Monday, November 28, 2011

Still Merrily In Christmas Cardmaking Mode...

Well, that's Thanksgiving done and dusted for another year.  I do love Thanksgiving so.  So back at it I am, making more Christmas cards to (hopefully) sell for this festive season.  Here are several more I have made since my last report.  It's a bit pic heavy this post, but I didn't want you to think I'd just been slacking off, still blissfully basking in the joys of my post turkey L-tryptophan high.  

The bulk of the stamps used in this current collection of cards is from Waltzingmouse Stamps, Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous and Impression Obsession.  Many of the dies either belong to Spellbinders or Papertrey ink.  You will let me know, now won't you, if you'd like any more specifics of any card?  ...And fingers crossed I will remember the requisite bits.   

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Here's to a fabulous day for us all!  

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

I am still trying to get into my Holiday card making groove, but best laid plans...  I had to briefly switch crafting caps because I needed an Anniversary card and I needed it quick.  So, I whipped this little number up using this fortnight's CR84FN Color Challenge colors showcasing Brown, Tan, and Green.  Not a combo I use often as it can look a tad swampy in my hands, but it was a nice refreshing change in the end (and hopefully not too swampy looking).  Only Waltzingmouse Stamps were harmed in the making of this card.  The sets used were the Dainty Doilies - Large and Say It With Style.  Love 'em! 

I also delighted in cracking open my new (to me that is) Spellbinders Shapabilities Ironwork Motif die along with the Large Scallops Circle Nestabilities die (which so happens to perfectly frame the largest WMS Dainty Doily image).  The nifty embossed script on the background Basic Grey DP is called Gauchi Script by Provocraft.  It's another fun way to tjuz up a card in a flash, I reckon.

So pleased this card is crafted and posted.  Off now to continue making my way down my seemingly bottomless "To Do" list.  I bet you've got one of "those" too. *wink*

Enjoy the day!  

Monday, November 21, 2011

Kicking It Into Gear For Christmas...finally!

I cannot believe that it has taken me this long to get started on my Christmas cards.  Crazy huh?  Well, we all know that one of my many aliases is Last Minute Larrena, so it won't come as a huge surprise that I am finally kicking my holiday card making into gear only just now.  Here are several of the cards that I have managed to put together.  To be totally honest, I have no idea what all the ins and outs are for these cards as I pretty much raided my scrap bucket which looks more like a totally out of control, burgeoning barrel of random bits and bobs at this stage. As for the stamps and other assorted crafting goodies used on these cards, I will try my best to give a shout out when able, but to be truthful, the details are looking rather sketchy.   I think I should confess first up that outside of knowing that I used supplies from across Papertrey Ink, Waltzingmouse Stamps, Hero Arts, and My favorite Things, I should just really take a pass and put myself out of my misery.   But really though, being the crafty mavens that you all are, I know you'll totally be the first at the buzzer to successfully name that "bit".  You all really do rock when it comes to that and it is so impressive.

So without further ado, my holiday warm ups:

Thanks a wonderful bunch for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits immensely!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Thing Of Lacy Beauty...

Since I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off of late, I am so pleased to have a hot minute to pop in to post a card I made for the current CR84FN Color Challenge, seeing that I have not posted for any challenge in what seems like donkey's years, I am excited to have returned from my papercrafting crafting hiatus with this little number.  Staying true to my penchant for roses, tags and lace, I revelled in the opportunity to make this card containing all three yummy faves, albeit in a somewhat unorthodox form.  This fortnight's CR84FN Color Challenge colors are Black, Pale Pink, and Neutral.  Such an elegant trio of colors don't you think?

Only two stamps were used (or harmed perhaps) in the making of this card.  I returned to my familiar and cherished Itty Bitty Unity stamp called A Thing Of Beauty for the wonderful Keats sentiment and used a new and oh so fantabulous stamp for the background.  The scrumptious lacy background stamp is an Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card stunner called Lace Rose.  Can I just tell you how much I adore this background stamp.  Love, love, love, love, love.  It is such a rich looking stamp that can be dressed up or dressed down and still look the goods.  I just stamped a piece of Paprertrey Ink Vintage Cream cardstock with Memento's Tuxedo Black on this ocassion.  I was thrilled to bits with this rather aged boudoir effect.  Did you know that the literal translation of the french term boudoir means "sulking place"?  How odd.  I then spritzed the bajesus out of random sections of the lacy background with the palest pink Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Cotton Candy.    It looks rather fab in person, but alas, it hasn't translated as such in the photo. Sigh.

Ooh, and apologies again and in advance for presenting to you yet another Spellbinders Rose Creations die cut rose but more so for the fact that I can't see this set of dies being sent out to pasture by me for some time yet.  It is such a good'un. Guess who's smitten...again?

Well that's pretty much all the notable mentions for this card done.  Thank you ever so much for joining me on the blog.  I adore your visits so.  Here's to a blissful, craft-filled day for us all!  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Just A Note Card.

Not much crafting time was had over the last two weeks of the precious papery kind.  I had a huge festival showcasing and selling my handmade gemstone bracelets.  Needless to say, I was busy, busy, busy in the lead up to the festival solely beading my little heart out.  The four day festival is now over until the next one in May 2012, so I can now get back to my regular scheduled and oh so beloved papercrafting.  Ahhhh.  

I made this card last month.  Not sure what inspired it, but I do recall having fun using stamps from an Australian company called Darkroom Door.  All of the correspondance-like images on the green background are from them.  Darkroom Door is certainly a company worth looking into if you are after quality red rubber, more photo-realistic  type images.  The floral image edging the green card base is from Unity's Itty Bitty line (also red rubber) presenting the delightful Unity and Webster's collaboration and it's called Beauty.

I also must confess that I adore that whopper of a label from Waltzingmouse Stamps.  Well, anything from Waltzingmouse Stamps will usually send me and that's no great secret, but this one in particular is pretty special in my estimation.  It's from a wonderful set called Vintage Labels 18, which coordinates with the Spelbinders label of the same name. Divine.

The remainder of the card was put together with various other nifty bits and bobs from my papercrafting collection.  But the last of the nifty bits that bares mentioning is, just how cool wired ribbon is.  Love the stuff.  I know it may be a bit shiny for some, but if you pick your colors right, you will absolutely adore how easy it is to get a half decent bow when using this ribbon piped with a fine edging wire.  No crush, no fuss.  I got the several rolls I have from my local sewing shop in their haberdashery section.  Isn't the word haberdashery so cool?   Haberdashery. Haberdashery. Haberdashery. Haberdashery.  Love it!

Silly aren't I?  But really, thanks so much for stopping by.  I do appreciate each and every one of your visits so.  Here's to an inspired day!