Saturday, April 14, 2012

All Hearts Come Home For Christmas

Hi There!

What Christmas in April....yes, no time like the present to get started on those Christmas cards especially as the holidays approach things get hectic. That is why I think the year round Christmas Challenges out there are pure genius. It can really help you get some of those cards made. I need motivation with flowers blooming, birds singing and sun brightly shining.

Here is my Christmas Card inspired by the Merry Monday Challenge.
To get started I created my own chipboard embellishment out of a Cheerios Box and painted it (not very neatly) with white craft paint.
This is the back! Recycling at it's best!
The front with some paint slapped on and sanded.
Next I cut the coordinating hearts and stamped the sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps Seasons of Love and distressed the images with vintage tea stain. 


I took a kraft card base and embossed with my Cuddlebug Swiss dots embossing folder for some added texture which coordinated with the patterned paper I chose for the middle strip. To tie in the heart focal images, a punched heart border was adhered below the polka dotted patterned paper. Next blue checked gingham patterned paper was cut into a scalloped rectangle to border the snowflake paper found in my scrap pile which has had the edges distressed. 
All that was left was to adhere the the heart sentiment embellishment and add some crafty white paint. to the card base for a shabby touch!

As mentioned, I found my inspiration from Merry Monday Christmas Sketch Challenge

Stampin' Sisters In Christ - Something Joy-ful or Celebratory 
Stampendous - Recycle something into a a stamping project.
Thanks for popping in! Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!
~Tammy~
{Recipe}
Stamps: Waltzingmouse: Seasons of Love
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP!, PP: Scraps
Ink: Momento: Tuxedo Black, Vintage Tea Stain
Other: Dies: Spellbinders, White Craft Paint, Punch: Martha Stewart

30 comments:

Susan Flynn said...

You are good Tammy getting a head start on your Christmas cards I am sure I will regret not doing the same when the time comes! And such a pretty card with brilliant use of your cereal box - I do think they come in handy for crafting!! xx

Annette said...

so pretty...i love that amazing heart..such a great design...totally love it..

Lesley said...

Hi Tammy,
So happy you joined in this week! What a great idea to use the cereal box and to paint it! I love this creation. Have a great weekend and thanks for playing the Merry Monday Challenge!
Lesley

VanessaB said...

the last thing i want to think about right now is chrismtas (haha), but this card is soooo beautiful! love the heart which is, of course, perfect for the sentiment. :)

Auntie Em said...

Very pretty festive card. Now I know what to do with my days when I stay in my basement craft room to avoid the hot summer days...if they ever get here! I will be making Christmas cards!
Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeeeee the paint, the colors and that HEART you made is AWESOME!!!!

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the heart.xxx

Catherine said...

Gorgeous Christmas card, love how different this is....

Denise Price said...

Great recycling! I like the idea of using packaging to make your own chipboard.

Sam said...

Beautiful card there Tammy. Love the recycling too! 10/10
My Blogging Buddy does a Rudolph Day Challenge on 25th of every month. Why not join us!! Her blog is Stamping For Pleasure and if you go back to my post of 25th March you can link her from there!
Have fun!

LeAnne said...

Such a cute card, I really love your recycled heart....and I think the sentiment is divine! Thanks for playing with us at Merry Monday!

Sherrie K. said...

Awesome card! I love the gorgeous heart and sentimnet:) Great job on the design once again! Fabulous job!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

kasia c. said...

Simply gorgeous! I love how you did that heart, and the colours are just stunning together. :)

onecraftymama said...

Cereal box! I have got to steal the next one on the way to the recycling. Last time I tried a Koolaid Jammers box & it was waaaay too thick.
Love that fun funky snowflake paper :)

~ Kendra ~ said...

LOVE it!!! What fun papers you've used!! Great layout as well!!

Pauline said...

Wow Tammy, this is gorgeous! love that WMS heart, and love that it's recycled Too!

sandi said...

Wow! This is fab! I love the color combo...looks soooooooooo pretty!

Tenia Nelson said...

Love this card dearie!!! You should totally enter this in the Stampendous April Challenge!!!

Catie Cuddles said...

Beautiful arty card! Love it!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Tammy, I'm so glad you found time to play with Merry Mondays! I do love Lesley's sketches. You did a FAB job with this one, too! I am loooving your recent creativity, girl. It's awesome!

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful card, I love your recycled heard idea.

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Fun holiday card Tammy! Love the non-traditional colors! ;o)

Elizabeth Allan said...

What a beauty to have tucked away for the holiday season!

Lisa S. said...

Love this Christmas card and the colors you chose Tammy! TFS the challenge info and I'm going to check both of them out. I love it when you can recycle something and make use of it in a creative way and this is clever!

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Ohhhh, I LOVE the look of this card!! And who would have guessed that you used a Cheerios box for the heart? Not me!! Great job, Tammy!!

Emily Keaton said...

That is SO beautiful, Tammy! And way to go on recycling. I love that you are getting such a great head start on your holiday cards!!!

Julie E said...

Oh gees, you even recycle! Great colors on this one.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the twist on the traditional Christmas colors and the creative techniques you used. Blessings!

Tan's Hobbies said...

Aw!! What a great merry card!!! Love the heart shape so much!! Brilliant way of recycling. Love the sentiments too. You are so awesome, always come out new idea!!

Bernie said...

Brilliant, Tammy! Love the non-traditional colors! Don't ya just love recycling.
Hugs