Monday 17 October 2011

STRIPES For Simon Says

It's Monday and that means time for another challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show. I am definitely in the mood for Christmas, highlighted by this weeks DT piece, a Christmas accordion card. The striped background has been created using the background stamp from Wendy's Art Fit For A Queen. Both sides have been decorated using Wendy's  The Art Of Making It Merry, Tim's Season's Silhouettes, Christmas Miracle, Reindeer Flight, along with the Carved Ornaments and Pine Tree dies. 

The accordion is created from a sheet of 12" x 12" Bazzill card stock. Once I added the stripes to each section I coloured with Distress Ink Fired Brick and added machine stitching to a couple of the areas.
The reverse of the accordion has had the same stripes added, which I absolutely love for Christmas. Another favourite technique of mine is to add letters to jump rings adhered with Glossy Accents and I have added these throughout the accordion.
I have added some dimension to my trees adding layers stamped onto music paper from an old Hymn book and coloured with Distress Ink Peeled Paint. JOY and TREE have been added to Jump Rings along with JOY from the Seasonal Salvage Stickers.
The Poinsettia from The Art of Making It Merry set has had the same treatment as the tree again stamped onto music paper from an old Hymn book and coloured with Distress Ink Fired Brick and to complete I have added a Christmas Muse Token.  The reindeer is stamped onto card, cut out and stripes added to match my background piece. The background stamping is from the Season's Silhouettes stamped in black Archival Ink. The little ticket is from Tim's Odds and Ends set of stamps. REINDEER has been added to jump rings.
The bauble from the Carved Ornaments die has again been cut from music paper and added in layers to give dimension and coloured with Distress Ink Fired Brick.  I have added a couple of Christmas brads from my stash (there are also some fabulous ones here that would fit perfectly) along with more jump rings to add BAUBLE to the bottom of the page.
The reindeer has been stamped on top of the stripes in black Archival Ink and machine stitching added to the outside edge. The bookplate is from the Tag and Bookplates die, cut from card, the background stamp added from The Art Of Making It Merry along with NOEL added to jump rings. The tree is cut using the Pine Tree die coloured with Distress Ink Peeled Paint and again machine stitching added to the outside edge.
The pine trees have been stamped in Peeled Paint Distress Ink and white highlights added with a Gel Pen. Subtle snowflakes have been added to the background with Fired Brick ink along with the sentiment Make It Merry and machine stitching.
The final section has my image stamped in black Archival Ink, a Muse Token added along with some Tidings Tissue Tape.

Pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects and remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x  


Sandy said...

Wow this is an amazing book Tracy.
SO wonderful details in it. Stunning work.

Helen said...

So beautiful! I love your delicate stripes and the overall effect is magical.

Cath Wilson said...

Definitely one of those which will look so much nicer in real life, Tracy. Lovely work - and lots of it with all the detail in there - great Christmas book x

Heavens2Betsy said...

Fantastic, stylish piece Tracy. I love all the clever details and the colours. penny

Suzi B said...

Fabulous Tracey .. love everything about it!
Suzi B xx

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Love this Tracey....the colours are beautiful!

hazel said...

This is fabulous Tracy, I love everything about it.
xxx Hazel.

Marjie Kemper said...

Tracy, this is beautiful! Love all your layered pieces and your gorgeous colors.

Gabrielle said...

Oh this is so pretty! How on earth do you have the time to make all these amazingly detailed things? I am in awe x

Emma Williams said...

Wow!! Love everything about this and there is so much to love!! The detail is stunning...just gorgeous as always, Tracy!
Love Emma xx

Siobhan Fyffe said...

I really love your accordian card with the stripe background and all the 3 dimensional elements. You are so talented!!

Lynne Phelps said...

I totally LOVE your accordian card - you are the QUEEN of the Christmas Accordian Card!!! It should be an official title, lol! LOVE your jump ring letters, such a great technique. The striped background is so perfect and I just love all the dimension you've added and the lovely details!

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous work Tracy, love the colours and stamps. So 'pretty' as an accordion with so much detail to look at.
luv {brenda} xoxox

craftytrog said...

How fabulous Tracy! I love the white highlights on the trees, it really makes them stand out xx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Wow, Tracy, this is totally sensational. What an awesome job you did on your accordion card! I just love the washed-out vintage feeling colors you used and the way you give dimension to your stamped elements. You have made a lovely home decor piece that can be used and enjoyed for years to come!

Hope you are having a great week.


Gerri Herbst said...

This is simply breath taking! Love the pale stripe background, then all you added on top. It has to be one of my favorite of your creations. take care, gerri

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! Its Fabulous!!I've never been one for stripes but you have changed my mind!
Love how you used the letters in the jump rings, may have to borrow the idea someday.
Hugs Lynn

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous is right! Love the different panels and the layers on the trees and pumpkin are lovely touches. Beautiful details!

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Stunning work, Tracy! I just love all the layering you did on this piece!! The theme really gets me in the mood for Christmas!!

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