Hey everyone! Before I show you the cards I made for the Christmas card swap over at Scraptures, I wanted to let you know how the MFT contest went. Well, I wasn't chosen. :( I really didn't have my hopes up, but I do admit that I would have really liked to be on that DT just for the experience of being on a highly visible DT like that one. Oh well, I'll keep trying. They have a contest every month, so I'll keep at it. :) I've never been called a quitter.
So I found Sassy Cheryl's digi stamps a couple years ago, and I always thought they were really cute, but I just had so many digi stamps that I never got around to buying any of them. Then she had a sale on her stuff and I couldn't pass it up. The couple I bought were an absolute steal for 50¢ each. Her stuff is so cute and whimsical and I love the snowman images. I only used one of the stamps (saving the other one for next Christmas) and I used a free colouring page for the digi stamp on the other card. Here are the two cards I made:
Stamps: Play it Again Sam - Sassy Cheryl's digital stamp
Paper: Recollections cardstock, Recollection Christmas stack, watercolour paper
Tools: Watercolour pencils, Snowflake embossing folder, SU scallop border punch
I hadn't used my watercolour pencils in a really long time, so I thought it was time to put them to use. It took a bit of practice to get the shading the way I wanted it, but it worked out. I discovered that there was enough pigment in my rinse water that I could actually use it to paint the shadow around my image.
This next card was one that I had pictured in my head, and I even had printed the image out last Christmas, but I didn't end up using it. I really wanted to put this card together, so I thought it would be a nice one to use for the swap. Here it is:
Stamps: Free downloaded colouring page, Michaels stamps - sentiment
Paper: Recollections cardstock, Daisy Dee 6x6 Christmas stack, Wausau Exact Index 110#
Tools: Colored pencils - Crayola/Prismacolor, oms, CraftRobo, Frosted Lace stickles, EK Success Morrocco Lace edge punch, EZ Cutter oval templates, EZ Cutter swivel knife, Versamark ink, gold embossing powder - Stampendous.
I love Christmas images. I don't know why, but I especially like snowman images. I just think they are so cute. This card is made with an older Stamps Happen stamp that I bought on clearance at Michaels a few years ago and this year was the first time it saw ink. I made it for the November One on One swap at Scraptures. Here's the card.
Stamps: Festive Snowmen - Stamps Happen
Paper: Recollections cardstock, Recollections Christmas paper stack
Tools & Embellishments: Copic markers, Stampology Onyx black ink, Stardust stickles, ribbon - Michaels, Fiskars large and small scallop decorative scissors.
So that's everything for today. I've been working on a layout, but its just not gelling. I think I'm going to work on a digital one to see how that goes. I was playing around with some templates the other day, and boy, I can see that they would sure help a layout come together quickly. I've never used templates before (although I use to make them when I was designing) to put together layouts, but I may just start. They're even better than sketches - at least for digital scrapbooking they are.
I'll be back soon.
Talk to you later...