Monday, November 4, 2013

The Crat's Meow Christmas Blog Hop!

The Craft's Meow

Welcome - it's our monthly blog hop at The Craft's Meow!!  Our theme this month is Christmas - we want to show you all the many ways you can use our stamps to make some stunning Christmas cards.  If you came here from Larissa's blog, then you're on the right track.  If you just happened to stumble upon my blog and want to start at the beginning of our hop, please go to The Craft's Meow Blog for a list of participating blogs along with their links.  Once you get started, you'll be directed from one blog to the next.

My first card is inspired by a photo on the cover of a magazine:


This one uses the little round peppermint drop and the holly leaves from our Santa's Little Helper set, and my sentiment comes from  Karen's Holiday Foundations.

For me, it isn't Christmas without a bit of snow, so here's my next card for you:


I wanted to try and replicate a favorite, but now discontinued Christmas design paper.  The original had a background of music and words, with blues and greys and silvers, but I decided, because of the inks I own, to make it aqua and kraft and white.  My card features Nina's beautiful Vintage Snowflakes set. 

I started with a piece of Basic Grey solid paper, flecked with beige, and stamped the music and sentiment (Inside Christmas).  Next I overstamped Nina's snowflakes in aquas and embossed white.  I went around the embossing with some tumbled glass distress ink to make it stand out more and edged my panel with broken china distress ink before attaching it to my kraft card base.  My sentiment is from Clare's Christmas Lantern.  To finish I added some snowflake dies and aqua and brown pearls.

Since I used older stamps for the first two cards, I made another with a brand new set, Holiday Poinsettia, also designed by Nina.  Poinsettias were never favorites of mine UNTIL they started coming out in colors other than red.  So for this card I used some BoBunny dotted papers to paper-piece a pink poinsettia:


The background music paper is from Webster's Pages, and the postmark and sentiment are also from this same set.  I added some gold pearls to the flower center.

We wanted you to know that Lisa is having a 3-day sale beginning today on all Fall stamp sets!!  They'll be 20% off Nov. 4, 5, and 6 only - the code is Fall20 at checkout!!

Now, hop on along to Nina's blog.  And don't forget to leave a comment at The Craft's Meow Blog before 8:00 PM Pacific time on Wednesday, Nov. 6, for a chance to win a $15.00 gift certificate to The Craft's Meow store!

39 comments:

frlphoebes kreativ-blog said...

Wow three adorables creations,love them all.The first is so sweetie,a pretty idear.
The second is really great with these sparkeld sno flakes,like it.
At last an adorable creation love it too.Thank you for yor stunning inspirations,
hugs Sylvie

Sabrina said...

Your cards are so sweet and so beautiful!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards. I like the snowflakes even though we don't get them in Australia for Christmas. Thanks.

Dawn T said...

Wow Lin. Your cards are inspiring as usual. The way you have made your own background paper is fabulous.

Pam said...

Gorgeous cards, Lin! I especially love the peppermint wreath. Great idea!

joy said...

WOW! Love that background you created, Lin! And, the pink paper pieced poinsettia is beautiful. I am not a fan of red ones either. :)

adele holcomb said...

Beautiful cards. I'm in love with the snowflake card -- kraft, white and aqua is so pretty!

jintyoo7 said...

How beautiful, Lin! Absolutely LOVE the "Peace on Earth" card - stunning :)

Betty said...

love all three, but the snowflake card is my favorite!

Pam W Merwin said...

Your wreath of peppermint drops is DARLING :) All three of these are beautiful! Always love to see your creations - they inspire me :)

Unknown said...

These are my favorite blog cards today. Really admire Peace on earth. So lovely and interesting. Think I will try to replicate.

Maureen Morton said...

It is difficult to not get the holiday spirit here today, Lin! Each of these is a special gem, but I am partial to the first with the punch of peppermint.......so unique and fun. I am also not a fan of red poinsettias, but this pink one looks so glorious on that rich background. Now I will be humming Christmas carols all day......thanks!

Stacey Schafer said...

these are GORGEOUS, Lin!

Cat Craig said...

Sweet cards, Lin.

Lagene said...

BEAUTIFUL cards! My favorite is the gorgeous snow card!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Lovely csrds! The snowflake one is my fav!

Lisa Elton said...

Fabulous cards Lin!! Love your peppermint candies and your sweet pink polka dot poinsettia!!

Jean Bullock said...

Lin, WOW! Loved all your cards. I was especially taken with the second card. Wonderful! Acutally rather spectacular. You have inspired me!

Anonymous said...

The cards are wonderful. the soft blues of the music card, the cute candy wreath, and the poinsettia. Great job.

Shari Czerwinski said...

Great cards, I especially love the Peace on Earth card. Pinned it ;)

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

A candy wreath. What a great idea. Wonderful projects. TFS

Tisha Sewell said...

Beautiful cards! I love the poinsettia!

Bonnie said...

The candy wreath and poinsettia cards are both lovely, but the snowflake card takes my breath away! What a gorgeous background! You are such an inspiration!

Sue McRae said...

What a wonderful assortment of holiday cards Lin! Love the layering of images on your pretty snowflake card.

lindaplus3 said...

Wow,,, I think your cards are all stunning... I love each and every one :)

Indy's Designs said...

I love the diversity of these three cards! Nicely done!

craftymom205 said...

Love the cards.

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Greta said...

3 wonderful cards, Lin! I can't stop looking at the second one--gorgeous!

Loly Borda said...

Gorgeous cards! I specially like the second, those colors are fabulous. TFS

Larissa Heskett said...

Omg Lin!! You've been a BUSY Gal!! I am LOVING your cards especially the candy wreath!! Such FUN Designs for sure!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

sammi said...

Wow, Lin! These are especially stunning! Fabulous cardsd! Love Love Love them all! This is an awesome hop! I'm loving it all!

Mary-Anne V said...

Very pretty cards...love the candy wreath and the sparkle on the snowflake card.

Iris said...

Lovely cards - love the gold embossing on the snowflake card.
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Emily H said...

How fun! Love the first card! The other two are absolutely gorgeous!!!

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness! You've been creating some truly lovely cards! I adore the colors you used with that snowflake card. Gorgeous!

quilt4fun2 said...

The candy wreath is a cute idea...sweet job! Your second card is so beautiful and I like the way you made the paper. The colors are fabulous together. I really like the pink poinsettia. Great job paper piecing and I like the gold pearls. Super job!
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Lillian Child said...

I have added all three of your delightful projects to my Pinterest boards as they are so unique and inspiring!

Denise Bryant said...

Great cards!~ Love that fun wreath!

Jacqueline said...

Absolutely LOVE your card with the snowflakes!!