Welcome to Day 4 of Papertrey Ink's September holiday release countdown. Today we are featuring Winter Village, a set filled with vintage holiday scene imagery, Christmas Critters, an adorable take on the Christmas mouse, and Christmas Critters Sentiments.
All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET on September 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.
Nichole asked us to think back to our holiday memories and share both the memories and how those memories can inspire our Christmas projects. One of my favorite Christmas traditions was when my dad would read The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve. I don't recall him reading to us on many other occasions (my mom did a lot, though), which surely made the Christmas Eve readings more special. My dad could be very theatrical and animated (he still is sometimes!), so the part "I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter" was always especially fun!
When I first became a mom, my mother loaned me the old family pop-up The Night Before Christmas under strict orders that I take good care of it and return it. It's a 1967 Random House edition, like the one pictured below.
(source, pictures of the inside
are posted, too if your'e interested)
I wouldn't be surprised if my mom has this book listed in her will! (She's very sentimental and a collector of antiques and other old things.)
My The Night Before Christmas memories inspired me to make a Winter Village scene. Inside that charming house, I imagine children hanging their stockings, setting out cookies and milk for Santa, and curling up with dad for a The Night Before Christmas reading.
Stamps: Winter Village
Dies: Winter Village, Cover Plate: Delightful
Ink: Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Mint Julep, Winter Wisteria, Pale Peony, Americana, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Cocoa Bean, True Black
Paper: Stamper's Select white card stock
Other: chunky glitter, white paint, silver star sequins, clear Wink of Stellla brush pen
My next card goes with the Night Before Christmas theme, too, thanks to the sentiment, which is from Christmas Critters Sentiments! Are those Christmas Critters mice just so adorable or what?
I went with a super clean and simple design to let those mice really steal the show.
These mice also remind me of walnut shell mice ornaments. My mom made a few of these when I was a kid, and I remember thinking they were the cutest and most clever things ever! She was forever and always making things, never more so than during the Christmas season.
Stamps: Christmas Critters, Christmas Critter Sentiments
Dies: Christmas Critters, Tag Sale #10
Ink: Soft Stone, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Pure Poppy, Vintage Jadeite, New Leaf, True Black
Paper: Stamper's Select White cards stock, Fresh Snow Linen card stock
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