Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Making Up for Missed Posts

I promised yesterday I would make up for the posts I missed last week and this past Monday.
So here you go! I also figured there is really only one more day until Christmas, and I know a lot of people want to see Christmas cards before Christmas! I have so many that I haven't had a chance to post yet, so I thought I would just go ahead and post as many as I can in the next few days!

Ok, Here you go! More tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Here Comes Santa Claus!

I thought I would post this one as a last minute entry for the Pals Paper Arts Winter Themed Challenge!

I will have more posts later to make up for the ones I've missed yesterday and last Friday!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bejeweled Wonderland

Today's card is made for the Pals Paper Arts Theme Challenge of Winter Wonderland.
I used lots of different textures, such as the felt snowflakes, the pearls, and the rhinestones in different sizes. I also stamped the cardbase with the Linen BG stamp for a little extra.

I'd love to write more today, but I have a billion things I have to do! Ok, see you again here tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

In the Meadow We Can Build Snowman...

What a happy little snowman! He has his Christmas stocking all ready to go!

My daughter and son made a super cute snowman in the front yard the other day. So I thought I would post this card as a tribute!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Beautiful Snowy Sunrises

This card kind of reminds me of the scene I saw out my upstairs window yesterday morning. The sun was just coming up, and there was a beautiful dusting of snow across the valley. The trees especially were just gorgeous. the light was hitting them ever so perfectly as to highlight the snow, and with the blanket of snow over everything, it was just an amazing sight!

I kept the colors soft on this one, kind of monochromatic. It has glitter on it too, and I just love it!

I should start cleaning the house today in preparation for the party we are having at our house this Friday, but I really just don't feel well today still. It must be pretty bad if I can't decide whether I should stamp or go back to bed! Usually there would be no second option, stamping would win every time!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Simple Monday

I didn't have the 'Super' portion of my title today, because even though this card is pretty easy, there are are enough steps that I think I can call it one notch up from Super Simple.

I inked the hat stamp in red, then used a black marker to color the brim and little thing at the top. After stamping it, I used a gray marker to give it a shadow. I stamped the snowflakes from the Christmas Punch set, and used the Boho Blossoms punch. I added an old scrap of patterned paper with a white border on the cardbase, I also stamped little snowflakes on the cardbase, put glitter on the hat, added a felt snowflake and the 'merry' sentiment in black. Not difficult, but takes a few extra steps.

This weekends Christmas Program went really well! I have to say we have the best musicians in our church! We are so blessed! If you want to see one of the songs they did from last years program, take a listen. What you hear is what they played. That video was 100% live! My hubby is one of the keyboard players (there were 2 keyboard players.) They are all such wonderful people and have true hearts for the Lord! When the video for this year gets done, I might have a link to a couple of the songs.

I did end up with a cold (I was not the least bit surprised by this!) but I was able to make it through all 3 services without too much trouble. Luckily, the worst part of the cold waited to hit me until Sunday afternoon. I have to say I'm pretty miserable today, but I will finally have a chance to rest.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Santa Better Get Back To Work!

Well, I figured I would just go ahead and end out the week with YMCA santa again! Here he is, dancing in the snowfall, wishing you a Merry Christmas! He doesn't have long until Christmas Eve, so he better get back to work!
You can see here where I cut out the sentiment again like I did a while back. What a difference it makes! Of course, it doesn't work with all sentiments, some are harder to cut out than others, but this one is pretty easy. And of course, I used the Christmas Punch set with the Boho Blossoms punch to make the snowflakes. They make great visual fillers!

The big Christmas program starts tomrrrow....I'm nervous because I will be singing one of the songs, and I have a tendency to get catch a cold almost every time. And just like clockwork, my son came home from his friends house this past weekend with a know what that usually leads to....So I have been taking the Airborne like crazy, and trying to quarantine myself, but I still feel like the bug is trying to take over, but with the Airborne it isn't letting it....We shall see...I just have to make it through one more night without letting it go full blown! Wish me good health!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cold Temps and Good News!

It's the YMCA Santa again!
He's still dancing!

Well, it's been quite a week so far!
We have had very, very low temperatures here in the Boise area the last few days, with the lowest being -6 degrees. The highs have been about 16 degrees. Of course, Saturday night, our heat stopped working. Thank goodness for fireplaces and space heaters! We weren't able to get someone to come look at it until Monday at 5pm. Fun times. But it got fixed! Tuesday, my son went to take a shower in the upstairs bathroom, but no water was coming out.....frozen pipe! yay! As soon as the temperature goes up a bit, we are going to have to check for leaks.

So what's the good news, you ask? Well, besides the fact we have heat again, I am finally able to use my My Digital Studio! The problem has been fixed, and it works beautifully now! I've been able to make a photo book for a customer of mine, and I can't wait to see how it turns out when it's printed! I'm also working on a picture CD for her as well. So that is something I will be working on this week, then this weekend is our big Christmas Program at church, and we have both Saturday and 2 Sunday services, so my weekend will be spent doing that. Then Sunday evening I am going to my parents house for my Grandpa's birthday party. Next week I get to clean the house and get ready for a company Christmas Party at our house! Busy, busy! For now, I need to go get my daughter up for school. Ok, I'll 'see' you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Simply a Day Late

I know, I missed another Super Simple Monday Post! Sorry about that! Gosh, I feel like I'm moving at the speed of sound! I was up at 5:45 yesterday morning, and didn't get to bed until almost midnight, was up again this morning by 7 (I know, not that early, but it was for me!) and I have a full, full schedule for the rest of this week! Just lots of stuff going on, but its all good so far! After I get done with my post, I have to head to the grocery store! I am sure my family would appreciate having something to eat for dinner tonight!

This card is pretty self explanatory... I stamped the image on white and colored only the tree and 'holidays', and then I used a light gray to give the letters a shadow.

Yesterdays bazaar was a complete success! I didn't have a whole lot of stuff, but I sold out of most everything! I only had a few cards left when we packed up, so I'm very happy with the outcome! And I got to meet some very nice new people!

Friday, December 4, 2009

It's Fun To Stay At The...

This little Santa is just so cute! Every time I see him, I picture him doing the YMCA dance!

I'm gonna have a busy, busy weekend!
There is a craft bazaar I am participating in on Monday, so I have to spend all my 'extra' time preparing for that this weekend, plus I have a major rehearsal I have to be at Saturday evening, church service, then on Sunday in the afternoon I am meeting up with my mom to go to the bazaar location and set up. I also have to squeeze in some time to work on a project for a customer.
Doesn't sound like a lot, but throw in the mix a 6 year old who loves to be in the middle of everything and a husband who I need to spend more time with and it can make for a full plate!

I will let you know how the bazaar goes next week! Wish me luck, lots sales, and happy customers!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Love the Inspiration

Here is a card I made using this photo as inspiration.
I incorporated all the colors: Vanilla,Red, Soft Green, and Gold embossing. I also gave it a feel of the era of the inspiration image. The cardbase with it's stamped background and striped patterned paper reminds me of turn of the century wallpaper. The letters and stamped flourish kind of mimic the delicate leaves of the mistletoe and frothy look of the ribbon. Then of course I picked up the texture of the sleigh in the gold embossed ornaments.

Gosh, my post sounds like I am trying to sell my card! LOL! I know I'm silly, but I hope you still like the card!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I'm Always So Behind!

I know, it doesn't have the same effect as it would if I had posted it maybe two weeks ago! But maybe it will give someone some inspiration for next year!

This is one I made quite a while ago and only recently got a pic of, so here it is!

Tomorrow it's back to the Christmas!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Post #3 !

Ok, so since I didn't post for about a week, I am making it up by posting several!

Since I am really not an artist, I used the picture on the packages as a guide to color in these stamps.

Post #2 !

This is my second card for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge PPA18 "K.I.S.S." (Keep It Simple, Sweetie)
It's not quite as 'simple' as the first one, but really, it's not complicated. I do have to say, though, that as simplistic as it is, it was difficult to get the placement just right. I had to keep moving around the elements to get it to look balanced. So hopefully, if you wanted to make a card like this one, I will have done all the guess work for you!

I used Glorious Green, Real Red, and Gold Shimmer papers for this one.
Ok, off I go to post my other cards!

One Whole Week!

I can't believe it's been a week since I posted last! Yikes! So today, I will be posting a few times! There will be two individual posts, and one with 3 cards, and that should catch me up!
This was one I made for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge PPA18 "K.I.S.S." (Keep It Simple, Sweetie)

I was able to use some circle punch scraps I had to put this one together. That always makes me happy! This is kind of an unusual color combo, it's Purely Pomagranate, Chocolate Chip, and a piece of peach textured cardstock I had lying around. It kind of looks like Groovy Guava, but it isn't. However, you could easily substitute with Groovy Guava! Isn't creating FUN!!

Ok, I have another card to post now, so check that one out too!