A Warm Glow At Christmas

Hello Everyone
To start this week I am sharing some cards I made some weeks ago now when I first received the stunning Vintage Women’s Christmas image sheets from Ignacio at Nicecranes.
Apologies in advance for this post being photo heavy and I really do not expect you to take in all the photographs with you all being so busy yourselves.
The cards I am sharing today are 6″x6″, all  using a stencil and modeling paste (details further on) to form the snowflake background onto which I applied gilding wax.winterrose(lynnemoncrieff)I was disappointed with the way the background translated in the photograph as there is much more depth to it in real life, it looks rather washed out in the photograph! snowflakedetailPlenty of shimmer and sparkle on this card with the mix of vintage mica flakes and the gilding wax, I used two (or it might have been three, gilding waxes).  The mica flakes are available to purchase from That’s Crafty , such a quick way to add sparkle to edge an image and I would have been lost without them this year.detail4Also  shimmer in the form of the flower (taken from a shoe!) which I layered with German Scrap and a metal frame, adding a touch of stamping with the calendar detail from Oxford Impressions.  You can source the stamps directly from Oxford Impressions (Austen Gallery) or in the U.K. from That’s Crafty.detail2I couldn’t resist smudging some gilding wax onto all the different elements. stainedtrimCard No. 2
gatheringthetreeVintage Women’s Christmas was printed onto low gloss  which is so much nicer than regular photo paper.nicecranedesignimageTexture in various forms, with the snowflake texture paste design on the cardbase, various found papers scrunched and gilded, the Oxford Impressions sentiment stamped onto found paper and then swiped with Rose Quartz, again there is corrugated cardboard and  the mica flake edging on the image.detail2It was only to be a two card post but as the days are whizzing past I am squeezing in a third card.
This is such a sweet image.  lynnemoncrieff1That is what also appeals to me about this collection of images, there are children as well as femmes, a nice mix of vintage images.
I randomly sprinkled the flakes onto the image, not keeping only to the edge.nicecraneimageIt isn’t only a matter of ease, reaching for the same elements to mix up and use on cards and other projects, it is also that those are the items I like to incorporate:- found papers, corrugated cardboard, fragments of lace whether they be stained or not and for Christmas, by smudging some wax onto those items, it adds another dimension and makes them all the more festive.detail1This year I have been using Studio Calico Starbursts and Stars on nearly all my cards and other items, you will see them repeatedly making an appearance, alongside Prima Bark Icons Stars.  For my DT post for That’s Crafty yesterday they all made an appearance, they are nice little touches to scatter here and there and if you like the look of them they can be purchased from That’s Crafty. In fact that is where you can also find the snowflake stencil and the texture paste I used, Maimeri Light Modelling Paste. Why I mention this is because I have used different types of Modelling Paste over the years, not being loyal to any particular brand. Recently I have been using a tub purchased from a supermarket. I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was and had it in different strengths but I did find that even the light was causing cardstock to buckle ever so slightly at the edges. So far, no buckling with Maimeri Light. detail2I hope this start to a new week finds you all progressing well with your Christmas preparations and if, like me you are still surrounded with Christmas stamps and images, at least you are making some headway and nearing the end of what you need to achieve.
This week I will be focusing on Christmas for most of my Blog posts with a mix of samples to share. In the meantime, many thanks for your visit and here’s to you having a lovely week.

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sophie
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 16:59:19

    Wunderschöne Weihnachtskarten, liebe Lynne.
    Ich bin begeistert von diesen feinen romantischen Werken. Jede Karte so individuell und bezaubernd.

    Umarmung und liebe Grüße


  2. Rita
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 17:29:49

    Beautiful cards Lynne. I love each and every one of them. Hugs Rita xxx


  3. 2amscrapper
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 17:53:43

    Your projects are sooooo beautiful, Lynne!


  4. Corrie Herriman
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 18:01:48

    If this lovely card looks ‘washed out’ on the photo then it must be absolutely stunning in real life !!! love your work Lynne, beautiful and very recognisable as yours !! Hope you have a lovely week too !
    Corrie x


  5. tracy745
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 18:07:06

    Beautiful cards, I love the gold tones and touches of shimmer. The images are fabulous and work so well in these colour ways. Love the use of corrugated card too. Simply beautiful . Tracy x


  6. Yvonne G
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 18:16:13

    Be still my heart Lynne! Impeccable, discerning beauty abounds here! I adore each one. Thanks for all your trips to my blog and your always present encouragement! Best, Yvonne


  7. rachel fisher
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 18:33:18

    these are stunning Lynne – beautiful xx


  8. may
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 18:40:31

    Gorgeous festive cards Lynne….How you have used the wonderful images is simply Beautiful…. outstanding designs… Love them all… Hugs May x x


  9. Bärbel
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 18:56:35

    Wundervolle Weihnachtskarten, liebe Lynne. Die strukturierten Hintergründe, die Motive und die Gestaltung mit Vergolderwachs gefallen mir sehr gut.
    Liebe Grüße.


  10. Anne R
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 19:08:36

    The images are wonderful and you have really made them shine, they are all stunning. I too, am surrounded with stamps, papers etc., but getting nowhere – but you have seriously inspired me now! Hugs, Anne x


  11. Cynthia
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 19:15:05

    Just beautiful work….really like the beige with gold….


  12. valerie-Jael
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 19:41:06

    What gorgeous cards! Love the embossed details and the gold and glitter – and of course, the wonderful images. Really good work, Lynne! Valerie


  13. Deborah (rustycage11)
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 19:49:12

    All so beautiful, Lynne. Love the gilding on the textured snowflakes.


  14. Annie G
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 20:08:34

    Loving these beautiful cards. Wonderful textured snowflakes and the mica flakes framing the images. TFS Lynne

    Best wishes Annie x


  15. Fliss
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 20:23:14

    This is a stunner Lynne. The golden glow looks amazing and the textures and attention to detail are beautiful.
    Hugs, Fliss xx


  16. Marilyn J. Rock
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 21:04:11

    Love all of your touches! Gorgeous Lynne! xo


  17. Chris
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 21:06:47

    All of your cards are so beautiful, Lynne. I love the shimmer of the gilding wax – one of my favourite mediums to use this year.

    Of course, the first card is my favourite as it is sitting here in front of me and is even more stunning in real life. Thank you so much, Lynne.

    Chris xx


  18. Angelica
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 22:27:29

    So beautiful…like a winter dream! Love how you used the mica flakes and the gilding wax.


  19. Suze
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 22:55:14

    These are just gorgeous Lynne. I love the snowflakes and the sparkle and the beautiful vintage images. I’m beginning to feel Christmassy! Xx


  20. astridchristine
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 00:05:10

    Really beautiful Lynne! Love those embossed snowflakes and the glittered/mica flaked frames around the images are so beautiful! Really suits those vintage photos, just gorgeous!


  21. Buttons
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 07:19:39

    Oh my goodness these are special Lynne! LOVE that shimmering paste background. The snowflakes set off the vintage images perfectly. Huge round of applause from me for these. Jenny x


  22. Bettina breiding Hansen
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 11:21:05

    So very very beautiful!!


  23. coco
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 13:31:05

    It is so gorgeous Lynne!!! I love your mix and use of gilding wax and mica flakes, your lovely images, the snowflake background and all the delicate embellishments added on these three cards! Have a lovely day, Hugs, Coco


  24. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 14:22:55

    Stunning cards Lynne..the details are great, as usual…the receivers will be very happy with this gorgeous vintage cards


  25. Dorthe
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 16:03:43

    A bunch of so beautiful cards, my dear Lynne,-
    Just so lovely all, and the snowflake stencil, is wonderful as background on this wintery christmas cards. I also love the stars you added ,and all the glitter from mica flakes is also a must in most of my own cards. Thank you for the link to That`s Crafty – so sweet of you.
    Sending you a grey day warm hug.


  26. MarieS.
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 16:12:44

    The cards are so lovely and so you,dear Lynne.TFS.


  27. Ira
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 18:07:37

    Amazing looking series of Christmas cards dear Lynne, I’m the fortunate ‘owner’ of a similar card of yours, so happy with it, thank you once more, you’re a gem!
    Ira’s Crea Corner


  28. Sandy Dehon
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 19:05:31

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love your vintage style and it is so romantic. Like cards I should find tucked away somewhere tied in ribbons.
    Happy Holidays!


  29. barnie
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 20:51:20

    I’m catching up… you’ve been very creative 🙂 Especially love this wonderful romantic piece of art.


  30. Amelie Dronten
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 20:57:05

    I so enjoyed reading your lovely post with all the picture poetry, Lynne,
    and I enjoyed your lovely words on my blog as well! Thank you so much!
    LOVE that flower taken from a shoe (we start looking at the daily world outside with different eyes once the artsy “desease” has taken hold of us, don’t we? ;).
    And the mica flakes are a most wonderful addition to your lovely cards!

    Hugs and take care (hope you are doing fine!),
    Claudia xxx


  31. Shirley
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 21:46:39

    Wow Lynne these are all so gorgeous, love the cream & gold and embellishments. I hope you are having a great week, Shirleyx


  32. Julie Lee
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 23:00:18

    These are just so special: I adore them all. An exquisite collection that it gave me great pleasure to look through. Julie Ann xx


  33. Terry
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 00:15:45

    You do wonders with these gorgeous images! Another lovely collection with just the right amount of sparkle and embellishments! Hugs!


  34. Kate
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 00:39:07

    Stunning! Between the texture paste snowflakes and the rose ribbon it is A-MaZing!


  35. michele s
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 03:27:50

    truly a warm glow emanates from these gorgeous pieces. love it.


  36. craftytrog
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 10:51:59

    These are all stunning Lynne!
    And, thanks for the beautiful card that I received yesterday, I love the embossed snowflakes. I didn’t get time to make gifts this year either, so don’t worry.
    Alison xxx


  37. marjiekemper
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 15:38:37

    SO much eye candy! Love how you’ve treated the images and framed them. These cards are fantastic.


  38. ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 05:10:49

    Such a lovely array of gorgeous cards dear Lynne!
    Being a visual person I must say I very much enjoy your photos and never feel that there are too many views of the details and artistry in what you create.


  39. nicecrane
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 21:45:21

    Wowwwww Lynne,,,,,you are so creative,,,,,,and your style is unique, love the vintage style, here and all over the extra ornaments,,,,,work perfetly with my old picts,,,,,,Horayyyyy for Lynne,,,and all over thanks for your comments,,,Merry Christmas Lynne.


  40. Sharon
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 10:41:58

    Wow just beautiful and all so elegant!


  41. Avril
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 18:41:16

    Beautiful cards Lynne, love the images.
    Avril xx


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