Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Joyful Christmas Wishes

 I think I should be mailing cards instead of making them!  Oh but this is so much more fun!  I've combined Stampin Up's Joyful Christmas Wishes stamp set with Spellbinders' Curved Borders and went totally non tradional Christmas colors.  Oh! the things I could do with this stamp set in tradional colors!  But that will have to wait till next year.  I also needed some December birthday cards (Shhh!  I can't say whose!) and this card made a beautiful December birthday card too!  The poinsettia is embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle's Pink Delight on vellum and the leaves and sentiment are embossed with SNS's Pear Star.  The colors were perfect with the Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz cardstock by SU.  I also used some Vintage Pink Frantage on the front around the sentiment.  I hope you enjoyed!  I'm off to make
some gift card holders! 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December Already!

Where did November go?  I think I missed it! 
I was crafting, really I was, but nothing new to show.  I finished a lot of special orders including six sets of note cards (6 cards each) and a set of 15 Christmas cards and here I am, finally!  This card is not an original - you can find it here, herehere, and here - but I just love it.  I sponged the center with SU Pool Party and Memento's Danube Blue and Nautical Blue.  The snowflakes are an older SU set, but I think it worked just as well for the silver embossing.  I have to tell you, though, that for the first five cards I was trying to use up an old generic silver embossing powder but wasn't very happy with the results.  So for the last one, I got out my Sparkle N Sprinkle Silver Detail embossing powder and WOW!  What a difference!  Plus, I think I embossed the snowflakes before the sponged ink was completely dry and despite using the anti-static powder, some of the powder stuck to the sponged ink and left a very fine sprinkling of powder, which I think gave it a very nice shimmer.  Surprise, surprise! The inside was cut with my Silhouette as a pop-up.  Thanks for visiting and I will be back soon!  I have so many ideas and it's almost Christmas - I don't think they're all going to get done!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Black Tie Gift

 I've made these notecards before, but I got a special request for black and white ones and just had to show them off too!  I used the black and white DP from the Stampin Up Neutrals collection and wish there were more of these in the pack.  The design is cut with the Silhouette and the butterflies are a MS punch.  They would make a very elegant gift.  I might just get back to work and whip up a few more!

 Thanks for looking!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hitching a Ride!

Well, I've seen Santa Owl on the chimney, in a tree, in Owl Town, but never hitching a ride with Rudolf!  This card took a little while (I made 7 of them!) but it makes me smile every time I look at it.  I hope it will bring a smile to someone at Christmas too.  I borrowed the Stampin Up Owl punch from my good friend Terry and then got hooked on all the possibilities on Pinterest.  Rudolf was made with my Silhouette and the trees are a Sizzix die.  I can't wait to mail it to someone special!
I am entering it into the following challenges:

Deep Ocean #62 - Christmas is Round the Corner
Holly Jolly Christmas - Inspired by a Christmas Carol (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)
Moving Along with the Times - Christmas Cuties
C.R.A.F.T. - #229 Christmas
Crafty Little Fairies - Christmas in October
Crimbo Crackers - #52 Christmas Birds

Thanks for Visiting!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

On the Road to Clean and Simple!

I can't tell you how excited I am to finally own a German stamp set - and by Stampin Up no less!  I tried two years ago to get one from some SU demonstrators in Germany and they were not allowed to ship out of the country.  Then this year, low and behold, SU offered German stamps in this country!  This set is called "Wunderbare Weihnachtsgrüße".  I'm not sure what the english version is, but it means "Wonderful Christmas Greetings".
I made a set of six of these to give my mother on her birthday so that she could send them to the relatives in Germany.  They are going in the mail to her today.
I needed to keep these fairly embellishment free so that the postage wouldn't be outrageous for her, but it wasn't easy!  I cased a fall card by Birgit that I found on Pinterest and left off the ribbon and liquid pearls.  The cardstock is Bazzill Diamond and I must say, that's what makes the card.  I tried Whisper White and it just wasn't the same.  The other colors are Pacific Point and Marina Mist.  I'm not sure what the lightest color is.  The snowflake punch is Fiskars. 

I will be entering this in the following challenges:
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Ch 22 No Red or Green
Christmas Stampin All Year Long - Ch 37 Simply Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity - R145 Clean and Simple

Oh! and here is Mom's birthday card:

It's an adaptation of a card I made at an Archiver's class.
Thanks for visiting!