If Christmas Came Everyday!

Wow! This last week has been crazy busy at work and even busier at home. I didn’t get a chance to write my posts for any of the days last week! I hope everyone had a great Christmas, I know I did. I’m going to share the last few pictures of my Christmas projects today and then I’m moving on to all of the awesome and exciting new products and projects I have to share with everyone!

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Above are the last three cards I made this year. As some of you know I grew up figure skating, I haven’t been on the ice competitively for a couple of years now, but my team mates are an important part of my life. I try to send them skating themed cards every year, I probably have every skating themes stamp or die cut that is made.

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I used the recipe that Sue Drew gave us at our last team stamp day in November for these great hot cocoa gift jars. They turned out awesome and I look forward to making them at Christmas in July and Holiday Stamp Camp this coming year! I wrapped these packages up with some mugs and game them to a few of our friends. I always like to give gifts especially when it isn’t expected!

Thanks for visiting today.

Christmas Cards Already

Last year I felt so rushed when it came to Christmas cards. Sure I had great plans and then all of my favorite stamp companies and designers kept coming out with some of the cutest Christmas collections I have seen in a really long time. This year I will not be sucked in…that’s not saying I’m not buying, but I am going to start super early this year so I can’t change my mind 2 weeks before Christmas because the cards will already be made. Each month I’m going to pick my favorite sketches and create Christmas cards around them.

The scales have finally tipped (because I really needed an excuse)…after making this card I have determined that I will be making an order of some MFT inks. I must have cut and stamped 3 or 4 of these before finding 1 that had enough coverage to place on a card.

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I used Crate Paper DP for this card that I got on clearance at Target for $2.50. My base is very vanilla CS and I used Real Red Craft ink. I’m getting better and more adventurous with my sewing! This card is simple and would be great to make in “bulk”.

Thanks for visiting today!

Skating Couple

Figure skating has been part of my life since I was 9 years old and even before that I loved watching competitions and exhibitions on tv. In my crafting I love using skating images. You’ve already seen a card I made using MFT Stamps Ice Princess and Marci Skates, but now I will show you my most favorite new Magnolia stamp.

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I sent this card off to a special couple who I don’t get to see very often because he lives in Ohio and she lives in Germany. I cannot wait for her visit around Valentine’s day! We have some really great times when we are all together!

I originally intended to send this image to all of my skater friends, but the coloring was a little to intensive for the stress I was under during the month. I have all of the images stamped and the pieces cut out so I’m ahead of the game for next year! Shhhh…don’t tell!

Merry Little Christmas

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This was the other card I made this year. I cased a card by Mona Pendleton. I need to learn how to save links to the cards I like because I would love to show you the card, but I cannot find it. In Mona’s card she used light blue and pink, she has wonderful style. I just needed to make it a little more Christmasy in color. I used new MME Winter Wonderland paper which I matched with SU Soft Sky (retired) card stock that I discovered matched MFT Sno Cone card stock! When I made this discovery I was thrilled, I almost ordered 3 packs of the cs by itself. Alas I decided to wait for a larger order.

I used a new MFT stamps stamp here as well. The ink I used was Baja Breeze by Stampin’ Up. I cannot wait for all of the MFT Stamps ink colors to be available. I love the look of the ink and how wonderfully it stamps, but the available colors just don’t fit my needs at the moment…they certainly fit my wants though!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time

MostWonderfulTime2012I created this card as one of my Christmas cards after seeing all of the beautiful cards created for a sketch challenge on SCS. In my haste I didn’t remember to print the challenge and now I cannot find it on SCS, but I’m pretty sure it was a CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge.

I used a new stamp from MFT Stamps and old paper from SU. On of my goals this year is to use what I have in my craft room that is taking up valuable space. If I get through a season and I haven’t used a particular product I am going to put it in my donation pile (which is growing). I figure if I’m not going to use it, we can give it to someone who will.

I was a bit late sending out my Christmas cards this year so some may see their card on here before they get it, next year I am going to start even earlier. In fact I’ve already started some of the more labor intensive cards that I came up with. I’ll send those out next year!

Merry Christmas Moose

I made this card for my God Son for Christmas last year. My mother and I had gone to the annual stamping and crafting expo in Novi where I found a both that sold the little Riley and Sophia Moose stamps. I thought this little Snow-Moose was adorable and would make a cute little kid card.

This card is based off of a sketch I found. I’ve never had to make Christmas cards for children before this card. I knew I wanted it to stand out, but I also didn’t want it to be too detailed and intricate. This is one of the first few cards that I didn’t boarder my patterned papers. I also used a blue shadow to make the snow-moose look bright white after I colored it a light shade of grey.

I still haven’t decided what to do for my God Son’s Christmas card this year, but I’m sure while I’m searching for inspiration I will get thousands of other ideas! Although at some point I’ll have to come up with a cute creation…I only have 4 Wednesdays left!

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

This has to be one of my all time favorite Christmas card color combinations! I think I’ve used it at least once every year since I started making my own cards. I love Real Red, Baja Breeze, and White together! This MME-Winter Wonderland DP is the perfect compliment to my MFT Die-namics Let it Snowflake felt snow flakes! This card follows the MFT Guest Design Team Sketch for November, 2012!

I wasn’t 100% sure how I was going to pull this sketch challenge off since I don’t own the Peek-a-boo Squared Die-namics (yet!). I improvised with some die-cut circles to showcase my felt snow flakes. I love working with felt and dies, it gives a rich touch without trying too hard.

Below is a picture (low quality) of the detail on this card and how I got my sentiment to stand out… literally!

As you can see I also finished the inside of the card…which is my own personal challenge! Thanks for visiting me today!

Candy Cane Kisses

This is one of my very first MFT stamps and a la modes. I thought she was just so cute and had to have her right away. I hadn’t learned how to use my Copic markers for crafting yet, so everything on her was colored just one color with no shading except for her N3 shadow.

I used my favorite MME paper again with a little SU Poppy Parade and Tempting Turquoise. I’m certain that this too is a CASE from SCS, but again I’m really bad at remembering where I got these ideas (it was 2011 after all). Now that I blog I’ve been paying special attention to the ideas I find on SCS and make sure I can give credit where it is due.

Twin Flower Girls

I was commissioned by a skating friend to make two flower girl cards for her to ask twins to be her flower girls in her wedding. I created these light and girly cards that are similar, but not the same as requested. The most challenging part was using the same image and same colors to create two different cards without making one “better” than the other. So I used the same layout and just switched sides for each element.

She also asked me to make a ring bearer card as well. I used my favorite Mojo Monday sketch from August 2011 again! Her colors were champagne and white. so I used some gold accents to make it a little more dimensional.

 

It’s Christmas Time in THIS City

November 1st, marks the date when a local Detroit radio station begins playing Christmas music. It’s not round the clock until the day after Thanksgiving, but they start working it into the rotation. I thought in honor of their tradition I would start working Christmas card posts into my rotation. I started on Thursday, November 1st with this post.

Today I will share with you the card I sent to the majority of my list last year. I came up with the idea for this card based off another card I saw on SCS, but I cannot remember who did the original. I am truly sorry that I cannot give proper credit and would appreciate anyone who could help jog my memory.

I used SU’s Poppy Parade and Tempting Turquoise to complement the MME patterned papers I used. This is the second Christmas card I have made using the Giant Snowflake Stamp from SU. I like them equally, but the first one had a little more sparkle! You can see it here, I let my Mom post it to her SCS account when we were trying to figure out how that worked back in 2007!

I hope everyone starts to get into the season soon! I know I am…On Thursday, November 8 Jordan and I will be driving north to do some wine tasting in Traverse City on the Leelenau Peninsula. We are hosting 3 other couples at Jordan’s Family’s cottage Friday night and then driving to TC on Saturday morning were we will spend 2 days “Toasting the Season” at 18 of the 20 wineries that belong to the LPVA. I am so excited! I’ll probably tell everyone about it as many times as I can and of course I will post pictures from our travels!