Monday, 9 December 2019

Decked Out for the Holidays and "Magnolia Lane" Christmas Card Tutorial

Hi Friends. Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend! I invited a few friends over on Saturday for a 'Crafting Day'. 

Jamie, Amanda and I. Our friend Debbie also joined us, but I didn't think to snap a pic until after she left! Oops!

Each of us girls worked on what we wanted - Christmas cards, ornaments and gift tags. I put my holiday gift tags, from the October Paper Pumpkin kit, together - oh my goodness, they are beautiful! Now that my tags are finished, I can start wrapping up all my presents!

Yesterday I finished decorating the house and our Christmas tree - it looks so nice. I love turning all the lights on first thing in the morning and enjoying the holiday cosiness with my coffee! 

I have so many special and sentimental decorations (as we all do) and that includes these "Softie Reindeer" that I painted years ago. My parents used to have a ceramic shop and my dad would pour the molds and fire them in the kilns and my (step) mom taught classes. She painted all the eyes on the reindeer for me - she was amazing at those eyes and eyelashes! 

I love seeing all the reindeer sitting on the mantle and on the fireplace. I also have a set of mini Christmas reindeer in my kitchen!

Did you spot my ceramic Santa and the Christmas tree sitting on top of the bookcase? Those trees have gotten sooo popular again! The beautiful quilt was made and given to me by my mom - I just LOVE it. It's so nice to have all these sentimental pieces around me - the love and memories connected with each one truly fills my heart.

Our new kitten, Forest, checking out the Christmas tree last night. This little kitty is such an angel and so good, that he hasn't even bothered trying to swat at ornaments or cause any ruckus with any of the decorations. Aren't we lucky?

Our kitchen, bathroom and recreation room downstairs are all in full holiday attire as well. Nothing beats a festive house to put you in the Christmas spirit. I am going to do a bit of baking soon too, which is something I just LOVE to do for the holidays. I know I'll make some shortbread cookies, butter tarts and mini mince pies (using my homemade green tomato mincemeat), and maybe a few other goodies. Most of it will be for gift-giving, but I'll be sure to keep a few treats for us to enjoy a well.

Let's move onto a card tutorial, shall we? 

  • Stamp SetsWinter Woods (151309), Good Morning Magnolia (149298)
  • Card Stock – Mossy Meadow (133676), Basic Black (1210450, Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Stamp Pads – Real Red (147084), Momento Tuxedo Black (132708)
  • Misc. – Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (149484), Stitched Shapes Dies (145372), Real Red Stampin’ Blends Combo (1479350), Mossy Meadows Stampin’ Blends Combo (148547), Vases Builder Punch (147040), Silver Glimmer Paper (146960), Basic Black 3/8”Glittered Organdy Ribbon (147897), Linen Thread (104199), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332)
  • Mossy Meadow Card Stock – 5 ½” x 8 ½” scored at 4 ¼” on the 8 ½” edge
  • Basic Black Card Stock – 4” x 5 ¼”
  • Magnolia Lane DSP – 3 ¾” x 5”
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock - scrap
  • Black Glittered Ribbon – 14”
  • Linen Thread – 4”
  1. Fold card base in half and set aside.
  2. Use Real Red Combo Stampin’ Blends to color all the white blossoms on the piece of Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper then adhere on top of the Basic Black card stock.
  3. Wrap the Black Glittered Ribbon around both pieces and tie a knot towards the right side of card panel.
  4. Adhere the completed panel from Step 3 to card front.
  5. Using Real Red ink, stamp the sentiment onto a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock.
  6. Cut out sentiment for the “ornament” using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies.
  7. Using Momento Black ink, stamp leaves as shown to top and bottom of ornament. Color leaves with Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends.
  8. Punch one tulip from the Vase Builder Punch from a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper. Turn upside down to create ornament hanger and adhere to top of ornament.
  9. Fold piece of Linen Thread in half. Adhere one end behind the ornament hanger.
  10. Center ornament on card front and bring linen thread to the top and adhere behind the top edge of the Basic Black Panel.
  11. Enjoy!

Enjoy the day & HAPPY STAMPING!

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