12/23/14

This is the end…

of the Christmas cards, anyway.

Jennifer McGuire is a genius. I love her work and when I saw this card on her blog I knew I had to try it. The stencil used for this one is a big round stencil, one I would not have given a second look. She saw potential in it and used it for Christmas trees! Brilliant! This was so easy and quick to make. Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink for the trees, Wild Honey for the star. I die cut a star from a piece of lightweight cardstock and used that as the stencil. Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the hills, and an old Hero Arts stamp for the sentiment, stamped in red pigment ink and embossed with clear powder.

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I made a shaker card! I only hope it survives the postal machines. I added some seed beads from my stash for the shaker part. The penguin stamp is by Stampendous, a 50% off Michael’s purchase last week. The patterned paper is from the Doodlebug Designs Frosty Friends 6 x 6 paper pad. The Merry Christmas stamp is from Clearly Besotted. I added a few sequins using Micro Glue Dots.

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Same stamps and paper, but no shaking going on here. The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink.

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That’s it for me this Christmas. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my cards this year. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year! I will be spending New Year’s in Ohio with my awesome daughter and precious grandson. I can’t wait! Be prepared for more adorable grandson photos in January :-)

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?

Christmas Cards…at last!

Nothing like waiting until the last minute…again. All of my cards went in the mail yesterday and I hope they arrive in time, especially the ones going overseas. Whew! Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

I tried to use all of the new sets and dies I bought this year, and I did pretty well. There weren’t that many, actually. My wish list was a mile long, but budget constraints got in the way. There was only one set that I didn’t use and I will save it for next year.

Most of the designs were inspired by cards I found on blogs and Pinterest, and I will post links to those. Embossing powder, glittery paper, glitter washi tape, and the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen all got quite a workout this year.

ANYway…here you go. Cards. With kitties. Inspired by this card on Julia’s blog.

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They are all colored with Copic markers. I had high hopes for stripes and spots on these cats, and even a black-ish kitty, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Cats are hard to color without them looking flat and lifeless. I’m sure Sandy Allnock could make them pop right off of the page, but I’m not that talented. I guess I need to review my Copic classes and practice a LOT more.

The image is a digital one from Gerda Steiner Designs. I printed it on Neenah Solar White, because that’s the only weight cardstock I have that will go through my printer. I prefer the Hammermill Digital Copy Cover or the Mohawk Color Copy Cover, but they were 100# and got stuck in the printer. I know many people like the Neenah, but I have trouble with it.

I will post more over the next few days. I hope you are all have a wonderful holiday season and are ready for Santa!