Hello readers and happy Friday! TGIF! I hope you have fun things planned for the weekend ahead. I am excited because we are going to the Christmas Candlelight Stroll in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, tomorrow. In case you're wondering what it is, here's a little more detail:
Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire.
Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.
Doesn't this sound fun?! It's like a real life Hallmark Christmas movie! We always try a new themed event each December similar to this. So far, some of our favorites have been:
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village
Wassail Weekend in Woodstock, Vermont
Norman Rockwell Christmas in the Berkshires
I have always had a love-hate relationship with Christmas, but I finally discovered I loved it so much more when I am immersed in festive events such as this, and not fighting for a parking spot at a big box store. It really resonates the true spirit of Christmas for me.
Now on to today's beautiful alcohol ink cards! To read more about how I create my alcohol ink backgrounds, please click here. I chose not to make these cards overly Christmas-y, but used simple sentiments such as "JOY" and "NOEL" that evoke a feeling and not celebrating an actual holiday. I didn't try using red inks, but a beautiful red (or green) alcohol ink background and the words "XMAS" would also be stunning. Use a Christmas tree die for the "A" instead of the star I used for my "O!" My Large Letter framelit dies are quite large at 2 5/16", so it wouldn't allow for longer words, but "peace" would also be a great idea if your letters are smaller than mine.
Here is the second card I created using the Large Letters framelit dies "J" and "Y" to spell JOY instead of NOEL. Again to learn more about how I create alcohol ink backgrounds, please click here.
I hope you have enjoyed today's bright and festive alcohol ink cards.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!
Hello readers and thanks for visiting today! If this is your first time visiting my site, welcome! Today I am sharing my Design Team card for the Watercooler Wednesday "All About Holidays" challenge. Ugh, I am SO not inspired to create Christmas cards when it's 97 degrees outside and it's only July 25th! Anyone else? It's just not right! But, because of the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE DSP sale this month at Stampin' UP! I had stocked up on Designer Series Paper and I am really liking the beautiful patterns in this new paper pack called "Under the Mistletoe."
*Full supply list at end of post.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Basic Black cardstock. The first matted layer of plaid paper was cut from the "Under the Mistletoe" DSP. For the next layer, I cut a polka dotted piece from the "Under the Mistletoe" DSP and adhered it to a Basic Black Stitched Scalloped Rectangle (dies from Gina Marie Designs). Using the Large Letter Framelit dies, I die cut the letters "J", "O" and "Y" from Real Red cardstock and adhered them to the center of the card using Foam Adhesive Strips. I applied two coats of Clear wink of Stella to each of the letters for added sparkle. Lastly I cut a strip of Basic Black cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment "Tis the Season" in white embossing powder. The sentiment was adhered to the center of the word "JOY" using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Here is the challenge banner that inspired today's card:
Take a closer look at some of the beautiful patterns included in the "Under the Mistletoe" Designer Series Paper:
Please stop by the Watercooler Wednesday website and enter your projects into our holiday challenge this week!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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Hello readers and happy Friday to you! Yay! Let's celebrate because it's the start of a long 3-day holiday weekend! And, I'm starting vacation tomorrow! Double YAY!! My mom is arriving this Sunday from Maine, so I took time off from work next week to fully enjoy her visit. We have a couple day trips planned, an outlet mall shopping trip and best of all - the Heirloom Productions Rubberstamp Festival is next Friday and Saturday! So much fun!
I am grateful that my mom and I are so close. I love spending time her because she really is my best friend.
Now for today's project. . . As we are nearing summer and the height of wedding season, I thought I would create a simple money holder to share with you. I'm so happy with how beautiful this easy project turned out and while I don't have any weddings on my schedule now, I'll be saving this for some lucky bride and groom in the future!
*Full supply list at end of post.
The base of this 7" x 3 1/2" money holder is made from Thick Whisper White cardstock. The first layer of Basic Black cardstock measures 6 3/4" x 3 1/4". I ran the Basic Black cardstock through my Big Shot using the Garden Trellis Texturized Embossing folder. I die cut the letters from Gold Glimmer paper and adhered them to the card using thin Foam Adhesive strips. I die cut the stitched heart from Real Red cardstock and adhered it to the card as though it were the "O" in love. Lastly, I die cut the bride from Dazzling Diamonds cardstock and the groom from black glitter paper (sorry, source unknown). I adhered the wedding couple to the card using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
To make the money holder:
1. Cut a sheet of Thick Whisper White cardstock to 10" x 7".
2. On the long 10" side, score the cardstock at 3 1/2" and 7".
3. Fold the card up into a tri-fold and snip off a small corner (so money or a check will fit in).
4. Place a strip of Tear Tape on the left side of the bottom panel.
The sentiment on the inside of this card came from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set:
I hope today's project inspires YOU to create something beautiful!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!
List of supplies:
*All products are Stampin' UP! unless otherwise indicated.
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