Sunday, September 11, 2011

Christmas Lodge

Last Wednesday was our monthly Christmas card class, and this was the card that we made. This is a combination of lpratt's and Melany Watson's cards on Splitcoast Stampers, with my own twists thrown in. :-)  That Silver Glimmer Paper is the perfect icy accent to the snow and is sooo brilliant IRL! The photo just doesn't do it justice. (Edited to add: Instructions for making card are below supply list.)

The Early Espresso ink on the Crumb Cake cardstock really gives an aged, vintage feel. And I absolutely love this image of a country house! I adore the wrap-around porch... can't you just picture yourself sitting there in a rocking chair or glider, looking out over the land, enjoying the sunsets, watching the garden grow, and fruit ripening in the orchard?

It reminds my of my great-grandmother's house which, unfortunately, was torn down recently by the present owners to build a new house. Didn't they realize the history there? The memories of me hiding under the lounge in the living room, pretending that I was Sandy-cat, batting at people's ankles? That I used to play "house" under the branches of the weeping willow tree, which formed a perfect room around the trunk?  Eating Concord grapes off the Ruple's vine until I thought I'd burst? The smell of Gram's irises, which grew under the bay window of the dining room? Rubbing two dried ears of corn together to get the kernels off to feed the chickens?  Burying coffee grounds and crushed egg shells in the vegetable garden to enrich the soil? *sigh*

Today is a day of remembrance, in so many ways.

Stamps: Christmas Lodge (Holiday Mini), Lovely as a Tree
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, While Gel Pen
  1. Stamp the lodge image in Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.
  2. Ink up one half of the Lovely as a Tree stamp and stamp to the side of the lodge, then do the reverse for the other side.
  3. Color the snowy areas (roof, railings, ground around lodge, trees, etc.) with a white gel pen.
  4. Tear white cardstock to imitate snow on the ground just below the lodge. Trim excess at bottom.
  5. Layer Silver Glimmer Paper (have to use scissors on this - it won't tear!) a bit below the snow layer. Trim excess at bottom.
  6. Tear another layer of white cardstock to lay over the Glimmer Paper, leaving some exposed. Trim excess at bottom.
  7. Stamp the greeting in Early Espresso ink on the last layer and embellish card as desired.


  1. Wow! What a stunning card!! So sorry to hear of the loss of your great-grandmother's house.

  2. Beautiful card! You will always have the memories of spending time at your grandmother's house... no one can take those away.

  3. I can totally picture the house and a little girl playing with such joy. Thanks for a lovely card and a heartfelt piece of your childhood. A day of memories, indeed.

  4. Man, this looks just like a picute! What a stunning card! I. Must. Not. Buy. This. Stamp. Set!

  5. Absolutely stunning!! And I too am sorry to hear about your g'mas house, but yes, you'll always have the memories.
    Shelley, give it up hun, you know resistance is futile!!

  6. Beautiful card Cindy! Now you have me thinking about my Great-Grandmother's house too. Lucky for me, it's still in the family and I plan to visit my cousin who lives there next month.

  7. I did the same thing with snow on the roof of mine! Pictures just don't do this technique justice though!

  8. GORGEOUS! This is my fave card so far made from this set.

  9. Beautiful card - will probably have to CASE it. Thanks!

  10. Cindy, Your memories are precious and brings back many of my own playing at my Great Gram's house. Thank you for sharing.

  11. You won, you won, you won!!! Shelli has marvelous taste!!

  12. This is a beautiful, beautiful card -- not surprisingly, because you do amazing work! So happy you won Shelli's contest!

  13. Beautiful Cindy! Congrats on the win!

  14. your written memories brought your g-grandmother's house alive for me! TFS that memory. PS: your card is beautiful!

  15. Replies
    1. I'm not sure what you are asking...this was a retired stamp from Stampin' Up! called Christmas Lodge.Hope that helps!

  16. Beautiful card. I love the white on kraft, and the way you built up your snowballs with different catdstock.


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