Friday, December 15, 2017

Snowflake Bird With and Without the Snowflakes

Hello again!  Have I mentioned I've started on next year's Christmas cards?  Just being practical.  By December this year I had only about half of them done, and hurrying takes some of the fun out of it for me, not to mention the mess it makes in my room, sheesh.

Today's cards were some of the last to go in the mail this year.  I used the beautiful Memory Box Snowflake Bird and Airin Bird Background.  I bought and used the Snowflake Bird last year and didn't even know there was a background bird for it until I saw it on Darlene's blog.  Well, lo and behold, she sent it to me this year.  Thank you, Darlene!  I truly do get by with a little help from my friends.

I used the birds and a variety of dies and glitter paper.  So, where are the snowflakes on the card up front?  Well, gosh, I decided to break the seal on my Tutti Pine Cone Branch and the snowflakes just didn't work out.  Funny thing, it turned out to be my favorite, and so simple.

Note the wood grain card base on the front card.  I've wanted that wood grain paper forever, but it seemed to be out of stock everywhere I went and after a while I forgot or gave up or something.  Well... recently I followed a link from someone's blog (forgot whose) to a good source:  CutCardStock.  Outstanding quality, matching envelopes, fast shipping.  I appreciated the recommendation so thought I'd pass it along.  They have so much more, too.  Lots to look at there!

I'm cutting corners on time, so I didn't get pictures of the cards with the actual Snowflake Bird on them, but here's one from last year in which you can see I pieced together a solid bird background:

Dang, I like that card, but too much work for when I'm hurrying.  See, that's why I'm better off stamping ahead.

I've kept you long enough and you've got lots to do, I'm sure.  I'll leave you with holiday hugs and wishes.  Take care!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Two Chilly Characters

Hello and happy day to you!  Moving right along with the Christmas activities...  Cards are in the mail, some presents have been wrapped.  My week is all planned out and it even allows for some leisure time.  I'm doing better than I thought!  How are you doing?  Busy, but enjoying it?  My son pointed out that if I didn't enjoy it I shouldn't do it, so I'm officially having fun!

Today's cards were sent to some long-time friends who are really more like family.  You know the saying "friends are the family you choose yourself"?  We raised our kids together, went on vacations together, mourned family losses together... but today it's all about the merry.

First card:

  • Memory Box Snowman Heart Collage
  • Poppystamps Snowflake Ribbon
  • Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets

These collage dies have some small, fiddly parts, but still make for quick cards.  They even have tiny dots that cut out for the eyes and snowman buttons, but I did those with a Sakura glaze pen.  All parts were cut in white and any coloring was done with Copics.

I used white glitter paper for the Snowflake Ribbon on the first card, and some old SU patterned paper on both.  The "merry" sentiment is Power Poppy.

Penguin card:

  • Memory Box Penguin Collage
  • Poppystamps Marais Snowflake
  • Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets

I'll check in with you later this week.  Happy holidays!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Merry Christmas Tree

Hello there!  I was away from the blog a little longer than planned, but happily I've gotten some cleaning and decorating and shopping done, and about half my Christmas cards written up and in the mail.  That's a time consuming process isn't it?  I forget every year how long it takes.  And I still need to make more!

Today's card is clean and bright and relatively simple.  I cut out the Bugaboo Merry Christmas Tree and then colored with Copics.  Glittered the tree's garland.  Die cut a white panel with a Lil' Inker Silly Stitched die and added the Poppystamps Snowflake Breeze.  Matted with red.

For a little something extra I cut a second Snowflake Breeze and glued it to the back of the stitched panel, all matched up in a continual line.  I did that before I glued down the stitched panel.  That probably goes without saying, doesn't it?  After the stitched panel was glued to the card base I trimmed flush the overhanging ends of the Snowflake Breeze.  Make sense?

Lastly, I ran a Copic B0000 marker along the edges of the Snowflake Breeze to help it stand out from the card a little more, then popped up the tree and added star sequins.

Back to making more Christmas cards now.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Bugaboo Merry Christmas Tree digi  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white, SU! Real Red  Ink:  Printer, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Sequins, Stickles Diamond glitter glue, Lil' Inker Silly Stitched die set, Poppystamps Snowflake Breeze, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Friday, December 1, 2017

More Merry Making Holiday Birds

So. . .  when I was over at Lil' Inker picking up the "Oh Deer" stamp set I'd had bookmarked for months, a few other things jumped into my cart as well.  I can never seem to get just one item.  This was my first time at Lil' Inker and I'm happy to report they have a good quality product.  It's fun to try something new once in a while, isn't it?

When I saw this "'Tis the Season" set I knew it was so me.  Just the right balance of whimsical and pretty.  I love bird stamps, anyway, and this bird is easy coloring.  Let your hair hang down coloring.  He could be purple if you wish.  I made four cards.

The stamped image on Card #2 was heading for the trash because I dropped the sentiment onto the image after I stamped it.  Bet you've never done that before, have you?  Luckily, I hadn't colored yet.  However, I realized most of the "ghosting" could be cut away, and that's how it ended up like this, all clean and simple and maybe my favorite of the bunch.

Two more with designer paper:

  • I stamped on Neenah 110 lb white.
  • The designer paper is old BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses.
  • Copic coloring.
  • Glossy Nuvo Crystal Drops in Apple Green.

Thank you for bearing with me while I finish up my Christmas cards.  I hope it doesn't get too tiresome.  It's unbelievable to me that we're at December 1st already.   Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Season's Tweetings

More from the Christmas Card Workshop today!  I'm determined to use all my new or not-yet-used Christmas stamps this year, preferably at least two with each set.  Today it's Power Poppy's Tweet Tidings.  I loved this Chickadee in Barberry as a digital set, but even more now that the Chickadee has a little friend to sing with.  I think those music notes take the cuteness to a whole new level.

The coloring is a combination of Copics and watercolor.  Stamped in Memento ink on Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper, the stamped images are colored with Copic markers.  I like the softer look you get using Copics on watercolor paper, plus I was able to add a gentle glow around them with the watercolor.  You can do that with Copics, too, but for me it's easier, quicker, more subtle and more nicely blended with watercolor.  Watch out for the Memento ink, though.  It will bleed if it gets too wet.

As you can see, the Chickadees are out singing in a snow flurry.  My white paint splatters nearly obscured the bird on the upper branch, and my banner covers up most of the other bird, but I still like it.  At any rate, it's a stamp and I can make more.

So I did.  No paint splatters on the next card, but I added snow using a white pearl pen and microfine glitter.  I also managed to use some of my new Christmas ribbon, which I thought was just the ticket with this stamp set, even though I had to think hard to figure how to work it in.  My brain doesn't seem to think in terms of ribbon these days.

Additionally, Card #2 utilizes an embossing folder on Core'dinations paper, sanded to bring out the pattern.  More details are in the recipe below my signature.

Lots of stamping going on at my house, but I had to stop long enough to restock the groceries, sigh...  We have to eat, and Thanksgiving emptied out the refrigerator.  Enjoy your day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Tweet Tidings  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, Stampin' Up! Mellow Moss, Core'dinations for the embossing folder, Bazzill Walnut, American Crafts Kringle and Co designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU So Saffron and Crumb Cake for watercolor halo, Copic markers for coloring stamped images  Accessories:  Ribbon, sequins, Viva Decor Ice White Pearlen-Pen, Elizabeth Craft Warm Diamonds Microfine Glitter, white acrylic paint, Cuttlebug Heritage Collection embossing folder  Dies:  Spellbinders Ribbon Banners, Poppystamps Main Street Stitched Tags, Taylored Expressions Basic Buckles

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mr. Purdy Loves the Snow

Welcome back!  A big ol' snow fall may not be everyone's idea of a good time, but Mr. Purdy loves it.  He feels like celebrating!  Doesn't he look happy?

I think his name is Mr. Purdy.  I'm not sure.  He's a stamp from Plum Purdy which doesn't even makes stamps anymore.  Some of the best stamps are the oldies.

I colored with Copic markers and touched some of the snow with glitter, then framed him with Poppystamps Dancing Snowflake Frame.  I used some new-to-me Nuvo Jewel Drops for accent -- translucent with a hint of color.  The sentiment is from a handy little Poppystamps set called Believe in Magic.

I made two of these cards exactly alike.  Moving right along!  Sorry to rush off, but I've got a lot more coloring to do.  Merry, merry!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Vintage Baby

Hello, friends!  Well, it's Shop Till You Drop Day or, as in my case, Stay Home and Craft Day.  I've got a baby shower to go to tomorrow and I finished the card in the nick of time.  Easiest card I ever made, too, seeing as how the paper did all the work.

It's busy times like these I'm happy I've got a cupboard full of designer paper.  The mom to be loves vintage so I pulled out this Graphic 45 "Precious Memories" collection.  Oh, I thought about fancying it up a bit more, but in the end I just cut a scalloped edge and added ribbon and buttons.  The folded card measures 3 3/4" x 6 3/4".

There's not much to shout about except to say it's okay to go easy on yourself sometimes.  It's still a hand crafted card and Graphic 45 did a much better job than I could have done in a pinch.  Now I'm heading back to the coloring table for a while.  Have a happy day!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gingerbread Couples

Hi!  No coloring today, except on the die cuts, but I thought I'd share my cute little gingerbread couples.  Just quick and fun!

The first card shows the Die-namites Gingerbread Couple in their entirety.  Cut in white and colored with Copics.  The card is busy with designer paper and curlicues and snowflakes, but very Christmas-y.  Spellbinders Elegant Ovals and Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes were used on both cards, and the designer paper is Echo Park "The Story of Christmas".

The next card is simpler, at least in the design.  This time I cut two couples, one from red card stock and one from green.  Cut away their border and arranged them along the lower curve of the oval.  The sentiment is from Power Poppy's "Spice it Up" set.

I made a third card with the Gingerbread Couple, too, but didn't photograph it.  I've been very busy with the Christmas cards, time willing, and not all of them will get photographed.  I'm really hoping I'll make so many cards I'll have some left over for next year.  A girl can dream, can't she?

Sweet gingerbread wishes for happy holidays, including Thanksgiving for all who are observing it this week!

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