Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bells, Boughs and Ornaments

Hello! Today's card is the 4th card for the class tomorrow. This time I used the holly image which I colored with blender pens and then I added the ornament in Crumb Cake. Again, another fairly straightforward card. Tomorrow I will show you the cute gift bags I made for the vendor fair. Later in the week, I will also show you the wedding thank you card I have been working on. I really wanted to use the My Digital Studio for it and I finally had time to play around with it. I'm really excited how it turned out. And I had a lot of fun using MDS. So keep checking back, I actually have lots of projects to show you this month.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Another Bells and Boughs

Hello! I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We ended up having 2 thanksgivings which was nice but now I've had my share of turkey. Today's card is the 3rd card we will be doing in my class on Wednesday. I used the Bells and Boughs again along with the Deck the Halls DSP. This is a pretty simple and straightforward card.
I'm particpating in a vendor fair at a local school on Friday so I've been working on a few projects for that. I saw a tutorial for some really cute gift bags, so I've made a few of those. Then I tried decorating tealight candles which turned out to be super easy. So I will be sharing those projects in the next few days. Have a nice day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bells and Boughs

Hi there! Here is the second card we will be making in the class. This time I used the bells from the Bells and Boughs set. This is such a lovely Christmas set. I’m not really excited about how the color of the ribbon came out. So I might go over it again in a different color. I wasn’t really sure what color to color it in. I just used blender pens and different color inks to color in the image. DSP is from the Deck the Halls pack. Another pretty simple card. Enjoy!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend and enjoyed the blog tour on Saturday. Today I’m showing you one of the cards we will be doing at my holiday card class next week. I went for the vintage theme this year with the cards. This card uses the Tags Til Christmas and the Bells and Boughs set. I stamped 3 of the ornaments in Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake. I punched them all out and added a pearl to the center ornament. I did some sponging around the main image and also around the sentiment. And that is pretty much it. A pretty quick card to make. I hope the girls like it. I will show the rest of the cards for the class during the week. Have a great day!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tour-de-Freaks: Holiday Gift Ideas

Welcome to the November 2010 Blog Tour. If you've just arrived from Dawn Olchfeske's blog, you've come to the right place! But don't worry, if you have started here, it will be possible to go completely to the end and arrive back here after going to the beginning of the tour!

This month's theme is Holiday Gift Ideas. I have a couple of projects to share with you today. I had so many ideas of things that I wanted to do for this tour but everything that I tried was just not working out. I think my crafty brain got fried, lol! Anyway, I decided to make a little gift for my grandmother. My first project is a group of birthday cards. She likes to send out cards to her friends and she loves it even more when they are homemade. I decided to keep them all the same but just change the colors of the birds. I used the lattice texture plate for the Soft Suede background. Then I punched a piece of DSP from the Deck the Halls pack. The sentiment is from Watercolor Trio. The birds are Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Pear Pizazz and Poppy Parade. I don't know if you can tell in the photo but they are all sprayed with vanilla smootch spritz. I am loving that stuff lately! After I did all the cards I put them all together and bundled them up with some Rich Razzleberry ribbon.

My next project is a little birdhouse ornament. I kept with the bird theme here. :) I saw the birdhouse template on splitcoast and I thought it would be really cute for an ornament. I plan to make a few more of these for other gifts. I printed the template on Soft Suede cardstock, then I sponged the edges to give it a little dimension. For the roof I used the Top Note Die and then ran it through with the lattice texture plate. The little bird is again sprayed with smootch spritz. I used the champagne glass glitter for around the hole. I also added a real twig for him to stand on :) and a little vanilla seam binding bow.

Thanks for checking out my projects. I hope you are enjoying the tour. Next up is Lee Ann Greff, with more fabulous projects!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wedding Pictures

Hello. I do not have anything crafty to share with you today. I am working on some things, that I will get to show you in a few days. The next Control Freaks Blog Tour is coming on November 20th, so I've been working on a couple of things for that. Be sure to stop back here on the 20th to check out everyone's fabulous projects. In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of my favorite pictures from our wedding day. We just got our dvd of images so we've been going through them to figure out what picture we want to use for our thank you card. But I just wanted to share a couple of my favorite ones. There are so many great ones that our photographer took. He did such a wonderful job. Anyway, enjoy some pictures and come back on the 20th!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ski Slope Bunny

Happy Tuesday! Today is our one month anniversary since we’ve been married. I can’t believe a month has gone by already. Time is sure flying by quicker and quicker as I get older. :) Today’s card uses some retired paper that I have. It’s the Ski Slope DSP. I have soo much paper lying around that I really need to start using up the older/retired stuff I have. I used the bunny image from Merry Crittermas. He was colored with blender pens on watercolor paper and then cut out. The sentiment is also from Merry Crittermas. Everything else is pretty self explanatory on this card. Have a nice day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cute Critters

Happy Friday! I have a super cute card for you today. I just got Merry Crittermas yesterday and the images are just adorable. I had to use this set first and do some coloring. This card is a little more tedious with all of the images cut out. But you could easily make this same scene with the images all stamped on one sheet. I stamped all the images on watercolor paper and colored them in with various inks using my blender pen. It took a little while to color them but since I love coloring I didn’t mind. Then I cut them all out and added them onto the winter scene. I used Soft Sky with some snowflakes stamped on it. The bottom “snow” is vellum with dazzling diamonds on the top. This was then glued onto Soft Suede cardstock which also has snowflakes stamped on it. The sentiment is punched out with the modern label punch and I added a little birdy to the corner. I hope you like today’s card. I’m sure you’re probably going to see a few more cards over the next couple of days with this set. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jolly Santa

Hi! Today's card is for yesterday's sketch challenge on Splitcoast. I decided to do some coloring on kraft (crumb cake) like I did for the snowman card the other day. This time I used the Santa from Jolliest Time of the Year. I colored him in and I popped his head up on dimensionals (I don't know if you can see that in the photo). I also spritzed on some vanilla smooch spritz to make him shimmery too. I really like that look and I don't know why I haven't used that stuff sooner. I think I'm going to have to get some of the other colors too. I used some more Jolly Holiday DSP and I used the lattice texture plate on the strip of Cherry Cobbler. Sentiment is from Berry Christmas (again!). Today I should be getting some new Christmas goodies and I can't wait to play with them! I don't know if i'll have time tonight to get anything done but I'm hoping I can sneak in a few minutes to get a quick card done. Have a nice day!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jolly Ornaments

Hello! I really like how today’s card turned out. Again, its another one that is probably too bulky for the mail. This will be another hand delivered card. The paper is from the Jolly Holiday collection, which is layered with a piece of vellum die cut using the top note die. I like this look but I’m not really sure how to glue it without having the glue show through all over. I used a glue stick which worked for the most part except in the top corners where you can see the glue a bit. Oh well! I then stamped 3 ornaments from Delightful Decorations in Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Soft Suede. Punched them out with the ornament punch (super easy), added them to the cream cardstock with dimensionals and then added an Old Olive bow. I hope you enjoyed today’s card!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Marina Mist Holidays

Good morning! I have another holiday card to share. This is also a fairly easy card to do. I used a piece of DSP from the retired Christmas Cocoa (I think that’s the name of it) and layered it onto a piece of Crumb Cake. I added a Marina Mist bow (I really like how this color combo turned out). Then I stamped a snowflake from Berry Christmas in Marina Mist and added some dazzling diamonds. The sentiment is from Many Merry Messages. The card was pretty easy to make but it will probably be a little thick for the mail and will need extra postage. The card I have for tomorrow is also a little thick as well. I’m going to try to make a few other cards this week that are flatter and will be more mailable. My goal is to have most of my Christmas cards made by the beginning of December. If I can keep on the track that I’m going, I should hopefully be able to get it done. I’ll keep you up to date on how close I get to getting them done. So far I have 4 done and I need about 15 – 20 more. I hope my list doesn’t get any bigger than that! Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Jolly Holiday

Hi there! I have another Christmas card to share. I've been on a roll with cards in the past 2 days. So i'll have a couple of other holiday cards to share and I'm hoping to do some non holiday cards as well. Today's card uses the Jolly Holiday DSP. There isn't too much stamping with this card. The only thing I stamped was the sentiment which is from Berry Christmas. I used the ornament punch in the corner and added some more of the DSP behind it. A couple of buttons in the corner and some vanilla seam binding on top and the card is done. Once I figured out my colors and DSP, the card was pretty quick to put together. I hope this inspires you to get a start on your holiday cards. Have a nice weekend.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Shimmery Snowman

Hello! Well it's been a little bit longer than I had expected since my last post. My first week back to work I had no motivation to get any cards done. Then this pas week, we just had a lot of unexpected things go on, so again no time for cards. Today I have off from work so I decided to get a jump start on my holiday cards. I've been seeing so many cute Christmas cards lately, that I had to do some too. I don't have my new order of Christmas stamps yet so I used some of the older sets I have. These are just as fun too. Today's card is a case of this card. I just loved the look of it. But I changed the color to Marina Mist and the stamp set to Jolliest Time of the Year. The snowman was colored using a blender pen and white craft ink. Then I used various other colors for the rest of him. The background on the marina mist is a sentiment from Many Merry Messages. The snowflake on the crumb cake piece is from Snow Burst. All of the edges are sponged with Chocolate Chip.

I have a close up of the snowman piece because I sprayed it with some Vanilla Smooch Spritz. It looks very shimmery in real life. I think I need to start using that more because it gives a fun effect to the card. I hope you enjoyed todays card. I'll be back in the next couple of days with some more holiday cards for you.