Thursday, November 17, 2011

Twas the Night before Christmas

Welcome to the Waltzing Mouse Blog Waltz!  I'm excited that this month's theme is Christmas, which is my favourite season to be stamping & making cards.  

I remember the first time I saw this stamp set, it brought back some wonderful memories of my childhood years when I first read the poem.  If you have not seen this set before, do check out the Waltzing Mouse store - there are some gorgeous samples there.  It's an amazing set! 


I had so much fun putting this card together:

I made a tri-fold card which measures 3.75 x 5.5" when folded.  On the front panel I stamped the label stamp and the windows on a patterned paper which I had earlier stamped with the poem text.  To add a little interest, I coloured in a little scene of a Christmas tree behind the windows.

On the second panel, I stamped the text, and distressed it with Distress Ink Scattered Straw.  For the third panel, I stamped the wreath & berries onto the patterned paper, and adhered the label with the window that can be opened.  I struggled a little with this window, cos technically it should open the opposite way, if you know what I mean {lol}.

Here's the scene when the window is opened:


I added some Rock Candy clear stickles onto the Santa & reindeers image but I can't get a good photo to show the what it looks like in real life {grins} but you get the idea, right?

Just decided to add in another card, wanting to play the sketch challenge this week.


based on this sketch :
And here's a close up look at the card:

I used an embossing folder and then sponged some white ink on the embossed areas.  I stamped and white embossed the border at the bottom using Nordic Winter.  The silhouette and frame is from Cameo Creations and the sentiment from Candy Jar Christmas.

I hope you like the cards.  Don't forget to check out the wonderful inspiration from everyone participating in the Blog Waltz today - you can find list of all the participants here.

Plus, don't forget to check out my Blog Candy post here.

Enjoy the hop!
Kary

47 comments:

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi dear Kary!
I love your second card as well, especially the square Nordic addition to the bow! Pretty! But that first card!!!! Wooooow!! It's totally gorgeous!!! Love everything about it! The shape, with the poem in the middle, the windows, the scenery in the window on the rigth, perfect!!!! What a abulous creation form your hand here!! To me, you keep getting better and better!!!
Hugs & happy day to you!
Wendy

Debgem said...

Kary - your Night Before Christmas card is just AMAZING!! The scene behind the first window, the whole poem and the open window with Santa behind - fabulous!! Would you mind if I CASE this?

And your card for the WM Sketch challenge is so cool - just adore the colours - love the mixture of Christmas and pretty cameo. Fabulous cards!

cbuswell said...

WOW!! Love your creations, the first one is amazing! Fabulous work!

Inkyfingers said...

Gosh you Night Before Christmas card is beeeeeeeautiful! I love all the little details you added. The sketch card is really great too. Love the embossing.

I'm Renee said...

I love that tri-fold!!
The papers are perfect...
and those little windows...
*sigh*
And a fabby take on the sketch this week!
They're both fabulous :)

Kelly S. said...

Oh my WORD, Kary! These are amazing cards! That trifold looks like a vintage story book! Love the distressing and the gorgeous details on each page, WOW! Windows that open, eek! The cameo card is so lovely for Christmas, I would never have thought of that. Love the little Nordic additions and the soft green embossed background. AMAZING waltz and sketch cards! :)

Beate said...

Both cards are gorgeous! The trifold looks amazing! Love that window.
I love the soft colors of the second card . The white stamping and highlighted embossed make it even softer.

Hugs and smiles

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOW Kary! What beautiful cards! That trifold card is outstanding! Love the 3D windows and your coloring is amazing!

walchowDesign said...

Both cards are gorgeous! The trifold card looks amazing with the windows but when one peeped inside it's wonderful scene!

As for the second card, love the soft look of it!

thanks for commenting on my blog - btw I'm also from M'sia!

Carla said...

great cards and colors! I like it very much. love from Holland

Crystal said...

Your Christmas card is absolutely MAGICAL!!! Love how you fit so many stamps on there, you have inspired me to try a tri-fold card soon and put that set on my wishlist!

~ Ali ~ said...

Fabulous creations. Love the tri-fold i really must invest in this set. love what you have created with it.

Ali x

Lynn Mercurio said...

Both projects are fantastic, Kary, but your Night before Christmas card is AMAZING. This is just how I always imagined using this set - you did it! Totally awestruck!

michib said...

what an absolutely beautiful card with the poem inside. This would make an amazing keepsake.

Sharron said...

OMG, so amazing! LOVE both of your cards! The cameo card is so lovely and beautifully done with wonderful details! And the tri-fold is AWESOME! Each element is so perfect--what a great use of this set!!

LaurieJ said...

Wow, wow, wow! You just pulled out all of the stops. Both cards are gorgeous, but the "Twas" card is extra extra special!

Cathy Weber said...

I guess I will be typing for a while here, because both your cards are wonderful!!! I love your tri-fold card so much. There are so many well thought out elements on it, love those windows with the sleigh flying by, all the shading and layering, that music background, just so beautiful. Whoever gets that card will never get rid of it! I also love your cameo card. The embossing folder you used and the shading is gorgeous. You really knocked it out of the park with your creations today. Great job.

Jeanne J said...

Kary - Gosh I just LOVE that Tri fold card - I'm going to have to come back later and look at it much closer - there are so many details!!! I love the little shutters that open - just BEAUTIFUL! I can't believe you had time for two cards!!! The second is gorgeous - love the colors with the Cameo and the Nordic together. They look great!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Look at you, the 'twas a night before Christmas card needs to put up on the mantle and displayed, what a work of art. Love the silhouette in green and love the inked up impression plate.

Karen H. said...

Oh my! The night before Christmas card is beautiful! I love how you put it together with the "inside" and "outside" scenes through the windows. And I love the collage-y feel though it isn't too busy.

Super Jen said...

These gorgeous works of art are just amazing.

Jacqueline Smith said...

Wow what stunning creations. Just love the cards.

Craftilicious said...

Wow - your first card is totally knockout!
x

Tosha Leyendekker said...

My, oh my Kary!! What stunning, stunning creations!! Your tri-fold card tells a most warm and charming story. And your silhouette card is so ultra creative and gorgeous with the textures, shapes and images you used!! WOW!

BethieJ said...

BEAUTIFUL Cards!! Love that tri-fold!!
Have a GREAT day! Happy Waltzing! :)

Joyce said...

Both of your cards are so wonderful. They look like works of art.

Pauline said...

Two jaw droppers here Kary, I love to visit here you always have some amazing inspiration! I love your tri fold card, such a lot of work went into this, and your second card is a real wowza! Beautiful!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Amazing, Kary! I love both of your cards but that first one is sheer genius! I love the little story you're telling and I want to live inside that cozy house! Well done!!

Olga said...

Love the card with the cameo that you made for the WMSC. And the color is lovely also.

sharon g said...

I like the portraits. Very nice.

Maja said...

Both cards are amazing.

Bumblebee said...

Love the little open window, so cute!

Teresa Kline said...

very pretty!

MaxineD said...

Kary these are fabulous cards - love the windows on the trifold, and the lovely greens and white on the second card.
Blessings
Maxine

snowbear said...

I LOVE your tri fold card!!

Karen L said...

Oh my goodness! That window card is amazing!! Love all the detail and of course, your wonderful craftsmanship. Your designs are so unique!

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...
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Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

Oh Kary,
What AMAZING cards you've created - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them both - such WONDERFUL takes on those sketches with fantastic details and great design!!

Cammie said...

FABULOUS card! So many wondeful details on the Christmas card, and a great take on the sketch challenge. Thanks for the inspiration.

Pryn said...

Love BOTH cards! That first one knocked my sock off ;)

Helen said...

Oh wow, Kary these are fantastic creations. I love the first card especially - such sweet images and really magical looking through the window to see santa on his sleigh. The second card is really classy - the embossed background is lovely and the little touches of nordic winter and lace trim look amazing.

rudlis said...

BEAUTIFUL Cards!! Love that tri-fold!!Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words.

Kim said...

Simply beath taking!

Chere M. said...

Beautiful, The tri-fold card is stunning.

lisa arana said...

goodness gracious girlie, both of these cards are stunning. such beautiful details.

Lindsey said...

My dad used to read that poem to me Christmas Eve when I was little... beautiful set, beautiful card! I like the second card too, very elegant.

Melanie said...

What an amazing Christmas design!!