Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I have a confession...

If you were to make a list of Anna's Top Ten Rules to Live By, number one on that list would be "Christmas music may only be listened to from December 1st until December 25th." Well, yesterday I sat down to work on some more Christmas cards, and I just couldn't resist the urge to break my own Number One Rule :) So, for two evenings now, I've been crafting along to some of my favorite Christmas tunes on my ipod! And I'm having a blast... I just hope now I can stop and wait until December! :-D

Most of the projects I've made are things I'm not quite ready to share, but I do have some Basic Grey Jovial collection and Lawn Fawn Bows and Holly for you today.

 One of my favorite things about the Jovial collection is the really unique color combination. I used Broken China Distress Ink to stamp the label on this card... Now, I mean, how often do you see turquoise for Christmas? :) I muted it a little with some Antique Linen, because the turquoise in the paper is a little bit greener and somewhat distressed.

I apologize for the supreme crumminess of this photo... I'll try to take a new one tomorrow! 
This card was totally inspired by Brit Swiderski. She had the amazing idea to use the Distress Ink Bleeding technique that I used on my fall placecards with this adorable wreath stamp from Lawn Fawn's Bows and Holly. Genius. I love how it turned out... even though when I re-stamped over the image with bleeding I kind of, well, missed :) So there's the bleeding and also a little bit of a shadow effect. I used a Sakura Stardust pen on the ribbon that's wrapped around the wreath. The bow was painted with Fired Brick Distress Ink mixed with water and gold Perfect Pearls. (This is Technique 3 from Week 1 of the Holiday Thinking Inking series.) I also added a little Glossy Accents (I *finally* bought some!) to the berries.

Here's a closeup of the wreath so you can see all the special treatments.

Wish me luck in turning off the Christmas music! :) Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Ohh, I LOVE the turquoise! It looks fantastic! Cute stuff!

    I have a similar rule. I allow it after Thanksgiving. I've already had a peppermint mocha this season though. Last time I went out for coffee I talked myself into pumpkin since that's a limited run too.

  2. This is gorgeous! I can't tell that you missed the second time around. It looks great to me.

    Isn't Brit amazing? Love her!

  3. Don't feel bad. A friend of mine's family has a rule that you can't listen to xmas music until Oct.1 and they have a hard time sticking to that!

    Heck, I'm a Buddhist and I can't seem to get enough of xmas music myself. I'm fond of the Boston Pops recording that came out a few years ago with the lollis on the cover. Yum!

  4. Beautiful cards!! Love that new BG Jovial line :O)