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11/25/2014

DeeDee's Country Christmas

Good afternoon.Get set to see some old fashioned country Christmas images from DeeDee's Digis. Knew that I wanted this set as soon as I saw it. One of the things I love about DeeDee's Digi images is the ability to use the image as it is, shade or fancy it up as desired, or print the outline image and color with your own preferences.
Don't forget there's a terrific Customer Appreciation sale going on through December 1st. Good chance to build up your digi stash at great prices.

Additionally, I would like to welcome DeeDee of Stamping Sunshine as my newest follower. Hope you'll take time pop over to enjoy some inspiration with her wonderful designs at her personal blog. (as well as the Design Team and Challenge cards over at DeeDee's Digis  website). Okay, enough blather.

Today is the 25th, so that means Rudolph Day has opened over at Stamping for Pleasure. This is the final challenge for the year, so don't miss playing along if you have the time. Rules are simple: 2 festive cards. Easy Peasy. I did my 2 cards pretty fast.



- Images printed on GP card stock. Added some details with WoS & Pentel Fine Point markers - which sparkle nicely IRL.

- MFT pierced circle die, shaded edges with Memento Desert Sand. One of the angel wings got an ink smudge from my fingers. Fussy cut the wings from a copy paper test print done to check sizing, adhered to the wings - added some glittering Diamond Stickles. WoS added to the Angel's shoes, collar, sox stripes, halo & star on the dress. Mr. Snowman got similar treatment for his star, arms, hat band and vest buttons. Copic shading on the green scarf. Used Copic E40 & E41 for shading around the snowy body, to keep with a vintage feel. Usually I would use BG0000, BG000 for cool shading on the snow.

- Cheery Lynn Italian Doily cut the mat for each image.

- Background for the angel: Applied Sookwang (double sided tape) to c/s. Cut strips of various size from snippets pile. If you look closely, you'll see some pieces of past projects :-). Great way to use up some snippets. Thought it made a nice 'country quilt' look that was appropriate for each image. Some of the pieces were just card stock, but some were off cuts of spraying projects done on mixed media or watercolor paper.

Snowman: Smaller c/s snippet  got the Sookwang. Was not large enough to make a card base. Decided it would work as a border in the center of the card. Which was then obscured by the doily & image! Hence the smaller strip added at the bottom, underneath the sentiment. 

- Cream color seam binding colored with Copic reinkers to compliment the color of the doily. Sentiment is part of the Country Christmas set.

- Snowman card base embossed on cream card stock with a Sheena Snowfall EF after inking the EF with Memento Peanut Brittle Luxe ink. Add some Stampendous frontage over the embossing. Even though the Luxe is a pigment ink that I thought would stay wet long enough for the frantage to adhere, it didn't. Took some Versamark, sprinkled the frantage again, and heated from the underneath. Need more practice with frantage, I must confess. This time, it's covered up anyway. :-)

Off to link up at the November Rudolph Day. Then popping over to see my little buddy bear, Parsnip at the Snippets Playground Week 152- since I have lots of snippety bits on each of these cards. Would love to see you come along and play too.

Take care & have a blessed & wonderful afternoon. Big Hugs.

33 comments:

Pippa said...

Lovely cards as always Mary. I am hoping to get along to Rudolph Day and possible the Snippets Playground this week if I don't get snowed under with all the things that need doing for Christmas!

Sally H said...

Two fabulous cards, Mary! I love them!

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous funny images here Mary and love the backgrounds on both of them.

Kath x

Charlene said...

So cute!!!! Love that snowman!!

Veerle said...

Lovely cards Mary the one with the snowman is my favorite but I also like the first one a lot with all the different DP's.
Big hug from Veerle xxx

Carol said...

Two fabulous cards Mary, those images are so cute. Carol x

jimlynn said...

Two cute, cute cards - and just perfect for Christmas! It's going to be here before we know it now.
Lynn

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous cards Mary, I like the fun images
Kevin xx

Margaret said...

So cute! Love them both but I'm a sucker for a snowman lol
Margaret xx

Lisa said...

These are both so beautiful, Mary!! I love those images!! They make me smile!! The designs and details are fabulous!! You did an awesome job with both of them my friend!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
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Maxine D said...

What wonderful cards Mary - love the bright and cheerful, and non traditional, colours you have used.
Blessings
Maxine

brenda said...

Oh wow Mary, what bright fun and happy Christmas cards, both are a delight.

You are right, horses are expensive, but starting at seven became a way of life !

B

Liz said...

Gorgeous designs and such cute images! Love them! xx

SARN said...

Thanks for bringing along these 2 sweet cards to Rudolph Day Mary.

Where has the year gone eh?

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue said...

Lovely cards.

Hope you are enjoying the week. Sue

aussie aNNie said...

Two cute and gorgeous cards and these colours are simply beautiful.
aNNie xxThe Journey is the Start

Petra Swart said...

You always have the cutest images on your cards, Mary and you use them so creatively!!! These are both such colourful and cheerful cards!!!! Love your angel and snowman and you have used some lovely dies again!! Lovely, Mary!!

Have a great day!!
Hugz

Shona Erlenborn said...

Adorable images and their quilted backgrounds are wonderful. Super coloring - love the rustic look. Happy Thanksgiving Mary!

Brenda said...

Oh I love these country Christmas cards Momma Mary! I must have missed seeing these digi's, haven't placed my order yet, so I will go and look again! The doily you used on each is beautiful, and I love the papers you used. I love too that you can color your digi's or just us the precolored version. I also love how you can create a scene with her digi's, mixing different sets if you chose too. I learned that on her blog! So much useful info there. Hugs, Brenda

Sheila H said...

Love the cards, Mary. They are so cute and whimsical. The details are lovely. I'm sorry I've been absent for a while.

SarahGeorge said...

Wow! These are super cute cards Mary! Beautiful images!

Bonnie said...

These are adorable, Mary! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and will be spending time with your DD!

Jacee said...

Great card Mary, love the images
Hugs Jacee
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Redanne said...

Oh Mary, your cards are so cute, they really did make me smile - thank you! Hugs, Anne xx

LesleyG said...

Lovely smiley cute cards xxx

Pat said...

Two lovely fun images Mary and I love the gorgeous die you have used with them. The colours in the background of the first with all those snippets is just wonderful and then the pretty bands of colour with the sentiment seam binding ribbon coloured to match works brilliantly. Love the embossing in the background too. x

Jean said...

Hi Mary, your quirky characters are fun and I like the backgrounds you have made for each one.
Jean x

crafty-stamper said...

love the vintage looking images and great colouring -beautiful dies-I struggle with frantage too,been put away in a drawer for the moment-must have another try lol
Carol x

Mrs A. said...

Mary these are fabulous. Love the backings you have used for the digi's. I saw on another blog that Dee Dee had a sale on and have already snooped across for a look. hugs Mrs A.

Donna Ellis said...

Sweet and sentimental, Mary! I can smell the hot chocolate and hear children laughing in the background with your pretty cards. The paper piecing is fabulous, and your choice of die cuts is brilliant! hugs, de

Di said...

These are lovely Mary - what adorable images too! Sorry this is a flying visit - where is time going this week?!

Hugs

Di xx

scrappymo! said...

Two great cards, Mary.

I have been a bit neglectful lately at getting round to visit. Just getting a bit overwhelmed with the move etc.

Your cards look wonderful. Love that you used the strips of paper from past projects...think I recognize a few...teehee

I want to try that technique as i am not moving the teensy strips of paper that I have carefully saved. Thought I would make a few cards with them instead, using your technique. Easier to move some finished cards rather than delicate paper strips! lol

Will come back for a good catch up by the end of the week...and then an email off to you with a bit of an update on life itself...teehee

Sandy said...

I do love country and your cards are fantastic!
How you get the time to write so much on your blog I will never know!
What? You went to Caesar's Head and did not let me know. For shame Mary!
Sandy xx