How the heck are ya? It is now only 10 days until Christmas, and I'm still making cards! LOL I'm almost done, and I've sent some out. I should have them all out by Friday! I have some FUN NEWS to share. . . I took a little "me" time and went to the local casino up north of us last Saturday. I am an avid video poker player and love to play it. Mind you, I don't go very often. Anyway, I hit a Royal Flush and won $1,000.00!!!!! Oh how excited I was and I sure could use the extra cash. So I went on a spending spree at my favorite place to shop online (Creative Play Stamps). I'm serious, Laura & Art are the nicest people to deal with, and they have a TON of stuff to purchase. They have awesome prices too and offer monthly coupons. And they have some of the best customer service you will find anywhere! You really should check them out next time you need something. I provided a link to them above, or I have a permanent link on my sidebar for them.
Also, for those who are interested, I HAVE A RANT at the bottom of this post that might save you some frustration. OK, on with the cards!
Here is my first:
I have always loved this branch stamp from Stampendous, and when I originally purchased it, I pictured it with an ornament hanging from it. Well, now it has 3! The ornaments are from Basic Grey and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. I inked the whole card front with distress ink (stormy sky). The ornaments are popped up with mounting tape.
Card number two:
I was wandering around on SCS in the resources section and found a great tutorial for this snow globe card. You know me, I have to add my own twist to it. So in experimenting, I came up with a fun idea for the snow globe glitter effect. Instead of using just one piece of acetate, I cut out two. On the surface of one, I squirted dots of Diamond Stickles and then some of the Silver Stickles. I then put the second piece of acetate on top of that and "squished" it around. Here is a better shot of what it looks like:
It really looks like a snow globe after it has been shaken up. I was so excited at how it looked. Here is a pic of the card from the side view:
The image is from Penny Black (one of my fav snowman stamps). I inked the background with distress inks (stormy sky) and then added little snowflakes using Versamark and embossing with white ep. The sentiment is computer generated. If you would like to try one (I'm making more!) you can find the excellent tutorial HERE. There is even a video tutorial at the bottom of the linked page.
The next card is using the same image as the last card:
Card is pretty self explanatory. Same image, technique, and sentiment as the snow globe card.
Here is the last card to share with you tonight:
This came from my abandoned endeavor to find a card to mass produce. I just didn't find it this year, and I only ended up making 3 of these. I wish I was more comfortable with CAS, but I just don't feel my skills are good enough. I made the background panel with a set from Cloud 9 Design. The wreath is from the same set. I like this set a lot.
So there you have my latest. Now, on to my RANT!!!!
I have decided that I am NEVER GOING TO PURCHASE ANOTHER PRODUCT FROM FISKARS! EVER!!!!! I don't know why I keep doing it, but after this last purchase, no more. I am having a really hard time finding a paper cutter that is good quality, cuts a straight line, and is easy to read. My first Fiskars cutter never cut a straight line. So like a dummy, I bought a more expensive Fiskar's cutter thinking it would be better than the cheaper model. WRONG. It too never cut a straight line. It was always at a slight angle. It used to drive me nuts and I would have to angle the paper slightly to accommodate the fluke. So, I decided to try another one. Am I an idiot or what??? It is one of those with the swing out arm and is a rotary cutter (which I like the best). Well guess what???? It did cut a straight line! HOWEVER, when you pull out the orange swing out ruler, all the numbers and lines on the ruler are orange too and you CAN'T READ THE DAMN THING! OMG!!!! I had to take a magnifying lamp and use a black marker to color in the ruler lines and numbers so I could read the measurements. ARE YOU NOW READY FOR THIS???? I have to be ONE OF THE MOST GULLIBLE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!!!! I saw a new Fiskar's cutter in the Joann Fabrics Christmas mailer this week. It was called the LED Sure Cut. It has a built in LED light that shows you exactly where the cut will be. It folds up so that it goes from a 12" cutting area to a 6" cutting area. So guess who went down to buy one???? LOL Yes, yours truly, IDIOT BOY!!!! When I got there, my mouth fell open when I saw the price. . . .$79.99!!!! Fortunately, they were on sale for $49. I still thought that was way too much. So they had two and both boxes looked like they had been opened (as in "had been returned"). Did I let that RED FLAG sway me away from buying it???? NOOOOOOOOOOO! I grabbed that baby and paid for it! Here is the best part, the part you have all been waiting for. . .did it work????? HELL NOOOOOO! OMG!!!! I wanted to put my head through a wall!!!! What was wrong with it you asked???? FIRST, the main ruler on the side where you would measure for your cut was off about 1/8th of an inch!!!!! I ruined 3 sheets of my expensive Gina K Designs luxury card stock on that piece of crap. SECONDLY, the LED light is such a gimmick and a big JOKE. It is totally USELESS! THIRD, don't be too surprised. . . .IT DIDN'T CUT A STRAIGHT LINE!!!!! OMG!!!! Do they not care about quality control at FISKARS??????? When I lined up the paper against the ridge and made the cut, you could put the two halves together and see both edges of each half of the paper going down in a slight angle. And FINALLY, when you lay the cutter on the table fully extended, the one half wasn't the same hight as the front half!!!! I took that baby back to Joann's today and I will NEVER NEVER NEVER buy another Fiskars cutter as long as I live! So I'm now stuck with my maker colored ruler Fiskars cutter until I can find something else. At least they got this one to cut a straight line (must have been a fluke). As a side note, I was at Michael's this afternoon and saw two more of these PATHETIC LED Sure Cuts boxes sitting there and they both had obviously been opened like the ones at Joann's and were probably returns too! So if you are even remotely thinking about this cutter, turn around and RUN from it! OK, I feel better now. . .at least maybe I've saved some of you the headache of buying one of these high priced pieces of crap!
Finally, the "Pic of the Week":
Someone asked me if I would post a picture of my house decorated. This is my living room. I made that wreath over 20 years ago and it is still going strong. The tree is on the opposite end of the room and I'll show that pic and the pic of the "bears in the tree" that I have in my entry way on my next post.
One last thing, I'm so sorry that I didn't make it around to everyone's blog this week. I don't know where the time has gone. But I'm going to grab my coffee in the morning and sit down and come visit you all in the morning! I'll see you then!
Hugs to all of you!
"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."