Sunday, July 17, 2022

Tinsel Time Holiday Express ~ Spellbinders

Hello crafty friends ~ It's Tinsel Time at Spellbinders and I'm so excited to be a part of it!  Tinsel Time is Spellbinders newest release, and it is filled with super cute winter and holiday themed sets that are perfect to help you get started on your Christmas cards for the year.  Truthfully, I am woefully behind in my Christmas cards, so I really need to ramp up the volume and get making.

I was so delighted when I received the Holiday Express dies in the mail.  My dad loved trains so much.  He volunteered for many years, to be "Mr. Conductor" at the Maine Narrow Guage Railroad's annual Polar Express rides.  

This picture was taken the Christmas before my dad passed away.  I cherish this photograph of my dad, my daughter and me.  It hangs on my refrigerator, and it brings me smiles of joy when I see it. You can see more pictures and read the full post about The Polar Express HERE on my blog.

My first card is a CAS slimline card, using a panel from Mini Slimline Envelope & Nested Card Creator die set.  I wanted this train to look like a gingerbread train with white frosting, so I cut it out of both brown and white cardstock.  I sponged on a bit of Gathered Twigs DOX ink to the edges of the brown pieces to look like the gingerbread was baked.  It turned out so cute!

My second card features the Holiday Express, Tinsel Time Sentiments and the Starburst Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. 

I started by embossing the aqua colored background using Starburst Glimmer Hot Foil Plate.  I wanted to see if I could use the hot foil plates to emboss, and it turned out well, I think.  If I were to try it again, I might try lightly spraying the cardstock with water first, to avoid tearing.  

I cut the train out of soft colors and added gold accents to the gifts in the train car.  I added some colorful sequins for the puffs of smoke.  All in all, I'm pleased with how this card turned out.  I love the pastel Christmas colors!  I could see this train filled with so many fun things, birthday balloons, animals, etc.  What would you put in the train cars?

I enjoyed creating both of these cards and I hope you will check out the full collection. Thank you so much for shopping with my links if you choose to. Happy crafting!!

Here's a list of products I used today:

 Holiday Express

Tinsel Time Sentiments

Starburst Glimmer Hot Foil Plate

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Before I go, I wanted to let you know that Spellbinders is currently having their Christmas In July Bonus Event.  You'll find slashed prices on past holiday collections – up to 40% off. There are some gems from the past, so get shopping!

Thanks for stopping by!


Lisa Elton said...

Catching up after vacation, Birgit! You posted a whole lot of PRETTY while I was away! I can't pick a favorite card but the photo of you, your dad and your daughter warms my heart!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh what wonderful memories these dies have brought back for you. I love your first idea of making it look like a gingerbread train.
Your next card is my favorite, maybe because of the colors you used but it just brings a smile. Like the gold touches and those sequins for the smoke, so sweet and fun!

Donna Phelan said...

Those train dies are the coolest! I love both styles, but the pink and teal and hot foil really looks fantastic! Woo Woo! That picture of you, your dad and your daughter is lovely! Great memories I bet! We actually have a little train museum here in Chatham, I have never been in all of my 30 years here, but I took Miss Penny and we had a ball. It's basically one little room with a caboose out back, but we spent over an hour in there, morse code, selling tickets, tea on train etc. The next day she made Gramps take her (and mind you, this is between 2 playgrounds) lol Great creations, fond memories! xo~

Marcia Hill said...

Both cards are AWESOME Birgit!! I love, LOVE the gingerbread train card, and the more colorful one too! But most of all I love the photo of you, Amanda, and your Dad...what an awesome treasure to have!!! Hugs. :0)