Another year over and what have we done.....I love that song. I hope this coming year is a better one for everyone. I have so much to be grateful for and my heart goes out to those who are in dire straits because of the economy.
We had a very nice Christmas and drove up to TN on Christmas day to retrieve my daughter. She broke her right foot a few weeks ago and can't drive with a cast on. We had a wonderful time together, even if she did beat me severely in Wii bowling (while sitting DOWN, mind you!) and knock me OUT in Wii boxing. She always makes me laugh and we get along really well. We went to the local mall (it's a smallish one) and got a wheelchair for her so she didn't have to crutch it around the place. I thought I did pretty well for never having operated a wheelchair before - I didn't run over one single thing. She did have an idea for a game that involved whacking people who stared at her with her crutches but I convinced her that wasn't a good idea :-)
I do have some cards to post, one of my own and the rest received from friends, but I wanted to share this with you first:
We all love the cards (handmade or otherwise) we receive and feel bad not keeping them, but how about giving them a second life and helping a good cause at the same time? Check this out:
Don't throw away your Christmas Cards - or any other card for that matter! Send the front of your cards to St. Jude's for recycling! See their website for address and instructions. St. Jude's Ranch is their website and it's part of the St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
I also wanted to remind you all that even though I don't post often, I do find many cool things to share in my Shared Items on the right, so check back often for those. I also found this yummy recipe just this morning on The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Kay's Roasted Potatoes. I haven't tried it yet but it sure sounds tasty.
Ok, on to the cards:
Brenda Elliott from Stamper's Alley:
Barbara H in the cold wilds of Wisconsin:
she also sent me a calendar:
Maryella from A Stamp Artist Place in Asheville:
And last but never least from Shirley at Card Art, Etc:
I am so fortunate to have such a talented group of friends, don't you think?? Here is the card I sent to most people - I was tempted to just make them all like this but since I bought so many new Xmas stamps I was determined to use as many as possible so I did do a few different ones. This one was returned because we forgot to put postage on it, so I was able to get a photo before I put it back in the mail. It was my favorite of all of them and I wish I had bought more rolls of that ribbon in the center. I used it all.....yes, I actually used ALL of something!
If you've gotten this far I am proud of you :-) Thank you for visiting and being patient with me, and I wish each and every one of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! Party on but party safely, especially tonight.
I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!
I would have posted photos of the cards I made this year, but my plan got a kink in it. The plan was to 1. make the cards (check), 2. stamp and sign the insides (check), 3. print address labels (check), 4. photograph cards before putting them into the envelopes.....this is where the kink happened. I skipped straight to put them in the envelopes, put stamps on and mail them. I realized I had skipped over step 4 when they were already in the mailbox ready to go. Too late. Story of my life. I did receive some beautiful handmade cards in the mail, and will get those photographed and posted soon, I hope. Till then.....Peace and Good Will to all, and to all a good night!
A little early, I know, but I am about to get the cards in the mail and wanted to get these posted before I forgot. A few of these are going out in the mail and some of them went to the Meals on Wheels for their Thanksgiving trays.
I had to try the circle frames that Becca Feeken had on her blog, Amazing Paper Grace. If you haven't visited her blog yet, hop on over there quick! She does some really wonderful work! I think they turned out rather well and they are so easy to do. A little addictive as well. I tried alot of different punches and these are the ones that worked the best. The first one is the Wrought Iron Corner Adorner but I'm afraid I don't know the names of the others. You will probably recognize the designs, though. Some are Corner Adorners and some are Card Creators. The stamp is from Hero Arts, and the background stamp on the first one is from Impression Obsession.
MS/EK border punch for the strip in the middle, same stamp. CB embossing folder.
The turkey feathers are make with a scallop punch, then just cut the scallops in half. His body is the same punch, just trimmed up. I used parts of flower punches for his feet, wattle (that dangly thing under his beak - is that what it's called??) and beak. The layers behind him are done with one of the new Nestabilities sets, Labels 1 or 2, I forget which is which. The tag is also a Spellbinders die.
I did get into making some background papers. I really enjoy doing that from time to time, especially when I can't come up with any good card ideas. Or I am experiencing inspiration overload from looking at too many blogs or SplitCoast samples! I see so many wonderful cards and ideas but many times I get stuck for some reason and can't seem to come up with anything at all. The next 3 cards are inspired by these cards on Sharon Johnson's blog. The backgrounds are done with Inkadinkado stamps, the strips are done with CB embossing borders.
The pumpkin on this last card was made with a small Punch Bunch oval punch and I inked the edges of each one with Gingerbread Verasamagic ink. The swirl is a Sizzlet die.
You can click on any of the photos for a closer look. Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions, please ask. My email is on the sidebar. Please feel free to leave me a comment, just to let me know you were here.
That's what I have decided to name her. Isn't she adorable?
2007 Chrysler Pacifica, low mileage and in immaculate condition. It's not the loaded version but it has enough options for me - including heated seats (ahhhh) - and plays MP3s!! It's the little things. I had a Kia Optima before and was tired of crawling in and out of it, plus not being able to see what was ahead of me if I was behind a van, SUV, or big ol' honkin' truck! I hope to be driving this for some years to come - it's a sweet ride, rides like a big car and handles really well.
I absolutely hate car shopping. We found this one at a dealership in Monroe and thought we had negotiated (ok, DH did the negotiating) a good deal until we got home and looked on their website where it was listed for $1000 less than they quoted us!! What??? Well, Monday was spent renegotiating and looking at other cars just in case they wouldn't budge on the price. They budged enough and I didn't see anything else better anyway. Car prices never cease to amaze me - we bought a house 20 years ago that cost less than some of these vehicles. I know - 20 years ago is a long time, but I'm just saying.
I am all "moved in" and ready to go. I never would have chosen heated sets (or bun warmers as a friend of mine calls them) as an option but I am here to tell you that they are wonderful when you get in a cold car in the morning. It's a good thing, too, because it has leather seats and those puppies are chilly! Now I'm catching flak from DH because when he bought his last one I asked him not to get leather seats because I didn't like them. But I didn't know about bun warmers! We'll see what happens in the summer, the seats are not air conditioned, unfortunately.
Gray interior and LOTS of room. Very comfy indeed.
Stampendous stamp, colored with Copic markers, CB embossing folder, Michael's ribbon.
Same stamp, same markers, the background leaf stamps are Inkadinkado, and I used the Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor ink pad for the piece on the bottom. I stamped several whole sheets and cut them up as I needed them. Sometimes it's just fun to make some backgrounds - no stress, no pressure.
Inkadinkado stamp, CB embossing folder and leaf dies, Nestabilities scalloped circle die, Michael's ribbon.
Same Inkadinkado stamp, Papertrey Polka Dot Basics for the background, CB embossing border folder, MS/EK border punch, SU Ticket Corner punch, Hero Arts gems, misc. flowers.
I haven't decided whether I will send these out as Happy Thanksgiving/Happy Fall cards or just donate them to the Meals on Wheels people. I will try to make some more tomorrow and see what happens. I have more Fall-themed stamps (leaves, pumpkins, etc.) and want to ink them up, at least! I do need to get started on Christmas cards soon, too, it's creeping up on us.
We spent yesterday finalizing the deal on my new (to me) car!!! I will take a photo of her tomorrow and post it - she's wonderful and I am so happy to have a beautiful new vehicle to drive. DH has made noises that maybe his Sorrento would suit me better now....uh huh, right. Safe to say he loves the new one, too, it is a sweet ride!
And a witch or two here and there...
I finally got the hang of the Michelle Zindorf sponging technique, or at least a good grasp of it. Her work is totally awesome and I have a long way to go, but this is a start. I found that the Marvy inks work best for me. I don't like to stamp with them very much because they bleed too much and bead up on most stamps. But for this technique, they work very well because they blend right into the paper. The right sponges make the difference, too - check out Michelle's blog for the details on that.
Stamps - Inkadinkado, bat ribbon - Michael's, paper - I forget.
Another one using the sponging technique. Is it too busy? Did I go one embellishment too far?
Stamps - Hero Arts, Cloudy Moon stamp - A Stamp in the Hand,
Martha Stewart EK Success punches (bat and fence), Punch Bunch ghost punch, paper - I forget.
This one was brayered with Kaleidacolor ink onto glossy paper. I forgot how much fun that is.
Stamp - Inkadinkado, Cloudy Moon stamp - A Stamp in the Hand,
Martha Stewart EK Success Drippy Goo punch, spider web - cheap Halloween confetti from Michael's, Lasting Impressions paper (for the card itself).
This one was fun, once I figured out what to do with this house stamp. I made several of these and may make a few more yet. The swirly bats and moon are very sparkly, and the windows are glittered up with Stickles. I love the shiny, glittery things. I colored the house with Prismacolor and Kooh-i-Noor pencils then blended them with Gamsol. The roof is paper pieced with the same paper that is on the first card. I also used the fence punch for the fence on the top of the roof. Is it a fence, or does it have another name? Why would you want a fence on your roof anyway?
Stamps - My Favorite Things (house and verse), Inkadinkado (swirly bats), Punch Bunch ghost punch, You-know-who's witch punch, Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder on the bats, and the sparkly moon was punched from a sheet of glitter paper, the bat is cut from the bat ribbon, Stickles Yellow Glitter Glue on the windows, spider web - cheap Halloween confetti again.
I may have gone more than one embellishment too far on this one. Same house as above but I tried the Printworks Cloud Template and don't quite have the hang of it yet. Knowing when to stop might be a good place to start, you think? It's was a dark and stormy night, what can I say? I colored the "yard" with Copic markers, added a little dead grass and a path to the front door. I think the moon should have been bigger and leaving off the ghosts might have improved it a little, too. The house was colored the same way as the one above, pencils and Gamsol.
Well, that's it for Halloween this year. I hope everyone had a good one and didn't eat too much leftover candy!