Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Winter Frolic

I know, I know, we are just getting our of the winter doldrums but I always enjoy creating cards for Christmas or an occasion that happens in the winter. I have a couple to show here.

Crafty Creations-Anything Goes

I was playing around with the Tim Holtz dies and I liked the effect of the brilliant night sky using a vibrant blue, lighter blue and a purple for the background. You just take the dye ink and stamp it on something that takes the colour but doesn't absorb it. I use a stainless steel piece my hubby gave me. Once I placed the 3 colours down, I spritzed them with water and place the white cardstock on top. You can dry it and then reapply until you get the effect you want. Once completely dry, I stamped the trees and saying in white and embossed it in winter white sparkle. I added 2 strips of white cardstock on each side. I took a dark blue cardstock cut it to size and painted the edges in a iridescent blue. I added some dots for snow and clear stickles for rain. I live in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, so we can have snow, rain, wind, sun...all in one day!

Christmas Crafts All Year Round-Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland-Christmas in Snow
Sparkles Christmas-Reindeer

Last month Christmas Crafts had an all white challenge and I missed it by a hair...or is that hare? Who cares:) Anyway, I took a shimmer white cardstock and cranked the cuddlebug with the cardstock, placed in between the image, to get the desired scene. I took a light blue vellum for the edging and, to create the poinsettia, I took pieces of white cardstock and the blue vellum to  create the flower with my die cut and Sizzex machine. I used my punch for the glittery  branches in the back of the poinsettia. I stamped and embossed my reindeer in white glitter, fussycut it out and adhere it to the image as well. I finished it off with border stickers and added glitter to the rooftops for snow.

Alphabet Challenge-Dots
Addicted to Stamps-Use Markers

This is a funky Christmas or Birthday card where I decided to get rid of some cardstock pieces. We all have pieces of these flying around and, if you are like me, you have tons. I wanted to use colours not normally used for Christmas. I ran 3 through the cuddlebug with the dots image to create some dimension. I stamped the polar bear image in black and coloured it in with tombow markers which I love. I love these stamps who have the main image with plants and animals found within the actual stamp like the fox, walrus and penguin in this stamp.

I enjoyed creating these cards and getting back into it which is great. Have a great day!


  1. Polar bear is cool. Hey, maybe Christmas cards in May will help keep you cool.

  2. Hi, Birgit!

    Let me be the first to wish you a merry Christmas, dear friend, and, while I'm at it, happy New Year! :)

    Yes indeed, I admire that deep shade of blue set against white on the first card as well as the message it bears. Speaking of bears, I love the colorful polar bear card with other creatures represented within the stamp. It's glorious - a very creative use of excess cardstock pieces.

    Thank you for playing show and tell, dear friend BB!

  3. No, no, no, Birgit, I will not contemplate the C word! Cool cards though, I like the bear best.

  4. Wow, these are really fancy. Very nice!

  5. The polar bear is cute interspersed with colors of the rainbow now thats really cool, Birgit. I reckon that card is one for creature lovers bless them and how ingenious. I love the smaller creatures within the polar bear. You should have a quiz sometime, how many creatures can you see on this card?

  6. Excellent as always. I love the deep blue in the first one.
    Hope your evening is relaxing and pleasant.

  7. Getting christmas all done early is a win. The funky polar bear is cool indeed.

  8. Very nice. Might as well create Christmas cards to avoid the rush. The bear in the last one almost looks like the bear from the California flag. Almost.

  9. The dying process for the first card was interesting. I wonder if that dye would stick to fabric. I found some large white linen napkins that I think would be fun to dye then sew into a top.

    Reading the process for your second card got me wanting to have a cuddlebug, sissex, and whatever else you use. I'd make cards then. Yeah, right. I know me.

    Love the colors you used for the 3rd card. Quite bohemian like.

  10. It never hurts to start your Christmas cards early. That way you are prepared. I like them all, and the dye ink process is one I've used in the past, too. And of course, now I want a die cutter, too!

  11. Hi Birgit ... I do hope Tim Holtz dies are dyes?! But count me out for Christmas for a while - I'm happy summer is on its way ... maybe too hot - but easier to get around! Clever though and good for getting ahead with a craft you enjoy - cheers Hilary

  12. I like the white snow village one; very elegant. Christmas will be here before we know it!


  13. Three lovely cards Birgit...fabulous blue background on the first and the embossing on the second is them all...hope you enjoy your weekend xxx

  14. Beautiful white on white card..
    Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...[ Christmas Crafts All Year Round]

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  15. very versatile and cool,cards!

    thank you so much for playing along with us at alphabet challenges!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  16. The cards are beautiful. I don't mind the cards in May- as long as I don't have the winter weather in May. :)

  17. Lovely looking card with lovely design. Thanks for joining us over at The Winter Wonderland this week.
    Love n hugs

  18. Wonderful cards. Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Pat K xx

  19. Thank you to everyone for all your lovely comments. I’m glad so many liked my polar bear card and appreciated the Christmas cards even though it is May

  20. Your reindeer card is beautiful. Thank you for joining in at Sparkles Christmas challenge x

  21. Wow, your reindeer card is so elegant and beautiful. I love it. Thanks for joining in with us at Sparkles Christmas. We'll look forward to seeing you again soon. Good luck. Hugs Debs DT. Xx

  22. Great!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper