Friday, September 25, 2009


The stamp I used on today's card is not normally my style but I like trying new things and so this set made it into my stash. It has a nice whimsical feel to it and I think I like it.
I did mess up on the watercolouring a bit but don't they say that watercolouring is suppossed to be imperfect... that's what I'm telling myself, lol.

I stamped the image on watercolour pp using basic black and then coloured him in using my aqua painters. To finish the card I added some dazzling diamonds to his hat and feet, you can't have a Santa card without at least some sparkle!

Stamps: Just Beclause
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red, Watercolour pp, DSP-Merry Moments
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red, Close To Cocoa, Night of Navy
Other: Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Jumbo Brad

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

More Christmas!

Making Christmas cards really makes me look forward to my favorite holiday, my husband can only shake his head when I start talking about Christmas, lol. And he shakes his head even more when I talk about waiting for our first snowfall!

I have two Christmas cards to share today. At the rate I'm going I should have my cards done early this year, wohoo!
The first card is made using the retired set, Peaceful Wishes. It's such a beautiful set for creating a warm Christmas card. The ornaments are from the Delightful Decorations set out of SU!'s new mini catalogue. First I stamped them on Very Vanilla cardstock using Bravo Burgundy ink and then after I punched them out I sprayed them with some shimmer paint. It adds a nice sparkle to the card.

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, Delightful Decorations, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla,
Ink: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy
Other: Champagne Shimmer Paint, Gold Cording

The following card is one we made at one of my workshops this month. (In the picture the greeting looks horribly blurred but IRL it looks fine, not sure why.) I love SU!'s new snowflake punch and love to use it when I can. We first punched out the snowflake and then dabbed it with shimmer paint. We also used the bigshot texture plates to give the card some more umph.

Stamps: Sincere Salutations,
Paper: Real Red, Soft Suede, DSP-Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Soft Suede Ribbon, Rhinestone brad

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My New Best Friend...

The new Shimmer Paint out of the mini! Lol, had you wondering? I am addicted to this stuff, I can barely make a Christmas card without this stuff now!

This is a card that I couldn't wait to make. The idea came to me one day and as soon as I could I sat down to make it. I first punched out the snowflakes using Very Vanilla cardstock. Then using a sponge I dabbed the new white shimmer paint on, it gives the snowflakes a very pearly look. I also took the champagne mist and mixed it with rubbing alcohol. I sprayed that on the very Vanilla cardstock behind the focal piece. You can sort of see the shimmer at the top of the Very Vanilla piece. So shimmery in real life, LOVE it! For those of you that want to try this technique, it's about a ratio of 6 parts alcohol to 1 part paint. Or about 8 drops of paint to
1oz of alcohol.

After that it was just a matter of adhering all the layers and adding the halfback pearls, I think they add just the right finishing touch to the card.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, DSP- Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Snowflake Punch, White Shimmer Paint, Champagne shimmer Paint, Halfback Pearls

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

My Computer is Sooooooooooo Slow

For those of you that are wondering, yes I am still making cards but having a hard time wanting to be on my computer because of our slow connection. Needless to say we'll have to figure something, lol. I think a new computer is in order, and a different internet connector.

I have three cards to post today, two of which are Christmas cards and the other one was one we made at a class. The first one is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It's made using the Bella Bleu dsp, not even Christmas pp but I saw it in the new Mini and loved how Christmasy it looked. I used my white craft ink to stamp snowflakes on the blue dsp and I used the new shimmer paint on the snowflakes. I cannot say enough about this stuff! Normally the Not Quite navy is a little to stark next to this dsp but after dabbing white shimmer paint on the snowflakes, it became the perfect colour! I also added silver brads to the centres just because it felt like something was missing, but you could make it without. After the card was all finished I kept looking at the big very vanilla piece thinking it looked too bare. So I grabbed my paper piercer and then went on to destroy my card, lol. I have learned that it is very hard piercing pp when you have that many layers, hence the really crooked piercing job! Live and learn...

This next card is from a sketch I saw somewhere on the www. I wasn't too keen on this particular sheet of dsp from the Christmas Cocoa pack so I thought why not force myself to use it and now I like it. Isn't it funny how sometimes it doesn't take much to change one's mind? lol. Once again I punched the snowflake with SU!'s new snowflake punch (love it) and dabbed on the champagne mist shimmer paint. IRL it actually makes the Soft Suede pp look bronze after you've dabbed the paint on.

And this last card is one that we made at one of my stamp classes. We used SU!'s chalk to give the tree some life, I have this stuff and should use it way more often. One container and you get all of SU!'s colours, very good way of colouring if you don't have all of their inks. I also used the dsp from the Hostess Level 1 paper pack, so nice to have for card making!

Well that's it for me and my cards today. Thanks for stopping by!!