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Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011

Well, I'm late in posting the last couple of Christmas cards I made.  But, as they say, better late than never!

I've had such fun creating all of my own cards this year!  Here are the last several cards I sent out to family and friends.  One is a Tilda, and the rest are just random images I found and liked.

All of my images were stamped on Copic X-Press It cardstock and colored with Copics.

Skin:  E000, 00, 11, R20
Hair:  YR20, 21, 24, E31
Holly:  G12, 24, 28, R59
Shoes, Hair Bows:  R43, 46, 59
Dress:  YR21, 23, 24
Colorless blender, White Signo Pen

The papers I used were Bazzill CS and Paper Studio DP (from a Season's stack).  The front sentiment circle was a download, and the inside sentiment was made with a Studio G stamp.  I use a Spellbinders die to create the panels and a Martha Steward punch to edge the front panel. The panels were popped up on foam tape.  I also added some Stickles, inked the edges, and used some baker's twine and jingle bells to finish off the card.  This card was sent to my husband's brother and his wife.

I made this card for my in-laws.  I used Bazzill CS for the base and mats, and the DP is from a BoBunny stack.  The NOEL was created using a stamp from the Pat Catan's dollar bin, and I used a MS corner punch to embellish the corners of the panel.  The panel was popped up on foam tape.  I created the poinsettia with felt ~ cut five petals by hand, then used a running stitch across the flat side of the petal and drew the thread and tied it off.  Created the center with a brad and then glittered the whole poinsettia, as well as the NOEL panel, with some Shimmer mist.  A few pearls completed the front.  I kept the inside really simple ~ heat embossed the Christmas tree and sentiment and added a couple of pearls.

Fur trim and Shoes:  E40, 41, 42, 43
Skin:  E000, 00, 11, R20
Hat:  YG61, 63, 67
Coat:  R43, 46, 59
Stars, Moon:  Y13, 15, 17
Beard:  C1, 2, 3, W2, 3, 4
Colorless Blender

I sent this card to my husband's other brother and his fiancee.  I don't even remember where I got this Santa image, but I love country so this was right up my alley.  Kraft CS, buttons, twine, country papers ~ gosh, I just loved this card when I was finished with it!  My DP's came from a Paper Studio Christmas stack, and the CS is Bazzill.  Everything was inked with Chestnut Roan chalk ink, and Stickles gave some sparkle to the fur on Santa's coat and hat, the stars and moon, and the button.  I used an EK Success punch to create the inside sentiment panel which is stamped with a Studio G punch.  This card has lots of layers and was super fat!!!  LOL!

Mitten cuffs/hearts:  R24, 27, 29
Mittens:  G16, 17, 19, 28

This last card was made for my oldest son and his soon-to-be fiancee.  I used Bazzill CS and Paper Studio DP Christmas stack.  The front sentiment was created with a download.  The mittens were a random stamp, and the hat was actually a precolored CS shape I got at my local scrapbooking store.  I used some baker's twine, bling, white Signo pen, and Stickles to embellish the card front.  The snowflakes on the card were created with my Expression, as well as the inside sentiment.  Aren't those little mitten buttons cute on the inside?  I purchased those at a scrapbooking expo last spring. 

Well, that's it for my holiday cards!  Now I'm anxious to get started on some springtime stuff!!!  I have lots of ideas for things I want to try!
Seems like the winter weather is just beginning here in Ohio!  We've had little snow and pretty warm temperatures, but the weatherman says that is all going to change over the next few days.  It's actually pretty cold this morning, with a dusting of snow on the ground.

Stay warm, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27, 2011

Want a chance at a great giveaway???  Then stop by to see Melissa at "Creating from the Heart" (  What great blog candy she has going!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26, 2011

Hey there!  Have you heard what's happening over at Sugar Nellie?  Check it out!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 14, 2011

Wow!  You should go and check out the great giveaway that Melissa at Creating From the Heart is sponsoring.  You won't believe what's she's giving away!!!  Check it out!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December 11, 2011

Happy Sunday!  Hope everyone has had a good weekend!  I've had lots of time to work on Christmas cards this weekend ~ hoping to get everything in the mail within the next couple of days!

For today's card, I've use one of the Tildas from the new Magnolia Christmas collection.  I just love her!  I'm not usually a fan of blue on a Christmas card, but I just love how this card turned out in blues and browns!!

I didn't keep track of all the colors I used.  I was at a friend's house when I colored this, and I was too busy talking, I guess!   :o)
I'm going to post quite a few pictures of this card.  It's my first go at a trifold card, and I really had fun making it!  It was easier than I thought it would be!

Hope you have a great week!

Friday, December 9, 2011

December 9, 2011 ~ Another post!

Well, I'm back with another Christmas card!  This is different for me ~ the colors are much brighter than I usually use ~ but I really love this card!

I used Bazzill cardstock for the base and the matting layers.  The DP's were from a seasonal paper pad I bought at Hobby Lobby.  The buttons, ribbon, twine, flowers, and brads were from my stash.  The sentiments are stamped with Studio G stamps.  I also used Studio G glitter glue in green and red to hilight the flower and inside sentiment panel.  The sentiments are stamped on labels punched with an EK Success punch. 

Tilda was stamped on Copic XPress-It cardstock and colored with Copics:
Hair:  E35, 50, 57
Hat/Pants:  YG05, 06, 07, 09
Shirt/Boots/Tassel:  R24, 27, 29, 59
Hair bows/Shirt Neckband:  YG21, 23
SkinL  E000, 00, 11, R20
Shadow:  N0
White Signo Pen

The gift on the inside of the card was stamped on Copic XPress It cardstock and colored with Copics.
Ribbon:  R24, 27 ,29, 59
Box:  YG21, 23, 25
Holly:  R29, YG09
Shadow:  N0

I'm please with this fun little card!
Thanks for stopping by!

December 9,2011

Long time, no post!  LOL!!  I've been busy with work and trying to get my Christmas shopping done and card finished up.  Just a couple more cards to go and I'll be ready to pop them all in the mail!

Here's a Christmas card I made.  Hope you like it!

This is my first attempt at using my new Imagine!  I love how you can coordinate the colors of all of your cuts so easily!  I made this card using the Snow Angel and Winter Woodland cartridges, some baker's twine, a few red gems, some white ink and a snowflake stamp, and some Stickles.

See my Christmas cactus blooming on the left side of the pictures?  It had tons of blooms this year!  I put it outside in a shaded area all summer, never watered it (just let Mother Nature take care of that), and brought it in before the first frost.  I did the same thing last year, and got tons of blooms then, too.

Back later with a post of another card I made!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November 3, 2011

Well, I finished another Thanksgiving card last night.  I really stepped out of my comfort zone on this one!  I'm a plain and simple kinda girl, so the fussiness of this card was a change.
I had purchased the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge a while back and had never taken the time to play with it ~ I decided a couple of days ago that I needed to learn how to make the flowers from that cart that everyone is using.  So, I sat down and worked with them.  They're really pretty easy!!  I decided I'd use them on a Thanksgiving card, along with using the cartridge to make the card base, the contrasting panels, and the leaves.  I LOVE this cart ~ so many pretty things to cut with it!



The papers are all from my stash.  I added the inside and outside sentiments with Studio G stamps from Walmart using Colorbox Chestnut Roan ink.  The bow was made using my Bow Easy and some satin ribbon from Walmart.  The pine leaves were punched with MS and McGill punches.  I dry embossed the gold leaves with the SU square lattice embossing folder.  The flowers were sprayed with Smooch Shimmer Spray, and I added a couple of gold rhinestones for the centers.  A couple of orange and gold rhinestones finish off the card.

I visited my local Walmart this morning, and they had just put out all of the new Christmas stuff from Studio G.  Love it ~ quite a bargain at 97 cents each!!!  Those bins will be empty within a couple of days!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November 2, 2011 - OOPS!!!

Live and learn, I guess!  I did all of these posts today, and didn't think about the order in which they'd post.  The #5 post should actually be last, so you'll have to scroll down to the #1 post and work backwards to read them in the order they were entered.  Sorry!

November 2, 2011 - Post #5

Gosh!  This is post #5 and the last one for today!  I've sure been saving these cards up for posting for a long time, huh?!

Here is the first of my special Christmas cards for this year.  I've use a Tilda image from the Fall release ~ isn't she adorable???!!!  I just love Tilda ~ always so sweet and innocent!




Card front:  I used kraft cardstock for the card base.  The red glittered paper is from my local scrapbooking store ~ really no idea what company it came from.  The green paper is Bazzill smoothies.  I stamped Tilda on Copic X-Press paper with Memento Tuxedo black ink.  She was colored with Copics.  I used a Spellbinders frame die to create the frame and punch out the image panel, then popped up the image panel on foam tape (I use Front Porch Treasures foam tape from Big Lots ~ comes in a good-sized roll and is WAY cheaper than the name brand tape).  Tilda's hat band, tassel, and the candle flame got a coating of Lace Frost Stickles to make them sparkle.  The heart on her sweater was coated with red Studio G glitter glue from WalMart ~ I love this stuff ~ works just like Stickles, but it's much cheaper!!  I finished off the card front with some cotton lace, some twine, and a couple of buttons from my stash.  I also sponged all the edges and the image panel with Chestnut Roan chalk ink.

Card inside:  I used the same materials as used on the front of the card ~ even used the center of the frame that was cut for the front as a base for the inside sentiment panel.  The sentiment was stamped with a stamp from the $1 bin at Pat Catan's. 

I'm really pleased with how this card turned out!  I'm learning to incorporate more techniques as I work, which I feel is a good thing!  :o)  Now, if it just didn't take me so long to make a card I'd be in business!

November 2, 2011 - Post #4

Back again with my mass-produced Christmas card for this year.  I've made 50 of these, and I can't believe I got them finished already!  Even the envelopes are addressed!!!  I am bound and determined to be ready for the holidays this year!  :o)


The front panel image was created using the Scandinavian Christmas Cards Cricut cartridge.  I just love this image!!!  I used Bazzill crosshatch and smoothies papers (solid white, red, and green) and Pebbles Market Fresh DP (green dotted).  It took forever to cut and assemble this image ~ yes, there are 27 little pieces to glue together for each card!!  But, it was worth the time it took!  I used an MS border punch for the green borders (both inside and on the front), and did a little doodling with a Signo pen for some interest.  I used Liquid Pearls to create the pearls on the front, and I glittered the red star in the green dotted circle (difficult to see in the picture).


The inside of my card is very simple ~ just another green punched and doodled border, along with a heat embossed sentiment using a stamp from the $1 bin at Pat Catan's.

Hope you've enjoyed looking at my 2011 Christmas card!!!

November 2, 2011 - Post #3

Wow!  I've been saving up these pictures for a while, so I have several posts to get them all published toady!

Here's the first Thanksgiving card I've made for this year.  Isn't he just the cutest little turkey??



I used kraft cardstock for the card base.  The colored cardstock is just some I had in my stash ~ no idea what company it's from.  I created the turkey, pumpkins, and leaves using the Create A Critter Cricut cartridge.  The tail is cut from an All Seasons pad I got at Hobby Lobby.  I outlined and added details to some of the leaves and parts of the turkey with a brown metallic jelly roll pen.  I alo added a metal corner and brad to the card front ~ got those from Hobby Lobby, too.  The ribbon is just a seam binding cut from my local scrapbooking store.  I used my MS scoreboard to create the border on the inside panel.  The tag came from my stash, and the front sentiment is handwritten.  The inside sentiment was stamped with a stamp from the $1 bin at Pat Catan's.  I sponged the edges of everything with Chestnut Roan chalk ink.

I'm working on another Thanksgiving card, so I'll be back later with that one!

November 2, 2011 - Post #2

Back again with a couple of Halloween cards I made.  I actually made two others, but I forgot to snap a picture of them before popping them in the mail.  Oops!!  Also I didn't keep track of the materials I used.  I'll have to do better with that next time!



The scarecrow's arms are my first attempt at paper piecing!


Hope you've enjoyed my trick or treat cards!

November 2, 2011 - Post #1

Hi everyone!  Well, I'm back after a looooong absence!  The last two months have been very trying for me.  My mom passed away on Sept. 9th, and I've been struggling to get all of the paperwork for her estate and moving her belongings from her assisted living facility to my house and then sorted.  It's not easy being an only child at this time.  I had spent most of her last month with her ~ she had Alzheimer's and came to the point that she refused to eat, take her meds, etc.  Such a sad ending!  It was so difficult to watch her health deteriorate.  Her sister, for whom I was legal guardian, passed away in June, and I think Mom just kind of gave up after that ~ they were the last of 7 children in their family.

Between my mom's death and school starting in late August, I didn't have a lot of time in September and October to work on cardmaking, so that's why I haven't posted anything for so long.  Time to work on anything was just hit-and-miss.

Here's a birthday card I made using a Tilda image.  I just love her ~ she looks so innocent!  I didn't keep track of the materials used ~ you'll just have to enjoy the end product!



I'll be back with another post in a little bit!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

I wanted to show you a new card I've made.  I just love Tilda!!!  She's so cute!

I'm still practicing with the Copic markers.  I think I just need to take a class to learn all the basic techniques!  I really do love these markers, though ~ so fun to be able to blend easily!

I used Distress Ink and the blending tool to "dirty up" the edges, rick rack, lace, image panel, and ticket.  I'm working on trying to incorporate more techniques into a single card, too.
This was a fun card to make!  Hope you enjoy her!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday, August 3,2011

This post is for the "R Is for a Riley Recipe" Challenge over at Riley & Company.  The card had to include Riley, red, ribbon (I used twine), and rhinestones.  I love this little moose!!                                                 

I know this is a repost of a card I posted last week, but I wanted to post again as I'm entering my very first challenge.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wowzers ~ it's been ages since I last posted!  Lots going on to distract me over the past month or so!
I HAVE devoted some time to make some cards though.  Hope you enjoy looking at them!

This is one of my first attempts with using Copic markers.  They're going to take some getting used to, but I do love coloring with them!  I used the Ribbon Tilda stamp (think she's actually from a past Christmas collection).  Isn't she just the cutest?

Thought this cute little mouse couple was perfect for this anniversary card sent to celebrate the 51st anniversary of my friend and her husband.  This image was colored with Prismacolor/gamsol.

I was busy making graduation cards during May and June.  I stuck with the same design for all of them ~ just tried to find DP's that matched each person's school colors for their card.  The grad images are Gilli designs ~ aren't they cute?





The last card I have to share is one I made for my friend's husband.  He likes cars and goes to car shows, so I thought this was perfect for him!  Isn't Riley cute in his little red convertible??!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay cool and enjoy the summer weather!!