Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Holly Jolly Christmas

Hi there,

I hope your New Year is off to a good start? I always look forward to January and February as they are usually quieter months for me as there isn't much to do outside in the garden.  I like to use these two months to catch up and hopefully get ahead with stamping duties and a general clean-up and re-organization of my stamping room.

We are putting in a totally new kitchen and have just signed off the paperwork with the contractor. Exciting - but chaos will soon be here! 

In the meantime, here is my January card for Christmas at Sweet Stampin', where this month we have the option of adding "sparkle"!

I received another stamp and die cut set with a magazine last month. The robin die was just so cute, so I made up this little card, using several elements from the set and added a fair amount of sparkle!

Coloring the trees with Stampin' Up markers and using a mask, I created a little forest.

The robin was cut from tan and red cardstock.

Once the trees were dry, I sponged in some Memento Summer Sky for the sky.

The tree trunk was stamped in Rich Cocoa and then colored in using a couple of brown markers. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Northern Pine. I then started to add my sparkle. Dimensional glue was added to the tops of the snow banks and covered with Twinkling Snow Flocking.

The Quickie Glue pen and some Sparkling Snow Glitter were added to give the trees some snowy sparkle.

Some more Dimensional Glue and Diamond Dust glitter was added to the tree trunk for some chunky ice effect. Winter Cranberry Glitter Accents for the red berries of the holly in the sentiment and then Fresh Snowfall Glitter accents were added to the bottom of the card front for twinkly snow.

The little robin was popped on top of the tree trunk and the card front was layered to a red card base, which finished off my card for today.

Here are a list of the products used in my card today:

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Freebie from Cardmaking
(Stamp and Die set)
Stampin’ Up Water-based markers
Memento Summer Sky
Memento Rich Cocoa
Memento Northern Pine
Dimensional Glue
Twinking Clouds Flocking
Diamond Dust Glitter
Quickie Glue Pen
Sparkling Snow Glitter
Glitter Accents Winter Cranberry
Glitter Accents Fresh Snowfall
Ebony Black Nuvo Jewel Drops 

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  1. This is beautiful Shona, you've created a wonderful wintery setting for the sweet robin, fabulous stamping and lovely sparkle!

  2. Fabulous winter card and the glittery/snowy stump is a perfect place for your Robin to 'alight'...another beautifully created card!

  3. I loved how you have combined many techniques on this card ,stamping,masking and die-cutting and the result is fantastic card !

  4. Wow! Wonderful set from the magazine, Shona, and I love the way you’ve created a wintry scene with the little robin in the foreground. It’s a gorgeous card. It’s great getting started on your Christmas cards, isn’t it? Thanks for taking the time to photograph your creative process. Hugs, de

  5. Your scene card is so cute. I always like a scene design. And, congrats on getting a new kitchen remodel. That is indeed exciting!

  6. What a beautiful card, Shona! That bird is so lovely, and the glitter is fantastic! :o)

  7. Such an atmospheric, sparkly and wonderful card Shona. I love the way you have designed this card, the background is amazing, everything is just wonderful.
    Faith x

  8. WOW what a fabulous creation the way you created your forest and all the shimmer is perfect
    Dr Sonia

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    Hugs corry

  10. Your card is awesome. The background you made is so nice and shows great depth. Your bird die cut is so sweet. Looks great in the foreground.

  11. such a lovely card...thanks for showing your process.
    :) Karen

  12. I love the scene you creted with all the sparkle! That bird is so cute. Great job!


Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share in part of your day. I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation!