Just for Fun

So, I finished all my Christmas Cards and got them all mailed off. I like the two designs I came up with (one for the Holiday Card Exchange I participate in, and the other for my immediate family and friends), but I recently purchased the "Winter Scene" stamp and coordinating die set from Simon Says Stamp, and I just HAD to play with it! This set is SO adorable! There's a  frame with a snowy hillside,  and several smaller stamps you can use to build sweet little scenes including a small house (which I didn't use), two deer, pine trees, mountains, the moon and stars, and a string of lights. It also has a few sentiments like "Merry Christmas" and "May all your wishes come true".  I had a few pieces of flannel printed cardstock left over from my earlier cards, and whipped together this little design:

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I coloured everything with Prismacolor pencils and used gamsol to blend out the sky. I used my clear Wink of Stella pen to add sparkle to the Christmas lights, the moon and stars, and the snow on the trees, mountains, and hillside. I then used my Glossy Accents on the Christmas lights and the moon and stars for extra shine, and a little dimension. I adhered it to the plaid cardstock, stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment underneath,  and put it all on a pre-folded white card base. It took about an hour all together to make this card, but it was a lot of fun, and I'm glad a decided to play with this stamp set before putting all my Christmas  stamps away for the season! Cheers!


2018 Christmas Card

I previously shared the Holiday Card I made for this year's card exchange, and here now is the "friends and family" Christmas card I made:

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I kept this design simple so it was really easy to made the 10 cards in just a couple weekends.  I used the “love peace joy” ornament and sentiment from the Gina K  stamp set "Joy of the Season" from the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember release (sorry, I can't find the link to it anymore ... it must've sold out!), and embossed it with detail gold embossing powder from PSX on green paper. The panel was then cut using a Simon Says Stamp stitched edge rectangle die, and attached to either a plaid panel from the Tim Holtz Christmas paper pack or the flourish paper from Mistletoe and Pear (sorry, no link for that either. I've had it several years, though, and purchased it at Michael's) which was then adhered to a pre-scored white card base. I believe they are Recollections brand. As for my Christmas Letter, I've had this Christmas stationery for a while and don't remember who makes it, but it worked out really well for this year's letter which primarily featured my awesome vacation to London and Paris. 

I think everything turned out really nice this year, and it was all super easy to mass produce! I even got my cards and letters mailed by the 17th as I had hoped! Now I can just relax and enjoy the holiday season! I hope you all have a fantastic Holiday! Cheers!

 


Success!!

So, I had a wonderfully successful weekend - I got my cards finished for the annual Holiday Card exchange I participate in, and got a really good start on the "friends and family" cards. And the Packers won, so YAY! But, sadly, Navy lost to Army, so boo on that! Anyway, the Holiday Cards are in the mail as we speak, and I couldn't be happier with them! Here's a sneak peek:

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I used the Hero Arts "Snowy Scene" stamp as well as the Hero Arts blue ombre stamp pad to give it a twilight/nighttime feel. I cut that panel out using one of Simon Says Stamp's Basic Stitched Rectangle Dies, and adhered it to a pre-folded white card base. I don't remember which stamp set either of the sentiments are from, though, but I think it turned out really nice! Plus they were super easy to mass-produce! I'm all about making my life easier, with less stress and more fun, and I highly recommend that approach to the holidays! Cheers!

More Christmas Cards

Last weekend I finished up my hand-stamped Christmas cards for family, friends, and the Christmas Card Exchange I participate in almost every year. It felt good to get them all done! Unfortunately, I was too pooped to do any more cards, so my co-workers will end up with store bought cards. Hopefully they won't mind! (Also, hopefully next year I'll a) start on these cards earlier, and b) come up with an easier, assembly-line-style design!) Anyway, here's the rest of the card designs I came up with:

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(Deer in woods stamp from Hero Arts)

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(Sentiment and individual snowflakes from Jingle All the Way stamp set)

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(Christmas tree stamp from Hero Arts)

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(Truck w/ tree, and sentiment from Jingle All the Way stamp set)


2016 Christmas Cards

So, my Christmas cards this year were a mixed bag of just about everything: extra hand-made cards I had left over from previous years, newly hand-made cards, and store-bought cards both old and new. I managed to use up all my old hand-made cards (except the really nice ones I'm just keeping for my collection), AND all my old store-bought cards, and am currently on a 100% clean slate with about 20 to 30 names on my Christmas card list. My plan is to complete and mail out all those cards this weekend, and just have the few I'll be handing out to co-workers the Friday before the holiday weekend.  I'm still not sure if I'll make all these cards or just buy a box. I've gotten some really great ideas from stampers on YouTube, so I might try a few of those ideas before deciding for sure. But, for now, here are a few of the cards I made so far this year. Enjoy!

 

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Stamping Haul - Michael's and Beverly's

So, it's the time of year again when I decide I'm going to start stamping, and despite having a TON of rubber stamps and accessories already in my collection, I always go and buy the latest and greatest designs. Apparently rubber stamps and stamping accessories are a serious shopping weakness for me! Last year I bought the Ugly Sweater cling stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, and this year is was a bunch of clear cling stamps in a variety of designs. Yes, I still have the Ugly Sweater set and could easily have made this year's Christmas cards with them (and might use them for a few, who knows?!), but I recently visited both Michael's AND Beverly's, saw a couple adorable new sets, and just couldn't resist!

First off, however, are the Mini Ink Blending Tool and extra foam tops from Ranger I picked up. I've been watching Crazy Paper Chick on YouTube, and love how she uses this tool to blend inks around the edges of paper. Hopefully, I'll  be able to do it as well as she does!

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Here are the stamp sets I bought - first is the set of various sentiments from Hero Arts, and a Mason Jar, butterfly, flower, and heart from Art-c. I really don't know why I bought that second set, particularly because it came with coordinating dies, and I don't have to Sizzix to use with them. It was a total impulse buy, and might totally be returned to the store.

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 Next up is the Jingle all the Way Christmas set from Carta Bella, which I pretty much just bought for the pick-up truck with the tree in the back, the totally adorable Christmas elves from Lia Griffith for Hero Arts, and this cute little set from Dear Lizzy. That was another total impulse buy, that I picked up just for the bird and buildings.

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 And here are a bunch of mini ink pads and ink sprayers from Tim Holtz for Ranger, as well as a little tin to store the mini ink pads .

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 And, finally, my last impulse buy: plaid decorative tape. What? Why? I don't even know!

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 So, there you have it! What is your biggest shopping weakness? Let me know in the comments, and have a terrific day! Cheers!


2015 Christmas Card(s)

My Christmas cards are mailed!! Honestly I think this is the earliest I have EVER mailed out my cards! Granted there are a few people who I know have moved, and I don't have their new address yet, so I'll have to mail cards out when I have their new addy, BUT! All the other cards - friends, family, Christmas Card exchange - are in the mail! I'm actually really super excited about that, and also feel SO relieved! I even have some cards (store bought, but still ...) for my co-workers, so I'm in really good shape card-wise this holiday season!

This year I only stamped one Christmas card design, and only made 12 of them. Last month when I was going through my two boxes of cards, I found quite a few Christmas cards from past years - some hand-stamped cards, some photo cards, some store-bought cards - that I decided to use up this year for Weetabix's annual card exchange. Hopefully no one will be disappointed if they happen to get a duplicate card from me, or even a store-bought one; I'm just trying to declutter my home, and since they were still perfectly good cards, I didn't want to just throw them away! Honestly, I love you all regardless of what kind of card I send you! My hope is that I will finish up all the cards this year, and be able to start fresh next year.

Below are all the leftover hand-stamped cards I've made over the past few years and mailed out this year, including the new design I did this year. Enjoy!

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This one above I had my mom colour in for me after I took this picture, so if you get it, it'll look a little different! But it's still super cute!

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The above is a photograph I took during a vacation in Pismo Beach, California, and used an online card-making company (sorry, I can't remember now what it was!) to make the cards.

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And this is the 2015 Christmas Card! I found these fun "ugly Christmas sweater" stamps at Simon Says Stamp, and while I have lots of Christmas-themed stamps, I just had to have them!

Do you mail out Christmas/Other Winter Holiday cards? If you do, do you make them yourself, or just buy a box at the store? Either is awesome as far as I'm concerned! Cheers!

 


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So, I finally got around to making my Christmas cards for this year. It's a simple design (not necessarily the one above, but I used the same stamp; this card was a tester, although I might send it out because turned out nice), and should be fairly easy to make. I really like the cute curly-cue design of the tree on this stamp by Hero Arts, and the inside greeting (not shown) is by Inkadinkado and is equally cute.  I'm also cleaning out my craft bin by using scrap and leftover papers instead of buying new, so that's pretty satisfying, too. 


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Prepare to be amazed: I actually managed to make ALL my Christmas cards AND get them mailed off beFORE Christmas!

I KNOW!! 

Well, I did create a pretty easy design and only used four stamps total, but it's still an accomplishment! I used one of the new stamps I bought at Paws on Main in Cambria this past September - a cute little Christmas tree with ornaments by Hero Arts - and stamped it using Espresso ink from Adirondak on some brown, lightly corrugated paper, layered it over some dark sage green paper, then adhered it to an off-white card. The inside greeting, "have yourself a merry little christmas", is by Penny Black and was stamped using Tea Dye Distress Ink by Ranger. And, finally, I stamped a small snowflake from All Night Media and "Happy New Year" by Magenta on the back of the card, alternating between the Espress or and the Tea Dye inks. 

I think it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself! And, so did the Christmas letter I sent off to my family! Cheers!

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