Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Country Christmas

Happy Saturday!  Welcome to my Saturday post.  Over at Our Creative Corner Lili Inguanti is our hostess and she has the cutest challenge for us this week.  She is calling it a Howdy challenge and the theme is country or western with the requirement that you have to use some sort of plaid or gingham on your piece.  Well, I love country and since I'm now in my holiday groove, I decided on a country Christmas slant and here is the result.

I was visiting with my friend and SU demo Stasia yesterday and was casually flipping through a pad of designer paper she had on her table when I came across this wonderful red plaid.  And right behind it was the beautiful red polka dot.  BINGO!  Stasia generously shared it with me and my plaid Christmas card was borne.

I broke out my new Tim Holtz Christmas Background and Borders texture fades, embossed and sponged a piece of CS with Vintage Photo DI.   Then  I used the new Sticky Embossing Powder on the high points and applied the new Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter - I am totally hooked on this new glitter.  The reindeer was glittered too, but for adhesive, I used Glossy Accents.  The reindeer was cut from white chipboard and edged with Vintage Photo DI before I glittered her.  I had some fun with two different rosette dies to make the double rosette and then adhered a rusty star which had been dry brushed with gesso.

A little burlap ribbon, some of Tim's new tinsel twine and some rusty bells made a little cluster embellishment.  The tinsel twine is great - very flexible, not wired like a pipe cleaner, but more like string (guess that's why it's called Tinsel Twine) and it easily tied in a bow.  I dyed a clothes pin with Cherry Cobbler reinker and the words are from the new Seasonal Chit Chat stickers.  The greenery is from the Festive Greenery decorative strip die and colored with Bundled Sage.  The holly leaves were also painted with Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

And that's it for this card.  The supplies used are listed below and are available at great prices at The Funkie Junkie Boutique (Ranger products are 20% below MSRP).  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments or email me at

Reader Question:  How did I distress the bells?  They come already rusted (see set below) and I dry brushed them with a tiny bit of gesso to give the white washed look.

Hope you will be stopping by Our Creative Corner to see the rest of the wonderful Howdy cards!


Leigh said...

I love this card. Absolutely fabulous Linda.

silvergran said...

Love this!! The colours,patterns,and textures are so lovely!!
Off shopping now!!

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous festive card Linda! Very inspiring, just what I need to get me started! Advent calendars & mince pies are in the shops here already!
Alison x

Susan said...

This Christmas card is simply beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

ohiofarmgirl said...

This is beauty beyond words! Dianntha

ileyssilver said...

Oh Linda,
This a wonderful card. how did you distress the bells? Love everything about this one.

Sandy said...

I love studying your cards Linda and am determined to participate in "Our Creative Corner" challenges as often as possible. I think it will really help me grow as a card maker. I do love your beautiful cards and your so fun to shop in on line store!!

Conniecrafter said...

very cute, love the country feel to it and that tinsel is a neat touch especially with the bells!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Seriously swoon!!! This makes my country girl heart soar! If you could see my! I would like to order 250 of these for my Christmas cards this year please! I can wish...right? I love this Linda...pinning!

Meihsia Liu said...

Such a fabulous card for Christmas. Love it! ... :)

LeAnne said...

Stunning, Linda....just beautiful!

butterfly said...

Love this "American primitive" I think we'd call it here... gorgeous ginghams and corn in the colours - wonderful take on a festive card! Your work always makes my heart sing (and I need that just now, so thank you)!
Alison x

marda said...

This is a great Christmas card. I also study your cards, you have a great "eye" that I hope to at least copy somewhat. I have to make do without all the Tim Holtz dies, but fortunately there are shops on ETSY where I'm able to get a number of them. Was wondering about that new tinsel twine.. almost purchased it on my latest order from you. Now I'll HAVE to get it. Thanks Linda.

Jenny Engelke said...

A-maz-ing!!! Everything about this card says country's beautiful! Love it!

HappyCrafter said...

What a gorgeous creation! I love the country effect, and as for that tinsel twine, I will have to add that to my shopping list (roll eyes here). The effect of the white stuff on the deer is very neat.

Glimpses of My Heart said...

Linda - This is amazingly beautiful!! Love it!

Lisa Minckler said...

Not in a million years did Christmas come to my mind on this challenge and yet, I see your card and think...well of course Christmas! Why didn't I think of it. Your jingle bells are AWESOME!! I'm fairly certain I've said this before, but I'm giddy as a school girl when I get to see your mind unfold on a creation. Nicely done my friend. :)
Lisa xx
Hope life is giving you some time breathe here lately.
Take care :)

Miranda said...

Miranda :)

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