A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

June 22, 2013

MIM #121; MM #67; NBUS #9 ~ Colored Vellum Christmas

Surprise!
 
I had a little extra time to make a card which I can schedule for a Saturday delivery! 
 
On Make It Monday (MIM), hosted by the talented Nichole Heady, we were treated to a wonderful video by Betsy Veldman on creating colored vellum flowers.  You will love this video and the stunning card Betsy created with an open lattice front.  WOW!  I love the look of vellum and the fun of coloring on vellum, so I was anxious to play along.
 
The thing was, I also wanted to play in the Merry Monday challenge this week, where the extraordinary Lesley presented one of the coolest sketches ever!
The movement on this sketch is sOoOo fun!

This is my first year making Christmas cards this early in the year and participating in Merry Monday and even at that, I'm still starting six months later than I had hoped.  I used to think, nah, can't do it, can't make Christmas cards in the summer.  But then at the end of last year, after making nothing but Christmas cards for weeks on end, I decided to change it up this year.  Making them all during the year, when it's not "expected" is heckamaze fun actually!  There's no pressure.
 
I checked my Christmas stamps and was surprised that I don't have a pointed setia plant stamp.  That would have made a perfect colored vellum Christmas flower, ahem, but since I don't have one, I chose to make a colored vellum holly wreath.  It's not prezactly a flower, but it is a plant ...
I heat embossed the image in white on vellum and die-cut the circle.  I colored it with markers and added MS red glitter to the bow.  I die-cut the red circle and glued the vellum to it, just around the edge, and then gluing that, just around the edge, I attached it to the card front.  Then out popped the weasel. 

We are sposed to use at least one Papertrey Ink product in the MIM challenges and today only one is what I used ~ the "pinefeather" ink.  The sediment placement differs from the sketch, but it fit just perfectly in the slope of the sparkly red snow-covered hill.

This card is so Christmas bright!  If I had nothing but time, I would make one for everyone because IRL, children, this card is a love song to the world!!

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Our newest friend to join our cray-azy journey is Ms. Julie Ann Lee of Magpie Heaven.  Julie Ann is very new to Blogstown and she would love it so much if you would pop over for a visit.  Thank you, Julie Ann, and welcome to this fun, addicting, and warm community!!

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Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS*!  Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower!
 
*Life Is Too Short!   
 
Paper:  Unknown heather gray;
  SU! sparkly paper; white vellum
Stamp:  Technique Tuesday, NBUS "Joy to the
  World" from "Jingle All The Way"
Ink:  PTI pinefeather: Imprintz EP; SU! markers;
  Martha Stewart glitter glue
Die:  Spellbinders Classic Circle
Bling from stash
Corner Chomper
 
P.S.  I'll be tallying the results from my printer survey (end of that post) the first part of next week, so if you haven't joined in, please leave me a comment this weekend!  Thank you!  Mwah!

49 comments:

Sue - said...

Love the look of the vellum and glitter for Christmas.

Diane said...

Very pretty...clever idea to use the challenge for a Christmas card!!

Ria Gall said...

Hi Darnell
this is a great Christmas card I love working with vellum it gives such a different look. I really like your take on the sketch.
Do you have a link to the video of the making of the vellum flowers?
Ria

stampwithsandy said...

Wow, this is so pretty Darnell and I bet it's even sparklier in person. Love the white embossed vellum, too. That sketch was a real challenge but you rocked it!

Craftychris said...

Its beautiful! The velum gives a gorgeous look. Maybe I should start making my Christmas cards too! xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wowee! that is one awesome card here Darnell and well it just is so weird here I played with vellum for first time in ages and stamped it too..

... but just love your card!
.. and guess what have made 39 cards already for the grand arrival of Christmas, so am slowing right down on them my aim is fifty so figure five months for 11 is safe :D

ad yes not blogged all of them about half of them I think.. Shaz in Oz.x

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is gorgeous Darnell, the colours are wonderful and I love a bit of festive sparkle any time of the year!
I hope you are having a good weekend
Sue xx

Kara Lynne said...

Beautiful, glittery, and love the design! Your parting words about making one for everyone reminded me of the old Coke commercial song, "I'd like to buy the world a Coke..." Then I looked back at that red/white bottom of your card and had to laugh!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell this is absolutely stunning! I can't stop checking it out--gorgeous!

Linda said...

What a beautiful Christmas card Darnell. Whoever gets that one is so lucky.

Lisa said...

BEAUTIFUL card Darnell, love the sparkle and the over sized sentiment!!

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly! Gorgeous! Haven't tried coloring vellum with markers and will have to give it a try. Love the softness of the colored holly wreath. So pretty and you did an amazing job with the sketch. Thanks for the link to the tutorial. Lolly xx

Bobby said...

I love your holly jolly card. I plan to make one of these colored vellum cards - IF I can find a flower stamp at all.

Julie Ann Lee said...

I love vellum too and sparkle! It's always such a pity that you can't see it in all its glory in a photo, but you've captured it really well. A lovely card design. I do admire you making your Christmas cards this way without all the pressure and that feeling of 'if I see another reindeer I'll...' Thanks for being so welcoming to me! Julie Ann xxx

Hettie said...

Gorgeous card there Darnell. Very Christmassy in June!
Hugs
xx

butlersabroad said...

Oh now that's a beauty, me likey, well, you know me and Christmas! It's good to get the cards done early too, next challenge is getting them written out early and actually posted on time! You mentioned stick shifts yesterday... there's four of them in my house. Well, not prezactly in the house you understand cause cars don't live in the house, but I point blank refuse to drive anything else. Even in Michigan, even with 12" of snow on the road, even in the ice. And when people ask me if I drive a stick, my answer is always "what other kind is there?"!!

Hot and oomid here this weekend, yukkity yuk, might have to come in and make a card later. Have a good 'un.

Hugs
Brenda

Sherry Eckblad said...

Love the colored vellum effect on the wreath. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

So beautiful
great idea
you are amazing with this sketch
bravo
hugs Tamara

Nan G said...

Love your take on the sketch! Gorgeous! A, going to,use the sketch ,urself. Now question: how did you get cut the curve on the bottom? It's so perfecto! Enjoy the weekend. Hugs!

Redanne said...

The vellum looks stunning Darnell, love the red too. A great take on the sketch. Love it. Hugs, Annie xx

Aileen said...

Super idea to colour on vellum and you've made a great card with it. Love the red glitter. x

Tonya Jastad said...

Very pretty!

Karen B said...

This is such a gorgeous card Dippy - you've inspired me to dig out my vellum! Totally agree about the placing of the sediment - perfect.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Bonnie said...

It IS a love song to the world! Love the wreath with it's glitter bow and the shimmery circle around it! The sediment is perfect exactly where it is and I love the red and green gems! Thanks so much for sharing the joy with us at Merry Monday!

Jeanne said...

Too hot to think about Christmas cards, but I do understand the risk I am taking not doing any, lol. BYTW, my printer is a HP officejet all-in-one and is over 10 years old. Sill going strong with light cs unless I put it in the back where it'll take SU's WW, but not MFP. I'll get another HP when this one goes.

Lesley said...

Stunning card!! Love that glitter! WOWZA!

mypapercraftworld said...

A complete delight, Darnell ... the delicacy of the wreath is beautifully complemented by all that wonderful glittery red ... I love the sentiment and how it nestles perfectly in the curve of the snowy hill! Anita :)

Jackie said...

Your vellum wreath is beautiful Darnell! The sparkly wavy border at the bottom is sooooo pretty!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous Christmas design, the Vellum and glitter is very elegant. The red pops off the page. Happy Sunday, Shirleyx

Wendy said...

So very pretty, Darnell! Love the wreath and all the sparkle! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

cm said...

Darnell - thank you for your comments on my little 'travel-type' cards, and especially your concerns over our town's flooding. It's been quite the ride - and more to come, I'm sure (I sent you a note).
Your card and post are ever so spirit-lifting! Love the embossing/colouring on vellum (I'm inspired to try another flirt with EP) and the red sparkle is festively fantastic! Outstandingly, eye-catchingly pretty (I'm making up adverbs!). Love it!
c

Greta said...

Oh how I love this card, Darnell! Pinning it for lots more views & you've certainly inspired me!

Carol L said...

That red sparkle really dazzles the eyes on this pretty card! I love your little pearls scattered randomly too! Tis lovely :)

Dianne said...

Beautiful card great story but they scare me right now, LOL,I'll have to watch the video. Oh my magpie cousin is joining you guys, good for her she is a talented artist, thanks for sharing and ha have a wonderful day...

Allisa said...

Stunning card, love the glitter! Thanks for playing with us at Merry Monday!

Jenny @ I-dream-in-paper.blogspot.co.uk said...

Great card Darnell. Well done on your PTI win. Jenny

Tracey McNeely said...

Yay Darnell, back again with congrats on your win! Your card is truly awesome. Perfect the way you combined glitter with this technique!

Brandi said...

Wow! This is stunning! Love the glitter!

Kristie Goulet said...

Congrats on HM over at Merry Monday! This card sure does deserve it! Beautiful!

Diane said...

Back again...yeah...congrats on your win!!!!

fun stamping said...

Congrats on your HM at MM! Such a beautiful card!

Geri said...

You really have created a beautiful love for our crafting world to enjoy! The velum circle is stunning. Love the sentiment that you used and how well it snuggles into the red snow! Absolutely gorgeous!

Great job capturing the two wee light reflections (in your photo) at the bottom of your card...it looks soooooo cool!

wienerhoneymooners said...

LOVE the Merry Monday Card!

See, I do have my eye on you!

Marie B. said...

WOW, that red snow is awesome! :)

Kim Heggins said...

Beautiful holiday card Darnell...I am loving all the glitter too, nothing better in my craft room than a huge glitter mess, love the stuff!

Kelly Griglione said...

Wow, that wave really adds some great energy on your card, Darnell! The white on your vellum is such a classy look. Love it!!

maria f. said...

You lucky dog... you won the lottery... over at PTI MIM ;)

Barb Murphy said...

awesome! love the sparkle, bling and...movement! great card

Dana Nelson said...

Oooo, love the shimmer and sparkle on here!