Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #120

It's seven days into December and I haven't started my Vintage Christmas cards series yet. I'm really sorry that I haven't shared these wonders with you. And it's also a shame because this is when I catalogue my postcards and this is when they go into their final place in the album.

So here is the first one with Santa on a sleigh pulled by two deers.

This card has an undivided back which means the back side is just for the address and the sender had to write on the front side. Such cards were produced from about 1898 to 1907, so this is one of the lasts from that type because it was posted in 1907.

You can find my other vintage Christmas cards, just click on the label - old Christmas cards - on the sidebar.

Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Christmas tags with Holiday Sketchbook stamp set

Hello everyone, I made four tags with one of Tim's new Christmas stamp sets, the Holiday Sketch (CMS456).

For this I chose a tag die with scalloped top and I cut out the tags from 300 gsm watercolour paper. I stamped first the text, then the winter scenes, and for this I used Ranger Distress Archival ink (Ground Espresso). 

I coloured the images with Distress markers and Zig Clean markers, they are both watercolour markers. 

This text is from the Holiday Drawings (CMS284).

And this one is from the Tiny Text Christmas (CMS424)

Each tag got a light blue paper tag to the back and a red organza ribbon. 

With my tag, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Holiday Cheer

Saturday, 3 December 2022

Christmas card with Holiday Scenes by Tim Holtz

I'm here again with my second inspirational project that I created for our December challenge over at the Country View Challenges. The theme is Christmas. This time I chose a stamp by Tim Holtz to make my card.

I cut out a rectangle from watercolour paper using a stitched rectangle die. Then I stamped one of the three images from the Holiday Scenes stamp set with black Archival ink.

Then I coloured the image with Distress markers, yes I still have some, just enough for this scene :-) The edge of the white watercolour paper was inked with Antique Linen. I used a wet brush to spread the Antique Linen colour around the image. When it was dry, I put Vintage Photo ink on the very edge. In the end, I blended Distress Micro Glaze to the surface with my finger for protection. I wiped off the excess with a paper towel.

Then I placed my first layer on a brown paper. I put 4 fasteners to the corners. I added foam tape adhesive to the back side and placed it on a pattern paper from the Christmas Paper Stash set (TH94085).

You can buy Tim's products in Susan's shop, in the Country View Crafts. And if you don't know yet, I'm telling you that the Country View Crafts has a special Advent offer. Every day you can find different type of products with huge discount. But one offer lasts only for one day and the next day another offer begins. Good luck!

So if you have a Christmas project, please don't hesitate to join our December challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop.

With my card, I would like to join the:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Freezing Cold Mood Board

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Thursday, 1 December 2022

Christmas box with toy soldier - Harvey on a wood box

Hello everyone, we started the last challenge of 2022 on the Country View Challenges because it's December. The theme of the challenge is Christmas. So I kept my last two golden Harveys for this challenge, because this project is really one of my favourites. I put Harvey on a wood box and I also made a matching tag.

This project started with an oval poplar wood box that I bought in the local supermarket. 

Then I painted gold the bottom part inside and outside, and black the top inside and outside. After the first layer I sanded the wood with a very fine sanding paper. I wiped the dust off and put another layer of paint both the top and the bottom. 

If you follow my blog, you know that I made 6 gold and white Harveys, of which these are the last two. You can find the tutorial of how to put Harvey together in this blogpost

Then I glued Harvey on the top. You can use any glue which is an all purpose glue and dries clear. Here I used Tacky Glue Fast Grab. 

Then I started to put dots with the same paint I used for the bottom. I used a brush for this, and I have to say, with the exception of one dot, I'm very satisfied with the result.  

Now the tag.

For this I chose the middle sized tag die from the Tag Collection die set, and cut out two tag from black card stock. I stamped a sentiment on one of the die-cuts and heat embossed with Princess Gold embossing powder.

I glued the two black together and I adhered Harvey on the front side and I also added a little gift box next to him. With the same brush and paint, I put some dots around Harvey. And this was it. 

What I used:

Sizzix Framelits die, Tag Collection (658784)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Harvey Colorize (666066)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Mini Christmas Things (662418)

Schmincke Aqua Bronze (Rich Gold)

DecoArt Americana paint (Natural Buff)

So if you have a Christmas project, 
please don't hesitate to join our December challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop.

Monday, 28 November 2022

Art Impressions Holiday Wishes

Yesterday I had to made six tags for six foster kids whom I made Christmas packages. For this project I chose the Art Impressions Holiday Wishes stamp set and I coloured the images with Copic Sketch markers.

It was quite a big job and I had to do it in a hurry because I have to deliver the packages on 30 November. Each child asked for different things. Some wanted jumper, perfume, markers set, colouring book, puzzle, make-up kit. But of course it's an unspoken rule to put more in the packs than the kids asked for.  I really enjoyed the gift shopping, the preparation, it felt a bit like having a big family. 


Thursday, 24 November 2022

Twig and Stump meets Santa Claus

Now, after many posts with Harvey, here I am with Twig and Stump the two adorable snowmen from the latest Sizzix release by Tim Holtz. 

I imagined a scene, a night before Christmas, when Twig and Stump notice Santa and his reindeers in the sky. And they start waving to them, and Santa wishes them a Merry Christmas. To create this scene, I used the last year Diecember die by Sizzix Tim Holtz, the Dash Away All. This had the perfect size for my card.

For the background I used blue inks and spray stains. I just added layers after layers. First I started with lighter colours and I added darker like Chipped Sapphire close to the edges. I also added Black Soot to the edges. In the end I sealed the whole sky part with diluted Uncharted Mariner paint.

The tree was inked with Crushed Olive and Rustic Wilderness. I inked with Speckled Egg the edges of the snowmen. I put white paint to the edges of the pine tree. I started to glue on the die-cuts on the card, then I splattered with white paint.

And one more thing. I stamped one of the sentiments from the Doodle Greetings 2 stamp set on the inside of the card. 

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Twig&Stump (666072)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Dash Away All - Diecember 2021 (665468)

Stampers Anonymous, Tiny Text Christmas (CMS424)

Stampers Anonymous, Doodle Greetings 2 (CMS286)

Ranger Distress inks, paints

I hope you like it! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Golden Harvey with Speckled Egg background

I'm still playing with my gold and white Harveys and the colours that go with them. And I'm here with my fourth Harvey who got a Speckled Egg background this time. 

As you can see in this picture below, I tried a red background before the blue, but I didn't like them together. So I put the red background aside and I'm sure I will use it later for another project. Here I painted a piece of 300gsm watercolour paper blue with the Speckled Egg paint, then I inked the edges with Faded Jeans Archival ink. In the end, I embossed it with the old and retired Holiday Knit embossing folder. 

Basically, I kept the composition I chose for my pure gold and white card, but modified it slightly. I placed Harvey to the right side, I placed a Christmas tree next to him and I also put more gold stars.

The big stars are from the Twig&Stump, the tiny ones are from the Festive Things die set.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Harvey Colorize (666066)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Festive Things (664191)

Sizzix Texture Fades, Holiday Knit embossing folder (661336)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Mini Christmas Things (662418)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Twig&Stump (666072)

Stampers Anonymous, Tiny Text Christmas (CMS424)

Ranger Distress paint (Speckled Egg)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Faded Jeans)

Ranger embossing powder (Princess Gold)

Schmincke Arcryl Bronze, Rich Gold

Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops

Don't worry, I will only come back once more with Harvey! I think it's time to say goodbye to him for a while and it's time to work with another dies and/or stamps.

Thursday, 17 November 2022

Small turquoise tag with Harvey by Tim Holtz

I'm here with my second project that I made for our November challenge on the Country View Challenges blog. The theme is Tag Only and the lovely Jo is your hostess in this month. This tag is another version of my first Harvey project. Earlier I put Harvey on a blue tag, but I wanted to play with colours and wanted to find out what colours is good with the gold and white Harvey. So here is my tag with Salvaged Patina background.

Since I really liked the knitted background of my first tag, I stuck with that background for this tag as well. But I changed the colour because I knew that turquoise and gold look good together. This is why I chose the Salvaged Patina.

Here you can see, how I made the background.

I used the middle sized tag from the tag collection Framelits die set by Tim Holtz. I cut out tree tags, 2 tags from white watercolour paper and one from blue card stock. I wanted a sturdy tag, so I made a sandwich with the blue in the middle. 

Before I glued them together, I embossed one of the turquoise tags and inked the edges of both painted tags. If you use paints, you rather use Archival inks for inking. Then I glued them together.

For some interest, I added some white splatters. 

If you want to know, how I assembled my Harvey, then you can have two earlier tutorials here and here

I also wanted to show you with this tag how perfect the size is, and thus the backside, so that you can stamp one of the Bold Tidings Mini texts there.

What I used:

Sizzix Framelits die, Tag Collection (658784)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Harvey Colorize (666066)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Mini Christmas Things (662418)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Swirling Stars (663095)

Sizzix embossing folder, Holiday Knit (661366)

Stampers Anonymous, Bold Tidings Mini (CMS440)

Ranger Distress paint (Salvaged Patina, Picket Fence)

Ranger embossing powder (Princess Gold)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Vintage Photo)

Schmincke Aqua Bronze (Rich Gold)

DecoArt Americana paint (Natural Buff)


So if you have a project on tag, please don't hesitate to join our November challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop.

Thursday, 10 November 2022

Le soldat rose wishes you merry Christmas - Harvey in pink

When one idea comes from an other idea, and you just can't stop thinking and creating, that's so cool, that's the flow. Last time I made a card with a red Harvey standing next to Santa's big bag. Well, Harvey was guarding the toys. And that's what Soldat Rose (Pink Soldier) does. This is a French musical and when my daughter was 7 years old, her school, the Luxembourgish École Francaise performed this play with the participation of all students. My daughter was a doll in this play.

And now the story in a nutshell. Le Soldat Rose was the ancient toy in a department store, in the toy section. No one wanted to buy it, because the boys didn't like his colour, and the girls didn't want a toy with a gun. A little boy, Joseph hid in the toy department, and when the shop closed, the toys came to life. There were many loveable character in this musical and the music was just super. I really love this musical! So this musical inspired my card.

The background was made exactly how I explained in my earlier card, just click on the card with red Harvey word above. Here I just used a different stamp set. 

The candy cane is not from the Toyland die set, because I wanted to place it on the right side, so I made another one from the Mini Christmas Things die set.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Harvey Colorize (666066)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Toyland Colorize (664972)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Mini Christmas Things (662418)

Stampers Anonymous, Christmas Nostalgia (CMS207)

Idea-Ology, Christmas paper stash (TH94085)

Idea-Ology, Christmas Droplets (TH94297)

MFT Stamps, French Greetings Galore


Oh, and the story takes place a few days before Christmas and has an absolute happy ending. Joseph the lost boy finds his parents and the pink soldier finds his fiancée, who is none other than the doll of Joseph's sister. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Christmas card with Harvey by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, although I still have gold and white Harveys  waiting for a place on a card or a tag, I decided to make a more traditional nutcracker style Harvey. Here it is.

The thing is, that I wanted to use the Music&Advert Christmas stamp set for a very long time but the gold and white Harvey just didn't fit to this background - according to my taste :-) This is why I made a red Harvey.

For the background, as I mentioned, I used the Advert stamp from the Music&Advert stamp set. I stamped on a watercolour paper with Vintage Photo Archival ink.

Then I applied diluted Antique Linen ink on the whole surface and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

Then I muted back with diluted white paint. I not just tapped the surface with that paint using a piece of sponge, but I also spattered the surface with the same watered paint.

Well, the background is ready. Now I will share with you some tips about Harvey. I've started to use these tricks with the gold Harvey and I used for my new Harvey as well. But I have to add here that my tricks are just additions to the Sizzix video that I also followed when I first assembled Harvey.

If you've already tried to put together a Harvey, you might realise that one part of Harvey's shoulder is deeper than the other part and you have to stick an epaulette here. I wanted to equalise this level difference. So I cut out two sets of epaulette, one from kraft paper and one from gold metallic paper. The kraft paper set were cut half and glued to the lower part. Then I could glue the gold epaulettes to an even surface.

The second thing. You might have noticed too, that the face where the moustache is to be glued is lower than the strap of the hat. I solved this problem by gluing the big white dots I cut out with the die says Face, to the back of the moustache. Here you can see the dots I was talking about.

Then here, in this picture you can see how I glued them to the moustache.

And the third trick is how I make the eyes. Some of the crafters thought I used google eyes, but no, I created the eyes. I used the small dots from the dots of the Face die-cuts. I glue them to the best position then I add a tiny drop of Nuvo Ebony Black Drops.

As you can see, I did't put from the tube directly on the eyes. Instead, I put a small amount on my working surface and with the tip of my poking tool I put an incredibly tiny dot on the eye.

So these were my Harvey tricks, I hope they were helpful for you.


What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Harvey Colorize (666066)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Toyland Colorize (664972)

Sizzix Bigz die, Crescent Moon&Stars (658716)

Stampers Anonymous, Music&Advert (CMS358)

Idea-Ology, Paper Stash Metallic, gold and silver (TH93586)

Idea-Ology, Christmas paper pad (TH93988)

Ranger Distress inks (Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Ground Espresso, Aged Mahogany)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Vintage Photo)