Friday, January 4, 2013

Waltzingmouse Secret Santa Card Exchange

Hello and Happy Friday!

This December was the second annual Waltzingmouse Stamps Secret Santa Card Exchange. Cathy Weber tirelessly organizes this fantastic event, and I so enjoy being a part of it. Supplied with the contact information for a Secret Santa, you make a holiday card and send it - its that simple!

This year, Charmaine Stack was my Secret Santa, and I received this stunning card from her!

I love the rich hues of blue that she used on this! The shading adds so much dimension to the design, and I particularly love the shaded label. She also included the sweetest little note and tucked a little gift inside that will soon find a home in my studio. I loved it all, Charmaine! The images she used are from the Yonder Star set, and it has inspired me to pull that one out, along with the Yonder Star Backgrounder and see what kind of non-holiday design I can come up with.

Melissa Ladd was my Secret Santa, and this is the card that I sent to her:

I have seen lots of pretty lanterns around the holidays, but particularly loved this one.

As you can see, this really provided a lot of inspiration for my card. I used the Bright Season set along with Festive Foliage and the Cabin Plaid Backgrounder. I loved putting this together for Melissa.

This was such a great event, Cathy, and I just love that you pull it all together for us! Next year we hope you will join us, too!

Have a great day!

Lantern Card Recipe
STAMPS: Bright Season, Festive Foliage, Cabin Plaid Backgrounder, Season of Love - Tags - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Crumb Cake - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Cranberry Crisp, Handsome Hunter, Close to Cocoa, Crumb Cake - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Sewing Machine - Janome; Star Dust Stickles - Ranger Industries


  1. What a lovely blue Yonder Star card Charmaine created for you Anya!

    and your inspired lantern is so pretty in the red with the wonderful pine branches!

  2. Wow ,both cards are so pretty! Love the blues on the one from Charmaine too! The card you sent out is gorgeous and I love the inspiration photo you used. You both did such beautiful detailed stamping. I like how you did a plaid just like the pillows.

  3. Beautiful card from Charmaine, and I love your pink lantern against the neutral plaid background.

  4. Anya your lantern photo should be an inspiration pic on a challenge! Your card is the perfect interpretation! I love the festive colors and the pretty pine you added - so neat that branch through the handle!!! Oh and of course the plaid background! Gorgeous!

  5. Love the lantern and the way you've hung it from the pine cone and branch! You've really captured the inspiration photo with your card. The star card in blues is stunning - Charmaine did a fabulous job with this! Both are just wonderful!

  6. Both cards are stunners!!
    Love the blues...
    those sets are gorgeous done in all the blue tones...
    will have to remember that!
    And the red lantern...
    I die...
    and am going to be borrowing that idea! :)

  7. I agree with Renee, both cards are so stunning. I love how the card you made matched your holiday decorations.

  8. A super lantern card, Anya. I admire the fact you can look at a photo and get so much inspiration from it. The plaid background is perfect, and I like how it looks like a strip of fabric with the stitching down the sides. Thanks for your gracious comments about my star card. Claire is clever in designing those WMS stamps to coordinate effortlessly!

  9. Beautiful cards,love the blue,love the lanterns...


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