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Friday, December 8, 2017

adventures of all the cards

One might expect that, since I make Christmas cards all year, and I was able to retire from my full-time job in the middle of the year, I'd have all my Christmas cards made in time for mailing without resorting to mass production.  hah!  I knew by September that wouldn't work out, so I purchased the Watercolor Christmas project kit as "insurance" and pinned Rachel Tessman's ideas for doubling the number of cards.  I left out one of her designs, so made 35 instead of 40, and made a few other small changes:

stamp sets - Christmas Pines, Watercolor Christmas; ink - Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Real Red; card stock - as provided in project kit, plus Emerald Envy, Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White thick; embellishments - as provided in project kit  

I am ready earlier this year than last, and here's a view of all the cards! (Oh, but only one each of the 35 shown above)

I just have to decorate 20 more envelopes, then sign and address all of them.  (whooowh) Oh, and I noticed while spreading them out that one is missing an inside - now which one was that?  

I am really, really, hoping to stay on track in 2018 and have them all ready, no mass production needed, by mid-December.  I hope to see all of you, at Jingle Belles and the other fun challenge sites, throughout the year.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

adventures with Santa hats

I love elephants - they are protective, principled, intelligent, and generally awesome - and I have a cement one standing at the curve of my driveway, as well as many small figurines inside the house.  I've had the cement one for many years, and some years I put a Santa hat on her.  I wanted to do that this year, but it's been particularly windy, so I spent some time thinking about how to keep it on.  In my imagination, I could see it wobbling in the wind, and suddenly my imagination went off on a tangent and I had combined this card I had pinned, the Santa Hat challenge from Merry Monday, and the Move It challenge from Shopping Our Stash:
stamp sets - Watercolor Christmas, Lucky Elephant (retired), Sock Monkey Accessories (retired); ink - Basic Gray, Versamark; stampin' emboss powder - White; Stampin' Write marker - Garden Green; card stock - Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White; designer series paper - Christmas Around the World; other - Big Shot with Lots of Labels framelits, Clear Wink of Stella, small white pompom (unknown), floral wire

I don't know how to capture the wobble in a photograph, but the hat is on a small coil I fashioned from some floral wire I had in my jewelry-making stash.  It doesn't wobble a lot, I think it would work better on a larger element, but I like it anyway.

I borrowed some small sandbags from my husband and the cement elephant's Santa hat was still in place, as of this morning.  I'd go out and get a photo for you, but I'm fighting off a cold/sinus infection/mild case of the flu or something, so I'm pretty inclined to stay warm, inside.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

sweet combination adventure

The sweet color challenge at Cupcake Inspirations and Tatiana's sample in particular, inspired this combination with CAS(E) this sketch #249 (or #104):
stamp set - Hearts Come Home; ink - Basic Black, Soft Sky (on envelope); card stock - Basic Black, Soft Sky, Whisper White Thick; Big Shot with Hometown Greetings edgelits

It was really, really hard not to stamp little stars all over the top! :/  Sometimes I just have trouble with all that white space, even if it's pale blue...

Monday, December 4, 2017

adventure of CASE-ing Christmas with metallics

The current prompt at Jingle Belles is metallics, and I had ordered metallic sequins so I could replicate the card in the lower left photo on page 119 of the Stampin' Up!® annual catalog.  I didn't really think sequins alone would qualify for "focuses on metallics", so I decided the reindeer should be metallic as well:
stamp set - Santa's Sleigh; ink - Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Versamark; Stampin' emboss powder - Silver; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White thick; designer series paper - Be Merry; other - Window Sheet, Silver 1/8" ribbon, metallic sequins; Big Shot with Layering Circles framelits 

Last week, I glued a card front on a white base and didn't like it.  I carefully removed it and put it on a colored base, and saved the white base - glue line and all - for another card.  White bases look particularly nice when you're using metallics, and I had pinned this card of Daniela's which I ♥love♥, so I made my own version:
stamp set - Cookie Cutter Christmas; ink- Versamark; Stampin' emboss powder - copper; card stock - Copper Foil, Vellum, Whisper White (regular and thick); Big Shot with Softly Falling embossing folder, Card Front Builder thinlits, and Layering Circles framelits
I think it fits well at The Male Room for their Vellum challenge, also.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas is coming adventure

There was a farmhouse Christmas market in Shipshewana last week, and Tom thought I'd enjoy it so we drove over and spent half a day browsing all the handmade, repurposed, and antique/vintage offerings.  I didn't just enjoy it, I loved it!  I tried to sneak in Christmas music on the drive, but he requested a change. Today I'm getting ready for Card Buffet, and all of the kits I'm preparing are Christmas cards, so I've got the Christmas music playing in the basement.  Tom's out working in the garage, with a different station playing. ;)

I needed one more design for the buffet.  I specifically wanted to use Cherry Cobbler because the Real Red is already in one of the other kits, so I thought it would be good to highlight the Be Merry designer series paper.  There's this sweet design with bells and baubles, suggesting that the Seasonal Bells stamp set and punch would be another good inclusion.  After all that decision making, I just needed a nap a sketch (!), and Try Stampin' On Tuesday has the perfect one:

stamp sets - Christmas Pines, Seasonal Bells; ink - Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; designer series paper - Be Merry; punch - Bell

I don't know for sure whether the goose is getting fat, but Christmas is coming, surely sooner than I can remember the rest of the old nursery rhyme...