Penny Black Christmas & Winter cards

December 22, 2011

Hey there, everyone!!  So- are you ready for Christmas yet?  I have been pretty much done for awhile now, but did have a couple things to pick up this week and get wrapped.  It has been nice to not be rushing at the last minute....that is for sure!  Now- my brother's birthday is the day after Christmas...and I haven't finished shopping for that yet.  Not sure when that is going to happen...tee hee!  I'll get it done though...I always do!

I was given some stamps from Penny Black from this year's Christmas release, and today I am going to share those cards with you!!  I don't typically share more than one card in a blog post, and today there is going to be FOUR!  So, bare with me....because this post might be just a little long.  I hope you will enjoy it!  Also- I have created each card for some challenges...and those will be linked after each card, rather than how I normally add them at the end of the post.

This first card is a winter card, and I just love the beautiful landscape of this stamp.  I wanted to keep the colors of this card fairly muted, so I went with neutrals...and a more monochromatic feel.  Here is the first one:
 "Winter Wonder" supplies: 
Cardstock: Penny Black (black) & Papertrey Ink (kraft)
Stamps: Penny Black (Snowscape & Winter Wonders set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Mixed Media: black) & Close to My Heart (Pigment: vanilla cream)
Ribbon/Twine: May Arts
Chipboard: Rusty Pickle
Glitter: Making Memories
Jewels: Bazzill Basics
Bells: Michael's brand
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories

Instructions:  Make card from black cardstock, then round the bottom right corner.  Cut kraft cardstock slightly smaller, then round the same corner.  Stamp the snowscape scene to it, then tie ribbon around the top.  Stamp the sentiment to the front, then accent with black jewels.  Adhere the entire block to the card front using foam adhesive.  Cover a chipboard star in glitter, and adhere to the middle of the bow.  Tie together two bells with twine, then adhere to the glittered star to finish.

Challenges Used:
-Stampin' Royalty #103- winter/Christmas
-Fussy and Fancy Friday #52- monochromatic & sparkle
-Simon Says Stamp challenge- bingo card (ribbon/twine, gems, glitter/sparkle)

For my next card, I went a little more shabby chic, but still kept it pretty simple.  I love the vintage looking paper in the background, and distressing the edges with both ink & sanding gave it a little something extra.  Here you go! 
"Joy, Hope and Wonder" supplies: 
Cardstock: Coredinations (red) & Penny Black (cream) 
Paper: Melissa Frances (Deck the Halls 6x6 pad)
Vellum: The Paper Company
Doily: Wilton
Stamps: Penny Black (Adornment & Joy Hope)
Ink: Clearsnap (Mixed Media: leather & Stephanie Bernard Dye: strawberry)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon/Twine: May Arts
Buttons/Felt/Holly die: Papertrey Ink
Circle Die: Spellbinders
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Pearls: Kaiser Craft

Instructions:  Make card from red cardstock, then sand the edges.  Cut patterned paper slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.  Distress ink a paper doily, and adhere.  Stamp the wreath to a cream cardstock block, then diecut & emboss a circle around it.  Adhere the stamped circle to the middle of the doily.  Wrap vellum around the bottom of the card, then stamp the sentiment to it.  Diecut the holly leaves from felt, then adhere to the right of the sentiment.  Thread three red buttons with twine, then adhere to the top of the felt leaves as the berries.  Thread another red button with twine, tie a bow and adhere to the stamped wreath.  Add a strip of ribbon to the left side of the vellum, and add green pearls to the wreath to finish.

Challenges Used:
-The Play Date Cafe #112- colors (red, light green, dark green, neutral)

My next card is another clean & simple design, but the stamps definitely pack a fun little punch!  I also love how the ribbon & chunky button look like Santa's belt....or Santa's hot wife's belt anyways!  I think any man would love to give this card to his other half, or receive long as it had a sassy little sentiment to go along with it.  Tee hee!
"Fashionable Christmas" supplies:
Cardstock: Penny Black (white)
Paper/Button: GCD Studios (Scandia Jul: Hop Holiday Stripe)
Stamps: Penny Black (Mademoiselle Noel & Winter Wonders set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Glossy Accents:  Ranger Industries
Ribbon: Michael's brand
Puff Balls: Darice Inc.
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Colored Pencils: Heidi Swapp

Instructions:  Make card from white cardstock, then round the bottom corners.  Stamp the girl directly to the card, and to red dotted paper.  Cut out the dress & hat, and layer to the stamped image on the card.  Accent the white parts with black puff balls.  Stamp the sentiment to the right of the girl's boots.  Tie ribbon around the top of the card, then accent the middle with a button.  Color in her boots with a colored pencil, then cover in glossy accents. 

Challenges Used:
-The Pixie Cottage #101- for someone special
-Drunken Stampers #80- glittery holiday
-Charisma Cardz #50- anything goes

And last but not least, I wanted to focus on this main image because it was so large.  I though it would look great in the background, with embellishments all around it!  Here is what I created:
"Very Merry Christmas" supplies: 
Cardstock: Penny Black (cream) 
Paper: Melissa Frances (Deck the Halls 6x6 pad) 
Stamps: Penny Black (Snowflake and Holly & Winter Wonders set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Mixed Media: honey & Pigment: cranberry)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Flower/Leaves: Prima Marketing
Pins: Making Memories (green star) & Maya Road (clear top)
Pearls: Darice Inc. (large red), Kaiser Craft (green) & Want 2 Scrap (small red)

Instructions:  Make card from cream cardstock.  Cut red paper the same size, sand the edges and cover the front of the card.  Cut a strip of green snowflake paper, sand the edges and adhere to the bottom.  Add gold ribbon over the seam of the two papers.  Distress ink the edges of a cream cardstock block, then stamp the main image to it.  Adhere to the card front, and then accent with pearls.  Adhere the leaves & flowers to the left side of the card.  Tie a bow from matching ribbon, and adhere to the middle of the flowers.  Cut a banner edge to a cream cardstock strip, then distress ink the edges.  Stamp the sentiment to it, then adhere it to a star topped pin.  Tuck the sentiment pin at an angle inside the flowers, then add a clear topped pin to the left of it to finish.

Challenges Used:
-Mojo Monday #220- sketch
-Cupcake Inspirations #141- cake inspiration photo
-Little Red Wagon #112- Christmas decor inspiration photo
-Inky Impressions #38- Christmas cheer

Well, those are all the cards I have to share with you today!!  I hope that you made it through this post, and that you have come to the end of it at least a little bit inspired!!  And I hope that if you are still bustling around getting your Christmas shopping done...that you are spreading a little bit of Christmas cheer to those around you!  Retail is a really hard job right now, and even a nice little smile can make someone's day better!  Have a great one! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.


  1. Love the elegance and simplicity of each of these cards.

  2. My you have been busy and they are all fabulous! Thanks for playing at RCC!

  3. All wonderful cards! I think the first is my very fave though :)

  4. So many amazing projects, you busy, busy girl! WOW! I always leave your blog completely inspired! LOVE that wispy wreath and the felt holly leaves on our take! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

  5. Beautiful cards! The pom pom lady made me laugh!! Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup.

  6. how many gorgeous card you made. I love the style very elegant.
    Thank you for playing at The Pixie Cottage this week.

  7. Fabulous card Lea!! Love them all and the little ball trim on the dress is so totally fun!! Thanks for sharing with us at The Pixie Cottage.

  8. Gorgeous array of Christmas cards! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations! Good luck and happy holidays!
    Rene ;D

  9. I love the "Fashionable Christmas" card. The paper piecing & texture are great. I has a wonderfully chic feel.

  10. Hi Lea,

    What a creativity ! Very beautiful cards ! I like your style ! Bravo !

    Merry Chrismas ! Joyeux Noël !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

    Hugs from France.

  11. Lea I saw your card on Penny Black's Facebook... I came to take a look and was WOWED by all the gorgeous designs you created! Each and every one is a beautiful work of art!

  12. Lea, how is it that you come up with knock-out cards EVERY time? You AMAZE me!! One's just better than the next, and the next. I love your talent!

    Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe, and Merry Christmas to you!

  13. Wow, gorgeous cards!!
    Merry Christmas!

  14. Wow, all of these are stunning! I'm always so inspired. So glad you joined us at Drunken Stampers!

  15. Such beautiful cards! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon:)
    Joanne xo

  16. Gotta love that Christmas card in trad Christmas colours with a wreath and buttoned flower. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

  17. WOW these are lovely....thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations xx

  18. these are beautiful...thnaks for joining us at cupcake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  19. Wow! These are all so amazing and fun! You have a great sense of design...and I am thrilled that you joined us at the Friday Mashup!

  20. Fabulous cards, Love the Friday Mashup entry. Great Christmas card too! Thanks for joining us.

    Happy Holidays
    Kasey ~ in Oz
    Friday Mashup DT

  21. Wow, what a fabulous selection of cards! Each one is just so much fun and I love all the details you used! Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions!

  22. Wow - this is a gorgeous collection of cards!

    Wishing you a year of health, happiness and creativity! Happy New Year!

  23. Hi….
    Such beautiful cards.
    Merry Christmas !!!
    Greetings from TURKEY :)

  24. Gorgeous cards!! I love the card you made for the Friday Mashup... That wreath image is so pretty! I really like how you used the vellum with it! Thanks for joining us this week at the Friday Mashup!

  25. Wow, all of these cards are great! I have to say the first one is my favorite, I just love the nature scene.

    Thanks for joining us at The Friday Mashup, that wreath is beautiful.

  26. Wow! They are all beautiful! I love the sentiment stamped on the vellum for your Friday Mashup card. Thanks for playing along with us!

  27. these are FAB, Lea! your ribbons are gorje, and i love the way you cluster the embellies at the center of the bows. SO cute! thanks for joining the Charisma Galz this week, and good luck! :D

  28. Oh Lea, I haven't popped by here for far too long, your work is beautiful! I love the little pom poms on the girl's dress, so fun! Thanks for joining in with us over at The Play Date Cafe & Happy New Year!


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