Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Cozy Home" Gingersnap Challenge with Paper Temptress!

This project is a card set made as a Christmas gift for my Dad--who's a Tree Doctor (otherwise known as Arborist & Landscaper.) He's worked organically for 40 odd years now. Let's just say he indubitably LOVEs trees!!!)


He also really loves his home, so I got an extra kick out of theme of the new Gingersnap challenge for Paper Temptress--the theme is "Cozy Home." What a timely idea for the chilly weather, hey?

The teeny tiny people who live in these wee rustic houses have built a teensy cozy fire and are all snuggled up on their teensy weensy couch. (Hence the fuzzy smoke coming out of the wee chimney--made from a cotton swab top.) heeheehee ;o)

The cards use all kinds of yummy paper
from Paper Temptress, of course.

The black hills are:

A) Cut from a rich black cardstock: Black Licorice from the Pop Tones family is a true black.
B) Embossed by spritzing water & sprinkling on embossing powder (for a rain drop look)
C) Embossed with a fine text stamp (in clear)
D) Then adhered, pierced, stitched & beaded

The digital patterned paper in the background (white & grey geometric trees) is a digital freebie I made (linked below). It's printed on Sparkle text paper--in white (You would not believe the shimmer of that paper & the detail it captures when you print something!)

Hopefully this photo will give you an idea of the Sparkle:

The sparkle paper makes digital papers look more professional and
nice and bling-y, but still really classy. :o) It comes in cardstock & text weight, so you can make
a sturdy card base or have layers that aren't too heavy.

The tree is my all-time favourite stamp ever.
It's from Little Paper Shop {Forest Critters} here:

Please click the pics, if you'd like to see other projects with it:

& the LPS gallery for {Forest Critters} is here

I adore how the set has ultra cute wee creatures as well as
modern styled trees & mushies.

The trees are stamped on Neenah White cardstock:

...that was printed
with a simple text about trees (linked below). To make them:
  1. Print the text on the Neenah white paper
  2. Heat set it with a heat gun quickly
  3. Emboss the LPS tree in black withclear e.p.
  4. Colour with Distress ink wash & Copics
  5. Cut it out, adhere to card, & stitch the trunk
(The Neenah cardstock gives really rich colour with no bleeding out.)

Thanks so much for visiting my blogland home away from home ;o)
Hope your home is happy & cozy, wherever you live!

Cozy Home challenge, then please check out the houses links here.

P.P.S. You can get to know the paper temptress, sweet Patricia, herself in a great interview on Gingersnap Creations here. :o)



Good morning Mel, wow these are just fabulous hunny, love this design, you certainly have been busy creating since my last visit! hugs Linda x

Mari said...

Dang it Mel! You're killing me! ;) These trees are awesome, and I did go & download the papers you made. How on earth am I going to get Christmas cards done??
Although, I did a CASE of your CC&M tag card... love yours waaaay more!
Glad to see so much of you lately - hope you're getting to feeling better! :)

Beth Norman said...

Another zinger. Awesome cards. I love all your projects with this tree. Keep them coming GF. You're the bomb!

Dawn said...

so perfect for your dad! once again.....clever YOU!!

Elena said...

Fabulous card and what a cute little scene! I love the colors of the trees!

Peet said...

Yet another stunning creation. so beautiful!!!

lilscrappers said...

Wow, you are on a roll. Where do the ideas keep coming from?? I am going to have to try the raindrop effect on something. Loved your diorama! I made a wee one that I was quite proud of til I saw yours and I withered up in disappointment ;) I am so not in your league! Thanks for the inspirations!

liannallama said...

Wow! What another amazing creation! I love how much time and care you put into each one--this is fantastic!

Steph Zerbe said...

Gosh these are so amazing. I love that you share all the details with us. I loved every word, so fun! Your Dad will appreciate these. You are so sweet.

Anita said...

Wow! This is amazing! The smoke is a neat touch.

Anthonette said...

Amazing design, Mel! Love what you made. Perfect card for your dad.

Lynne K said...

What lovely and unusual cards! Just gorgeous.

Allison said...

Awesome with the focus on the LPS tree...love your color ideas (better than boring old green and brown!).