12/22/14

Merry Christmas…

So, I hardly post all year and then flood you with posts at Christmas. Yep, that’s the way I roll, folks :-)

Another Nichol Magouirk inspired card. No embossing paste this time, just heat embossed snow in the background. I stamped the trees using some Tsukineko dye ink, added a little Cranberry Stickles for ornaments, and stamped the greeting in black ink. The stamps are from Simon Says Stamp. They were part of the December Card kit, but I didn’t get the whole kit, just the stamps.

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Yes, more kitties. This time from Newton’s Nook. This one was inspired by this card. Newston is adorable and since he is smaller, he was a little easier to color. I even managed a few striped this time.

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This would be the scene at our house if we had a wreath or a tree up this year.

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This is why I say that. Meet Abby (the black one) and Tigger:

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We lost Mr. Nibbles in an accident a little over a month ago and David talked me into getting 2 kittens. They are brother and sister, and totally adorable. Little bundles of endless energy! Sheldon is not impressed, but he will come around eventually.

So, no tree and fancy decorations this year. It would be too tempting for small kittens and too nerve wracking for us, trying to keep them away from it.

12/21/14

Embossing Paste Makes a Comeback

It seems like everything old is new again this year. Embossing paste, stencils, and even shaker cards are showing up everywhere. Having sold my embossing paste several years ago, I bought just one jar and decided to give it a try. It’s not as involved as I remembered it to be, actually. I will be using it a lot more often.

This card was inspired by this beautiful one on Nichol Magouirk’s blog. I didn’t get quite as fancy with mine, but I am totally happy with the way it turned out. After the first one was easier than I anticipated, I thought I’d make several more. These dies don’t cut all the way through at the bottom, they are designed that way. So I die cut enough to make 3 more cards and set them aside…ahem…to be trimmed out later. Aside…in the tray of water I had put there for washing the stencil. Ugh! Note to self…do not leave a tray of water for the stencil next to your workspace.

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I sprinkled on a little ultra fine glitter while the paste was still wet for just a tiny bit of sparkle. The houses were colored with Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey, and Picked Raspberry. Peeled Paint was used on the trees. The Merry in the sentiment was done using Lawn Fawn Violet’s ABCs. The letters are cut so well that it’s easy to line them up on the acrylic block and get the spacing perfect.

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Since I already had the paste and stencil out, I though why not make a few more panels, then figure out what to do with them. The stencil is from Simon Says Stamp, by the way. It’s called Falling Snow.

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The same Simon Says Stamp dies from the first card and the sentiment is an old one from Papertrey Ink. The snowy hills were made with Lawn Fawn dies, and the stitched circle is one on of the new Simon Says Stamp dies.

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Stay tuned for a few more Christmas cards soon.

12/19/14

It’s not over yet!

I hope you aren’t tired of seeing Christmas cards just yet. Here are a few more for you.

Taylored Expressions Stamps, a little washi tape, and more Wink of Stella. The sentiment is not by Taylored Expressions. I don’t remember the company, but it’s more than a few years old.

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A Hero Arts stamp from several years ago, stamped in Navy Hero Arts Shadow Ink and edges with a little Frosted Lace Stickles for snow.

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I absolutely love that Simon Says Stamp Christmas die. I have discovered spray adhesive works best for adhering intricate dies like that. I spray lightly from at least 2 feet above and it works perfectly. No more scribbling on glue and having it squish out the sides.

12/18/14

Guitar Birthday

My son’s birthday was earlier this month and since he is an awesome guitarist, I though a guitar shaped card would be perfect. I found this one on Pinterest and gave it a try. I won’t say it was easy, but it turned out pretty well. I totally forgot to take a photo before I mailed it and the strings didn’t fare too well through the mail, but here’s how it looked when he received it.

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The strings were tight when it went into the envelope. They are just thread and I had a hard time figuring out how to string the guitar. I am not sure I will ever make another one of these, but if I do I will string them down to the brads rather than up from them. Any ideas?

Oh look, there are his guitars on the wall in the background.

Anyway, he loved it and I had fun making it for him. That’s all that counts, right?