Friday, December 19, 2014

Red Heart

I made this card as part of a set for a January class.  And, yes, I'm done ( I think) making Christmas cards. I had to use some of the cards I had for sale in order to have enough (so far).

I love this tree die by Penny Black!  It's called "Branching Out".  (I have quite a few ideas for this die!) And the new double-sided adhesive, "Stick It" is perfect on this intricate die to "stick it" to my paper! (If you "google" it you can find it for sale at many locations.)  I also used a .375 heart punch by Knock Outs (made by American Crafts, I think) for that lone red heart.  I also used Spellbinder Labels 28 as this tree fit it so nicely.

"Stick It" adhesive is so cool as there are no little goobers!  The tree stuck cleanly but one has to be very careful as it is said to be temporarily repositionable but with the itty bitty tree limbs I was a bit concerned about breaking off a twig.

Tomorrow we will be going to my aunt's annual Christmas party.  My mom looked forward to this party so it will be bitter sweet to attend now that she's gone. I'm sure there will be some tears in memory of her.  Are you still attending parties?  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Money Grows on Trees on my Desk

I'm busy finishing up getting Christmas cards finished and mailed, gifts wrapped, and other stuff that needs to be done THIS WEEK.  Not that I'm yelling but it's more of a shock that Christmas is NEXT week!  And so, as I get this card done for our niece I do have my picture of my desk to show you as part of the international blog tour put together by Julia at the Stamping Ground.  Please click on the banner in the left sidebar for more info.

On the left in front of my beautiful red Cricut Expression is a pile of Christmas cards all ready to sign, put in addressed envies, and mailed.   There's also a bunch of stamps in CD and DVD cases along with a set from CTMH under the right corner of Big Red.  My actual work spot, my Scor-Pal, is relatively empty as I just finished this card....

The trees are from Red Rubber Designs from the "Ornamental Christmas Tree" set.  The stars and Rejoice are retired from The Angel Co.

After I gold embossed the Rejoice I added some streaks of Icicle Stickles to represent snow.

I found the directions for the folded money and the design for the card at Hero Arts.  After I took pictures of my card and put this post together I added some Red Stickle dots to the tree on the right.  It was just screaming for some bling.

You've made it to the end of my blog post! If you're so inclined please leave a comment on my post then pop over to the Stamping Ground and check out many other deskers blogs!  You'll find a bunch of inspiration and even some great organizational ideas!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Deer in the Moonlight

You've heard of "deer in the headlights" whether literally or an  expression of a vacant look.  My card today is a "Deer in the Moonlight".  I seen something over on Pinterest that inspired me but the only real similarities are the moon, a deer, and snow.  Guess that's more similar than I thought but her card was all stamped and mine mostly punches, die cuts, and torn paper.

I purchased a cool set of dies that consist of 3 deer made by Impression Obsession Rubber Stamps.  The moon is a 2" circle and I tore paper to make the snow.  A bit of Icicle Stickles on the snow and for stars and a card is made!

The 2 deer are die cut from the same scrap of paper, it's just the angle of the photo that makes this little guy appear so much darker!  But the photo was to show the snow, not the doe.....   Oh, bad pun!

The blue sky paper does have a bit of shimmer to it but I added some dots of Stickles to make stars.  Hmmm..... since I still need Christmas cards I'll stamp something appropriate inside the card. 

Are you ready to celebrate the day set aside to honor the birth of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ?  We'll be joining some friends over in Sierra Vista, AZ since they're so far from home (they're snowbirds from MN).  Just need to find a place serving dinner as they live in a small RV.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Vintage Blouse

 I have been so busy finishing up the huge pile of Christmas cards (see last post) to send out and wrapping Christmas gifts that my desk isn't getting anything new accomplished.  And the other day I helped dad clean out a book shelf and closet of mom's things (she past in June) when I found this blouse I made for her back in the late 1970's.  She never wore it to my knowledge and the fabric is just like new. 

Back then I made almost ALL the Christmas gifts I gave and I should get back to that except that gift cards are so much cheaper to mail and it is getting difficult to give gifts people want or like.

Here's a closer look at all the embroidery.  I even added her initial into the pattern.  This shirt was very much in style back then.

I hope you are having a great week!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Another Wednesday, Another Snowflake

It's a gorgeous Wednesday morning here in southern Arizona, USA.  Yesterday we got up to almost 80*F with a light breeze and oodles of sunshine.  Hard to believe it's December.  And today is the day we share what our desk looks like whether tidy or in use.  Well, mine's in use as I'm getting my Christmas cards completed (the insides) to start mailing out to family and friends.  And this peek into our work areas is brought together by head desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground.  She started this weekly blog tour over 5 years ago as this is week 288.

There's about 30 cards piled here.  Some are completely finished but many need the insides done.  I know what I'll be doing this week....

This is a card I made because of one I pinned on Pinterest.  I used a large swirl background stamp and a Brilliance pearlescent sky blue ink pad.  The Rejoice is embossed with silver embossing powder and the silver paper is a metallic that I've had for ages.

I cut the snowflakes with my Cricut and the Winter Woodland cartridge.  The blue pearl is actually white but colored with a Copic marker.  It's hard to tell the the middle layer of the snowflake is from the same silver metallic paper I used for layering.  This card will have to be hand delivered or in a bubble envy for mailing.

Now that you've reached the end of my post please pop over to the Stamping Ground and have a gander at more desks.  I'm heading there now....

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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Snowman and Steel Table

While we were in Wyoming for Thanksgiving we took many Christmas gifts with us and got one in return.  Sure saves on shipping!  Our youngest son is very handy with a plasma cutter (a cutting torch for steel) and welder.  He made us, his sister, his in-laws, and his girlfriend these cool steel tables!

This stands about 2 1/2' high.  The support and feet are made from some 100 year old rebar (used to reinforce concrete).

I'm so loving this table and his great workmanship!  He's SO clever (of course I'm biased!)!

I'm already using the table.  It had to be brought home sitting upside down on the back seat of the car.  I used the seat belt to be sure it didn't move around in case of sharp turns or fast stops.

This is a card from a friend, Shirley Hotop, in the Technique Junkies swap group.  I was so impressed that I just had to share it with you!  Lots of bling!

The trees are stamped, colored, then Stickled!  The blue snowflakes on the base are very glittery, too!  I love this card!!  Click on the photos and get a larger look.  She colored with Copic markers.

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Tuesday Morning Sketch

I will be teaching a card class at our church ladies' Christmas party Dec. 12.  I had already chosen my papers and just needed a sketch to prompt me.  I found it at Tuesday Morning Sketches, # 278.  Perfect!!

Most of the (up to) 10 gals have never stamped or made a card so it had to be super easy yet I wanted it elegant.  I chose non-traditional colors for a change of pace.  I think they will like this!

I used a snowflake embossing folder on the burgundy panel to keep with the theme and punched 2 snowflakes.  A bit of bling with a couple itty bitty rhinestones and the outside is complete!  I was thinking of sponging the text panel but decided it would be a bit much and didn't want my "students" to get inky fingers.  The text is from a Red Rubber Designs stamp set called "Christmas Blessings".

Now pop over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and check out the fun inspirational pieces and the ones who are participating in this challenge.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Workdesk Wednesday and Birthday Candles

Well, this Wednesday didn't seem to come so quickly as we were in Wyoming this time last week. We had a great time at our daughter's house and our youngest son also joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. Today I'm taking part in an international blog hop of desks put together by the head desker Julia over at the Stamping Ground.  This is week 287 already!  So much fun looking at other desks and getting to know the bloggers!  For more information on this weekly get together please click on the badge in the left sidebar.

This weekend is our youngest granddaughter's 10th birthday!  I'm busy getting her card made and had my Cricut and Art Philosophy cartridge working.  Also in this pic is a set of CTMH stamps that coordinate with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  The card is on my pile of scrap paper then scissors and whatnot.

Here is the card completed. I finely rolled 4 $5 bills then wrapped them with paper to hold them.  I tried to use straws but couldn't roll the bills that tiny.

I added Crystal and Red Stickles on the "icing" for bling.  The pink label has been embossed with a Happy Birthday folder.

I used the Cricut to cut the shape of the cupcake and stars.  The stamp set I used had a stamp to use in the stars then I added Red Stickles and used these as the candle flames.  I think our granddaughter will like this card.

Now that you've reached the end of my post I'd appreciate any comments on my card or desk and then please pop over to the Stamping Ground.  You can easily spend a bunch of time looking at up to 80 or so desks!  Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Butterfly on a Brick Wall

I did make a card using the die from Memory Box and the "Flutter" butterfly that I like so much better than my last post.  I think you'll agree....

I embossed the die cut Label by Spellbinders with a brick design.  I sponged a bit of Sepia ink on it to give it more depth.  This time I left the Memory Box vine white.  I die cut the "Flutter" butterfly then embossed with a snowflake design which came out real subtle.  No rhinestones this time but I did sponge some of the Sepia ink on the butterfly wings edges.

I really like this!  Much better than that goofy one in my last post!  LOL!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Goofy Butterfly on a Vine

I found some die cuts I made when I got some new Memory Box dies a while ago.  (And I still have more to play with.)  I don't know what I was thinking when I started this but it is a bit goofy looking.

I haven't mounted this on a card as it is bigger than an A2.  I think it's an A6 but I'll get a card done later.
I embossed the largest Elegant Oval from my Spellbinder die set on the Spellbinder die cut Label.  I adhered the white vine by Memory Box but this is where things got goofy.  I chalked the vine then die cut the butterfly (Flutters by Spellbinders) from some pink dotted paper and added some rhinestones.

There are itty bitty rhinestones on the antennas and eyes and small ones in the flower centers.  I don't particularly like this and don't really know what I want to do with it.  Any suggestions?  I have a better one in the next post.