Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Classic Holiday Inspirations...

There is something nostalgic and heartwarming about classic Christmas images. They probably remind us of days gone by and memories from holidays past. I've found a few images that inspired my post today and bring back memories from my past holidays growing up! First is a pretty truck with gifts. This one reminded me of traveling 4 hours to see my grandparents for the holidays. Both sets of grandparents lived in Selby, South Dakota, so many Christmases we would travel there from Rapid City and spend the holidays with all of my cousins and aunts and uncles. My mom had 2 sisters and 1 brother, and my dad had 2 brothers and a sister, so we always had tons of cousins around. I loved having so many people around for the holidays! Now it feels so different just having a few people...  I miss that very much!
The second image reminds me of the small town where my grandparents lived... how everyone knew each other, all went to the same church together and grew up together. My parents grew up there together and have been together since high school. 
And the third image I found reminds me of my dad's parents' farm! I miss going there with the cousins and playing outside, investigating the barn and jumping hay bales. We had so much fun exploring.
It was fun to reminisce! I wish I could go back to that time again! Here are a couple of cards I made based on these photographs with a few new Papertrey Ink stamp sets...

This was made with the new Winter Village stamps and dies and is backed with the Cover Plate: In the Woods die cut. I love how the houses and church have multi-step stamping available so you can add shading to the buildings with a darker color on the side.

Peace on Earth card:
STAMPS: Winter Village
INK: Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse, Soft Granite, Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady
PAPER: white
DIES: Winter Village, Cover Plate: In the Woods
OTHER: sequins.

This next one was inspired by the cute mouse inspiration piece above. I used the new Christmas Critters stamps and dies and Christmas Critters Sentiments. My 11 year old would like this one!

The mouse and other small pieces were die cut with Christmas Critters, and I also used Tag Sale #4 (I use this one a lot), and the Basic Bookmark 2 die.

Holly Jolly Christmas card:
STAMPS: Christmas Critters, Christmas Critters Sentiment
INK: Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft, Enchanted Evening, Dark Chocolate
PAPER: Holiday Plaid, white and Pure Poppy cardstock
DIES: Tag Sale #4 die, Basic Bookmark 2 die
OTHER: sequins.


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jan metcalf said...

Lovely peace on earth card!

bailey19 said...

Love the winter village, The mice are adorable!

Dee said...

The winter village card is beautifully enhanced by the use of into the woods die!

Jill Norwood said...

Love your inspiration photos and memories of your childhood Christmases! I too wish we could revisit those days.....lovely memories and beautiful cards inspired by them! Thanks for sharing!

Ann said...

Adorable creations and inspiration images. Hope your doing well.

Lindsey said...

Love reading your Christmas memories. And I have loved every single project you've created this release. You've wowed me again and again!

Nancy Penir said...

Such sweet memories, Danielle, thank you for sharing the warmth and love! Speaking of love, the winter village set is at the top of my list! Simply love how you kept it simple with the cover plate, and showcased it's beauty. Of course the mouse is 2nd on my list! Too cute to pass up!

Mona Pendleton said...

Both cards are wonderful Danielle! Love the beautiful scene that you created! So festive!

Eileen said...

Both cards are absolutely lovely! Excellent work.