The inside of the card - the tree and holly are Stampendous Class a Peels:
And this is the birthday card for one of my fellow addicted stampers in our Friday Night Stamping group. Apparently it was a challenge on SCS but since I don't participate in those, I saw it on Artistic Avenger's blog and just changed it up a bit to suit the occasion. I will be making more of these, I really like this design! The colors are much better in person, the brown is much richer. I really need to learn Photoshop a little better! I also entered this card in a chance for blog candy at StampingDiva's Stampin Up blog!
The stamp is an SU from the Riveting set and the scallop circle is an SU punch. I used my ScorPal to score the channel for the ribbon - that is an excellent tool, I really love it! I used it to make a box the other night but it was just out of scrap cardstock. It was really easy to use - I am impressed. When I make a pretty box worthy of public viewing I will post it here.
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and didn't overdo on the goodies (like we did).
We usually stay home for New Years Eve, out of the craziness, and watch Dick Clark in NY - what are your plans for New Years Eve?
I hung the bags on binder rings and hung those from the ribbon rack using paper clips. Sophisticated, no. Functional, very. Now that I think of it I could have dispensed with the paper clips and just fastened the binder ring over the wire rack - duh! Ah well, it's done now and if I need to change it, I can certainly do that. I also moved my plastic boxes of stamps back to the shelves above my worktable, too. I just think they are better there, where I will see them (in my face!).
I do have a couple of more cards to post, but I need to give them to the recipients first, just in case they read my blog. All of my Christmas cards are in the mail and I have gotten some awesome ones lately, which I will have to photograph and post soon. Have a wonderful evening and I'll be back.....you've been warned.
1. I can pick up small things with my toes. I can even write fairly legibly with them. Odd, I know.
2. I can write backwards (too much time in high school spent not paying attention).
3. I am a native Floridian - Minorcan, actually - born and raised in St. Augustine. Salt water in my veins. I've been up here for almost 4 years and really love it, but St. A will always be home.
4. I love to swim in the ocean but won't get in a lake. Grass, frogs, snakes, whoknowswhat is in there!
5. I am terrified of the dark, we have night lights all over the house and candles for when the power goes out. I hope I never go blind.
6. I can do different vocal accents - New Yahk, New Joisey, Bahston, Minnesewta, even a fairly good British accent, both upper class and Cockney.
7. I am totally lousy at history - and don't care!
There you have it. Not all that interesting, I'm sure, but hopefully entertaining. I am supposed to tag 7 others, but since it is the holidays and people are busy, plus so many have already been tagged I will just say Merry Christmas!
Why do the holidays have to be so stressful??? Both of us have been cranky all day and I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown over a silly blog header - what's up with that? I have every reason in the world to be perfectly happy - a loving (and patient!) husband, wonderful friends, a kitchen full of new appliances, our own home (ok, well, the bank lets us live here as long as we pay the mortgage, but it's ours), food to eat, clothes to wear, cars to drive, more stamping stuff than I will ever use (ignore that remark, sweetie) so I just need to get over it and enjoy my wonderful life. I'm working on it. Maybe the one meltdown is enough and I have gotten it out of my system, at least I hope so.
Thank you for letting me ramble and I hope you all have a peaceful and pleasant holiday season. I'm going to try my best to do the same. Cheers!
It was an adventure, to be sure, but it's all good now. We had to cut some of the countertop to make the fridge fit because the idiots that built this place (don't get me started) didn't leave room, and the microwave installer (it's an over-the-stove kind) broke the turntable and did some other bad/stupid stuff but DH managed to get part of the install price refunded so we're cool with that. He also drove over and picked up a new turntable - he's such a sweetie for doing all of this for me. The fridge is huge and has the freezer on the bottom (yes!!) and the stove is awesome. It's also a convection oven, which I have NO idea what to do with, hence the reading of the manuals.
Sorry, but I have no new cards to show - maybe later in the week.
And that's all I have to say about that. I am off to bake cookies - since the cookie swap is tonight I guess I better quit yapping and start baking.
My wonderful hubby (Hi, Honey!) is very understanding and supportive of my *hobby* (addiction/habit/obsession) - I sure do appreciate him :-). I'm not sure if he's happy for me that I have a hobby that I enjoy so much, or that my spending so much time in my crafting room gives him some peace and quiet of his own (and he gets to watch the Military Channel undisturbed), but either way I am grateful.
I am looking forward to getting to know all of you better and thanks for reading this far :-)
The tree is a Hero Arts stamp, embossed with Egyptian Gold and dot sparklers added for ornaments. I used an older Hero Arts stamp for the background of the main card - it's swirls and stars. The Encore gold ink takes a WHILE to dry (if it isn't embossed) but it is a wonderful gold ink and I use it alot this time of year. I only made a couple of these because I didn't really like how it turned out and couldn't figure out what else to do with it.
That's it for me today - I'm off to the grocery store for cookie ingredients. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!
I did get the last of my Christmas cards finished up today and will post photos tomorrow. Well, they are mostly done - I still have to stamp and emboss the verse on the inside and then sign and address them all, of course. That's the part I like the least. It has to be done, though, right?
I'm off to watch Criminal Minds and CSI . Geoffrey - WE have DirectTV - HA!! His cable hasn't been installed yet and these are 2 of his favorite shows. Payback for the evil peppermint ice cream photo :-)
This is a variation on one of the Great Impressions Stamp of the Month Board cards. I used a different verse (Penny Black) and added Stickles for the holly berries (I love sparkly things!). I am a total dork when it comes to tying bows, but this is the best thing since sliced bread - it's called a Bow Easy and I got it at my LSS. It takes a little practice, but once you get it your bows are perfect! There is a video on how to use it here but it goes by really quickly, so you may need to watch it more than once.
Stampendous again, in blue and white. I am still not good at this combination but I'm trying! I may try this one again and use gold ink and embossing powder instead of the diamond sparkle. I like these but they don't make me go yippee, KWIM?
Hero Arts tree, same embossing powder and blue dot sparklers this time. More blue and white, with a little silver thrown in behind the sentiment. Hmmm.
I have a few more done, but need to get photos of them. If any of you Stamper's Alley ladies are reading this... one of these just might show up in your mailbox - you've been warned. If it does, just act surprised, ok? I am working on a new set of cards tonight and then I need to move on to treat boxes and the cookie swap this Friday. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!
Stamps: Hero Arts (snowman), Verve Visual (verse), Papertrey Ink (scallop frame)
Accessories: Stardreams navy and white paper, Encore Blue Metallic ink, Judikins Diamond Sparkle embossing powder, Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder, Marvy scallop circle punches, Stampendous glitter, Creative Memories wavy trimmer.
Just a few more Christmas cards from last year that I totally forgot I had! I actually have enough left over from last year that I really don't need to make any more for this year, but I want to anyway. I have new stamps for this year and am bound and determined to use them!
Now, to get Miss Kitty off of my stamping table....
She is a sweet kitty and like most kitties, feels the need to put herself in the way of most anything. We love the kitty, though. She is more my husband's kitty than mine - she comes running when she hears him come in the back door.
And speaking of kitties, is this not the cutest kitty you have ever seen??
This is Simon - our other kitty. He is the perfect lap cat (when he's not getting into trouble) and loves to be held and snuggled, unlike some *other* kitty we know.....uh huh, Miss Kitty is not a snuggler at all. Simon is my sweetie cat.
Ok, enough mushy cat stuff...on to making some cards while I wait for the DirectTV guy to bring our new HD receiver so we can get the most out of our new HDTV! CSI in HD - woohoo!!!
Stamp: Savvy Stamps
DP: Basic Grey
Punches: EK Success 6 petal Whale of a Punch, Marvy Extra Jumbo Scallop Circle punch
Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder
Green suede paper
It's a total CASE (yes, another one) from here. Too cute! The turkey is made with the SU scallop circle punch. His feet and wattle (isn't that what you call his wiggly chin thing?) are made with EK Success Paper Shaper flower punches. The Thank You is from a Michael's $1 clear set and the border around it is PaperTrey Borders and Corners (rectangles) set. I also used a flower from one one the $1 sets to stamp on his "feathers" with Versamark - just to add a little interest. Behind the turkey is the Baroque Motifs large swirly stamp, stamped with SU Marigold Morning.
As for the early Merry Christmas, we stopped by HH Gregg this afternoon just to check prices on 42" flat panel TVs and ended up with a new camera (for me, thank you, sweetie!), new bed (at last!! ours is only about 18 years old, practically brand new!), a new 42" LG HDTV, AND a Bose surround system....for a whole lot less $$ than we thought. So, on Christmas morning hubby will be opening a package of underwear and socks, and maybe if I get lucky I will get some candy. It's ok, we always do this and at these prices we couldn't resist. I did leave the totally cool - and huge - refrigerator there, it could have been worse!
I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend and have recovered from their turkey and pumpkin pie comas :-)
Well, I did finally find a little time to stamp and this is a total CASE from either someone's blog or SCS - I need to be more diligent about where I get ideas so I can give credit, sorry. If you recognize this please let me know and I will be glad to give you the credit you deserve!
Merry Christmas - Savvy Stamps
Holly - Printworks
Patterned paper from Hobby Lobby
Marvy scallop circle punches
Punch Bunch corner punch
We went to the Renaissance Festival yesterday in Huntersville and it was wonderful! This is a photo of the Green Man - this guy was dressed like a tree and walked around the festival. It was awesome to see! I blurred the girls faces because I don't know who they are, this was the only opportunity I had to get a photo and they just happened to be in it.
So many people come to the festival dressed in period clothes, too. I have wanted a full length cape as long as I can remember and they did have some there but the prices were way outside my budget. So, my sweet hubby took me to Hancock Fabrics and I found a pattern and some nice fabric - on sale, too! I think I do need some lining fabric, though - I wasn't going to line them, but it would be easier to line them than to sew a hem around those really long edges. Now I will see if I remember as much about sewing as I think I do, after over 20 years of not sewing! He also bought a beautiful red rose for me from one of the vendors at the festival - he's such a sweetie.
I'm glad we had the opportunity to go, it was mucho fun. Food, shopping, entertainment, and even the village idiot. My favorite was the Ded Bob Sho. No, I didn't misspell it, that's the real name of it - he's a dead pirate skeleton. You had to be there, it was hilarious. We didn't get to see the jousting or all of the shows, we got there a little late in the afternoon and they close up at 5pm. Anyway, if you get a chance to go to one, I highly recommend it! We will be going back next year for sure.
I am going to try to get to some Christmas card stamping today. I have been browsing your blogs and SCS and have a ton of good ideas (thank you all very much!), some new stamps and papers and I should be good to go. Wish me luck!
This is the way I store my brads, eyelets, rhinestones and other small embellishments. I can't claim credit for this though, I found it here.
The take up so much less space and are easier to find, I think. I find that I use them more when they are more accessible.
Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear your organizational tips!
As for my Christmas cards, I am still sorting out the perfect design in my head - and browsing all of your wonderful blogs for inspiration as well. Sometimes I wonder if it isn't more about the shopping and less about the creating or is that just me?
I really enjoy seeing everyone else's beautiful cards and creations but at the same time it gives me a bad case of the Iwannas. You know what I mean....I wanna have that stamp, I wanna have that paper, I wanna order that new stamp set, I wanna......! I need to stop shopping and start creating! So, in lieu of any new ones, here are some more reruns from last year.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to get to stamp soon!
And thanks to Kurtis Amundson I made a watermark! You can find that tutorial here. If you are wondering about the ShortWizard thing, it's just something I dreamed up (literally) a long time ago and still use from time to time. I am also known to some as the Princess of No Patience (PoNP for short) since I am not terribly patient sometimes, although I am getting better at it. Someday maybe I will have enough patience for Iris Folding and Quilling, but not yet.
I hope you are all enjoying some lovely Fall weather like we are having here in NC. Not alot in the way of Fall colors due to the drought but the weather has cooled off nicely. It looks like we may get to crank up the fireplace later in the week!
I used to have all of my stamps out on the shelves over my work table but I decided to put them into the SU-type boxes and store them on the bookshelf instead. So far it's working well. My ribbon storage is just a rack from Home Depot that was meant for a kitchen pantry door.
I also used to have all (ok, most - they wouldn't all fit) of my punches in Punch Pals that hang over the door but I like them out on the shelves better. I have my border punches in an over-the-door shoe hanger on the inside of the closet door but the rest are on the shelves. And yes, I have too many but who's counting??
I need to get my brand new Janome (thanks for turning me on to this, Cambria!) sewing machine out and stitch on a few cards, too - maybe for Christmas cards. I hope I can use the Sulky thread, it's so pretty and sparkly.
I have some more photos but I will save those for another post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope everyone remembered to turn the clocks back last night.
I love Halloween and this is the first year I have actually made and sent Halloween cards. Fluffles is just too cute! He is colored with Tombow markers and the verse is a Great Impressions stamp. I know I need to move on to Christmas cards soon but I'd rather just make more Halloween cards!