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Coloring with Classic Inks and Blender Pens: Technique Tuesday

Believe in Father Christmas

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday night.  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and a great start to the week.

Tonight's card is ... yes.... ANOTHER Christmas card!  I made this card for the waltzingmouse Sketch 16 sketch challenge this week.  I really thought long and hard about this sketch and then realized that, using some Websters Pages DSP, I could make a collage from the various pages and mix them with SU card stock and accessories.  Also, because I had purchased some of the "nestie-friendly" waltzingmouse stamps, I realized that I could put all of these things together and make a card. 

The new colors, including Cherry Cobbler, really do work with the vintage colors and I love the fact that Waltzingmouse creates these nestie-friendly label stamps.

I really did have a lot of fun creating this triptych scheme.  Because of the Father Christmas and his flying sleigh, I did have to make the panels a little bigger than the sketch.  But the elements are still the same.

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As you can see, even though the card stock, DSP and elements come from different suppliers - they are all tied together with the colors and vintage style elements.  Isn't that red frame stamp perfect for framing the sentiment from the Bells and Boughs set?  It fits so perfectly.  I have to tell you, I was tickled pink by the "believe", the tree and the flying Father Christmas all working together so well.... yes.. little things like that make me happy.  Which reminds me.... my niece had a boyfriend many, many years (actually decades) ago.  He was a very smart young man - all of about 16 at the time.  I remember we were all out together on a day trip and I said something flippant and sarcastic like "well, tiny things amuse tiny minds, Paul."  His response?  Cheeky brat! "Well, yes, Jaydee.  That's why the atom amused Einstein!"   Grrrrrrr  Anyway, I digress.

Card recipe:

Card stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs (sentiment), nestabilities label set 10 (waltzingmouse)

DSP:  Webster's Pages

Accessories:  holly texturz plate (non-SU), Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Shimmer Brads

Tools:  Big Shot, nestabilities 10 die, texturz plate, stampin' dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig

On a personal note:  So many of you have let me know that you are still sending cards..... This looks as though it is going to be a bumper crop for Operation Write Home.  I had a good look at Cam's wonderful cards last night and her little boy Nathan helped put them together and encouraged his Mom to really help grow our numbers.  That really made me smile.  Way to go Cam and please give Nathan a big hug for me.   Janna let me know that she is sending almost 100 cards.  Soozie let me know that she has 80 cards.  Added to Brenda's 500 and then we can add in Beth, Germaine and Cherie's wonderful contributions....You guys are all awesome.  I can't wait to get them all, take some pics and show them to you.

So.... tomorrow is technique Tuesday day.  I made three videos this weekend and hope to get some more done this weekend.  You get to choose which one appears tomorrow.  Vote for your choice of

  1. coloring with classic ink and blender pens
  2. tying my ribbon "knot" bows
  3. coloring with copics 101

Whichever one gets the most votes appears tomorrow.  No votes means you probably don't want to see the video :-)

Over the next couple of weekends I will be doing a couple of other videos you requested, including the flower from the Mr & Mrs card for Adelle, using nestabilities with the big shot, tips and techniques for embossing a clean image, using the distressing tools kit, copics pens 101 and creating the skater card that you saw on my video.  

Shout out tonight to Cherie and Brenda.  They ran their race for Pancreatic Cancer yesterday in Tutus... Yep..... Pink tutus!  They also managed to run their best ever time for the distance.  Way to go, girls.  You make me so proud.  You rock!

Prayers for Germaine, T, Pri, John & Sue.  For Lesley, Rach, Adelle and their furbabies.  For Cam.  Janna, glad to hear that you are feeling better.  And for all of you who need a little help this week.  I still find myself looking for comments from Trish.  Miss you, my friend.  I hope that you are enjoying your reunion with those you love in Heaven.  Sue, I appreciate that you stop by and look at my blog, especially as you are short on download time.

As always, thank you for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere.  You know your visits and your support mean a great deal.  Remember also that your comments drive what you see on this blog.  It's only through your input, and your comments, that I know what you want to see.  I could just put out what I want to put out, but I prefer to get your input.  That makes it more enjoyable for you and drives me to challenge myself to do other things - like make videos :-)

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone.  I hope it is a day filled with love and laughter.  Don't forget - smile at a stranger, it may change their life.