Sunday, December 22, 2013


Ho Ho Ho!!  Only TWO more days until Christmas Day!  Can you believe it?  

One of my most favorite days of the year is Christmas Eve.  We have always had a family tradition of celebrating with a big family dinner on Christmas Eve evening and opening a few presents.  Even as a child, I always looked forward to family dinners and getting to open some presents with my cousins.  Now, I am so fortunate to have all of my grandchildren close by so I get to relive memories of my childhood Christmases through them.

Last year and again this year, we will have a very special guest at our home on Christmas Eve.  Santa will come to visit; in all of his absolute glory.  He is such a beautiful Santa and it brought tears to everyone's eyes as our grandchildren sat around him, memorized as he read "The Night Before Christmas" to them.  I BELIEVE!  

And of course, Santa visits our houses on Christmas Eve night, after everyone has gone home and is "snug in their beds with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads".  Christmas morning, all of the grandkids and our children come back over to our house and it's utter chaos with squeals of delight and paper flying everywhere while the presents are being opened.  But, ahhhhh....what a wonderful time it is!  I wouldn't trade it for ANYTHING in the world!

This week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we are not actually having a challenge but more inspirational posts for you....hopefully our projects will give you some good ideas on something different you can do with products you may already have or inspire you to add to your Christmas "wish list".  Or, just bring you some Christmas joy.

I have been posting Christmas projects since Halloween.  I hope that some of the things that I've posted have given you the Christmas spirit or inspired you to maybe use a product you have in a different way to create something wonderful.  The project I am sharing with you today is made from a giant Manila tag.  I'm not sure what you'd call it; a tag card, a mini book...not sure.  But, whatever it is, it was fun to make and I played around with Tim's Blueprint Christmas Tree stamp to create these layered Christmas trees.

I had absolutely no idea what I was going to make when I sat down at my work table.  I just knew that I wanted to play around with Tim's tree blueprint stamp and also Tim's new Old Fashioned Christmas stamp set.  It is such a wonderful set not only because of the beautiful vintage Santa but also because of the gorgeous sentiments included on the set.  I've used one of them on this tag..."All Good Wishes For Christmas".  It also has a beautiful vintage style "Merry Christmas" plus a lovely greenery wreath and the ice skates advertisement that I have used behind my Santa on this tag.  

This is the tag that I covered with Tim's Melange Tissue.  I used primarily the musical notes on that paper because they remind me of Christmas.  I adhered it in place on the tag using Glue 'N Seal.  Then I used some Fired Brick, Evergreen Bough and then some Pine Needles Distress Inks to color the tag.  Over that, I added some Tarnished Brass Distress Stain that I had mixed with a little bit of water and smeared over the tag with my fingers.  (It's not worth doing if you don't be messy!)  You can see the stain on the tag...I love it's added subtle shine.  Then I folded the tag in half, trimmed off the corners of the bottom of the tag and added a hole to the bottom of the tag so that I could add a ribbon and close the tag if I wanted to.

Here is the inspiration for the entire tag...Tim's Blueprint Christmas Tree.  I stamped it onto a piece of distress manila cardstock.  I had previously distressed the cardstock with Vintage Photo and a touch of Gathered Twigs.  Then I flicked water on it to mottle the background. Next I tore some of the edges and scuffed them up.  I added Walnut Stain and a little black around the edges to further age them.  Then I wadded up the paper to crinkle it up and soften it.  Next I rolled up some of the edges and it now looks like an old blue print.  I figured that this would be on the front of my tag/card/book ... whatever ... so I put it to the side and carried on to my next idea; stamping out the tree again so that I could make a pattern and create several stacked trees from the blueprint.

I found some really pretty deep green with a bit of a gold fleck cardstock in my stash of stuff.  So, I pulled it out and dry embossed it with Tim Holtz' Springtime Texture Fade.  

Then I tapped a Gold Paint Dabber onto my Non Stick Craft Sheet and using a makeup sponge, I lightly touched the raised areas of the embossing.  I love this!

Then I began cutting out the different layers of my tree from the embossed green cardstock.  I thought it would make really pretty Christmas trees.  I even added an extra couple of layers on a couple of the trees to alter their appearance from original three tier drawing into even taller trees.  You just need the stamped tree (I stamped it onto Kraft Cardstock) as your base.  Then glue the bottom section right on top of the bottom of the tree.  For the next layer, add pop dots to the next tree section and then stack it (staggered) on top of the cardstock base and the first tree section.  Continue to add layers, with pop dots stacked on top of each other for each layer as well, to make each layer more dimensional until you reach the top of the tree.  When I finished my trees, I laid them to the side so that I could create the exterior of my card.  That needed to be done before I could start working on the much more dimensional interior.

I mixed some Pine Needles Distress Ink with Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste to create a green paste I would use with my brand new Tim Holtz Holly Bough Stencil.  It's a beautiful stencil!

First I added some Tim Holtz Cardstock from the backside of his Seasonal Paper Stash and then lightly distressed it with some Pine Needles Distress Ink around the perimeter.  I also smeared some Gold Dabber mixed with water over the paper using my fingers.  Then I ran the Paint Dabber around all of the edges and down the middle of the tag.  Next I added some Mercury Glass Stickles to the front of the tag that I knew would be exposed.  (The rest of the front would be underneath my Christmas Tree Blue Print.

I added some gold tinsel trim under the right side of the blueprint, a piece of green twine and a label from Tim Holtz' Simple Sayings stamp set to the blueprint.  The "TRIM THE TREE" was stamped with some little letter stamps that I had.  All of the black was stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink.  Finally I lightly filled in the star and the bulbs with Mercury Glass Stickles.  I added a gold ribbon up the middle of the card as well.  I wanted the outside to be super simple...not all that embellished. 

Open up the card and .....

You will see the "All Good Wishes For Christmas" embossed in Gold Embossing Powder.  Such a pretty vintage script! I loved the Gold Embossing so much that I swiped the Embossing Ink Pad around all of the edges of the interior, sprinkled some Gold Embossing Powder, wiped off the excess that I did not want to heat and then heat set the remaining powder.  I love the randomness of the edges! 

The Christmas trees are stacked, edged with Mercury Glass Stickles, topped with various sizes of Mirrored Stars and glued into their proper places on the card.

I must have a "thing" for Tim's ice skates this season!  Last week I created a tag using Tim's die cut ice skates.  This week, I am using a vintage ice skates ad from his Old Fashioned Christmas stamp set and Santa is holding some of Tim's Ideaology Ice Skates Charms.  The gorgeous Santa is from Tim's Old Fashioned Christmas stamp set as well.  I colored him with Distress Inks and added White Flocking to his beard and hat and coat cuffs.  I also added some highlights to Santa and his tree using Mercury Glass Stickles. The little tree he is holding is from Melissa Frances.  I tied the Skates together with twine and hot glued a bow right under the tree.

Once I glued everything in place, I added the little ornaments.  They were stamped onto a piece of Manila Cardstock that had been distressed with Fired Brick and Barn Door Distress Inks.  I then brushed Rock Candy Distress Crackle over all of them and let them dry.  Once dry, I cut them out, glued them to the trees and then lightly added Mercury Glass Stickles to the tops of the bulbs and around the perimeter of each one.

Ho! Ho! Ho!  M-E-R-R-Y  C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S!!!

I wish you and yours a truly blessed Christmas; full of love and family and traditions.  May God keep you safe during the holiday season and in the coming New Year!

Peace and Joy!

Even though this is not a challenge week, you're still invited to shop for all of your crafting needs or provide a "wish list" to all who are still wanting to know what to get you for Christmas from Simon Says Stamp!


  1. another gorgeous piece, thanks for the lovely comment on my blog and here is wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas xx hugs trace x

  2. You've done it again Candy, a fabulous tag card with wonderful Christmas images and brilliant techniques. Like you we have a tradition of a Christmas Eve dinner and small presents with playing games and having fun. As the grandchildren get older it is wonderful to experience their excitement and pleasure of this special time of the year with them. Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration. Have a wonderful and magical Christmas.
    Festive greetings.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  3. Love how this turned out! Great piece, Candy. Merry Christmas!

  4. This is soooo pretty Candy. I love all the textures you used and layering. I'm with you, I have ALL the Blueprint stamps and didn't use one of them this year for my cards. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

    PS Did you see my Christmas Drum? It's right up alley.

  5. Love all of the different elements here! So pretty!

  6. Beautiful card Candy! The backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous! Love what you did with the trees. All the gold details give this card an even more festive feel. A very Merry Christmas to you!!

  7. So, so, beautiful! Merry Christmas!!!!!

  8. So wonderful, Candy... the layered, gilded trees look fab, as does that lovely textured holly, and Santa has never been more gorgeous! I love the colours in the background, and the gilded sentiment works brilliantly to finish it off.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner, and enjoy all the merry chaos of Christmas Day!
    Alison xx

  9. This is such a lovely post Candy. I believe too and we have a sign outside our front door to tell the world! Like you, I love the ice skate die and I just had to buy that vintage Santa set this week because it has that ice skate wording. Perfect! And so is your tag card, I just love how you created the gorgeous trees and Santa looks wonderful holding that little tree. Your Christmas Eve and day sound magical, I hope you have the most wonderful time. Thank you so much for your amazing inspiration this year, you are crafting Royalty in my book. A very merry Christmas to you and yours. Hugs, Anne x

  10. Hi Candy, so lovely to read your post, I loved reading about your family visiting on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, isn't it lovely to be with your family. I love your tag card, love how,you have used the tree in your design. The jolly Santa is perfect for this piece and imlove the addition of the Embossing Paste. I hope you have a fantastic, joyous Christmas spending time with your loved ones. I have loved seeing each and everyone of your designs this year . You are an inspiration . Happy Christmas my dear friend. Tracy x

  11. What a beautiful post you have shared with us today! I love hearing about your Christmas traditions and then your beautiful project! Love it! The texture of the tree is sweet and the Santa is so special!

  12. I forgot to say I wish you and your family the merriest Christmas and I hope Santa is very good to you!

  13. Oh Candy this is a stunning project, but then of course, all of your projects always are... I totally love what you did with the trees, but really it is how you put all of the elements together that makes this such a fabulous project! I just love all the vintage shimmery colours and embossing!

    Your Christmas sounds truly magical and I hope you enjoy every minute of it!!! Thank you for all of your support this year!

  14. Such a beautiful Christmas creation, Candy. Love all the glitters and textures. Wish you and your family a merry Christmas and happy holidays. :)

  15. This is such a beautiful project. I LOVE those embossed trees!!
    Merry Christmas, Candy!

  16. Wow Candy! What a stunning project! I love all the various textures! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Love love love this! So festive! It makes me want to play with gold embossing powder! :) Merry Christmas!

  18. You are always so inspirational, Candy. And thanks for sharing the magic of Christmas.
    I wish you a very happy festive season!.

  19. Ohh wow Candy! This is gorgeous! The trees look amazing! Wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Liebe Candy,
    großartige Projekte haben Sie wieder geschaffen! Ich kann nur staunen und Ihre Kreativität bewundern. Leider fehlte mir die Zeit, öfters auf Ihren schönen Blog zu schauen. Ich möchte Ihnen und Ihrer Familie ein wunderbares Weihnachtsfest wünschen.
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

  21. Beautiful tag card!!!! I love the shimmery background and that Santa! Merry merry Christmas to you friend!!! See you soon!

  22. Those trees are just amazing! Love the texture and the shine from the gold paint dabber. And the background is just fabulous. Your mini tag book is so inspirational...I think I shall try to make one. I hate to pack away all my Christmas papers and stamps...but then we get to play with Valentines, don't we?

  23. What an stunning creation, dear Candy !
    Merry Christmas to you and yours and you are enjoying a wonderful festive season.
    Hugs and smile

  24. Your coloring and collaging skills are totally off the charts! I am always so wow'd when I see the before and after pics of how something starts and how it ends up in the hands of a creative genius (that would be you)! This is so lovely with Tim's "modern" stamps and cutting-edge color blending, but it still is so reminiscent of traditional holiday goodness. Just browsing your blog throughout the season upped my Christmasy-Spirit factor by about a billion percent. Thank you for all of the holiday inspiration and I can't wait to see what you come up with in 2014!

  25. STUNNING!! Love this so much Candy and it sure inspires me!! Already wishing you a prefect New Years Eve and lot of crafting in 2014.

    With Love from The Netherlands,

  26. Hey there sweetness, I just loveeeeee your precious Christmas project, love the tutorial and allways learn so much from you my dear and special friend. Thank you for sharing your fabby creation. Huge hugs and loveeeee you xxxx Terry

  27. Hi Candy :-) sending New Year wishes across the miles to you x hope you had the most wonderful Christmas and that Santa was good to you. Say hello to Cooper from me too x

    I look forward to viewing your stunning creations in 2014 and I thank you for your visits and comments on my blog, which are truly appreciated.

    Take care and Best Wishes

    Annie x


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