! Your DP is fabulous, love the design very much, and it is sooo perfect with this cute Tilda. Your layout is fantastic, your choice of color so beautiful and rich. I just love the idea of the diecut stamped with the scenery, and the repeat inside with the sentiment. Very very breath-takingly beautiful... always soooo inspiring

quiltindiva said...

Very Beautiful! I love your own personal DP's! You did a wonderful job on her!

Isa said...

It´s very Nice

Suzi said...

This is so beautiful Norma, love the papers you made, the design and embellies. Gorgeous card.
Suzi x

Welkom bij Happy Stamper said...

what a lovely card, love it


Henny said...

Very..very beautiful Norma! Perfect colours and design.

Greetings Henny.

Chrissy said...

Lovely card your backing paper you have made and Tilda looks gorgeous...great colour combo...very pretty.


Patti Jo said...

Hey Norma! Wonderful design!!! Love your snowflake groupings and how you did the houses! Pretty little Tilda goes beautiful with your handmade papers. Awesome card!!!!

Pen to Paper said...

Wow Norma! Very cute! I love the pink, black and white and especially that black background with the buildings. Very cool!



Lins said...

Hi Norma,

what a stunning card, I love the way you've made your own DP and Tilda is so beautifully colored!

Thanks for joining in the fun with simply magnolia!

Lins :-)

cabio's craft corner said...

Gorgeous work on your handmade DP. Beautiful design on this card. Sub an eye treat with all these lovely details!!

Barb Hardeman said...

Stunning card Norma! I wish I had the time to get some Christmas cards done, but life is just too fragmented right now. I love how you made your own design paper and how totally gorgeous it turned out. I see you using that SB Labels 21 a lot and I think I need to get it. All your intricate details are beautiful - and fabulously delightful card...hugs...Barb

Astrid said...

Hi Norma, you doing well girl. With your Christmas cards, this one is sooooooo beautiful. Gorgeous colours ohhh i wish it was Christmas already.
Hugs Astrid

Frea said...

Hi Norma, wow hun I LOVE those homemade design papers!! Great card, love the image and that soft pastel pink you used!! By the way, I have some candy on blog, would love it if you would come and join in the fun. Hugs, Frea

Harma said...

OMG Norma this is just soooooo
beautiful I love the DP'sand I love the black/white and burgundy colors.I bet every body would like to get a card like that.
Hugs harma

Céline said...

so gorgeous card, love the papers and embellies, fab coloring
thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week
céline dt member

Jean said...

Hello Norma, another great easel design.. your black-red and white colors are so perfectly done. I adore your houses in the background and the limbs and snowflakes and Tilda in the foreground!! A really beautifully done card.. Love it.
Hugs, Jean

Becky said...

absolut gorgous card, love your colouring!

hugs, becky

Christina C. said...

Absolutely PHENOMENAL, Norma!!!!!
Love your coloring of this adorable Tilda; you showcased her magnificently....a work of art!

Anonymous said...

Delightful card Norma! Love the little scene you've created and your Tilda is a delight! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week
Hugs Julie P

Ribbon Girl said...

Hello Norma - wow, your card is gorgeous - and the background papers are perfection! Really nice card, and such a lot of work has gone into it - thanks for joining in with the Papertake Weekly challenge. Mary G x

Peggie said...

Beautiful card. Love your dp and the scene.

Elizabeth Hart said...

I so love this card - that background is just perfect and of course, the image is just so sweet and colored so lovely. Thanks for sharing this pretty card with us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Candy said...

Hi Norma,
How absolutely beautiful!!!
Your colouring is fabulous.
I can't tell you how wonderful your hand made papers are. If you hadn't told me you made them I would have thought they were bought Designer Papers!
Fantastic work!
Hugs, Candy

Sheree said...

Wow!! I just LOVE this design you've come up with!

Rene said...

Oh Norma she is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love your very elegant card!
Rene ;D

Linda said...

Wow and Wow absolutely magical !!!! These colors are outstanding together. Love the little scene and you sure did a fabulous job on this creation!!!! Way to go Norma!!!!!

Sandy said...

One wonderful winter scene and your coloring is fantastic. Really original art work!

Stampalicious said...

gorgeous card, thank you for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week, hugs, martina

Kelly Schelske said...

It's gorgeous Norma! So many beautiful elements!

debby4000 said...

Oh wonderful card Norma and so cute.

Pam said...

Norma...this is beautiful!!!! Love the BG paper you created. Your coloring is gorgeous too!!

Sharon said...

What a beautiful Christmas Card Norma. Fabulous in every way. Thanks for playing along with us at Totally Gorjuss this week. hugs Sharon

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Wow this is sucha beautiful crad love the die cut elements and the pink works so well with the black and white...

Thanks for playing in our Black and white plus one challenge at Allsorts...

Emma xxx

Nicola said...

Stunning card Norma, your colouring is exquisite and I love the fact that you made your own DP's!
Thanks for entering my Black/White plus one challenge for Allsorts this week and good luck!
Love Nicola xxx

Elle said...

You did an amazing job creating your own dp! Beautifully done.

Jane H said...

Adorable I love the card!

cathylynn said...

Gorgeous Norma!!!! WOW I love the way you made your own DP's and your coloring is magnificient!! So much talent!!!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Mandy's Magnolia cards said...

What a beautiful card!
thank you for joining us at Just Magnolia!
hugs, Mandy

Monique said...

That is a beautifull card Norma. I love the houses in the background.

Hugs Monique

Diana Crick said...

Amazing as always. The folds in her dress are beautifully done, so realistic.When I first read your note to the group it immediately reminded me of the very first riddle I ever learned. What is black, white and red/read all over....a
See you Sunday...
hugs, Diana

Paper Tails said...


This is gorgeous. I love the background scenery. The red and black look so rich! Thank you for sharing.


Cami said...

Your handmade DPs are beautiful Norma! No need to spend money! I love the stenciled background in white on pretty! Well, your whole card is pretty and I love this black and white with the burgundy color!
Hugs, Cami

designsbymkm said...

Beautiful Card. Love the designs
Maria x

Mummylade said...

this is just brilliant! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Adorable Christmas card!! Thank you so much for playing along with this months Christmas Challenge over at ABC DT Challenge!!

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