Thursday, December 4, 2008

Too busy........

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I really wish I could do without sleep. I just have so many things that I want to do and not nearly enough time to do them all! I did get my Christmas cards finished and most mailed. I have my gift for the gal that I am Secret Santa for; but have to mail it yet. I started decorating the house (have the bathroom done; hey, it's the smallest room!)
I had a couple of birthdays to make cards for, so I thought I'd share them with you. The first one is for my son in law. His birthday was on November 30 so I thought I could still get away with a fall card. I find it really difficult to make cards for men. Guess I just don't have the right kind of stamps for masculine ones. Hmmmmmm; a reason to go shopping for more!

I did a little experimenting with this one. I stamped the veins (normally would stamp the background shape first) of the largest leaf twice on white cardstock using Versamark ink and white embossing powder. After heat embossing those, I then stamped the background shape over the veins. I continued to fill in the remaining space with the other leaf background and vein stamps. Then I took a Versamark marker and went over each leaf and then heat embossed them all with clear embossing powder. Finally I used a dauber and a brown ink pad and starting at the edges, inked the entire background; lighter in the center. The stamp set is by Close To My Heart.
The second card is for my grandson. He is playing basketball for the first time this year, so I went with that theme. I stamped the words "Shooting Hoops" all over the background on white cardstock, again used a dauber to shade the edges and background. Then I stamped the basketball, cut it out and attached it with a pop dot. These stamps are also from Close To My Heart. I covered the chipboard arrow with white cardstock, inked the edges and stamped the greeting on it.

Finally, a Christmas project that I did this week. I used the Karen Foster Countdown to Christmas box, Making Memories Fa La La papers, and flowers from Making Memories and Prima for this. The ribbon and flower embellishment slips off so it can be changed. I found as I was working on this that the drawers can be reversed; both sides have the finger notch. So after Christmas I will slip off the ribbon/flower and decorate the other side of each of the drawers in another theme and then add a different ribbon and embellishment. So stay tuned..............


2 comments:

Nettie said...

Fabulous work Sue!

Michi, Orange County, CA said...

OHMYGOSH! OHMYGOSH! OHMYGOSH, Sue!!! Your cards are WONDERFUL and your Christmas box is TO DIE FOR!!!! I love 'em all!!!!!