Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Thanksgiving Owls
Hi All,

I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!

I know we’re not supposed to preempt Thanksgiving with talk of Christmas, but we all know what’s coming later in the week – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. OMGosh I can’t wait! I love to sit at home with my laptop by a fire and do my Christmas shopping. I may do some actual physical shopping over the next few weeks, but it will be while the kids are in school and the crowds are thin.

I will be posting news of good sales on my Facebook Page as I hear about them throughout the week. A really good one happening TODAY ONLY is the Sizzix Big Shot bundle at Scrapbook.com. It’s a great deal!

I’m bringing back my list of Gift Ideas from last year and adding it to the blog menu (see the blue bar above). If you don’t know what to ask for, I can certainly help you with that. :)

So back to cards… two years ago I decided to revisit some of my favorite holiday card posts from years past. It was fun going through the old stuff, which can be made to feel new again! Anyway, I thought I would do that today.

Below you will find a few videos to enjoy while preparing for the big feast tomorrow (including some reindeer place cards). Just click on the image to go to the post with the video.

Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Darlene

Modern Snowflakes
Inktense Background
Merry Trees
Reindeer Thank You
Owl Santa and Reindeer
Herd of Reindeer
Masking with Christmas Tree
Embossed Snowflake Card

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza

Online Extravaganza

Hi All!

Every year Stampin’ Up! has a big sale over the week of Thanksgiving. There are TONS of products on sale. The sale starts Monday, but since I have the information on what’s on sale, I thought I would pass it along so that you can contemplate your choices over the weekend. Sounds so fun!!

Please keep in mind that my sister donates 20% of every sale to Foster Kids Charity. It is a local charity here in Dallas that supplies kids with their basic needs when they are placed with a foster family. Many of these kids are pulled from their homes with just the clothes on their back! So, it’s a great cause, especially at this time of the year.

Anyway, HERE IS THE OFFICIAL LIST. I’m surprised to see how many great things are on the list. A few that jumped out at me…

  • My favorite thing on sale is the Sizzix magnetic platform. It’s 40% off! Reg price $39.95, sale price $23.97. For those of you who visit my blog often, you know that my recent purchase of this platform has been life-changing. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it’s been big!
  • If you’ve been thinking about Blendabilities, the bundle of ALL 12 ASSORTMENTS will be on sale for 30% off (reg price $143.40, sale price $100). This bundle is only available for sale on Monday while supplies last. Note: the link won’t work until Monday.
  • Several of the punches are 50% off, including the mosaic punch and the new hearts border punch, among others.
  • Gold and Silver glimmer paper is also 50% off. Great for holiday card-making.
  • The Stars Framelits are on sale for 20% off. I’ve used these a lot, even on my family holiday photo card this year!

There’s more, so check out the list. Have fun shopping!

Darlene

Wednesday’s Card: Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

Hi All,

Today I’m using the same set I used on THIS CARD a few weeks ago. It has a matching punch, which is great for making cards fast, but I didn’t happen to use it on this card.

Some new things I used were the Irresistible Texture Spray and Pico Embellisher from Tsukineko. The spray was a little messy, but it gives this really cool raised look of snow:
Festival of Trees

The Pico Embellisher is a very fine-tipped pen that releases a thick gel. I used it to highlight the trees. Here is a close-up:
Festival of Trees

Hope you are having a relaxing holiday season so far and staying warm!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees
Texture Spray, White
Texture Spray, White
EH|S.COM
Pico Embell, Pear Tart
Pico Embell, Pear Tart
EH|SSS
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ranger Glitter Ice Stickles, Yellow
Yellow Stickles
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Colorbox White Ink
Colorbox White Ink
Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink
Electric Yellow
Electric Yellow
EH|SSS
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
Stamp-a-ma-jig
Stamp-a-ma-jig
SSS|SU
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals

Wednesdays Card: Holiday Photo Card, Design #2

Holiday Photo Card

Hi All!

I’m back with another photo holiday card design. The measurements are the same as last week’s card: 6″ x 5″. My original intention was 7″ x 5″ so that I could use a standard A7 envelope. The problem is that I really wanted to use the Sizzix Big Shot, which will accept paper that is 6″ wide. Oh well, I’m still using the A7 envelope and it’s fine.

I think this card is perfect for sending to people who don’t necessarily celebrate Christmas. Who doesn’t want “peace”, right? I had fun creating several different color combinations, but the cards are all pretty clean and simple. And they create pretty fast in bulk. I used WOW glitter embossing powders on the stars. Lots of sparkle without the mess of actual glitter. I really love these powders – I used them on several butterfly cards not too long ago.

A couple of handy tools I used for this card: ek tools tweezers and a glitter cloth. I’m not sure I showed the glitter cloth on camera, but it’s fantastic for swiping across your work surface to pickup any of the little leftover flecks.

The camera really doesn’t do the card justice – it’s very sparkly and dimensional in real life. Here is a closeup:

Holiday Photo Card

I used Vintage Peacock embossing powder for the card above. And now for some variations…. Shrinking Violet embossing powder with silver:
Holiday Photo Card

Black Twinkle embossing powder with silver:
2014Holiday Photo Card

Coral Reef embossing powder with silver:
Holiday Photo Card

Black Sparkle embossing powder with gold:
Holiday Photo Card

Here is a close-up of that one:
Holiday Photo Card

None of these cards use traditional holiday colors, but that’s kind of on purpose. I do think it would look pretty with green and gold, or maybe red and gold.

I am actually really looking forward to working on these cards – they are both fun and easy. It’s my annual Thanksgiving week project!

Enjoy the video and have a great week.

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Stampin' Up! Star Framelits
SU Star Framelits
MFT Blueprints 18
MFT Blueprints 18
EH|SSS
Peace Die
Peace Die
Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grunge
Cozy Christmas
Cozy Christmas
Brushstroke Christmas
Brushstroke Christmas
Spellbinders Classic Circles, Large
Spellbinders Circles
Vintage Peacock Embossing Powder
Vintage Peacock Embossing Powder
Black Twinkle Embossing Powder
Black Twinkle Embossing Powder
Coral Reef Embossing Powder
Coral Reef Embossing Powder
Shrinking Violet Embossing Powder
Shrinking Violet Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
EH|SSS
Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder
EH|SSS
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Silver Ink
Silver Ink
EH|SSS
Gold Ink
Gold Ink
EH|SSS
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
Silver Twine
Silver Twine
EH|SSS
Tweezers
Tweezers
EH|SSS
Glitter Cloth
Glitter Cloth
EH|SSS
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
EH|SSS
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots

Wednesday’s Card: Holiday Photo Card, Design #1

Holiday Photo Card

Holiday Photo Card

Hi All!

As you’ve heard me talk about before, I start planning my holiday cards WAY in advance. Usually by mid-August, I’m starting to think about it. And by September I’m working on a prototype.

Oh my, if you could have seen my prototype this year. It was the coolest card. A waterfall Christmas tree that flipped through four different photos when you pulled the trunk. The problem? First, it had hundreds of pieces. Okay, maybe not hundreds but it sure did feel like it. When I started creating the first for-real version, it was a ridiculous amount of work just to cut all the elements. The second problem… FOUR photos. I can’t even get one good photo I like! Sadly, I decided I just didn’t want to spend the time and effort on such a complicated card. My girls are still young, so I would rather spend that time with them. Maybe in a few years I’ll revisit that card.

As much as it hurt me (yes hurt me) to start over after so much thought and effort, I was glad I did. I ended up creating two new designs that were relatively simple and fun. Today I’m showing you the first one. I’ll be making 20 of these cards. I’ll show you the other one next week, which I will also make 20 of. I’m excited about having two separate designs – I think it will break up the monotony a bit.

I like the whimsical look of this card – it reminds me of Dr. Seuss and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The main stamp set I used was Ellen Hutson’s Christmas Scribbles. All the little stamps in this set are so adorable. I added some shimmer and glossy accents to them – here are a couple of close-ups:

Holiday Photo Card

Holiday Photo Card

Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy the video and I’ll see you next week for photo card #2!

Darlene

Note: If you are reading this post in an email, go to my blog to view the video.

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: BG11, BG45, BG49, R22, R27, R29, G7, G14, YG41, Y11, Y15, Y17, C1

Christmas Scribbles
Christmas Scribbles
Merry and Bright
Merry and Bright
Cozy Christmas
Cozy Christmas
SSS Sketchy Banners
SSS Sketchy Banners
Hero Arts Holiday Sayings Stamp Set
Holiday Sayings
Spellbinders Classic Circles, Large
Spellbinders Circles
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
EH|DB
Washi Tape
Washi Tape
Copic Multiliner Pens, 4 pack
Copic Multiliner Pen
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
EH|SSS
Memento Luxe Dandelion Ink
Dandelion Ink
EH|SSS
Wink of Stella, Clear
Wink of Stella, Clear
EH|SSS
Uniball Gold Gel Pen
Uniball Gold Gel Pen
EH|SSS
Ranger Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
EH|SSS
White Big Brush Pen
White Stamper’s Big Brush Pen
EH|SSS
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
EH|SSS
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
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