Thursday, December 29, 2011

1st Birthday Card 2012

Thank you for the great ideas on how to get reminders for events! They were very helpful and I went back to my Yahoo calendar to check and they send reminders. So I have something I can use until I get to check out your suggestions. Would never have thought to look if it hadn't been for your comments.

This is my first birthday card for 2012. They start early, Jan. 2nd, and I have quite a few this month. I was trying to design something that would be easy to make and duplicate, making a few changes to make them more personal for each individual. This could be easily changed by using a different border punch, different stamp, different colors, and sentiment.

Quick post today as I am headed to Physical Therapy and then off to  work an 8 hour shift. Not looking forward to the PT but my shoulder is getting better, I have more range of motion but still have a fair amount of pain.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sending Cards a New Year's Resolution

Good Morning,

It's that time of year, reflecting on what happened this last year and how to improve things in the coming year. One of the things I want to improve on is getting the cards I make into the mail. My craft room is full of cards that I have made over the years and that makes me a little sad. Why didn't they make it into the mail? some of them were made for challenges, some were made because I got a new stamp and wanted to try it out, and some because I was trying a new technique.

It seems when birthday time rolls around I want to make a card specifically for that person and it doesn't feel right to choose a card I've already made. Do you feel that way? I want to make it special for that person and by the time I get around to doing that their birthday has come and gone, no card in the mail… So one of my New Year's resolutions is to do better. I want to get those cards made in a timely manner so that they are in the mail and received on that special day.

I think the first thing I need to do is find a way to alert myself to upcoming birthdays. I used to remember everybody's birthday but not so much anymore. Do you have a system for keeping up with birthdays? If you have something that works well I'd love for you to share it with me. Do you know of a computer program that gives alerts in advance?

I think the second thing I need to work on is not trying to make it the most wonderful card they have ever received! LOL! I want to make it special but if I try so hard to make it special that it never gets in the mail, that doesn't accomplish anything.They don't even know I've been thinking about them because their card is in pieces on my craft table. So now they think I've totally forgotten their birthday which isn't the case at all.

January has quite a few birthdays so if you have any ideas that would help me I would appreciate them.

How do you feel about resolutions? Do you make them? Do you keep them? Do you have something special you're going to work on in the upcoming year?

I'm going to spend the day making a list of other things I would like to improve on this year and share some of those with you tomorrow. Hopefully, I will also have a January birthday card to share.

Thanks for stopping by today, your visits are always appreciated.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Adorable Marci

I have a couple of new stamps from LalaLand Stamps and I think they are so adorable. This cutie is called "Marci with rose". She was colored using Copic markers. The frame was created using a new design from the Silhouette online store and the edges were colored on the Silhouette. The rose flourish at the bottom is also from Silhouette. The sentiment is from PTI.

She looks a little "summery" for this time of year but we are experiencing warm weather. It has been in the 70s so it doesn't feel like Christmas at all here. For those of you who are experiencing all the bad winter weather I wish we could share some of this with you. Take care and be safe if you are traveling.

Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Minute Christmas card

This Holiday season has been different in many ways and one of those is that my Christmas cards are not all the same. Usually I made them all the same and make a  lot of them.  This year I have made several different designs and I confess I have even sent a few store bought cards. I think this may be my favorite one. It was created entirely using the Silhouette. Now that the design is done they are so quick and easy to make.

I used one design from the online store and just duplicated it over and over. I arranged it to form the wreath, offset it, cut it out and applied it to the card base. I created a few additional holly leaf clusters to add over the wreath to give some dimension and then added Glossy Accents to the berries. The tag was also made on the Silhouette. 

I hope that you are enjoying the Holiday Season and are surrounded with family, friends, peace and joy.

Happy Holidays


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Cheer

This is a letter sized Christmas greeting that I created for my Father-in-Law. He is in his 90s and will be spending the holidays in the hospital so I wanted to make something large enough to add some Christmas cheer to his room.

All of the elements were created on the Silhouette including the font. I did add a little dimension to the holly and Santa image.

We had our stamp club Christmas lunch yesterday and it was so good to see everyone and exchange a few homemade goodies.

I am looking forward to this next year of meetings. I wasn't able to participate as much in the past year but I plan to be right there in the coming year having fun and enjoying all the creativity. So fortunate to know all of these great women.

Hope you are enjoying all of the holiday festivities. I am still making cards but haven't put the first one in the mail yet. Hopefully some will be mailed before Christmas.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Crafts

This cute little penguin card was created using another design from the Silhouette store. The purchased design was a set of four that included the penguin shape. I made it into a card by offsetting the penguin design. Copied the offset outline and welded the two shapes together to form the card base.

Then made a few more Christmas treat boxes. Love this adorable little reindeer box design. Then I thought about using the box base with a different design and printing the design onto the box. So I chose this mistletoe design and printed the mistletoe onto the box and cut out the bow that came with it to add for extra dimension. Possibilities are fun!

It's day 1 of vacation and it's going to be a day full of Christmas crafting. Still have lots of cards to make if they are going to get in the mail before the holidays. Have a wonderful day!

Thanks so much for your visit.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gingerbread House

Another Silhouette Christmas design today. I thought this was the cutest little gingerbread house. So festive and bright. The sentiment was also created on the Silhouette. Added a little glitter and a little snow. This was fun to put together but I was covered in glue by the time I was finished. 

Hope you are having a good week. It's a busy one for me, but next week is VACATION!!! I can't wait :).

Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting!