Friday, December 31, 2010

First Birthday for 2011

The first birthday we celebrate in the new year is on January 2nd and it is Gina's. She is the eldest of our children, and I'm not going to say how old she will be because like she just said to us "It just means you are getting older too."

This card was made entirely with the Silhouette SD and it required about 4 tries to get it right. I am still learning about settings and what is appropriate for what card stock and the intricacy of the detail. The letters of Gina's name were made using a font on my computer. The swirl is actually a part of a frame design in the Silhouette library. The white design and letters are from a "Happy Birthday" card design.
This is antique linen cardstock and I used the tag setting and increased it to the thickest setting and slowed the cutting rate down from 10 to 5 and I only had a couple of tiny places where it required some effort to get it apart. I have found that to be true of any die cut machine though, it just takes a little playing to find the right settings.

I start out pretty good at the first of the year, making cards and getting them out on time and as the year goes on I don't do as well...............Not going to make it a New Year's resolution but I am going to try and do better this year.

I wish for you a safe and Happy New Year filled with good health, happiness and lots of creative time. Thank you for sharing this past year with me and I am looking forward to your visits in the coming year.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Winning Combination

Today I finally had a little time to play with my new Silhouette SD and some of my new Hero stamps. The card was made using a silhouette card design, cut out of white card stock. The new Hero stamp is the cling Flower Corsage stamp.

First I masked off the center loop design and stamped the corsage image around the edges of the card. Then I masked all of the card except the loops and colored them with the same ink I used to stamp the flowers. Then I used the ink again to color the frame and adhered around the center of the card. Stamped the sentiment on the back inside of the card so it was centered in the window. Finished it by adding a few white pearls.
The sentiment is from the Hero clear set CL184.

Are you glad the holidays are almost over? I am. It was nice but I am ready for a new year. This time of year holds the excitement of a clean slate to me...a blank new calendar just waiting to be written on. What will the new year hold? Do you have something that you are looking forward to? Maybe the best things will be the surprises that are in store for us, Let's hope so!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Almost a White Christmas!

Christmas day we had lots of sun with clouds in the afternoon. When I woke up at 3am we were having flurries and this was taken around 8am. We don't get snow here very much and I just love it! The last time we had snow at Christmas was 1989.

This is the field behind our house and we took a walk and could see where the deer had been out this morning looking for some berries and food to eat.

We had a quiet Christmas, my dad and 2 dear friends came. Way too much food and I am recuperating from all the cooking and I may not cook again till next year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. My vacation is over, so back to work tomorrow.

Looking forward to some down time to do some crafting. Got some new Hero goodies that I am anxious to ink up and I already have a list of some more of them that I think I need.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Happy Holidays!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

2010 Christmas Card

The design is done!! Will I get 50 of these made in time to send out????????? That is the big question.

I finally took the plunge and got the Silhouette SD on back Friday. The sale was just too good to resist. The snow globe is one of their designs. The original size was too square for this A2 size card, but the wonderful thing is that you can adjust the design to be the size you need. So I just stretched the design to make the globe more oval than round and it fit perfectly. What a wonderful feature.

The deer, snow flake, sentiment, and stripe background are all from Hero Arts. The tree is from Penny Black.

The snow globe comes in three parts..the background, the base, and the snow layer and that makes it easy to color and decorate those parts individually. The snow layer was covered with adhesive and white fun flock was applied.

Now, off to do some Christmas shopping.........I haven't started yet. Every year I say I am going to get it done earlier and every year it is later. Hope you are doing better with your holiday preparations than I am.

I am on vacation for the next two weeks so I hope to see you more often :)
Thanks for stopping by!!