Friday, December 19, 2008

A snowflake is winter's butterfly

Well, it's no secret that I LOVE butterflies!!! I bought these 4 Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders and had yet to use them (1 down, 3 to go! LOL) and then I remembered that I had this stamp. How appropriate especially with the all the pretty snowflakes we had last night and tonight too! They're the kind that are soft and fluffy and glisten when they hit the ground, just beautiful. I embossed the card with the snowflakes Cuttlebug folder then sanded the top to expose the white core. I adhered the butterfly, a snowflake, a little bling and there you have it!!!

Stampendous Dove/Peace - 2 takes

On the first card, I stamped the Dove white on light blue cardstock. It was pretty faint but I liked the look of it. I then stamped the word Peace in red along with the heart. I used Martha Stewart snowflake punches (2 different ones), added a rhinestone for the eye and voila!

For the 2nd card, I stamped the dove in white again but this time on darker blue cardstock so it stood out more. Of course I smudged it (darn pigment ink!) but my normal instinct to throw it away and start over went away and I improvised. I drew over the outline with a white puff paint pen, let it dry and embossed it. I used the same snowflake punches but punched them in red to stand out and used a white pen to draw a little dot in the centers. A rhinestone eye and some stickles finished it up!

I really do like how they both came out. I couldn't decide which one I liked better... and why should I??? Hope you like them too!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Spirit of Christmas

Well, all I can say is FINALLY! I have been slacking in the card making area. It's so much easier to sit on the couch and let the baby play in the living room than take him down to my scrapbooking room. I know, I know, it's no excuse and I should go down while he's napping. Well, that's what I did today and to my surprise I finished this card that had been a work in progress. I cut the white circular/flowery/ornament things (I guess I'm not really sure what they are, huh? LOL) on my Cricut using the Storybook cartridge (and might I just add... love it!). I then mounted them on red and green paper and trimmed around the shape. The background paper is from CTMH (as is the ribbon) and the brads in the centers I believe were Karen Foster. I used the Fiskars Treading Water punch along the edge and a white pen for the dots along the outermost edge. I mimicked the dots on the inside left side of the card as well. In case it's hard to read, the outside reads "May the Spirit of Christmas" and the inside says "warm your heart all year long". This stamp came from the set Festive Thoughts by CTMH. I think this one is going to my Nana. I have yet to mail my Christmas cards. I better get moving!!! Happy Holidays :)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

*Another* White Christmas

This card was simple yet it took me a while! I just couldn't get the snowflakes placed the way I wanted. There's that perfectionist thing again!!! I embossed white cardstock with the Swiss Dots folder. I used the negative of the word white that I cut out with the Storybook Cricut cartridge. The word Christmas is from a Technique Tuesday set and the snowflake is a Martha Stewart (insert "yuck!" here) punch. I added a little bling with darker blue rhinestones. I think it has a very formal, elegant look overall and I like it!

CTMH All Decked Out

WOW! There are sooo many options with this stamp set. Different scarves, hats, facial features, sticks for arms... or mittens, etc ;) This is what I came up with! I used the Snowdots Cuttlebug folder to emboss the background on the Baby Blue CTMH cardstock. I wish I had invented this product, just imagine how loaded I'd be!!! hehe