October 19, 2009

Tour de Freaks ~ October

Tomorrow is the 20th of the month, and that means another Tour de Freaks blog hop. Today (the 19th), you're catching us during set-up, getting out all the kinks. The blog is official up tomorrow though, so make sure you come back then and see it again in all it's glory.

This month's theme is "That Special Holiday Card". If you're starting from me, then make sure you check out Julie Dinn, her blog is just before mine. She's our fearless Tour mom and has some beautiful projects to share. You can get to her blog by selecting the huge TOUR link above.

To me, nothing says holiday more than sparkly, shining, glitter. Here I took the new Serene Snowflakes stamp set and cut out the main snowflake. Stamped that puppy in Versamark and then went to town with the Cosmo Glitter (seems I can't get enough of that stuff).

The background paper is the new Cocoa DSP in the Holiday Mini. I ran it through that fancy texturz plate to give it a little more umph. Can you see the Bermuda Bay snowflakes on the background paper as well?

Here's a close-up of the texturz plate and the Bermuda Bay snowflakes.

The next card uses the same DSP from the Holiday Mini. The stamp set of choice is Patterned Pines (it's a hostess set you know). The white snowflake on the Burgundy disc is embossed in white. The burgundy snowflake was stamped on the Sahara Sand paper and cut out by hand; with the top snowflake being stamped in Soft Suede and removed with the Boho Punch.

This was a fun card to make. You know what REALLY makes a difference? Stamping that background paper with the tiny star using Burgundy ink. It pulls the card together (really...it does).

The patterned paper under the medallion embellishment is the backside of the big snowflake paper. I loved using it; keeping all the papers in the same family.

Here's a closeup of the medallion embellishment. Can you see all the sparkle from the Shimmer Paint?

There you have it! I hope these ideas will help get you started on your own holiday cards.

Next up on the tour is the fabulous Connie Babbert. You can get to her blog by simply selecting the Blog link below. See you next month!


Connie Babbert said...

WOW...love your projects and the colors you used! I never thought to put the Bravo Burgundy with that DSP! Great job!

Dawn Olchefske said...

Lovely cards Melanie!

Wendy Weixler said...

OOoooooo, Melanie!! LOVE the vintage-y feel to BOTH of your cards. Absolutely GAWgeous!! :)

Cindy Major said...

Hi, Melanie!

Love the antique look to your cards! The non-traditional color choices are great, I love it! You just can never go wrong with snowflakes :D


gbarron56 said...

Hi Melanie -- WOW -- the snowflakes on your first card are just amazing. Beautiful job -- so much texture and depth! Thanks so much for sharing. It's good to be on the tour with you! Blessings, Gretchen

Anonymous said...

Melanie...Love the layered & glittered snowflakes on both cards...BEAUTIFUL! Erin

procrastistamper said...

Your cards look so very Baroque and elegant! Thanks for sharing your great ideas :-)

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! Love all the colors!

Kerstin Kreis said...

your cards are very nice !
the medaillon embellishment ist great!

many greetings from a germany Su Demo

Mary Brown said...

What wonderfully, unique color combinations for snowflake cards - STUNNING!!!

Brandi Wiggins-Côté said...

Can't go wrong with sparkly, right? Great job, Melanie! TFS!