Monday, December 01, 2014

Card Design: Countdown to Christmas with Nicecrane Designs, Day 1
Oooooh Boy!  It is December 1st and the Christmas countdown has officially begun.  Last night in anticipation for the start of this holy month, I was singing Christmas carols and wanting to put up decorations--I'm not sure I'll even have the time to do so as this is going to be ONE PACKED MONTH both here on the blog at in my home as we get ready for the arrival of the big guy.  I might be 47 years old but I am always a kid at this time of year!

Today I am posting the first of a series of Christmas themed creations made with images from Nicecrane Designs I have several ideas planned, now I just have to hope that I can pull them all off in time!

These first two cards are from a set of five that I created for my momma as part of her Christmas gift from LAST year.  It is high time that I finally show them to you.  I'll show you the rest later in the week.

Digital Image Details: 

  • A Joyful Christmas:  For these first two cards I used the images you see on the left hand side of the preview below.  Click on the watermark below to take you to its location in the store.
Digital Sentiment Details:
  • Ones I created specifically for these cards.
Other Notes:
  • I added faux stitching digitally to each of the panels that served as a base for the image and sentiment.  The colour of the stitching was designed to match the colour of ribbon used on each card.   
  • I thought it fitting to use ribbons from the collection I got from my Momma so the ribbons used on each of these cards are Spool O' Ribbon brand although I don't know where they come from.
Embossing Folder:
  • The card base was embossed using the one of the folders from the Cricut, Paper Lace II set.
Other Notes:
  • I kept the inside simple only adding the same digital faux stitching that I did for the front.  While the colour of the stitching is green in this particular sample picture, each card's stitching matched the front.
Paper Products:
  • Card, image and sentiment base: Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
Challenges I am hoping to enter...
Before I go...
I can't possibly leave without sharing two more wonderful Christmas themed sets available at Nicecrane's Designs.  Check out the great images available in the Twas the Night Before Christmas Collections, set 1 and 2.  Each set contains several cool distressed looking vintage images that would be great for card and ATC design.  Be sure to go and check them out while you are at the store (c
lick on each image below to head to its location).
Don't forget, to stay current on ALL the latest releases and to check out the fabulous inspiration from my fellow DT members, be sure to head over to the Nicecrane Designs blog.  
I am so happy that you had a chance to pop by and check out my latest creation.  I'll be back later in the week with more! 
Until next time,


Karen Lunagirl said...

Very beautiful cards. I've always loved those vintage images. Thanks for sharing your creations in my Holiday Children challenge at! It's nice to see you there again. ~ Karen

Maryann Laursen said...

These are just sooo beautiful Lisa. I absolutely love these nostalgic images here from NiceCrane, but I just can´t find the link for them in the store, that you mentioned here??? But all your work here today is sooo gorgeous and beautiful hun.

Donna Ellis said...

Lisa, your cards are so pretty, inside and out - the vintage theme is beautiful! hugs, de

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Oh poop, sorry about that Maryann. I was sure I had linked all of them but obviously not. The bottom two were linked properly the first time around and I've just finished linking up 'A Joyful Christmas'. Sorry for any inconvenience it may have caused you.


brenda said...

Gorgeous Christmas card with the Nicecrane images Lisa.

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

pinky said...

I just love these gorgeous cards!! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

Sally H said...

A fabulous Christmas creation, Lisa! Love those gorgeous vintage images Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month and good luck!

Jenny Marples said...

Oh Lisa I remember these designs fondly and you've shown them beautifully here. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

Karon said...

Thank you for this wonderful post. Because, you have reminded me that I have some Nicecrane Designs and I need some quick cards to make - thank you. Guess what I will be doing tomorrow :-)

Nicole Wright Designs said...

Such beautiful cards. The vintage images are stunning and go perfectly with the crisp white embossing. Beautiful cards to give away. Thanks for joining Frilly and Funkie with the Gift from the Heart Challenge.

2amscrapper said...

Lisa, could you delete my last comment and post this instead:

I'm new to the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up and discovered it through Monica's site which then led me to your site. Excited for the new year of challenges and am posting all this info on my blog Friday Dec 4. Still navigating through the system and learning who the key players are....

2amscrapper said...

I think the digital stitching is a brilliant idea. These are beautiful cards. I must look around your blog....Helene

Marina said...

Just lovely! Thanks a lot for joining in with my Festive 48 at My Perfect Life .

Edwina said...

Wow! These cards are stunning. I just love the vintage images. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown