Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Holiday Knits in different ways

Hello everyone and thanks so much for coming to visit today.
It is no secret, - I love Tim Holtz and all the wonderful products he brings to us, again and again. I had great fun making several Christmas cards,  using the wonderful Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stamp set and matching Layering Stencil. Here is the first one:
I have this wonderful mitten and ribbon die and I knew this stamp set would just be perfect for it.

I stamped one of the two stamps in the set on strong white card in Adirondack Cranberry ink, die cut the mitten and inked a bit around the edges, both with Vintage Linen Distress Ink and with a bit of the Cranberry ink.

Here you can see the other bits I prepared for my card:
 A bit of 5.75 by 5.75 Kraft card run through a snowflake embossing folder and inked with various colours of green distress ink: Peeled Paint, Pine Needles and Forest Moss. I then highlighted the raised bit with treasure gold to give some sparkle.
The white ribbon, is actually die cut card, sparkled up with Rockcandy Dry Glitter. A piece of the Tim Holtz red and cream trimmings and a stamp from the new Tim Holtz Christmas Nostalgia set.
Here is a close up of the ribbon, I also added a little flower, the only slightly more bulky embellishment, as I want to try and keep my Christmas Cards as flat as possible for easier posting.
I added a sentiment, stamped in Potting Soil Archival and then die cut with the Spellbinders Labels 4 die.
Finally I mounted it all on a  7 x 7 Kraftcard blank, and that was it.
The other two cards use  the layering stencil, but a different stamp set, the Nostalgic Christmas set. These cards were inspired by The Funkie Junkie's 12 tags of Christmas challenge. Linda is on tag 3 already, and I have only managed number one, but I did two different versions of it at least.
This one is all in brown tones, totally different from Linda's original, which was all in reds, but it using the same background technique and similar elements on the lay out. I decided to not make my challenge pieces in to tags but cards this year, at least it forces me to get some Christmas cards done.
Here is the second one, very similar, but this time in blue tones.

All the rules of the challenge and Linda's original can be found HERE.
Sadly I know already that I won't be able to finish all 12 tags this year, as I will be away without craft supplies by the time Linda posts her last example,but I'll do as many as I can and at least it will provide an incentive to do my cards....Well, that's it for now

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are having a good week!


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Woohoo, Astrid⁄!! I'm so tickled that you will be playing along again this year, Astrid! I absolutely love the card in the vintage browns. All the stamps look awesome in those colors. The blue is nice too, but I love the vintage feel of the brown tones. You're off to a super start!


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

PS - LOVE the red mitten too - very cool!

brenda said...

You are spoiling us with three cards Astrid and almost impossible to choose a fav, if I had to probably the first with the glow shining through the center of the green backing.

B x

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely work, those mittens are adorable. Valerie

Paper Profusion said...

You're making great inroads to your Christmas cards Astrid. These are all fabulous but my favourite is the mitten ... love the crimson and that stamp is brilliant for the mitten. Nicola x

Sue said...

Hello Astrid,
I am loving the Brown tones of card2,
but all of them look very winterey with the knit stamp and you will this look for the UK Christmas, unlike us here in the southern hemisphere.
Really looking forward to seeing more Christmas cheer, I do enjoy this season for creations. I have just finished all mine.

Sue C said...

Fabulous cards Astrid, I'm so envious that you've started making them already ! The mitten is wonderful ! Sue C x

Meggymay said...

Fantastic selection of cards Astrid. good for you to be making them early, mine are still thoughts in progress.

Maryanne said...

How great that you're joining in the12Tags. I love your cards. The colors you used are great and so rich and vibrant. I love the mitten! It was made for that stamp set!

Redanne said...

You have certainly made a great start on your Christmas cards Astrid, they are all beautiful. Anne x

Anonymous said...

The mitten card makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, a gorgeous nostalgic feeling to this card.
Such beautiful cards you have made.

Stamps and Paper said...

Three lovely cards Astrid love the mitten card great images and colours


Nicole Wright said...

Astrid, these are adorable. I guess it's time to start thinking Christmas Cards!

RosA said...

Love those Christmas/snow images! I wonder if you could please tell me what brand the snowflake embossing folder is?
Many thanks,

Nikki Acton said...

Fabulous cards, love them all but adore the mitten! Nikki xx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Gorgeous cards Astrid!! Love them all but No.2 is my fave. I do adore the mitten on the first though, that is so cute! Of course I always love the way you blend your colours and your embossed backgrounds are just magic!! I haven't even started thinking about Christmas cards yet ... might have to pull the proverbial finger out I think!! LOL!! Love these!! ox

barbarayaya62 said...

Adorable cards Astrid! I love all version!!!!Natural palette is my fav! Wonderful work! BArbarayaya

Maryann Laursen said...

All of these here today are sooo beautiful once again Astrid, you are soooo spiling us all the time with all this eyecandy here. I love each of them, sooo beautiful made and in beautiful colors too. Your work is as always incredible and awesome.

chrissies said...

All wonderful cards -great ideas for the mitten patterns.

Love Chrissie x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

I really love the Norwegian pattern in red and white on the first cards, but the other cards look great too Astrid!
Greetings, Alie :-)

Annie said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards Astrid and the design is perfect on the mittens......TFS and hugs Annie x

pam said...

Fabulous Christmas cards Astrid, love the mitten one..

Marisa Job said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards Astrid!!! Great colors and design!! Hugs!

Juliz Design Post said...

Fab start to your Christmas cards Astrid. My favourite is your mittens one, so sweet and Tim's stamp looks great on it.
Julie x

DogsMom said...

The red mitten has the Nordic look that reminds me of my childhood,

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I would take them all Astrid.. they are wonderful.. Christmas cards for the heart - perfect and beautiful!

Jane said...

What beautiful holiday knits you have created Astrid.....I love the 2 monochrome variations. I had resisted buying that stencil but it's going on my wish list now! X

Sandy said...

Wonderful Christmas cards Astrid. I usually go for traditional Christmas colors but this time I really was drawn to your blue card. Of course I had to start singing that classic Christmas song by Elvis Presley - "I'll have a blue Christmas without you"! I look forward to seeing more of your cards.
Sandy xx

Terry said...

Astrid, I am so trying not to keep on buying and then you do this! Love your wonderful Christmas cards, so gorgeous!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Christmas is coming soon.... your cards are wonderful. Love the color scheme of the last one.

Jools Robertson said...

Love these cards, the knit stamps are beautiful
I really like the tonal ones, the blue is gorgeous

Jools x

Netty said...

smashing cards Astrid and love the nordic style stamp. How great to stamp this on material and make your own mittens. Hugs Annette x


Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous Christmas fun! LOVE the mitten and the variegated greens! The other two monochromatic cards are stunning as well.

Solange Barreto said...

Belíssimos cartões, obrigada por nos inspirar.
Beijo, uma semana abençoada pra você e sua Família.

JackieP Neal said...

I love the background for the mitten card and the blues on the other- yum! xo

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