PLEASE READ THIS: For this week's "Video of the Week", I decided to install a fireplace for your enjoyment while you are here to keep you nice and cozy. Just click the play button over there on the right and the fireplace will magically start burning. Enjoy the warmth!
OK, for those of you who were trying to send me snow. . .please either try harder or stop what you are doing because all I'm getting is frigging rain!!!! And to top it all off, it was nearly 60 degrees here today. As I write this post, it is raining so hard that you can hear the rain hitting the windows. It's so hard to make Christmas cards when you are too warm and watching it rain. I'm now changing the words to Christmas songs:
"It's beginning to look a lot like flooding. . .everywhere I go" or. . .
"Big Puddles Big Puddles. . . puddles all the way". . . or. . .
"I'm dreaming of a dry Christmas". . . You get the picture. . .LOL
But Christmas cards I have made and I'm on a roll and getting quite a few done! Take a look:
I do very few "clean & simple" cards because I'm not good at them. However, I'm liking how this one turned out. I actually hand crafted the pine branch by stamping it end to end 4 times to get the length and once to the left and bottom to make it fuller on that end. It is just a small one branch stamp. But before stamping it, I cut out a rectangle with a die and used the negative as a mask to create the little rectangular blue space. The snowflakes were stamped with Versamark before sponging on the distress ink. It gives such a nice, subtle look to the flakes. The "ornament" is simply a button with a gem glued to it. Tied the tiny bow with my Bow Easy, added a piece of embroidery floss for the string, stamped the sentiment and done. I've made several of these because they are pretty quick.
My blogging friend Karen sent me this great stamp last year and I just think he is adorable. Colored him with colored pencils and oms, cut him out and placed him on the background paper. Stickled his buttons, berries etc, popped on a couple of glittery snowflakes and done. Then image is by High Hopes and the sentiment is from a Tim Holtz set. (Yes Mark. . . Tim Holtz). TIP: I had the snowman all colored and cut out and went to pick him up and got a big ink smudge from my thumb on his bottom section. Instead of throwing it away and starting over, I stamped the image again on a piece of paper and cut out that section and paper pieced it over his bottom half! Worked perfectly!!!!!
Next card is a very different kind of Christmas card. . .
This is more of a manly card and I do like how it turned out. When I first bought this stamp set, I had other things in mind for it, but I never have used it until now. I simply did the sentiment on my computer and printed it out on regular paper. I have a very old paperback dictionary so I tore out the page that had "Christmas" on it, distressed it with Antique Linen distress ink as well as the typewriter stamped image. I cut the typewriter out and cut a slit in it to put the paper in, taped it to the back and popped it up with dimensionals so the paper stands up from the card. Put it on some plaid background paper, added a ribbon with twine bow, and the "typewriter keys" are stickers. The ring around the numbers/letters is actually metal so they feel like keys. The image is by Hero Arts.
My last card for tonight is this one:
See! It's a card with a punched out window. No big deal, I know, but I wanted you to see it was a window card and not just one of my standard panel cards. I don't make these much either! This image is from Mark at Deadbeat Designs (a very talented and funny guy). This is his tree stamp (large tree) and I added the birdhouse and bird from Artful Inkables. I added liquid applique to the branches for a snow effect. All the little snowflakes were punched out, Stickled, and hand applied inside and out.
Pic of the Week
So that wraps up another edition of the Wednesday Evening Post. Hope you enjoyed your stay and that the fireplace kept you nice and warm. Can't wait to see you next week. I'm on my way around to see all of you! Hope you are getting all the stuff done you need to get done!
Love you guys!
"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."