Christmas Wishes

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas to from the Blacks!
Thank you to all my readers, may your holidays be merry. Here's to a fabulously artsy new year, and lots of fun and informative blog posts to come!

A published one!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Almost forgot to share this card, it was recently in Papercrafts magazine. Dec 07/Jan 08 issue to be exact. Gotta love that white paint, I seem to be edging everything with paint these days.

Say it with me now.. awwwwwww!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Seriously, how cute is that elf? I chose reverse masking and a sponge to color the little guy, with a bit of chalk on his pink cheeks.

Blues and Burgundy

Wow! Did I miss two days of posting? I've been so busy cooking Christmas goodies I lost track of the days. Margarita jelly and Jalapeno pepper jam for gifts this year. Yum!

Better make up for not posting! Colors taken from the Just Chillin' CTMH paper pack. Glitter on the punched snowflake really makes it sparkle!

Reindeer Thumbprint card... so cute!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I can't show off my Christmas cards and not post this adorable card! Extra special for a couple of reasons. One, this was made a few years ago, so my kid's thumbprints look so itty bitty. Oh, they grow up so fast, don't they? Another reason this card is near and dear to my heart... it was one of my first published cards. Gotta love that!

Swirly Snowflakes

I told you I'd find a card that didn't have a tree, see? Love the sponged backgrounds, I seem to use this technique a lot! Just a simple card, but pretty to look at. Silver embossing and a layer of vellum complete the card.

Another snowy tree

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Two tree cards in a row! Tomorrow I'll mix it up a bit. This one has liquid applique added to the tree for a snowy effect. The liquid applique is heated after it dries so it will puff up. A word to the wise: the liquid applique picks up dirt very easily. Also color from other cards. Learned this little tidbit after this card was stored in a pile of other cards, and the next time I ran across it the snow had turned lovely shade of brownish on the tops of the puffy parts. Ugh... dirty snow.

White Christmas

Friday, December 7, 2007

This card was created using bleach to stamp the tree. The bleach lifts the dye from the background, and gives a bit of a ghosty appearance to the stamped image, perfect for a snowy look. I love using bleach stamping on my projects, it's such a versatile technique! The fumes can be a bit overwhelming, so work in a well ventilated area, and don't make 150 cards in one sitting.

What did you get in the mail today?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

It's that time of year, where every trip to the mail box becomes a little adventure. Isn't it fun to check your mail box and find a stack of colorful envelopes with Christmas greetings from all over? When I was a kid, we used to tape a long ribbon around our fireplace mantle and the cards would be taped to the ribbon. It was so much fun to see the "card garland" growing every day.

How do you display the Christmas cards you receive? Post a comment and tell me!

Meanwhile, here is a Christmas card for you. Check back frequently, I'll be posting a new card daily for a week or so, until I run out of cards to show.