Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Cards

Instead of doing housework, I'm creating cards!  I used stockings from the Very Merry Tags cartridge using my Gypsy (I'm still learning how to use it) and the Recollections Holiday Traditions paper pad.  This card was one mistake after another.... I wasn't going to put a greeting at the top, but I dribbled Glossy Accents and had to cover it up!

I'm entering this card in FCCB's Challenge #88 - Holiday Card
My second holiday card used a SVG from Lettering Delight's Holiday Lights set.  The snowman was sooo adorable.  I cut out all his layers and then embossed the white layer in my Big Shot.  The acetate background has snowflakes that I stamped with Staz-On white ink.  I learned this technique in the Holiday Boot Card Boot Camp.

I'm entering this card in the 2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Holiday Card

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Impress your friends!

Hi everyone!  I was blog-hopping on Sunday and found this easy-to-make wreath over at the Simply Sassy Scrapper blog:  Simply Sassy Scrapper

I was eager to use up last year's holiday American Crafts 8x8 paper pad (so I can buy more holiday paper!) and I made the wreath in an hour.  Yes!  An hour!

Here's how my version turned out:

The "Holiday Cheer" SVG is from SVG  I took it to work to decorate my dreary cubicle and it impressed my friends!  (They don't know it was soooo easy to do).

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Cocoa Beach!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We're enjoying a long weekend in Florida, staying in Cocoa Beach.
I hope everyone has a great turkey day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Nordic Christmas Card

We're up to Day 9 of the Boot Camp!  I had a short time last night to work on a card and thought a sketch from Day 6 would help me put together a card quickly.  Here's the sketch:

Using Basic Grey's Nordic paper and images from Lettering Delight's Nordic Christmas set, here's my finished product:

The sentiment is again from PTI's Stylish Sentiments - Holiday.  There's so many great ideas from this class that I'll be making cards for a while!  (If I can squeeze that in between all of my band volunteer activities!)

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Card Boot Camp - Week 2

It's the beginning of week 2 of our Holiday Card Boot Camp and Kristina and Jennifer had great ideas for us.  I loved the circle card Jennifer taught, but I'll have to get some felt to try making the felt poinsetta.

Instead, I made a poinsetta from paper and cut a shaped holly frame for the card.  The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink's Stylish Sentiments collection:

I'm enjoying seeing the work of so many creative ladies in this class and adding their blogs to my reading list.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

HCBC - Day 5!

We're halfway thru the Holiday Card Boot Camp and I've enjoyed it so much!  Today's class was on making reproducible cards.  I loved Jennifer's watercolor embossed card.  This was easy to make and looks so pretty with the Perfect Pearls misting.

I made an SVG of the word "Peace", which you can have for free here:  Peace
I needed to make my mother a birthday card and I used this card as my inspiration.  The background is the "Color Me" stamp from Hot off the Press.  I got this paper at the CKC convention and finally got around to using it.

I hope to try making more cards tomorrow!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

HCBC - Day 4

Hello!  Today's day 4 of the card boot camp and I loved the look of Jennifer's card, BUT....
a. I didn't have the tree stamp
b. I didn't have the acetate note card

SO....I improvised. I used my Staz-On to stamp snowflakes onto a piece of transparency.  This was the first time I used Staz-On and it came out pretty good.

Next, I used an SVG image of the "Merry Christmas" tree and drew it on a blue paper with my Cri-Kit pen.  I colored it in with Smooch Sundance and inked the white dots with the Uniball White pen.  Then I adhered everything onto a piece of gold paper stock.

The picture isn't very good, but I'm satisfied.  Jennifer McGuire's technique taught me how to use acetate on cards, which I'd never done before.   I also found time to make Jennifer's card from day one of the camp:

The more I look at this card, the more I enjoy its homey feeling.  I've done 5 cards so far in the camp and can't wait to see what goodies we'll see tomorrow!

Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

HCBC - Day 3

We had another great day of instruction and ideas in the Holiday Card Boot Camp!  I have to admit that I struggled waaay too much over embossing and just couldn't get anything to work right - the colors looked wrong or the embossing didn't work.  I ended up using the card pattern idea without embossing.

The inspiration card had a circle cutout with an image hanging within the circle.  However, I decided to use a stamped image that I made from Kristina W's Holiday Card Series (card #5) as the background that peeks thru the circle.  I love the bird and soft background.

Here's the inside of the card:

I created an SVG file of the card with a circle, which you can download for free: Card with circle

Now I'm off to try making another card!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Holiday Card Boot Camp - Day 2

Today's card in the boot camp was a photo card with inspiration on how to add your own embellishments.  What interested me was the little folded tree that Jennifer taught us.  It took me a few tries, but I managed to make two out of scrap holiday paper for my card:

I embossed a dove stamp with Versamark and stamped the word "Joy" from a Hero Arts stamp set.  I inked the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink:

My little trees were fun to fold!  I'm finding ideas from other class participants, like Michelle at Handmade by Michelle.  There are so many talented ladies in the class.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Holiday Card Boot Camp - Card 1

Today is the start of the Holiday Boot Camp!  We had two great cards to choose from and I modeled mine after Kristina's card.  I was excited that she gave us the ornament SVG file to use for the card.

Kristina made her card from Kraft cardstock with a red ornament, but I went with the ice blues of winter (we rarely get snow or ice in South Carolina!).  Here's the front of my card:

The "Happy Holidays" stamp is from PaperTrey Ink - Stylish Sentiments: Holiday collection.  The cardstock is their Soft Stone paper.

I cut the ornament from vellum and made a background ornament in glitter blue.  I added a ribbon from Michael's to brighten up the card a bit.

This card was a lot of fun!  I'm going to also try to make Jennifer's day one card as well.  All of the ladies are making cards and adding them to the class forum - it's fun to see what all of the talented ladies make!

I should be posting more cards....stay tuned!