Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Cards 2013

For Christmas 2013 I made a dozen cards to send out to my family.

The images were stamped on Strathmore Mixed Media 400 series paper using Ranger Archival Ink. On most of the cards I used Tim Holtz Distress markers and a water brush. On various cards Stickles were used for enhancement. DCWV Christmas Stack Combo 2010 was used for the 6 X 6 card base and mat layers. WRMK Scallop corner punch was used for shaping the card. The glitter papers used are from Best Creation Inc. Diecuts are Spellbinders Label Four. 

The Merry Christmas sentiment that is on some of the cards is from the Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous Christmas Memories.

Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous Christmas Memories
Santa’s hairs and fur highlighted with diamond Stickles. And his eyes accented with black diamond Stickles.
Sentiment(Hampton Art); Snowmen(Luni)
Poinsettia(Stampendous); Snowman(Luni)
First I stamped the snowman, then I made a mask of him and stamped with the Poinsettia stamp.
Impression Obsession, Inc.
I just highlighted all the snow with diamond Stickles.
Impression Obsession, Inc.
Colored with markers and water. All the snow was highlighted with diamond Stickles.
Colored with markers and water.
Impression Obsession, Inc.
Gloves colored with markers and fur highlighted with diamond Stickles.
Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Years.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Birthday Cards

Between November 11th and December 9th there are five birthdays in my family. I managed to get the five cards made and mailed or given to the recipients. This was not an easy fete to accomplish, Because I had been away at a four day crop the first weekend in November, went on a 10 day vacation that included a 7 day Caribbean cruise. Came home in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with two daughters, two grandsons and a sister. Then proceeded to get a sinus and upper respiratory infection.
So I am not going to give the detail I usually put into this blog. I just had to get these four cards posted before too much time had gone by.

Two of the birthdays( my youngest sister and my son-in-law) were on November 11th. I made a Z card for my sister and wrote a previous blog all about it.
This 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 card for my son-in-law is one I had partially made while making another card in March. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the front, then I sanded it to help the embossing stand out more. Gave it a little more detail with faux white stitching. The inside was finished by adding a mat, a band and a quote.

My youngest daughter /child celebrated her 40th birthday on Thanksgiving Day by running in a five mile race. It was freezing cold that day in Connecticut, but it was a lot of fun watching the race, because the participants dressed in costumes.
Her 6 X 6 card was made using DCWV Butterfly Garden stack and AC Cardstock for the base. The sentiment on the inside is a Recollections acrylic stamp.

My second granddaughter celebrated her 12th birthday the day after Thanksgiving Day. Her 6 X 6 card was made with AC Cardstock, K & Company printed paper, Martha Stewart butterfly punch and Dear Lizzy Thickers.

Another sister celebrated her birthday on December 9th. Green is her favorite color. I had a lot of fun making her 6 X 6 card. All the papers used were in my stash.
I used a Rubbernecker stamp and Ranger Adirondack Espresso Ink. I hot glued two of the flowers (Fiskars flower punch) together after shaping them, then hot glued them onto the stamped image. Added Imaginisce I Rock pearls to the centers of the flowers and gem to jeweled strand. Stickles were used on the earrings, necklace and the strand.
The lacy border on the outside as well as the inside are Martha Stewart Vintage Doily punch.
The sentiment on the front is a Sylvia Yu rubber stamp. The sentiment on the inside is a Fiskars acrylic stamp. It was shaped and matted using two different sizes of Spellbinders Labels 18 dies.