Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Framed Poinsettia

While this is not one of my favorites, There are parts of it that I really like. I love that Spellbinders Fleur de Lis square. To cut it put a square die inside of the Fleur de Lis square. I usually tape them in several places to prevent shifting while they are being cut.

Sadly the dark brown under the poinsettia layer is too wide and the striped pine cone and pine bough paper under it just do not match. Another on of those visions in the head that didn't pan out. I think I have other Christmas papers that would have worked a lot better.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Noel Tile

This is such a fun card. It was one of those ideas that floated around in my head for a few weeks before I had time to complete it.

The Sizzix snowflake embossing folder makes a lovely background as a base for the whole design. Across the bottom is a pine forest punched border from EK Success. The dark green is "shadowed" by a second punched border in gold gift wrap.

Now for the Noel Tile portion. The letters are from a Sizzix's Trixie alphabet. They have been mounted on green and then red layers of card stock.

The finished letter tiles were carefully placed evenly on gold gift wrap. The gold was then trimmed to an even border using a deckle scissors.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Easy Christmas Cards

Two cards with the same basic design. These are relatively simple cards, using ribbon and stickers from K & Company.

The background on the plain white card stock card base is a Sizzix embossing folder. The snowflakes are rather random and make a very versatile beginning layer.

The ribbons can be seen on the inside of the card. It has been attached with double sided tape. The joining seam is under the sticker layer.

Spellbinder made the oval, rectangle and large scallop rectangle dies used on these cards.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fast and Easy Christmas Card

Here is the very simplest of cards. Fast, easy and impressive!

I began with a plain white card base. Use the Sizzix snowflake embossing folder to create a textured overlay to attach to the front of the card.

Now the easy part. Find a fairly large 3-D sticker and center it on the front.

Simple and elegant.

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Blue Christmas

Blue has always been one of my favorite colors. These cards have a plain white card base with a muted patterned blue paper attached to the front. So many beautiful papers are just not heavy enough to be a card base. AND even if they are heavy enough you get more cards out of cutting them to A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) and attaching it to a much less expensive plain white card base.

The large snowflakes are from a Spellbinders die and the small snowflakes are from Cheery Lynn Designs.

You will note that two of the cards have some distressing on the white Label die cut. These were done with the paper still in the die cut. This allows one to leave that very attractive light border around the outer edge.

I really did have a lot of fun playing with the various snowflakes. I loved the blue ones and the white ones.

Now I am going to go have some left over turkey for lunch. Merry Christmas. May God bless you all.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas

Here are two cards of a very similar design. The construction is fairly simple when it is broken down into steps.

I began with a plain white A2 card base. The next step is to create a texture or in some cases a patterned paper layer to cover the entire card front. I used the Sizzix embossing folder with white card stock. My preferred white card stock is Georgia Pacific that is about $5.50 at Walmart.

The gold and the red metallic are from gift wrap and high lighting foil glued to card stock. Spellbinders are the manufacturers of all the dies.

The 3-D sticker in the center of the card is from K & Company. These are mounted on gold squares. The squares have paper egg carton attached to the back to raise them every so slightly over the next red foil large scallops squares.

I love the red foil scallop "shadow" under the gold scallop. To me the whole combination of textures and papers is very pleasing.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

White and Ivory Snowflakes

Begin with a white card base. Sizzix made the embossing folder that was used to create the snowflake texture that was attached to the front of the card.

Cream or ivory card stock is the color of the Spellbinder die cut snow flakes that are over the texture. A very subtle simple card.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ascribe to The Lord

For some strange reason blogger will not show my pictures in the new post box.
BUT I will persevere and post in spite of the glitch. I love this scripture and the PSP let me make a wonderful version of it.

The two cards with the punched mosaics are on cream card stock that has had the edges heavily sponged with three colors of distressed inks. The lightest color is the farthermost in with the darker brown on the outer 1/2 inch. Then black ink was used on the very edge to create a burn look. The scripture was cut out with a Spellbinders nesting oval.

The card with the patterned paper as a background has a Spellbinder's Label as a mount for the scripture. Spellbinder's Edgebilities were used to cut the border under the scripture.

The punched mosaic portions were done with a Punch Bunch punch. By placing the paper squarely against the back of the punch and using the first punched mosaic for placement of the next you can space them evenly.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lattice and Pendant

Well blogger acting up. My picture will show up on the blog itself, but not where I compose the post. Oh well, Here we go.

This card has the card base covered with one of the very first Karen Foster Designs papers. The next layer is one of Spellbinder's Pendant dies, in this case the Lattice.

The scripture has been created in PSP X (Paint Shop Pro Ten) and sized and printed in Word 2003. The flowers were punched using Punch Bunch punches and shaped using a large stylus.

If you are interested in some of my scripture or phrases for yourself please let me know. I have also worked up a picture tutorial on using the CD and copying the scripture into a two column Word Document. I will send you a CD with 12 Bible verses or phrases and the tutorial for $5 plus $1 shipping. Contact me for a list of scriptures and phrases.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

3rd and 4th Christmas Designs for 2011

Here are two versions of basically the same card design.
The metallic fold is a brushed gold Christmas gift wrap paper. This is the time of year to purchase all kinds of metallic papers to use all year round. They are an inexpensive resource, especially for layering. One roll of gift wrap goes a long long way when only used on cards.

You will note in this first card that the gift wrap kind of sank into the snow flake texture.

The letters are cut with Cuttlebug's Hippie Chick alphabet. Spellbinder's long rectangle nesting dies were used to cut the rectangles under the letters on both cards.

EK Success made the tree punch. Note the shadowing of gold behind the trees.

The card base is from a Sizzix random snowflake embossing folder.

I like the second card the best. Which one do you like?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

2nd Christmas Design for 2011

Here it is. I am not particularly thrilled with this design.
I like the basic concept of the letter tiles, but somehow this one just doesn't cut it.

The card base is covered with a snowflake texture that was made using a Sizzix embossing folder.

The Noel letter were cut from a Christmas paper. I used the Trixie Girl Sizzix alphabet. Spellbinder's Nesting Squares were used for the red and green layers under the letter.

The tree border is an EK Success border punch.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

First 2011 Christmas Design

The first Christmas design for 2011.
The snowflake textured base layer is an
embossing folder from Sizzix.
The cute little beady-eyed penguin
is paper pieced from a Bosscut die.

The "Christmas Blessings" sign is computer generated
and then cut with a Spellbinder's Label die.
The blue snowflake border at the bottom of the card
is another wonderful Spellbinder's die.

I used the snowflakes cut our from the border to
decorate the sign and place under Mr. Penguin's wing.