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Monday, 26 November 2012

Sunday Stampers - week 233 - Monday 26 November

Good Morning blog friends,

Well did my heart sink a little this week when Hels announced the theme of the current Sunday Stampers challenge as anything I love vintage so why? Well I'd just posted my lovingly made vintage ice skates on Saturday hadn't I? They would have been a perfect choice! Thanks for all your comments too, glad you liked them! I will add it  to the post, but forgot to say that the snowflakes are mica flakes.

Never mind! I'm still making Christmas cards, so thought I would make a card for the challenge that will also get sent to one of our friends or family, so here is my project for this week...and it's a bit of a Tim Holz inspired creation.

I started with a 6x6 kraft card blank and covered it with one of the 6x6 squares from the Tim Holz Seasonal Paper pad. I inked the edges with Pine Needles distress ink and then went around the edge again with Antique Bronze distress stain. Next, in the bottom right hand corner, I stamped a little ornament from a Papermania Christmas stamp set. I used Versamark ink and heat embossed it with gold powder, then coloured it in with Promarkers; it was just to add a little accent to the card.

 I then added some lace along the width of the card, topping that with some really lush beaded velvet, which I got from Fantastic Ribbons.

I decided to add some die cut poinsettias (Spellbinders), so used some pale red card that was in my stash, that I had printed from a CD...when it printed, some white marks came out on it, but I like it, as it kind of hints at a little snow on the petals without adding anything else! Happy accident!

The sketchy little snowman definitely has a vintage look about him: the stamp is from the Tatty Button collection by Creative Expressions. I stamped him on some off white paper from the Tim Holz pad and coloured his scarf, hat and nose with Promarkers.

The postcard stamp is by LOTV, it was stamped on the same paper as the snowman and I inked the edges with Vintage Photo (I also did this with the snowman). Finally I stamped the greeting from the set by Papermania and then covered it with Tim Holz frosted film (love this stuff!) - it's such a shame photos don't do it justice!

Before adding all the elements, I added some gold hessian just above the ribbon/lace and then arranged my design, finishing off with some little red gems.

Thanks for stopping by and great to hear about all the Christmas Markets taking place around the Country too x

Carole X

PS I hope those of you that were having the same problem with uploading photos as me last week are now all sorted. Mine did just start working again, but Picasa is saying my web album (that I didn't know was there!) was 96% full. I looked back over my posts and my images varied in size, so every time I have a few spare minutes I am going back and resizing. Apparently below 800x800 pixels and they don't count towards storage.I have a Mac and I also found a very easy to use photo resizing app called Photora. I have been using it on every craft photo I've uploaded over the weekend and found it quick and easy.


  1. Hi Carole

    A great Christmas card.

    Loving the colours and your cute snowman.

    I think the postcard finishes everything off beautifully.

    Love Jules xx

  2. Hi Carole,
    wonderful card. Love the snowman and the postcard also, and of course the Tom Holtz papers.
    I too have a Mac computer, so thank you for the info.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  3. Hi Carole, gosh what a lovely creation, thy snowman is gorgeous, beautiful Christmas card.

    Wilma x x

  4. That is lovely. I like the postcard! jenx

  5. Lovely vintage card Carole love that little snowman ...gorgeous colours and layout


  6. Stunning vintage card good luck with Hel`s Challenge .melanie

  7. Wow Carole this is fab Hugs Elaine

  8. Hi Carole, love your beautiful card, the snowman is so lovely and cute and he does look quite vintage. My heart sank too but for different reasons, I don't really do vintage very well but you certainly do! Sorry to hear you are still having 'storage' problems, hope it all gets sorted out soon! Hugs, Anne x

  9. Good Morning Carol,
    Yet another stunning piece of "Art" I love it.
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia xx

  10. GORGEOUS... and always a good excuse to make something vintagey :O)) Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  11. Hi Carole - I love the style of your card - vintage and also distressed looking. The little snowman is so cute as well - brought a smile to my face. Someone is going to lurve this!

    Hugs Sue Pxxx

  12. Beautiful Carole, all in one word. I love the whole feel of your card. Hugs Rita xx

  13. Hi Carole, I love the snowman image offset by the vintage backdrop.

  14. Hi Carole, beautiful vintage card and thanks your lovely comment on my latest post. The stamps I used are by Crafty Individuals.X

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