Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Simple, Mass-Produced Christmas Card

I really felt like I was running out of time and have some busy times coming up, so I decided to mass-produce my remaining Christmas cards. I had only gotten 28 done throughout the year, so I needed to do about 50 more. What often happens if I DO mass-produce them is that I end up liking them more than most of my other ones!

Anyway, here it is. The embossing was done with a Darice embossing folder. The sentiment is from Momenta. (Got it at Michael's.) The ink I used is Gumball Green from Stampin' Up! and the cardstock is from Papertrey Ink.

My husband wrote our Christmas letter last night (love it when he does it!), so I still have to edit it and add pictures, print it and get them in with the cards. The envelopes are ready to go, too, so maybe I can still get them done tonight and mailed out tomorrow. That would make me very happy! We have about half of our shopping done and I would like to get what we have already purchased wrapped very soon. Like tonight or tomorrow! I didn't have Wyatt today, and that helped immensely with getting many things knocked off my to-do list. How are YOU doing with your preparations? 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Annie and Ray!

This is the card I sent to a friend of mine in my stamping group. She should have received it by now, hopefully!

I started with stamping the image (from Penny Black) and coloring with Copic markers and adding Star Dust Stickles to the flower center. I stamped the lower flower twice. I cut out the entire image and also the single flower. I mounted the single flower on foam squares and mounted it on the full image, rotating it a bit so there would be more petals. Then I had no idea what I wanted to do with it! It took me a while to end up with this card. I ended up using a tri-fold card with a circle cut out of the front. I added printed vellum to the front, cutting out the same circle. I added a piece of cream vellum under the circle and stamped the sentiment (from PSX) and heat-embossed. I added the butterfly, which was cut with a Memory Box out of a velvety black paper.

Thanks for your prayers for my dad. He has decided to go with radiation. He had to have six teeth extracted first and still needs to meet with a GI doctor to have a swallowing issue addressed. If all goes well with that, he will begin his series of 33 treatments sometime in December. It will be pretty miserable, but he will get through it.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Simple Anniversary

Another of the anniversary cards I made this week.

I added some mesh material to white card stock, stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts) and mounted that piece on foam squares and adhered to the card front. Then I added a butterfly which was die-cut with a Memory Box die and mounted on a foam square. 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Purple Anniversary

I have a "stash" of lots of cards, but I didn't have any anniversary cards and I needed several this month. So, I took a little time and got them made. It felt good to make some cards!

This card is for a friend who loves purple. Can you tell? :) The butterfly was cut with a couple Memory Box dies and mounted on foam squares. The shimmery ivory die cut was done (I believe) with a Cuttlebug die. The sentiment was stamped with a Hero Arts stamp and was cut from shimmery ivory with a Spellbinders die. It, also, is mounted on foam squares. The bottom layer is vellum which was embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fall Anniversary - and an Update

An anniversary card for Jim's brother and sister-in-law. We got married on their eleventh anniversary:) We will be celebrating our fortieth on Sunday!

You'll be seeing this main image again next fall. The images are from a set from Cloud 9. I used SU! Earth Elements inks to stamp them. First I had stamped the background (from Tattered Angels) with a soft Memories ink. I matted with shimmery gold and mounted on foam squares. The sentiment is one of my few anniversary stamps and is by PSX. I embossed it with detail gold embossing powder. The card base is ivory.

I actually had a little time in my stamping room last night. It was very nice! I cleaned it up a bit and also made my October calendar pages for next year. I was trying to come up with something for November, but couldn't. It will come to me:)

About my dad - He really, really wanted to make a trip to Colorado to visit my younger brother, so when my older brother flew up from Georgia, my dad asked him to drive out there with him. That's where they are now. My younger brother will ride home with them. They found more cancer in his neck and removed it on Monday. He will be meeting with the oncologist next Thursday to discuss radiation again. My dad has said he will not do it. We'll see what happens. It's spreading pretty fast now.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Always and Forever

We had an out-of-town wedding on Saturday, so I needed to make a card. I didn't have much time, of course. It did feel good to be in my stamping room, though.

I sat and looked around for a bit, trying to come up with something. I even searched my blog for a card to case. But, in the end, I came up with this card. An on-line friend (thanks, Gloria!) recently sent me a few die cuts, and this pretty flowery sprig was one of them. I thought it would work well for a wedding card. I trimmed my white cardstock down slightly so I could have a black matting and still have white matting from the card front. I embossed the left side with my Swiss Dots embossing folder and scored two lines beside the right edge of the embossing. Then I glued the die cut on top of the embossed dots. The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado wedding set. I added several light pink gems to the sentiment and to the die cut to make it a bit more "fancy."

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Calendar Page

Here is my November calendar page. Looks simple enough, but it sure took a while! :) 

I cut all the pieces with my Cameo Silhouette - all 15 of them per page. I just glued them on. Easy peasy, right? 

My calendar files are available for your use. You can find the links under my blog title. I'd love to hear from you if you use them.

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