Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Birthday

Hope you all had a marvelous holiday! Here is a birthday card for one of my family in December. I can guarantee this will be my last post for 2011! I am showing you the inside of the card as well.
 After I kind of laid the card out, I thought, I wonder if I put buttons on that red cardstock strip? So it kind of looks like a car on the left! I love this paper pad but sure don't know which one it is! Sorry. I finally bought some twine looking stuff - its actually that sew easy stuff and I got 3 colors on a spool. I did the stickles very differently and like how unusual it is. There are also some stickles on the colored part. The background layering paper is black which is probably a first for me. I just don't think of black as a color! (It is, though).

I actually kept track of the copics! Hope you like the card as much as he did! copics: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E29, R20, R59, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, BG72, Y38. The sentiments are from Gina K. I found those cute car brads in my stash! I adore the buildings paper. Kind of thought it looks like a scene the way I laid it out? Of course that is Tim Holtz' distress ink around the edges.
Before I forget - I recently bought a Tim Holtz paint dauber - snow cap. I love that it stays a nice white unless you spread it really thin, then it mutes the color underneath it. I also bought a picket fence stain. (That also comes in a dauber like bottle). Loved both. I learned though that it does dry pretty fast! I kept waiting for it to dry as they were both so vivid! I also bought Tim Holtz' pine cone die and made a few pinecones! Love how that came out. Probably will show you in my next post. Found a youtube video on Cricut mat/book storage. She used a photo box (who doesn't have at least one empty one floating around?), the large index cards (think they are 5 x 7). You place the mat next to the book, write the title on the index card, file them alphabetically so you can find them again! -that is the real reason to organize. I also spent some time on my distress inks. I have bought at least 6 since the fall and I will take a photo and show you later. There are lots of ways of doing the inks, I use them in almost everything I do, so they need to be easily accessible without being "out". There is only so much room to put things out. So Happy New Year to you all!!!!! Lots of hugs and best wishes to everyone!! Please leave me a comment, so I start the new year all happy!! Barb F

Friday, December 16, 2011

As promised!! Happy Holidays!!

Hope you enjoy these!! I have to say I am very sorry that I forgot to take photos of the rest of them!! I managed to get myself into a state since I usually mail these out a lot earlier in December.  I put two on each sheet so they wouldn't take up a whole lot of room. Happy Holidays to all of you and a wonderful New Year!! Hugs to you all, Barb F

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Head's Up and special surprise

I have been working diligently on Christmas cards - there will be a few Chanukah cards also. I decided that I will photo all of them and do one huge post. I am not going to post that particular post to all of the groups I belong to. That is a special surprise just for you guys, my followers! It's my holiday gift to all of you. So far I have made all of 9 - I know, what happened to me? I have been following Tim Holtz's blog and his 12 tags of Christmas. Such wonderful ideas!! You will see some of the techniques on my cards as I am a real Tim Holtz fan - you can tell by the ink on my fingers! So be patient with me as I need to make lots more cards so I can get them in the mail. I came up with a kind of sketch idea that seems to work wonders at taking the hard out of the whole thing. I am just thinking present. You know, like gift? Wrapped with ribbon? You will see that they all have that theme. I have been watching videos on youtube as usual. Look up prairiepaperandink . The insides of my cards now make sense and are much nicer than last years groups! If you leave her a comment, be sure to tell her where you heard about her. She is wonderful!! So hopefully you will get to see this huge batch of cards before Christmas!! Hugs to all of you!! Barb F