Merry Christmas to all...and to all a goodnight

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Christmas Day with family and friends. Thank you for stopping by my blog today :-)

These are the last of my cards for this year, and I always have a favorite - this is it. If I had started with this one, I probably would have made them all the same, with just minor changes. I only made 4 or 5 of these because I had almost enough cards and needed to move on to getting them in the mail.

The ornament die is from Memory Box, the merry die is from Winnie & Walter, and the sentiment is from a Hero Arts Stamp & Cut set. I cut the merry die from a sheet of adhesive-backed glitter fun foam I found at Michael's. It cuts perfectly in my Big Shot and it adds just enough dimension without being too puffy. I used several different sparkly and glittery papers behind the ornaments.

Foiled cardstock used for the merry die cut. I love the way it shines.

Thanks again for stopping by and I wish you all a very Happy & Healthy New Year!


A Return Engagement

This gorgeous Penny Black stamp and card design first made an appearance in my Christmas cards several years ago and I love it so much I had to bring it back again.

Some embossing powder, a little glitter, and some foiled cardstock are all it takes to make some festive cards. This stamp will probably pop up again on future cards, too.

We do wish you a Merry Christmas!

Foiled Again :-)

Not again, really, for the first time. Kristina Werner created some beautiful designs and put them in her shop for sale, so I bought one of them and broke out my Minc Mini and the foil. I love how they turned out! Take a gander at these lovelies.

I printed the design with my laser printer on different colors of cardstock, ran them through the Minc and grinned from ear to ear when I removed the foil. My favorite is the blue one. I wish I had some silver cardstock, I think it would have looked beautiful on that. I wanted to do red foil on green cardstock, but all I had was textured Bazzill and I'm not sure that would have worked, even on the non-textured side.

Really quick and easy Christmas cards! I haven't tried stamping anything and foiling it, but that's coming up soon after seeing how well it works. Fun stuff!

More Christmas Cards

Someday I will keep it simple and make all of my Christmas cards the same, but not this year. I didn't buy much new stuff, so I thought I could use all of what I did buy. I tried, but some of it will have to wait until next year.

I have been in search of this Penny Black stamp and finally found it at Paper Source earlier this year. Embossed with gold powder, it is so sparkly and pretty. The die cut (Hero Arts) was cut from foiled cardstock and I added some clear sequins and several stars stamped with gold and silver Delicata ink. The background paper is from a Bazzill 6 x 6 paper pack.

Just a couple of gems added to this one, with background paper from a different 6 x 6 paper pad - Recollections from Michael's, I think.

There are only a few more, which I will post soon. Thanks for stopping by!


A Few More...

I haven't used this MFT wreath die in a while, so I thought I'd show it a little love this year. 

I was inspired to buy this Simon Says Stamp die by this card from their Stamptember Blog Hop. What I failed to notice was how fiddly getting all of those tiny circles back in their respective places would be! I had planned to make several of these, but this is a one-off, a one-of-a-kind, a collectors item. What was I thinking? Especially since I left it until almost last in the last minute card making frenzy. I do like the way it turned out, though, and will probably make many more cards with it, but not the same way. Maybe with some different colored papers behind the die or something. Whatcha think?

Note to self, pay attention to what is required to make the card with the die/stamp/product one lusts after before breaking out one's debit card :-)

At last...Christmas cards

Every year I promise myself I won’t procrastinate, and every year it’s the same thing - last minute rush to get the cards made. Why do I do this to myself?? Next year I am starting early, I swear. Well, maybe early-ish, at least.

My cards went in the mail yesterday and I’m sure some of them won’t make it before Christmas, but it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it? I apologize in advance for the poor lighting. It was late and I was tired, and these had to go postal the next morning.

I tried to channel Laura Bassen and I’m not sure I succeeded. I think these turned out well, though.

I liked those Hero Arts triangular trees so much that I moved on to making them a bit sparkly.
I embossed them onto foiled cardstock (using a LOT of anti-static powder) and cut them out. The sentiment is embossed in white. The messy thread nest was a PITA to do, so I only made 2 of those. I have since found a better thread to use, courtesy of Laura Bassen. I’ve watched her videos and the thread comes off the spool in neat little circles, unlike this stuff, which seems determined to drive me mad. I emailed her to ask which thread she used, and she kindly replied with the brand and description - Coats S990 metallic thread. Off to Joann’s I went yesterday and came home with 2 spools - gold and silver. Ha! Take that, annoying DMC thread!

Sparkly and glittery washi tape separates the trees and the sentiments on these cards.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!