For the first time ever, I'm joining Crazy 4 Challenges! This week the challenge is to make a card inspired by one of our favorite Christmas carols, and I've chosen Winter Wonderland.
Detail: Luquid Pearls on the trees for snow.
The snowman has google eyes.
The trees are small fir twigs (available from Cherry Pie) that come in 3 different sizes.
The snowman is made out of 3 circle punches, very easy! The scarf is cut out from a stripy paper, and by cutting it in waves like this it appears to be moving in the wind.
In the meadow we can build a snowman,
then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He'll say 'Are You Married?' We'll say 'No man,
but you can do the job while you're in town!'
What a fun challenge this was! I will be sure to play again :-)
On this card I wanted to use a stamp of a bird that I designed for my previous stamp company, Stampinavia, back in 2000. The "Dompap" can often be seen on Norwegian Christmas cards, and the reason why it's not common in the US, for instance, is that its natural habitat is in Europe and Asia. The male has red feathers on it's chest and belly - perhaps that's why we assosiate it with Christmas. That, and because it loves to eat oat from the sheaves we often put up in our gardens in the winter (it's decorative and feeds birds at the same time). The English word for Dompap is (Common) Bullfinch and Eurasian Bullfinch, it's Latin name is Phyrrula phyrrula.
In my previous post I showed you how I used a chili stamps for a santa/gnome hat.
Here is another funny fella' wearing a "chili hat". Is he a fairy, is he an elf? I'm not sure!
I hand drew his eyes, hair and mouth.
The small fairies flying around are actually maple seed capsule stamps. I'm having a lot of fun using stamps for what they're not!
All the stamps I used on this card are available from this shop. I have a whole set of HOT chili stamps, the two large to the left are also sold individually. (The hat is the bold chili, number two from left).
Here's a hot chili postcard with "spice girl" Mona Lisa (Cherry Pie Art Stamps).
Have you tried to use stamps for something other than what they are? Today's Christmas card has an odd looking fella' peeping up from behind the sentiment. His hat is a chili stamp and his full bearded face is a mushroom stamp! I colored his nose with a red marker and added goggle eyes. The fir twigs were stamped with permanent black ink, then colored in by using a waterpen and Distress inks.
Chili, mushroom and fir twig stamps are all available here.
Ulrikke is a 5 year old standard poodle, the largest of the poodle breeds (storpuddel in Norwegian, aka kongepuddel). Her official name is Regadog's No Makeover, and her name is so true - Ulrikke needs no make over! :-) She is sweet, gentle and calm, playful, happy, and loves to cuddle.
Ulrikke is a Norwegian Champion, the canine equivalent to Miss Norway.
Ulrikke was soon to settle in as the most natural part of our family. Here she's on the deck with her favorite toy:
Look at those eyes!
Newly groomed and fluffy.
We love going for walks in the forest, sometimes together with cousin Melvin (my sister's Parson Russel Terrier). Here at the ducks' lake. Very exciting!
When I'm in my craft room, Ulrikke keeps me company. I've starting working on Christmas cards, and here is a sample from the lot:
Button ornaments, hand drawn strings.
The stamp I used on the card above is available both as an individual stamp and on a 7'' x 5'' sheet with other needle trees. You can see them all on this website.