Friday, October 14, 2011

October Waltzingmouse Stamps Release – Day 3

It’s the third and final day of sneak peeks for Waltzingmouse Stamps October release.  And there is still so much to see!  The design team will also be sharing two more sets tomorrow, for the release day blog waltz.  So little time, so many sets (six to be exact!).  Without further ado, let’s get on with the peeks for two of the new sets releasing October 15: 2011 Holiday Ornaments and Santa’s Coming to Town.

For this first project, I had to request assistance from my special helper, my daughter, Olivia.  I asked her to write a letter to Santa.  I'm sure you can imagine her confusion, but she gladly obliged!  After she wrote her letter, it was scanned, re sized and composed onto a document sized to fit my store bought frame:

Is there anything more adorable than 7 year old handwriting?!  And this photo of her remains one of my all time favorites.  I have a larger version in black and white that I've framed and put out each year for the holidays.  And, in case you're wondering, Olivia is asking Santa for a pretend horse for herself, nail polish for me and a tuxedo for her dad (there's a story there, but it will have to wait for another time!).  She also tells Santa in her letter that she will give him money to help buy "stuf."  What a sweetheart!

After printing her letter onto cream cardstock, I adhered it to my frame using Ultimate Glue.  I then decided to add some texture and a little shabby touch by stamping one of the patterns from Nordic Winter.  I also stamped some snowflakes from Santa's Coming to Town and inked the edges.  You can see it better here:

For embellishments, I added some velvet paper from SEI, grosgrain ribbon and some paper holly leaves.  Nestled in all of that is a beautiful ornament from 2011 Holiday Ornaments, which I embossed with white embossing powder after stamping it onto Kraft cardstock.  And I'm so glad I snagged the coordinating Spellbinders dies to go with!  These will make fabulous gift tags!

My daughter has yet to see the final project, since I had to make a few changes after she went to bed.  But I know she is going to be so proud to have her letter as part of our holiday decor this season!

Now, on to two very clean and simple cards.  Both with a bit of a contemporary twist.  The first one using the ornament image and sentiments from Santa's Coming to Town:

This might seem silly, but I'm totally in love with that "December 25th."  It's two separate stamps, and I love the fonts!  Sometimes it's just the simple things, you know?!  This design would be terrific for quick and easy holiday cards.  And I love the addition of the black ribbon for something very different.  For mailing, you could leave off the ribbon and just use twine, like I've done here:

I love that big poinsettia from Big Bloom - Poinsettias.  I didn't use it nearly enough last year, so I'm definitely going to ink it up this time around!  I added some black rhinestones to the center and called it done!

Thanks for joining me today!  Check out what the rest of the design team is sharing:

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Claire Brennan (Owner)
Clare Buswell
Julia Aston
Jennifer Holmes (you're here!)
Kate Whelan
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker

Come back tomorrow for the design team’s release day blog waltz and a better look at two more of the new sets releasing October 15!


Joan B said...

Oh my goodness. That card with your daughter is amazing. the picture is out of a hollywood movie. she is the cutest thing.

your cards are fabulous here. I can't gush enough!

Debgem said...

I think the card with Olivia's letter is just wonderful - such a lovely keepsake. And the two CAS cards are stunning - especially that Santa ornament!

Sandie said...

Wonderful creations. I love that pic of your daughter, so pretty. Amazing CAS cards.

Carola said...

Jennifer, what a beautiful frame with your sweet little daughter, her handwritten letter to Santa and those stamped images and embellishments. And your cards with the ornament and the poinsettia are also very pretty.

Kind regards

I'm Renee said...

That frame...
the handwritten letter...
I die!
I am SO borrowing that idea...
it's adorable beyond words!
And then the cards...
love the CAS look...
and the black, white and red...
simple elegance!
Love, love, love!

Kelly S. said...

That frame is the most precious thing ever created! I was wondering where you got such cute Dear Santa patterned paper!!!!! She should be so proud, and the picture makes me tear up! And THEN you go and make the most festive and elegant CAS cards, TOO?! Awesome job with these, Jennifer!

Julia Aston said...

what a wonderful framing for your sweet daughter's Santa visit pic Jennifer! love the subtle stamping over the letter and the pretty ornament! and your CAS Christmas cards are beautiful! so simple and stunning! A great design for making lots of cards quickly!

anya said...

Oh my goodness, Jennifer! This is the most adorable project EVER! I love your daughter's hand-written note to Santa and how you incorporated it into your frame! This is such a great idea, you've made such a beautiful gift or holiday keepsake! Your CAS cards are outstanding, too!

Kate W. said...

Oh, oh, oh, oh, OH! That frame is so precious! You have the cutest creative ideas!! And your cards are so CAS with a lot of grphic pop! Black and red is so fetive and elegant!

Kary said...

What a wonderful frame, love the idea of using your daughter's letter!! It's a beautiful photo of her too. Your cards are SO pretty!! I LOVE them all!!

organizedchaos said...

I think I really want to do something like this for my kids w/Santa and a letter. What a clever idea!!!! Thank you as always for an amazing project. And the pic of her and Santa is priceless.

Clare said...

Oh, sweet Olivia! That's my granddaughter's name too, but she's only 5! What a great photo!

Your work is devine, and I'm truly inspired by it! Beautiful!

snowbear said...

Such awesome work!

Cheryl S. said...

How creative!! You ladies are really doing a spectular job with these wonderful new stamps.

Susan said...

Jennifer -- your projects are amazing. Love the cards and am totally blown away with your Letter to Santa frame with your daughter's gorgeous picture. Wow!

Traci M said...

That letter to Santa on your frame is too sweet...I still have one of our daughter's letters and she is 24 years old now...but who knows? Maybe I'll print it out and do the same!! Thanks for such a wonderful project!

Becca Feeken said...

This is precious in every way! You've personalized this in such a special way. A keepsake for sure!!

~ Ali Watson ~ said...

Fabulous, thanks for inspiration

Ali x

Joanne Travis said...

So beautiful and magical is that photo with Santa. This really captures the wonder and joy of the holiday season. Love it!

AuroraDawn said...

OH WOW - Your frame and handwritten Santa letter, embelished with gorgeous ornament ... I'm so going to HAVE to CASE that one :O)

Love your CAS cards - so quick and simple but so, so elegant!

Thank you for sharing :O)


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