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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays Stitched Cottage

Merry Christmas
artificial christmas decoration

Are you ready for Christmas? 

I'm baking today and this evening we will be enjoying Christmas Eve 
with snacks and a favourite Christmas movie, before hanging our stockings. 
We have several family gatherings over the next few days with lots of food, fun and laughter!! 
I wish you all joy, love and peace this Christmas season.

I have one last group of cards to share for the holiday season. 
I made this mini album a few years ago to document the tradition of making gingerbread houses and cookies for Christmas and used it as inspiration for a group of four cards.
Mini Album: Front Cover

I used many of the same elements to complete 4 cards.

  Card Front

I used Tag Sale #3, cut from Vintage Cream card stock and stamped with Background Basics: Woodgrain and Fine Linen ink. A kraft coloured marker creates faux stitching along all sides of the tag. Vintage Tea Dye Duo was sponged along the edges. The tag was layered onto Pure Poppy patterned paper, Vintage cream and Veridian Green to give colour and dimension. 
The tag was applied to a card base that had been covered with Pure Poppy Gingham patterned paper.

The Vintage Cream border at the top of the card front was made with a scalloped punch and then a strip of green card stock accents this detail.

The gingerbread house (Waltzingmouse Stamps) was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder several times using Veridian Green and Kraft card stock, as well as Lemon Tart and Pure Poppy Polka Dot patterned papers (windows, door and roof).  
I wanted the windows a little brighter, so I coloured them with a copic marker. 

Each piece was fussy cut and then layered to create the final house design. 
Each house was attached to the tag with foam dimensional strips.

I cut lots of stars (Star Gaszer Die) from Harvest Gold card stock, 
layered them together and then added a gold glitter pen to the top on. 
Each card was accented with five of these stars, the sentiment 
(Holiday Lights and Dark Chocolate ink) and a green Baker's Twine bow.

Supplies (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps - Waltzingmouse Stamps: Sewing Box Hugs;  Holiday Lights,
Background Basics: Woodgrain,
Inks - Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen, Kraft; Memento Cottage Ivy; Versamark
Papers - Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy Patterned Paper; 
Recollections Kraft; The Paper Company: Veridian Green
Dies - Tag Sale #3; Star Gazer Die Collection;  
Punch - EK Success Dotted Scallop
Other - Red Sparkle Dots; copic markers; foam tape; Green Baker's Twine;
Recollections: Snow White Detail Embossing Powder;  Sakura Yellow Gelly roll pen 

1 comment:

Inkyfingers said...

Wow Karen - I really thought that these were stitched felt gingerbread houses! They make lovely cards but I really like your album too.
I hope you have a wonderfully crafty 2015.
Carol x