Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry CHRISTmas!

We rejoice in the privilege of proclaiming once again the good news, "the Saviour has been born!" He is "God with us!" I hope you know him - really know him. Not just the historic facts about Jesus, but that you know him as your Saviour and Lord of your life. That makes Christmas greater than all the other things that make Christmas fun.

May you all have a Blessed Christmas as we celebrate the reason for the season!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Stamper
Dorie Ellen

Lastly...The Christmas Tags

I'm sorry it took me so long to get the rest of my cards and these tags posted. As you know Christmas time is busy enough, but I've also had 12 appointments in 17 days, plus I've been sick now for the past week with my asthma. It's been hard sitting at my computer without coughing. However, I finally got to it so I guess it's better late than never!

As I work I often cut out a shape or make something to put on a card that I don't end up using. I put all those shapes and items into a large envelope and hold onto them for future use. This time, they came in handy as I used them to make my Christmas tags. As you can see I don't like to waste anything! It feels good putting them to good use too, and not having them sit in the envelope until next year.

The Last Card - A Gift Card Holder

My daughter bought a friend a gift card for Christmas, so I made this gift card holder for her to go with her gift. The pp is from a Wal-Mart pad of Christmas pp and the reindeer was from the dollar store. It is raised up on 3D foam squares and holds the flap in place when closed.

5 More Christmas Cards

This time I used the SU snowflake stamp embossed in white on the red. I added a rhinestone and sentiment and done!
Again, I made some poinsettias using my McGill flower punch and hand embossing. The bg stamp is by Heidi Grace. The white paper is handmade Japanese paper and actually has a bit of a shine to it irl.
This stamp is by Recollections and was embossed with the Agean silver EB powder. I love the glittery look of this powder. It has nice texture to it too. Holly is by Heidi Grace, and it as well as the sentiment are stamped using regular silver EB powder.
I embossed the snowglobe (Studio G) in silver, then inked some colour on it. The glass part of the globe was covered in Diamond Glaze and has a raised smooth glassy texture to it, although it doesn't show up well in the pic.
This card was made using my Love as a Tree stamp by SU. I used the same green all the way around but stamped it off a couple of times before re-inking as I worked my way around the card. I masked the centre to make sure I left room for the sentiment. I added some red stickles to finish it off.

Nearing the End of My Christmas Cards

To make this card I sponged the snowman with ink through a stencil, then embossed it with clear EB powder. I also sponged a bit of blue ink under the diamond stickles for the snow.
Embossing, a couple of punches, and some dollar store images were used here. Images were coloured using a blender pen and some ink.
My spellbinders scalloped circles and SU EB folder were used to make this wreath and the one below. Finished them off with some straight embossing around the outer edge. I love the shiny papers for cards like these.

My McGill flower punch was used to make the poinsettias, and the leaves were cut out by hand. I also hand embossed the veins on the petals and leaves. My MS scroll border punch set finished off this simple card.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Shiny Silver Poinsettias x Two

I've had so much fun using this poinsettia stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps this year. This time I stamped it on shiny ivory cs (Bazzill) with Versamark, and then embossed it with Aegean Silver EB powder. I love the glittery embossing powders. I will definitely be buying more of them in the future! I layered it on shiny silver and red cardstock, also by Bazzill. I used my Martha Stewart scroll border punch set for the bottom card just for something different. The ivory square looked a little plain to me, so I embossed a square around the outer edge to break up the blank space a little bit.

EverGREEN or EverGOLD?

I'm getting near the end of my Christmas cards I think. Not too many more to make, and I've already started making some tags which I will have to post soon.

For this card I used my Lovely as a Tree stamp from SU and used Versamark ink with Sticky Stuff, then heated it up and poured on the gold glitter. I inked the edges and then matted it with some shiny gold mirror cs to match. I embossed the snowflake with gold eb powder about 3 or 4 times to give it a nice gold metal appearance. Simple and sweet!

Vintage Christmas Music Card

Have you ever made a mistake, and then discovered something you actually liked better while trying to fix it? Well, that's what happened when I made this card! I embossed the top layer with my SU folder, only to discover I had embossed the wrong side. It was a problem because I had already torn the edge on the angle that I needed so I couldn't turn it around. So...what to do? I didn't really like the debossed look, so I added a couple of shims, and ran the cs through again to see if I could get rid of the embossing. It didn't disappear when it flattened it out, but instead left a nice vintage look with just the right amount of texture on my cs. I actually thought the appearance fit this card better than the raised embossing would have.

I found free sheet music on the web and copied it, then resized it to fit my card. Then I inked the edges to distress it a little bit. I also embossed the corner of the tag with gold eb powder. I finished it off with a Heidi Grace sentiment, my Martha Stewart leaf punch and an old button. TFL

Ovals and Poinsettias

I used a total of 3 layers and cut ovals in two of them for this Christmas card. Sentiment is stamped on the bottom layer, and the top layer is embossed with my SU folder. Each layer got smaller in size but the oval I cut got bigger. I added a little bit of gold glitter to the star/cross.

Holly and the Ivy

This is as simple as it gets...just ink, glue pen, and a little bit of glitter! This stamp is from Recollections, sentiment stamp is Inkadinkado.