I Said I Wouldn't Do This!

Ok, I was talked into creating a blog to showcase my creativity. I have been resisting this for far too long, but now is the time to finally get the ball rolling.

So here goes. Come with me on my journey into creativity.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My First Set of Christmas Cards

I am way behind in making my Christmas cards this year.  This is the first batch.  I had 16 to do.  A group that I belong to decided to do a card exchange vs Secret Santa since the economy is so bad.  I don't know what I was thinking when I signed up for this exchange, since I normally do @80 cards to send out each year.  So what was doing another 16 .  Yeah right!

I had another great idea, but it didn't pan out for me.... so I scrapped that and pulled out more paper, punches, and everything else that I could get my hands on.

I'm trying to use up what I have in my stash, but its not working too well because I keep finding that I need this or that.  LOL!  Or maybe its because I just like to shop.
So this is what I came up with for this set.




Recipe:
Plantin School Cricut Cartridge - Noel
MS Punch Rings
Coredinations Red Glitter Cardstock
DCWV White Cardstock
Holiday Inspirations Ribbon - Joanns
Patterned Holly Paper - Heidi Grace 2006

Happy Hanukkah Card Set

I usually try to send out Hanukkah cards to my Jewish friends.  And this year is no different.  I had intended to do another technique, but I couldn't find an element that I needed for the cards... so I switched gears.  I hope my friends like my creativity.




Recipe:
Cricut Cartridge - Joys of the Season (Sentiment and Menorrah)
DCWV Glitter Stack  (Silver and White)
DCWV Shimmer Stack (Blue)
Yellow Stickles (flames)
Ribbon - Holiday Inspirations (Joanns)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

More blog Candy

Did you not win the last blog candy for the Promarkers?  Well here's another chance to win some.
http://bevscrafts.blogspot.com/2010/11/promarker-candy_23.html

Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Copic Coloring for the Christmas Season

Tis the Christmas season, so I've been scouring the net for Christmas Digi images that I can use and also practice my Copic coloring.  I want it to look professional.... lol... and not like a grade schooler coloring.  I've got a lot to learn and hope to do so in the upcoming weeks.  I'm doing an online Copic Class over at Simply Scrapping Crafts.

So a while back, I had found this Bratz doll image off of one of those coloring book pages.  I'm not a big fan of the Bratz dolls and their big eyes, but I thought this one was cute.  So I blinged her up a bit.


Recipe:
Ribbon from stash
Copic Inks
Stickles
Image - Bratz Doll from Coloring Book Pages
American Crafts Patterned Paper
Computer Generated Sentiment

Holiday Swap Tags 2010

I've been enjoying doing different swaps over on Scraps of Color website.  We've done different images, cards for all sorts of seasons and now the latest one.... a Holiday Tag Swap.
Earlier this year, someone had hosted an Over The Top tag swap, but I missed out on that and didn't know what was expected for this one.  Upon inquiry, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.   It was going to be complicated since we were going to be making at the maximum 20 tags.  And if you know me, I don't do anything half arsed.

I started searching the net for inspiration and nothing was really talking to me.  Then I remembered the 12 Days of Christmas tags that is done by Tim Holtz  , so I went there for inspiration.
I used one of his ideas from the 2008 tag series.  Its not exactly as his is done.... but I really like the job that I did in creating these.

I pulled out my Cricut Expression.... ok... its always out.... .lol ... and opened up Design Studio to see what kind of Christmas images that I could use for my tags.  I really wanted mine to be over the top and leave a lasting impression.  I used grungeboard to cut out the images and I think I'll be making more to share.  I embossed them and inked them with Glimmer mist for a bit of shine.  The first two that I did.... I used distress ink , but that was taking up too much time.  So out came the glimmer mist.  I really like the way they came out.  I cut a mask for my tags and glimmer misted and dried them.  Then I used distress inks to color them in.  Wow... they are so glimmery shiney.

Then to find the right paper.  I am a paper hoarder and even went as far as going to the craft stores for more paper to use, when I found the right piece in a DCWV Christmas stack.  I computer generated the letters used for the sentiment on the tags, painstakingly cutting them out and inking them.  The hardest thing to find was a flower to match .  Ok.... back to the stores... Michael's nor Joanne's had any Christmas flowers or anything that I wanted to use.  What now?  You would think with my in-house store, that I would have the perfect flower... but noooooooo.  Then I thought , use the glimmer mist.  LOL!  I just love that stuff.

So I sat out to start assembling the tags.  I'm putting them together and oh no... a tag has mysteriously disappeared.  We only had to make 14 tags... and I have 13 .  Now where did that tag go.  Ok... no problem.  Get another blank tag and mask and ink it up.  Easy Peasy.  Hmmmmm..... where did that come from. 

So tags are all assembled and ready to go in the mail tomorrow for the hostess to receive and then divide up to all the participants.  I hope they enjoy my tags as much as I enjoyed making them.

**I wrote earlier that the deer was cut from JOTS .... but after looking again,  I realized I made a mistake.  It was cut from Very Merry Tags and the tag part was 'Hide Contour'd".




Recipe:
Shipping Tags
Cricut Cartridge - Very Merry Tags (Deer)
DCWV Christmas Stack 2010 (Patterned Music Paper)
Computer Generated Letters
Zing Gold Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen and Forest Moss
Glimmer Mist Colors - Walnut Gold (Tag), Candy Apple Red ( Deer)
Bazzill Flowers - Glimmer Misted with Walnut Gold
Studio 18 Rhinestones
Organdy Ribbon - Michaels

Saturday, November 13, 2010

PLEASE VOTE FOR ALEXSIS!

So while reading my email, I saw this contest for pet pictures.  I entered my sneaky dog.
Please take a moment and vote for her so I can win a new camera and a trip to Aruba.  I really need a vacation right now.
 CLICK HERE..... Petcentric 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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