Wednesday 14 November 2012

Merry Christmas

Hi Bloggers.

Many of you will have watched Hels Sheridan launch a load of new Tim Holtz products on Ideal World last night. I've had some of the stamps a while now and just haven't had a chance to play with them but the other night I got them out, I faffed around a lot and after about 4 hours I came up with this card. The image and the background were quick and easy but the other bits were where I faffed - adding bits, swapping bits, you know what I mean!

For the background, I randomly stamped the stars from the Stampers Anonymous Christmas Time Stamp Set (CMS141) using Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I made sure the ink was dry and then popped it through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Intrinsic Embossing Folder. I ran it though a second time to extend the pattern - it is not a repeating pattern but is so busy that you can't see the join especially if using large toppers (by the way, there has been a re-run of this folder so I'll be getting some more in my Amazon Store soon hopefully). I inked all around the edges with Iced Spruce using Cut n Dry Foam.

I stamped the snowman from the Stampers Anonymous Christmas Blueprint Stamp Set (CMS135) using Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I made sure the ink was dry and then coloured in using Tea Green and Grey Green Promarkers. I cut it out using Spellbinders Matting Basics B and inked through the die with Iced Spruce.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampers Anonymous Mini Holidays 4 Stamp Set (CMS142) again using the Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I cut it out using Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags One, inked through the die with Iced Spruce and added a couple of brads.

I cut the largest of the Spellbinders Fancy Postage Edge dies out of Kraftcore Card (Nostalgic Collection No. 14). At the emboss stage I added the Polka Dots Mask. I tied a bow out of 3 lengths of American Seam Binding (I think it's turquoise but not sure). I tied some Baker's Twine from the Vintage Set through a Polka Dot Button that I got from Sam Pool here and added it to my bow.

I assembled the card as shown adding a Pearl Swirl- no PVA dots on this one as I had run out of Kraftcore card and hadn't anything else that toned in properly.

I do hope you try some of these stamps - they really are a joy to work with, top quality red rubber and already mounted and cut out ready to use.

Don't miss Hels' other shows today on Create & Craft and Ideal World (details on her blog).

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Julia, this card is so cute and quirky. Love the snowman stamp. Need to see if I can convince the family that I need more craft stuff for Christmas. Bx

  2. Julia,
    Tis is lovely the color is very unique for a holiday card and I like it. Thanks

  3. Morning Julia....A lovely Christmas card...I love the snowman stamp..and the embossing folder.. The colour combo is perfect...

    Happy crafting
    Chrissie x x x

  4. Good Morning Julia,
    Love this card, image is great, colour is fab, missed the shows, will have to check the products out. Your four hours of faffing were worth the result.
    Have a great day.

  5. Morning Julia,

    The snowman is great. Love the whole card. Worth the time you spent on it. X

  6. Morning Julia, I really wish that my cards looked like this when I spend 4 hours 'faffing', I always 'faff' and can never decide, but your card looks absolutely STUNNING, I love, love, love it. The colours are divine, I will have to try and copy this one.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  7. Hi Julia. This is a great card. Well worth all the faffing.
    Loved Hels and her goodies last night. Particularly loved the string and the tag she made was beautiful. Very talented lady. Looking forwward to seeing her in action today.

    Val in Spain xxx

  8. Hi julia wow I really like this card,I'm not normally a fan of tim holtz stamps,I find some of them a bit too weird,love his inks and stuff tho!! Watched hels last night and loved what she done with the tag,have to admit I did get some stains,paper string and some stickles!! Love lesley xx

  9. Hi Julia,
    Lovely Christmas card; worth all the faffing (glad I'm not the only faffer).

  10. Morning Julia

    I didnt see the show last night, but I do love your card today. The colours look so icy brrrr....

    Sue xx

  11. Morning Julia,
    Well the faffing was worth it. Lovely card love the snowman.
    Saw Hel's last night she does some wonderful things with ink her tag was superb.
    Have a great day.

  12. Morning Julia a really great card today although I can't get
    the colour to come up on my laptop it is black and white but still
    looks great watching Hels at the moment as I have recorded all
    the showsthis one is from last night. Nancyd xx

  13. Morning Julia gorgeous card i really like the snowman stamp you have used and pleased to here about the embossing folder rerun xx hazel

  14. Hello Julia, Did not see the show last night. Today's card is lovely, love the snowman and the colours are great. Your four hours of faffing were certainly worth it..
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxc

  15. Morning Julia, So love this card, what a gorgeous colour this iced spruce is and such an unusual snowman, he's so cute. Emma

  16. Hi Julia,

    I love this card, its quite an unusual stamp ive not seen before. It looks lovely made up, beautiful colours.

    Happy Crafting
    Jean x

  17. Love the colours on todays card Julia

    xx Sandra

  18. Gorgeous Julia! Reminds me of wedgewood! Thanks for the updates on your amazon store will have to visit soon but busy christmas shopping at the moment!!

  19. pretty card love the colours.Laura O

  20. Lovely card Julia. I do like those Stampers Anonymous stamps - very different. And I think the colour combo works well.

  21. Hi Julia,
    Love the colours in today's card.
    Great job!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Joan B.

  22. Such a cute card! Love the subtle colours it all comes together so well

    Alice x


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