Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sweet Songs

It's the anticipation of waiting almost a full year that gets her all the time.  Pulling out the CDs from the red and green bins, deliberating which artist and which track to play first, but it is always the same. Then she's happy, she begins the joy of listening to the sweet songs of the holiday season.




We've got a great month of sketches for the November sketch challenges at Skipping Stones Designs and today marks the debut of our sketch artist Chan Vuong and guest designers Jimmi Mayo, Betsy Veldman and Jessica Griffin. Skipping Stones Designs is also teaming up with the really cool company, Creative Impressions for this month!

I pulled out some of last year's Christmas paper for a stunning and bold background for my ornaments. The images are a mix of musical notes from Heartsong and the beautiful sentiment from the newly released Christmas Song

I can't wait for you to show me how easy this sketch is by making a fabulous card and linking it up to the Skipping Stones Design blog! While you are there, please check out the great samples from the design team as well.

Oh, and to those of you reading that might be curious...the album I always play first is the James Taylor A Christmas Album...Highly recommend, especially the song "Baby It's Cold Outside"!)
Supplies:
Cardstock: (White) Office Max
Patterned Paper: (Jovial Collection) Basic Grey
Stamps: (Heartsong, Christmas Song) Skipping Stones Design
Ink: (Onyx Black) Versafine, (Wild Honey, Antique Linen Distress) Ranger
Embellishment: (Brad Hanger) Creative Impressions
Other: (Circle Cutting System) Creative Memories, (Thread)

37 comments:

  1. Love your ornaments, Karen! The very first CD I listen to is always Gloria Estefan's, Christmas Through Your Eyes. She uses an orchestra for the background music, and it's amazing!

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  2. happiness...this card just shouts it. I love the stitched lines, the inking on the ornaments. A beauty Karen!

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  3. Karen, your card is absolutely fabulous! I'm not sure why I've never asked you this, but where on EARTH did you come up with your blog name? I like it! :-)

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  4. Love the card Karen it has a nice vintage feel to it.

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  5. vintage is a good word for this color combo... do I really have to dust off the Christmas decorations now? I haven't even put away the skulls and body parts. Great card.

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  6. LOVE it Karen! So festive and fabulous!

    I can't believe I am going to say this but...I think I might just break out the music myself! ACK!

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  7. ahhhhhh holiday music. I usually start with my Harry Conick Jr. the background really makes those ornaments pop.

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  8. Oh the oldies are the goodies aren't they!! My Christmas music ranges from Classic Carols to that annoyingly overplayed classic by Wizard!! so it depends what mood I'm in at the time :)
    Your card is so vintage in a CAS way...how do you do it? Love how you used the metal D ring too.
    Jenny x

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  9. Lovin' the musical references on this festive card, Karen!!! Beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  10. love the stamping on each ornaments. Background PP is beautiful.

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  11. love how you turned the flowers in the sketch into ornaments!

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  12. Fab design, Karen! Love the bold colors & patterns. I'm going to admit that I listen to Christmas music throughout the year. My fave song is Oh Holy Night & my favorite version is by Carl Anderson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uKU5EnhxTU).

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  13. Just GORGEOUS, Karen! I love this. My first two albums for Christmas are Boyz II Men & Mariah Carey. 90's baby! LOL

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  14. What a fabulous creation Karen!! Love it!!! I hope your having a good week!!

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  15. love this- great use of the sketch! I love that JT cd too!! :D (hard to believe it's almost time!!)

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  16. So pretty!! I can't wait to start listening to Christmas music! We got C a CD for Halloween... one he keeps begging for. He found it in one of those play station things ... where you push the buttons and the different CD's play part of a song. Anyway... I am singing "sunshine lollipops and rainbows and everything" or whatever it says! :) OVER and OVER and OVER!

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  17. What a pretty holiday card--LOVE the music images!

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  18. Pretty, pretty card!
    hugs,

    Maria

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  19. This is fabulous, a great Christmas card! It's too early for Christmas songs in this house!

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  20. Awesome design idea:-) I love how you used ornaments for this design! Gorgeous card Karen...

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  21. Lovely take on the sketch - I love the stitching borders and ornaments!

    :)

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  22. your ornies are so cute, karen! great stitching, too:)

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  23. LOVE this!! And I always get so excited about Christmas music....it's totally my fav time of year!

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  24. I love how your ornaments pop off that bold patterned paper! And the black stitching is a gorgeous touch. :)

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  25. Oh fabulous use of the sketch! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. that background really helped you ornaments to pop. beautiful card!

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  27. Oh Karen! I love this card. The background paper, the stitching, those awesome circles. Love Love Love!!

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  28. We listen to holiday songs all year long, lol, because we only have a few CDs and that one is always out, L O L ! Nice card :)

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  29. Seriously your design on this! Going to stick this one in my back pocket.

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  30. Soooo good! What a great use of stamps - just love the vintagey feel.

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  31. I LOVE your card! It's just gorgeous, Karen! Love that background paper. I'm looking forward to breaking out the Christmas tunes, too.

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  32. OK...you've convinced me...I'm pulling out the holiday music this weekend!!! Beautiful card! Gorgeous patterned paper and images/sentiment!!!

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  33. Karen, your card is so, so pretty! Love that patterned paper and your own made ornaments!

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  34. How gorgeous! I struggled with this sketch but you make it look so easy! :)

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