Are you ready to ring in the New Year? Well, I think we are. We just returned from a quick travel time. We went to a wedding in California and then we were off to Las Vegas for a few days. I took photos of the Bellagio's Christmas Village that was in my view, stunning! It was a happy viewing although it felt like Las Vegas was all present in the garden itself. It was really hard to keep a spot to take a photo. But people were in good spirit and were offering to take pictures for us in exchange to taking pictures of them.
I will add photos in an album called VEGAS 2013 on the right side of the blog later on. Keep an eye open for it. We had a good time. I have to prepare for more classes so I will be busy in my studio for a few days. Valentine's Day cards ideas coming.
So in the meantime my friends, I wanted to take a little time to wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!!!!
I will enjoy sharing more cards I make in the New Year so hang in there! I will come back with photos and cards to share.
HAPPY NEW YEAR ONCE AGAIN to all my friends and followers. Thank you for all of the latest comments, Christmas wishes and the forthcoming New Years wishes, I appreciate it more than you know.
I had to try the new poinsettia die cut I had purchased last week. It was totally experimental as I had no idea what it would look like. I had seen this done on Selma Stevenson's blog and thought WOW I just happen to have this die so why don't I give this a try? Happy I did!
Susan's Garden (Sizzix) die cut (7 dies in the set) which allows you to make these flowers in several sizes.
I will try again don't know when, but I will give it a try in the white which is my favorite poinsettia color of all.
If you are wondering what I have used to make this flower here are the ingredients: Die cut Susan's Garden (Sizzix) and Impression Obsession pine branch, gold Stickles and what makes the drops on the flower and leaves of the poinsettia is a product called "Goosebump" in a spray bottle. My bottle was clogged up so I got the larger drops instead of the smaller specks I was after. Oh well, live and learn lol
Here is another Christmas card for this year. This one was clean and simple as I wanted to make so many as I had picked my stamp way back last Summer. I had seen this stamp online and loved the simple look of it so I bought the set which is smaller than it looked when I fell in love with it. But did fit the bill for this year's card.
If it is still time for you to make cards, this could be made in the same way with different embossing folders and/or Die cuts. It is easy to get caught up with the same stamps and designs. Go out of your own box and make this card differently with your own personal touch to it. I promise you, it will look as lovely with different stamps! Sometimes all you need is just a simple design to let your imagination work magic for you.
Here's the card:
My White on White card
With all the classes I had to prepare this year I was still able to make a record amount of Christmas cards this year, kudos to me! the ones to send and ones to keep for next year. Like I had said it was a design I had thought of last July, once I found some time, I made 3 dozens of this one. It was fun!
The large oval was from an very elegant embossing folder I had never used before. It was leaving little holes passed the lace area so, I used a needle tool around the oval. Then I used some Spellbinder 2 sizes of the Labels Eighteen. Before mounting the two layers, I stamped this village image onto the smallest of the labels and added some colors, and stickles.
As you can see, I also scored 2 lines on each side, left and right to add more dimension to the simple white on white card.
I hope you enjoyed this card. It was a Quick and simple card for this year. I may start even earlier this coming year to make the Christmas cards for 2014. (But, I always say that, don't I?) I will try to make a variety and surprise you even more.
Have a fun day, make it one to remember in laughter!
I know that I may not be able to post another Christmas card before Christmas since we all come to this point, we are very busy preparing for Christmas, so, Mark and I are sending you all our best for Christmas and wishing you a wonderful New Year, Health and Happiness is always on top of our list for our friends. I will post now and then but, I will know you are all busy going about your busy schedule. Enjoy every minute!
Last weekend I had a few hours to make another Christmas card to keep as it started with an experiment which in turn, gave me great pleasure to see what the result was as I was adding and moving things around. As you know, it is preferable to not put a card together until you are sure of what you are going to put where and leave it. This way you don't have to worry about detaching an already adhered layer until you are totally ready for it. So I was working on my Spellbinder Labels 20 cut into some silver glitter cardstock. I had a few Memory Box "Jolly Jingle Bells" cut out in glossy red, silver and gold I wanted to use as well as some pine branches by Impression Obsession and make a Festive looking card.
So here is the card as I will walk you through what I have used if I didn't already mention it up above as you see each picture displayed in front of you. For a closer view, just click on the photo.
The corners were by Cheery Lynn Designs, it comes in 3 different corner attached together and separable if needed. The ribbon is a red silk 1" wide. The embossing folder used is my all time favorite Swiss dots. I gathered all the pine in clusters of 3 and then placed them in a pleasing balanced way before I was ready to add the jingles where I wanted them while balancing the colors. As you can see it is not a very thick card, but it has enough dimension to make it stand out beautifully. The Silver glittering on the Labels twenty die cut is really eye catching, making it a very Festive card to make and to send to an unsuspecting recipient, if I dare sending it away. I hope you have enjoyed this card. If you have similar die cuts, like the little snowmen, or little baubles, or little lights to decorate the pine branches with, you can accomplish this same effect, just play with the arrangement until you are satisfied. it's all about balance.
Impression Obsession: DIE042-I 5 flowers and DIE066-C Leaves
Memento inks: Bahama Blue, Summer Sky and Bamboo Leaves
Spellbinders: Labels Twenty
It's a very simple and easy card to make. I used a needle tool to stipple onto the silver items. This brings a used look on the gardening items. I formed the items on a foam pad and stylus of proper size for each item to add dimension. Matted the Labels Twenty with Silver, added roses to the bucket and gardening tools to the right with the same stippling effect.
Photos were not the best I like them to be and sorry about the glare silver tends to give in photos. Just to show that blue is a very unstable color to take photos of. Two elements that doesn't help in taking a neat looking photo. Depending on the angle the photo is taken, it always comes out different sometimes looking greener than blue.
I am also starting to work on another flower card....one of many more projects.
This is the sample card...I think the stippling effect shows better in this first photo. For a closer view, click on the photo
If I can come up with a better photo for it I will add it later.
Sample cards are different to make. Less time spent, unlike a card for class
Well, as you know I had a class last week and I am reporting that it was great fun. There was so much material to cover in the 1 1/2 hour slot I was given that, we were lucky there was no more classes scheduled after mine so we took the rest of the time to finish.
I can't help but finding teaching classes amazing! It really energizes me, like nothing else. I am definitely doing something I love to do. Thanks to the ladies who are enjoying my cards, and my teaching, they make it so much fun as they are so encouraging me every step of the way. Girls you are fantastic, thank you so much!
This week was a really busy one for us, cleaning up, preparing to decorate for Christmas is always a busy week, inside and outside projects can really take up the biggest part of a weekend. We had a really cold front coming in so we decided to not decorate as much this year. We will make up for it next year I am sure. It still looks nice though. Yesterday after the snow melted, at sunset the water spots turned to ice and when Hubby went out to get the mail he fell on a patch of fresh ice and hurt himself. I could tell on his face when he came in that something wasn't right. Before you ask me, he is fine. He is bruised up, his two hands and behind took the shock. But I think he will be fine. I was happy it wasn't a serious fall as into breaking bones, it could have easily been serious. But he is safe thankfully.
So many projects in my hat, I have to pace myself and pick one at a time keeping the next one on the back of my mind, but I will share more cards soon. Too much to do and so little time it seems. I am back to hoping there were more than 24 hours each day. But, I am not complaining as I am really enjoying the juggling with my schedule.
A new computer and a new phone, I am all set now to push more work since my computer is not at a snail pace anymore. YEAH!
I made 36 Christmas cards in 2 days last week I had to send a bunch across the ponds. Some have started to arrive, I was shocked as it usually takes around 3 weeks at Christmas time. So that makes me too early, LOL. We just can't win with snail mail can we?
I am preparing a workshop on how to make lovely flowers from die cuts of different sizes. I am looking forward to it and will let you know how this went. I have to come up with a few Valentine's Day cards as well, always from my hat filled with "hoping to finish projects" so hang in there I will come back with more photos for you in a few days.
Sorry I was on the chatty side today, but felt like I had to say Hi and let you know all is well here. I am also a little slow with emails so please bare with my slow pace, it will return to normal soon.