I have made quite a few different Christmas cards but haven't had the time to post. Today I like to show you a card that is very simple but I think, oh so elegant. But it took forever to decide what papers to use and after many tries it was only one DP. It is from last years Martha Stewart christmas papers. The Bramble Wreath is from Memory Box stamped with PTI Dark Chocolate on PTI cream cardstock and layered on brown PTI CS and adhered with pop dots. The beautiful lace is from Websters Pages and the ribbon is from my stash. The rhinestones are from Kaiser Crafts and stash. I forgot to take pictures of the inside but I did pretty much the same layering as on the outside and stamped the sentiment in the middle of the wreath.
I couldn't decide which picture of the front of the card was better. The lighter picture shows the sparkle of the rhinestones better. I think the close-up of the wreath makes the rhinestones look weird, like I glued them with the backside up.
I made several of these and 2 of them went across 2 different oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic. I hope they get to their destinations soon.
Thanks for stopping by and thank you for all your sweet comments.
I am trying for the first time to schedule a post and I hope it works. After spending a lot of time reading on blogger I updated the editor and I hope I can now put the pictures where I want them. Wish me luck.
I love the Lockhart images and like so many of my stamps only a few have ever seen any ink. I buy my Lockhart images from Ellen Hutson. Have you checked out her store? I think it is a great company and I needed to call a few times and each time got to talk to Kathy. What a neat, friendly and helpful lady.
I colored two of these images in the heat of summer and I finally used them to make two cards. I colored the angel with Copics and cut them out with the circle classic and scalloped nestabilities. The scalloped circle and the little tag are gold CS from PTI. The DP is from last years Making Memories and the solid DP is Spiceberry from Memory Box. The ribbon is from Martha Stewart. Guess what, I made my own "Bow Easy" and saved a few bucks. It works perfect. The tag was cut with an SU punch which I attached to the ribbon with MS twine. The stars and sentiment I stamped with PTI Scarlet Jewel and they are from the Sign Language set. The inside sentiment I embossed in gold on Scarlet Jewel PTI card stock and cut it with SB Label Four.
It has been almost 3 weeks again since I last posted. Besides being extremely busy at the office, doing Christmas preparations and trying to make Christmas cards I haven't had time to post what I have made. First I like to show you a little gift box I made from the Home Made template from PTI. It is a little house that I had intended to decorate with gingerbread men and other various items you find on a gingerbread house. Well, it didn't look right so I left it as is. I used SU Kraft for the house and brown PTI cardstock for the roof of the house and the dormers. I stamped the window and doors on PTI cream CS using SU Chocolate chip for the window frames and for the front door and curtains used SU Pumpkin Pie. On the sides of the house I added a little fence stamped with the MS punch. The roof is removable so you can add some goodies. This was quite a project for me. All this cutting and glueing and checking again to make sure I had aligned everything. I know I will make another one in some bright in cheery colors. Now if only I could take nice pictures.
Now for my second post. I sure wish I knew what I was doing..... grrr. I am not a blogger.
I also made a card using the Gingerbread Man Image from PTI's Holiday Button Bits. I used SU Kraft for the base of the card and SU real red for the layers. This is the best red CS I have found. It is such a true deep red. I stamped the dotted border with PTI Pure Poppy. The stamp is from the PTI Polka Dot Basic set. I stamped the gingerbread man with SU chocolate chip and PTI dark chocolate on PTI cream CS. I used PTI Pure Poppy buttons on his belly, voila. I cut the image and the matting with Spellbinders Nestabilities Squares. The red velvet ribbon is from my stash. The sentiment is also from the PTI Holiday Button Bits. I had also added 3 Dew Drop jewels to the bottom of the card but had taken the pictures before that. I made 6 of these cards and they all have been sent. The only picture with the jewels came out blurry. On the left inside of the card I stamped the Gingerbread Man again and used a red and green jewel for the buttons. I believe the sentiment is from SU and I used Spellbinders Labels Four.
I have several more cards finished. All of them were suppose to be fast and easy but since I made them in sets of 5 and 6 it still took forever. I did a lot of embossing which also is quite time consuming. So much for quick mass production. I have so many ideas in my head for Christmas cards but so far none of them are coming together. I am spending so much time on trying to put them together and then give up. For weeks now I have been slaving over a card for a dear, dear friend and nothing seems to work. Last night I tried some other papers and it will have to do. I am so disappointed because it was suppose to be such a pretty card.
Anyway, enough of my rambling. Now I am realizing that all the pictures probably will show up on top of the posting. I have no idea how I can get the Gingerbread Man Card to post on the bottom. Is anybody out there that would help me? Pleeeeaaase !!!
Today I like to show you the little box I made for my sister for her birthday. I don't know if the box with this lid has a name. I just know that the box itself is a origami box.
I used Anna Griffin Christmas paper. Oh how devine! I stamped the lid with PTI's Fancy Flourishes with SU Chocolate Chip and added some rhinestones from my stach. I found the musical note stamp at Michael's and embossed it with gold embossing powder. The leave punches are from MS and the flowers are Prima. The beautiful locket (it actually opens) is by Jolee with a Swarovski rhinestone....oh la la. Love that lacy ribbon from Webster's Pages.
My sister is actually a "Gustav Stickley kinda girl", so I hope a little bit of frill will be okay.... lololol. So, what do you think????
Surprise, surprise, I have been thinking about ideas for Christmas cards for quite a while now and I actually started in October but haven't finished those. I decided this year I will go back to my "old style" and make cards that are not as involved as the Magnolia cards I did last year. I wasn't able to make as many handmade cards as I would have wanted. I still will make a few Magnolia's and some with Papilio images. Today I made a card for one of the ladies at work who likes Penguins. I found a cute one at Michael's. I knew which DP I would use and decided to make some "mountains" using various MS glitter. The largest glitter is MS crystal coarse glitter, then crystal fine and the "mogul" in the front is carrara marble. I also added a little bit of blue topaz glitter. I colored the Penguin with Copic's and added glitter to the bow on his trunks and his popsicle. I think somebody was messing with my MS glue pen(it must have been the little critters Dominique and Madison...hehehe). It comes out pink, that's why he has a pink popsicle. I added a clear snowflake sticker from Deja Views, popped a white snowflake from my stach on top and added a clear jewel. I punched out another snowflake from the DP, which is Li'l Davis Designs, left over from last year and the sentiment is from the PTI set Sign Language. I hope Suzanne will like her Penguin Christmas card.
Thank you all for stopping by and I promise I will have more Christmas cards to show you.
It has been many months since I posted and now a second post on the same day. I finally finished 4 cards today. Hopefully I will assemble several Christmas cards this evening. This will help me to be able to blog for a while.
This card I started early in October but for whatever reason never finished it until today. It is a very, very large card. It was meant for my sisters birthday, which was 3 weeks ago and I hope that I finally will mail her card and another birthday card that was due on October 30th. I just wish I could take better pictures and could arrange the pictures better.
I used quite a few Spellbinder die cuts on this one. As all of you know the big medallion was made with the Borderabilities Fleur De Lis die cut and put it on top of a Nestibilities Classic Scalloped Square - Large. I had to case Becca Fekken's creation. I just love her elegant designs. Well, her cards are perfect, mine are not. Why do I see all the imperfections after the card is done and the pictures are taken. All the DP is from Cosmo Cricket-Everafter. I really love their papers. It is really hard for me to start cutting them up. The sentiment is from Whiff of Joy from the german set and I stamped it on a shape from the Ribbon Tag Trio 2. The inside labels are cut with the Nestabilies Labels 5.
I hope my sister will like the card and you do too.
Hello Everybody!!!!!! It has been a long time and I am finally putting up a new post. It is a Halloween card I made. I know, I know. I am really late and everybody has been showing Autumn and Christmas cards. I actually made three and only have sent out 1, which made it to it's destination on November 1st.
It is a real simple card but not for me. It takes me forever to decide which papers to use, even if they are from the same series. The DP is from K&Company. The stamp is a Karen Lockhart stamp called Witches Legs, which I purchased earlier this year from Ellen Hutson. I used Copic's and colored the skirt and boots twice and then popped them up.
I have been absent for many months. A lot has changed since the begining of April and I really haven't had much time to make cards or update the blog. I believe I forgot all the things that Danni so graciously has showed me. I don't even have the time to figure out how to do the links. I just checked Nixe Moni's blog and found out that there will be a new online magazine with tips etc. It is a german blog but with english translations. The start will be this coming Saturday, October 31. It is called "Stempeleinmaleins". I can't wait to check it out, come Saturday. Moni is one of the designers.
Ich freue mich schon riesig darauf.
Here is the addy for the new online magazine. I hope you can check it out.
I just found a new challenge blog. I have put a link on the left side of my blog. Dawn and Ann have offered some terrific blog candy. The start date will be June 1st. Both Dawn and Ann create some beautiful cards. Klick on the link and I am sure you will enjoy it.
Thanks again Danni, for showing me how to add gadgets. I am so dumb when it comes to the computer stuff.
Sorry, still no new card. First I didn't have time and then my left arm and shoulder started hurting. Even though I am right-handed I have problems doing a lot of moving. Well, tomorrow I have an appointment with the chiropractor.
I found something exciting on Claudia's blog today. Shimmerz is re-introducing a product called Shimmerz Spritz. You can win 3 bottles of the Shimmerz Spritz. I sure will try it. Can't wait to see all the samples that the DT will show.
Yesterday I made 3 Mother's Day cards. One each for our granddaughters to give to their Mom and one to give to their grandma Carol. Since they will be handcarried, they will make it on time.
I used PTI papers for all three and the yellow ribbon is also from PTI. The flowers are "Sweet Pea" from Karen Lockhart which you can buy at Ellen Hutson. She has a wonderful selection. I colored the flowers with Copic's and added Shimmerz to some of the flowers. I covered the vase in Diamond Glaze. Boy, do I love that stuff. The sentiments are also from PTI. Celebrate today is from "Mega Mixed Messages" and the Happy Mother's Day circle is from the "Tags for Spring" set . I also added diamond glaze to the Celebrate today label. My cuttlebug got quite a workout yesterday. I used the Spellbinders circles and ovals. On two of the cards I used a MS border punch. Does anybody know why some of the MS punches are cream colored and others green? Are the green ones a special addition? Anyway, I used a lot of pop ups again and it is time to stock up on those little suckers.
I hope I get to line up the cards right. Instead of putting one above the other. I am such a novice with this blogging stuff. I know nothing. I emailed Danni again, to ask for her help. She is such a wonderful lady and always so helpful. Stop by Danni's blog and check out her beautiful cards. I hope I don't make a mess out of this posting.
Thank you all for leaving such beautiful comments.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you
I knew it wasn't going to work. I had hoped that I could put the outside and inside of each card side by side, instead of one on top of the other....grrrr
today I like to show you a birthday card I made for my aunt. She is celebrating her 81. birthday and Mother's Day this Sunday. I think it turned out pretty. I love Lemon Tart from PTI but then I had a heck of a time trying to decide what other color of paper to use. I like the chocolate and yellow combination but thought it might be too dark. I wanted it to look elegant, not sweet. The sweet pea image from Karen Lockhart added enough "sweet"...hehehe. The chocolate CS, the Lemon Tart Bitty Dot Basics and the Lemon Tart ribbon are all from PTI. I used copics to color the flowers and added Periwinkle and Sunflower Shimmerz to the flowers. The vase I covered with Diamond Glaze. I used a SU punch for the little brown flowers and for the centers I used pearl Dew Drops. The sentiment is from WOJ. Finally my relatives will receive cards with German greetings. The greeting and the scalloped ovals were cut with my oval Nesties. On the inside I used the circle Nesties for the birthday wish and the flowers are again cut with the SU punch and again added Pearl Dew Drops.
So, how do you like the pleated border. I love it. It is the second time I used it. Becky Oehlers, one of the PTI designers showed it a while back and I just fell in love with it.
I can't believe it. I started and finished a card tonight. Today I should have worked on the birthday cards for my lovely GD and my aunt. But no, I decide to make the May sketch for Magnolia-licious instead. I used Tilda with tulips, which is another one of my new favorites and colored her with Distress inks. Only the third stamp I have colored using Distress inks. I need a lot of practice and I can't wait for Suzanne Dean to show us her tutorial. The DP is from K&Company and I have had it for a long time. I sponged the papers with Tea Dye Distress ink. The ribbon was a little extra that came with my Ellen Hutson order. That was a nice surprise. I didn't think that I would use it so soon. The button came from my stash. Actually, it used to be a button from an old sweater of mine. The sentiment is from PTI's Mega Mixed Messages, stamped with PTI Dark Chocolate. Again, I wish the colors would look better on the photo. Thanks to everybody for leaving such nice comments, it is very much appreciated.
And now to my second card for today. I love the Life set, created by Lisa Johnson, one of the talented designers with PTI. I think it is simple but elegant. I stamped the image on watercolor paper and the lavender CS is Almost Amethyst by SU. I used my Scor Pal for the lines on the CS to add some depth. To stamp the image I colored directly onto the stamp with SU markers Lovely Lilac and Mellow Moss. I couldn't always get a good print on the heavy paper, so I added some Twinkling H2O's for a little stronger effect. Unfortunately you can't see it on the photograph. It has just a little bit of sheen. I used Buttercup for the yellow, Sage and Fern for the green and Sweet Lavender for the violet. The pearls are Robin's Nest Dew Drops and the ribbon is from my stash. For the inside I cut out 2 labels with my Nesties. I got the idea for this card from another fabulous PTI designer - Debbie Olsen. The card has already found a place in the office of a wonderful lady and I get to see it every day....hehehe
Well, it is the weekend again and time for me to upload two cards that I finished. Having to work for a living, sure cuts into my crafting time...hehehe. This is the card that was suppose to look totally different. I had created this cute scene and wanted to use Tilda with Chicks and it just would not work. With hubbies help I made another card using the scene, which I posted last Sunday. Now this is a very serene card, compared to the other one and this one I entered for the April challenge on Magnolia-licious. You can buy Tilda with chicks here. I love Tilda with her chicks in her lap. I think it is a cute image. I never have listed which white CS I use and never have heard of anybody else using it on the blogs I visit. I got the idea from Sue at Heart Prints. Another exceptionally gifted card maker. The white CS is 80#Beckett Expression - Radiance, which I order from Marco Papers. Very nice people. The orange and green CS is DCWV. The DP is from a 6X6 MM pad called Chloe's Closet. My cards look a lot better than my photographs, really. The buttons are also from the same line and I connected them with baker's twine from MS. For the flower on the front I punched out the same DP and put them together with a gem brad. For the edges I used a MS and a Fiskars punch. The label for the sentiment is from SU and the sentiment is in German from WOJ. When I saw that Katharina had 2 sets of German sentiments, I had to have them. Now I am finally able to send my cards to family and friends in Germany using "our" language....hehehe. On the inside I used again DP from Chloe's Closet and the flowers and the button from the same line. The label is a Nestie, unfortunately, the embossing doesn't show up well on the DS. I almost forgot. I colored the image with Copics and added Diamond Glaze to the little chicks. So what do you think?
Today, I like to show a little card that I made for a co-worker. Vivian has two kitties of her own, so I thought I would add this sweet little image. I think I had bought it at Michael's. The DP is from the 2008 SU designer series called Ginger Blossom. The fibers are from my stash.
I have 3 more cards that are all just partially completed. It seems every evening I have to do something else and by the time I get to crafting it is dark and the colors look different. I have put combinations together that in the daylight seemed like I was colorblind. I like to color with the Ott light but I don't seem to use it when I chose papers etc. Well, enough rambling.....
I seem to be on a roll. Since I have not posted for so long and I haven't put Willow on my blog, I thought it was high time to do so. I made this card at least one month ago. I don't know why I always have this need to cut out my images. On the picture her face looks awful but it doesn't look like this on the card. I do own the stamp now but this image I received from my wonderful friend Christina Carstensen. Christina doesn't have her own blog but you can see all her beautiful cards in her own album at Magnolia-licious. The brown CS is from PTI but the CS I am not sure, I just know I have had it for a long time. The script is from a single page I bought years ago at a local craft store. The prima flowers were too bright and I used some Ranger Distress Ink to "antique" them. Thanks for stopping by !!!!!