Thursday, February 25, 2010

Christmas All Year Round - #2


Welcome back to the second Magnolia-licious Christmas All Year Round Blog Hop. I'm so excited to be participating again and big thanks to all the gals who participated and all who visited and left their comments in our first one. So I hope you'll enjoy this one and will be inspired to get some Christmas cards made for next year or at the very least, get some ideas for your cards for next year.

If you arrived here from Aletha's blog, then you're right on track. If you are starting here then you need to go back to Julie's blog to begin the hop.

My card was inspired by Chris Dark's work. Here is a link to her fabulous blog! She is an amazing artist. In fact her work is featured on the cover of the very first edition of Magnolia Ink Magazine and she has some beautiful cards on the inside also. So I pretty much cased the card she did, and it has really inspired me to work more with my Distress Inks. Thanks Chris for such inspiration...

Here is my version, using Jolly Tilda (#3005) and the Snowy Circle (#482). You can purchase these from the Magnolia-licious store.



Here's a closer view of Tilda sitting of the circle...



I cut out an extra pair of arms so that I could pop them up over the presents. The circle was colored with Distress inks as well and then I went over it with Stardust Stickles. I also painted some Startdust Stickles (my fav!) and kind of brushed over several places on the image and especially her socks.

Here is a side view to show her arms popped up...



The flowers, pearl spray and ribbon are all from my stash. The pearls in the centers of the white flowers were sprayed to match the color I needed with my ABS and Copic Marker. The Snowflakes are made with my MS punch and painted with even more Stickles. The white flowers are made with my new Nellie Snellen punch.



I didn't know how to finish the inside of my card, so I decided to repeat the presents by using Basket Filled with Presents (#446) It is also water colored with Distress inks.

Here is the inside of my card...

For the bottom portion I just stamped the Snowy Circle again, on Magnolia dp, water colored it and used Stickles. All my panels are Magnolia dp, sewn on my machine and distresses with Vintage photo. I also used Nestabilities Large Circle Die and Large Scalloped Circle die.



Here is a closeup of the basket...



Right, now it's time to hop on over to Carole's blog and see what a delicious card she has made. Thanks for doing the Blog Hop today...

48 comments:

  1. OMG, Barb--this is totally AWESOME! I truly don't know what to comment on--because it is ALL gorgous!

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  2. Your Christmas Blog hop card is absolutely gorgeous! I love the soft blues and tans and everything is colored so beautifully. I love how you popped up her arms to hold all of her gifts. I definitely have to order some flowers for my cards. Your card is simply amazing!
    Julie

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  3. Wow, wow, wow! This is gorgeous! The details are beautiful and so much hard work put into this, the colors are so pretty and Tilda is colored so amazingly!

    Lori K.

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  4. I love this! All the paper piecing is fabulous and the colors and lay-out you used....love it all! It is totally a beautiful card =)

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  5. Barb, Your card is breathtakingly beautiful inside and out, wow your distress ink colouring is wonderful. The colours and images are stunning and the flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration. Big hugs Jodie from Oz

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  6. I love these colors...it reminds me of a vintage card, which is my fave. I really like how you colored her hat! Gina L

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  7. Your coloring is just amazing. Love all the little details to this card. it is simply stunning! So glad I found your blog through this hop, it is very inspiring, I'll be back often!

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  8. Barb, your card is absolutely amazing! Love the look of it and it's just wonderful. Love it!

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  9. Your coloring is gorgeous. I am going to have to try the distress ink coloring. At first the art I have seen seems to soft for me. But after seeing your artwork, my mind has been changed. Your work has so much depth to it.
    Just beautiful!

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  10. Hi Barb your card is awesome!!! Love those stamps! Haven't stopped by in a while and I sure am missing some great stuff!!!

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  11. I agree, your coloring is simply stunning...I really love how you did the background coloring...and your card is awesom Barb...I simply just love it!!!

    Hugs
    Nancy T.

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  12. Hi Barb! im here trying to fight this cold uff! OH yeah your meant to color with distressed inks .Put away your copics or give them a rest lol!Your distress coloring is extremely gorgeous!!! Is it a color combination?? Beautiful card,I love it!!RubyM:)

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  13. wow, wow, WOW Barb! WOW! I LOVE your card! Awesome take on how Chris watercolors! very cool!
    Pam Going Postal

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  14. Simply stunning, love your card Barb. I especially like that you popped up her arms. Some many lovely details!!!

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  15. Awesome job! I love your coloring!

    Lauren

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  16. Barb, your card is just so beautiful! I love how you colored with distress inks...it really looks great, just like Chris Dark's creations. You did an excellent job coloring and I love everything about your card. Hugs, Cami

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  17. Oh wow Barb. This is soooooo cute !!!

    Hugs Monique

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  18. What can I say other than...totally amazingly gorgeous!!
    Hugs
    Leonie

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  19. Like always your card is beautiful.
    Linda W

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  20. Oh, this is really a beautiful card!! Great coloring.
    Hugs, Sylvia

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  21. This is beautiful Barb! What a stunning card! xx

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  22. Gorgeous Barb. You were meant to use distress inks. You did such an amazing job using them. Terrific layout as well.
    Hugs Marion

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  23. Barb: Your card is fabulous. Chris is a huge inspiration for me as well, especially with the distress inks. You have reflected that style just beautifully. Your flower placement is lovely as is the inside of your card.

    Thanks for joining us in the Christmas Blog Hop!

    Julie

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  24. Barb your card is just beautiful ! Wow is all I can say your eye for detail and color is awesome ! Thanks for always being there for me and my questions !
    Hugs

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  25. Oh Barb, this card is so beautiful! I love the way you colored Tilda and your beautiful flowers and layout! Gorgeous work, hun! I love it!!
    hugs
    Sharon

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  26. Beautiful work of art, Barb! I love the way you've colored Tilda and the background. How very cool to be able to ABS the pearls to do an exact match! Very nice : )
    Love and hugs ~ Lori

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  27. Hi Barb and my goodness, what an honour that you cased my card and so fabulously too! Thank you for your sweet words, they're so much appreciated because I adore your cards. Bless you for linking to my blog and hope you have a great weekend. Chris :)

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  28. WoW...beautiful! Fab colouring. Luv the layout.

    xoxo,
    Lori

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  29. Beautiful card. I love the color combo- soft, vintage feeling. :)

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  30. Barb, this is very amazing!! The colouring is to die for!!!
    hugs sweetie, Janiel

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  31. Love this card. Your coloring is truly amazing. Love the snow circle. Must get one. Must.

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  32. Great coloring. Love the circle of snowflakes.

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  33. Barb - This card is absolutely positively absolutely (again) gorgeous! Your work is always amazing!

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  34. Wowsers...... This card is FABULOUS!

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  35. WOW Barb! I am stunned by your new colouring technique - talk about beautiful!! Love the inside of your card as well.
    Hugs, Candy

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  36. I love seeing how illustrators use their own set! And I love seeing such out of the ordinary ideas! Love this

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  37. Stunning Barb!
    I love the way Chris colours her cards too, and you've made a wonderful job with this technique.

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  38. Barb, wowzer. A stunningly beautiful card. I love your work in distress ink. The look is quite different from your copics--it's beautiful! Wonderful design inside and out. Your flowers are gorgeous.

    Hugs.
    Norma

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  39. Coloring is outstanding!!! Even the inside of the card is gorgeous!!! Wonderful!

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  40. Barb, your card is absolutely amazing! Love all details. I'm stunning. Just love it!
    Hugs,
    Lena

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  41. Wow, wow, wow, Barb! Everything about this is beautiful but I particularily LOVE the way you have colored it. So....how did you dab on the distress inks?

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  42. What a GORGEOUS card, Barb! Your coloring with the distress inks is so beautiful! I love all of the different colors you used to achieve such a stunning work of art! Beautiful!
    Huggies ~
    Sharron ♥

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  43. Oh Barb your card is beautiful! I love your coloring with the distressed inks! All the details everything is just beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  44. Very pretty card. Your coloring is fantastic. I love that background paper too!
    Pam Brown

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  45. Absolutely Beautiful! Stunning!

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  46. You certainly caught on to the distress ink coloring! Love this card, you did a fabulous job!!! Love those Nellie Snellen punches too!!!

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  47. Gorgeous! What a beautiful mix of colors you colored with, love it!

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Hugs....Barb