A Musical Season Christmas

It's hard to think about Christmas without music.  I just love all the Christmas carols.  Well, I do admit that I have a strong dislike of the song Jingle Bell Rock.  I know, I'm weird!  Could that song even be called a carol?  Well, I digress.

The card today uses the stamp set Musical Season and the coordinating Musical Instruments Framelits.  They are found on page 25 of the Holiday Catalog.  The Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper on page 13 compliments this set perfectly.

Musical Season

This card just makes me happy.  If I could carry a tune, I might break out in song.  I will anyway.  You can't hear me!

Start with a card base of Bermuda Bay.  It is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.

Cut one of the black sheets of the Merry Music patterned paper 4 x 5 1/4.

Use the Lots of Labels Framelits to cut the 2 shapes.  Cut the largest in Bermuda Bay and the next largest in the white Merry Music Specialty paper.  Press the Bermuda Bay ink pad to get some ink in the lid.  Using the Aqua Painter put a little color in the center of the white music sheet.  Don't put a lot of color because the water will make your paper wrinkle a little.

Stamp the lyre in black and the mandolin in Bermuda Bay and cut these out with the Musical Instruments Framelits.  Cut the treble clef in black.  The instruments are on dimensionals.

Put some of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the instruments.  Wrap this thread around your 4 fingers, slide off and attach with glue dots or dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  It's embossed in gold.  It's stamped on a 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White scrap.  Notch the ends.  Mount this with dimensionals on the ends so that it will lay flat over the instruments.

Musical Seasons inside

For the inside color Bermuda Bay with the Aqua Painter where the words will be stamped.  The saying is from the same stamp set.  The bottom stamp is too.  Add another Treble Clef.

Musical Season card

I love this card!  I hope you'll try it!

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My daughter Jessie and son in law Robby are expecting their first baby at the end of April.  God is good.  You see, it's been a long hard road for them.  They have wanted this little blessing for a long time.  Things just didn't work out.  I don't think we can understand that deep aching and wanting and disappointment unless we've gone through it ourselves.  What wonderful parents they will make.  And I'm just going to tell you that John and I will be wonderful grandparents.  It's our first, too!  So when I found out that the test was a yes, I sat down and had a long joyful cry and I made her this card.  Stamping is therapeutic, you know.

Jessie and Robby

So you are thinking, what?  But you see our baby is coming with a little help of science and what a miracle it is!  So many lives will be blessed by this little one.  And I have something that not many people have.  I have a picture of my grandchild as an egg ready to be implanted in its mom.

Baby egg close up

Of course we've been praying for this baby and its mom and dad.  So far things are going well.  We've had great reports from the doctor.  I ask for your prayers, too.  We are so blessed.

Robby and Jessie baby

I made this card in gender neutral color.  I chose colors I thought Jessie would like.  The petri dish is made is made from the coffee cup lid from Coffee Cafe.  The egg is the flower center from Daisy Delight.  The Labeler Alphabet was used for the lettering.

In the background I put lots of sentiments from various current stamp sets.  Some of the sets are Guy Greetings, Lovely Friends, Milestone Moments, and Labels to Love.

Colors used were Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Fresh Fig, and Blushing Bride.

Jessie baby card

So, thanks so much for sharing in my joy today.  I'll try to keep you updated from time to time.

Baby egg fridge art

This was the fridge art the last time we visited Jessie and Robby.  See, they are naturals!

Baby Rae Rae1

Baby Rae Rae2

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Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #480 Christmas Pines

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This week we have a sketch.


Once the Holiday Catalog comes along, I often overlook the Christmas offerings in the Annual Catalog.  Today I'll be using the stamp set Christmas Pines and the Pretty Pines Thinlits that coordinate with it from the Annual Catalog.

CCMC #480 Christmas Pines

The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut at 4 1/4 x 11.  Score this at 5 1/2 and fold.

Cut the Real Red gingham patterned paper from the Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 stack to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 so that it covers the entire front of the card.  The Quilted Christmas stack is great.  It would not have to be just for Christmas.

Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, cut the largest circle from Whisper White.

Cut a pine cone from each of the 3 types of pine cones in the thinlits.  The bottom layer is Soft Suede and the top layer is from Early Espresso.  The center pine cone is glued to the white circle.  The two on each side are adhered with dimensionals.  Cut some of the pine boughs from Emerald Envy.  Use Real Red to cut some of the other branches.  I don't know what they would be called.  They do appear to have berries at the end.  Place those around until you are happy with how they look.

Add a bow in the Crinkled Seam Binding in Emerald Envy.  That ribbon is the best!  Look how pretty it ties!

Pines 1

The sentiment is from Christmas Pines stamped in Emerald Envy.

I added some of the Enamel Shapes in Emerald Envy.  I did not realize that they are retired.  I try not to use retired products for my blog.  They just looked so perfect for the project.  I apologize.  We all need to use up some of that retired stuff, though.

Christmas Pines CCMC#480

This card was a lot of fun to make.  I just kept rearranging everything.  I've decided that I like this sketch a lot!

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A Study in Black and White

Black and white are just so classic together.  I saw some samples of the stamp set Painted Harvest in black and white on Pinterest and wanted to try it.

Painted Harvest in black and white

So lovely!  I know it's black and white, but who wouldn't love getting this card for a birthday!

The card base is Thick Whisper White measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  There is another layer of Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4.  That's the layer that you stamp.

The larger less detailed flower is stamped in Smoky Slate.  The smaller more detailed flower is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  The center of the flower is also stamped in black as well as the tiny dots.

Add leaves where needed.  Stamp the detailed leaves first in black and then add the solid leaf in Smoky Slate.

The checked black and white paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Cut a piece 1 1/4 x 5 1/4.

Do you see the gold ribbon?  It adds that special touch.  That's a new punch called the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  Punch from the Gold Foil Sheets.

Add the Shimmer Ribbon in Basic Black.  Then adhere that panel to the card front.

The label stamp is from the Labels to Love stamp set.  The sentiment is from Special Celebrations stamp set.  Punch out with the Everyday Label Punch.  Adhere with dimentsionals and add a bow in the black shimmer ribbon.

The final detail is a few of the Gold Faceted Gems.

Painted Harvest in B & W inside

The inside sentiment is also from Special Celebrations.  Add another flower, too.

Painted Harvest Black and White

We made this card in class last week.  I think everyone loved it.  Now I do have a customer who is a horticulturist.  She did mention that it was very hard to make a flower black and white, but she did it!

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Calling All Pumpkins

The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper is fantastic!  You can do so much with it.  Today I'm using the piece filled with pumpkins.  Warning:  There's fussy cutting involved!  Actually the cutting is pretty easy.  Here's my card.

Painted Autumn DSP

The card base is Cajun Craze.  I don't use this color a lot, but it's a must for autumn.  It's cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored and folder at 4 1/4.  The Early Espresso layer is 3 3/4 x 5 and the Very Vanilla layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  Run this vanilla layer through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  That's a mouth full!

Add a strip of another sheet from the Painted Autumn pack.  It measures 1 1/2 x 4 7/8.

The crate is cut from the Wood Crate Framelits Dies.  Just cut away the extra and use only the front of the crate.  This is cut from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack.

Then, just start cutting out the pumpkins.  I cut 2 of the clusters of pumpkins and 2 of the single pumpkins.  The pumpkins in front of the crate go on dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set.  Stamp in Early Espresso onto a scrap 1/2 inch wide.  Notch the end and adhere to the card just sticking out the side of the pumpkins.

Painted Autumn DSP inside

The inside has a sentiment from the stamp set Count My Blessings in espresso.  Add one more pumpkin.

Painted Autumn Pumpkin card

I love the Painted Autumn and the Wood Textures designer papers from Stampin' Up!  Did you know that they are on sale?  Selected papers are Buy 3, Get one free!  You need to check that out.  It's only until the end of October!

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