December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas


I am so last-minute. It's 3 days before Christmas and I just mailed off the last of my Christmas cards. A few days earlier I was looking at cards on other stamper's websites and I came across the most elegant Christmas tree image on a card made by a lady named Lucy Abrams. I immediately fell in love with the flourished tree image so I had to have it. She mentioned it was a Hero Arts image, but then I read that it was one of their digital images. I didn't even know Hero Arts had digital images. I don't usually make cards using digital images, but this one I had to buy regardless. Within a few minutes of ordering it, it was downloaded onto my computer. Lucy used rhinestones and colored pearls to decorate her tree (you should take a look at it on her site). I used little white pearls to decorate mine. Click on the picture to see them better.


I started with a striped tan base card. I printed out my black tree on decorative tan card stock. I stamped 'Merry Christmas' (Stampin' Up) under the tree then cut it out. I then added a little darker color to the edges of the tree layer and the entire card with stamp ink and a paintbrush. After attaching the tree image to the card I added mini pearls for decoration.

December 11, 2011

Let it Snow


I really wish it would snow. It's rare here in south Texas, but occasionally we do see a few snowflakes during the winter. This week's challenge at The Friday Mashup, is to make a snowman card. I decided to do something a little different for this challenge and I just love the way my card turned out.

I decided to combine two challenges again, so chose the color challenge at The Paper Players. Their challenge is to use the colors Cherry Cobbler, Gold and Very Vanilla. I used Cheery Cobbler for the base card color and the ink color for the stamped sentiment, Very Vanilla for the stamped layer and gold brads for the gold color. The only other color I used is a little light blue.

I started with a 6" square base card. On a 5-1/2" square white card I stamped snowmen in a circle (using a light box and a circle template) then colored them with markers and watercolor. I stamped a Verve sentiment in the center then attached the layer to the card. Lastly I added gold brads at each corner.