Sunday, January 23, 2011

Getting toooooo COLD for me!

How does -8 sound for today?  Way too cold for me, I wonder how Tamie is handing this, I know how she just loves this cold weather.  She probably did not even get out from under the covers this morning.  I am crazy because I did.  Well since I have been so long in posting these last few months I guess what better to post on this cold winter day than the Christmas cards that I made this year.


This first one I wanted to carry the wreath theme into it so the scallop die and punches came in handy. I also like to decorate my envelope to match when I can.

PAPER: Whisper Black, Real Red, Garden Green, DSP
INK:  Garden Green, SU markers Garden Green and Real Red
STAMPS:  Many Merry Messages, Keep Christmas
PUNCHES:  Small Scallop Punch


This is last years stamp set but I got it late after I had made my cards so could not wait to use it this year.  I like how I tied the following the star with Christ and the star stamp.  This is one of my favorite cards.  It was so simple and fast to make and love the Bermuda Bay color.  The only hard part was that on the star stamp were the words 'PEACE" written under the star.  So I had to mask it every time that I stamped it but I love this star and the dots around the edges.  I got the idea for using the tag on the front from one of my sister Sandi tags and loved how she displayed it, so that was the start of the idea for this card, thanks Sandi for the spark plug start.

PAPER:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Riding Hood Red
INK:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
STAMPS:  Christ Is Born, A Wish For Peace, Star Studded Season, Perfect Presentation
ACCESSORIES:  Dimensional, Big Shot


This is my experiment fun but time consuming card.  There are several things on this one that I tried new.  The merry tag is made from the tin on a soda can which after cutting down the tin to size I ran it through the Big Shot Sizzet Embossing Folder "Merry".  I applied black embossing powder next and heat set but I thought I could just scrape off with a light sanding the black over the embossed "Merry" but that did not work.  So I had to end up making a cut mark along the top and bottom of the word and removing all of the embossing just in this area.  Then reapplying very carefully in very small amounts of the embossing powder and scraping off the letters until I could read it then heat set it again.  This took some time so I do not think I will try this again.  There must be an easier way to do this.  Behind the scalloped candle stamp I used a one inch strip of heavy duty tin foil and pleated it as I went around a sticky page circle applied to the back of the scallop.  The Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon at the bottom is also stuck on using a sticky page strip cut to size applied to the bottom of the card first then adding the ribbon and pleating it.  On the inside page I put the verse through the Sizzix Textured Impressions folder Perfect Polka Dots.

PAPER:  Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Garden Green
STAMPS:  Keep Christmas, Many Merry Messages
INKS:  Basic Black, SU Markers
ACCESSORIES:  Heavy Duty Tin Foil, 1/4" Red Ribbon, SU Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Pages, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Small Tree hand punch, Big Shot

Santa Letter  112810 INSIDE

This was a fun project that our building manager wanted help with for her day care class that her daughter attends plus the five Kindergarden classes here in Saranac.  She created two different letters.  I did not get a copy of the other one but it had a place for the childs name and what they wanted from Santa.  The teacher had each student make a wish list for Santa then we choose which one to include in the letter. I was in charge of all the designing of the stamping part.  The reindeers nose has red glitter on it. We had a total of a hundred to do so the stamping part was fast and fun to do.  But I had help from three other ladies who used SU markers to color in the stamps on the outside of the letter.  It only took the seven of us two hours to finish.

Santa Letter 112810 OUTSIDE

STAMPS:  Bearing Gifts, Winter Post, Just Because
INKS: Gold Matelic, Silver Matelic, Real Red, Basic Black, Gold Sizzy Pen, SU Markers
ACCESSORIES:  Red Glitter, 2-Way Glue

Well hope you are keeping warmer there than I am here because I am FREEZING


  1. Kathleen, I love all your Xmas cards and the technigues you used. But, MY FAVORITE is the Santa Letter. What a great idea! This would really make a child smile if they got this letter. Great job. TFS

  2. These are beautiful Kathleen!! I still like the wreath best because of the layout. Very simple but looks elegant. Don't get me wrong -- I loved my card and the boys loved their's. I especially loved how you did your ribbon on my card, and all the detail you added. I forgot to ask you if you ever got any feedback from the school kids on how they liked their letter from Santa's elf. Thanks for finally updating your blog -- now I expect an update EVERY week!!