Sunday, December 28, 2008


I hope everyone has had a happy holiday. We left early for Missouri because my dad is in the hospital. He is still there but doing much better now. We had to celebrate Christmas without him or my mom. We took stockings to the hospital for him to watch the kids open but he was really too out of it. Therefore I don't really have any great Christmas pictures to share. Instead I'm going to share a couple of my favorite pictures of Simon and Lizzy with my dad from last summer when they were able to visit with him.

My apartment is full of bags and presents from the trip home yesterday and a good mixture of moving boxes. Hopefully I'll be in the scrapbook room tomorrow as I still have presents to make for family we are seeing on January 3.



Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hoppy Holidays

I am knee deep in Christmas cards and gifts today. I went to the dentist this morning and found out I will be having a root canal tomorrow instead of finishing up gifts for next week. Merry Christmas to me.

I just finished the Christmas card for my brother. He collects frogs. When I say he collects frogs I mean we have decided he should collect frogs and have proceeded to supply him with frogs whenever we can. Last year it was frog ornaments and those annoying dancing and singing figurines (my kids love those!). This year I haven't found a certain something just froggy enough so I settled for a frog card.

Paper: Making Memories
Stamp: Hero Arts

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Twilight Tuesday Challenge--A Cullen Christmas

The Twilight Inspiration challenge for this week was to create a Very Cullen Christmas. This is the first time I have had the time to participate in one of the challenges. Some of you may not know about my Twilight obsession. I am not a big fan of the movie but the books were specatular.

Anyway, on to the card. The card base is a shimmery green cardstock with glitter paper embossed with the snowflake folder. The apple was cut with an accucut die in red shimmery paper. The mistle toe is from the Vixen set by Quickutz. I didn't stamp a sentiment because I couldn't think of a good one. The card sparkles all over like the Cullens and the apple speaks for itself.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Holidays card order

I had an order for 20 non-Christmas, winter-like, minimalist style cards. I pulled out the winter bird set from Inkadinkado and tracked down a happy holidays stamp from a hero arts set.

It's hard to see in the picture but I stamped the bird in white stazon on a transparency. The black card base has a punched oval with the sentiment and a holly branch peaking out. The branch has been traced with silver glitter pen and the holly berries are stickles. I finished the card with some sparkly twill.

I'm actually pretty impressed with how long these took me. After designing the original card the actually work time (excluding drying time for the stickles) was just over an hour for 20 cards.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Crazy end of semester and a few Christmas Cards

The last week of my semester is this week. I am also trying to cram 30 hours of field experience into the next two weeks as one of the administrators at the school failed to get me placed earlier in the semester. As a result of the end of semester projects and field experience, my craft area feels neglected. I have a just rite monogram stamper that I have wanted for a long time that hasn't seen ink yet because school is calling.

A couple weeks ago I did attend a crop and managed to finish a few more Christmas cards so I will share those today so my blog isn't as lonely as my craft room is.

This first card is very simple but I think it turned out rather elegant looking. The main image is from an inkadinkado stamp set. I used gold ink, gold paper, white paper and a sheer ribbon.

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This card uses another image from the inkadinkao stamp set. I stamped it in white stazon and then traced the horn, halo and stars with a gold gel pen. The papers are gold and green.

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The bird card features paper from Basic Grey Wassail and a trio of birds from Inkadinkado. The card is finished with velvet and sheer ribbon.

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The last two cards both feature the snowflake Santa stamp. The pink card is finished with more Basic Grey Wassail paper and the blue Santa card features My minds eye paper.

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