Sunday, December 12, 2010

Stampin', Bakin' and Wrapin'

Oh goodness, it's busy around here!  I don't think we've used the kitchen table to actually eat on for a week.  I baked all day yesterday, but I don't feel like I have much to show for it.  I tried some new recipes (bad idea), and some most of them did not turn out (ugh!).  I remember my mom having the same problem once in awhile when she was trying to do the holiday baking; sometimes you just have to leave it for another day.  Anyway, on to stamping.  I've been stamping with friends, family and by myself this week, tyring to finish up the Christmas cards.  Are you ready......?  I'm up to 6.  That's right, six cards.  Breathe Wendy, breathe!  Okay, so I'm an underachiever this year.  Here is what I've created recently:

This is for the Featured Stamper challenge today on Splitcoast:

I used textured cardstock for this, which turned out to be a bear to sponge on, but I kind of like the scene that resulted.  Very simple (the most difficult kind of card for me), but I think dramatic.

Here are the cards from earlier in the week:

An oldie but a goodie retired set from SU.  I stamped and masked my Santa and reindeer and added a masked moon, then sponged with Bashful Blue ink.  I paperpierced the mats and colored the images with Copics (still practicing).  I used that wrapped brad technique again on the bow.  I love this cheery card!

Lastly, I made this "Dear Santa" card, using a CTMH set called "Santa's List".  I colored the Santa again with Copics and cut he and the tree out and mounted them on sponged cardstock.  Added a bit of glitter and Liquid Applique for his beard, and there you have it.

Okay, I have to get back to wrapping...I mean baking, or is it stamping....if you don't hear from me within a few days, please come dig me out from under the mess.  Thanks!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Motivate to Create

Just finished my third Christmas card.  I'm so thankful for Splitcoast challenges.  They not only get the creative juices flowing, but also serve as a sufficient "booty kicker" for those of us that are, shall we say, bit of procrastinators?

Today's Inspiration Challenge is based on Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, where you can find everything Christmas.  This is a wonderful site for those unique Christmas items.  I had an angel image in mind, so I searched their angel ornaments and decor and found this beauty.  Here's my card:

This is from a nativity acrylic stamp set I purchased at Michael's.  I paperpieced my image using DP from K&Co.  I also added a new twist with the ribbon treatment.  My friend Hope showed me how to use a brad to twist around the center of the bow to create a unique accent.  The bow is secured using red sticky tape.  I think it adds a nice touch. 

Supply list: 
Paper:  K&Co.
Stamps:  Michael's
Accessories:  Gold ink for distressing, Copic for the angel's cheeks, glitter pens, Tim Holtz Distress ink, ribbon scrap, Making Memories brad.

Have a wonderful Saturday,


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Wednesday!

Well, we've made it halfway through the work week and I have a new card to post.  That means two people are receiving Christmas cards this year.  Yes, I better get moving.  Here's my Kris Kringle card:

The colors in this card are much more vivid than they photograph.  Unfortunately the photo came out a little overexposed.  Anyway, I watercolored this retired SU image and then used various glitter pens to highlight.  I then used Tim Holtz Distressing Ink (I believe it's called Old Paper?????) to age the image.  I cut it out and mounted it on a Top Note die cut and attached the Top Note panel to K&Company DP with brads over SU striped ribbon.  I then sprayed the entire card with Smooch Clear, which is probably why it's reflecting more light in the photo, but it sure is sparkly!. 

Well, two down, 18 to go....

Til Next time,