Thursday, October 28, 2010

Two Winter Cards

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I've got blog candy!


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there's a lot of stuff here - a Stampin' Up! stamp set (slightly used), some 6x6 papers, some shimmer mist, some ribbon, some snowflake embellishments, some unmounted rubber stamps, some flower stickers, a provo craft die, decorative brads, assortment of embellishments including some of my hand crocheted snow flakes, and a set of blo pens (great for adding speckles to your background!), and a quickie glue pen. Right now I am at 310 followers. For every 3 more followers I gain until the end of this blog candy I will add another something to the prize package! I have added a package of six brass charms, a package of 12 sugar coating glitter by Doodlebug, a Viva Silver Pearl pen, two brand new foam mounted Inky Impressions stamps, a package of 60 self-adhesive clear gems, a four pack of fresh flocking from Studio G, and a set of 10 metal tab clips by Making Memories to the prize package so far! When I reach 334 followers I will add this



Seven sheets of hand dyed tissue paper. This is the same paper I use when I make my butterflies with acetate. It's wonderful stuff!

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Hi everyone! Yesterday Elaine M. had a question about the hand dyed tissue paper that is almost in the blog candy package (I only need one more to put it in the box!). She wanted to know if I had a tutorial on how to make it. I did not make this paper, it is some I bought from a company a while back that is no longer in business. I think I have an idea on how she did it though and someday I might play around with it and see. If my experiments turn out nicely I'll do a tutorial then!

Oh I'm so happy today because the high is only going to be 68 and they are saying that it might even dip into the 30's tonight! So how about a couple of winter type cards today?

This first card wasn't made for any challenge (surprised?). I was just making Christmas cards and wanted to color up this fabulous Old Fashioned Christmas Girl by Inger Harding. She's colored with Copic markers and I added flocking to her coat's trim. I rubbed a lot of the flocking off before it all stuck so it would add to the "old fashioned" feel of the card.



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The sentiment is another wonderful one from Jess Harding called Have Yourself, and I cut the flag shape and distressed all the edges with some Creamy Caramel ink. I did a little more distressing on the image panel with my scissors.

My second card is for yesterday's Hope You Can Cling To Challenge. the challenge is to use glimmer mist or an equivalent with supplies you have on hand. I went with Pearl Ex for my glimmer


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This cute Snowbird Serenade is drawn by Lynne Stansbery. I colored it with Copic markers and chalked the sky. I added lots of snow tex for the snow. Have I mentioned that I love this stuff?

To add glimmer to the card I brayered some Versamark on to a Spellbinders snowflakes impressabilities and then I ran it through my cuttlebug and dusted pearl ex all over it. The pearl ex sticks to the versamark. My sentiment is computer generated. I found this cool font called Billy Argel and you can get it free HERE. The snowflake was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and I added pearl ex to it too and then topped it with a blue gemstone. It's really pretty and shimmery - more so than the photo shows.

On the home front Riley has not been found outside of the fence, so either the plastic is working or she hasn't tried to get out yet. Tomorrow she is going in to get groomed. We are trying a new groomer this time and I really hope this one turns out to be better than the last couple we've used. I have had the hardest time finding a groomer we like since the very first one we had quit! Riley is the first dog we've had that required grooming and it's the one thing about wirehaired fox terriers I don't enjoy!

Also, are any of you aware of this site Fiverr.com? It's a place where you list something you will do for five dollars. The site gets one dollar and you get four. I read about it in a magazine while I was at the doctor's office, and the article said one lady averaged $300.00 a month by writing messages or names in the sand and photographing it and then e mailing people the photo. Anyway I mentioned it to my kids and Ashley now has something she's willing to do for five dollars - interested in seeing what it is? Click HERE. What would you do for five dollars?

Well, I hope ya'll have a beautiful day, and thanks for looking!

38 comments:

Debra said...

Beautiful cards! Not sure what "snow tex" is but..once I find out I am sure I must have it LOL TFS

Catherine said...

Your two Christmas cards are so beautiful Holly ! Love the texture on the Snowman one ! Have a great day ! Hugs and love from Catherine

theCook said...

I love your snowflake background. Does the pearl ex stick permanently our do you need some fixative for when the versamark dries (sorry if it's a silly question, never used any of those products but love the effect)?

Teresa Jenkins said...

Love your background of snowflakes and the snow is so neat! Cute snowman!

Carole RB said...

Hi Holly
I love your cards they are very nice!
Have a nice day.

Elaine A said...

Morning Holly -

I guess we Elaines are curious girls - LOL! I love your cards! They are so very beautiful. I love the old-fashioned, much handled, look of your first card. Your second card just makes me smile. Love that sweet little snowman and bird, not to mention all the snow. Very sweet.

Elaine Allen

Shawna said...

Oh HOlly, both these cards are so nice! I really like both images, but I am especially fond of the snowman -- so cute! And I love that background DP.

Dawn Frost said...

Gorgeous font Holly, thanks for sharing! Love your background snowflakes. Way cool how you used versamark with your embossing folder. Both cards are awesome!

Jane said...

HOlly you are so creative. Thanks for sharing.

eiyiyi said...

Beautifully done as always Holly. TFS. hugs, eileen

*Vicki* said...

Holly, these are both really stunning winter creations girl!! LOVE the coloring on the coat with the added "snow" on BOTH cards!! Beautiful!! TFS! :)

Deanna C said...

Both cards are so beautiful, but that snowman card is absolutely stunning!. I can't even figure out why I think that, but I think it is the stark white background with the slight coloring on the stamped image. Wow! Great job!

bumblebee creations said...

Wow--Ashley must like to run!!! I hope you have luck with this groomer--I don't blame you for getting a new one, after all the trouble you had with the last one!!!!
Love your cards as always!!!!
I wish I had about 24 more hours everyday - just to make cards and etc....!

msfreida said...

Isn't this cooler weather nice? I still hesitate packing up my shorts though...fleece and hot flashes just don't mesh! ;) haha

I can't believe how you just keep coming up with such fabulous designs and each one a story of its own! Those creative juices are overflowing! I totally adore this lil Old Fashioned Christmas Girl...oh this reminds me of a coat, hat, and muffler set I had when I was little! The colors you used go so well with this DP and the flocking adds the perfect dimension! Love how you distressed the panel...just adds to the charm! Such a beautiful card, Holly!

And look at that snow and those glistening snowflakes...OMGoodness! I just want to touch it! I never would have thought to use the Versamark/pearl ex in this manner! WOW...what beauty! Lynne's Snowbird Serenade is another one of my favs and your snow looks sooo realistic! As always, you worked magic with your chalks...looks like a cold, crisp day! And you know I'm gonna grab this font...ohhh how nice! :) Ok...I just LOVE EVERYTHING about this card! SOOO INSPIRING! :)

I had forgotten Ashley was a runner! I think her idea for the $5 is BRILLIANT! :)GOOO ASHLEY!!!
What would I do??? Hmmm that's gonna take A LOT of thinking!!! :)

Hugs~

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

2 lovely cards, but that snowman scene takes my breath away! Stunning!!!

Pam in Ar. said...

What a nice old fashioned card for Christmas..I love the blue coat on her

The second card is more my style...love the glimmer and shimmer but of course anything with a snowman is ok in my book :)

Glad Riley is behind bars again LOL hopefully she will stay there!

I will check out the anything for $5.00 later...can't wait to see what it is!

Have a great weekend, I'm headed to Canton, Texas for the once a month flee market...never been but I've heard it's a big one..will let you know how it goes :)

Patricia St Martin said...

Holly, I love the image with the girl with the bell. You did a great job. I love your colors. Wonderful sentiment. Super Cute snowman, love your card.

Lola said...

First, gorgeous cards as usual. LOVE the retro look of the first one. Second, that site is cool...I see a new obsession coming on!

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

you've certainly sparked my imagination with the fiverr idea :)
thx for the font site connxn too!
sooo lovely shimmery card -
grt share..

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Two beautiful, snowy treats for the eyes!

Elaine M said...

Your "old fashioned Christmas girl" is so sweet! But I think my favorite card is with the snowman - the colors are so bright - just makes me smile.

Dawn B. said...

I love these winter cards.. I really like the way you added the extra dimension on each card.. We have had a hard time finding a groomer too. My poor dog. She looks hideous right now. That Fiverr sound interesting.. Hope you have a great day..

Alice Wertz said...

these are so cute! wonderful details!

Marlene said...

Both are gorgeous, yes.....and I'm shivering looking at them. (Even though it was 70 degrees here today.)

Linda said...

Beautiful Christmas cards the first one sure has a Vintage look and love all the textures on the snow in the second card!!

S said...

I just wish I could do cards like this. Finding inspiration is hard lately. Wish I had more time to make cards!

Vicki said...

Holly, two awesome cards! I love the snowman one! Wow both of them have lots of work in them...the background on the snowman card is gorgeous. I am glad Riley has not escaped lately! Hopefully the plastic did the trick! Hope you had a great day Holly!
Hugs!
Vicki

Val W said...

Lovely cards! The first has that vintage appeal. And the second is just doggone cute. Love that snowman, and the snow, and shimmers.

sucor said...

Two more gorgeous cards! I'm glad the plastic seems to be working.

Catherine Kraft said...

I love both of your cards but the snowman card really catches my eye. So much beautiful detail.

Christine Pethers said...

wow , only just found your blog . Love your background paper in the snowman card and have made a note about how to make it .
Thank you.
Will also find out how to 'follow'

Jennifer Scull said...

oh I shudder to think at what my fam would list they would do for $5...... tee hee! will have to check out Ashley's as I am certain it is quite sensible! ;)

your cards are wonderful, but you know that first one takes my breath away!

enjoy your weekend!

Maria Matter said...

These are really pretty! I like Inger's vintage images!!
cut snowman and the snowflake paper is so pretty!
hugs & blessings!

Niki said...

Lovely cards, you've captured the old fashioned feeling perfectly on the first one.

I'll have to check out the $5 website, hadn't heard of that one.

Linda said...

Enjoy the ideas....nicely done.

joanne said...

snowflakes and snowmen are certainly christmas for me.
Lovely cards.

Margie said...

I love the coloring on the Christmas Girl! So pretty!

gocanucksgo said...

Great work on the christmas cards. LOVE the background with the pearl ex. It totally adds such a nice touch =)