LRW #141

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Good morning!  It's a good day to celebrate officially having our car returned and running well!  Unfortunately, our pocketbooks took quite a beating.  Our mechanic said to expect to put out $1,500 a year now that our car hit the 100,000 mile mark.  Have you ever heard of that before?!  Gracious!  Our last car never had problems like that and made it well past 100,000 miles.  Gosh, I wish we could afford to get something bigger; something that made taking off, to camp, for the weekend, less stressful; something that separated us a little further, from my kiddos' bickering and complaining, on long trips; something that didn't guzzle gas; or something that wasn't going to cost us the predicted $1,500/year in maintenance fees.  But with the cost of nearly everything rising and nobody's paychecks getting any bigger, we've got to stay smart.  For now, our car is paid in full, comfortable, clean, and gets us from point A to point B safely, and that's something to be thankful for.  A new vehicle, someday, is something to look forward to ;).  Okay, enough about money and wishful thinking.  How about a fun, little, Christmas creation to start the day?
I started this card by piecing together the various, color-coordinating, patterned papers and machine stitching, around their combined edges, as well as to either side of their connections, with red-threaded, straight stitches.
I then cut a small slit at the point where all three corners of the patterned papers met; fed a length of red, saddle stitch ribbon through it; wrapped it around the top edge of the prepped piece; tied it, in a bow, near the top edge of the prepped piece; and embellished it with a brown button, laced with a Baker's Twine bow, as well as an ink distressed, die cut, from Oatmeal cardstock, tag, which was stamped, in Riding Hood Red ink, with a heart.
The "Home Sweet Home for a HAPPY HOLIDAY season" was then stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, in the bottom center of the prepped piece, before it was adhered to the Chocolate Chip, cardstock, card face.
The house was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock; colored in with colored pencils and mineral spirits; given a little dose of snowy glitter; hand cut out; and adhered, with foam tape, tucked under the embellished bow.  A little, stamped, in Basic Black ink, chimney smoke and a stamped, in Garden Green ink, on white cardstock; hand cut; and dressed up with Stickled berries, wreath, which was adhered, to the front door, with foam tape, complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Little Red Wagon's Challenge #141: Christmas in July.  Thanks for giving me a jump start, ladies ;)!  Also, before I run and in case you may not know, Bazzill Basics is at the CHA Summer show in Chicago.  But while they're away and all the fun is going on, every hour, they're showing sneak peeks and giving away new goodies on their facebook page.  So, be sure to stop by for a chance to win it, before you can buy it, and good luck!
I'll be back, bright and early tomorrow morning, with another delicious challenge from Papercraft Star.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by!  Oh!  And don't forget that you have until the close of tonight EST to link up your takes on The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #140.  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps:  HomeSweet Home - house, chimney smoke, & “Home Sweet Home” (MSS);  All Occasion Tags - heart, Kisses & Cuddles - front door wreath, & WinterWishes - “for a HAPPY HOLIDAY season” (Wplus9) Paper: Chocolate Chip (SU); Oatmeal & White (Wplus9); berry vine & distressed green (My Mind’s Eye), & red damask (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Riding Hood Red, & Basic Black (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: red thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Timeless Tags die (Wplus9); Big shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker’s Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); brown button & red saddle stitch ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); colored pencils (Prismacolor); Gamsol (Inky Antics)

10 comments:

Lynn said...

Oh no...don't you hate putting money into cars? ours both have over 125,000 miles on them and we're contemplating a new one sometime soon...don't want the car payment though.

Love your sweet Christmas card Jinny!

Miriam Prantner said...

So pretty! Love how you did the ribbon! I think out of everything you buy, cars depreciate the fastest. I mean, you drive it off the lot and it's lost 20% of it's value, or something like that. BUT, a necessity these days....

judybeeksma said...

Great card...Love the colors used...Thanks for joining us over at LRW!

Diana Fisher said...

Love this card! Such amazing attention to the details! :)

Kara Lynne said...

Beautiful house, looks like a perfect place for Christmas. Sorry to hear about the car issues, repairs aren't fun, and not much to show for them either!

Jennifer said...

To gorgeous card perfectly put together! Love the glitter snow and color. Bummer about your car...

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Sorry to hear about the cost of the car :( Luckily we have a mechanic in the family... so we always get a family discount...

I love love love your card!! I love love love that house!!! GORGEOUS!!!!!

Melissa said...

Great Card, love the Christmas house. You never know with cars. I hope the mechanic is wrong ;)

Ros Crawford said...

Love your Christmas card ... so pretty ... glad you got your car back on the road ... sending hugs your way!

Lisa said...

So sweet and cozy, love the little wreath on the fromt door! Keeping my fingers crossed for your car 😊