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Monday, February 29, 2016

Boy and stocking

I haven't made many Christmas cards so far this year, I need an average of about 5 a month and I'm behind. This card is more embellished than what I normally make, not exactly according to my goal of keeping postage costs down this year, but oh well...

Over at Twofers there's an anything goes challenge (clear or rubber stamps only) with an optional twist of using your oldest stamp. I went back to February 2012, when I started my blog, and I saw this stamp had been used for one of my posts that month, so if it's not THE oldest it's an early one. You can see my old card here.

The image is a North Star one, the background with script is one from Kort&Godt, both Norwegian stamp companies. I used old paper DI while the image was still inside of the Spellbinder die.

The embellies are made using dies from Marianne, Whiff of Joy and Kort&Godt and a punch from Martha Stewart. Fun foam, vellum and paper left overs were used.
The pompon ribbon I believe came free with a magazine, glitter gold enamel dots from my stash.

This card is for:
Twofers - #14 Anything Goes (clear/rubber stamps only)
Rudolph Days Challenge - February
Winter Wonderland - Must use a sentiment (I used a die cut Christmas sentiment in Norwegian)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Use a sentiment


Jane Willis said...

A really lovely card, all the die cuts and embellishments work so beautifully with the gorgeous image. I know what you mean about trying to make flatter Christmas cards because of the postage, I try to do that too and I never manage to keep to it. Maybe the answer is to start buying a few stamps each month all through the year - postage stamps, that is, I need no encouragement to buy the other kind - and then it wouldn't be so much of a shock having to pay for all those large letter stamps in one go!
Thanks for sharing at Twofers (and Rudolf Day too, but it's not my turn to comment this month!)

scrappymo! said...

What a lovely image. Your card is cull of wonderful embellies and interesting layers...I love this look, Pia!

Thanks for taking part in the February Rudolph Days Challenge. Good luck in the prize draw.

meg said...

Wonderful vintage feel to your card Pia, not just in the image but in your selection of papers and embellishments. Love it.

Valerija said...

Wonderful card. Love your vintage image and all the decoration.
Thank you for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challnege. Good Luck.
Valerija - DT member.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Lovley card, Pia and like you am waaaay behind on my Crhsitas cards too, smiled at you saying re post cost, as mine thus far have no been okay in this area but so know what you mean. Thanks so much for popping over, Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Mervi said...

I remember this image and you have made a fabulous vintage style card with it. All the extras are divine and elegant;-))m

Viv's Visuals said...

This is lovely Pia. Perfect! x

Imke said...

Pia, this is such an elegant Christmas Card - love it !

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Pia, a super stamp and brilliant design - lots of fabulous details.

Mimi said...

One of my favorites... I love the image and the pompoms. The colors are so nice as well. Also checked out your card from 2012 and now I'm inspired to make an oval card!

Eemeli said...

Wonderful! Love the vintage feel. So happy you joined our Rudolph Day challenge. Good luck in the prize draw.

Hugs from Finland,
Eemeli {DT}

Regina said...

Pia, your card is gorgeous and brilliantly designed

Bonnie said...

Love this monochrome design, Pia! What a sweet image and your framing and background are perfect!

*Vicki* said...

Wow! Such an amazing design here Pia!! LOVE the gorgeous lace and how you've framed your image with this!! Gorgeous creation! HUGS

scrAPpamondo said...

This is a preciuos card with these neutral colours and the pompon ribbon! Fabulous shabby/vintage look! The image is just perfect and love the embellishments and the diecut sentiment looks very well in this unusual position! Great work!

julie_woolston said...

Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland with your beautiful card.
Hugs Julie xxx

KraftyKoolKat said...

So beautiful Pia.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh I love it, Pia! Your first card was cute too but this is my favourite! It has such a gorgeous vintage look! I LOVE all the embellies! I like to make a few heavier embellished cards for the special people - maybe this will be one to hand deliver so you won't have the extra postage costs. I love it!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

This is such a beautiful card Pia, It's exquisite and I love it :)

Monika Reeck said...

I look at your last card 2012
cute and simple
but now you are more clever and more idea
I mean I love this more
and I love the choice of paper the pompom ribbon and the dies and the christmas feel on it
clever Monochrom card
did you see at the male room they have also monochrom challenge
join there Pia I believe this is a winner card

Brenda's Card Corner said...

Stunning card Pia! Love all the dies and embellishments.


Donna said...

This is absolutely charming Pia, love everything about it!

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful vintage looking card with lots of gorgeous detail - fabulous!

aussie aNNie said...

Sweet card, love the added goodies too the die cuts and that row of pom poms looks fabulous.xx...nice..xx

Loz said...

Fantastic vintage looking card and image Pia..Loz

Asha said...

I know this is a boy card, but there is a tenderness about it that is really endearing. It is beautiful card for a much loved little man. Well done, Pia. Not all boys are frogs and snails and puppy dog tails. :)
x Asha

Michelle said...

Stunning work Pia. The colours, image and embellishments all co-ordinate beautifully - sorry for not being around to comment on your gorgeous creations lately as I have been poorly - Hope you are well - Michelle x

Valerie Nolan said...

What a beautiful vintage card Pia, love the image and the bobble trim!
Val x

chrissy xx said...

Stunning card Pia..I LOve your design and such pretty colours.
FAB mixture of die here too x
There's a new Challenge tomorrow {Wed} lol over at ABC Christmas we make two cards a month if that helps xx

Tammy said...

Beautiful Christmas card Pia! I love how you've stamped the image over the script stamp, gorgeous colors too!
Tammy x

Liz said...

Lovely vintage style card. Thanks for joining in the Rudolph Days February Challenge.
Liz - DT member xx

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful Christmas card love the cute vintage image and beautiful embellishments and layers -I only handmake cards for family which are handed out -the posted ones are for those you only hear from with a card at Christmas so they get bought one I'm afraid
Carol x

crafty-stamper said...

meant to say love the old card too
carol x

Mrs.B said...

A gorgeous card Pia, love the image (liked the original card too). Love all the little details, I'm sure this will be a card for someone special.
Avril xx

Chrissy said...

Beautiful elegant Christmas card it.


Laine said...

So elegant Pia, with a real vintage feel and sparkle!

Eileen said...

It may cost you more in postage but it is certainly worth spending to send this beautiful creation. Love the stamp and papers you have used, and perfect embellies. Thanks for playing along with our 'Add a Sentiment' challenge at Winter Wonderland this week, and hope to see you joining us again
Eileen x

Zoe Sanderson said...

This is another classy card Pia love all the embellishments and the stamp is full of charm. We love you at Twofers but you know this don't you. XOXO Zoe

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 270 - hope to see you again soon x