Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Christmas Thanks

Whew! That went quickly, didn't it? No matter how hard I try, the Christmas festivities always go too fast and before I have a second to appreciate it I'm packing for home. I was so happy to spend the holidays with my son who is loving Vancouver but I miss him terribly. I don't even want to think about Friday when I have to leave him. This next stretch is going to be tough - 6 months, but I think we've both dealt with it well and it will be ok.. Let me tell you, I am so grateful for FaceTime! 

Confession time: I love the gift-giving!! 
I love finding treasures for my family that makes them smile and I also really like opening up the presents that my hubby and son get for me. They are both so thoughtful and know me so well!! I got a whole slew of tea (when I quit coffee I moved on to high-end loose-leaf tea... I love it), candles, a gorgeous bag and lots of Pandora jewelry! 

So what do we do after we receive a gift? Well Emily Post might not suggest we send Thank You cards to everyone (children, brother, husband etc..) but if you received a gift unexpectedly or from someone outside your family you might want to send a quick thank you! 

Enter, today's card:

This was a really quick card to pull together and by keeping the card CAS it makes it versatile and unisex. I'm able to keep a couple of these handy for when I need to jot a quick note and not be worried about it being appropriate... 

I used the little snowflake from HoHoHo and stamped/embossed it onto some whitewashed blue card stock. 
It's a really subtle but tactile treat for the receiver! 

So that's all for now. Two days until I fly back to China.. 
Happy New Year! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays Shaker Card

Hello from Canada!! 
My husband and I flew to Vancouver the other day to hang out with our son and visit friends and family and it is so good to be back! Fresh air, good food, fun shopping... We're having a lot of fun and I am loving seeing my boy again!

Today I'm sharing a card  I made with a planner set from Technique Tuesday (Planner - Christmas) but in a non-planner way.

Do you spot the planner stamps?? They're kind of incognito... 

I had some sequins that were the exact same size as the planner stamps so I decided to go for it! It's a fun way to play around with stamps that you generally only use one month out of the year. 

That's all for now!! I have some shopping to do still (YIKES!) so I better get moving. 
Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Merry Christmas To You

This die cut is probably my favourite die cut of all-time. I have taught countless classes with it, and I've made hundreds of Christmas cards with it too! 

My trick for getting a nice, deep red with my sponging is to cut the shapes from kraft cardstock. If you start with white you are adding a lot of ink to get the deeper tones, but with kraft you start ahead of the game. 

I like to sandwich the die nice and tight so it embosses the veins at the same time. I have a cute stamp set that coordinates with the shapes, but I love the raised embossing... 

I made a set of these and they're currently en route to various places around the globe... Spreading Christmas cheer... It's what I do.. lol... 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pretty Poinsettia

I don't what it is about poinsettias, but when I use them on a card - whether it's die-cut or stamp form - I love how they turn out... The mojo just flows with them. And the funny thing? I'm not a plant person so it's just beyond me why I feel so fondly towards them.. 

This stamp is from Stampendous! and the great thing about it is it has matching dies!!

I stamped two of the stamps on Copic paper and coloured them, THEN cut them out. 
A little washi tape was used to keep the dies in place. 

The background was fun. I used a stencil and modeling paste and scraped the product through the stencil on the left side of the card, gradually tapering it out. 

Then I sprayed the cars with green Dylusions mists (various) and let it dry overnight. 

And that's it. A simple, one layer-ish Christmas card! 
Thanks for stopping by!