Friday, November 28, 2014

Very Merry

Hello! I managed to get back to cardmaking this week but I think my mojo was missing. This is one of those cards where I had a visual in my mind, but as I starting generating the visual, it just wasn't looking like what I had hoped. So, I typically, lay these types of cards down and walk away for a day or so or until I can deal with looking at it without getting depressed or frustrated, lol. I proceeded to continue the design that I originally planned, using some new WOW Embossing Powder for the snow drifts and as you can see in the close-up photo below, it did a weird, inconsistent thing when I put the hot gun on it and blistered in some areas but not all. But, this girl was not starting over! I popped up the 3 snow drifts, outlined the tops of the drifts with Stickles and popped up the birch trees and after a little embellishing, put this puppy to bed.

Below, is the card interior with coordinating design and papers. I popped up the cardinal and added a dimensional snowflake to complete the design.

Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn "Joy to the Woods", Stampin' Up! Interior Sentiment
Papers: Carta Bella "Bundled Up", My Mind's Eye "Sweater Weather", Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Summer Sky
Tools: EK Success Mini Scalloped Corner Punch & Regular Corner Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Zots, Sponge, Adhesives, WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder, Stickles "Crystal Ice", Signo Silver Gel Pen
Embellishments: Dress Me Up Button Snowflakes, KaiserCraft Self-Adhesive Pearls, Copic Sketch Markers

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Putz Christmas Village

Hello! I've been sidetracked from cardmaking this month in a quest to recreate my mother's 1950's Putz-inspired Glittered Christmas Village. I enjoyed making this nostalgic village which has holes in the back of each building to use a string of C7 multicolored lights. My village sits atop a glimmered blanket of "snow" on top of my piano, as my mother's village sat atop our upright piano when I was a young girl. Below are the houses, close up.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Putz'-in Around

Hello! I've gotten a little sidetracked from my cardmaking the last few may be a result of being sick for 2 weeks with the worst head cold I'd ever had and while sick I was searching through Pinterest and ran across the cute little Christmas Glitter Houses that were manufactured in Japan, sold in dime stores during the 1940's-1950's. Many fans of the little glitter Christmas houses would buy several houses, buildings and churches to create a Christmas village scene. My mother had such a Christmas Village set that she always displayed on top of our upright piano while I was growing up. Each house has a hole in the back, where she would place a string of C7 (nightlight bulb size) multi-colored lights and that would make the little houses' windows light up with the warmest glow. It was and remains a very cherished memory of my childhood Christmases. With that said, I ran across some Putz-inspired bare cardboard houses on Etsy and decided to make one or two myself. The house above is a larger scaled house than the original Putz Christmas Glitter Houses from the past. I painted it yellow to resemble my actual Little Yellow Cottage. Below is a 3/4 angle of the house.

Below is a smaller Putz-inspired Christmas Glitter House about 3"x4" and is more resembling of the actual Putz houses from the 1940's-1950's. It, too, has a hole in the back to insert a electric light or a battery-operated LED flicker light.

I've enjoyed making these magical little Christmas Glitter houses so much, that I've purchased 3 more little houses and a little church. I'll share photos when I've finished them. Whatcha think?

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