This first card was inspired by this beautiful card,which was posted yesterday on my friend Barb’s The Buzz blog. Barb was the guest designer for 2010 Christmas Card Challenge Week #52 on Sparkle Creations Weekly Christmas Card Challenges blog. I love the sketch and at this late date, can’t tell you how much I wish I had played along all year.
There isn’t much to say about my card that isn’t self explanatory. I used Crystal Stickles on the rooftops and trees, and while you can see some of the sparkle in the photo, it is much sparklier in real life.
Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Bamboo, and New England Ivy cardstock; Mistletoe Level 2 paper packet; New England Ivy and Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distressing Ink stamp pads; Snow Days stamp set; New England Ivy chiffon ribbon; Crystal Stickles; Cuttlebug w/Stampin’ Up Square Lattice embossing folder and Nestabilities Classic Ovals set; Sponge distressing tool.
This next card was a quick and simple creation. With no embellishments, it is USPS friendly, too. I colored the stamped image with Prismacolor colored pencils and OMS.
Materials & Tools: New England Ivy and Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake cardstock; Black and New England Ivy stamp pads; Stampendous Partridge Tree stamp and CTMH Say it in Style stamp set; Prismacolor colored pencils; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; Blending stumps.
Can you handle one more? This last card was inspired by the poinsettia Debbie Olson (Thinking Inking) made for her card that was shown here on the CLASSroom blog. The flower is made with Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Alterations die. I used Cranberry cardstock, stamping the text and sponging the edges of the petals with Garnet ink. I used the handle of my piercing tool to curl the petals of the top flower for a little added dimension. More quick and easy.
Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Cranberry, and New England Ivy cardstock; Passages and Mistletoe Level 2 paper packets; New England Ivy and Garnet ink pads; Hero Arts Friends Definition background stamp and CTMH Say it in Style stamp set; Button from my stash; Ecru crochet cotton; Piercing tool; Cuttlebug w/Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Alterations die; Sponge dauber.
A Slice of Life: Busy at work, I sailed through the first workday of the week. If they are all like this (and I anticipate they will be, it will be 5 o’clock on Friday in no time. It’s been snowing and blowing since midafternoon. If the first 10 or so days of snowy weather have been any indication, it’s going to be a blustery winter. We’ll just hope it isn’t too long. I made a beeline home from work today to sew Bjorn’s patches on his Cub Scout shirt before Pack Night this evening. After they bought, it Cameron called to ask if there was a quick/easy way to put patches on a Scout shirt. Nope, I told him, as far as I knew they still had to be sewn on, and yes, I would do it for him. It was like history repeating itself. Having been Mama Den Leader turned Cubmaster with her Cub/then Boy Scouts, I have had plenty of practice at sewing on patches. I am as pleased as punch, too, to see the Scouting tradition continue in a new generation.
How was your day? I hope it was a good one. Before I get ready for bed, I’m going to make a tour around the blogosphere and a stop at my stamping desk where I plan to take a little break from the Christmas cards I have been making these past few days. Have a great Tuesday, and thanks for taking the time to visit!