Saturday, December 8, 2012

Countdown to Christmas

Last year I made a lovely countdown to Christmas for the kids to open each day.  Mocha ate the first one.  I had to make some replacements on the fly and they just weren't exactly what I wanted. So I started over this year with a new concept.

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This year I added some new items that are experiences rather than toys or candy.  I also found some fun items in the dollar spot at Target like headphone cord keepers and computer screen cleaners.

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I was afraid the kids wouldn't be into the countdown this year.  Lizzy learned the tooth fairy is mom and Simon has known for a while.  Lizzy was every bit excited about the countdown as she has been in previous years.

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Simon was even jazzed to open his day.  They drew watching the How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Grinchie treats.

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Lizzy especially loved her Grinch float.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Texas Style

Sadly Felicia's Scrapbooks has closed.  My final class was Texas Christmas cards.  I liked this one so much that it became our Holiday party invitation.  I pulled out the Deadbeat Designs Texas Christmas tree.  It's embossed in gold on vellum.  The background behind the card is stamped sheet music.  I used some baker's twine to hold it all together.

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Stamps: Deadbeat Designs (Texmas Tree) Hero Arts (music background)
Ink: Versamark, Distress (fired brick)
Paper: Papertrey Ink (vellum, pure poppy, vintage cream)
Other: Baker's Twine, Ranger (gold embossing powder)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

On the second day of December...

I still have Halloween to share.  Sad.  I know.  However I really liked how these Halloween cards turned out this year.  I promise it is the last of my bleated Halloween. I used Distress stains, some glitter card stock and a couple of cool Sizzix dies.

This card was created with fired brick and wild honey distress stains.  I put them directly on the paper.  I finished by cutting the bats from the Sizzix bat strip die.

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I used ink on this card and sponged it on the entire surface.  I used the technique of flicking water on it to finish the background.  The die cuts all came from the Halloween Silhouettes die.  The glitter paper made it a little tricky to cut out all those details but they turned out really great.

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My last card was made with concord grape and faded jeans distress stains.  I stamped the clouds in versa mark and heat embossed with clear before I added the distress stain.  I really like using the stains with embossing resist.  I also finished the background with perfect pearls mist in pearl.

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I have some Christmas cards to share and my countdown to Christmas for this year.  So far Mocha has not been able to eat it but we'll see.  She's a crafty little dog.