Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas cards

I know I have been MIA for a few weeks and I apologize. Getting ready for Christmas took a good part of my free time as I am sure it did for most of you. It was a much needed down time that I enjoyed spending with my family. I did quite a bit of baking so the kids and DH each had their favorites. Even though I sent some back with the kids I still have a lot that I will be taking into work. I certainly don't need it around here or around my midsection.

I have posted the Christmas cards I sent out this year. I made 50 total and as I said in a previous post, I was going to live on the edge and make a few different styles. I didn't want to post any of them before they were received so here they are (no spoiler alerts here). The top one was my favorite, but the pictures do not do it justice. You can get a better idea of the shimmer in the second photo. The embossed trees were a sparkle embossing powder and you can see it even better if you click on the photo to enlarge it. I also used gold paper which is seen better in the second photo. That card was a 5x7.

 The above card was a smaller A2 size card and I used the same stamp as the first card. It is amazing how different the card looked between the stamped image and the embossed image.

 This card was also a 5x7 done in navy and silver. I did a few with red and silver but didn't like them as much. I stamped the Mary and Joseph over top of the Christmas background and added some rhinestones for extra sparkle.

The last chicklin is in the air and should be arriving home in Raleigh shortly. It was nice to have them home but I am enjoying the peacefulness now that they are gone. I've had the week off from work which was also wonderful. Back one day and then off for New Years. Hearing that alarm clock at 5:30 am is going to be brutal.

~Have fun and enjoy!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Old gent on 3 wheels

It's my baby brother's birthday tomorrow and this is the card he will be receiving in the mail. I can't believe he is 40 already. He is the baby of the family and my sister and I will always see him as such.

This is a great stamp for a masculine card. It is from Rubbernecker - "old gent on 3 wheels" and nothing is better for a man's card than stripes. The designer paper is called Oliver by Basic Grey. I have it in a 6x6 pad. I have mentioned it before but it is worth mentioning again. The designs on the paper of the smaller pads is smaller and fits a card much better than the same design of a 12x12.

I stamped the image in Midnight Muse and the card stock is Night of Navy, both from SU. I then used  Spellbinders Label 18 to cut him out. The card needed just a little something and I found the gold border in one of my packages of Magenta's sticker borders.

The kids will all be home for Christmas and there is still some decorating I need to finish. Unfortunately yesterday I was out with the DH putting up a few more outdoor decorations and as I stepped back to see how it looked, I tripped over the dog who had decided to lay down right behind me. Needless to say I looked like a tasered crazy lady as I was trying to catch my balance and ended up falling to the ground. Can you just picture the arms and legs flailing in all different directions? I am sure anyone who saw it would not have used the word graceful what-so-ever. Anyway I managed to get up and give the dog a look that made him even run.  I landed on my chest with my right arm underneath me. I didn't feel too bad until I tried to climb into bed last night. 800 mg of Motrin wasn't giving me much relief and I was amazed I was able to crawl out of bed this morning. I will give it a few days to see if it is just a pulled chest muscle. Even if it is a cracked rib or two, there isn't anything more that would be done for it except added radiation to tell me it's cracked.

I am sure hoping those elves find their way into my house to finish the decorating and maybe even some baking. What- I've been a good girl this year! OK even if they just finish the decorating I would be happy.

~Have fun and enjoy!