A Magnolia Christmas!!!



Well I think my fingertips have recovered! They are not as sensitive this morning, which is nice! I got a lot done yesterday......it's amazing what you can do with a lot of uninterrupted time! Although I did have some computer issues yesterday! I had to take off the side of the tower of the computer and fiddle around with the video card inside. Seems it had somehow come loose. I was panicking because I couldn't imagine living without my email and everything until Al gets home NEXT weekend!! Yikes! What a nightmare! Thankfully I talked to my honey on the phone and he calmed me down and told me what he thought it would be and what to look for. Yay. I fixed it and I got to post to my blog, check all my email, do a little 'blurfing' and watch some movies while I crafted the afternoon away!!



Anyway, these cards are from another little project I am working on. A friend has asked me to design and create 10 Christmas cards using this particular stamp. As you know, Magnolia stamps are from Sweden and this particular stamp represents a tradition there. Christmas begins in Sweden with the Saint Lucia ceremony. Before dawn on the morning of December 13th, the youngest daughter from each family puts on a white robe with a red sash. She wears a crown of evergreens with tall-lighted candles attached to it. She wakes her parents, and serves them with coffee and Lucia buns. The other children accompany her and the boys are dressed as star boys in long white shirts and pointed hats. So using this little story, I coloured them accordingly and I really love the way they are turning out.

I stamped them on Fabriano watercolor paper in Archival Versafine Black Onyx ink and used my Stampin' Up markers to colour them in. I coloured them first and then went looking through my stash for dp that I might be able to use, which is backwards to what I usually do. Amazingly enough I found this awesome piece of designer paper that happens to match the colours I used! It is from the Brunch Collection by Crate Paper and it has a thick, lovely texture to it. On some I used ribbon, some eyelets, some are pop dotted and I used different sentiments on each one. I also added some Diamond Stickles on their adorable angel wings!



The rest of them will be similar to these ones, but I just wanted to share them with you to show how you can take the same stamp and even the same colours and come out with such different designs just by changing up the layout or embellishments!

Have a Stampin' Great day!!!

10 comments:

Deborah said...

Just as darling as can be! Nice reading about the Swedish tradition. Glad to hear you fixed your computer! Deb

Inge said...

Oooh Kim you have done a fantastic job with this stamp WOW!

So glad you have fixed your PC;o)

Hugs, Inge

Monty's Mum said...

I love the cards and I grew up with some girls from Sweden and it was great to be reminded!

Crestajune said...

These cards are so sweet!

Anonymous said...

Hey Kim..great to hear your fingers have healed tee hee...good thing because this card is so cute and thanks for posting a Swedish tradition...I love stories like these. Reminds me of stories my mom used to tell me about Christmas traditions in Europe.
All the best...great work once again...hey any chance you can be a Magnolia Designer too? I will root for you...
Anabela
(Belascreatingplace.blogspot.com)

Lonesome Cowboy said...

Hey I heard your husband is out of town, Sexy !

Bonnie Weiss said...

Adorable cards, Kim. I love learning about different traditions and their origins, so thanks for sharing this Swedish one. I just received my SU marker set and can hardly wait to use them. Your cards and colouring have been inspiring me for quite some time.

Ila said...

Wow! I love all these cards Kim...and the Sweedish Xmas story. Even though my DH is part Swedish I knew nothing about their traditions. TFS.

Oh yes...glad your PC problems are fixed...and basically you fixed it yourself..Wow!!

dd2njoy said...

Aaahhhh Kimmie!!Those are sooo sweet!!!

Quixotic said...

Love these designs. Thank you for sharing! I have this stamp, and you've given me an idea for how to use it!

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