Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Christmas Nutcrackers

     My daughter absolutely loves nutcrackers inspired by the traditional Christmas ballet, "The Nutcracker."  I can hardly blame her since that's one of my favorite ballets, and is one in which I danced during my childhood years.  Wonderful memories sweep over me whenever I hear any of the music from it.

     I've done a couple of Christmas cards this year with nutcrackers on them and this is another one.   But this one was made using papers entirely from my oldest stash and Christmas scraps.  There's nothing I like better than using up old stash items.  I always feel so frugal and self-satisfied when I can use up things which I bought so long ago and which have been languishing, unused.  Besides, it makes me feel like a new shopping spree is in order.  lol

     The Nutcracker is made with a Die-Versions die, cut three times in different colors, then put together.  The plaid paper is cut with a window (the black CS is behind the image and the plaid dp) and that's a die from Spellbinders.  The little snowflake and the embossed sentiment are done with dies from Cheery Lynn.  I used a white marker to highlight over the embossing on the "Merry Christmas" so that it stands out a bit more.

     I kept this design very CAS so it can be easily mailed.  I'm about half-way done with all the Christmas cards I need for this year and time is getting short!

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     Today is my daughter's birthday but I'm not telling her age (because I'm not old enough to have a child her age much less have my baby child be that age!)  But I hope to take her to lunch to celebrate.  After all, she had lunch on me the day she was born so why not today?  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Linda Simpson said...

Beautiful card, love the paper and wonderful die.
Linda xxx

Di said...

Great card Connie and such an unusual die. Gosh, you've suffered with shingles over 20 years?! I do know it can be a recurring thing - you have my sympathy!


Di xx

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

That's a real cool die and inventive that you cut three times to give him interest. I never danced nor saw the Nutcracker. Nutcrackers by the way are cary to clowns....hahah BUT...I love your card.

Teresa Arsenault said...

That die cut is very cool and so is that lovely plaid paper. You know I love that you used stuff from your stash. hugs, Teresa

Darlene said...

This is awesome Connie ... I'm sure she will LOVE it to pieces!!! I too love the Nutcracker and so enjoy the music every holiday season. My sister & I started dancing when I was 3 and she was 4 and I too remember dancing to this beautiful score. Anyways ... back to your card! Again, awesome creation and Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘PLAID’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

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*Vicki* said...

Really fun card Connie!! Love that die and those wonderful papers!! ;) HUGX

Debbie said...

So cute! I love the Nutcracker die!
Thanks for playing along this week at Christmas Card Challenges!!
Debbie (CCC DT)
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samantha's cards said...

Cute card , Thanks for joining us at Christmas card challenges.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Such a cute Nutcracker- and the die opening with the black background really shows off the die. I do not think I have seen this die before- love it!

Kat W said...

A great design and the Nutcracker die looks fab pieced together in different colours :-)
Thanks for playing along with our challenge at As You Like It!
Kat x