Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boxing Day

I love Boxing Day - in fact I think I love it more than Christmas. Everyone seems to get so stressed and hassled before Christmas and I just think things mellow down by Boxing Day and people are enjoying themselves and being with one another.

The card I am sharing with you today I made for a special friend's birthday. You just got to love those Christmas time birthdays and the international posting system... her birthday is before Christmas and she eventually got her card - that reminds me I may just sit down and make her birthday card for next year so I can post it some time in September/October so she will get it on time! lol

Anyway here it is - and I admit is very simple which is what I like about it - I bought these DCWV letter stickers ages ago and had never used them and I this idea for a "bright contemporary" (non-Christmasy) card came to mind - I have to say this time the card pretty much turned out how I thought it would, though I am still not certain about the use of the silver thread across the middle - The stamps are Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps "Mindy's Zoo" that I picked up at Archivers (I love that shop - in fact I could live in that shop if it were a bit closer to where I actually live - shame they don't do web orders). The flowers are coloured in with Prismacolor pencils and blending pencil. Its mounted on cardstock from the DCWV brights jumbo pad and again on the printed background on the white card... are you seeing a theme developing for me this December! - I just love working out something new for me on the computer! lol

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

So just what happens when you challenge yourself to use up a slab of paper and some peel-offs (I didn't even make a dent in them!!!) and one stamp for your Christmas cards ...

I have at least 101 things to do but I thought that for the Christmas Season I would post examples from the series I sent out for our cards this year. I know people love to make a huge variety of cards - however I have to say I love to find a theme and run with it and see where it takes me. This year's card started with wanting to use the Rob&Bob slab I got in the summer at Michael's and the Father Christmas photo stamp I picked up at Hobby Lobby - hope you like.

All the cards have the Father Christmas image in black on white mounted on black... I have to say I found it interesting how when using supplies and changing one element (this time patterned and plain paper cardstock) in a design would just make the card seem different. It was with this series of card that I initially decided to print on the base cardstock (I had bought a load of white cards). I tried the entire image on white and the solid black and then came up with this checked image which I think gives a "tweedy" air about it with the Rob&Bob making it a bit more funky.

The swirls are from a clear set from HOTP and the plain greens are from a bright slab from DCWV and the red was a variety of open cardstock from Michael's.
Thanks for the comments so far - I don't think I will keep up with the daily blogging but its fun to have a place to show what I have been up to. Hopefully over the next couple of days I will work out the links on the side of the template to show some of my fav blogspots.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas 2007

Wow! What a year - and I promised I would start a blog this year so I guess I am cutting it near the deadline lol.

Hope you and yours have a Safe and Happy Christmas and New Years!

I will leave you with my favourite card I made for some special friends this year for Christmas - I think it looks better IRL IYKWIM

I printed the checked background and then mounted light blue pearlescent card with Rob&Bob Holiday Slab paper on. I had embossed a snowflake background with my Cuttlebug and then use Versamark and Kaleidoscope embossing powders to accent the raised embossing. I stamped the St. Nicholas/Father Christmas image onto white card and mounted on the same light blue pearlescent paper. I then stamped the Noel Hero Arts greeting on shrink plastic and highlighted the stamping with clear Sakura glitterdust pen before shrinking. I used silver thread to dangle from the white organza ribbon.

I hope you like it. I know I enjoyed making this card for some very special people in my life.