October 22, 2009

Red and Cream Holiday Inspiration

Every year come holiday time I find some sort of new inspiration for decorating and crafting. This year I am inspired by the color combination of red and cream/white. I'm in the process of assembling my Christmas Inspiration Station for this year, but in the mean time check out this photo below. I would love to have all those goodies in my stash for wrapping gifts. Or how about this photo below. I could totally turn my old white kitchen cabinet into a Christmas display of red and cream goodies. And look at the stockings....they remind me of illustrations in Jan Brett books.
That total Nordic look is what I'm talking about....lots of homespun goodness, items hand crafted from the heart....all nestled in a cozy cabin up in the mountains. Are you you picturing it now?
Little touches touches sprinkled here and there like the red and white pillow nestled on this comfy sofa below.
And these red and cream quilts totally make me swoon. I have it on my list to make a red and cream/white Christmas quilt some day. I think I'll start by collecting fabrics here and there and then some day sit down and put it all together. I just love the idea of switching out out bedspread to one of these beauties.
And check out the red and white ticking pillow.....and the Kraft colored pillow below with red embroidery..totally makes me think of my friend Pine.
Ohhhh, I bet you're in the mood to craft now before we even get to my project, right? All of those fun photos were from Country Living, Country Home and Pottery Barn. For even more inspiration, check out this magazine spread from an older issue of Country Home...so cozy and homespun looking.

With all that beautiful inspiration, let's see what we can cook up the crafty kitchen, eh? Basically, all you gotta do is pull out red and cream inks and papers...and lots of other mixy matchy embellishments like ribbon and buttons. Look at my little pile of goodies below..I used the 2009 Holiday Tags to create lots of circle embellishments. I simply stamped them with Pure Poppy ink and added punched snowflakes and tied Vintage Buttons. I also had fun experiment with stamping on ribbon. I used grosgrain ribbon and Pure Poppy ink to stamp right onto the ribbon. The stamps I used are all from the 2009 Holiday Tags Collection.
Then I used an E43 (Dull Ivory) Copic Sketch marker to do some solid lines along the ribbon. Love!
Here's a wintry card all assembled using the circle/snowflake embellishment on top of a giant snowflake from Snowfall. I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Octagon die template for a fun shaped background accent. The shape is perfect for the snowflakes.
For a quilty, homespun look I used a Quikutz texture plate with Pure Poppy cardstock then did a double line of stitching. The stamped ribbon makes a nice accent along the bottom of the card.
And here's one of my faves, some very Nordic looking mittens from the Snowfall set. I created them by stamping a round tag from the 2009 Holiday Tag Collection and then paper pieced a portion of the image onto some stamped mittens.
Paired up with another quilty cream background, a Pure Poppy ribbon, cute stamped snowflakes and one of my favorite sentiments from Snowfall......and a few lines of glittery goodness......and this is one cutie pie card.
And these are becoming one of my favorite gifts....wrapped candy bars. 5-1/2"square patterned paper(mine is from the Men of Life collection), some Scor-Tape and embellishments give a whole new look to candy bars.
Look how fancy they look all dolled up with Vintage Cream ribbon, an embellished holiday tag, snowflake punches, a sprig of green leaf ribbon......and lots of glittery goodness.
These would make decorations for your home......just nestle them into a wreath or bowl full of vintage Christmas ornaments.......and then hand them out to friends and neighbors who visit over the holiday season.
Oh, I could just create stuff endlessly using all my red and cream goodies. I should be all set come Christmas time. I hope you are inspired too. :) Thanks for stopping by.

On a side note: Last night my little Jordy collapsed. She has the flu and asthma on top of that so her symptoms are always worse when she's ill. She was out for what seemed an eternity as I scrambled to call 911. She woke up and was disoriented and couldn't see well. We rushed her to the emergency room where they gave her an IV bag of fluids. We were released and got home about midnight. She is doing so much better today and is fever free. Now Josey has the fever though. The flu is in full force here........please take care, drink LOTS of fluids to prevent dehydration and get lots of rest. I hope you all stay well.

84 comments:

Anonymous said...

Prayers for health and well being for your family!***Buddhabear

wanda50 said...

We will keep her in our prayers. That flu bug is a monster. Hang in there! Love the Red/White/Cream theme. I am thinking of doing that color combination my self. Loving your inspiration. Be blessed...

Susan said...

Mish, I hope your family recovers from the flu. It is really scary. What a good mother you are. Hope you stay healthy cause mom's can't get sick!

I love everything you create. You always come up with something wonderful and your latest designs are lovely. When I grow up I want to be just like you ..and I'm in my 50's Ü. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with us all.

Anette Eakins said...

Oh no! So glad she is okay now!! We've had the flu pass through our house about two weeks ago- first both boys, then Dad and Mom (and Mom -aka me, who usually never gets sick, got it the worst).Let's hope you don't catch it! Love your red/cream/white card. The stamped ribbon is adorable.
Anette-snowmom13

Kate in UT said...

So sorry to hear about Jordy! Best of luck keeping yourself healthy...all of my kids (four) have had the flu this week and so far I'm still okay...knocking on wood!

I love the red and cream/white combos. You have so totally inspired me tonight!

Debbie said...

Sooooooooooo pretty!! Love the cream/white & red color combo. You've given me some inspiration for a few projects of my own!!

2stampis2b said...

As always I LOVE your work! I hope that the flu is nearly done in your household...so scary about your daughter. Good thing she's got the best mom for TLC!

Kathy V. said...

Aww Mish, so sorry to hear your lil' reds are sick. The need for proper hydration can't be over stressed--I nearly died a couple of years ago due to dehydration. Nasty.

Thank you for somehow finding the time to share with you cyber friends, even when you have plenty on you hands already. Your inspiration is just--well "inspired"!

Special hugs to you and the girls. Hope everyone is well and back to normal soon!

shelly kettell said...

I just love visiting you and your creative inspiration! And you shouldn't even be here sharing...go take of your girls and yourself! You don't want to catch it with the holidays upon us!
Thanks for everything!

Antoinette Seminario-Skinner said...

Thank you as always for the great inspiration, and for taking the time to share with us. More importantly, I hope your girls get better soon!!

Andrea said...

Thank God that Jordan is ok - I can't imagine anything scarier with your babies!!! I hope that Josey has a much easier time and has a super quick recovery. Don't forget to take good care of Mommy!

Karen W said...

Very pretty, love those colors also.

Kim G said...

I always love your projects, but the important thing is the health of your children. Glad to hear Jordan is on the mend and hopefully Josie will be soon!!

shannon a said...

we just did the flu here. i'm so glad she's doing better. hang in there. the colors and inspiration are wonderful. also...had to laugh at the tweet in your sidebar about subbing and volleyball...i "resemble" that comment!! :)

Anabelle said...

These are so wonderful! I just adore red and cream. Love how you added the punched snowflake to the tag!!

dolcreations said...

I hope your family recovers soon from the flu! Poor girls. you feel so bad when your kids are sick.

Your red/white theme just does it for me! I LOVE IT! You have inspired me so much on this...as with all your other projects!

You are so awesome Michelle!
Christine

Ekip2 said...

Hugs and well wishes! I hope she gets better soon - how scary! I love your stuff -as always - Great idea to show us where the inspiration came from - I need to use magazines more to inspire me.

Karen said...

I hope everyone is on the mend. So scary to have little ones so sick--big ones too! This is a fabulous post. LOVE it all.

Stampin' Pam said...

Absolutely beautiful ideas Mish. Can't decide which I like the best but I'm pulling out red and cream! It's rather funny actually - I'm wearing a red corduroy blazer with a cream top and my jeans and boots today so I fit right in with your goodies.

patriciad said...

As always your projects are adorable. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your girls and YOU stay well!!

deb said...

Saying prayers.

Your work is simply stunning!! I adore the red and white color combo and think I'm inspired to make that our color scheme this year. :)

Tammy Murphy said...

Mish~ I love all of your red and cream projects.... they look so warm and comfortable together.... love that combo~ Hope the family all gets healthy soon~

Margaret de Witt said...

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers Michelle. It is good to hear she is feeling better already.

Jeni Barbas said...

Oh Mish, so sorry to hear about Jordan! That must have been so scary. I'm glad she's doing better and hoping you stay healthy. Also, loving the red and cream and especially the nordic mittens..cute!

Liz said...

Fabulous inspiration!! It's one of my favorite looks, too :) I hope that everyone starts to feel better...so glad Jordy is ok!!! Scary to have to take a kid to the ER.

Becky said...

Mish,
Sorry to hear about Jordan. I hope she is feeling better soon. Here in VA all school age children are being issued th H1N1 vaccine. I just hope they get done before the flu season hits here, we still have days in the 70's.

On to card stuff. You are always a huge inspiration to me. I just want to jump up, go in the attic and find anything Christmas related. I will have to buy a few more stamp sets though. Darn:) I just recieved Take a Note yesterday and Love, Love, Love it. Haven't inked it up yet but can't wait. Hope for speedy recoveries at your house and you stay well too.

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, how scary! I hope that you'll all be feeling better soon! Your projects are beautiful-so warm and cozy!

Kathyc on SCS said...

Hi Mish, So sorry to hear the girls are sick; hoping everyone's on the mend over the weekend; thanks for sharing your fun post on the red and cream accents!

Harriet Hensley said...

Thank you for the beautiful inspiration ..... and have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.....

Cheryl (aka CherylQuilts) said...

Oh, Michelle, I'm praying for Jordan and Josey! So sorry to hear about Jordan...you must have been so very scared!!

Thanks for this amazing Christmas card inspiration! Take care and get your precious family feeling better! Hugs, Cheryl

Remigia Poulo said...

Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Thanks for sharing!

Ted said...

Michelle, just wanted to let you know that Jordan is in my prayers as well as the rest of your family. This looks to be a bad season regarding the flu so I hope that you all stay healthy. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Mish, So sorry you had to go through that last night, so scary. I'm so glad she is better today. My grandkids had the same flu (in R.I.) and were soooo sick. Your family is in my prayers. I've been waiting for your X-mass inspirations, (found you last Christmas) and have loved all of your idea. By the way we are in a cabin (log home) in the mountains of NH, and I'm all about "home spun". Keep the Faith. Patty R.

mamajulie said...

Praying for you and your family. How scary it must have been as you waited for the ambulance. This flu is hitting the young ones hard.
Beautiful cards, as always. You are such an inspiration.

Cindy Major said...

I am totally in love with all of the projects that you've shared! They are absolutely gorgeous! I am going to have to try the red and cream look myself!

Thanks for the inspiration!
Cindy

Gina said...

You are so talented I love getting up each day and checking your blog, you truly inspire me

Gina

Janet S said...

All the items you posted are so beautiful. Red and cream, how simple but so elegant. Take care of your 'little reds', they need an extra hug from mom.

vicki said...

First of all -- healing prayers going up for your wee ones! Secondly, GREAT ideas -- thank you so much!

denise said...

Your projects are breath taking and inspiring. Makes wish for snow and a few days to just create with the Christmas music playing and the fireplace roaring! So happy that I purchased all the sets you used... hopefully, I can just whip out some fun things!

I hope that your girls will have a restful weekend and recover quickly from the flu. AND hopefully you won't get it either. Take care! Denise G

Anonymous said...

My prayers for the girls, this flu season is going to be tough. The red and white has me all excited. Some years ago, I got lots of wide (almost 3in) red and white trim, its very Nordic looking, at a Thrift Store very inexpensive. I am going to make something with it, maybe even glue it to cards. Love the snowflakes tbagnola

louann said...

So glad she is doing better, so very scary. Thanks for all your red and cream inspiration, love the homey feel. Stay well.

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

How scary for you to have your sweet Jordy so sick. I'll be praying that your whole family is healthy. I adore your wintery nordic creations, you always find such great inspirations and you never cease to amaze me with your take on them. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, your blog is always my first stop each morning!

Sharon Knitter said...

First of all, I hope your family is feeling better soon.

I have to tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your beautiful projects today. I love the nordic feel and can't wait to try them myself.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Mish, I LOVE your inspiration for this year! I have always loved red and white/cream items. I have red handled "vintage" items, like potato masher etc and have a very old tattered red and white quilt that I put under the tree for my tree skirt.

I had already decided I was going with this theme along with kraft as I joined a Sister Shoebox Swap where the theme is "Noel" and the gal hosting it had a beautiful picture of peppermint candies. Ü

I am so sorry to hear that your girls are sick. The flu is sweeping not only our schools, but community. It is fall break here and I'm hoping it will be a time for everyone to heal. Hugs to you and your family!

Carrie T said...

I hope that your family continues on the road to recovery. I'm saying my prayers for all the kids that are getting this nasty flu. Nothing is scarier for a parent than when your child is so ill. Been there, done that, more than once - sometimes wish I could wrap them in a bubble to keep them safe! Take care.

liannallama said...

your projects are all amazing and really make me want to drink cocoa and sing Christmas songs!

(((HUGS))) to you and I hope everyone gets better quickly.

Debbie Olson said...

Mish, your read and cream projects are "da bomb," and I'm sorry that Jordy has been so sick--I'll be praying for her to feel better today!

Clarinda said...

I'm so in Love with this... I'm going to use some of these ideas but in blue and white. My colors.... Can't wait.!

BethieJ said...

Hope your girls are feeling better! Sorry to hear about Jordy...
LOVE the ideas you shared.. and the inspiration photos...

Sarah O. in TN said...

Ugh...getting the flu on TOP of asthma is miserable. Our son has asthma too and I am being SUCH a helicopter mom this flu season...which I'm sure he appreciates...heh heh! Stay well, Woodersons!

Cindy H. said...

I'm glad Jordy is doing well enough to be released from hospital. It's hard for parents to see their kids sick. Stay well so you can take care of your little "reds".

I love all your beautiful cards and what a great color combo you've chosen. I am also drawn to that warm homey look.

GaMtnScrap said...

Hope your family is feeling better soon!

Eveline said...

I hope your daughters soon feel better. I wish them a speedy recovery.
I love the red and cream together especially the stamped images on the ribbon. Great look and fabulous cards etc.
Eveline.

mamichelle said...

They are beautiful! Love the color combo.

I hope your girls are better soon!

Mariah said...

Love the color scheme...hope your little ones feel better soon. And I wish you a speedy recovery from the trauma of it all!!

Linda said...

First of all, prayers for a fast recovery to your girls. I can't believe you had time to share with us but I am sure glad you did. As always your ideas are so inspiring. So simple yet sooooo original and beautiful. I find myself saying " why couldn't I think of that" over and over with your projects. I love the red and cream/white theme and look forward to reading your blog everyday for new inspirations.

Carrie said...

Hope your family is feeling better. Your creations are lovely - the color choice is so fresh and the designs are inspired.

Hope your day is going better.

scrapfancy said...

I have always loved red/white. Even was able to paint my new kitchen in red.
Tell the girls we are praying for them and you take care also mom.

MaGoooo said...

THANK YOU for your inspiration all the time! Your projects & ideas are the BEST!

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resmith said...

Oh, your projects and inspirations are just so fabulous!! You have got me wanting to get going on some things(as soon as my order gets here tonight).
Sorry to hear about Jordan, glad that she is doing better. All take card!!

jen said...

LOVE this color combo! I'm not sure which snowflake punch that is, but I love it!
Hope Jordy is MUCH better- so scary! My little 4 yo was diagnosed yesterday with h1n1.
Take care of yourself!!

Melissa said...

Mish, my heart is with you....how scary for you. I hope you are all doing much better today.
Melis

Amy said...

Oh, Mish, take care of those girls and yourself as well (ok, hubby, too!)! Thank you for yet another beautiful and inspiring post!

Amy

Jen said...

We are all struggling to recover from a bug that has invested our home too. Prayers to you all for a speedy recovery.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creations!

bumblesnbees said...

Loooove it!! But I LOVE red-to me it is a neutral, lol!

Isabel Z said...

Prayers for your little one and all the family.

Deb said...

fabulous post, love all your red and cream creations, lots of inspiration here!

Hope your girls get well soon! hugs Debx

EileenHull said...

Thanks Mish... as always so inspiring and cozy. Stay healthy! Prayers for your little one.

Anonymous said...

Michelle:
Your family will be in my prayers tonight. I love your stuff!

Little GTO said...

Boy! You've been busy! You have such a wide range of abilities. Thank you for sharing.
Sharon L

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Wendi said...

So sorry to hear about your daughter. That must have been very scary for you all. Glad to hear she is feeling better. Loved all your cute ideas. I'm inspired and ready to get to work! I SUPER LOVE the red and cream look too! Thanks so much for taking the time today to share with all of us.

Karen J. said...

Totally awesome ideas...love the red and cream....TFS.Great inspiration. Hope you are all on the mend...nasty flu.

Kristie said...

Hope all of you are feeling okay and that there are no more incidents.

debbies said...

I'm so glad that your daughter is fine. That must have been very scary for you. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures and inspiration. I have a red/white kitchen and think this holiday season will take some of the ideas and use them in my hutch.

kinderdi said...

Hope everyone is feeling better at your house soon! I LOVE your red and white projects!!! Thanks for sharing so much wonderful inspiration. It makes my day to read your blog. :)
Diane

Anonymous said...

Thesea are all beautiful projects. I just love this time of the year. thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Gail S. said...

First off, prayers for your girls and your whole family! Your winter inspiration/cards are just wonderful. You are really getting me in the mood for Christmas - I haven't even started my shopping yet! I love coming to visit your blog you always are such an inspirtation to me. Thank you!

Jen in Cali.. said...

What a great interpretation of the "Nordic" look. Thanks for continuing to share your talent!

Warm wishes to you & yours...
JD

Noreen said...

I hope your little girl is much better now and no one else gets sick.

I love all your red and white, and it does make me itch to create something red white and snow-flaky!

Kylie said...

I get soooo much inspiration from visiting you! Shame here in Australia we are heading into a hot Christmas - just once I would love to have a snowy Christmas, how lovely that would be! If we wrapped chocolate bars for gifts, they would melt while they were displayed! Never mind, we still enjoy our papercrafting no matter what the weather!!
Kylie xxx

dhillman said...

Do you share your recipes? I saw on an earlier post that you made cranberry jalapeno jelly and I would love to make that if you share! Thanks for the ideas. I think I may have to make a red and white quilt too!

Meda said...

Thank you very much for the inspiration. I used those colors last years too and I definitely prefer them to the traditional red and green.

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