Thursday, October 30, 2014

Loving some "gingerbread"!

The past two days I haven't felt the best, but I wanted to do a little something upstairs! My next cards will be gingerbread houses, and so far I've made the houses and the people. Then I made up coordinating envelopes. Usually I do the cards first, but I was itching to do some coloring!!

Then today I stamped out all the candy on white card stock (special kind for Copics), and colored them all in. It took me less than an hour to stamp and color all of these. Now I have to die cut them all out and figure out how to "set the scene" for my next two cards. They will be similar but not identical. Maybe I'll feel up to working on it tonight, but if not, at least I posted something today on my blog, lol!
Baby steps, right???

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #282

Welcome!! So glad you decided to drop in for a visit! I wasn't able to participate in last week's WOYWW, can't remember why but it probably had something to do with sleep or the lack thereof. Luckily, I had the very, very rare occurrence of a wonderful, full night's sleep last night!!!! That happens about once in three months or so, SO I'm going to make the most of the added energy today!

If you aren't acquainted with WOYWW, do be sure to check out Julia's blog, Stamping Ground and see what all the fuss is about! :D Nothing like having a peek into other crafter's rooms and getting inspiration from their crafty desks!

My desk this morning:
As you can see, the pile of stamps on the left has grown as the last of my orders has arrived. I'm in a mad dash to make my Christmas cards for the year! I refuse to "mass produce" my cards because it truly bores me to tears. If it gets down to the wire and I'm truly rushed, I'll make two of each, but I really don't like doing that. I've been making 2-3 a day most days so I think I'll just make it this year. Currently I'm set to make some gingerbread house cards, using my new-to-me set from Lawn Fawn, Sweet Christmas and their new matching dies. I've had the brilliant idea to stamp the house and gingerbread people on this SU Baked Brown Sugar card stock with white embossing powder to make it more realistic! Plus it's that much less coloring! The "candy" will be done on white card stock, and colored with Copics. (My Copics are in two trunk cases just to the left of my desk, out of view.) You will see some dies on the left in front of my most recent stamp purchases - I keep them on magnetic sheets that are backed with thin chipboard. I get so much more use out of my dies now that they are organized! Although I have all the Wink of Stella glitter pens, I use the clear one the most, so it's been staying on my desk to add bits of "glow" to my images. A really cool glitter pen!!! So that's about all that's happening so far on my desk. If you are interested, do check back later today and see my cards! I'm SO EXCITED to be making these!!!

Before you go, you have to see these stamps from Simon Says Stamp!
Two stamp sets (and matching dies!) for making "ugly" sweaters and vests!! LOVE IT!! I just couldn't resist these and these are on my list to use very, very soon!

Also, these arrived yesterday and are the last of my crafty orders for the year. We are moving next summer, so the push to save money needs to start ASAP. (I got these just before my self-imposed deadline!!!)
Critters in the Arctic and Critters in the Snow from Lawn Fawn! I have most of their "critter" collection and they are so much fun to color!!! Either with Copics or my Prismacolor pencils, they make the cutest cards. My oldest daughter just moved to Alaska, so I couldn't resist these!

Cards I made yesterday, using the Lawn Fawn set Trim The Tree.
This tree I stamped on DSP, but the other one I colored with Copics. I colored all the decorations and then used the matching dies to cut them out. I DO NOT fussy cut!!! This is an older stamp set, but they just started offering dies for some of their favorite, older sets. I used the Wink of Stella glitter pens here and there for a bit of shine, without overwhelming the image.
So there you have it - my desk for the week!! I hope you will leave a comment before moving to the next desk!! See you next week!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Few New Christmas Cards!

I actually got some more cards made yesterday - wooo hooo! I have so many more to make, and I'm terribly behind, but that happens every year, LOL! Regardless of the amount of sleep I get, or how long our school day may last, I'm committed to getting them all done this year, and using all my newest things. Don't want to wind up on the Naughty List, right?

These three cards were made using two new sets from Clearly Besotted Stamps, Ornamental Style and Hanging Around. I dug out my older Christmas paper packs and pulled out the designs that "spoke" to me, and then got to work.
I despise making duplicate cards, but I took the same layout and just switched up the colors for these two. That's OK for me, as they aren't identical. Still, I can't make more than two of the "same" card or I get very bored and irritated!!!

I only made one card, so far, with this stamp set. It took me a long time to figure out how this card was going to go, and by the time I figured it out I was ready for something different. This is why I never get tired of stamping...there's always something new to play with or try! I did start a 4th card, but didn't get very far before having to call it a day. Something to save for tomorrow's post, I guess! Be back soon...

Monday's Monet Moment

I hope you all have a fabulous week!