Welcome back! To say that I've fallen in love with these new sets from Papertrey Ink would be an understatement. I can't accurately express just how much I adore these sets! Both take stamping to a completely different and very creative level. My mind has been blown by both the Winter Village and Christmas Critters set....the images and ideas float through my mind as I drift off to sleep :)....it's a beautiful thing.
My first card uses the Winter Village stamp set and dies. As a child I remember being so excited to receive Christmas cards in the mail. Once they were open, we'd have a special place on our front door where we would hang them and display them all through the holiday season. And...I remember very vividly these lovely, vintage villages, coated with glittered rooftops and snowbanks, with horse drawn sleighs, ice skaters, and icy, snowy, trees. My love for them began right then as a child and to this day, those images take me back to those sweet days as a child.
I couldn't wait to use this new set and create my own pink villages :)....prepare to be bombarded with them. I grounded my little vintage church on a die cut from the Make it Market: Don't Forget to Write kit, using Autumn Rose in the corners. I then used a postage image from the Postmarks set. My church is stamped in Aqua Mist, Pale Peony, and Sweet Blush, with the accents stamped in Soft Stone, Spring Moss, and Fine Linen.
The fonts used for the sentiments in this set are spot on....love them. I stamped mine in Stormy Sea, using images from the Christmas Faith stamp set to embellish.
At the bottom of this card I used the new Holiday Greens Borders stamp set and die, stamping my image in watermark ink, and heat embossing it using Vintage Mint from Recollections.
My love for all things pink, glittery, snowy, and sparkly, began way back when I was tiny....it all makes sense now ;).
Moving on to the darling new Christmas Critters stamp set and dies. I looooove these sweet little mice! Who can possibly resist them? I created a couple of mitten tags using these fun little mice. Handmade mittens are one of my fondest childhood memories. My Grandma Haslam would crochet mittens, hats, and slippers each year for us, and present them to us as gifts. My brothers and I wore them with the greatest pride....how I wish I had some of her lovingly handmade items to remind me of her today. I'm grateful for the memories though. Aren't handmade gifts just the best?
My mice were die cut from Kraft cardstock and stamped in Pale Peony, Autumn Rose, Fine Linen, and Sweet Blush, with the accents stamped in Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, and Pure Poppy. I love how colors are transformed when stamping on Kraft.
I added snow to my mittens, also from Christmas Critters, and created a cuff at the top of both mittens using patterned paper.
Here's a fun mitten garland I hope to make with Sierra once the holidays draw a little closer. Love how simply made these are....and that newsprint!
And, a couple of our favorite Christmas books around here are The Mitten and The Mitten Tree. They've been Sierra's favorites since she was just a few years old. My mom has given her a new Christmas storybook each year, so we've got the best collection going. What a fun tradition that has been.
Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping in!