Saturday, November 29, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Cards( continued)-Day Six

I finished a card today!! It's pretty scary how many I still have left to do before the mailing date of Dec. 8th. This one uses the oh -so -cute Wal-Mart clear stamps that everyone's been raving about. I got a great clear image with these stamps!

Here's the details:

I stamped the Christmas tree in SU! old olive on a plain piece of white cs I ran through the cuttlebug with the Nesties. I bought the Sizzix crease pad and found the A,C,crease pad,shim sandwich cuts and embosses the nesties in one pass!! I'll have to link the source of that info here in a bit.

The larger circle is SU! old olive cs and I added some chocolate brown 3-d paint. The porkies, of course, are from Wal-mart and colored with prismacolor pencils and baby oil. I added a few small glue dots to the tree and coated them with MS red glitter.

The sentiment tag was a punch I picked up ages ago from HL and I embossed the sentiment(another stamp from that set) and added some faux stitching with a piercing tool and pen. I finished it off with an eyelet and some AC ribbon.

The paper is BG Figgy Pudding and I machine stitched around the outside and the blue piece. The scallop was done using the SU! scallop punch and all other cs is just some cheap stuff I had laying around.

I'll be playing with this stamp set again on the next card!

Friday, November 28, 2008

I'm no longer a Black Friday shopping virgin...

Wowzers!! We cleaned up AWESOME today!! A few days ago I was browsing around our PX on post here and spotted a handbag that I REALLY liked. When hubby got home that night I told him about it but he didn't ask for specifics and I kinda forgot about it. Over the last few days I decided I'd make Christmas easy for him and drag him off to the PX today for my present:) I was pretty anxious driving over there. There was only the one bag and I REALLY wanted it. Well, it was still there!!! And the best part--all handbags were 25% off!!! Saved us about $30 but our day got better... We had all but decided against buying our son a computer bundle for Christmas. We really blew the budget on him last year and didn't want to make it a habit. Well, we were aimlessly walking around the electronics section and they wheeled up a pallet of computers for DIRT CHEAP. This computer is faster than our laptops and PERFECT for the kid so, as we watched people quickly snatch these up, we made a fast decision to grab one ourselves and now I'm FINALLY excited about Christmas this year!!!

We finished up the day with another awesome shopping experience at Kohl's and Target and I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping!!

So, no card today. But man did I have a fabulous day!!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

No card for today-too much turkey going on here! Hopefully I'll pick it back up with Day Six tomorrow! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Cards-Day Five

Almost didn't make it today with a card to post. Did a little Christmas shopping and a last minute run for a few goodies for Thanksgiving dinner but I still managed to finish this one. I now think this card might be my favorite. I just love the chocolate browns and golds and I've been dyin' to use this reindeer stamp since last January when I saw it and ordered it just a little too late for last year's cards. Only bad part is I don't have much of the Basic Grey paper I used on this so I can't make many of them. Well, at least not many that look exactly like this one.

Here's all the details. The cute reindeer stamp is from the TAC set "simply Christmas" and I used the Labels One Nestabilities again. I stamped and embossed the reindeer on SU! close to cocoa and then sponged around the reindeer with SU! chocolate chip.I'm loving these dies and totally getting my money's worth out of them! In fact, I've asked for the other label sets from Santa. I used the smaller of the two Nesties as a stencil and traced around it with a gold paint pen. The card base is SU! chocolate chip and the red cs is from SU! In Color line from last year,embossed with the cuttlebug and then I rubbed gold pearlex over the swirls. The "joy" is Quickutz Dragonfly and the flourishes are QK also. Paper is from the BG Stella Ruby line and the ribbon is American Crafts. I used snaps (for the first time ever) and I love how much flatter they are on a card you're going to mail.

Best thing about my card challenge is I'm using up some stash and using stamps I thought I'd never get around to using!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Cards-Day Four

Just a short post on this one. It's getting hard to find the time to make a card a day and then blog about it :) This one is for my brother and SIL. Let's just say I think they appreciate the non-traditional and I think this card fits that description.

The stamp is from a Penny Black set (this and every year) and I stamped it first by coloring it with a SU Bordering Blue marker and then stamped over it again with versamark and added the SU! iridescent ice ep. I don't own a "stamp-a-ma-jig" but I think I might just pick one up today while I'm out. I finally found a use for it. It's REALLY hard to line up a rubber stamp exactly in the same place twice. I improvised with a couple cd cases taped down--long story, suffice it to say, it worked.

I decided to add a little dimension with a QK present die and pressed the ribbon part of the die-cut down on a versamark pad and then coated with the iridescent ice ep and heat set it. The paper is a little bit of BG I had laying around from last year's Figgy Pudding line and the background was run through the cb using the swiss dots folder.

I'm probably going to end up spending a fortune on extra postage thanks to all the added dimension but Christmas is only once a year so why not, right?

Monday, November 24, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Cards-Day Three

Today's card is my hubby's favorite. I think it has a bit of a masculine feel to it and might just be given to his male co-workers. This one combines a little Basic Grey, a little PTI, and a whole lotta SU!.

The new SU! Top Note die makes an awesome background and a great addition to any card. The uses for this die are just endless. I actually bought it with journaling in mind for sb layouts, but I've used it to house a title on a sb page and now a nice backdrop for this stamp from the Lovely as A Tree SU! set. The trees were stamped with versamark and embossed with an ep from a little company called Powder Keg. I added some icicle stickles on them too. The ground is coated in Martha Stewart coarse glitter. I did a masking technique on the background using SU! soft sky inkpad and a sponge before stamping the trees.

I used a versamark pen around the outside of the label stamp in the SU! Winter Post set and then embossed with more ep and the PTI sentiment stamp was also embossed on the inside of the label and then punched out with the SU! label punch.

I'm making sure to use that snowflake border punch as much as I can. I had some guilt over buying yet another border punch but it's turning out to be useful.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Cards-Day Two

Sometimes the simplest of designs are the truly stunning ones. I saw a card on Splitcoast a few weeks ago (Rox71 is the artist) that was so serene and gorgeous, I just had to try my hand at it. I was fascinated with the little upraised houses on the card and couldn't believe it was a Cuttlebug embossing folder!! I quickly snatched one up on the 'bay and this is my take on her beautiful card!

I used Prismacolor pencils and baby oil to color the houses and added Martha Stewart coarse glitter to the rooftops and ground. The snowflake is a Martha punch and also coated in glitter. Her coarse glitter is fabulous! I wasn't sure how much I would use it(and of course, bought the giant container of it) but now I'm glad I bought it. The sentiment is PTI's Holiday Wishes set stamped on the Labels One Nesties and I am SO happy with these stamps! There's 15 Christmas sentiments and they look fantastic stamped and embossed on the insides of the cards too. I also used the Martha Stewart snowflake border punch on the bottom and added a little holiday ribbon from Michaels.

It's very sparkly IRL and just hard to capture with my limited photog skills :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Cards--Day One

It has begun. The quest for the perfect Christmas card is well under way. I thought I'd have a little fun with this stressful time of the year and attempt to post daily for the next 12 days with a new Christmas card creation each day. Call me a crazy freak but I just can't be happy with one mass-produced Christmas card. I think it has to do with wanting to use the mounds of Christmas cr@p accumulating in my craft room. The guilt of limiting myself to just one stamp set or just one punch is too much to bear. So, let's get this party started.

Here's the first one and quite possibly will end up being my favorite one this year(a little too early to call). This takes a little bit of goodness from a couple of my favorite product lines and a few fun techniques thrown in for good measure.

The background was embossed with the swiss dots cuttlebug folder and the scene background is the Labels One Nestabilities cut out of various cs. The reindeer is from the Stampin Up! Winter Post set and embossed , cut out and pop-dotted. I used the Martha Stewart christmas tree punch and added some puffy paint and pop-dotted them and used more puffy paint for the snow covered ground. The falling snow and the northern star are from the SU! Itty Bitty Backgrounds and Snow Flurries sets. The sentiment is from the Penny Black "this and every year" set and embossed in gold ep and pop-dotted on a little bit of SU! dsp from last year cut out with a scalloped nestabilities. The branches are the Martha Stewart branch punch in SU! chocolate chip cs and the ribbon is SU! Alpine Originals.

It was a little time-consuming but I'll only be making a few of each design and this one was a lot of fun to make and I'm sure will be a lot of fun to give!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A fun timeline of pics

Here is a 2-pager I worked on yesterday for the circle journal I'm a part of on We were asked to put together a layout of pics from childhood to present and share some inside info about who we are. It was fun searching through old pics at my parents' house looking for shots that weren't completely and totally embarassing. You just can't do much though about all those high school pics with bad 80's hair (for those of us unfortunate souls who had the great misfortune of being in high school in that less than memorable moment of style and fashion history). I chose to cut it all off in '90 and start over. Good choice, I think.

I love the QK Nutmeg alpha that I used on this one! It's kinda chunky, kinda funky, and makes a statement. This spread is 8x8 so the alpha looks really large on here but would also look stunning on a 12x12 page too. (A great one for anyone on the fence).