Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Couple of Cards

 Just a couple of easy cards for the holidays.  The wreath image was found in a stack of stuff that seldom sees the light of day.  Slapped it on a card and we have a merry and bright card!  

This second card has a story.  The stamp I used is from Stampin' Up and was one of the first stamps I ever bought there.  It's also the stamp I used on my first hand made Christmas card way back in (I think) 2009!  YIKES!  I have to laugh now, but the cards I sent out that year were all the same with this stamp being used and had so many layers on them they weighed a ton - plus this really textured ribbon from Stampin' Up.  Several weeks after Christmas I got one of the cards back in the mail - and then got another one, and another one.  All were fairly torn up from the post office machine because they were all so thick and bulky.  I'm not sure how many ever received their card but I doubt many actually made it to who it was going to.  Another reason why I keep my cards clean and simple now.  The embossing folder I used is older than dirt and is also one of the first I ever purchased.  

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The Crooked Bird

 It's a bird - and he's crooked.  I tried moving this stamp every which way I could think of and no matter what, he's still leaning to one side or the other - - or the branch is all whoppy-jawed or whatever.  So, like it or not, he's crooked.  Maybe he's just trying to hang onto that branch because the wind is so high.   Anyway.........

All I can say, is that he's a pretty cute little guy from Unity Stamps (and so is the paper - which, by the way, is green even though it looks a little off-color in the photo).  

One more Christmas card down and too many more to even think about.  They're getting VERY clean and simple now (as if they weren’t already) since we're coming down to the wire.  

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Two in One

 I just finished making about 30 gift tags and the entire time I was making them, I kept trying to think of some way to put a tag on a Christmas card, mail it, and then whoever it went to would also get a free tag along with the card.  I never did come up with anything I liked....... and then I saw the challenge at Inky Paws.  Well, hello.......this may work........So........

I used a stamp set from Newton's Nook for the image and also the sentiment.  The tag is possibly from Newton's Nook also.  Somehow all my tag dies got tossed into one envelope so I'm not sure on that.  The white borders were cut from a die that I didn't use and I just cut off the edges.  The snowflakes are from Lawn Fawn.  I colored the image in Copics and used blue distress ink on the background.  At the bottom of the tag I cut some glittery "snow" and then used a gel pen for the falling "snow". 

I'll enter this in the sketch challenge at Inky Paws.

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Monday, November 14, 2022


 I actually started on my cards for Christmas and then discovered this stamp from Art Impressions I hadn't used in a while.  So......stopped what I was doing and switched gears from Christmas cards to whatever cards.  Just needed something to smile about today I guess...and this little gal really makes me smile.

As I said, the stamp is from Art Impressions and I've had it for several years. I did a little paper piecing on her skirt and then added some red gems (diamonds) for buttons on her blouse and of course some pearls on her earrings.  Ladies are not completely dressed without their pearls you know!  

I'll enter this in the challenge at Art Impressions Challenge Diamonds and Pearls #340

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Still Practicing.........

Watercolors and I have this love/hate relationship - but I'm still trying.  They say that practice makes perfect but this may not be true in my case but I haven't given up on them yet!

This is one of the stamps from Art Impression and I'm going to ATTEMPT to make a set of different cards using their stamps and give as a Christmas present.  No idea if I'll get it done and REALLY no idea if the person will even want them  -- but of course if I do give them away and the person tosses them in the garbage I WILL come back and haunt them for the rest of their life!!  Not a problem with that at all!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Get Crackin'

 I kept telling myself I needed to get crackin' on making cards for here you go.  At least this is a start....

 What can I say other than it's been a rough year.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

A Little Gobble

 This may be the only card for Thanksgiving I make this year.  I keep thinking I've GOT to get busy on Christmas cards - or just skip Christmas all the way around on sending cards.  I really hate to think of doing that though as I'm afraid sending cards at Christmas is going by the wayside and that's sad to me.  Besides that, I have tons of Christmas stamps, etc.  I need to use!

The turkey image is from Pretty Cute Stamps - which I think is in an Etsy store now and they do have some pretty cute stamps!    Not sure where the "gobble gobble" came from as it was already cut in this circle and just hanging around in the "need to use" box.  I stamped and colored the turkey in Copics and then framed him out in a die from Poppy Stamps.  I embossed the panel behind him in a chicken wire embossing folder.  Used some distress inks on the frame and sentiment circle....added some twine...........mounted it all on Kraft ........and we have a done deal!  

I'll enter this in challenge 612 at Crafty Catz - Anything Goes with the option of Kraft.

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