Sunday, December 31, 2017

On the treshold of a new year . . .

Hello Friends!
Today I'm sharing my final Christmas card created for the 2017 holiday season.
I can't believe we are on the doorstep of another new year!
Where does the time go???
Anyways ... back to my card created using various dies from the Dies R Us Store and was created to share over on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  If you're not familiar with this blog and team of amazing designers, you really need to treat yourself and pop over right away!!!
I must admit I was scrambling around at the last minute (a week before Christmas), trying to create a few more cards to send to family & friends.  I must have miscounted because I actually came up SEVEN short!  YIKES!!
How lucky am I to have these fabulous dies from the Dies R Us Store that helped me create QUICK yet adorable cards to get mailed just in the nick of time!!   (And a great way to use up scraps too.)

The dies I have used today are:

Impression Obsession - Dies - Carolers

Impression Obsession - Dies - Fir Trees

and Technique Tuesday 'Nesting Stars' 
(not currently in the store but if you SEARCH on the word STAR you will find a wonderful variety of stars available for your crafting needs.)

If you happen to be looking for this Sizzix Tim Holtz 'snowfall' embossing folder, you can find it HERE.

TIP:  Anytime you are doing an outside winter 'scene', it's always fun to create mounds of snow by simply tearing scraps of white card stock and layering them.  (ssshhh!  Don't tell anyone ... but my embossed snow panel was a little 'short' so I simply moved the tree up a bit and added a couple layers of torn snow!  PERFECT!!)

Of course I couldn't add just any star to the top of my tree ... it had to SPARKLE!!
And, did you notice the sparkle of the blue glitter paper background?

Well here's another TIP for you . . .
When using foil or glitter paper as a MAT ... you don't want to waste all that beautiful paper that is hidden behind your focus panel ... so before layering, use a rectangle die cut (for instance the Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Rectangles) using the largest you can and still have the edge you desire for your current matting project, die cut a panel from the center of your special paper.  Now you have another gorgeous panel to use on a future creation.

Challenges to share in:
Impression Obsession Challenge - ATG
A Gem of a Challenge #209 - ATG Christmas
Winter Wonderland Challenge - ATG Christmas

 I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!  And, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.

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Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Miranda Slagboom-de Groot said...

Such a great card.
Have a wonderful 2018.
Hugs Miranda

Donna Phelan said...

Well you're a stronger woman than I, if I came up 7 cards short I may have run out to a store lol This card is a beauty and catches the spirit of the Season! Have a Happy New Year, my friend! xo~

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, such adorable scene!! Love the textures and the silhouettes!!
Great card!
Wishing you a Happy and Crafty New Year!

Leslie Miller said...

If only my scrambling produced something so beautiful. That huge collection of dies sure came in handy for this card, but it took YOU to know how to put it together so perfectly. Great tips. I especially like the idea of not wasting all that pretty glitter paper. Happy new year!

Kath said...

A beautiful card and a lovely winter scene. Thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland.
Kath x

Judy Woodland said...

What a sweet card to finish off the holiday. I love those silhouetted carolers, so quaint and vintage. That textured background is awesome too, I think it just makes this card. Almost time to ring in the new year. All the best in 2018, my friend!

Conniecrafter said...

The kids are so sweet, caroling out in the snow, great shading on the tree!

Daniela Dobson said...

This is beautiful.