Wednesday, 8 December 2010

A Blue Christmas

I now have time to enjoy a little RELAXED card making now that my Christmas preparations are almost completed, so today I have gone all BLUE for Christmas, I love the cool feel of blue for Christmas makes.
I have quite a few slide mailers in my craft room so thought rather than discard them I would make use of them for some alternative Christmas cards.  This is a four slot mailer which I have painted with a couple of coats of Gesso then applied Terra and painted with Aqua Acrylic Paint Dabber, I really love the texture you achive with Terra.  The texture was only added to the front and back covers and the inside was simply painted.  I have cut the Carved Ornament using Tim's Alterations Die from Grungepaper and embossed with snowflakes which I then sanded to reveal the Grungepaper and then applied DI Tea Dye and hand stitching has been added to lift the ornament a little.  Although you can not see it clearly here I have added a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles.  Tissue tape has been added to the bottom along with a Christmas floral, created using The Artistic Stamper Flower Power Sheet.
The inside has had a second Carved Ornament added, stamped with a Winter Bird from an Inkadinkado set and again Rock Candy Distress Stickles have been added.  The sentiment is from Outlines and 25 has been added to complete this side.
The Winter Birds have been stamped with StazOn Timber Brown ink onto Tim's Vintage Shabby paper stash and adhered to the microscope slides.  A small Maya Road bird has been added to complete the inside of the slide mailer.
The back of the mailer has had Terra added prior to adding paint as with the front cover.  The baubles have been stamped with StazOn Timber Brown onto Tim's Vintage Shabby paper stash, cut out, silver twine added and then adhered.  I have added a Paper Rosette, buttons and embellishments to complete.

I would like to enter this piece for the following challenges:-
Simon Says Stamp and Show - A HOLIDAY GREETING
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge with Linda - ROCK CANDY DISTRESS STICKLES, page 47 of the book.
The Sunday Stamper with Hels - CHRISTMAS
Alter It Monthly - SLIDE
The Stampman Challenge -TAKE ANY 3 COLOURS, CHRISTMAS THEME
Stampotique Designers Challenge - PUNCHES & DIE CUTS
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog - CHRISTMAS.

Have a fabulous week, Tracy x x

41 comments:

Zuzu's Blog said...

Thank you so much for joining us this month again tracy... I love those birds... nice job and what a frosty blue..

Good luck
Zx

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful Tracy...........

Brenda Brown said...

I love this Tracy, such intricate work and fabulous craftmanship. I love your style and wonderful creations (hence I have become a follower).
Thankyou for sharing this with us at the Stamp Man too.
luv {brenda} xoxox

judith@poppy cottage said...

Tracy, this is absolutely stunning, I love the colour scheme. The slides are lovely with the birds stamped on them, I have some kicking about here, and want to give that a go. Those blues are just delightful, Judith xx

Paper Paradise said...

Gorgeous!!!!! I do agree, blue is a great choice for cold wintery cards. I just love slide mailers, those are a gift in themselves. x

Susan Allan said...

Beautiful!
I love slide-mailers. Your colour choice and stamping is gorgeous. You have been busy today!
It is so nice to get something a bit different at Christmas...lucky person who receives it!!
Sue xx

Valerie H. Wilson said...

OMG, absolutely beautiful! So many lovely details! Thank you for joining us for the Stampotique Challenge again this week! Happy holidays!
Val :)

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful altered slide holder! I have a few of these in my alterables that I may just have to dust off - thanks for the inspiration!

Netty said...

Oooh by the look of it we all love slide mailers and yours is particularly gorgeous and an ideal present. Annette x

Kaz said...

This is lovely, so many gorgeous details throughout. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique x

Hels Sheridan said...

GORGEOUS, I love blue for Christmas too.. this is lush Tracy, thanks for joining in with the Sunday sTamper again hun x

craftytrog said...

Stunning design Tracy! I love frosty blue for christmas too!! x

MarleneMAZ said...

Wow! this piece is just fabulous! love all the tissue tape areas, I need to figure out how to ruffle!

Joanna K said...

I looooove it! Blue Christmas is definately my favourite theme and all elements have been so beautifully joined together. Well done, Tracy, a true masterpiece again! xx

voodoo vixen said...

Oooh love the card and the colours are delish!!

The link for destructions for the xmas tree card you liked is here http://miniowner.blogspot.com/p/origami.html !!

JeanFB said...

Oh wow, this is gorgeous! I absolutely love your blues for Christmas... we had an all-blue Christmas tree when I was growing up, so it really strikes a chord with me. Love the beautiful slides inside, too!

Nigel said...

Stunning cards, I have a couple of blue ones knocking around from last week - they're a refreshing change from the usual colour combinations.

Cheryl said...

oh this is so beautiful just adore the coulr blue hugs cheryl xxxx

Lori said...

Wowza! Gorgeous piece! Love the soft blues and brown tones, and the stamping under the microscope slides is really awesome!

Katie said...

These are some great sliders! Love those birds and the ornament one! Like you, i love blues for Christmas decor!

donna said...

Blues are my favorite for that Christmas wintery feeling. What a fantastic piece of art you have created here! I love it all.

Sandy said...

Oh wow these are so beautiful Tracy.
Wonderful blue christmas. Wow.

Sarah Anderson said...

Oh Tracy, those slides are wonderful with those inkadinkadoo images. I love blue too for that wintry, Christmas feeling. Beautiful project. Thanks so much for playing along with The StampMan Challenge [yep, got a different hat on today ;)]

Willy said...

What a beauty, Tracy! Thanks for joining us at SDC # 21.

Elaine said...

Lovely card - I like a blue christmas too. Those winter bird stamps are gorgeous and on my wish list!!

Basement Stamper said...

Wow, very cool and I love the sliders!

wearestampers said...

Wonderful project! I love blues this time of year too!!

Gaby Bee said...

This altered slide holder is stunning, Tracy! Love that frosty blue. Really cool!!!
Happy December!

Terry said...

Beautiful blues! Love all your projects!

WW said...

Such a great piece. I love the birds!

jude said...

Tracy thisd is absolutely stunning hun.Just love the designa nd the colour blue youve choosen just sets the whole creation off!Amazing hun
hugs judex

Vicki B in OP NY said...

Love the look and feel of this creation!

Juls said...

oh wow this is fabulous!!!!! I do love those colours!!! and the images are fabulous!!! Hugs Juls

Ginger said...

what a great Slide mailer.
Ginger x

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful! Loved seeing all the different designs on each side. I have a few of these and never made anything. Great inspiration!

Linda Elbourne said...

Love the colours and so many elements to look at too! Thank you for taking the time to join the team at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week ... we hope to see you again soon!

Moniqui said...

Beautiful slidemailer! Thanks for joining us at Stampotiques designers challenge!

Hermine said...

Absolutley gorgeous

Artyjen said...

Thanks for sharing at The Artistic Stamper challenge..gorgeous bird stamping.....good luck!
xoxo Sioux

Linda Ledbetter said...

You've created another stunner, Tracy! Your attention to detail is just amazing, and you always combine the perfect elements in just the right way. This is absolutely gorgeous!

I love the winter birds! So pretty, and the little die cut bird alongside them is darling. Actually, I love everything about this wonderful holiday piece. It's a joy to behold!

I hope you have a beautiful, magical holiday!

Sue Smith said...

Wow, this is amazing! Great colour palette for Christmas.