This year it just doesn't feel like Christmas yet. I really think when you work in retail you become immune. There are still only lights and a star on our tree (which is at least real because Taylor was willing to bring one home and set it up.) Audra says she likes it the way it is because she doesn't want to decorate it either. I am on watering detail and have wrapped some gifts, even made a few this year! Well, maybe I will feel like doing more next year... in my defense I have been working overtime the last few weeks!
I did, however, start in October and made a few cards! I watch lots of demos on You Tube and got inspired. There are loads of channels full of information and techniques if you are interested as I'm not really going into that today.
Some good ones are: Jennifer McGuire Ink (all cards/stamping), Hero Arts, Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink, Split Coast Stamping (other crafts as well) and The Frugal Crafter (who makes all kinds of things and is always enthusiastic and fun!) I know I am leaving out several others, but you can flip through for what looks interesting to you.
Here is this year's attempt. Please forgive the photo quality. Natural light in Ohio in December is tough to get!
|The interior was splattered with green and white ink. Boy, did I make a mess!|
|This stained glass card was from the same workshop. It is so easy! You stamp and heat emboss vellum, then color on the inside! No need to worry much about staying in lines! Then you tie the vellum to a gold edged notecard.|
|Received this the other day from good friend Karen Boggs. Very elegant! Note how she staggered the trees on the slope and let one hang over the frame for added dimension. I think she used pre-glittered cardstock for the background.|
Even this simple card is cute and warm... This is just stamped and colored in with pencil by Mercedes McPherson, who has made lovely cards for many years.
This came from the Netherlands and is by Weis Van Der Sloat (I think I am spelling last name correctly.) She used a metal template and a craft knife to peel back and glue down to give the appearance it's all connected. She also used some thick metallic stickers.
This simple greeting is harder than it looks! Those are two small postage rubber stamps that are masked off to appear like they are in front of each other. The center greeting was masked off until the rest was stamped.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I have some time off and am planning to be back here much sooner than usual, so stay tuned!
Until next time, Feliz Navidad!