Friday, December 21, 2012

One Card, Four Ways

Hello friends!  Thank goodness we still have several more days 'til Christmas.  All is not done here at the Dietrich household.  Still lots of baking to do and a bit of wrapping as well.  I repeat this mantra:  "It will all get done in time."  ;-)  You may be wondering why I am crafting, when there is still work to be finished.

A friend of mine recently gave me a custom order for a couple of Christmas cards.  I relished the chance to sit down and breathe deeply while making the creations for her.  I made four vanilla bases, each with the bottom half embossed with a Sizzix folder, Snow Globe.  Then, I decorated each a bit differently.  All sentiments are from Inspired By Stamping's Elegant Christmas Sentiments.


Not sure if you can see it, but I touched each holly berry on the embossed section of this card with White Opal Liquid Pearls.  So pretty and soft!


The poinsettia, tiny green leaves and red gingham washi tape on the following card are from Inspired By Stamping, also.


The card below is more mail friendly, with bumps coming from the two pearls and little twine knot.  Otherwise, it's fairly flat.


And finally, this last card closely resembles the first one I showed near the top of this post.  The Santa border is from K & Co.  In fact, all of the borders used on this group of cards is by K & Co.  They helped me make (sort of) quick cards.


I'm entering in Simon Says Stamp's Merry Christmas challenge, Word Art Wednesday's Glory To God / Anything Goes challenge, and also Go Fish's Anything Goes challenge.

Thank you so very much to Red Carpet Studio, Just Us Girls, Shopping Our Stash, and Cath of Moxie Fab World for my recent honors.  I am humbled.  :-)

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Before I go, I just have to share something so very sweet and touching with you.  My 5th grader came home yesterday and told me that her class - and also the 4th grade - made paper snowflakes for the kids of Sandy Hook Elementary School.  When the Sandy Hook kids go to their new school after the holiday break, the halls will be a Winter Wonderland with all of these snowflakes.  Each snowflake has the name of the child who made it, and what school they are from.  I know there are other schools in our country where students are doing the same thing.  It brought tears to my eyes when my 11 YO shared this with me.  She said, "We want to make the Sandy Hook kids happy.  Each kid is unique, just like a snowflake."  After school yesterday, she and I sat on the kitchen floor and made more of them to send.

It just gets me....right....here.  <3 p="p">


Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Elegant Christmas Sentiments - Inspired By Stamping
Paper: Vintage Cream - PTI; kraft tone-on-tone patterned - SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap - Ranger
Fibers: white seam binding - Zipper Stop; twine - Creative Impressions
Other: Tiny Green Leaves, Poinsettia, Red Gingham Washi Tape - Inspired By Stamping; pearls; button; Classic Tags dies - Memory Box; doilies - Wilton; holly leaves, Santa/Trees, scalloped borders - K & Co; Snow Globe embossing folder - Sizzix; corner rounder punch - EK Success; Liquid Pearls - Ranger

26 comments:

Marisa said...

Lovely array of cards, Colleen. Glad you got some crative time amidst the to do list. LOVE what the kids did for Sandy Hook!!

Sindhu said...

love all the cards to bits Colleen! They all are so elegant...

And what the kids came up with is really touching! God bless them!

Lisa said...

These are all beautiful Colleen! And yes...it will get done ;)

Linda B said...

Oh, Colleen, these are all beautiful... you are somethin', girl!... but your last comments about your dear daughter brought tears to my eyes, too. Give that sweetheart a big hug for me! You are blessed, dear friend!

Jessi Fogan said...

All the important things always get done :) Letting go of some of the ACK of the holidays has helped me enjoy them SO much more. All of these cards are gorgeous, and congrats on all those honours! Well-deserved for sure :)

Hussena said...

A big Wow!! to all your cards they are just so beautiful!! i love the way you have created such variety using the same sketch!!...wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas :)

Its really so sweet that your daughter and classmates are making these special gesture for the kids at sandy hook elementary school...they do need all the love and support in the world ..God bless them !!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE your cards, LOVE the snowflake story! Warms my heart! HUGS to you and your family at Christmas, Colleen!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are GORGEOUS!! LOVING the embossing and the Santa's!!! And how wonderful about the snowflakes the kids made! That is AWESOME!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful set of cards!

Maria said...

Gorgeous cards, Colleen! Thank you for sharing the story about your daughter making snowflakes for Sandy Hook school children! My heart goes out to all of them. I, too, have some baking yet to do. And, I started a craft project, small scrapbook of OSU game we went to in October. I just have to keep thinking...clean and simple...lol! Take care and Merry Christmas to you and yours, hugs!!!

Martha H. said...

Beautiful cards, Colleen! I really like that Sizzix folder, it's very elegant. Your story touched my heart. I've been hugging and kissing my girls every hour, since I've been home (took some days off from work).
Merry Christmas, my sweet friend and all the best for 2013!

Karen Letchworth said...

I, too, really love this embossing folder you've used. I will have to put that on my "wish list". I also love the story you shared about the snowflakes, and think your daughter is wise beyond her years for having such a caring heart. Thanks for sharing with us again this week at Word Art Wednesday and blessing us with your talents. I SO appreciate your participation and hope that you have a blessed Christmas.
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Karin Åkesdotter said...

WOW!!! AMAZING and now I want the embossing folder too. Adore your cards - as always!
Hugs!

Andrea Ewen said...

Stunning cards, Colleen...love the vintage feel and the perfectly arranged accents!

Annette said...

wow totally beauty...these cards are just so pretty...

Bonnie said...

I can't decide which is my favorite! They had me hunting for this embossing folder! Merry Christmas to me!

Jinny Newlin said...

Such a sweet story, Col! TFS! And your cards are beautiful! LOVE the design and your bright white, embossed bases!

Benzi said...

All the cards are beautiful. I love the holly embossing and that wonderful K&CO border.

The snowflakes are sure to give a lift to the Sandy Hook children. That's a project straight from the heart.

Leslie Miller said...

Gorgeous cards! She must have been thrilled. You've really shown some great examples of why hand-stamped cards are so special.

Audrey Ann said...

Colleen your creations are amazing - I love them all. I especially love the touching story about the Snowflakes for the Sandy Hook children. It's close to my heart because even though I live in VA, I travel to Newtown and drive through Sandy Hook on business several times a year. Thank you for sharing this story - it's one of hope and healing. Hugs and Blessings,
Audrey

Wendy Swenne said...

Oh wow, those cards are stunning!


Thanks so much for sharing your art with us on WAW.

Have a blessed day!

Wendy

Joanna said...

Wow! Colleen these are just BEAUTIFUL!!! Great job!! Hugs, Joanna

Pooja said...

Very Elegant and beautiful cards set !

Wida said...

I love the variations of the beautiful cards. And the snowflake story is super sweet too. Never thought of it that way...

Emily Keaton said...

These cards are absolutely beautiful! I love the vintage Santas. My kids have been making snowflakes for the Sandy Hook kids too. What a wonderful gesture!

Congratulations on your Moxie Fab win! :-)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I absolutely love love love that Santa border! SOOOOOO cute!!! LOVE these cards, Col!!!

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