Monday, December 12, 2011

Peace, Love and Happiness

Well, as I mentioned in my previous post, I was so inspired by a card design made by the uber talented Joy, you can see her card here, that I basically cased her design and made quite a few of my Christmas cards using it!  So thank you Joy for inspiring me to get some cards made!  I'll show you one today:

Paper: cardstock (PTI); Neenah; My Mind's Eye
Ink: Black Stazon; Versafine Onyx Black; Vintage Photo & Antique Linen distress ink
Stamps: Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous; Paper Smooches
Other: Dimensional squares; Clear embossing powder

I love that happy Santa image.  This was one of my first stamps that I purchased and I decided to get him out for this card.  The designer paper was trimmed to size and adhered to some white cardstock for some sturdiness.  I then inked the edges first with Antique Linen and then some Vintage Photo.  Finally I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment onto the panel.

So easy, before I knew it I had made about 6 cards following my new challenge to make 2 of the same cards each time, so 3 different images later and I was happy.  I did not add a border on the top and bottom like Joy did, simply because my sentiment was too large.  But I am still using this design and hope to be able to incorporate that border idea in.

Only a few more sleeps and we get on a plane to South Africa!  I have to wrap all the gifts, pack the suitcases, check all the paperwork is in order, finish my XMas cards, post them and very importantly, spend some time with my buddy Lisa whom I am going to miss tons!  She is small enough to put into my suitcase but I don't think her husband would be very happy with me!

Ok, off to see how many more XMas cards I need to make.  In the meantime, have a fabulous day and I hope to pop by your blogs later tonight!

16 comments:

Tiffany said...

It's really so gorgeous! The colors, everything, love the pure vintage touch!

CinnamonSally said...

Fabulous card Brenda and the perfect card for mass production. Hope you have a fantastic holiday with your family.
Hugs Sally

joy said...

Love your take on Joy's card, Brenda! And, that is a really super idea to make two of each card you make; I may have to adopt that strategy, too!

Have a wonderful time with your family in South Africa! It is so nice that you are able to travel there for the holidays!

Lin said...

That is a beautiful Santa image and I love how your card turned out, Brenda! Have a fabulous trip!

Anne said...

Such a beautiful card Brenda- love the Santa image on the musical BG! I can see why you would want to make multiples of this- it's stunning. Have fun on your trip to South Africa....enjoy yourself!!

Barb said...

You sound a bit crazy and busy - keep breathing - it'll all get done, and what a wonderful trip for you! Love your beautiful take on Joy's card, Bren! Hugs to you! :)

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful, B. Love that Santa image, he's so sweet! I love your simple designs and how you always make everything come together so nicely :)

Rosemary said...

this is one stunning card, brenda!! absolutely love it!!

Trinh said...

I love this beautiful card, Brenda!

alexandra s.m. said...

I simply ADORE your card!
Love the combo of vintage but still sort of C&S

Well-done my Friend ;-)

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful card, Brenda! Love how you did the bg and the smiling Santa!

Dawn said...

what a fabulous card Brenda. And safe travels.

sheila said...

This is so lovely....I belive you are inspiring me here now. While I don't have this lovely stamp I do have vintage looking santa image....hmmm .....should I case this very perfect card of yours? Love the hand written look of the sentiment also!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Wonderful vintage colors. Soft, warm and happy!

Emily Leiphart said...

So gorgeous, Brenda! I really love this card. Have a wonderful and safe trip to South Africa for the holidays!!

Michelle said...

love your mix of stamps here, Brenda! great vintage feel!