Saturday, December 21, 2013

Lawn Fawn Peace Joy Love Christmas Cards

It's a cold (for So Cal) Saturday afternoon and I'm still in my jammies at 1:00pm. The hubs and I along with Digby and Tia had Uriah babysitting duty last night. Gotta tell you that adorable 2 year old gave us a run for our money. By the time we got him to sleep at 10:30 (his bedtime was 8:30, bad grandparents) all four of us were pretty wiped out. So that's why I'm doing a blog post now instead of cleaning my house as I intended today.

Now on to the last of my Christmas cards for 2013. I just love the Lawn Fawn set Peace Joy Love! It doesn't take too much creativity to make a gorgeous card with these stamps, they are that awesome.  A little embossing and a bit of paper to layer....

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I added a bit of color to the white embossed stamping with Copic markers.
Peace Joy Love 1

I love the look of gold and silver together!
This card is a CASE of the beautiful card done by Nicole at Unify Handmade.

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I love this last card, it's so simple but looks so impressive with the gold and silver embossing.

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I did all my photo editing using PicMonkey.

I'm not sure if I will have another blog post before Christmas so I will take this time to wish you all a wonderfully happy and blessed Christmas! A classic Christmas verse Isaiah 9:6 tells us "For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us." We think of the baby in the manger, but it was the Son who had always been with the Father who was destined for the cross. He will come again as the King of kings and the Lord of lords!

For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us.
The government will rest upon His shoulders.
And He will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord will make this happen!
Isaiah 9: 6-7

This is what Christmas means to me; the love of God for us that He would give us His Son to die in our place. This is my hope, it fills me with joy and comforts my heart with His peace. This is my prayer for you!

Christmas blessings,

Friday, December 20, 2013

More Christmas Cards

I had one last card making day and got my cards done for this year. Then the hubster asked me to make some more cards for his business clients so I'll be stamping and watercoloring more Christmas tree cards today. I'll listen to festive holiday music and make a day of it, they have to get in the mail today!!

Here's the first 2 cards using Lawn Fawn's Peace Joy Love stamps and Hero Arts snowflakes.

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I used WOW Metallic Platinum Glitter Embossing Powder on the snowflake. 
The background pattern is created with a Tim Holtz stencil and Heidi Swapp Tinsel Color Spray.

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peace on earth 1 closeup

Different Hero Arts snowflake from the Designer Snowflakes set but the same embossing powder.
The sentiment on this card was embossed with gold and silver embossing powders.

I'll be back tomorrow with the last of my Christmas cards for 2013, see you then.


Friday, December 13, 2013

A Nerdy Bird Birthday Card

I'm not sure how I feel about having a child who is 30 years old. I'm certainly happy that Andy has been a blessing to me for so many years. But I'm just wondering where all those years went. Time passes way too quickly and I can't possibly be old enough to have a child born 30 years ago. On the upside Al and I did get to babysit with Uriah while Andy and Kellie had some birthday fun at Disneyland Wednesday night. At 2 years old, Uriah is full of fun and such a happy guy, just like his daddy!

Andy's birthday card features the adorable nerdy bird from Lawn Fawn's brand new Valentine set, Science of Love. Andy was rocking the nerdy "hipster doofus" look long before it was trendy so it only seemed appropriate.

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The little nerdy bird is flying by hanging on to a balloon from Admit One. I used the Admit One Lawn Cuts balloon die to cut out the red Copic-colored balloon. No more fussy cutting for nancy!!
The birthday sentiment is from So Much to Say.

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For the background I used Dylusions stencil with Vintage Photo Distress to make the large dots, the smaller dots are a Tim Holtz stencil with Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray in Tinsel. I also sprayed the Tinsel Color Shine on the sentiment banner.

Sorry this is a day late, I had some trouble with Flickr yesterday and ran out of time.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Finally, a new Christmas card post....

So it's been over a month since my last post because I just didn't have anything to post. I needed some time away from crafting to find a new perspective. I'm not sure I found it yet but I'm sneaking up on it.

I decided to do something totally different with my Christmas cards this year. I pulled out an old Stampendous stamp that I love but never really found the perfect way to use. It's from 2001, called His Name Tree. I stamped it in black Archival ink on watercolor paper. I used Distress inks in Crushed Olive and Gathered Twigs to watercolor the tree. A little bit of gold sparkle from a Sakura gel pen and a die cut star covered with Golden Rod Stickles was all the embellishment I added. I was so surprised that I liked how they turned out. A little rustic, definitely homemade and full of meaning.

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Each card is a little different as the watercoloring was added with a paintbrush and however it went down that's how it stayed.

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Just a simple inside message from Hero Arts Greatest Gift clear set.

I'm working on a couple more Christmas card designs so hopefully I will post them soon. I plan to be back tomorrow with a birthday card I made for my son, Andy's birthday. It doesn't seem possible that he's 30 years old today, especially since I'm just "39" myself!