Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Last-minute CAS for Christmas

I always seem to find myself making a few more Christmas cards at the last minute.  Sadly, thanks to the last minute thing, I'm far less than thrilled with how these photos came out!

Single-layer card with white embossing and clear (NOT yellow) rhinestones on Basic Gray cardstock.  
Snowflake image from Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch stamp set.  I mixed a touch of Iridescent Ice emossing powder in with the white and it gave the snowflakes a subtle sparkle that I thought was just right for the feeling of softly falling snow against the gray background.   The photo just doesn't do this card justice.   I think I'm going to try this again for holiday thank you notes using Midnight Muse cardstock and the sentiment from Curly Cute.

Embossed the same image onto white this time and sponged each snowflake with Island Indigo and a touch of Not Quite Navy.  The sentiment is from one of the German sets available in the USA, Kleiner Wortschatz, and it's embossed in white onto the colored base.  

Hope you enjoyed these... have a peaceful holiday!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fall-i-days Grand Finale

This is the end, my friend!   The final blog entry in the last of the llama ladies' Fall-i-days blog hops.  If you click on the banner above, it will take you to the blog home page where you will find links to all the other blogs and hops.   At the bottom of this page, you'll find the buttons to click if you want to travel forward or backwards thru this hop.

I haven't blogged in ages because I was trying to get ready for my first craft show.  So now you get a mega-post with a few of the things I made!  (pics can be enlarged by clicking on them.)

Magic Santa Keys

Framelits Labels and Apothecary dies, Elegant Lines embossing folder, Lovely Labels punch for belt buckle
Cardstock in Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black & Brushed Silver
Poem printed out with MDS2+
Retired Trinket Keys and Garden Green grosgrain ribbon

Lots of Gift tags - I used a lot of retired product on most of the tags, but these were made with currently available items.  (thank you Kath & Diane for sending mittens!)

 Nicely Knit wheel stamp, Baker's Twine
Punches:  Mitten, Ornament, Owl Builder (heart), Large circle & Scalloped circle
Garden Green, Real Red & Very Vanilla card stock for the mitten tag,
Baja Breeze & Night of Navy for the ornament.  You could use Brushed Silver cardstock for the ornament, but I actually glued yogurt lids to scrap cardstock, then after they dried, punched out the ornaments and ran them thru the Big Shot with different embossing folders.

 Gift Card holder
Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red
Everything Eleanor, Holiday Hostess stamp sets
Basic pearls, Retired ribbon, non-SU! corner punch 

Wine bottle tags - I made a few different styles, but this was my favorite.  Thanks for the color combo, Buffy!

Cardstock:  Sage Shadow(retired) & Sahara Sand 
Just Beleive & Lacy Snowflakes (retired) stamp sets 
Ink:  Crumb Cake & Baha Breeze
Pennant and Boho Blossoms punches
Silver Glimmer Paper, Purely Pomegranate (retired) satin ribbon

Christmas Pocket Planner
I used Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper and Quick Accents, which are available on the Clearance Rack right now.   This was based on an idea found at  Since I started a regular white pocket folder, then accordion folded it, I needed different sized pages than the pre-printed ones I found, so I made some in MDS2, and of course then I could make the inside sheets coordinate using miniaturized versions of the Merry & Type digital stamp brush set!  If you mention the planner in a comment before Dec 31st 2012, I'll enter you in a free drawing for one!

First two pages
Last 2 pages

 Don't miss all the other lovely creations my friends have made.  Click the links below to check out the rest of the hop.   See you next year!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

MDS for Advent

No sooner than Thanksgiving had passed, my kindergartener started asking if tomorrow was Christmas!  Clearly, an advent calendar was called for, and having none handy, what is a busy crafty mom to do?  Whip one up in MDS2 of course!  Super-simple, and my little darling just colors in one ornament each night before bedtime; when the tree is fully decorated, it will (finally!) be Christmas tomorrow!