Friday, December 18, 2009
OK...as usual I am following a trend. This time it is snowman week! I love this guy and had to bid on him from Ebay several times to get him at the price I wanted since it is a retired set! He may love the snow, but I am not loving the storm that is threatening to keep my beloved away another day...I pray that the weather is stable enough for Chip to drive home tomorrow! At any rate the main colors in this card are old olive, real red, vanilla and black. Hope you like it and thanks for looking :-).
I bought some chocolates for my son's 8th grade teachers (8 of them) and wanted a nice (economical) way to present them. I found this cute tag on splitcoast and copied it. Being me, it was about 10pm last night before I finished them. I decided the tags were way too cute to just put on the box of chocolates. What to do? I considered wrapping the boxes, but didn't have any paper that would coordinate...so out came the lunch bags. I stamped snowflakes on them with white craft ink, add a gingham bow and I love the result. I wasn't very crafty when my son was little, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to create some homemade goodness for his teachers now. I hope that they enjoy them....and that my son doesn't get too ridiculed for having these ;-)!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Happiness for me is having a morning to play in my stamp room and create! I am so blessed to have the supplies and opportunity to play and make cards to hopefully bless others with...thanks to my terrific hubby. I am so thankful for him and his loving generous heart. I even have it on good authority that Christmas promises to bring even more stamping joy my way....I can't wait ;-)!!
This card really blings irl...my camera did not pick up the sparkle. I love to find a use for the things that I've purchased because they were a good deal or I "just had to have it". This card represents both for me. I picked up a package of glittered cards on clearance and this tree punch was calling my name. I combined the two with the sentiment from a retired SU set to create my winter wonderland scene as I would image the snow to glisten in the moonlight. Of course living in GA and traveling to south FL for Christmas means this is as close as we'll get to the real thing!
I was not happy with my original card...so true to myself, I ripped it apart and tweaked until I was satisfied. I am not saying I would have made it this way from scratch, but at some point I was determined to salvage this card! There are still a couple of issues, but I am happier with this version!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
I was cleaning up my craft table last night and put this quick card together from scraps and experimental peices. I think I am finally getting into a stamping groove that suites me...I enjoy simple, bold and happy images! This card is especially suiting to me since I finished up the Bible Study I was leading yesterday...it is my fervent prayer that all the sweet and wonderful ladies from the class will continue to bloom in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day and thanks for stoppin by!
**After I posted this, I realized that the colors match my blog--cool ;o).
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
This is my third and final post for today! I was busy playing in my craft room over the weekend (obviously), so today back to being productive! I have decided to embrace the fact that this bird keeps landing on all my Christmas themed cards this year...he's pretty cute. As Christmas is rapidly approaching, I want to be sure to remember that it IS a joyous time of year and worth celebrating the beauty of all that is around us and all that God has graciously done for us already! I pray that this season will find us all truly grateful and not too caught up in the commercial madness...
I was "doodling" on a piece of paper while talking with my hubby on the phone last night. I kept drawing a little bumble bee...so I decided to make one! I used the ornament punch for his body, 1" & 3/4" circle punches for his head, small oval punch for the vellum wings, snowflake punch for his arms, the 1/16" circle punch for his nose, the slit punch for his mouth, scallop oval punch for the clouds and finally the heart to heart punch. the sentiment was framed with the designer label punch. I think he turned out pretty cute....and now I don't feel quite as guilty for my punch collection obsession!!!
My submission for this week's PPA challenge is a little late. I was stumped for a victorian theme. I don't have any stamps that would fit the bill, but I had decided that mistletoe was timeless so here it is!
Of course I had to add my mandatory red bird (that I seem to be obsessed with this season)!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
These are a few of the Christmas cards that I have been working on. I know that everyone else is sick of Holiday cards already, but I am only getting started...better late than never!
Anyway, I have accumulated lots of supplies and whiled away many hours admiring lots of talented ladies online. I decided the only way I am going to get better is to just do it!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. My favorite is the last one...the flocked paper, satin ribbon and this bird...even I couldn't go wrong! To top it off the image is sprayed with the shimmer paint that is SOOOO pretty in person.
I have to add that just as I was going to hit the post button I realized that EVERY ONE of these cards has a red bird on it. I honestly didn't plan that or catch it until just now. I have a real problem with repeating patterns. The lady at the dry cleaning store busted me on this when I turn in tops....there are always several items in the same color...green, pink or brown. TOO funny!