Sunday, November 16, 2014

Just Christmas Cards and a Bit of Rambling

Hey Friends!  So much for my blogging regularly.  It's been 3 weeks since I last posted.  Time sure do fly quickly.  Still busy with my classes.  It's been difficult to jump back into the studying mode and working on assignments, projects and papers.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get a handle on dividing my time.

I have been making cards on days when I don't have projects due.  I wish I was more discipline when it comes to working on my cards but I've managed to make a few.

The card above is literally all Stampin Up products, from the designer papers, rubber stamp and bow.  I wanted to try a different color combo this time around rather than my typically red and green for Christmas cards.

The image is by PSX.  I don't have many of them but interestingly on Ebay, they are considered collector items.  I guess it's because PSX is no longer in business?  Not sure but I'm assuming that.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and used my Prisma Color Pencils to color the background.  I added a lot of glitter to the background although you can't readily tell by the photo. 

I wonder if anyone actually read what I write . . .LOL!  But what's a blog without any writing, right?  If you want to only look or post pictures, you can go to Pinterest to do that.  With this card, I used a House Mouse stamp.  It's another brand that sells for collector prices on Ebay, primarily the wood mounted ones.  The cling on ones you can find in various stores.  I think it may be the ones that are retired that are selling for high prices.  This card size is 6.25 x 4.5"  I like this size better than the A2 size.  I used Stampin Up designer papers again, colored my image with Copic Markers and Prisma Color Pencils.  I only have one spool of baker's twine. . .the red/white  color.  I don't want to buy more of them because I don't use them very often.

The image on this card is by Verve Stamps.  I again used Stampin Up for the designer paper, as well as the ribbon.  I still have a lot of the SU stitched grosgrain ribbon left. I need to use it more often so I can use it up.

I can't remember which brand of stamp I used for this card.  I believe the sentiment is by Inkidinkado.  The ones that you can purchase at Joannes but I don't know about the snowflake.  I believe it's Stampin Up.  Speaking of Stampin Up.  Remember their rhinestone brads and Hodge Podge hardware?  Well I used them on this card.  Do they still sell them?  I haven't looked through a Stampin Up catalog in ages so I have no idea what they still sell.

I think this is the first time I used this rubber stamp.  I didn't even look at the brand.  I was considering selling it but now that I created a card with it, I think I'll use it a few more times.  The designer paper is by Stampin Up as well as the sentiment.  To create the puffy snow, I used liquid applique by heating it up until it puffs up.  You can find them in the fabric section at most craft stores.  Liquid applique is basically fabric paint that puffs up when heated.

Again, this image is by Inkidinkado.  It came from the same set as the sentiment of one of the cards above.  I used Stampin Up designer paper again.  I have a lot lace trimmings that I also need to use up.  I was into the shabby chic/vintage style cards a few years back so I had purchased a bunch of lace for my cards.  Wish I hadn't bought so much of them.. . .LOL!

Off topic. . .but I would love to eat healthier and lose weight with the New Year approaching.  I actually stopped making a list of resolutions because I never followed through on any of them but I think I'll do one for next year.  I was thinking of starting a new blog documenting a few personal things and posting about subjects that I'm interested in other than crafting but ugggh, I can't even keep up with this blog.  Maybe I'll just use this blog to do it.  I had changed my blog name a few years back so I could post other subjects besides crafting but I never followed through on it.  Maybe for the new year, it's something I can work on doing.  Anyway. . .right now it's just a thought.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.  Until next time.

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Pat said...

You really do a fantastic job at putting your cards together and giving them a finished look. Ha Ha love the comments about blogging on a regular basis. It's been almost 2 yrs. for me and I keep telling myself I need to update my blog! Take care

Patti Willey said...

I read every word Maria! Love your use of Designer Paper and embllishments because it's rare to see these layers! It's sweet to see some old retired product too, I tend to sell stuff on ebay too quickly so I'm not re-using things for more than 2 years. But then I regret selling some of it! I think as Paper Crafters, we're all in the same boat, needing and wanting to live a healthier life so if you have something to share in regards to better eating and a way to fit exercise in your day I'm all ears!

Ruth Ann V. said...

Maria, I enjoy your cards and your blogs.
I liked the little mouse card and the snow lady with the pearls and lace.
Glad your back, even if it isn't every day!

Gabriele said...

Sending you a quick: Yes, I am reading your blog! :)
Love your cards, they are all beautiful. My favourite is the one with the birds on the branch. Love it!


Sheila said...

I have just come upon your site and i think its great your cards are beautiful i love the way they all look so polished

very_inky_fingers said...

I read every word too! Love that top card so much!! Ahhh who am I kidding.. I love them all. I really wish I could use patterned paper like you. Just beautiful!

Beth Norman said...

I don't know how I missed these. What a gorgeous grouping of cards. I love your work.

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