Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Stuff to Come

Clare is set to starting a new product line. She's also looking for DT members so pop on over and visit to see what is in store. Her banner is super cute and is a little preview of what is coming.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Season's Greetings!

My nephew is here today playing with the kidlets. He's a cutie but definitely a handful--good thing I love him!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. My brother, sil, and nephew came over Christmas Eve and the kids all opened presents together in the morning. Much fun was had by all. Here's a cute pic of all the kidlets in their matching pj's Christmas Eve.

DD and I went to see The Nutcracker in San Francisco Friday night. She was really good and just was engrossed in it up till about the last 20-30 minutes when she was a little chatty.

I hope to get some stamping done this week so be sure to come back and visit!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Offbeat Bday Card

My 4yo has had quite the social life lately and I haven't managed to get pics of all the cards I've made since many of them have been last minute. I did manage to get this one which is not one of my faves but dd loved it a lot :-)

The cardbase is Baja Breeze and the patterned paper comes from my BasicGrey Offbeat 6X6 pad. In hindsight, even though the papers all coordinate, I'm not sure if I like these two patterns together on this card. Then again, it was glued down and we had to get out the door so that's all she wrote!

I stamped my little buckaroo from The Cat's Pajamas Havin' a Pow Wow with Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Solar White and colored him in with Copics.
I highlighted him with a couple Copic Spica glitter pens and cut him out with my new Nesties Labels One. This is mounted on a piece of Tangerine Tango that is also cut out with a Nestie Label and then attached to the card front. The sentiment is from the same TCP set and is stamped with Tangerine Tango on a scrap of Neenah Solar White and punced with my Key Tag Punch. I attached it to a slightly bigger Baja Breeze scrap and rounded the edges then cut one end off. I added a couple Really Rust eyelets and then tied some black hemp through the eyelets and mounted this on the cardfront with dimensionals. Like I said, I like it but don't love it but my 4yo had the biggest smile on her face when she saw it and was happy to give it to her friend.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Card #3

This card is completely CASED from Beate. I fell in love with her version as soon as I saw it and knew that I had to make one myself. Dh saw me looking at hers when I was putting mine today and was a little surprised that I CASED it. My secret is out--he really thought I came up with all of my ideas on my own :-)

Here's the deets on my version of the card. I used Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, and Kraft for the card. I cut a rectangle out of a piece of acetate with a rectangle Nestability and used that as my mask when I sponged Whisper White craft ink onto the Kraft cardstock. I stamped the row of trees from Lovely as a Tree onto the sponged portion and then removed the mask. I inked up the tree in Kiwi Kiss and then colored the trunk with a Chocolate Chip marker and stamped it over the sponged portion. Then I paper pierced around the rectangle and stamped the sentiment from So Many Sayings in Riding Hood Red. I attached a jumbo Antique Brass eyelet to the card over a punched Riding Hood Red circle and then tied some Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon through the eyelet. The Kraft piece is mounted to the card on dimensionals.

I must say, this is my absolute favorite Christmas card that I made this year. Even though it wasn't my original idea, it blows me away that I made a card that looks like this :-)

Thanks for visiting! Come back soon because I'll have more to share with you!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Card #2

This card started out when I saw LSC197 over at SCS. After I finished it, I realized that I didn't follow the challenge rules completely since my sentiment is more than one word. Oh well, at least I stamped!

The card base is Regal Rose and I'm sad to say that I used up the last of my Regal Rose making these. Regal Rose is my favorite of the pinks that SU has available and I don't like being without it. Now, if I still were a demo, I'd have put a few things together and just went and ordered it but not that I'm not a demo any longer, I'm really thinking about my SU purchases and I've decided to wait until the new catty comes out before placing an order. Then again, I may just *need* some Regal Rose cardstock and will have to give my friendly demo a call :-) I randomly stamped the snowflakes from Snow Burst on Curious Iridescent Cryogen White with the Cotton Candy Spectrum pad. The sentiment is from Heard from the Heart and is stamped with Rose Red. The snowflakes are highlighted with Cotton Candy Stickles and White Opal Liquid Pearls. I tied some wide Rose Grosgrain around this piece and then mounted it to the card front. . .but then I looked at it and it seemed to be missing a little something so I pulled it off and added the thin Basic Black mat for a little pop. Tah Dah!!! All done. Another Christmas card that makes me smile even if dh isn't really into a non-traditional card like this one.

Thanks for visiting. Check back tomorrow for my last Christmas card.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

First of the Christmas Cards

A few years ago, I decided to make my own Christmas cards--little did I know that was just the start to this wonderful hobby/obsession :-)

The first couple years, I made all of my cards the same and did it assembly style.  I got really tired of making the same card over and over again so 3 years ago, I had one design but did it in 3 different color combos.  I did the same thing last year as well.  This year, I changed it up a little more and just made 3 different designs for my cards.

Here's card #1!  I was inspired by a card that I had recently seen in a Papercrafts magazine and I can't remember which one exactly right now.  The cardbase is Certainly Celery and I stamped the Canvas background stamp on it in Versamark Dazzle Frost--this pic doesn't capture the subtle sheen but it's so pretty!!!!!!  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Faux Ribbon and is stamped with Brilliance Rocket Red.  I stamped my Hero Arts birds on Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them in with a blender pen and the following ink pads:  Real Red, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa,  and Baja Breeze.  I also used a few Copic Spica pens for some shimmer on the ornament and leaves. The middle bird is on a cut out square which is edged in Going Grey and then mounted on dimensionals.  This piece is layered on top of Basic Gray and then a scalloped piece of Real Red. 

I really like how this one turned out.  I love these birds and only used them on one card last year so I was glad that they got inked up this year.  I made 20 of these so it was a fair bit of coloring that I did but it didn't have to be "perfect" and time consuming since I was going for a more watercolored type feel on this one.

Thanks for visiting and check back since I've got 2 more Christmas designs to share in the next couple of days.

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