Sunday, August 21, 2022

Joy to the World Reindeer

 Happy Sunday and I hope your weekend has gone well. We continue to get rain statewide every day, which is very good for our drought conditions down here in Texas. But it causes me to feel miserable with my Arthurs and allergies. Vox nix...there's always something! I am thankful to have a hobby to try to take the mind off of the pain. I'm a bit behind on my blog visiting because for a while I couldn't sit or stand for very long, but I do aim to catch up tonight.
Today I have a Christmas card made mostly from scrap stash and using the Pattie's Creations black and white digi Reindeer In Snow that I colored with Promarkers. The A7 white card base is Springhill Digital card. The dark pink card is SU and the 3 designer papers were offcuts in my scraps stash. They were all originally from a sweater knit paper collection but I forgot who made. The Sizzix Treeline border, Catherine Pooler Joy and Spellbinders Fleur de Lis frame peeking out from underneath the focal image are all dies that were cut from white Springhill Digital card and were leftover orphans in my Christmas box. The Papertrey Ink sentiment was stamped on some of the SU card with Versamark, heat-embossed with white powder and then fussy cut. 
I used this Splitcoaststampers sketch for my layout design, resizing to A7 in PSE. I lowered sketch element 4 some because I thought it looked better that way.
I can honestly say, this card was a pain in the arss to make because I kept messing things up! I had a pretty big scrap of the trees paper, enough to cover both base mats on the front and back plus a little leftover. But I only had a long strip of each of the other two patterns.
This is how I was able to cover sketch element 2 with the sweater plaid paper strip. I was able to line up the plaid perfectly, but then I had to cut it down across the middle a bit because I messed up the overall dimensions. Had I snapped to my measurement error earlier, I could have just butted up the papers together and cut some the pink mat card off the bottom and avoided the long way around. The horizontal band sketch element 3 covered up the cuts and gaps so problem solved. However, that wasn't the only screw-up I had to salvage.
While stamping the top Papertrey Ink sentiment with Onyx Versafine ink on the inside of the card, I accidentally dropped the stamp and it left a faint impression on the left side. I was able to erase only some of it, so I tried stippling Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood Distress Inks through a Memory Box Flurry Frame stencil. But I could still see it. So I grabbed the lightest gray ink I have, my Gray Flannel Memento ink, and did some random second-generation stamping of the sentiment all around. Honey was my judge and he said, ok now it doesn't look weird, lol. So I guess that means I salvaged that!
Then after covering the back with SU card and more tree paper, I realized I was out of my siggies and was going to have to stamp out another page of them. By then, I was getting cranky and decided to just  leave that for another day.
I was going to add white Stickles to the trees and snow, but because I was wanting to be done with the card, I settled for dark pink glitter gel pen noses and a little shimmer spray over the whole image. The photos don't pick up the shimmer but it looks nice in real life. 😉
Final view. With all the trouble I had, I'm pleasantly surprised and thankful with the result. Those darn paper scraps and leftovers are like crack to me and the wisest thing to do would be just to trash them, but no, I have to always try to use them up. 😏😣😬
Thanks for stopping by today and good week ahead to all, XOX

I've used a Pattie's digi
I've used the Reindeer In Snow digi by Pattie's Creations


Mummylade said...

Really wonderful details! Thank you so much for joining us at ABC Christmas challenge

Darlene said...

OMG what a FABULOUS holiday creation my friend! Beautiful inside & out! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth Christmas challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!!


SarahR said...

Hello Aimeslee, stunning Christmas card you've created there! Love all the papers and your layout and you decorated the back and inside as well! Kudos!!

Many thanks for joining in with us this month at Crafty Calendar Challenge. Sarah - DT

My name is Erika. said...

I hope your weather improves so your feel better. Joint pain is not fun. But the rain has to help the drought. It rained here yesterday and I think again today. We are dry also and it could rain all week without being a bad thing. Especially as you said with a hobby to keep you busy. And take your mind of things. This is another fun holiday card. 2022 is your year for. Christmas cards. Hope you feel better and don’t get any flooding. Hugs-Erika.

Jennifrann said...

You absolutely have to always use up the paper scraps--never throw anything away is my motto. You never know when you'll be able to use them up on a fabulous card like this! I love all the fun patterns and the shimmer!

Bonnie Lynn said...

Awesome job covering up your "boo boo". I can't see it at all. Love how everything turned out. BTW - I would love to take some of the rain off of Texas. We're drier than a bone and hotter than.....well you know. ;)

Wendy L said...

You have made a great job of it, thanks for joining us at the MAWTT challenge xx

dorsetdawndesigns said...

I love the cheerful layout. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Cardz 4 Galz Dawn S DT x

Billie A said...

Awesome layout. So glad you shared your creative art over at Cardz 4 Galz, Colour Crazy.

craftytrog said...

A beautiful composition Aimeslee! Just doing some catching up myself ;-)

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Another awesome Christmas card. You make me want to have my name on them all Aimes! So many elements and put together in an eye-catching way.

Sorry your arthurs is acting up. Wonder if it is worse in the rainy weather you're having. I had to work on the weekend, but it was a good one. --Bethie

Dawn Frost said...

Love the colours and background you use, so cool! Thanks for joining Colour Crazy Challenges, good luck! Dawn DT

samanthadesigns said...

The papers you chose really compliment the card design. You used the sketch perfectly. I just love this card. Thank you for joining Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge. -Samantha, DT

Chana Malkah said...

You always pack so much detail into your projects! Nicely done!
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Chana Malkah said...

Thanks for hanging out on our front porch at 613 Avenue Create !
Chana Malkah, Owner
Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
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Pamela Duncan said...

What a bright and fun card! Thanks for sharing at Critter Crazy Challenge Blog, Pam, DT

Claudia's kaartjes said...

Stunning Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge

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Wendy said...

Adventures in crafting! I’ve had those days too. I’m impressed that you stuck with your design and finished it. I can’t tell you how many I’ve abandoned. I never would have known about your “mistakes”. The end product is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it and playing along with ABC Christmas Challenge ~ Wendy

Pamela said...

A great Christmas card and you've used up some scraps so an added bonus!
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Seafield Jo said...

What a great Christmas card.
I too craft to distract me from my pain, you have my sympathy.
CD Sunday Plus DT

Ilonka said...

Youre card is so beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us at the Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog.
Hugs Ilonka DT

Antjes kaartcreaties said...

What a colorful Christmas card Aimeslee. Nice all those different design papers. Thank you for joining Girlz Rebel Challenge.

Carol said...

Hi Aimeslee, Sorry I am late with my visit. Sorry to read about your Arthurs. I was seeing my GP yesterday about mine.
I love the card. As always you manage to put so much on one sheet of card. It amazes me.
Take care.
Carol xx
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Deanne Saunders said...

Sweet card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper