Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and I hope everyone had a great day with family and friends.  Our family has Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and this year 14 sat down for dinner.  Dinner this year was at my son's house and as my DDL comes from Washington State we had her traditional Christmas ham for dinner.  We all contribute to the meal by bringing the additional dishes so that it is not a burden on one family.  So it was traditional ham, with the ham sauce family recipe, scalloped potatoes (now I have to clean my oven as they baked all over it), sweet potatoes, marshmallow salad, shrimp cocktail (both dishes we can't do without for Christmas dinner) and trifle.  YUMMY!  It was a nice evening filled with laughter and listening to the little ones having a marvelous time. 

One of our traditions is that the little ones get new jammies on Christmas Eve.  My parents started this when my children were little and I have carried on the tradition with my grandchildren.

Here is a picture under the Christmas tree in their new jammies.
Buzz Lightyear, Princesses and Thomas, the Train
The card I am sharing tonight is the last Christmas card that I made this year.  It is a hybrid card, using MDS (My Digital Software), Stampin' Up!'s photo software.  I really liked the Welcome Christmas stamp, so decided to try this method as I didn't have the actual stamp but had purchased the download.

A Stampin' Up! demonstrator that I have discovered this year and truly admire her work is Ann Schach at The Stampin' Schach.  Her style is vintage and the cards that Ann produces are exquisite.  Ann also has a number of tutorials on her site, one which is to tie a bow and I have found that so useful, although I have to watch the tutorial every time I want to tie a bow because I can't remember if it over or under the loop.  Oh well, some day I will get it in my head.  Ann is also a designer at the Pals Paper Art and I used the sketch this week as my inspiration for my card

Stamps: Welcome Christmas (MDS), Teeny Tiny Wishes (w-115370 - $45.95 p 157 IB&C), Sleigh Bells Ring (retired)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Shimmer White, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Deck the Halls DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponges, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-way Glue

To get the shadow image, the stamp was rotated and reversed and the opacity was set at about 20 and the image printed on Shimmer White card stock.

The hills were masked and the trees from the Sleigh Bells Ring stamped above the hills with Crumb Cake ink and the area sponged using a Sponge dabber and Crumb Cake ink.

2-way Glue was applied to the crest of the hills and Dazzling Diamonds applied.

All layers on the card were sponged using Crumb Cake ink and a sponge.

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That's it for my Christmas Day post and until next time...



  1. Fabulous card. Love the picture of the grandkids, too cute.

  2. Love the card and the happy faces...thanks for sharing!

  3. Beautiful card - love the shadow effect!

  4. I love what you did with this card Karen. The shadow effect is great.

  5. Love your joy filled family photo!!

    What stunning work on the silhouette card!!

  6. What a wonderful photo. Love the stunning silhouette card.

  7. Karen love this card!
    I just got the MDS and am still experimenting. So nice how you combined stamping and digi stamping. Can't wait to see what I can do. Still watching webinars though!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. It means a lot to me.

  8. Gorgeous card ... love the technique to get the shadows!! Thanks for playing along with us at PPA.

  9. Stunning card! It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  10. Karen,

    Your blog has inspired me! Come on over to my blog for your award!
    Hugs Diane


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