Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas

I thought I'd share my mass produced card this year. I can't believe it took this long to figure something out but then I haven't been in the Christmas mood either.

My card was an image from Artistic Outpost. I did the Tim Holtz method of using the Cut N Dry Felt pad. I inked up my stamp in black Archival ink and stamped it on the cutNdry. Then I used my Distress reinkers to put the colors where I wanted them. I used Brick red for Santa, weathered wood on the bottom and a couple greens on the top. Then all I have to do is ink up my image and stamp and it's all colored. Store the 'pad' in a zip lock bag. The distress inks don't bled into each other so you don't have to worry about that either. I LOVE the distress inks and reinkers! I stamped the image onto my cream naturals paper and trimmed close. Then I layered on some forest green cardstock. Now this I got from work, they were some folders they had made up and were going throw them out! I took them out of the garbage and told them NEVER to throw anything away. LOL

The red background paper is some DP I got at a scrapbook store in Missoula, MT. It's prettier in real life. Since it was so thin and hard to stick, I cut it and ran through my Xyron. The card on the left was the first one I did and I didn't like the hinges I put on the side so the rest don't have that (why I grabbed that for the picture I don't know) and the one on the right was using up the left over scraps of DP! I ended up liking that one best. I used my white pen and dotted around the images.

The embellishments are punched branches using Martha Steward punch and a snowflake cut from a garland I picked up at HL (can you tell it's the only place to buy stuff in my town?) To give it a vintage look, I used some caramel alcohol inks on them to dye them. Pretty cool huh? Anyway, that's my card this year to most people. I did make a few special ones for some people but I really like this one now.

Merry Christmas Everyone and thanks for visiting.

(Check back for more days of Moose soon)

Thursday, December 18, 2008


So I broke down and ordered more Riley Moose stamps from Hanna stamps when she had her after Thanksgiving sale. (Thanks for the great service!)

I only have had time to do one more right now but thought I'd share that with you now. I made 2, one for each of my kids as kind of a prequel to coming home for Mom's cooking for Christmas.

It's hard to see from the picture but the base white cardstock was ran through my Wizard with the cuttlebug snowflake border on the bottom half. The striped DP is from a stack I got at Hobby Lobby last year. On the top 1/3, I have a piece of snowflake vellum that I ran the through my printer to get the greeting, Home for the Holidays. I really don't know why I don't use that option more often for greetings that I don't have or will only use a couple times.

HINT: Did you know you can emboss what you run on vellum right from your printer if your fast? Have your EP ready as soon as it comes out.

The ribbon, button brads and snowflakes from from HL too. My image was stamped on a square piece of watercolor paper that I cut from my nesties (along with the layered scallop piece). I find it easier to cut my piece first then stamp. I also do my wizard sandwich backward. My cut board on the bottom, cardstock I'm cutting, die, then spacer and then embossing plate. I find I don't cut my spacing plate and can see what I'm cutting easier. It works for me!

I colored Riley with SU markers along the edge and drug the color in using my aqua painter. The cupcake papers were colored with a copic marker (I now have a couple with a bunch under the tree....I bought them and told DH that was my present) I will have learning curve but can't wait to play with them! The frosting was liquid applique with red glitter sprinkled on and heated to make it look festive! Then I dotted the scallop edge and sent them off with some cash for food for finals week.

Stay tuned, I have more 'days of Riley' in the works when things settle down and I get some Christmas stuff put up a tree! Yes, it's the 18th of December and I don't have it up yet. I'm wondering if it's even worth it now!